Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans

July 20, 2016

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds.
And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the highest rates, the researchers said.
The research involved more than 9.7 million veterans treated by the Veterans Health […]

Pet Pooch May Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

May 27, 2016

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Dogs may be more than best friends for military veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests.
Researchers found that vets who were given pet dogs showed significant improvement in their PTSD symptoms.
The study included 19 U.S. veterans receiving treatment for the condition. PTSD can develop […]

Study: Many Vets Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts, Need More Help From VA

April 12, 2016

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Almost 14 percent of U.S. veterans surveyed during a two-year Veterans Affairs (VA) study reported having suicidal thoughts.
More than 2,000 veterans were surveyed in 2011 and again in 2013. Each time they were asked whether they’d had suicidal thoughts in the past two weeks.
Nearly 4 percent reported suicidal […]

Mindfulness Training May Ease PTSD

April 1, 2016

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Mindfulness training can trigger brain changes that help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manage disturbing memories and thoughts, according to a new study of war veterans.
The goal of mindfulness training is to help people develop in-the-moment attention and awareness.
This study included 23 U.S. veterans of the Iraq […]

PTSD May Stiffen Veterans’ Arteries, Boosting Heart Risks

March 23, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have blood vessels that don’t expand normally, a new study suggests.
If vessels don’t widen as they should, the risk of heart attack and stroke goes up, the researchers noted.
The researchers also found that risk factors usually associated […]

Heart Defects at Birth May Raise Risk for PTSD Later in Life

March 18, 2016

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Adults born with heart defects may be at increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers say.
The reason? High levels of mental stress associated with their condition and treatments, the study authors suggested.
The study included 134 adults who had been born with heart defects, known as congenital heart […]

Earthquake Survivors With PTSD Show Brain Differences

March 1, 2016

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There appear to be significant differences in the brains of earthquake survivors with and without post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study by Chinese researchers finds.
The research included 67 survivors who had PTSD and 78 who didn’t. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after a traumatic event. […]

Cyberbullying, Violence Linked to PTSD in Teens

February 26, 2016

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Half the teens seen in a U.S. hospital emergency rooms reported being victims of violence or cyberbullying, and a quarter reported symptoms akin to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study says.
Researchers at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., looked at more than 350 teens treated for any […]

Pregnancy May Ease PTSD for Some Women, Study Finds

February 16, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Being pregnant may decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some women, new research suggests.
PTSD can be caused by a traumatic event such as combat, traffic crashes, robbery, sexual assault, childhood or domestic abuse, natural disasters and house fires.
The new study included 319 pregnant women with the […]

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Still Poorly Understood: Report

February 11, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists and doctors still lack good insight into Gulf War illness and other health problems plaguing U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, a new report says.
More than $500 million in U.S. government-funded research on Gulf War veterans was conducted between 1994 and 2014, producing many results. […]


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