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Promising treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder sleep disturbances
For sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbances are among the most treatment-resistant symptoms and can lead to drug and alcohol abuse and even suicide. Previously, there has been little success in treating these sleep disorders with psychopharmacologic approaches. In a study in the April 15 issue of Biological Psychiatry, researchers have found that an inexpensive, widely available drug was successful in reducing symptoms in chronic PTSD patients. (2007-04-17)

Study finds drug helps PTSD nightmares
A generic drug already used by millions of Americans for high blood pressure and prostate problems has been found to improve sleep and lessen trauma nightmares in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (2007-04-11)

Mental illnesses appear common among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
Almost one-third of returning veterans who received health care at Veterans Affairs facilities between 2001 and 2005 were given a mental health or psychosocial diagnosis, according to a report in the March 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-03-12)

Psychological and physical torture have similar mental effects
Forms of ill treatment during captivity that do not involve physical pain -- such as psychological manipulation, deprivation, humiliation and forced stress positions -- appear to cause as much mental distress and traumatic stress as physical torture, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-03-05)

Severe PTSD damages children's brains, Stanford/Packard study shows
Severe stress can damage a child's brain, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. (2007-03-04)

Certain cognitive behavioral therapy appears beneficial for female veterans with PTSD
Using a cognitive behavioral therapy called (2007-02-27)

Penn Study based on Abu Ghraib suggests military veterans highly tolerant of detainee abuse
In a study that appears in the current issue of Military Medicine, William C. Holmes, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and lead author of the paper, assesses veterans' tolerance for detainee abuse and variables associated with it. (2007-02-08)

UGA study finds that social workers may indirectly experience post-traumatic stress
A first of its kind study by a researcher in the University of Georgia School of Social Work finds that repeatedly hearing the stories of trauma victims doubles the risk of social workers themselves experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. (2007-01-04)

Patients with PTSD experience less pain sensitivity -- may be related to altered processing
Patients with posttraumatic stress disorder show reduced pain sensitivity, a pattern that may be related to altered pain processing in the brain, according to a report in the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-01-01)

PTSD may increase heart disease risk in older men
A higher level of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder may increase the risk of coronary heart disease in older men, according to a report in the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-01-01)

Common PTSD drug is no more effective than placebo
Guanfacine, a medication commonly prescribed to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, is no more effective than a placebo, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. (2006-12-01)

Women are diagnosed with PTSD more than men, says research
Males experience more traumatic events on average than do females, yet females are more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a review of 25 years of research reported in the November issue of Psychological Bulletin, published by the American Psychological Association. (2006-11-19)

Many newly diagnosed breast cancer patients have unrecognized and undertreated psychological needs
Almost half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are found to have clinically significant emotional distress or symptoms of psychiatric disorders before treatment is begun, according to a new study. (2006-11-13)

Children with higher intelligence appear to have reduced risk of post-traumatic stress disorder
Children who are more intelligent at age 6 may be less likely to experience trauma by age 17 and if they do, may be less likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. In contrast, children who have anxiety disorders and conduct problems at age 6 appear more likely to develop PTSD following exposure to traumatic events. (2006-11-06)

New research offers insight into Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
New research into Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is leading to a better understanding of its underlying neurobiology, risk factors and long-term implications. The findings are published in a recent issue of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and were revealed at a conference jointly sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. (2006-10-25)

Social support improves mental health after a traumatic health care intervention
Support from hospital staff and family is an important factor in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder after a major intensive-care intervention. A study published today in the open access journal Critical Care reveals that patients who were successfully treated for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are less likely to report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they feel that they were supported during and after the intervention in the Intensive Care Unit. (2006-10-15)

How the brain keeps emotions at bay
Daily life requires that people cope with distracting emotions -- from the basketball player who must make a crucial shot amidst a screaming crowd, to a salesman under pressure delivering an important pitch to a client. Researchers have now discovered that the brain is able to prevent emotions from interfering with mental functioning by having a specific (2006-09-20)

Pre-clinical study suggests how steroid can reverse post-traumatic stress
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center, working with mice, have shown how the body's own natural stress hormone can help lastingly decrease the fearful response associated with reliving a traumatic memory. (2006-09-12)

Anticipation plays a powerful role in human memory, brain study finds
Psychologists have long known that memories of disturbing emotional events -- such as an act of violence or the unexpected death of a loved one -- are more vivid and deeply imprinted in the brain than mundane recollections of everyday matters. (2006-09-04)

Chemical warfare ravages mental health of Iranian civilians
Iranian civilians exposed to high-intensity warfare and chemical weapons are experiencing significantly higher levels of psychological distress compared to those exposed to low-intensity warfare but not chemical weapons, researchers at Yale School of Medicine report in the August 2 issue of JAMA devoted to the theme of violence and human rights. (2006-08-01)

Elevated rates of mental health problems among survivors of tsunami
Adult and children in the tsunami-affected areas in Thailand have elevated rates of mental health problems such as symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression up to 9 months after the disaster, according to two studies in the August 2 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on violence and human rights. (2006-08-01)

More than one-third of disaster victims may suffer from stress disorder
In the year after a hurricane, tornado, terrorist attack or other natural or man-made disaster, 30 to 40 percent of adults who were directly affected may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a University of Michigan researcher. (2006-06-08)

