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FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Owning their own firearm, carrying it in public and keeping it loaded in the home: These three factors are each tied to a fourfold rise in the likelihood that a U.S. soldier will take his or her own life, a new report finds.

Suicides among soldiers remain rare, but numbers have been on the rise in recent years, noted study lead author Dr. Davi...

WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research shatters the image of U.S. soldiers as the epitome of fitness and primed for battle: Instead, they are less likely to have ideal blood pressure than their civilian counterparts.

In fact, less than one-third of active Army personnel have ideal blood pressure (120/80 mm Hg), compared with over half of the general population, the ...

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic overuse is a major problem throughout the world. Now a new study finds four in 10 outpatients were inappropriately prescribed antibiotics at a major U.S. Veterans Affairs health system.

That rate is higher than in previous studies on outpatient antibiotic use. Improper use of the drugs is associated with increased illness, cost and...

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) combined with a drinking problem, the type of psychotherapy prescribed can make a difference in recovery rates, a new study finds.

So-called prolonged exposure therapy is more effective than coping skills therapy in helping these patients, according to researchers at the VA San Diego Hea...

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Here's bad news for some women in the military: An increased risk of minor birth defects was found among U.S. female veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War.

Researchers examined data on minor and major birth defects among 788 children born to 522 Gulf War-era female and male veterans who were and were not deployed during the war. Women accounted f...

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. veterans are at increased risk for heart disease, a looming public health problem, researchers say.

They analyzed data from more than 153,000 people who took part in the National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Vets between the ages of...

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Gun-related deaths among school-age children in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, researchers report.

In 2017, gun violence claimed more 5- to 18-year-olds than police officers or active-duty members of the U.S. military, according to a chilling new study led by investigators from Florida Atlantic University.

"It ...

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many military veterans can get prescription opioid painkillers from both the VA and Medicare, putting them at nearly triple the risk for an overdose, new research warns.

The finding could have implications for a huge number of vets: Roughly eight in 10 VA-covered patients have additional private or public health insurance coverage. About 51 ...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- By itself, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) doesn't raise the risk of heart disease for U.S. veterans, a new study finds.

"Instead, a combination of physical disorders, psychiatric disorders and smoking -- that are more common in patients with PTSD versus without PTSD -- appear to explain the association between PTSD and developing car...

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite their wide use, commercial pain creams and gels don't do much for chronic pain, a new report claims.

In fact, the government-funded study, ordered by U.S. Congress, found these creams/gels were no better than placebos, researchers said.

"Our study of nearly 400 pain patients suggests that people who use these compounded crea...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The toll of U.S. military service can be steep for female veterans, with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury each significantly raising the odds of later dementia, new research suggests.

The study, of more than 100,000 older women veterans, spotlights the risk factors stemming from military service that can lead to t...

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Active-duty members of the U.S. military are much more open to the idea of mental health counseling than veterans, a new survey finds.

"There has been a fundamental shift in the military regarding attitudes on mental health, and we have seen real progress in reducing the stigmas associated with professional counseling," said survey author Saman...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. Army soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior diagnosis of a mental health issue, new research shows, and such histories may not be a good predictor of a soldier's suicide risk.

"The study is one of few to be able to examine risk of suicide attempt among those without a past mental health diagnosis," said study lead author Dr. R...

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 tha...

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. military personnel, deployment carries many dangers. And besides the well-known threats they face, these men and women are also at a higher-than-average risk for skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma, a new research review suggests.

Two military groups face a particularly high risk: white service members and men over 50...

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The overall quality of care provided by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration is equal to or better than that provided by other health care systems in the United States, a new report says.

The Rand Corporation study did find significant variation in quality among individual VA hospitals -- but less variation than was seen among non-VA faciliti...

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An "alarming" number of weightlifting injuries occur among U.S. military personnel in combat zones, according to a new study.

Intense weightlifting workouts help the armed forces stay in peak condition during deployment. But surgeons reported that during four months in a forward field hospital, they treated nine active duty male members for p...

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. military personnel are plagued by nightmares that put them at increased risk for mental health and sleep disorders, but few let doctors know, a new study shows.

The study included 493 active duty personnel who were referred to doctors for evaluation of sleep disorders. About 3 out of 4 had been deployed.

Thirty-one per...

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 wer...

