Study: Female troops have same PTSD risk as males
Female troops are at equal risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder as their male counterparts, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. The study followed pairs of male and female troops deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and matched on a number of variables over an average of seven years. Researchers found that 6.7% of female troops and 6.1% of male troops with no prior history of PTSD developed the disorder. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
Veteran with ALS pushes DOD, VA to invest in research
Navy veteran Lt. Cmdr. Matt Bellina was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 30 after he started noticing coordination problems. He says the Ice Bucket Challenge inspired him to take action, and he has been pushing the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to acknowledge the benefits of funding research on a disease that affects thousands of veterans, a group that is twice as likely as the general population to be diagnosed with ALS. "[I]f you're diagnosing 1,000 veterans a year and they're living on average three years post-diagnosis, you're picking up a new billion dollar obligation every three years. And the research grant right now is only $7.5 million a year, so you look at the math on that and it's upside down," Bellina said. MedicalDaily.com
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