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Mindfulness Therapy Might Help Ease PTSD

August 4, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mindfulness therapy seems to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study suggests.
Mindfulness encourages those suffering from PTSD not to avoid disturbing thoughts, feelings and experiences, but rather to accept them and put them in perspective. The approach may help those who […]

PTSD Symptoms Persist for Thousands of Vietnam Vets, Study Finds

July 22, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than a quarter-million Vietnam veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms today, four decades after the war’s end, a new study estimates. And at least one-third of them have major depression as well.
“It’s been known for thousands of years that serving in war […]

Plane Passengers’ Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma’s Effect on Brain

July 3, 2015

FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A study involving people who thought they were about to die in a plane crash reveals new clues to the long-term impact that traumatic events have on the brain.
In August of 2001, passengers on Air Transat flight 236 were on an overnight flight from Toronto to Lisbon, Portugal, […]

Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women’s Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

June 29, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who have been through a traumatic event or developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a new large study suggests.
For women with severe PTSD, the study found a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or stroke […]

Vets With PTSD Might Need Sleep Apnea Screening: Study

May 29, 2015

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the risk of sleep apnea increases along with the severity of the mental health condition, a new study contends.
Sleep apnea — a common sleep disorder in which breathing frequently stops and starts — is potentially serious.
Researchers looked at 195 Iraq […]

Depression May Intensify Anger in Veterans With PTSD: Study

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Anger often escalates quickly in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they’re depressed, a new study reveals.
“Our study findings should draw attention to anger as a major treatment need when military service members screen positive for PTSD or for depression, and especially when they screen positive […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Be Linked to Accelerated Aging

May 8, 2015

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may cause accelerated aging, a new study suggests.
Previous research has linked PTSD with mental health disorders such as depression, insomnia, anger, eating disorders and substance abuse. But, this is the first time PTSD has been potentially linked to a number of biological processes that […]

More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders

April 16, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds.
When […]

Family Stress May Figure in Soldiers’ Suicide Risk

April 10, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Service members who have to deal with trouble at home when they’re deployed may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts, a study of U.S. veterans suggests.
In a survey of more than 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets, researchers found that about 14 percent said they’d […]

Parents of Young Stroke Victims at Risk for PTSD, Researchers Find

February 12, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents of children who suffer a stroke are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests.
The research included 10 fathers and 23 mothers of children and teens who had suffered a stroke, as well as nine stroke patients between the ages of 7 and 18.
The […]


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