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January 2015

TBI Raises Dementia Risk More Than Other Trauma

SAN FRANCISCO – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has a higher association with increased risk of dementia in older adults than other types of trauma, a recent study found. Past studies have conflicted on whether a... View Article

January 2015

Functional Level Higher for Recent Amputees

DETROIT – Noting that multiple limb loss from combat injuries has increased as a proportion of all combat-wounded amputees in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers sought to determine how much function and quality... View Article

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Pituitary Dysfunction Related to Blast TBI

CHICAGO – Pituitary dysfunction after blast injury may be an important, under-recognized, and potentially treatable source of symptoms in servicemembers who survive traumatic brain injury (TBI) from blast exposure, according to a new study. The... View Article

2014 Issues

Boston Bombing Worsens PTSD Symptoms

BOSTON — As disturbing as April’s Boston Marathon bombing was for all Americans, Boston-area military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were especially affected, experiencing flashbacks, unwanted memories and other psychological issues.

2014 Issues

Spinal Injury Rate Much Higher in Recent Wars

EL PASO, TX — More than 10% of wounded troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered spinal injuries, and a new study said that is a much higher rate than in previous wars.

2014 Issues

PTSD Linked to Increased Myocardial Ischemia

SAN FRANCISCO — A new study adds to the growing evidence that patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also have increased risks for developing myocardial ischemia.

2013 Issues

Simulation Training Duplicates Experience of Shipboard Trauma Care

SAN DIEGO — When a servicemember experiences physical trauma during deployment, it’s usually during circumstances that are loud, chaotic and happening at a speed too quickly to be followed by the untrained eye. The same... View Article

2013 Issues

Military Trauma Advances Also Help Civilians, Must Be Maintained

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Margaret Knudson, MD, was on duty in July when injured passengers began flowing in to San Francisco General Hospital from Asiana Flight 214, which hit a seawall in front of... View Article

2013 Issues

Survey Seeks to Establish Sexual Trauma Scale Unique to Military

By Stephen Spotswood Deleene Menefee, PhD. HOUSTON – In recent years, DoD officials have admitted publicly that military sexual trauma (MST) is a serious problem among the services, one that’s more widespread than previously recognized.... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

DoD Mobile App Helps Healthcare Providers Track Own Resilience

Tool Can Help Prevent Compassion Fatigue or ‘Secondary Traumatic Stress’ By Stephen Spotswood JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCHORD, WA— One of the most insidious things about trauma is that its effects can spread far beyond the initial... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

Battlefield Lessons Save Lives, Limbs after Boston Marathon Explosions

Annette M. Boyle SAN ANTONIO, TX – Ten years ago, many of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing with major lower body injuries would likely have spent the rest of their lives in a... View Article

December 2012

Howls of Protest Over No Assistance Dogs for PTSD Subhead: VA Refuses Funding

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON – The use of trained dogs has been accepted therapy since the 1960s for persons with visual, hearing and mobility impairments. Only recently, however, have service dogs been trained to assist... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

Researchers Investigate Ways to Jointly Treat PTSD, TBI Subhead: Two Conditions Often Co-Morbid in Returning Troops

By Stephen Spotswood BOSTON – PTSD and TBI are frequently co-morbid in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan – so frequently that physicians are surprised when they find one without the other. And yet the two... View Article

Army

Enhanced Court-Martial Process Targets Sexual Predators in Military

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — All branches of military service now are mandated to set up special units to investigate allegations of sexual assault crimes, which will go through a dedicated court-martial process. That was... View Article

Air Force

Servicemembers Lose Benefits after Improper Discharges for Alleged Personality Disorders

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — The U.S. military continues to use improper processes to diagnose significant numbers of servicemembers with pre-existing personality disorders (PD) and then discharge them, according to government documents obtained by an... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Study – Stress Can Increase Inflammation and Worsen Cardiovascular Disease in Patients

By Stephen Spotswood SAN FRANCISCO — New VA research suggests that lifetime exposure to stressful events, such as those which cause PTSD, is linked to greater levels of inflammation in patients with cardiovascular (CV) disease.... View Article

