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Newswise: Gulf War Illness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Distinct Illnesses, Georgetown Study Suggests
6-Aug-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Gulf War Illness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Distinct Illnesses, Georgetown Study Suggests
Georgetown University Medical Center

A brain imaging study of veterans with Gulf War illness (GWI) and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (sometimes called myalgic encephalomyelitis), has shown that the two illnesses produce distinctly different, abnormal patterns of brain activity after moderate exercise. The result of the Georgetown University Medical Center study suggests that GWI and CFS are distinct illnesses, an outcome that could affect the treatment of veterans with Gulf War illness.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:25 PM EDT
U.S. Military Improved Mortality Since World War II, But Some Alarming Exceptions Remain
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Although wound survivability has increased over the last 80 years, the U.S. military’s medical corps suffered some periods of backsliding during conflicts, recent analysis shows

Released: 21-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Dermatologists honored for pioneering teledermatology in the U.S. Army
American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has named board-certified dermatologists Hon Pak, MD, FAAD, MBA, and Darryl Hodson, MD, FAAD, as Patient Care Heroes for their work launching the country’s first robust teledermatology project two decades ago.

Released: 12-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Military Personnel at Risk of Suicide Store Firearms Unsafely
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Military personnel who are at a greater risk of suicide are more likely to unsafely store firearms in unlocked cabinets where they can access them easily, according to a Rutgers researcher.

Newswise: Tulane University receives $12.5 million for military veteran care
Released: 7-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Tulane University receives $12.5 million for military veteran care
Tulane University

Tulane University, nationally renowned for the care it provides to retired professional athletes through partnerships with the NFL Player Care Foundation and The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA), has received a $12.5 million gift from The Avalon Fund for the creation of the Tulane University Center for Brain Health. The center will specialize in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. military veterans, beginning in the fall of 2020.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Nitrous oxide may bring relief to veterans suffering from PTSD, new study suggests
University of Chicago Medical Center

A small pilot study provides an early glimpse of how some veterans struggling with PTSD may benefit from one simple, inexpensive treatment involving nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.

Newswise: Marine Training May Take More Mental Than Physical Grit
Released: 25-Jun-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Marine Training May Take More Mental Than Physical Grit
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC study identifies psychological measures that may predict who is more likely to complete – or quit – a demanding marine training course

Newswise: Vets Walking Pets: Strolls with Shelter Dogs May Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Military Veterans
Released: 23-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Vets Walking Pets: Strolls with Shelter Dogs May Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Military Veterans
Florida Atlantic University

About 6 to 8 million dogs end up in shelters in the U.S. each year. Researchers worked with two no-kill shelters on a study examining the effects of walking with a shelter dog on psychological and physiological stress indicators in military veterans. Results confirm the importance of the human-animal bond and provide evidence that walking with a shelter dog may affect psychological and physiological stress indicators in veterans – with particular potential benefits for those with an increase in PTSD symptom severity.

Released: 16-Jun-2020 5:55 PM EDT
Rush Health Teams Up With VA Community Care Network
Rush University Medical Center

Recently, an agreement with United Healthcare/OPTUM and Rush Health was signed, giving veterans an option in their health care choices as they seek care for services that may not be available at their area Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Veterans can now access care at Rush University Medical Center, as well as Rush Oak Park and Rush Copley.

Newswise: Cornell researcher advises NY State Senate on veterans outdoor act
Released: 13-May-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Cornell researcher advises NY State Senate on veterans outdoor act
Cornell University

A Cornell University senior research associate served as a consultant to members of the New York State Senate on the Outdoor Rx Act, a bill that seeks to make it easier for veterans to access New York state’s scenic and restorative outdoor spaces.

Released: 11-May-2020 12:40 PM EDT
AANA Leaders Prove Now is the Time for Evidence-Based Policy in the VA, not Politics
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

AANA President Kate Jansky, MHS, CRNA, APRN, USA LTC (ret), and AANA CEO Randall D. Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA—both veterans—addressed a series of “misleading” and “inflammatory” assertions made by the American Society of Anesthesiologists this week related to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) directive allowing full practice authority for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the VA.

Released: 6-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Physician Anesthesiologists Urge VA to Reverse Directive Jeopardizing Veterans’ Lives
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges Americans to protect our nation’s Veterans by asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its memorandum that dismantles the successful anesthesia care team, removes physician anesthesiologists from surgery and replaces them with nurses, lowering the standard of care for Veterans and jeopardizing their lives.

Newswise: Aussie veterans find new verve for life through art therapy
Released: 23-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Aussie veterans find new verve for life through art therapy
University of South Australia

Aussie veterans could be afforded a new lease on life as ground-breaking research from the University of South Australia shows how art therapy is transforming the wellbeing and mental health of service men and women diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Newswise: How the coronavirus affects the readiness of our military at home, overseas
Released: 16-Apr-2020 2:30 PM EDT
How the coronavirus affects the readiness of our military at home, overseas
Tulane University

Branches of the United States military are now feeling the effects of the coronavirus, and that has U.S. military leaders facing a completely new challenge— how to maintain an elite state of readiness against threats, both foreign and domestic while fighting an invisible, deadly virus.

