Understanding the Needs of Veterans Seeking Support for Mental Health Difficulties

Research Paper Title Understanding the needs of veterans seeking support for mental health difficulties. Background Since the late 1990s, studies have been conducted in the UK to monitor the health and well-being of military personnel. The bulk of this work has been conducted by researchers at King’s College London, first after the 1991 Gulf War… Read More

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Linking Frequent Heavy Drinking & Combat Exposure

Research Paper Title Alcohol Misuse in Reserve Soldiers and their Partners: Cross-Spouse Effects of Deployment and Combat Exposure. Background Military deployment and combat are associated with worse outcomes, including alcohol misuse. Less is known about how these experiences affect soldiers’ spouses. The study objective was to explore relationships between deployment, combat exposure, and alcohol misuse;… Read More

Trauma Exposure in US Soldiers: Linking Genetics, Bipolar Disorder & Alcohol Misuse

Research Paper Title Trauma exposure interacts with the genetic risk of bipolar disorder in alcohol misuse of US soldiers. Background To investigate whether trauma exposure moderates the genetic correlation between substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders, we tested whether trauma exposure modifies the association of genetic risks for mental disorders with alcohol misuse and nicotine… Read More

Everything Can Be Corrected, But Stupid!

“Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” Aristophanes (444-385 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Kydathenaion, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Other versions include: “Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.” “Ignorance can be educated and crazy can be medicated but there’s no… Read More

UK Veterans: Hospital & Alcohol Support, Any Link?

Research Paper Title Do Alcohol Misuse, Service Utilisation, and Demographic Characteristics Differ between UK Veterans and Members of the General Public Attending an NHS General Hospital? Background The aim of this paper was to provide insights into alcohol misuse within UK veterans to inform as to whether their presentations differ from the general public. Methods… Read More

Military Populations: Linking Motivational Interviewing Plus Feedback with Untreated Alcohol Abuse

Research Paper Title Randomised Trial of Motivational Interviewing Plus Feedback for Soldiers With Untreated Alcohol Abuse. Background Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are prevalent in the military and are a major public health concern. Although efficacious AUD interventions exist, few service members seek treatment. Army-specific barriers to AUD treatment include treatment being recorded on health records,… Read More

Ferritin Levels: Iron Deficiency & Overload

Research Paper Title Interpreting Raised Serum Ferritin Levels. Abstract A 60 year old businessman attended his general practitioner after an insurance medical examination at which abnormal liver function tests had been noted (alanine aminotransferase 70 IU/L (normal range 10-40 IU/L) and γ-glutamyltransferase 120 IU/L (normal range 0-37 IU/L)). He was otherwise fit and well and not taking regular medication. His… Read More