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September 1, 2015

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September 1, 2015

Emergency Department Counseling Program Fails to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence or Heavy Drinking Among at-Risk Women

Aug. 7, 2015 — A large randomized clinical trial of an emergency department (ED)-based program aimed at reducing incidents of excessive drinking and partner violence in women did not result in significant ... read more

Ongoing Recovery Efforts Take Toll on Hurricane Survivors

July 29, 2015 — According to a major report on NJ residents living in Superstorm Sandy’s path, over 100,000 experienced significant structural damage to their primary homes. Research finds that tens of thousands ... read more

Attention-Control Video Game Curbs Combat Vets' PTSD Symptoms

July 24, 2015 — A computerized attention-control training program significantly reduced combat veterans' preoccupation with - or avoidance of -- threat and attendant PTSD symptoms. By contrast, another type of ... read more

New Insights Into the Circuitry of PTSD, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

July 23, 2015 — Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of disability and suicide, and although they are separate ... read more

Coping by Avoidance in Making Decisions for Relatives in ICU May Lead to PTSD

July 22, 2015 — Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an intensive care unit may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a new ... read more

First Assessment for Grieving Youth Developed

July 22, 2015 — The first test ever constructed to assess Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder—a problematic syndrome of grief—has been released by researchers. Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (PCBD) ... read more

Some Vietnam Vets Currently Have PTSD 40 Years After War Ended, Study Finds

July 22, 2015 — While it has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, about 271,000 veterans who served in the war zone are estimated to have current full posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) plus subthreshold ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Brain scans of war veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder have led researchers to an area of the prefrontal cortex that appears to be a good predictor of response to treatment with SSRIs -- the ... read more

Why Does PTSD Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

July 15, 2015 — A new review article finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leads to overactive nerve activity, dysfunctional immune response and activation of the hormone system that controls blood ... read more

Benzodiazepines Not Recommended for Patients With PTSD or Recent Trauma

July 14, 2015 — Benzodiazepine drugs are widely used in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but available evidence suggests that they are not effective -- and may even be harmful, concludes a ... read more

Key Mechanism That Causes Neuropathic Pain Found

July 7, 2015 — A biological process called endoplasmic reticulum stress appears to play a key role in causing neuropathic pain, according to a new study. The discovery could eventually lead to new therapeutics for ... read more

Intrusiveness of Old Emotional Memories Can Be Reduced by Computer Game Play Procedure

July 2, 2015 — Unwanted, intrusive visual memories are a core feature of stress- and trauma-related clinical disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also crop up in everyday life. New ... read more

Sleep Deprivation Could Reduce Intrusive Memories of Traumatic Scenes

July 1, 2015 — A good night's sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. But a new study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong ... read more

Virtual Training Helps Vets With PTSD, Mentally Ill Get More Jobs

July 1, 2015 — Finding a job is difficult for veterans with PTSD and individuals with severe mental illness, who have high unemployment rates though many want to work. The job interview can be a major hurdle. A ... read more

How the Stress Hormone Cortisol Reinforces Traumatic Memories

July 1, 2015 — The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences. However, it is effective not only while the memory is being formed for the first time, but also later when people look back at ... read more

PTSD, Traumatic Experiences May Raise Heart Attack, Stroke Risk in Women

June 29, 2015 — Women with severe PTSD or traumatic events may have a 60 percent higher lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease. The study is the first to examine trauma exposure, PTSD, and onset of cardiovascular ... read more

Predictors of Depression, PTSD Among African-Americans, Latinos

June 25, 2015 — Chronic disease and mental health issues disproportionately affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics. Researchers have developed a screening tool that may provide better ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A group of passengers who thought they were going to die when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean in August, 2001 have had their brains scanned while recalling the terrifying moments ... read more

Patient Controlled Analgesia in the Emergency Department Is Effective

June 22, 2015 — Two studies are the first to track the effectiveness of patient-controlled pain relief (PCA - patient-controlled analgesia) in patients from the Emergency Department to the ward. The studies show ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Post-concussion psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety and irritability can be extremely disabling for those among the nearly 3.8 million people in the United States who suffer concussions ... read more

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