Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the News

  • Army Plans Suicide Prevention Stand Down, — 08/29/2012

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III ordered an Army-wide suicide "stand down," scheduled for Sept. 27, as a way to empower leadership to prevent further loss of life due to suicide.

  • Yoga, deep breathing used to treat soldiers' stress, NewsOK — 08/28/2012

    Rich Low dreamed of Iraq long after he returned home from the war. He didn't know post-traumatic stress was affecting him. Not until he took part in a University of Wisconsin-Madison study that taught Iraq and Afghanistan veterans yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to cope with PTSD.

  • Health Study Aims to Improve Health of the Force, — 08/27/2012

    Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in the second phase of an ongoing behavioral health study taking place within the Third Infantry Division, Aug. 13-17, on Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • Study of Marine suicides getting under way, — 08/27/2012

    Officials are also taking a deep look at the Marine Corps' "Never Leave a Marine Behind" suicide prevention program to see whether it needs tailoring.

  • Nanoparticles reboot blood flow in brain, Science Blog — 08/24/2012

    “There are many facets of brain injury that ultimately determine how much damage there will be,” said Thomas Kent, the paper’s co-author, a BCM professor of neurology and chief of neurology at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston. “One is the initial injury, and that’s pretty much done in minutes. But a number of things that happen later often make things worse, and that’s when we can intervene.”

  • The whys of military suicides, Fayetteville Observer — 08/24/2012

    The headline on the Associated Press story, "July is deadliest month of 2012 for U.S. troops," didn't tell the whole story - July was deadly in more ways than one.

  • Returning Soldiers Get Healing Homestead from Mother of Three War Veterans, Fox News — 08/23/2012
    Veteran Homestead is a community of 20 two-bedroom, one bath homes on 10 wooded acres in central Massachusetts designed to help young men and women having difficulties recovering from their service in Iraq or Afghanistan.
  • Fighting military suicides with peer counseling, CBS News — 08/23/2012

    The Pentagon granted a six-month extension Wednesday to a pilot call-in program for American military personnel considering suicide.

  • Behavioral Health Study Aims to Improve Health of the Force, DVIDS — 08/22/2012
    The study, funded by the Facilitating Soldier Receipt of Needed Mental Health Treatment grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, aims to improve the health of the force by collecting data to create an intervention for soldiers focused on reducing the stigma of seeking behavioral health treatment.
  • Easing financial stress after deployment, Stripes Okinawa — 08/22/2012

    Now that you’re back, it’s important that you take time to revisit your financial affairs.

  • 2012 Military Health Research Symposium Discusses Latest Advancements, — 08/20/2012

    The 2012 Military Health System Research Symposium welcomed hundreds of participants to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for its opening day to discuss the latest advancements in healthcare for warfighters Aug. 13. The four-day symposium, sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and organized by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, is a joint effort supported by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, and brings together scientific leaders and researchers from throughout the world.

  • A new study explores why soldiers commit suicide, Washington Post — 08/20/2012

    On Friday, the Pentagon reported that 38 soldiers killed themselves in July, the worst month for Army suicides since figures became public in 2009 and twice the number of troops killed in Afghanistan so far this month. Though suicide among service members is epidemic, a new study from the University of Utah may be the first to explain why.

  • Army veteran Daniel Rodriguez overcomes battle scars to play football for Clemson, Washington Post — 08/17/2012

    Clemson's newest and most unique walk-on football player, a 24-year-old from Stafford, continues to cope successfully with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after the year he spent in Afghanistan. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal for bravery in combat during one of the bloodiest battles in the Afghan war.

  • Suicide prevention events celebrate life , Army Flier — 08/17/2012

    Fort Rucker aims to celebrate life during Suicide Prevention Month in September with actives to help Soldiers and Families beat depression.

  • Couples Therapy Cuts PTSD, Improves Relationships, ABC News — 08/16/2012

    A study of 40 couples plagued by PTSD found that those who participated in 15 therapy sessions reported relief from PTSD symptoms and improvements in relationship satisfaction – even three months after the sessions stopped. The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest spousal support can boost the response to PTSD treatment.


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