Soldiers and Stem Cells: The Future of Military Medicine

Introduction Medical treatment on the battlefield is perhaps one of the most challenging areas for healthcare professionals. While it bears more similarities with typical civilian medical management, it primarily deals with injuries from explosions, which can be challenging for both the patient and the medical professionals attending to the patient. Blast injuries often cause severe… Read More

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What Medical Issues Could Stop Me Joining the British Army?

Why Does a Medical Assessment Matter? Working in the British Army is challenging, both physically and mentally, and, therefore, a history of health problems or the presence of health conditions that usually do not affect your everyday life, can mean that you are not able to join, or you might have to wait to join.… Read More

Vestibular Schwannoma & Military Personnel

Research Paper Title Sudden and Asymmetric Hearing Loss Among Active Duty Service Members: Underscoring the Importance of Active Screening. Abstract Military personnel are at increased risk of asymmetric hearing loss secondary to noise exposure. This report illustrates the importance of expeditiously evaluating for retrocochlear pathology even in young active duty service members with asymmetric or… Read More

Sore Shoulder, Check Your Spine

Research Paper Title Shoulder Pain of Spinal Source in the Military: A Case Series. Background Musculoskeletal injury (MSI) presents the greatest threat to military mission readiness. Atraumatic shoulder pain is a common military MSI that often results in persistent functional limitations. Shoulder orthopaedic evaluation presents many diagnostic challenges, due in part to the possibility of… Read More

Secondary Alterations in Lung or Thoracic Anatomy Associated with Breath-Hold Diving

Research Paper Title Shallow Water Diving-Associated Alveolar Haemorrhage in an Active Duty Sailor: A Case Report. Background Breath-hold diving is a common practice as a part of military dive training. An association between prior lung injury and a propensity for lung barotrauma may have the potential to impact mission readiness for combat divers, Pararescue, Combat… Read More

Identifying Seasonal Trends for Environmental Illness Incidence in the US Army

Research Paper Title Seasonal Trends for Environmental Illness Incidence in the US Army. Background The incidence of and risk factors for exertional heat illness (EHI) and cold weather injury (CWI) in the US Army have been well documented. The “heat season”, when the risk of EHI is highest and application of risk mitigation procedures is… Read More

What are the Risk Factors for Abdominal Surgical Site Infection after Exploratory Laparotomy among Combat Casualties?

Research Paper Title Risk Factors for Abdominal Surgical Site Infection after Exploratory Laparotomy among Combat Casualties. Background Surgical site infections (SSI) are well-recognised complications after exploratory laparotomy for abdominal trauma; however, little is known about SSI development after exploration for battlefield abdominal trauma. The researchers examined SSI risk factors after exploratory laparotomy among combat casualties.… Read More