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Saturday's Edition of "Information is the Best Medicine" with Glenn Ellis (9:00AM): Urban PTSD
Mar 7, 2014 | News

On the next "Information is the Best Medicine," Glenn Ellis welcomes Dr. Kerry Ressler, a researcher on inner-city residents exposed to violence, and Chicago-based health writer Rod McCullom on race and youth violence.

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On the next "Information is the Best Medicine" with Glenn Ellis (Saturdays, 9:00AM):

The rates of PTSD we are seeing in urban neighborhood are as high, or higher, than Iraq, Afghanistan or Vietnam veterans.

Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries.

African Americans of all ages are more likely to be victims of serious violent crime than are non-Hispanic whites. One study reported that over 25% of African American youth exposed to violence met diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Glenn's guest this week on "Information is the Best Medicine" will be Dr. Kerry Ressler of Emory University in Atlanta, a researcher on inner-city residents exposed to violence.

Only one trauma center out of the 22 cities with the highest homicide rates actually screens patients for PSTD.  Chicago-based health writer, Rod McCullom, will also weigh in on trauma centers, youth violence, and what role race plays in these situations.

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