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Burn Injuries Trigger PTSD in Many Patients, Study Finds

Severe burn injuries can leave patients with permanent debilitating scars, but what about the emotional and psychological wounds? A new Loyola Medicine survey has found that nearly 16 percent of adults who suffer burn injuries also screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), indicating that the pain of burn injuries is more than skin deep. The survey was conducted by clinical psychologist Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, licensed clinical social worker Kelly McElligott, AM, and colleagues from Loyola Medicine’s Burn Center, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Burn Association in Chicago. “We identified a significant group of ... Read More

Workplace Accidents Often Trigger PTSD in Workers

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness typically associated with combat and violence, but any frightening or disturbing experience that overwhelms a person, no matter who and where they are, can trigger PTSD. Much news is focused on workers who suffer some form of physical injury in the workplace, but seldom do we hear about the mental and emotional injuries that on-the-job trauma causes. For instance, workers who witness an amputation on the job, a crushing or falling incident, an explosion, or some other horrific workplace accident that results in a coworker’s severe injury or death. According to the ... Read More

Memorial Day run honors veterans who died from suicide

This Memorial Day, the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military, a group of 17 active and retired service members who call themselves the Shepherd’s Men will complete a 108-mile run to raise awareness for and reduce the high rate of veteran suicides in the U.S. The eight-day run that began at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and culminates in Atlanta, Georgia, weaved through eight cities in as part of an awareness and fundraising effort for the SHARE Military Initiative, a program that treats veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) ... Read More

Firefighters have Increased Risk of Developing Benzene-Related Illness, Study Shows

Steve Westcott was an Erie County, Ohio, firefighter when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He is convinced his cancer was caused by his job. A study released by the International Association of Firefighters backs his claim, showing that firefighters have a 14 percent higher chance of dying from cancer, as opposed to the general population. Firefighters have many opportunities on the job to inhale carcinogens such as benzene. The chemical is prevalent in diesel exhaust from fire trucks and when products made from benzene burn. The chemical is released into the air, potentially filling the lungs of our heroes that are just trying to keep us ... Read More

Staggering Number of U.S. Veterans Struggle With Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the United States observes Veterans Day by remembering and honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The federal holiday is also a good time to call attention to the alarming number of U.S. Veterans suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According a recent survey of more than 23,000 veterans registered with the Wounded Warrior Project, more than 75 percent of wounded servicemen and women are trying to cope with the often devastating effects of TBI and PTSD, the “invisible wounds of war,” which ... Read More

Asiana flight attendants deal with trauma, depression after San Francisco crash

Four of the flight attendants aboard Asiana Flight 214, which crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013, have returned to their jobs in recent weeks, but eight others are still on leave for medical and psychological treatment, the Wall Street Journal reports. An Asiana spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that all 12 of Asiana 214’s flight attendants were offered new positions within the company, but all wished to be returned to their original jobs once they recovered. Airplane crash survivors normally face a lengthy psychological recovery and, for most, the trauma can endure to some ... Read More

Bipolar med Risperdal linked to breast tissue growth in young men, boys

The bipolar medication Risperdal has been linked to serious problems in young men and boys, a Butler University researcher has found. Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. It is also approved for the treatment of irritability in children and adolescents with autism. It is not approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, Tourette’s syndrome, or dementia, though it has been used off-label to treat those conditions. An investigation into the drug was launched as a result of ... Read More

Illegal ecstasy studied as possible treatment for PTSD

Researchers have long been looking for the right medication to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new study aims to see if the illegal drug known casually as ecstasy or X could help those affected by the serious stress disorder find relief. PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after someone experiences an event that results in physical or emotional trauma, such as an event that involves the threat of death to oneself or to someone else. The effects of PTSD can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. Symptoms of PTSD include re-living the original trauma through flashbacks, ... Read More

Health effects of 9/11 continue for those exposed to toxic debris at crash sites

Health care professionals and researchers are continuing their efforts to assist those exposed to toxic debris in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Many first responders, other rescue personnel, clean-up workers and people who lived and worked in close proximity to the World Trade Center site in New York City are part of a WTC Health Registry, and are participating in ongoing studies and treatment programs to assess their health and treat illnesses related to the tragedy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also participates in 9/11-related health and safety research initiatives that include those affected at ... Read More

Military funds research for nasal spray that reduces suicidal thoughts

The U.S. Army has awarded a $3 million research grant to an Indiana University School of Medicine scientist to develop a nasal spray that will reduce suicidal thoughts among soldiers. The project is part of a national effort to reduce the incidence of suicide in the U.S. military. Michael Kubek, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and of neurobiology, is teaming up with researchers at Purdue and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to develop a nasal spray that uses thyrotropin-releasing hormone, or TRH, a neurochemical Kubek helped discover in the human brain. This hormone is known to have antidepressant and ... Read More