Stress, alcoholics, and post-traumatic stress disorder
Stress is believed to contribute to the initiation, development and/or maintenance of alcohol problems. New findings indicate that alcoholics with and without post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have disrupted responses to stress. Alcoholics without PTSD in particular showed high emotional but low biological responses to stress ... and were more likely to drink in the month following the test. (2006-05-24)

San Francisco VA Medical Center invites public to celebrate VA Research Week
The US Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate National VA Research Week, May 7-13, 2006. As part of the nationwide observance, the San Francisco VA Medical Center invites the public to a series of lectures by SFVAMC principal investigators - who are also on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine - and state and national VA officials. (2006-05-02)

Mild neurologic deficits appear to increase vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder
A study of identical male twins found that Vietnam combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their non-combat exposed, identical twins had minor neurologic deficits that veterans without PTSD and their twins did not have, suggesting that those deficits are not acquired by exposure to traumatic events but instead may predispose individuals to PTSD, according to an article in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-05-01)

Combat duty in Iraq linked with high use of mental health services
About one-third of US military personnel from the war in Iraq access mental health services after their return home, according to a study in the March 1 issue of JAMA. (2006-02-28)

How 'hot' emotional brain interferes with 'cool' processing
For the first time, researchers have seen in action how the (2006-02-15)

Parents of children with cancer suffer post-traumatic stress symptoms, both immediate and lingering
Parents of children with cancer commonly suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress, both during treatment and years after their children survive the disease, say researchers. The researchers recommend that hospital staff members routinely screen parents for such stress symptoms during a child's treatment, and offer appropriate psychosocial treatments. Beyond cancer, a broad range of traumatic medical events may cause psychological aftereffects. (2005-12-13)

Study shows long-term benefits of psychotherapy for PTSD among youths after natural disaster
A study in the December 2005 American Journal of Psychiatry spotlights benefits of psychotherapy for children and adolescents after a natural disaster. The study examined response by treated and untreated children following the 1988 Spitak earthquake, and has a lesson for responders to this year's string of natural disasters. (2005-12-01)

USU students awarded fellowships
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is pleased to announce the selection of three exceptional Uniformed Services University (USU) School of Medicine doctoral graduate students to receive HJF fellowships for the 2005-2006 academic year. (2005-09-26)

Heart disease patients face greater risk of PTSD
Heart attack patients, and most likely those with other forms of heart disease, run an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, says a new research review done in Denmark and the Netherlands. (2005-09-22)

Television viewing of Katrina will have psychological effects on children around the country
The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina have been felt across the country during the past weeks. Thousands of children are survivors of Katrina, while millions of others around the country have observed horrific sights via media coverage. Although they were not directly involved with the tragedy, repeated television viewing of the disaster puts these children at high risk for developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. (2005-09-09)

Trauma of war hits troops years later
New Scientist has pieced together evidence showing that war veterans will be paying the price for decades to come. It is well recognised that soldiers returning home from combat with post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, suffer psychological problems such as insomnia and anxiety. What's less well known is that PTSD can also trigger poorer physical health. Recent and soon-to-be published research reveals that soldiers suffering from PTSD are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes and even cancer later in life. (2005-08-24)

Latest advances on post-traumatic stress disorder highlighted at conference held on September 11
To present the latest research about this disorder, the New York Academy of Sciences and Mount Sinai School of Medicine are co-sponsoring a three-day conference, (2005-08-10)

Cambodian war refugees experience psychiatric disorders many years after resettlement
Cambodian refugees who resettled in the U.S. more than 20 years ago still experience high rates of psychiatric disorders related to their trauma such as posttraumatic stress disorder or depression, according to a study in the August 3 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on violence and human rights. (2005-08-02)

PTSD, depression epidemic among Cambodian immigrants
More than two decades after they fled the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, most Cambodian refugees who resettled in the United States remain traumatized, a study has found. Sixty-two percent suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and 51 percent from depression in the past year -- six-to-seventeen times the national average for adults. The more trauma they endured, the worse their symptoms. (2005-08-02)

Size of brain structure could signal vulnerability to anxiety disorders
The size of a particular structure in the brain may be associated with the ability to recover emotionally from traumatic events. A new study by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital finds that an area called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is thicker in volunteers who appear better able to modify their anxious response to memories of discomfort. (2005-07-11)

Harvard scientists report public health impact of 1990 Iraq invasion of Kuwait
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) made public the findings of Phase I of their investigation of the public health impacts on Kuwaiti Nationals of Iraq's 1990 invasion and seven-month occupation of Kuwait. The report was released Wednesday, June 29, 2005. (2005-07-01)

New clinical tool to help war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
A new clinical tool for assessing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could enable researchers to develop better treatments for war veterans suffering from the disabling anxiety disorder. Pilot studies of the system are currently being conducted with Vietnam War veterans at the Atlanta VA, and will soon be launched with Iraq War veterans at Fort Bragg, NC, and Serbo-Croatian War veterans in Zagreb, Croatia. (2005-06-21)

Resettling the 'Lost Boys of Sudan' in the United States
Since their resettlement in the U.S. in 2000, many of the 300 or so (2005-06-07)

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