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American soldiers who have babies after a recent deployment are at increased risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

The finding comes from the analysis of data on nearly 12,900 births to U.S. soldiers from 2011 to 2014. Overall, just over 6 percent of the births were premature -- three or more weeks early. That rate is lower than in the ...

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans who had close calls with bomb blasts during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are now having memory problems, a new study has found.

Led by researchers from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Boston, the study assessed the cognitive functioning of 333 veterans of those wars.

They studyfound that people who had bee...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recent efforts by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to promote safe prescribing of opioid painkillers seem to be working.

Opioid prescriptions by the VHA have declined since peaking in 2012, a new study finds. Key to the drop is decreases in long-term prescriptions, which carry greater risk for overdose and addiction, said the s...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars aren't getting needed mental health treatment for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse, a national panel of experts says.

Female vets may be at special risk of missing out on services, the report found.

The survey found that about half ...

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of U.S. military veterans smoke or use some form of tobacco.

Data from 2010-2015 revealed that 21.6 percent of veterans reported current use (within the past 30 days) of cigarettes, 6.2 percent used cigars, 5.2 percent used smokeless tobacco, 3 percent used roll-your-own tobacco, and 1.5 percent used pipes, according to a n...

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The diagnosis and treatment of two conditions -- chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness -- could improve thanks to the discovery of distinct brain chemistry signatures in people with these disorders, researchers say.

The illnesses share symptoms such as pain, fatigue, thinking problems and exhaustion after exercise. They're often misdia...

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report.

Heart failure cases linked to meth use among vets nearly quadrupled during the past decade at the San Diego VA Medical Center, rising from 1.7 percent in 2005 to 8 percent in 2015, investigators found.

Veterans usin...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In addition to their regular duties caring for U.S. armed forces in the region, American military surgeons provided humanitarian care to nearly 6,000 Afghan adult civilians over 11 years, a new study reports.

Between January 2002 and March 2013, more than 9,400 surgical procedures were performed on 5,786 local civilians ages 15 and older a...

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Land mines have maimed thousands and been condemned in 162 countries, but new research shows they have been supplanted by a far more dangerous explosive device.

Scientists compared the injuries from both land mines and what are known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They found these newer devices, which are often perceived as crude or...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For more than 150 years, how eight crew members of a Confederate submarine dubbed the H.L. Hunley died during an attack on a Union warship has remained a mystery.

Until now.

Using a six-foot replica of the submarine to analyze the effect of underwater explosions, researchers report in a new study that the men fell victim to a shoc...

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever taken a yoga class, you probably know that it can help relax your body and your mind. Now, several new studies suggest that practicing yoga may also ease depression.

But the leader of a session on yoga and depression held Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., emphasi...

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Troubling new study findings suggest that U.S. Army soldiers are more likely to try to kill themselves if another member of their unit has attempted suicide in the previous year.

In fact, the researchers linked almost 20 percent of such suicide attempts to recent attempts by others in their units.

It's not clear if the findings re...

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they have discovered biological differences in the brains of head injury patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Specifically, the area of the brain that controls emotion -- the amygdala -- is larger than normal in those who develop PTSD after a brain injury, researchers said.

"Many consider PTSD to b...

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reckless behavior could worsen post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, a new report suggests.

The study of more than 200 U.S. veterans with PTSD found that risky behavior -- which is one symptom of PTSD -- creates a pattern of repeated stress that can have harmful results.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Nati...

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may struggle with severe headaches years later, a new study finds.

The study included 172 vets who served in Afghanistan or Iraq between 2 and 11 years before the study began. Half suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during deployment; half did not.

A TBI is caused by a bu...

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a stepped-up "fight or flight" response, which researchers say may explain why PTSD boosts the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

PTSD can occur among civilians but is nearly twice as widespread in the military.

Previous research had shown that veterans' "figh...

MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News ) -- Brain injuries suffered during wartime exposure to an explosive device often leave psychiatric troubles that can last years, new research shows.

The study also discovered an "evolution" of symptoms, as cognitive (thinking and memory) symptoms ease, but psychological aftereffects linger.

Many soldiers who've suffered a traumatic brain ...

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars use opioid painkillers at rates similar to that of the general population, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed pharmacy claims data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. They found that 23 percent of these combat veterans were prescribed an opioid in a given year. About two-thirds t...