Insult to injury: US workers without paid sick leave suffer from mental distress


Only seven states in the US have mandatory paid sick leave laws, yet, 15 states have passed preemptive legislation prohibiting localities from passing sick leave. Paid sick leave is gaining momentum as a social justice issue with important implications for health and wellness. But what are the implications for the mental well-being of Americans without paid sick leave? A new study is the first to show the link between mental distress and paid sick leave among US workers.

Nanoparticles limit damage in spinal cord injury


After a spinal cord injury, significant secondary nerve damage is caused by inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the ability of the nervous system to repair itself. A biodegradable nanoparticle injected after a spinal cord trauma prevented the inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the repair process, reports a new study.

Brain injury in kids might lead to alcohol abuse


Researchers have surveyed previous studies to investigate the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and alcohol abuse. They found evidence that traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could be a risk-factor for alcohol abuse in later life, and advise that brain injury survivors should be given special attention to address potential substance abuse issues.

Structural and functional MRI in children resuscitated after drowning pinpoints site of anoxic brain injury


Structural and functional MRI in children resuscitated after drowning pinpoints the site of anoxic brain injury to regions controlling movement, while providing strong evidence that networks controlling perception and cognition remain largely intact.

Mental health visits spike prior to burn injury, indicating opportunity for intervention


In a new study examining the relationship between mental health and burn injury, researchers note that burn injuries may be preventable through increased access to high-quality mental health care. The study’s findings also show that burn injury victims experience significantly increased rates of self-harm after their injuries.