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New PTSD study identifies potential path to treatment

By Bill Hathaway:  A study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—conducted by the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), National PTSD Brain Bank, and Yale University—has identified a new potential mechanism contributing to the biology of the disorder that may be targeted by future treatments. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-07-ptsd-potential-path-treatment.html

PTSD and Sleep

The VA has issued a report concerning sleep problems in Veterans with PTSD. Beyond being a symptom of PTSD, the sleep problems usually evolve into independent disorders that are also associated with significant distress and impairment, including an increased risk for suicidality.  Read more here:  http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/newsletters/research-quarterly/V27N4.pdf

What if PTSD is More Physical than Psychological?

A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain.  Read more here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/magazine/what-if-ptsd-is-more-physical-than-psychological.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

Veterans with ‘bad paper’ discharges seek help from Congress

By Martin C. Evans: A bill, introduced last June by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), would require Defense Department panels that evaluate a veteran’s request to prove that PTSD or traumatic brain injury were not the reason for the veteran’s discharge. The proposed legislation is gaining support in Congress, including from members of Long Island’s delegation.  “It’s -->

Veterans Advocates: Care Still Backlogged, Bleeding Money

by Sean Piccoli:   A damning new internal report that the Department of Veterans Affairs misspends $6 billion annually is more proof of the agency’s continuing failure to deliver reliable healthcare to military service members in need, two veterans advocates told Newsmax TV  on Monday.  “We’ve got a big problem here,” Bruce Landsberg, president of the -->

Vets get zapped to ease PTSD, and no one really knows why it works

Many veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI have opted for MRT(Magnetic Resonance Therapy) or “brain zapping” as the veterans refer to it, and found that they have worked.  The unproven procedure is offered at the Brain Treatment Center, located in an unremarkable office park, free of charge to former servicemembers. The veterans exit telling of a -->

VA sued over PTSD claims related to sexual assault

By Jennifer Hlad, Stars & Stripes:  Two veterans organizations are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to force the VA to ease the evidentiary burden veterans must meet to qualify for disability from post-traumatic stress related to military sexual assault. The Service Women’s Action Network and Vietnam Veterans of America filed suit -->

Combat Troops in Iraq Talk About PTSD

by Tim King (SALEM, Ore.) – Hundreds of thousands of American combat veterans are victims of the effects of combat and war. The symptoms of PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, are wide ranging. The current conflicts continue to generate PTSD in our troops, and they join the ranks of veterans of the Persian Gulf War, -->

Brain Injury May More Than Double Risk of Dementia in Older Veterans

AAIC Press Release: PARIS, July 18, 2011 – Older veterans who experienced traumatic brain injury showed a more than two-fold increase in the risk of developing dementia, according to new research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association® International Conference 2011 (AAIC 2011) in Paris. Another study reported at AAIC 2011 looked at former American (NFL) -->

PTSD Hurdle Harder For Women

Women returning from service in Afghanistan and Iraq have been faced with difficulty in obtaining support for PTSD from the VA. Because women technically serve in combat support roles, its harder for them to substantiate claims of PTSD. When claiming PTSD, veterans must point to a trigger or series of triggers. Although men and women -->