‘Disorders of consciousness’: The million-dollar question and the mysteries of coma
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by vmcdonough
2h ago
An ‘acute brain failure’ jettisons a patient, their doctors and families into an anxious twilight zone. How aware is a person in a coma? And how are decisions made in the face of uncertainty ..read more
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Study Suggests Waiting Longer Before Withdrawing Life Support
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by vmcdonough
2h ago
When a patient with a severe traumatic brain injury is comatose, in intensive care, unresponsive and hooked up to a ventilator, but not brain-dead, when is the time to withdraw life support? A small study on the fates of people in such situations suggests that doctors and patients’ families may make better decisions if they wait even a few days longer than usual ..read more
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Even two years after recovery, damage to multiple regions of the brain persists in COVID patients
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by vmcdonough
3d ago
Although the acute urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic has been in the world’s rearview mirror for some time, the virus continues to affect a portion people who contracted it, even two years after their initial recovery.  A new paper published in The Lancet Regional Health Western Pacific details a handful of brain abnormalities identified on the MRI scans of people who had moderate to severe cases of COVID. The imaging findings align with the patients’ lingering cognitive complaints and fatigue issues, indicating that, for some, the virus’ impact could persist for years.  ..read more
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Study Finds AI Models May Help Accurately Assess PTSD in Women After a Traumatic Childbirth
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by vmcdonough
3d ago
A study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that a generative artificial intelligence (AI) model can accurately screen for post-traumatic stress disorder following recent childbirth (CB-PTSD). The study explored the capabilities—as well as weaknesses—of different models from OpenAI, including ChatGPT, to identify a version that can offer insights into maternal health following a traumatic childbirth ..read more
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How SF Giants’ Patrick Bailey is trying to stay concussion-free
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by vmcdonough
6d ago
Bailey will trade in his two-piece catcher’s mask for a hockey-style one said to provide more protection after suffering the second concussion of his MLB career ..read more
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Screen Time and Activity Levels for Children During Concussion Recovery
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by vmcdonough
6d ago
Concussion management often involves physical and mental rest until symptoms go away. This can help you prevent second injuries and allow injured tissues to heal. However, research is starting to show that some physical and cognitive activity may help promote recovery. “What we’ve seen over the last few years is a progressive pushback in the literature on this idea of rest, rest, rest. There’s evidence that introduction of early physical activity promotes recovery,” says Ross Zafonte, DO, a Mass General Brigham sports medicine specialist and an expert in concussion care. “What’s really excitin ..read more
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New Canadian study could be a lifesaver for thousands suffering from CTE
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by vmcdonough
1w ago
A first-of-its-kind Canadian research study is working towards a major medical breakthrough for a brain disorder, believed to be caused by repeated head injuries, that can only be detected after death. Inside the brain imaging centre at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Scientific Director Neil Vasdev is hopeful that his team is on the cusp of being able to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a living person ..read more
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US FDA panel to discuss first psychedelic-assisted PTSD treatment next month
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by vmcdonough
1w ago
The U.S. FDA's panel of independent advisers will on June 4 deliberate whether they should recommend approval for the first MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, Lykos Therapeutics said on Monday. This would be the first FDA panel of outside experts to review a potential new PTSD treatment in 25 years ..read more
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Rapid emotion transitions may explain numbness and hyperreactivity in PTSD
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by vmcdonough
2w ago
Patients with PTSD experience both emotional numbness and hyperreactivity. A new study digs into how these contrasting symptoms are linked ..read more
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Overlooked Concussion in Children May Cause Mental Health Comorbidities
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by vmcdonough
2w ago
Among US children who show significant symptoms after a head injury, 23% are not evaluated for concussion or brain trauma. These children are also more likely to experience mental and social disturbances, such as depressive symptoms, and require mental health services. Researchers who published their findings in the journal Brain Injury suggest that routine concussion evaluation should be emphasized, especially in younger children ..read more
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