Trauma Tuesday: Avalanche Escape Edition

first_imgTo call this an avalanche “escape” is a bit of a misnomer. This is more of an “almost avalanche escape to tomahawk to being swallowed to being rescued” type of situation. Extreme skier Julien Lopez drops into what appears to be a pretty tame slope…OR IS IT?!?!?Right, so this thing rips right away with an extra wide crown in the three foot range (eyeballing estimate from the video) on Lopez’s first turn. Not sure who was doing the snow report for these guys, but it was wrong, (almost) dead wrong. Lopez does the badass thing and tries to straight-line it, impressively ollieing the foam leading the charge down the mountain. At this point in the video, you’re like, “OMG, no big deal, this guy’s an extreme skier, so he’s probably good at skiing and straight-lining and out running avalanches”….OR IS HE?!?!?!The wall of snow breathing down his neck turned this pro into a gaper pretty quick as he catches an edge and tomahawks. #oppsIn the video commentary, Lopez throws out the term “lucky” a bunch. I’m not sure if the French term for lucky is the same as the English counterpart, but Lopez wasn’t lucky. There is no luck in the mountains, only preparedness and consequences. Obviously, I wasn’t there when this happened, but that slope was fantastically unstable, ripping not once, but twice with only a relatively slight load on it. Being on it was a huge mistake and should have almost cost Lopez his life. He was equipped with an airbag system, but more crucially, with a team on the scene with the knowledge and skills to extract him.This video is compelling yes, but there are lessons to be learned here too. last_img read more

Talking therapy ‘cuts depression’

first_img Share Share Share 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img HealthLifestyle Talking therapy ‘cuts depression’ by: – December 8, 2012 Tweet Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can reduce symptoms of depression in people who fail to respond to drug treatment, says a study in the Lancet.CBT, a type of psychotherapy, was found to benefit nearly half of the 234 patients who received it combined with normal care from their GP.Up to two-thirds of people with depression do not respond to anti-depressants.Patients should have access to a range of treatments, the charity Mind said.CBT is a form of talking psychotherapy to help people with depression change the way they think to improve how they feel and alter their behaviour.The study followed 469 patients with treatment-resistant depression picked from GP practices in Bristol, Exeter and Glasgow over 12 months.One group of patients continued with their usual care from their GP, which could include anti-depressant medication, while the second group was also treated with CBT.After six months, researchers found 46% of those who had received CBT reported at least a 50% reduction in their symptoms.This compared with 22% experiencing the same reduction in the other group.The study concluded CBT was effective in reducing symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life. The improvements had been maintained for a period of 12 months, it added.Other optionsDr Nicola Wiles, from the Centre for Mental Health, Addiction and Suicide Research at the University of Bristol, said: “While the addition of CBT was effective for patients who had not responded to anti-depressants, not everyone who received CBT got better. These patients had severe and chronic depression so it is unlikely that one treatment would be effective for everyone.”“We need to invest in other research to find alternative treatments for patients whose symptoms have not responded to treatment with anti-depressants.”The patients who did benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy spent one hour a week with a clinical psychologist learning skills to help change the way they think.Chris Williams, professor of psychosocial psychiatry at the University of Glasgow, and part of the research team, said: “The research used a CBT intervention alongside treatment with anti-depressants. It confirms how these approaches – the psychological and physical – can complement each other. “It was also encouraging because we found the approach worked to good effect across a wide range of people of different ages and living in a variety of settings.”Paul Farmer, chief executive at the mental health charity Mind, said there was no “one size fits all” treatment for people with mental health problems.“We welcome this research because it recognises that patients should have the right to a wide range of treatment options based on individual needs,” he said.“Initiatives such as the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has helped to ensure that more treatment options are available for conditions such as depression, however, we know that there still is a huge difference between what treatment people want and what they actually get.” BBC Newslast_img read more

Ihezuo Arrives, Trains with Falconets

first_imgFalconets’ goal –poacher, Chinwendu Ihezuo, on Tuesday joined her team –mates for training sessions in Abuja as preparations hot up for the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea Ihezuo, who plies her professional trade with BIIK Kazygurt of Kazakhstan, is one of the six overseas –based players invited for the tournament next month and has quickly adapted to the training schedule marshalled out by Coach Peter Dedevbo and his technical crew.The former Delta Queens striker was instrumental to Nigeria picking the ticket to her eighth appearance at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, scoring seven goals during the qualifying series.Ihezuo made her international debut for Nigeria at the Azerbaijan 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup where she scored six goals. She has continued to blaze the trail in Kazakhstan with her club, BIIK Kazygurt, making 20 appearances this season with 16 goals to her name.“I am delighted to be back in the fold. The warm reception I got from my team –mates was awesome and collectively we will hoist Nigeria’s flag high in Papua New Guinea. I am very much aware that a lot is expected from me. I am here because of the love I have for my country and I promise to do my best to positively lift the team,” Ihezuo vowed.Nigeria will lock horns with Japan, Canada and Spain at the finals scheduled to take place 13th November – 3rd December 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more