EXCLUSIVE COVER STORY: Is a single shot to the neck the solution to PTSD?
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All it takes to treat soldiers suffering from PTSD is a single shot in the neck, at least according to one Chicago doctor.
Dr. Eugene Lipov, an anesthesiologist and founder of Chicago’s Advanced Pain Centers, says he has successfully treated 14 military veterans — and dozens of others afflicted by the disorder — using a single anesthetic injection to nerves in the neck.
Now, years after Lipov began trying to sell the Pentagon on the tactic, the Navy has launched a two-year study of his approach.Dr. Anita Hickey, the principal investigator in the Navy’s trials, said the procedure could prove more attractive to some soldiers than current treatments for PTSD.
Katie Drummond has the story.
According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend over $16 billion this year on Mother’s Day — the most of any national holiday other than Christmas. But Mother’s Day wasn’t always a commercial bonanza. It began as something deeply personal.
In May 1907, Anna Jarvis, a Methodist schoolteacher from Grafton, W.Va., held a memorial service at her church to honor her mother, who had died two years earlier. The following year, Jarvis hatched the idea of expanding this commemoration to the broader public: She envisioned the creation of a separate day, set aside each year, to honor the sacrifices of all mothers nationwide. She wrote letters to newspapers, churches and politicians across the country, enlisting them in the promotion of her new holiday. Her tireless campaign was met with almost-instant success: In 1908, on the second Sunday in May, the first Mother’s Day celebrations were observed in towns across the country. In the following years, mayors and governors began issuing annual proclamations, and in 1914, just six years after Jarvis’ letter-writing campaign began, President Woodrow Wilson designated Mother’s Day a national holiday.”
Can you imagine having triplets? This mother had them TWICE. Kayleen Schaefer has the story.
Now you can play scratch tickets INSIDE The Daily. Here are the before/after pics from what we think will be the winning Kentucky Derby ticket.
Would you name your child after one of the stars of MTV’s “Teen Mom” or “16 and Pregnant”? We wouldn’t either, but Maci and Bentley have become two of America’s fastest-rising names for girls and boys:
Maci enjoyed the biggest jump among girls in 2010, surging 423 spots to No. 232, while Bentley shot up 414 spots to No. 101 for boys, according to the annual Social Security Administration report that compiles the top 1,000 baby names.
Say wha? Kayleen Schaefer has the full story.
Even John Krasinski can’t save “Something Borrowed,” a love story with no chemistry or even likability. As Carina Chocano writes:
At one point, Darcy remarks that people don’t fall in love because of their similarities. “If they did,” she says, “you two would be a couple.” She’s right. Rachel and Dex have no apparent spark, they just seem more comfortable hanging out with versions of themselves, their values on loan from a catalog. Ultimately, this is what catapults “Something Borrowed” from pointless to gross. If this is a love story, let’s hear it for hate.
Read her full review.
Sources say that Robin Roberts will leave ABC’s “Good Morning America” before the end of the year. Meanwhile, the show hunts for a more petite personality:
Roberts, who played basketball in college, is almost 6 feet tall, and has never been an easy match with George Stephanopoulos, who replaced Diane Sawyer on the show over a year ago.
“George isn’t into sports. He has a tough time bantering with her,” said our insider. “And since George is only about 5-foot-6, they can’t get too close or she towers over him.”
Roberts, a courageous cancer survivor who went on air bald during her chemotherapy, earned even more fans after Hurricane Katrina, when she reported from her devastated hometown of Pass Christian, Miss. And Roberts landed the first interview with President Obama after he was inaugurated.
Flash has the scoop.
With bin Laden out of the way, the BCS is next on the government’s hit list. Think we’re kidding?
Consider this: Attorney General Eric Holder referenced both bin Laden and college football’s Bowl Championship Series when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill yesterday.
First, Holder explained that Sunday’s raid on the Al Qaeda kingpin’s hideout was a “kill-or-capture mission” and then implied the BCS was next up in the crosshairs. Responding to a remark from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in which he called the BCS a “mess”, Holder replied, “I don’t disagree with you.
“You and I have talked about this issue,” the attorney general said, “and I think I’m free to say that we have sent a letter to the NCAA about this issue and will be following up.”
John Walters has the story.
Say hello to the U.S. military’s dogs of war — including the bomb-sniffer that joined the hit squad of 79 Navy SEALs who took out Osama Bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan last weekend.
These dogs aren’t just tough:
The U.S. military often replaces a working dog’s teeth with titanium fangs capable of ripping through enemy protective armor.
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How did the news orgs cover one of the most historic announcements of the decade? These iPad screen shots were taken five minutes after President Obama officially stated that Osama bin Laden was dead on May 1, 2011. (From left to right: The Daily, The New York Times, NPR, CNN)
How do I deal with the realization that I have no special talents, nor am I as intelligent as I thought to be? I feel like I am not going to be able to accomplish anything I wanted to do in my life.
You’ll be fine. You’re just going through the withdrawal phase of a self-esteem addiction. It’s a natural part of your recovery from Special Snowflake Disease.
Let me guess: You’re young, white and a product of the American suburbs. From preschool through senior year, you were fed a constant diet of self-esteem-boosting, feel-good encouragement. You were told you could be anything and do anything, and that everyone was a special snowflake.
Sure, you grew up as one of the good kids. You took an AP class or two, your report card usually had a couple of A’s in it, and you weren’t bad at whatever sport you played. You even got accepted to a decent college, but when you showed up for freshman year, you promptly had your ass handed to you by the brutal reality that no one cared anymore.