Released: 15-Apr-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Many women vets report adverse pregnancy outcomes, postpartum mental health problems after leaving military service
Boston University School of Medicine

Women Veterans with more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or moral injury (guilt, shame or demoralization in response to participating in or witnessing events that violate one's sense of right and wrong), are at greater risk for negative pregnancy outcomes and postpartum depression in the three years following discharge from military service.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Physically active older veterans fall more, but hurt themselves less
University of Michigan

Active older veterans fall more often than their more sedentary peers who never served in the armed forces, but they're less likely to injure themselves when they do, says a University of Michigan researcher.

Released: 1-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Uniformed Services University to hold Virtual Graduation for new Military Docs, Advanced Practice Nurses
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

WIth all of the physical distancing and other restrictions currently in place, the Uniformed Services University will now be holding a virtual commencement ceremony on Wednesday, April 1. Medical students and advanced practice nursing students from the USU class of 2020 will be graduating several weeks early to help support their colleagues in the military health system amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Released: 26-Mar-2020 6:30 PM EDT
AANA and VA Partner to Care for Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The AANA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet the needs of our nation’s veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Expanding access and reducing stigma for mental health services
Released: 5-Mar-2020 2:55 PM EST
Expanding access and reducing stigma for mental health services
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Serving in the Army National Guard has inspired one West Virginia University social work student to pursue a career combating stigmas surrounding mental health.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 6:00 AM EST
Opioid Risk Reduction Program Helps Reduce Suicide Rate at VHA Facility
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)

A reduction in suicides among patients at a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility may be due to a multispecialty opioid risk reduction program that included addiction management treatment, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
UC Santa Cruz leads collaboration to speed wound healing with a novel smart bandage
University of California, Santa Cruz

Researchers will use a combination of approaches involving bioelectronic devices, machine learning, and regenerative medicine in an effort to achieve precise control over the physiological processes involved in wound healing.

Newswise: Blood Shortage on the Battlefield?  Just Make It On-site
Released: 26-Feb-2020 2:15 PM EST
Blood Shortage on the Battlefield? Just Make It On-site
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

A new program launched by the Department of Defense could be the answer to blood shortages on the battlefield, other remote locations, and in hospitals. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' 4D Bio3 On-Demand Blood Program, or 4D Bio3 Blood, has developed highly efficient protocols and technology to generate red blood cells from stem cells. A key part of this technology is large-scale cell expansion at low cost, producing sufficient red blood cells for treatment in trauma care. This technology is also being adapted to create neutrophils, ultimately allowing for whole blood transfusion using these methods in the future.

Released: 26-Feb-2020 9:55 AM EST
Rates of ADHD Diagnosis in Veterans Are Rising, Reports VA Study in Medical Care
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Rates of diagnosed attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in veterans receiving care in the VA health system more than doubled during the past decade, reports a study in the March issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: Brain Scan-Blood Test Panel Promises Improved Diagnosis of Brain Trauma Following Battlefield Blast Exposure
21-Feb-2020 9:35 AM EST
Brain Scan-Blood Test Panel Promises Improved Diagnosis of Brain Trauma Following Battlefield Blast Exposure
Mount Sinai Health System

New brain scans and blood tests move researchers towards more sensitive diagnosis of battlefield brain trauma and evaluation of new drugs

Released: 21-Feb-2020 8:00 AM EST
Coriell Researchers Identify SNP Associated with Obesity Risk
Coriell Institute for Medical Research

Obesity is among the most common complex diseases in the United States and has been a stubborn public health challenge for decades. Its causes are wide ranging, but genetic heritability is increasingly understood to be an influential factor in determining a person’s risk for the disease. Coriell researchers have found a new genetic indicator of obesity risk and bolstered the understood importance of one gene’s role in obesity risk.

Newswise: Dental School Surgeon Explores Link Between WWI Facial Trauma and Modern Plastic Surgery
Released: 17-Feb-2020 10:15 AM EST
Dental School Surgeon Explores Link Between WWI Facial Trauma and Modern Plastic Surgery
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Shahid Aziz, a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, who treats many facial trauma patients, shows how facial trauma in WWI contributed to the rise of modern plastic surgery.

Released: 14-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Brain inflammation in veterans with Gulf War illness
Massachusetts General Hospital

In a new discovery, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have detected widespread inflammation in the brains of veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Illness (GWI).

Released: 13-Feb-2020 9:50 AM EST
ASTRO awarded contract from Department of Veterans Affairs to develop measures on quality of radiation therapy services
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has been awarded a new one-year contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop quality indicators (QI) for radiation treatments provided to veterans with head and neck, breast and gastrointestinal cancers.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 1:15 PM EST
Majority of Veterans with GWI report moderate/severe fatigue, sleep, and pain symptoms
Georgetown University Medical Center

An online survey of nearly 500 veterans with Gulf War illness (GWI) suggests a high burden of disease almost three decades after the conflict.

