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. […]


Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment

February 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests.
“With bullying, I think people often assume ‘That’s just kids teasing kids,’ and that’s not true,” said study author Brian Mustanski, director of Northwestern University’s Institute […]


Wearable Electric Patch May Ease PTSD

January 28, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Can a small electrical patch that jolts the brain while patients sleep offer significant relief from the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
Iraq war veteran and PTSD patient Ron Ramirez thinks the answer is yes.
In May 2006, machine gunner Ramirez was seriously injured […]




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