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Anto-Ocrah discusses JAMA paper on “Age and Sex Interactions in Recovery From Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”

Thursday, April 8, 2021

After a concussion, women may be at heightened risk of lasting physical and mental symptoms, a new study finds.

The study of 2,000 concussion sufferers found that women were more likely than men to still have some symptoms one year later. The problems included fuzzy memory and difficulty concentrating, as well as headaches, dizziness or fatigue.

In contrast, women and men showed similar recovery times after traumatic injuries to other areas of the body.

The reasons are unclear, but the study is not the first to find sex differences in concussion recovery. Many have found that on average, women improve more slowly post-concussion, regardless of what caused the injury.

But the new study also included a "control" group of people who had suffered orthopedic injuries, to see whether women tended to recover more slowly from injuries in general.

And that was not the case.

It's an important finding, according to Martina Anto-Ocrah, an assistant professor of emergency medicine and neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

She said it strengthens the case that women's slower recovery is related to concussion, specifically.

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Pearls of wisdom on journal selection by Dr. Anto-Ocrah

Monday, February 22, 2021

Selecting where to publish your work is a very important step in the publication process. I use a 3-tier process in choosing a “home” for my manuscripts.

TIER 1, PENTHOUSE LEVEL: THIS IS YOUR DREAM JOURNAL.

It has all the amenities - high impact factor, thousands of citations, well renowned in your field.

Action: Select at least 2 journals in this level to submit your paper to. Know that it likely will not be published, but at least you can try. Usually these journals come with a high price. Find out if you qualify for a waiver.  The rejection rates are high for these journals. They are very competitive.

TIER 2, SUBURBAN LEVEL: THIS IS THE MIDDLE LEVEL.

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