IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is research that demonstrates a potential reason women and men react differently after a traumatic brain injury.
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In The News
Every year nearly 1.5 million people are diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and in the military many of these are from blast injuries as the result of an explosive device.
During treatment, doctors have identified specific differences in the way men and women recover from blast TBI. Women are more likely to develop neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depression, PTSD and anxiety. This new study may have found a link to a disrupted pathway in the brain that explains the differences.
Every tissue in your body is affected by the interaction between your nervous system and endocrine system. It is this neuroendocrine system that is apparently affected differently after an injury. Following hormonal, behavioral and anatomical studies, researchers found a mild TBI may disrupt that system and alter the secretion of stress hormones that correlate with an increase in anxiety and depression.
Uncovering this underlying dysregulation may ultimately lead to better treatment for our military personnel who protect our country every day.
Daily Health Tip
Even mild head injuries, during basketball or football practice, after a fall from your bicycle or during a minor car accident, can cause permanent and significant changes to the way in which your brain functions. Wear your seat belt and appropriate head gear for the sport you’re playing and get immediate medical attention for an injury - even if you believe you are “just fine.”
I notice the minor details while friends talk. This helps me provide wise advice for their situations. I pay attention to their tone and voice during the conversation. I understand how to comfort and support them.
I listen to my friends' stories and communicate my concern.
Fact or Fiction?
Trees are beautiful and add real curb appeal to your home. But, did you know that the trees add more than that? Properly placed around the home or building, they can reduce your air conditioning bills by 30 percent and 20 to 50 percent in energy used for heating. The effect of a young and healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditions. A mature tree will reduce the peak summer temperature in your home by 2 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Think about how much cooler it is to stand under those trees in the hot summer months - they do the same for your home and your heating bills!
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team