Tagged Articles

war 5 articles

This Memorial Day, remember veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries

On Monday, May 27, Americans will observe Memorial Day, remembering all the veterans who sacrificed their lives to shield us from foreign threats and protect the liberties upon which our nation was founded. It is also a good time to remember all the veterans who are still with us, especially those whose war injuries have left a deep and devastating impact on their lives and the lives of their family members. Many of the veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), most of which have been brought about by concussive ... 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

US Soldier allegedly suffered from TBI before Afghan shooting spree

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) during a recent tour of war duty may have been the trigger that sent a US soldier on a bloody rampage, killing Afghan civilians including women and children. An official told ABC News that the soldier had suffered a mild TBI at some point previously either from hitting his head on the hatch of a vehicle or in a car accident. He went through advanced TBI treatment at Fort Lewis. He also was put through mental health screening as part of sniper training and had routine behavioral health screenings. Throughout all the testing, the soldier ... Read More

Antipsychotic fails to help veterans with chronic PTSD

Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug commonly prescribed to veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when antidepressants fail to work, does not help numb the symptoms of the PTSD, according to a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Only two antidepressant medications, Zoloft and Paxil, are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat PTSD, though neither drug has been shown to be effective at treating those with a chronic form of the condition. With few FDA-approved options available, doctors have begun prescribing Risperdal to patients when antidepressants fail to alleviate their symptoms. Risperdal ... Read More

Canada’s Afghanistan troops received traumatic brain injuries at alarming rate

Traumatic brain injury has been called the “signature” injury of American troops returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now Canada is finding that its soldiers, too, suffer from TBI at an alarmingly high rate. According to one study, the rate of TBI in Canadian troops fighting in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2009 was found to be nearly three times higher than American troops deployed to Afghanistan during the early years of the war and before its escalation. According to a study conducted by Canada’s National Defence and obtained by The Globe and Mail, Canadian forces were ... Read More