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HEAD IMPACT SEVERITY MEASURES FOR EVALUATING MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY RISK EXPOSURE

To quantify sensitivity of various biomechanical measures of head impact (linear acceleration, rotational acceleration, impact duration, impact location) to clinical diagnosis of concussion in American football players and to develop a novel measure of head impact severity which combines these measures into a single score that better predicts the incidence of concussion.

HOW SCIENCE IS UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF ADDICTION

Addiction hijacks the brain’s neural pathways. Scientists are challenging the view that it’s a moral failing and researching treatments that could offer an exit from the cycle of desire, bingeing, and withdrawal that traps tens of millions of people. Janna Raine became addicted to heroin two decades ago after taking prescription pain pills for a work injury. Last year she was living in a homeless encampment under a Seattle freeway.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DIAGNOSING A MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY:

Recommendations for Diagnosing a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A National Academy of Neuropsychology Education Paper | Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology | Oxford Academic

NEUROBEHAVIORAL OUTCOME FOLLOWING MINOR HEAD INJURY: A THREE-CENTER STUDY | JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, VOL 66, NO 2

Neurobehavioral outcome following minor head injury: a three-center study | Journal of Neurosurgery, Vol 66, No 2

REVERSING BRAIN DAMAGE IN FORMER NFL PLAYERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE REHABILITATION:

Reversing Brain Damage in Former NFL Players: Implications for Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs: Vol 43, No 1

MENTAL ILLNESS GENETICALLY LINKED TO DRUG USE AND MISUSE

There are many reports of drug use leading to mental health problems, and we all know of someone having a few too many drinks to cope with a bad day…

EARLY MARIJUANA USE ASSOCIATED WITH ABNORMAL BRAIN FUNCTION, LOWER IQ

In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.

NIGHTTIME HOT FLASHES MAY SPARK MILD DEPRESSION

A woman’s perception that she is experiencing a high number of nighttime hot flashes can trigger mild symptoms of depression during menopause, according to a new study.

ALCOHOL SHOWN TO ACT IN SAME WAY AS RAPID ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Can having a few drinks help people with clinical depression feel better? Yes. At least in terms of biochemistry, say scientists.

PAPER OFFERS INSIGHT ON ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

One in six women in the U.S. takes antidepressants to improve her well-being, but what is she to do when the medication that is meant to help disrupts another area of her life?

CAN REPAIRING YOUR BRAIN’S WIRING HELP YOU FIGHT ADDICTION?

That heartbreaking statistic is but one symptom of an epidemic that shows no sign of abating. The 33,000 overdose deaths from opioids in 2015 were a 16 percent rise over the previous year, which also set a record. Drug overdoses are now a leading cause of death among Americans under 50—but only part of a broader addiction landscape that ranges from drug and alcohol abuse to obsessive eating, gambling, and even sex.

VETERANS ADOPT ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR CHRONIC PAIN AFTER EDUCATION

Las Vegas—Veterans with chronic pain accessed more complementary and alternative treatments at a Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center after attending a “pain education school,” and those participating in a functional medicine clinic reported reductions in perceived stress and musculoskeletal pain, according to results of two studies presented at the PAINWeek 2017 meeting…

DEPRESSION’S PHYSICAL SOURCE DISCOVERED

Understanding of the physical root of depression has been advanced, thanks to new research.

FOSTER CARE CHILDREN AT MUCH GREATER RISK OF PHYSICAL, MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

Understanding of the physical root of depression has been advanced, thanks to new research.

CHANGES IN DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS TIED TO LUNG CANCER SURVIVAL

Worsening depression symptoms are associated with shorter survival for lung cancer patients, particularly those in the early stages of disease, according to a new study…

UNDERSTANDING THE DELAYED RESPONSE TO ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Depression is a mental illness that affects how a person feels, thinks and handles daily activities. Antidepressants are prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of depression…

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