Wednesday October 16, 2019

Proper Rest can Help in Lowering PTSD Symptoms: Study

Study says that rest can reduce the levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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A period of Rest after a traumatic event can reduce the subsequent development of involuntary 'memory intrusions', one of the symptoms in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Pixabay

A period of rest following a traumatic event could reduced the subsequent development of involuntary ‘memory intrusions’, one of the hallmark symptoms in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study said.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggested that memory disturbances in PTSD might be ameliorated by increased ‘consolidation’ (a process by which memories are stored and contextualised), which could shed new light on treatment and prevention.

“Our findings contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms that are at play when some people develop memory disturbances following trauma while others do not,” said the study’s lead author Lone Horlyck from the University College London.

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Research Says that strengthening of contextual memory system through rest is beneficial in preventing memory intrusions caused by trauma. Pixabay

For the findings, the researchers presented 85 participants with emotionally negative videos, followed by either a period of wakeful rest or a simple control task, where participants were required to pay attention to numbers on a screen.

The videos comprised highly emotional content, such as badly injured people or serious accidents.

The study found that participants who had a period of rest following the viewing of negative videos reported fewer memory intrusions related to the videos over the following week.

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Specific brain systems can be Targetted to reduce development of PTSD through Rest. Pixabay

Rest and certain phases of sleep are known to increase processing in the hippocampus, a key region of the brain for memory, and which places memories in context.

According to the researchers, the results suggested that a strengthening of this contextual memory system was beneficial in preventing memory intrusions following trauma.

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“The results show that specific brain systems could be targeted to reduce development of PTSD and may explain why treatments that focus on re-exposure and integrating the trauma with other information are beneficial,” said the study’s senior author, Professor Neil Burgess. (IANS)

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Afghanistan Initiates Polio Drive, Targets 8.5mn Kids

The campaign is launched in most of the places in Afghanistan where limited children were reached earlier in the year

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Afghan health authorities on launched sub-national immunization campaign to give polio immunity vaccination dose to 8.5 million children under five years old. Pixabay

Afghan health authorities on Monday launched an extended sub-national immunization campaign to give polio immunity vaccination dose to 8.5 million children under five years old.

“The five-day campaign targets over 8.5 million children under 5 years of age in 324 districts across the country. The campaign is launched in most of the places where limited children were reached earlier in the year,” Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry of Public Health as saying.

“We are concerned that following the long pause in polio vaccination in parts of the country, more children have become vulnerable to poliovirus, therefore it is of paramount importance that we vaccinate those who have been missing out,” it added.

The Ministry called on the parents to protect their children against polio by letting the vaccinators get in when they come knocking on the doors.

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The five-day campaign in Afghanistan targets over 8.5 million children against Polio under 5 years of age in 324 districts across the country. Pixabay

The ongoing insurgency and conflicts have been hindering the efforts to curb the infectious disease in the mountainous country as 1.2 million children from inaccessible areas have missed previous drives.

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There are only two countries in the world, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where polio cases are still reported. (IANS)