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This special series explores new research and treatments in neuroscience and mental health.




Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Paradox of Conflicting Results

Host: Paul Rokuskie Researchers have been challenged for years by the simultaneous results of numerous studies into brain network connections in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some results show strong connections, while others suggest the opposite. New research has helped bring some clarity to this ongoing paradox. Host Paul Rokuskie is joined by Dr. Benjamin Yerys, a child psychologist in the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They talk...

Duration: 00:13:30

Rapid Eye Movement:The Gateway to New Insights in Autism?

Host: Paul Rokuskie Autism Spectrum Disorder affects communication skills as well as emotional & social development. Researchers have been studying the brain for decades to better understand how these developmental differences manifest as autism. Recent studies that measure rapid eye movement (REM) have been showing great promise in elucidating the origins and mechanisms of disease. Host Paul Rokusie sits down with Dr. John Foxe to talk about his study on rapid eye movement, its...

Duration: 00:12:59

Millennials and Mental Health: A Generation Wrestling with Depression and Anxiety

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Millennial report higher incidence and prevalence rates of depression than any previous generations. Why is this, and what can be done to help these patients? Host Brian McDonough speaks with Dr. John Huber, Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, about the reasons why millennials are struggling with depression and anxiety, and tips for helping these patients handle the unique stressors in life they are facing.

Duration: 00:14:30

The Angry Smile: Exploring the Psychological Impacts of Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Signe Whitson What is passive-aggressive behavior, and what can (or should) people do when confronted with it? Host Brian McDonough sits down with Signe Whitson, author of the book The Angry Smile: The New Psychological Study of Passive-Aggressive Behavior at Home, at School, in Marriage & Close Relationships, in the Workplace and Online. Ms. Whitson is an educator on bullying, crisis intervention, and child and adolescent emotional and...

Duration: 00:13:29

Unraveling Health Disparities for Women with Parkinson's Disease

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Allison Willis, MD More men than women are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease by almost a 2 to 1 margin. However, women receive supportive surgery less often than men, and their symptoms are more severe on average by the time surgical options are taken. Host Brian McDonough chats with Dr. Allison Willis, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, about gender differences in diagnosing...

Duration: 00:10:59

Redefining the Vegetative State: How Imaging Measures Consciousness

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Vegetative state is commonly defined as "wakefulness with awareness." Patients with a vegetative state diagnosis will show only reflex behavior, are not able to follow commands and are unable to communicate. This barrier in the inability for patients to communicate can make it difficult for doctors to measure their level of consciousness. In fact, some patients who are believed to be in a completely vegetative state may be more aware of what's going on...

Duration: 00:12:29

Emerging Concepts in the Management of MS: A Focus on T and B-Cell Targeting

Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Guest: Prof. Andrew Chan Professor Andrew Chan, Chief Physician, Deputy Clinical Director, Head of the Outpatient Neuro Center, and Head of the Neurological Policlinic at the University Hospital of Bern, in Bern, Switzerland, joins Dr. Matt Birnholz on this special edition of On the Frontlines of Multiple Sclerosis. Professor Chan will be discussing the role of T and B cells in treating patients with multiple sclerosis, specifically when to employ these treatment...

Duration: 00:11:29

Earlier Diagnoses for MS: Tools that Make the Biggest Patient Impacts

Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Guest: Jiwon Oh, MD In this special edition of On the Frontlines of Multiple Sclerosis, Dr. Jiwon Oh, a neurologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and scientist at the Keenan Research Center of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada joins host, Dr. Matt Birnholz, to discuss the latest diagnostic tools availabile to clinicians and the impact of early diagnosis on patient...

Duration: 00:13:29

Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP): Risks and Prevention

Host: Andrew Wilner, MD Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) refers to the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy person with epilepsy where no cause of death can be found. What do doctors need to know about this mysterious and devastating phenomenon? Dr. Elizabeth Donner, Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto joins host Dr. Andrew Wilner to talk about the risks and investigated causes...

Duration: 00:17:59

Radiation Nation: The Effects of Cell Phones on Children's Brains

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Could constant cell phone use be damaging children's brains? Host Dr. Brian McDonough chats with Daniel Debaun, author of Radiation Nation: The Fallout of Modern Technology," about how electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation produced by modern technology such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, Wi-Fi, and smart meters may be emerging as a health threat with many unknown consequences.