Addiction

More Opioid Prescriptions Adverse Effects for Vets With PTSD

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Veterans with PTSD are more likely than others to be prescribed opioids for post-injury pain, and that can lead to an increase in adverse mental and physical effects, according to... View Article

April 2012

TXA Improves Cuagulopathy in Troops Injured in Battle

The use of Tranexamic Acid (TXA) with blood component-based resuscitation following combat injury results in improved measures of cuagulopathy and survival, a recent study has concluded, leading to the use of the agent in casualty... View Article

Addiction

Advocates say 40 percent of Vets Seek Counseling From Clergy and VA Partnership Could Help

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — According to VA statistics, four out of 10 veterans with mental-health challenges seek assistance from clergy — more than all other types of mental-health providers combined. Veteran advocates and researchers... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Claims Deadline Extended for Undiagnosed Gulf War Veterans

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Continuing a pattern of easing the way for Gulf War veterans to seek care and compensation, VA has extended the presumptive period for them to file claims for benefits for... View Article

Army

Continuing Afghanistan Conflict More Severe Injuries Keep Landstuhl Busy

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — On Dec. 27, when the U.S. military was only two days away from completing its pullout of troops of Iraq, came casualty reports from Afghanistan, a stark reminder of the... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Expands Benefits for Veterans with Genitourinary Injuries

WASHINGTON — VA has expanded traumatic injury benefits to include servicemembers who suffered injuries in the genitourinary organs during their service. These servicemembers will now be eligible for Servicemember Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection... View Article

Army

Troops Suffering Increased Devastating Injuries from Blasts

WASHINGTON, DC — Of all of the injuries servicemembers suffer on the battlefield, among the most feared, psychologically as well as physically, are genitourinary. In fact, a recent report offered anecdotal information that some servicemembers... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Troops Severely Injured Outside of War Zones Now Eligible for Payouts

WASHINGTON — Military veterans injured between 2001 and 2005 are now retroactively eligible for traumatic injury benefits, even if they never deployed overseas to battle zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. The benefit also applies to... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

DoD, NIH Partner to Create TBI Research Database

BETHESDA, MD — Recent projects being overseen or funded at NIH hope to shed light on the biology of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and give physicians and future researchers better tools to understand, diagnose and... View Article

Addiction

White House Report Puts Spotlight on Military, Veteran Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON — A recent report on federal government plans to curb drug abuse puts added emphasis on the active-duty military and the veteran population. It also focuses more attention on misuse of prescription drugs and,... View Article

August 2011

Caregiver Stipend Program for Recent Veterans Creates Confusion for VA Health Providers, Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON — While VA has quickly rolled out its new caregiver-assistance program for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, speed may have come at the expense of transparency and consistency. Or, so said caregivers who report trouble... View Article

August 2011

Senate Testimony: Domestic Assault, Abuse of Native American Women Epidemic

WASHINGTON — Nearly three out of five Native American women have been assaulted by their spouses or intimate partners in what now “has reached epidemic rates,” a federal official told a Senate committee last month.... View Article

Alzheimer's/Dementia

While PTSD Research Has Accelerated, Much About the Disorder Remains a Mystery

SAN FRANCISCO — Research into PTSD has accelerated exponentially over the last decade. Where once it was understood as little more than a loose collection of symptoms, now researchers are beginning to define the pathology... View Article

August 2011

VA Improves Staff Training, Technology for Prosthetics

WASHINGTON — It has become a common complaint among OEF/OIF amputees moving from active-duty to veteran status: VA does not have the same level of technology or expertise as DoD facilities when it comes to... View Article

Addiction

Physical Ailments Begin Immediately After Deployment in Young Veterans with PTSD, Substance Abuse Disorders

WASHINGTON — Young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are diagnosed with PTSD or substance-use disorders (SUD) are more likely to suffer from a host of physical ailments, particularly musculoskeletal disorders, according to study... View Article

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