You were suddenly surrounded by people who were smarter than you, and there was no one there to make sure you showed up and did the work. As a result, your grades have been in the toilet lately, and you find yourself struggling for what used to come so easily.
No, I’m not psychic. This is simply what’s happening to most of your generation, especially from your little slice of the socioeconomic pie. All of you special snowflakes are coming to terms with your own raging mediocrity. Yes, that’s right. You will not cure cancer. You will not win the lottery. Worst of all, you will not have your own reality show.
Don’t worry, though. You’re gonna be OK. Sacrificing your dreams at the altar of reality is a rite of passage for everyone but a handful of rock stars and ballerinas. You can’t ever let it get to you, or else you’ll end up leading one of those lives of quiet desperation. In fact, it’s good that you caught this early. The sooner you face the harsh truths of the real world, the better off you’ll be.
The first step is taking comfort in the knowledge that you’re like most people. You’re not the best. You’re not the worst. You’re just average. The next step is getting cozy with the notion that no one cares. Right now, that kind of bums you out. You’re still a bit of an encouragement junkie. Soon though, you’ll mellow out and realize that there’s a certain kind of freedom in no one giving a crap. You’ll start taking strength in your own independence, and you’ll learn to validate your existence through internal rather than external criteria. In other words, you’ll stop caring what other people think of your accomplishments.
Not to skip ahead a few lessons, but maybe one day you’ll even discover that it doesn’t matter what you accomplish with your life. None of it matters, but that’s okay too, because at the end of the day, if you’re able to surround yourself with good people and find a few things that make you happy, you’ll have lived a good life.
Osama bin Laden and his underlings regularly bought the most star-spangled of sodas — Coke and Pepsi — according to a grocer who supplied their fortified Pakistan compound with foodstuffs.
Grocer Anjum Qaisar, who worked only 450 feet from bin Laden’s hideout, told Bloomberg News that in addition to soda, his men “always bought the best brands — Nestle milk, the good-quality soaps and shampoos.”
Because, clearly, hygiene was very important to these guys.
We solved the mystery of the second woman in the situation room! Sort of. Like the caption released by the White House says, she’s Audrey Tomason, Director for Counterterrorism. She’s a Tufts University and Harvard Kennedy School grad, about 34 years old (unconfirmed), and she works with the National Security Council, a White House agency closely involved with the intelligence that led to bin Laden. Other than that, the Internet doesn’t seem to know much more, and the government is staying pretty mum. When we searched yesterday, there was no Wikipedia page for her. Now there is, but it’s incredibly sparse.
Oops Cheat Sheet, you obviously didn’t read The Daily this morning! We identified everyone in the iconic Situation Room photo. Click to see who they are and why they’re in the room.
The Department of Defense will release one photo of Osama bin Laden from Sunday evening’s raid that resulted in the death of the terrorist leader, a source with knowledge of the matter told ProducerMatthew.com Wednesday.
The photo was expected to be released within the next week. Earlier…
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The Daily’s own intelligence team identifies who’s who in the iconic Situation Room photo. Launch your app and tap around for the details. Don’t have an iPad? Here you go:
1. Vice President Joe Biden: Former U.S. senator with long history in foreign policy. Hawkish on terror-related issues, he supported the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as intervention in Bosnia.
2. Brig. Gen. Marshall B. “Brad” Webb: Assistant commanding general, Joint Special Operations Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.; veteran soldier and military strategist.
3. Adm. Mike Mullen: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military, and former chief of naval operations. On a visit to Pakistan last month, he accused the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency of colluding with terror groups.
4. Tom Donilon: National security adviser. A top Obama confidant known for being meticulously organized, he served in the Bill Clinton administration and helped negotiate the Bosnia peace plan.
5. Bill Daley: White House chief of staff. Former chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase, and the brother and son of Chicago mayors, he is just four months into his new job. He was commerce secretary under Clinton.
6. Dennis McDonough: Deputy national security adviser and a former aide to the House International Relations Committee, he became top foreign policy adviser to then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2007. He was a former adviser to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
7. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Secretary of state. The former first lady and former U.S. senator from New York has increasingly criticized Pakistan for failing to rein in terror groups operating in remote areas of the country.
8. Tony Blinken: Adviser on national security policy to the vice president; former staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden calls him “the smartest man I know” on foreign policy.
9. Audrey Tomason: Director for counterterrorism. Tomason works in the White House as part of the Executive Office of the President.
10. John Brennan: Chief counterterrorism adviser to Obama and homeland security adviser. Brennan meets daily with the president.
11. Robert Gates: Secretary of defense. Just weeks short of retirement, he was director of central intelligence under President George H.W. Bush and a former Air Force officer. He was tapped by George W. Bush to replace Donald Rumsfeld in 2006, and has overseen Afghan and Iraq operations, including the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq.
12. James Clapper: Director of national intelligence. Clapper is a retired U.S. Air Force general who has held several positions within the intelligence services.
Alex Kuczynski doesn’t seem to be missing her desk at the New York Times. The glamorous former reporter, who still contributes to the Gray Lady and writes books, stripped down to her underwear with some adventurous pals on the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho — she’s the one in the middle in sunglasses — as her hedge fund billionaire husband, Charles Stevenson, gave an emphatic thumbs up. Meanwhile, her father,Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, an economist with degrees from Oxford and Princeton, recently came in third in the Peruvian presidential election.