Archive for September, 2011

Wear a helmet!

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

It won’t ruin your hair.

It won’t make you look stupid.

It’s not uncool.

What will ruin your hair, make you look stupid and be totally uncool is injuring your brain while not wearing a helmet when you’re skateboarding, bicycling, inline skating, snowboarding or riding a scooter. Falling from as little as 2 feet can cause a traumatic brain injury.

The statistics from the Think First Foundation, a national group:

  • Helmets can prevent an estimated 75 percent of bicycle fatalities among children – riders without helmets are 14 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than riders wearing helmets.
  • Bicycle helmets can prevent 85 to 88 percent of critical head and brain injuries.
  • If all children aged 4 to 15 wore a bicycle helmet, up to 45,000 head injuries would be prevented each year.
  • Inline skaters sustain 11,000 head and face injuries annually; about 75 percent of skaters don’t wear any safety equipment.
  • About 27 percent of injuries from riding a scooter are head injuries.
  • In 2000, nearly 50,000 children aged 5 to 14 went to a hospital emergency room for skateboard-related injuries.
  • Wearing a helmet could prevent 85 percent of scooter and inline skating injuries.
  • Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury among skiers and snowboarders by 35 percent. (This statistic is from researchers at the University of Calgary based on research published in 2010 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.) (more…)

Celebrating Shawn’s success

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin 2 Comments

All of us at CORE Health Care feel privileged to work with our traumatic brain injury clients. The courage and strength they show while working on rehabilitating their skills and reaching their goals is an inspiration to everyone here.

Today, we invite all of you join us in celebrating the achievements of Shawn Goff, who is learning to speak again 11 months after a car accident left him with a traumatic brain injury. His wife, Jenny, says, “Shawn is doing really well in certain areas. He seems to be so much happier. He is starting to verbalize and two days after he got there [at CORE Health Care], he was making sounds and just in the weeks he has been there, something amazing has happened.”

Congratulations Shawn and Jenny! We’re so proud of you!

PTSD affects 20 million Americans

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Most articles that are written about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) center around war. Certainly, war has been a contributing factor in our understanding of the condition and its causes, but soldiers are not the only ones who suffer from PTSD.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD:

  • More than 20 million Americans (6.8 percent) will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • Women (9.7 percent) are more than twice as likely as men (3.6 percent) to develop PTSD.

This is only a tiny fraction of the number of people who have experienced a traumatic event. Let’s take a closer look at what we mean by PTSD and what makes one individual more susceptible to the disorder than another.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after one has experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event. For men the most common events are rape, combat exposure, childhood neglect, and childhood physical abuse. The most common traumatic events for women are rape, sexual molestation, physical attack, being threatened with a weapon, and childhood physical abuse. (more…)

Do you remember?

Posted on: September 5th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Try this brief exercise. Get comfortable. Take a deep breath. Now, recall your very first phone number.

(Pause.)

How quickly did the number come back to you? What else came back? In that instant, did you feel as if you were 5 or 6 or 8 years old? Did you see the kitchen with a rotary wall phone and the table where you did your homework? Maybe you saw your house from the street and heard the tch-tch-tch of a sprinkler, or inhaled the aroma of a freshly cut lawn. Chances are the recollection inspired a host of sensory memories which acted as a kind of time machine, ferrying you across a great divide.

One of the reasons your first phone number – like a first love – comes back so readily is because it was an emotional event, a rite of passage. It was given to you only when you were ready for it, and once possessed, it provided a lifeline to a world outside of your family. Your first phone number was novel, it was important, and it became part of your long term memory.

How did it get there, and what does emotion have to do with it?

A memory is not a thing, consigned to one area of the brain. Memories are brain-wide and depend upon a group of communication systems, each playing a unique role. There are three basic stages of memory: encoding, storage, and recall. (more…)