Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Principles of Adhesion Prevention Covidien Sprayshield

An informative powerpoint presentation about the state of adhesion patients, adhesion prevention and hopes for the future.

It is easy to register to view this presentation. Minimum personal information.

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Principles in the Prevention of Adhesion

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Adhesions Related Disorder News you can use ARDvark Blog

Novel Product for Post Surgical Scar Formation Entering Clinical ...PR Newswire (press release), NY - Jan 21, 2009Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that connect anatomic structures that should not normally be connected. These develop when the body's repair mechanisms ...

Feasibility of laparoscopy for small bowel obstruction7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY - Jan 19, 2009The first cause of laparotomic conversion is a difficult exposition and treatment of band adhesions. The incidence of laparotomic conversions is major in ...

Study Finds MRSA In Midwestern Swine, WorkersThe first study documenting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in swine and swine workers in the United States has been published by University of Iowa researchers...[read article]

U.S. Government Finds 40% Of People Currently Receiving Long Term Care Are 18-64; Numbers Continue To Rise

Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates Electronic Health Records For Every Citizen Without Opt Out Or Patient Consent Provisions

Discovery Of A Key Protein Regulator Of Inflammation And Cell Death

Flowering Plants Speed Post-surgery Recovery

Research Finds Genetic Connection Between PTSD, Depression And Anxiety

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Can Have Genetic Causes

Increase In C-Section Deliveries Coincides With Increase In Complications During Birth, Study Finds

Tension Free Vaginal Tape Underneath Bladder Base: Does It Prevent Cystocele Recurrence?

Progress Made In Understanding Causes And Treatment Of Endometriosis

Prescription Opioid Abuse, Addiction Less Common Than Many Believe

FDA Approves Fibromyalgia Drug - Savella(TM) (milnacipran HCl), A Selective Serotonin And Norepinephrine Dual Reuptake Inhibitor

Bladder Pain Syndrome / Interstitial Cystitis (BPS/IC) - Exclusive Report From 2008 Asian IC Guideline Meeting

Pain Treatment Research Reports Often Cannot Be Trusted

Study First To Pinpoint Why Analgesic Drugs May Be Less Potent In Females Than In Males

Common Treatment For Men's Pelvic Pain Proves Ineffective, Queen's-led Study Shows

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Following a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences at least some of the symptoms of PTSD. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful or numb, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. But for most people, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but they gradually lift.
If you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however, the symptoms don’t decrease. You don’t feel a little better each day. In fact, you may start to feel worse. But PTSD doesn’t always develop in the hours or days following a traumatic event, although this is most common. For some people, the symptoms of PTSD take weeks, months, or even years to develop.
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time. Sometimes symptoms appear seemingly out of the blue. At other times, they are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, such as a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell. While everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are three main types of symptoms, as listed below.
Re-experiencing the traumatic event
Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
PTSD symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing
Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
Loss of interest in activities and life in general
Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
PTSD symptoms of increased arousal
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Irritability or outbursts of anger
Difficulty concentrating
Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
Feeling jumpy and easily startled
Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder
Anger and irritability
Guilt, shame, or self-blame
Substance abuse
Depression and hopelessness
Suicidal thoughts and feelings
Feeling alienated and alone
Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
Headaches, stomach problems, chest pain
Getting help for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you suspect that you or a loved one has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s important to seek help right away. The sooner PTSD is confronted, the easier it is to overcome. If you’re reluctant to seek help, keep in mind that PTSD is not a sign of weakness, and the only way to overcome it is to confront what happened to you and learn to accept it as a part of your past. This process is much easier with the guidance and support of an experienced therapist or doctor.
It’s only natural to want to avoid painful memories and feelings. But if you try to numb yourself and push your memories away, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will only get worse. You can’t escape your emotions completely – they emerge under stress or whenever you let down your guard – and trying to do so is exhausting. The avoidance will ultimately harm your relationships, your ability to function, and the quality of your life.
Why Should I Seek Help for PTSD?
Early treatment is better. Symptoms of PTSD may get worse. Dealing with them now might help stop them from getting worse in the future. Finding out more about what treatments work, where to look for help, and what kind of questions to ask can make it easier to get help and lead to better outcomes.
PTSD symptoms can change family life. PTSD symptoms can get in the way of your family life. You may find that you pull away from loved ones, are not able to get along with people, or that you are angry or even violent. Getting help for your PTSD can help improve your family life.
PTSD can be related to other health problems. PTSD symptoms can worsen physical health problems. For example, a few studies have shown a relationship between PTSD and heart trouble. By getting help for your PTSD you could also improve your physical health.
Source: National Center for PTSD