‘Return to Learn’ helps students post-concussion

Across the nation, concussion protocols are in place to guide student athletes’ safe return to sports participation. But no clear guidelines exist for students’ appropriate return to the classroom. Dr. Monica Vavilala and researchers at Harborview Medical Center created “Return to Learn,” a road map for schools to help youths recover their academic well-being.

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Are plant-based meats healthier?

As more fast food chains add vegan burger options to their menus, many might wonder if this is a healthier alternative to meat. Judy Simon, a UW Medicine dietitian, says some products do contain whole foods, like sweet potatoes or black beans. Take a look at the ingredient list. she advises. She cautions that some of the products have a lot of sodium, so you’ll want to check the nutritional labels.

“I just think it’s being aware of what you’re eating,” she says.

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How caring text messages can prevent suicide

For Suicide Awareness Day, Amanda Kerbrat, a research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is teaching health care providers how to implement a simple but powerful tool to prevent suicide: caring contacts. Caring contacts are messages of support to show someone you care about their well-being. This simple intervention builds on the work of Jerome Motto, a World War II soldier who became a psychiatrist and researcher. He used caring letters to conduct the first successful clinical trial to reduce suicide deaths.

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