The University of Michigan Injury Center has released a new document highlighting the research, researchers, and programs focused on reducing and preventing opioid misuse and overdose currently underway in departments all across the University of Michigan -- from anesthesiology to psychiatry. The document, which will be frequently updated, is intended to help those seeking to identify the plethora of resources currently focused on a major public health issue. Watch for updates for the formatting and accessibility of this document.
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Findings from a recent publication by U-M Injury Center researchers, Drs. Stoddard and Pierce, suggests positive future orientation (i.e., individual's thoughts and feelings about their future) may play a key role in the prevention of alcohol and other drug use among adolescents.
Fewer motorcycle riders who are involved in crashes across the state of Michigan are wearing a helmet, and the state’s trauma centers have seen a 14 percent increase in head injuries among motorcyclists, since the state’s partial repeal of its universal helmet law in April 2012, a new study finds. See more here. Also see Reuter's coverage of this research.
“Those statistics highlight that injuries pose a global health concern,” says Ronald Maio, D.O., professor emeritus of emergency medicine, member of the University of Michigan Injury Center and senior author of a new paper examining injuries in a Ghanaian emergency department. “Additionally troublesome, 15 to 20 percent of injuries worldwide are attributable to alcohol use.” See full news item here.
The NCAA Sport Science Institute has published a new resource for athletics administrators to use to create campus communities free of sexual violence and safe places for students to learn and thrive. See the full publication/toolkit.
The University of Michigan Injury Center hosted a Concussion Summit in September 2015 to condense, solidify and disseminate what is currently known on the topic. Areas for discussion included concussion incidence and prevention, diagnosis and management, legislation and education, legal and social aspects and future directions. A summary of those presentations are included within. See full article from Future Medicine here.
Researchers at the University at Michigan are working on a number of projects that address traumatic brain injury, with a focus on reducing sport concussion and properly evaluating athletes before they return to play. This article features three of them -- all funded by the U-M Injury Center. See full article here.
In a new study by U-M Injury Center's Steve Broglio, a rule change limiting full-contact high school football practices appears to have been effective in reducing head-impact exposure across all players, with the largest reduction occurring among linemen. This finding is likely associated with the rule modification, particularly because the coaching staff and offensive scheme remained consistent, yet how this reduction influences concussion risk and long-term cognitive health remains unknown.