UCLA Launches Veterans Mental Health Program

Today, UCLA Operation Mend launched a mental health care program targeted at veterans who are suffering form traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As part of the Program, veterans and their families will now have access to treatment by UCLA’s team of world-class experts in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and integrative medicine.

There will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event at the UCLA Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events, which are common in military combat. PTSD can develop in people who have experienced or dangerous events. The effects of PTSD remain long after the event itself, causing the victim to feel stressed or frightened. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by an object striking the head or entering the brain tissue by piercing the skull. Veterans of the United States’ military have, and continue to, experience an alarmingly high rate of both PTSD and TBI. The new UCLA program is welcome news to these veterans and their families.

“The percentage of those returning home from post-9/11 conflicts with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress is staggering,” said retired Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, an executive advisor to the Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA and the former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army. “The addition of this program to the Operation Mend portfolio makes UCLA the civilian leader in providing needed care to post-9/11 veterans. If every institution were doing the same, we could satisfy the unmet needs of veterans and their families for this critical care.”

Source: UCLA Newsroom

UA’s Rural Health Conference Focuses on Integrative Medicine

The University of Alabama’s 17th annual Rural Health Conference, is dedicated to the education of community members and health care providers in rural areas. Integrative Medicine uses a combination of conventional medicine and non-mainstream practices, such as all-natural products or mind and body practices, for a holistic approach to their health care.

This year’s University of Alabama Rural Health Conference was held Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, at the Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa Campus. Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark was the Conference’s keynote speaker. She centered her talk on the subject of using food as a way to provide better care for patients. Maker-Clark is:

– A graduate of the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine
– The founder of the Food as Medicine Workshop series
– Co-director of the Culinary Medicine Project
– Clinical assistant professor and coordinator of Integrative Medical and Education for the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Maker-Clark uses herbs, botanicals, breathing, as well as conventional medicines in her community practice. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on integrative medicine.

“Many Alabamians use medical treatment that is not part of mainstream medicine. Some are beneficial, some are not,” said Dr. John Higginbotham, director of the Institute and associate dean of research for the College. “We wanted to have a conference to help educate community members and health care providers with regards to benefits and liabilities.”

Source: University of Alabama