New Study Helps Wounded Warriors and Others With Facial Injuries

A study being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh is helping our wounded warriors with facial injuries restore a more normal appearance.

New Study Helps Wounded Warriors and Others With Facial Injuries

The study involves the use of a minimally invasive procedure in which fat tissue and stem cells are transferred from one part of the body to the face or head to fill in visible deformities. 

The study is funded by the United States Department of Defense. J. Peter Rubin, MD, a plastic surgeon and researcher conducting the study, says, “This is very important work because up to 26% of our wounded warriors have facial injuries. These visible injuries can affect every aspect of a patient’s life, from family and social interactions to employment opportunities.” 


The study is open to both military personnel and civilians anywhere in the United States with visible injuries to the face or skull. Additionally, all of the costs of treatment, including travel for the patients, are covered under the program funded by the United States Department of Defense. Anyone interested in the study can contact restore@upmc.com, visit www.upmc.com/restore, or call 412-864-2587.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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