• New Study Shows Importance of Hypoxia for TBI Patients

    One of the more common reasons for emergency room visits is head trauma. A new study published in November’s issue of the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Neurosurgery, has shown that low oxygen supply, or hypoxia, to vulnerable brain tissue is a crucial factor in the risk of death or severe disability after serious traumatic brain injury (TBI.) The study showed that the larger the decrease in brain oxygenation, the higher the risk of severe disability or death. The study strongly suggests that patients with prolonged periods of brain hypoxia have an increased likelihood of having poor prognosis separate from the results of intracranial pressure, brain blood…

  • Dr. Josyann Abysaab:What to Expect in the ER: Part 1

    If you ever need to bring a child to the emergency room, it’s a good idea to prepare him/her in advance. If he knows what to expect, the trauma of the visit will be reduced to a minimum. On the Way to the ER Although it is certainly possible to drive to the emergency room yourself, if you need to get your child there quickly, consider calling 911 for an ambulance. Not only is an ambulance the fastest way to get to the ER, but there are trained professionals in the ambulance who can administer care. If you have time, bring some of your child’s belongings that can comfort and…

  • New York’s Emergency Response to the Attack on the WTC

    Today is the 10th anniversary of what has become known as “9-11,” the attack by terrorists in two airplanes, each of which crashed into one of the two twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, causing them both to collapse within two hours. 2,801 people were killed in that horrific event, 147 of whom were passengers on the two planes. As one might imagine, New York’s emergency services were sorely taxed by this catastrophe, including the City’s public health, health care, and social service systems. On this day of memorial and commemoration, it is important to take note of the heroic efforts of the dedicated people that helped…

  • Understanding Knee Injuries:Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    W hen all the parts of the body are working together well, it is easy to forget how each and every muscle, bone, and organ are essential for a painless, well-functioning body. A good example of this is when someone has a knee injury. In just a moment the person goes from painless walking, bending, climbing stairs, crouching and stretching, to a person who experiences pain with every bend of the leg at the knee. The knee is the largest joint in the body. Joints are the places where two bones come together. The knees provide the body with stability, flexibility and allow your legs to straighten up, bend and…

  • Josyann Abisaab, Japan and Radiation Exposure

    The Worst Has Been Averted The catastrophe in Japan has brought the world’s attention to what could happen when there is a leak at a nuclear power plant and radiation is released into the environment. Thankfully, it looks like there will not be a major nuclear disaster in Japan as experts continue to bring the situation under control. Nevertheless, it has been confirmed that a certain amount of radioactivity was released into the water supply and atmosphere. What does that mean for the health of the people affected by their proximity to the power plants and to those further away? Nuclear Plant Workers Exposed It has been reported that some…