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Nevada Medicine Weekly | October 23, 2018

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Female doctor with young female patient with mild brain injury.

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted wide-ranging recommendations on how to best care for children who experience mild traumatic head injury.

New guidelines for treating mild brain injury in children

By Max J. Coppes, M.D., PhD, MBA

With the fall sports season underway, Max Coppes, M.D., professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at UNR Med and physician-in-chief at Renown Children's Hospital, explains the importance of adhering to new CDC guidelines for children and mild concussions.

Mild concussions in children occur frequently, and sometimes parents unknowingly mismanage their care. Often fear and parental anxiety influence concussion assessments rather than hard data, leading to unnecessary investigations. On the other hand, parental wishes can also lead to a child returning to the classroom or the sports team too quickly.

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted wide-ranging recommendations (a staggering 46!) on how to best care for children who experience mild traumatic head injury.

First, what is a mild traumatic head injury? This is a head injury followed by symptoms like confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes, loss of memory for less than 24 hours and transient neurologic symptoms, including seizures.

As a parent, any of these symptoms, let alone a combination of them, would worry me greatly. Many of us would probably feel that "more" is better under these circumstances. But "more" can also be harmful, exposing children unnecessarily to radiation and blood work. However, I would insist on a comprehensive assessment to make sure that nothing serious underlies the symptoms.

Read more about the new guidelines for managing mild brain injury in children.

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Dr. Joseph & Mona Rojas OB/GYN Scholarship Endowment established

In honor of Dr. Joseph Rojas, the School of Medicine's first Las Vegas-based chair of obstetrics and gynecology, the Clark County OB/GYN Society and the Las Vegas OB/GYN community have made a lasting commitment to UNR Med's new Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Dr. Joseph & Mona Rojas OB/GYN Scholarship Endowment will benefit fourth-year medical students who have demonstrated excellence in their UNR Med OB/GYN clerkships.

To learn more about supporting medical students, please contact Shari Netzel, director of development, at (775) 682-6077 or snetzel@unr.edu

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Protect patients, yourself and your family against influenza by getting your annual (and free!) flu shot at a UNR Med and Integrated Clinical Services flu shot clinic Monday, Oct. 29 in the Pennington Health Sciences atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID. Thank you for contributing to A Healthy Nevada!

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A limited number of UNR Med branded two-pocket folders are now on sale for 75 cents each or $3.75 for a pack of five. If you need to replenish your stock, please place your order through Barker Business Systems. The cost center is your four-digit university mail stop. If you encounter ordering challenges, please contact Karen Nowicki, knowicki@e-totalprint.com or (775) 856-1771.

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In 1990, an early intervention clinic for patients with HIV and AIDS opened to serve northern Nevada. 

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New guidelines for treating mild brain injury in children

October 22, 2018
With the fall sports season underway, Dr. Max Coppes, professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at UNR Med and physician-in-chief at Renown Children's Hospital, explains the importance of adhering to new CDC guidelines for children and mild concussions.

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