Psychological Problems: Are They Associated with Military Service Later in Life or a Feature of Ageing?

There may be ongoing psychological problems associated with military service later in life; yet as the elderly in the general population also suffer from mental health problems, whether such issues can be attributed to military service or are a feature of ageing remains unclear. Read More

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Is there a Link between PTSD & Cardiovascular Disease?

Research Paper Title The association between PTSD and cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in male veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts: a systematic review. Background Military personnel with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can experience high levels of mental and physical health co-morbidity, potentially indicating a high level of functional impairment that can impact on both… Read More

Old vs Young Soldiers…

“You can always tell an old soldiers by the inside of his holsters and cartridge box. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.” George Bernard Shaw (1856 to 1950) George Bernard Shaw was an Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, and socialist propagandist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

Could Abnormal Gamma Activities be a proxy for GABA-ergic Interneuron Dysfunction and/or a Promising Neuroimaging Marker of Insidious Mild Head Injuries?

Research Paper Title Marked Increases in Resting-State MEG Gamma-Band Activity in Combat-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Background Combat-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a leading cause of sustained impairments in military service members and veterans. Recent animal studies show that GABA-ergic parvalbumin-positive interneurons are susceptible to brain injury, with damage causing abnormal increases in… Read More

Discussing Treatment of Military-Related PTSD

Research Paper Title Treatment of military-related post-traumatic stress disorder: challenges, innovations, and the way forward. Abstract Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the common mental disorders in military and veteran populations. Considerable research and clinical opinion has been focused on understanding the relationship between PTSD and military service and the implications for prevention, treatment,… Read More

What is the Impact of Surgical Amputation & Valproic Acid on Pain & Functional Trajectory?

Research Paper Title The Impact of Surgical Amputation and Valproic Acid on Pain and Functional Trajectory: Results from the Veterans Integrated Pain Evaluation Research (VIPER) Randomized, Double-Blinded Placebo-Controlled Trial. Background To determine if the perioperative administration of valproic acid reduces the incidence of chronic pain three months after amputation or revision surgery. Methods A multi-centre,… Read More

Is There a Link Between Altitude & Veteran Suicide Rates?

Research Paper Title Effect of Altitude on Veteran Suicide Rates. Background Suicide rates in the general population in the United States are correlated with altitude. The purpose of this research was to explore factors contributing to suicide among military veterans. Methods The researchers examined the relationship between veteran state-level suicide rates and altitude for 2014,… Read More