Concussions: Impacts Beyond the Initial Blow

By Gina Johnson, Northwestern University ’20 Concussion–“an injury to the brain that is caused by something hitting the head very hard.” Though Merriam-Webster defines a concussion in simplistic terms, the consequences of such an injury can be much more severe than the description suggests. Typical symptoms include, but are not limited to, headache, dizziness, nausea, Continue Reading

Medicine in the Performing Arts

By Christina Liu, Northwestern University ’19 Performing Arts Medicine is a relatively new and developing field of medicine that caters to the needs of performing artists, addressing the variety of medical conditions that result from their profession. These include chronic injuries as well as psychological ones such as performance anxiety and high stress levels.¹ It Continue Reading

Caring for the Healers

By Michael Rallo, Rutgers University ’17 Exposure to trauma is an integral part of the human experience. Through the years, such reactions to traumatic events have been termed “soldiers’ nostalgia,” “irritable heart,” “shell shock,” “battle fatigue,” “post-Vietnam syndrome,” and “gross stress reaction.” Many different names for symptoms – sleep disturbances, flashbacks, anxiety, and fear – Continue Reading

Excellent Care in Extenuating Circumstances: Tactical and Disaster Medicine

By Michael Rallo Not a day goes by without a tragedy. Mass shootings, major accidents, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters are constant threats to our society. As the government, military, and other major institutions plan for these incidents, the medical field must also prepare its professionals. Known as tactical or disaster medicine, this field encompasses Continue Reading

Early Intervention for Autism Treatment

By Sarah Laudon Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communicative, and behavioral challenges.1 These challenges can range from difficulty maintaining a conversation or eye contact with somebody to struggling with transitions to new things. Autism contains a wide Continue Reading

Expediting Healing: Improving Treatment of Injured Athletes

By Elbert Mets Pop, snap, click. These are the sounds of an athlete’s worst nightmare. Seriously injured athletes are required to spend time away from their sport, undergoing physical therapy regimens and even reconstructive operations. Sports-related injuries can have long-term effects, and physicians who treat these injuries are constantly searching for ways to expedite rehabilitation Continue Reading