FOX31's Kim Posey spoke with mental health experts about how to get help during the holiday season.
13001 East 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045
The lab of Angelo D’Alessandro, PhD, a professor at the CU School of Medicine, had already been working with Cambridge to understand the metabolic support of neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis, with a special focus on the role of metabolic signals driving inflammatory events that make immune cells in the brain turn against neurons.
“People in professional sports and even in college sports will sustain hundreds or even thousands of injuries in a single season, perhaps. And that’s a significant problem. We think that these injuries can cause long-term damage over years that could result in dementia,” said Dr. Christopher Filley, a neurologist who studies brain injuries for UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.
CU Anschutz mental health expert who has treated victims, volunteers and first responders following natural disasters Ian Stanley says it’s important to know the signs. With thousands of Colorado first responders and volunteers heading across the country to lend a hand. “First responders’ instinct is going to be to help other people. It’s in their training, it’s in their character, and it’s really important they take stock of their own stress levels and mental health and lean on each other for support,” Stanley said.
A few weeks later, he says he experienced a similar pain in his arm. That time, he went to UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Doctors removed what was thought to be another clot. “We questioned as to why I would have a blood clot anywhere at my age and with my health, especially in an artery. It just didn’t make any sense to us,” Brian said. Upon further testing, Dr. Muhammad Aftab, a cardiac surgeon at the Anschutz, discovered the problem in Brian’s heart. “There was just so much extensive vegetation which was covering all the valves,” Dr. Aftab said.