Category: Wounded Servicemembers

mTBI Research Trial Comes Under Fire from DoD IG

WASHINGTON—A military research clinical trial evaluating the use of antioxidants to reduce sequela of mTBI in 80 troops after blast injury has come under fire by DoD’s Inspector General (IG). After receiving allegations of problems with the trial, the IG’s… Read More

Often Misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Could Play a Role in Veterans’ Dementia

When Ann McKee, MD, studied the brain tissue of a former offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions and eight-time Pro Bowl player in 2009, she made an important discovery. The football player, who had died from complications associated with dementia… Read More

Trying to Get Rest For The Weary: Managing Sleep Disorders In Returning Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC—Returning servicemembers are among the some 40 million Americans who suffer from chronic long term sleep disorders, and, for reasons ranging from disrupted sleep during deployment, battlefield stress or even hyper vigilance, their sleep problems can be especially challenging… Read More

Military Leaders Emphasize Need to Build Resilience in Troops and Families

WASHINGTON, DC—Building resilience in servicemembers must start when they enter basic training and must include their families, said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm Michael Mullen. Mullen spoke at the annual Warrior Resilience Conference held by the… Read More

Improvements Made to Tracking Mild TBI Documentation

WASHINGTON, DC— The Army Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) electronic medical record systems are being upgraded to help providers better document mild TBI patient data in theater. The MC4 system is used in facilities in deployed environments, such… Read More

Research Needed on Stress in Combat Medics

BETHESDA, MD—Where do you find resiliency as a healer and a soldier? As the role of combat medics becomes more and more important to the increasing survival rate of combat casualties, that is a question that military psychiatrists are asking.… Read More

Military Challenged to Provide Far-Forward Mental Health Care

BETHESDA, MD—For a handful of military mental health providers on the front lines, treating combat stress and trauma is an everyday occurrence. The military has begun to realize that the advice and care they furnish can often prevent acute battlefield… Read More

Researchers Identifying Gender Differences in Combat Trauma

BETHESDA, MD—Women comprise nearly 20-percent of the military. Many women, like their male counterparts, return from combat traumatized by the events they experienced. Researchers and healthcare providers are beginning to recognize that gender plays a large role in how veterans… Read More

NICoE Offers Holistic Approach to Psychological Care

WASHINGTON, DC—A holistic approach to care makes the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) unique in how it treats servicemembers with psychological issues. “We not only have things like acupuncture, but we try to take care of the spiritual, the… Read More

New Smart Phone Application Designed to Help Users Monitor Emotional Health

WASHINGTON, DC—Servicemembers, veterans, and their families will need to look no further than their smart phone for help in monitoring their emotional health. A new smart phone mobile application developed by DoD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) is… Read More

Navy Seeks To Address Combat Stress Through Graphic Novel

WASHINGTON, DC—The Navy is seeking to help prepare its hospital corpsmen to deal with the psychological stresses of war through a new novel. The 200-page graphic novel produced by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, The Docs, depicts… Read More

FDA Looking to Impact Preventable Medication Harm

SILVER SPRING, MD—“Patient safety is the primary responsibility of everyone who is involved in the healthcare system.” That is the philosophy that underlies FDA’s Safe Use Initiative and what Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and… Read More

Simulated Environments Help Prepare Veterans for Community Life

WASHINGTON, DC—The first design project Patricia Moore undertook was to build a touch-sensitive lamp for her grandfather, a veteran whose fingers were no longer able to grip and twist the switch on his lamp. Decades later, after becoming an internationally… Read More

Military and Civilian Researchers Look to Regenerative Medicine to Address Injuries

WASHINGTON, DC—Military and civilian researchers are embarking on efforts to develop regenerative therapies that could help injured servicemembers who survived the battlefield, but have sustained serious facial injuries. “The face is vulnerable on the battlefield because it is frequently exposed,… Read More

Providers Discuss Addressing Pain in Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC—Not all pain is gain. Unmanaged chronic pain in injured servicemembers and veterans can lead to negative health effects that can last a lifetime, speakers said at an educational forum on pain management held at Walter Reed Army Medical… Read More

Program Aims to Help Injured Servicemembers Reach Their Goals

WASHINGTON, DC—One of the most difficult challenges that severely wounded servicemembers face is that they are physically and mentally changed after their war experience. Mentors in the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program, however, hope they can help these severely injured servicemembers… Read More

Wounded Servicemembers Discuss Reintegration after Injury

WASHINGTON, DC—Injured servicemembers are often first confronted with the reality of reintegration when they are lying in a hospital bed. “It is a shock. All you can think about is ‘where are my guys? Are they able to do the… Read More