28-Jan-2020 11:00 AM EST
Past Trauma Exposure, Major Depression Risk Factors for Suicidal Thoughts in Deployed Soldiers
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Lifetime history of exposure to a traumatic event and self-reported lifetime and current depression are predictive of recent suicide ideation in deployed soldiers, according to a new JAMA Network Open study published January 29, 2020. Researchers suggest that attention to deployment experiences that increase suicide ideation in soldiers with past trauma and major depressive disorder can assist clinicians and leadership in identifying and treating Soldiers at increased risk for suicide.

Released: 28-Jan-2020 4:25 PM EST
Soy Supplements, Kids Sprinting to Health, Diets & Elite Soldier Performance & More from Medicine & Science in Sports & Science
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

If you're looking for health and fitness story ideas, view these research highlights from ACSM’s flagship research journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

23-Jan-2020 1:30 PM EST
Strict Adherence to Traditional Masculinity Associated with More Severe PTSD in Vets
American Psychological Association (APA)

To help service members perform better in the field, military training emphasizes the importance of certain traits associated with traditional masculinity, including suppression of emotion and self-reliance. But when veterans return home, strict adherence to these traits can become detrimental, leading to more severe post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and making it more difficult to treat, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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17-Jan-2020 7:00 PM EST
Researchers Regrow Damaged Nerves with Polymer and Protein
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh researchers have created a biodegradable nerve guide – a polymer tube – filled with growth-promoting protein that can regenerate long sections of damaged nerves, without the need for transplanting stem cells or a donor nerve.

9-Jan-2020 8:00 PM EST
Re-purposing existing drug could expedite development of novel chronic pain treatment caused by burn injury, helping sufferers including veterans
American Physiological Society (APS)

New research shows how second-degree burns cause hard-to-treat chronic pain, and this understanding may be key to treating these complications, common in war veterans.

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Released: 7-Jan-2020 12:40 PM EST
Million Veteran Program study sheds light on genetic basis of anxiety
Veterans Affairs (VA) Research Communications

In the largest genetic study on anxiety to date, VA researchers found new evidence on the underlying biological causes of the disorder.

3-Jan-2020 1:40 PM EST
Don’t Wait to Get Concussion Care
Center for Connected Medicine

Early clinical treatment may significantly reduce recovery time following a concussion, according to new research led by the University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

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Released: 2-Jan-2020 1:35 PM EST
Health ranks as top concern for veterans immediately after military service
Veterans Affairs (VA) Research Communications

In the months after separating from military service, most veterans are less satisfied with their health than with their work or social relationships, found a study by Veterans Affairs researchers.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 10:25 AM EST
Altitude Sickness Drug Doesn’t Impair Exercise Performance above Sea Level, Study Finds
American Physiological Society (APS)

A new study finds that a medication commonly prescribed to prevent and combat symptoms of acute mountain sickness does not reduce exercise performance at high altitudes. This may be especially important for military personnel and first responders not accustomed to working above sea level. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

10-Dec-2019 12:20 PM EST
Veterans Study Suggests Two Sub-types of Gulf War Illness
Georgetown University Medical Center

Brain imaging of veterans with Gulf War illness show varying abnormalities after moderate exercise that can be categorized into two distinct groups — an outcome that suggests a more complex illness that previously thought.

Newswise: Training Developed by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Professor to Assess Intimate-Partner Violence Risk Now Offered to All Veterans Administration Clinical Staff
Released: 10-Dec-2019 1:20 PM EST
Training Developed by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Professor to Assess Intimate-Partner Violence Risk Now Offered to All Veterans Administration Clinical Staff
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

The Danger Assessment, a popular and groundbreaking instrument that effectively assesses the risk of an abused woman to be seriously injured or killed by her intimate partner, is now being offered to all Veterans Administration (VA) clinical staff thanks to a licensing agreement between the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) and the VA.

Newswise: Improving Trauma Pain Outcomes
Released: 13-Nov-2019 2:05 PM EST
Improving Trauma Pain Outcomes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

A 7-year prospective cohort study from the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC), University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania examined the relationship between regional anesthesia (RA) administration and patient-reported pain-related outcomes among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom service members sustaining a combat-related extremity injury.

Released: 12-Nov-2019 4:30 PM EST
$3M Gift Powers New Scholarships for Military Students at UVA Darden
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business today announced a new gift to support members of the military through full scholarships to the School.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 1:15 PM EST
Harper Family Foundation Gives $10 Million to Chicago Booth to Increase Scholarship Funding for Veterans
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

In an effort to support the growing number of veterans attending the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Harper Family Foundation has made a $10 million gift to provide scholarship assistance to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces enrolled in Booth’s Full-Time, Evening, Weekend and Executive MBA Programs.

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Released: 7-Nov-2019 4:05 AM EST
UK Student, Military Researcher Explores Ways to Prevent Chronic Pain
University of Kentucky

Inspired by his time working for the Air Force and caring for wounded veterans, University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences doctoral candidate Josh Van Wyngaarden now studies ways to prevent chronic pain in those who have suffered traumatic leg injuries.


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