Trauma News

Teens with Head Trauma Far More Likely to Use Drugs, Alcohol

November 30th, 2014
Teens who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two to four times more likely to use drugs or alcohol, compared with teens with no history of TBI, according to new research published in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. "Overall, a teen ...

Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the ...

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...

Federal Laws Fail to Recognize Civilian PTSD

November 12th, 2014
Researchers believe federal legislation pertaining to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has an inordinate focus on the needs of military personnel and veterans. Drexel University researchers believe the failure of legislation to recognize PTSD in the civilian population is an issue because PTSD is ...

Brain’s Threat Response Calmed by Seeing Love & Support

November 10th, 2014
New research suggests that being reminded of being loved and cared for can reduce the brain's hypervigilant response to stress. University of Exeter (U.K.) investigators found that observing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat. The findings ...

Pregnant Women with PTSD More Prone to Premature Birth

November 9th, 2014
Pregnant women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely, according to a new study. The study, which examined more than 16,000 births to female veterans, found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased a ...

Pre-Op Pain & Depression Put Elders at Risk for Later Delirium

November 4th, 2014
A new study suggests elders who suffer pain and depression before a surgery need to be aware of the risk for post-surgical delirium. Delirium is associated with a sharp decline in attention and mental function. Older adults are especially susceptible to delirium following ...

Army Enlistees Similar to Civilians But Some Disorders More Prevalent

October 27th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that while military enrollees do not share the exact psychological profile as socio-demographically comparable civilians, they are more similar than previously thought. One study found that new soldiers and matched civilians are equally likely to have experienced at least one ...

Risk Factors for Sexual Assault May Help Prevent It

October 16th, 2014
A new Danish study identifies risk factors associated with sexual assault and finds that most women were in their late teens or early 20s and knew their attacker before the incident. Many of the assaults were not associated with physical injury, but alcohol often played ...