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New research and clinical trials yield frequent developments in neuroscience and mental health. ReachMD welcomes an array of leading thinkers who lend their focused expertise to these principles, central to human function and ability.

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New research and clinical trials yield frequent developments in neuroscience and mental health. ReachMD welcomes an array of leading thinkers who lend their focused expertise to these principles, central to human function and ability.

    Strategies for Success: Exercising Our Mental Muscle

    Strategies for Success: Exercising Our Mental Muscle

    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP

    Guest: Kisma Orbovich


    Improvement is something we’re all constantly chasing, whether it’s in the form of a promotion, a bigger house, or maybe even an ideal weight. So why do we often fail miserably at these attempts to make our lives better?
    To get to the bottom of this dilemma, Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Kisma Orbovich, the CEO of Illumination Academy, to reveal the secret to true success and how gratitude may just be the lifehack we’ve been searching for.

    The Lasting Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Fighting the Lifelong Battle

    The Lasting Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Fighting the Lifelong Battle

    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP

    Guest: Teresa Gil, PhD


    Since about 21 million mothers in America experienced sexual abuse in their childhood, there’s a good chance that some of these women are our patients. So as their physicians, how can we provide them with the best possible care as they continue to cope with the lifelong effects of sexual abuse? That’s what Dr. Brian McDonough explores with Dr. Teresa Gil, author of Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children: Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation.

    Detangling Difficult Conversations About Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Exchanges

    Detangling Difficult Conversations About Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Exchanges

    Host: Patricia K. Coyle, MD

    Guest: Clyde E. Markowitz, MD


    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. As the treatment armamentarium continues to grow, patient involvement in the development of an effective treatment strategy is becoming increasingly important. In this Clinical ExchangesSM activity, leading MS specialists discuss issues of diagnosing MS, initiating treatment, and switching therapies, all in the context of practical shared decision-making techniques demonstrated by their own patients.

    Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: Houston, We Have a (Health) Problem

    Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: Houston, We Have a (Health) Problem

    Host: Andrew Wilner, MD, Author of "The Locum Life: A Physician's Guide to Locum Tenens"


    As a follow-up to the Microgravity: A New Risk Factor for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension essay he wrote back in 2012, Dr. Andrew Wilner investigates whether there have been any updates on the 27 astronauts who had significant microgravity exposure.

    Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: The Challenge of Healing After a Headshot

    Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: The Challenge of Healing After a Headshot

    Host: Andrew Wilner, MD, Author of "The Locum Life: A Physician's Guide to Locum Tenens"


    Even with quick thinking and timely action, the chances of a neurosurgeon being able to do more than taking out the bullet, administering antibiotics, and stopping the bleeding isn’t likely, and surviving a bullet to the brain can unfortunately be just the beginning of a patient’s struggles. Focusing on the title story of his book Bullets and Brains, Dr. Andrew Wilner discusses the serious aftermath congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords experienced while recovering from a headshot.

    Delirium: The Hidden Disorder Plaguing ICU Patients

    Delirium: The Hidden Disorder Plaguing ICU Patients

    Host: Matt Birnholz, MD

    Guest: Wes Ely, MD, MPH


    After surviving a critical illness, many patients look forward to their lives returning to normal, but unfortunately, that’s not always possible.
    To uncover the far-reaching impacts of delirium, Dr. Matt Birnholz is joined by Dr. Wes Ely, Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship Center at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine which focuses on improving the lives and care of patients in the intensive care unit to ensure both physical and cognitive rehabilitation.

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