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Social Media In The Office

Ever wonder how different employers regulate the use of social media? The Huffington Post released an interesting article that, although a few years old, covered some interesting trends that arose in social media use in the office.  Some of the more interesting points include the following:

NPR Discusses Social Media and Class Action Lawsuits

Once again, the National Public Radio is weighing in on a relevant topic to today's blog topic.  Social media and its use for legal claims has been an area of hot debate in recent years.  Can private social media posts be used as courtroom evidence?  How do you control jurors and judges who may tweet or Facebook post about a current case? Interestingly, some lawyers are also attempting to use social media to reach large masses of people for class-action lawsuits.  Read about this new phenomenon by clicking the link to the original NPR article, which can be found here.

Chronic Pain and Stress Linked In The Brain

Recent research shows that managing stress may also help control the symptoms associated with chronic pain. Researchers from the University of Montreal studied chronic pain and found an association between intensity of pain and reported stress levels, as reported by the Huffington Post.
In this study, about 25 participants were examined, with about half experiencing chronic pain and the other acting as control subjects.  Researchers found that participants with a smaller hippocampus also often had higher cortisol levels, a stress hormone.  Higher levels of cortisol led to increased pain reporting using a scale of intensity. This was commonly seen in subjects who reported chronic pain symptoms.  
The participants were also put into a functional MRI scanner to measure brain activity.  The fMRI results showed that subjects with a smaller hippocampus responded to pain in an area that's also linked to anticipatory anxiety.  Additionally, those same participants were also more likely to have heightened cortisol levels (chronic pain sufferers).  The link between these two areas suggests that, by controlling stress and anxiety, chronic pain symptoms may also be controlled as well. 
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury attorney who serves the western and central Pennsylvania areas.  His clients include those who now suffer from chronic pain as a result of an injury due to the fault of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA practice, please visit his website http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

"Exposing The Lie Of Tort Reform" on the Huffington Post

One of last week's blog posts touched upon the concept of tort reform, which is a major legal topic amongst the personal injury law community.  As a refresher from last week, tort reform is a process that involves placing a limit on the dollar amount that a person who files a civil lawsuit can recover.  It excludes economic damages, such as lost wages, but places a limit on things like pain and suffering and other compensatory and punitive damages.  Tort reform law varies between states, and in most cases, has not been updated in many, many years.   

Your Cognition Suffers When You Have Chronic Pain

As stated in a recent Huffington Post article, patients who suffer from chronic pain also often have experiences with other cognitively-based problems like memory and attention difficulties.  According to the article, which can be found by clicking this link, "A study conducted by Nadine Attal and her team suggests that those who have problems with their brain's ability in attention, memory or other executive functions may have more issues with chronic pain after surgeries."  The results of this study are interesting because they suggest that, not only does your brain respond differently as a result of dealing with chronic pain, but you may respond differently to dealing with chronic pain as a result of your brain's cognitive makeup. 

Elder Abuse Is Prevalent Among The Poor

Incidences of elder abuse are, unfortunately, common across all walks of life and socioeconomic groups. However, elder abuse in less affluent populations is something that is becoming increasingly common.  Senior adults in lower-income brackets have reported increased incidences of physical, financial, emotional, and sexual abuse in recent years.  The Huffington Post also recently ran an article about the phenomenon, which can be viewed by clicking this link.  

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