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Risk Factors for Army Suicide Attempts in Iraq, Afghanistan Identified

Risk factors for regular Army suicide attempts by enlisted soldiers and officers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been identified, and socio-demographic factors, length of service, deployment history, and the presence and recency of a mental health diagnosis are among the primary predictors, according to a study published July 8 in JAMA Psychiatry. Enlisted Army service members in their second month of service were at greatest risk for attempting suicide.

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Children with Severe Head Injuries Are Casualties of Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US combat support hospitals treated at least 650 children with severe, combat-related head injuries, according to a special article in the July issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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BGSU Political Science Professor Available to Comment on Taliban's Interest in Peace Talks

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Repeat Brain Injury Raises Soldiers' Suicide Risk

Suicide risk is higher among military personnel with more lifetime TBIs, even after controlling for clinical symptom severity. Results of the study show that multiple TBIs, which are common among military personnel, may contribute to increased risk for suicide.

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MHC South Asia expert Kavita Khory says the U.S. military’s use of drones in Pakistan inflames anti-American feeling and creates a dangerous precedent.

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Mental Health in Afghanistan: Poverty, Vulnerability Have Bigger Impact Than War, Study Finds

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A new study on mental health in Afghanistan looks beyond the effects of its 12-year war and identifies the root causes of mental distress and anxiety among its citizens: poverty and vulnerability.

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REINS Act Would Severely Impair Ability to Implement Laws

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Ronald M. Levin, JD, administrative law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, recently testified on the REINS Act before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. “Under the REINS Act, the dysfunction that now afflicts Congress in the enactment of laws would spread to the implementation of the laws,” he says.


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