Pediatric trauma surgeons are sounding the alarm about the increasing rate of accidents and risky behavior amongst young people. Recent studies looking at the rate of injuries for ATV riding, snowboarding, skiing, and wakeboarding have all come to the same conclusion: speed plus youth equals painful injuries. Unfortunately, many twenty- something-year-olds are finding out that an accumulation of injuries can lead to chronic pain . No longer is pain just an ailment of the elderly. Chronic pain is truly a multi-generational problem. Breaking this heritage of chronic pain can begin by preventing injuries in young people.
Lately, many research teams have been trying to evaluate the problems with these highly popular, high-risk activities. This month a team of researchers from France raised a valid question: Does the increased use of protective gear lead to riskier behavior? They discovered that despite the use of protective gear, like helmets, the frequency of traumatic injuri...
At the 2008 convention, I was fortunate to catch up
with Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI's medical director, and his colleague, Stephen M.
Goldfinger, MD, professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Their insights into schizophrenia in young
people I offer as a complement to my first blog outlining the findings of NAMI's
recent survey. We chatted outdoors in
the Florida sun.
CB: First, I'd like to know how you got involved in the blog for MTV's True Life: I Have Schizophrenia . All three of the people featured had
different stories. Schizophrenia in each
person is as unique as his or her thumbprint.
Comment on this, and how MTV put human faces on the illness.
KD: I think MTV did a great job, and they picked interesting young adults living
with schizophrenia and each of them has a different kind of package of what
they're doing, how they're living, the supports and the s...
Chest pains are frequently a part of anxiety attacks. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) lists chest pains as a symptom of panic disorder and is common in other types of anxiety disorders as well. Chest pains, as a part of anxiety, are not normally considered to be dangerous. But chest pains can also signal a heart attack and require immediate medical care. For someone experiencing a sudden panic attack, complete with chest pains, it may be difficult to know the difference and to know whether or not to seek medical care. What is Chest Pain? Chest pain or discomfort occurs between the neck and the upper abdomen and is located in the front of the body. It can be caused by both serious and benign reasons. There are a number of organs and tissues in the chest area that can cause pain or discomfort in addition to the heart. The lungs and esophagus as well as the ribs, various muscles and tendons which can become inflamed due to illness or injury and caus...
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