Life After Stress: The Biology of Trauma and Resilience

NEPR SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY

After September 11th, 2001, social scientists really began to focus on the psychological impact of trauma, and the power of resilience. But long before that horrible event, and certainly since, there have been brutal wars, natural disasters, mass shootings, and bombings — not to mention the chronic stress of poverty, illness, or domestic abuse. An emerging field of science is looking at ways trauma of all sorts gets embedded in the body and brain, and who weathers it best.

Springfield Moves Forward With Casino Plans

Following the rejection of a state ballot question to repeal the casino law, stakeholders — including MGM Springfield, the city’s economic development department, and Springfield residents — are looking ahead to the next phase.

Study: Binge Drinking Alters Brain Development

New research out of UMass-Amherst and Louisiana State University suggests that binge drinking during adolescence may reduce neural connections in the pre-frontal cortex — at least in rats. The study was released this week in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Hospitals Step Up Apology Process Around Medical Errors

Patient safety advocates say the best way to reduce medical errors is for hospitals to openly acknowledge mistakes and learn from them. But the fear of malpractice lawsuits has gotten in the way of that. A couple years ago, Massachusetts passed a law that supports a more open apology process. Now, two hospital systems are taking that process one step further.