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Workplace Accidents Often Trigger PTSD in Workers

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness typically associated with combat and violence, but any frightening or disturbing experience that overwhelms a person, no matter who and where they are, can trigger PTSD. Much news is focused on workers who suffer some form of physical injury in the workplace, but seldom do we hear about the mental and emotional injuries that on-the-job trauma causes. For instance, workers who witness an amputation on the job, a crushing or falling incident, an explosion, or some other horrific workplace accident that results in a coworker’s severe injury or death. According to the ... Read More

Bipolar med Risperdal linked to breast tissue growth in young men, boys

The bipolar medication Risperdal has been linked to serious problems in young men and boys, a Butler University researcher has found. Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. It is also approved for the treatment of irritability in children and adolescents with autism. It is not approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, Tourette’s syndrome, or dementia, though it has been used off-label to treat those conditions. An investigation into the drug was launched as a result of ... Read More

Illegal ecstasy studied as possible treatment for PTSD

Researchers have long been looking for the right medication to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new study aims to see if the illegal drug known casually as ecstasy or X could help those affected by the serious stress disorder find relief. PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after someone experiences an event that results in physical or emotional trauma, such as an event that involves the threat of death to oneself or to someone else. The effects of PTSD can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. Symptoms of PTSD include re-living the original trauma through flashbacks, ... Read More

Military funds research for nasal spray that reduces suicidal thoughts

The U.S. Army has awarded a $3 million research grant to an Indiana University School of Medicine scientist to develop a nasal spray that will reduce suicidal thoughts among soldiers. The project is part of a national effort to reduce the incidence of suicide in the U.S. military. Michael Kubek, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and of neurobiology, is teaming up with researchers at Purdue and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to develop a nasal spray that uses thyrotropin-releasing hormone, or TRH, a neurochemical Kubek helped discover in the human brain. This hormone is known to have antidepressant and ... Read More

Prescription drug cocktails could be killing our combat veterans

Imagine dutifully serving and surviving your combat tours in the Middle East, only to return home and be killed by a prescription drug. That is apparently what is happening to hundreds of young military veterans coming back to the U.S. from Afghanistan and Iraq with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are being treated with a cocktail of anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and other prescription drugs. Stan and Shirley White of Charleston, West Virginia, were coping with the grief of losing their son Bob, a Fort Bragg paratrooper, in Afghanistan, when their other son Andrew, who had returned home from combat ... Read More

Soldiers living with TBI and PTSD simultaneously live in a state of internal warfare

NPR and Propublica have led the media coverage of the devastating impact traumatic brain injuries are having on American troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today, they profiled an Iraq war veteran whose story illuminates the dark journey thousands of our soldiers have had to endure with little help and understanding. It’s the story of a soldier coping with the unseen and little understood damage of a brain wounded by war. Brock Savelkoul, a 29-year-old soldier from North Dakota, was medically discharged from the Army after serving three tours in Iraq. Savelkoul received a Purple Heart medal for injuries he ... Read More

Army now awards Purple Heart for all combat-related concussions

The Army now considers combat-related concussions injuries worthy of the Purple Heart medal, underscoring the gravity of a wound that has been overlooked or dismissed as harmless for decades. The Army’s move to recognize all concussions as serious combat wounds comes at a time when the medical community is making strides in its understanding of concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The sheer number of American soldiers receiving some degree of head trauma has made TBI the “signature wound” of the wars in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Up until now, the Army left it up to ... Read More

Loved ones may recognize TBI symptoms in veterans before doctors

Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common types of injuries for American soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but the symptoms of TBI aren’t always obvious or easily recognizable. Sometimes called the “silent injury,” TBI often evades state-of-the-art medical imaging and diagnosis simply because it can be present even when there are no visible signs of damage to the brain. Moreover, given the vast complexities of the brain, TBI symptoms are not always the same in every person. So how do you know if the veteran in your life has TBI? Behavioral changes are the biggest ... Read More

Man freed in Toyota sudden acceleration crash sues automaker

Koua Fong Lee, the Minnesota father who spent more than two and a half years in a Minnesota prison on vehicular homicide charges for a 2006 crash, is suing Toyota Motor Corp., alleging the company knew its cars could accelerate unintentionally but failed to recall them or warn drivers. Attorneys filed the lawsuit in federal court for Lee, 32, and his family. According to the complaint, Lee’s wife, children, brother, and father were injured or distressed by the violent crash and Lee’s subsequent incarceration. The lawsuit alleges Lee suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from the accident and his imprisonment, ... Read More

Pentagon kills traumatic brain injury tests for combat vets

Tests that would have more accurately measured the rate of traumatic brain injury in troops returning to the U.S. from combat in the Middle East have been barred from completion, according to a USA Today report. Traumatic brain injury, often referred to as TBI, has been christened the “signature injury” of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Thirty percent of soldiers taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center since 2003 suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. The injuries are most commonly caused by shockwaves emitted from bomb blasts. In January 2008, Congress ordered the ... Read More