August 11, 2015The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress now offers reliable tools based on the DEF protocol to help identify, prevent, and treat traumatic stress responses at the time of need and within scope of practice.
August 4, 2015Probably along with many of you, our household cheered when the United States won the Women’s World Cup championship last month. Amidst the excitement for the win, however, one moment in the tournament stands out for me- a controversial decision in the USA vs. Germany game to allow two players back into the match following a head to head collision. Regardless of whether that was the correct call, I think it’s important to recognize that when it comes to concussion risk, coaches and clinicians should take a more conservative approach for youth athletes.
July 16, 2015New CIRP@CHOP brief report describes increase in rates of concussion diagnosis in ERs that correspond to increase in rates of CT scans, which is counter to best practice for neuroimaging.
July 9, 2015Although I am leaving CHOP and transitioning from Philadelphia to Rhode Island this summer, I am reminded that through continued collaboration and rigorous research to action to impact, we as a larger child passenger safety community can further reduce the injuries, disability, and mortality from motor vehicle crashes.
July 7, 2015After a child has experienced a traumatic medical event involving a visit to the Emergency Department, the follow-up pediatrician visit is crucial to the patient's emotional recovery. Here's what pediatricians should know.
June 25, 2015Today we are pleased to welcome a guest blog post from Julia Vanni, a Health Science student at Northeastern University in Boston, who is wrapping-up her research training experience at CIRP@CHOP at the end of June.
June 23, 2015With millions of children each year exposed to potentially traumatic events, there is a great need for accessible early preventive interventions that could promote recovery and decrease the chances of developing persistent posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). But there is only a small number of published evaluation studies of such early interventions for children, and few have found clear evidence of preventing or reducing PTSS. We are working to close that gap with the development of a web-based intervention called Coping Coach.
June 11, 2015As part of a CHOP series demonstrating various Pediatric Exams, Christina Master, MD, Minds Matter co-director and sports medicine physician, walks healthcare professionals through a typical diagnostic concussion evaluation.
May 28, 2015YouTube has tremendous outreach potential. We can use video to transfer evidence-based knowledge to consumers and injury prevention stakeholders who are visual learners. Overtime, YouTube has become a core component of CIRP@CHOP’s dissemination strategy.
April 30, 2015In a recent journal article, CHOP researchers describe the prevalence of vestibular deficits in pediatric concussion patients and what recovery looks like for patients that exhibit them at initial evaluation. The vestibular system in the brain and inner ear helps us visually track and focus, maintaining our balance. It's your body's "steadycam", which we can use to help diagnose concussion and then help patients recover from these deficits.