Duration: 00:12:59

The Latest Therapies for MS: Weighing Respective Benefits and Risks

Host: John J. Russell, MD Guest: Antonio Uccelli, MD In this special edition of On the Frontlines of Multiple Sclerosis, Professor Antonio Uccelli, Director of the Center of Excellence for Biomedical Research at the University of Genoa in Genoa, Italy joins host Dr. John Russell to discuss various treatment therapies for patients with multiple sclerosis, and the benefits and risks associated with these treatment options. This program has been brought to you through an independent...

Duration: 00:14:59

Gut Feeling: The Links Between IBD and Mental Health

Host: Adam Ehrlich, MD, MPH Guest: Alison Kaufman, PsyD Our body responds to stress and anxiety in a variety of ways. For patients with IBD, the body manifests stress into various psychological issues, creating a link between IBD and mental health. Dr. Alison Kaufman, a psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will discuss the common emotional reactions of IBD patients, suggesting ways for physicians to help these patients cope with their chronic disease. She is joined by Dr....

Duration: 00:07:59

Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS): Common and Unusual Case Presentations

Host: John J. Russell, MD Guest: James Glazer, MD, FACSM Guest: Louis Guzzi, MD, FCCM Exertional heat stroke, or EHS, is a sudden and unpredictable condition, commonly affecting young, active, and healthy individuals. But this common patient population doesn’t tell the whole story of EHS and who is at high risk, making the need to understand both typical and atypical case presentations a crucial matter. Joining Dr. John Russell in this panel discussion are doctors Lou Guzzi and James...

Duration: 00:14:59

Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS): Emergency Medical Treatment Goals

Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: William D. Hampton, DO, FACOEP Once a physician understands the underlying causes of exertional heat stroke (EHS), understanding treatment is the next step. Delayed treatment for exertional heat stroke can result in brain damage, organ failure, or even death. In this program, the focus will be on EHS in the emergency medical setting. Host Dr. Shira Johnson welcomes Dr. Bill Hampton, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Osteopathic...

Duration: 00:13:59

Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS): Neurological Characteristics and Pathophysiology

Host: Andrew Wilner, MD Guest: Julian E. Bailes, MD Exertional heat stroke is caused by physical activity, such as exercising or working outside, in hot and humid environments. Left untreated, EHS leads to significant neurological dysfunction and high mortality rates. Dr. Andrew Wilner welcomes Dr. Julian Bailes, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the NorthShore University Health System Neurological Institute in Chicago, to discuss EHS characterization,...

Duration: 00:08:59

Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care

Host: Maurice Pickard, MD Guest: Annette Hanson, M.D. Is forced treatment helpful or harmful? Battle lines have been drawn over involuntary treatment for psychiatric patients. Psychiatrist Dr. Annette Hanson offers a thought-provoking and engaging account of the controversy surrounding involuntary psychiatric care in the United States. She brings the issue to life with first-hand accounts from patients, clinicians, advocates, and opponents. Committed takes on the difficult question of...

Duration: 00:19:30

The Biophysics of Minimizing Brain Damage After Hemorrhagic Stroke

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Annalisa Scimemi Hemorrhagic strokes account for about 200,000 strokes per year. Of those who survive, about 66 percent suffer some permanent brain damage. Our guest, biophysicist Dr. Annalisa Scimemi, has been studying the receptors in the brain that may contribute to brain damage immediately after hemorrhagic stroke. Alongside host Dr. Brian McDonough, she will discuss how to lessen the effects of brain damage following a stroke.

Duration: 00:09:59

Addressing Fibromyalgia: From Timely Diagnosis to Individualizing Treatment

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA Fibromyalgia is a common disorder characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and cognitive impairment, which may fluctuate in intensity. Symptoms of fibromyalgia overlap many other conditions, which may complicate its diagnosis.

Duration: 00:17:29

Telemedicine Champion Discusses Impact of Telehealth on Access to Care

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Peter Yellowlees, President-elect of the American Telemedicine Association which seeks to improve health care delivery through better use of remote medicine technologies. Dr. Yellowlees discusses his decades of work at the University of California Davis advancing the use of telemedicine in clinical and behavioral care.

Duration: 00:30:00

Mental Health America CEO on Public Health Approaches to Mental Illness

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, the nation's oldest organization dedicated to advancing access to mental services for all Americans. He discusses the need to change the nation's response to mental illness from a public safety to a public health approach.

Duration: 00:29:58

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