Explaining the Noise Effects on Sleep with Consideration of Neurophysiology & Epidemiology

Research Paper Title Development of a new night-time noise index: Integration of neurophysiological theory and epidemiological findings Background The effects of environmental noise on sleep are of great interest to public health. Numerous studies have been conducted to investigate these effects; however, these previous studies applied existing sound-level statistics that were not based on neurophysiology.… Read More

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The Stigma of Weakness

The head of the Army’s mental health engagement team has called on the chain of command to better recognise that “vulnerability is not a failure”. Colonel Tim Boughton said more should be done to tackle the stigma that admitting to difficulties is to show weakness. Arguing that physical fitness is indivisible from mental fitness, the… Read More

Should We Consider Adverse Environmental Factors in Understanding PTSD?

Research Paper Title Do Different Types of War Stressors Have Independent Relations With Mental Health? Findings From the Korean Vietnam Veterans Study. Background South Korea had the second largest contingent of soldiers in the Vietnam War, but little is known about their adaptation, especially in later life. Previous work in a different sample found very… Read More

What is the Effect of Environmental Temperature & Humidity on Permethrin-Treated Uniforms?

Research Paper Title Effect of Environmental Temperature and Humidity on Permethrin Biomarkers of Exposure in U.S. Soldiers Wearing Permethrin-Treated Uniforms. Background Environmental factors, including high temperature and humidity, can influence dermal absorption of chemicals. Soldiers can be dermally exposed to permethrin while wearing permethrin-treated uniforms. This study aimed at examining the effects of high temperature… Read More

Can Dirty Air Weaken Our Bones?

Research tells us that dirty air is associated with problems in the lungs, heart, uterus and eyes, and might affect mental health. As well as shoes, it now appears that dirty air can also weaken our bones. Ranzani and colleagues (2020) took readings of levels of PM2.5, a fine particulate form of pollution, at 23… Read More

Map Problems…

“The necessary limitations of map problems inhibit the student from considering the effects of hunger, emotion, personality, fatigue, leadership, and many other imponderable yet vital factors.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) (as a Major in 1931) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank… Read More

What is the Impact of Environmental Stress on Cognitive Performance in Military Personnel?

Research Paper Title The Impact of Environmental Stress on Cognitive Performance: A Systematic Review. Background In this review, the researchers detail the impact of environmental stress on cognitive and military task performance and highlight any individual characteristics or interventions which may mitigate any negative effect. Military personnel are often deployed in regions markedly different from… Read More