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AHA: PTSD Common Among Those Who Suffer Tear in the Aorta's Wall

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TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The sharp and sudden pain from an aortic dissection, along with the emergency treatment that follows, can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder years later, a new study finds. An aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition in which a tear in the wall of the aorta – the major artery carrying blood out of the heart – allows blood to ...

PTSD Patients Do Best When They Choose Their Treatment

Posted 13 days ago by

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – When people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) choose their own treatment – be it medication or counseling – they respond better, a new study finds. The study included 200 adult patients, including military veterans and survivors of sexual assault, seen at outpatient clinics in Seattle and Cleveland. They were asked if they preferred treatment with the ...

Injured Parent Can Mean Sleepless Nights for Kids

Posted 17 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Children face an increased risk for sleep problems if a parent suffers a serious injury, especially if the parent has a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reveals. Researchers used U.S. Military Health System records to identify more than 485,000 children of more than 272,000 parents who were seriously injured in combat or daily life. ...

Xanax, Valium Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in COPD Patients With PTSD

Posted 16 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – People suffering from two common conditions – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the breathing disorder known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – may be increasing their risk for suicide if they take benzodiazepine drugs, a new study suggests. Benzodiazepines include powerful drugs such as Ativan, Valium and Xanax. These medications are often ...

Sexual Assault Has Long-Term Mental, Physical Impact

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – Decades-old allegations of sexual assault have consumed the nation for the past two weeks, as the Senate, the FBI and the public wrestle with what it all may mean for both the U.S. Supreme Court and American society at large in the age of #MeToo. The high-stakes debate is still unfolding. But now comes a new study that warns that sexual assault and harassment often take ...

Just Witnessing School Violence Can Leave Psychic Scars

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 – For middle school students, witnessing school violence can be as bad as being bullied, new research suggests. An international team of researchers found that young witnesses face many of the same challenges later on as those who are direct victims of campus violence. Notably, eighth-grade witnesses are at higher risk for social and academic problems by the time they're ...

Sexual Violence Haunts Women for Years

Posted 11 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 – Sexual assault leaves many women with permanent indelible memories, a new study finds. Compared with other traumatic life-altering events, the memories of sexual assault remain intense and vivid for years, even when not linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the study authors said. "To some extent, it is not surprising that these memories relate to more ...

AHA: 17 Years After 9/11, Former NYPD Cop Still Battles Serious Health Problems

Posted 11 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Peter Woods hardly called in sick back when he worked for the New York Police Department. Then terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, creating a noxious cloud of finite glass, cancer-causing chemicals and other pollutants that hovered for months around ground zero. "I was healthy before 9/11," said Woods, a retired police sergeant whose ...

A Little 'Horseplay' Eases Veterans' Mind, Body & Soul

Posted 17 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 – U.S. Navy veteran Lisa Conway was having trouble coping with mobility issues related to two newly diagnosed autoimmune diseases when her therapist suggested equine-assisted therapy. "I rode horses mainly as a youngster and a couple of times as an adult. When my therapist suggested equine therapy, I thought, 'Are you kidding me? How am I going to get on a horse?' " she ...

PTSD May Have Put Hearts of 9/11 First Responders at Risk

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – Working on clean-up crews after the 9/11 terrorist attack took a huge emotional toll on many first responders, and new research suggests that might have triggered heart trouble as well. Those who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) faced more than double the risk of a heart attack and stroke compared to those who worked on New York City's World Trade Center ...

Dogs May Help Soothe Vets With PTSD

Posted 12 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 – Service dogs may help reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in military veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds. For the study, researchers compared a group of veterans with PTSD who had a service dog to a group of veterans on the waitlist to receive one. "Our previous research suggests that the presence of a service dog reduced ...

PTSD May Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 9 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – For reasons that aren't yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report. It's the first time a connection has been made between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and "A-fib," which typically arises with age and is the most common type of heart rhythm problem. A-fib can raise a ...

Strict Gun Laws Spare Young Lives: Study

Posted 6 May 2018 by

SATURDAY, May 5, 2018 – Fewer young Americans are killed by guns in states with stricter gun laws, a new study finds. "Injuries due to firearms are the nation's third-leading cause of pediatric death," said study author Dr. Monika Goyal. She is director of research in the division of emergency medicine and trauma services at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. "Firearm ...

Ecstasy May Help Some PTSD Sufferers, but Safety Issues Remain

Posted 2 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) might find some relief by using the popular party drug ecstasy, a small study suggests. Technically, this synthetic drug is called 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) and it alters mood and perception. When tried with 26 veterans and first responders with PTSD, it helped many of them, investigators found. ...

Wounded Combat Vets Face Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – U.S. war veterans who sustained severe combat wounds and have chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk for high blood pressure, a new study says. The study included nearly 3,900 military veterans who had been severely wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan from February 2002 to February 2011. Their average age when they were wounded was 26. More than ...

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