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Military Times | Oct 5, 2022

Ketamine nasal spray has been approved for use by select veterans clinics. -- For more about ketamine therapy visit Psychedelics on BrainLine's Treatment Hub.

Associated Press | Sep 30, 2022

Some who watched the scary injury want to know why Tagovailoa was playing just four days after his quick return Sunday prompted a joint review by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

The New York Times | Sep 30, 2022

Miami’s quarterback left Thursday’s game on a stretcher after his head was slammed to the turf for the second time in five days. The players’ union has asked for an investigation of his team’s handling of the concussion protocol.

Forbes | Sep 28, 2022

Trauma—either as a one-time event or prolonged exposure— can cause a wide range of mental health issues including flashbacks, sleep disturbances, anxiety, grief and substance misuse. Healing from trauma can take time and work, but throughout, a positive shift can happen—this experience is known as post-traumatic growth.

Neuroscience News | Sep 28, 2022

A new study has found that trauma-exposed Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and externalizing psychiatric disorders, like substance use disorders and antisocial personality disorder, are at greater risk for early death.

Open Access Government | Sep 28, 2022

The question of which physical and cognitive effects can be conclusively associated with Long COVID has been notoriously difficult for researchers to pin down. A new Brookings report reveals that nearly 4 million Americans have been so impacted by Long COVID that they remain unable to return to work, with similar statistics reported in other parts of the world. The continued severity of the problem has put pressure on scientists to accelerate efforts to better understand the disease, and on health, agencies to offer more systemic support for its sufferers.

Medical News Today | Sep 28, 2022

Emotional detachment refers to the inability of a person to fully engage with feelings of their own or those of others. It may interfere with a person’s physical, psychological, emotional, and social development. However, being able to disconnect from one’s feelings may be helpful for people experiencing stressful situations. This article discusses the signs and symptoms, as well as the potential causes, of emotional detachment.

PsychCentral | Sep 28, 2022

 

Our past shapes our present and helps us identify who we are and where we are headed. So, it’s natural to use our past experiences as a point of reference for our current situation. The choices we make for ourselves today are often influenced by our past. If we are using healthy judgment to guide our choices, then past regrets, mistakes, and pain are used as markers for what we do not want in our lives. However for some, the past is not seen as a place of reflection but as a destination. For those who struggle with letting go of past pain or regret, they can feel trapped by their situation and unable to move forward in their lives. Feeling unable to let go of the past can lead to clinical depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or even suicide.

VA Research Currents | Sep 28, 2022

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)—a non-invasive, painless electrical brain stimulation delivered via electrodes placed over the head—has the potential to improve chronic pain. But the treatment usually involves trips to a medical facility where the equipment is used. In a pilot study led by Dr. Melba Hernandez-Tejada of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina, VA researchers have shown that an entirely home-based transcranial stimulation treatment for chronic pain is feasible and could help Veterans with co-occurring pain and PTSD. 

Neuroscience News | Sep 27, 2022

Study reveals altered brain dynamics in those with unresponsive arousal syndrome, previously known as “vegetative state”, and in those with minimally conscious state.

CNN | Sep 27, 2022

CIA physician Dr. Paul Andrews was one of the first people sent to Havana, Cuba, to investigate a spate of mysterious health incidents that were impacting embassy and agency personnel in 2017 when he was struck by the same set of debilitating symptoms, he told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in his first public interview for a CNN Special Report: “Immaculate Concussion: The Truth About Havana Syndrome.”

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter | Sep 27, 2022

Among the long-term symptoms associated with COVID-19 investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cognitive dysfunction has emerged as one of the most persistent. 

NPR | Sep 23, 2022

A company started by two scientists has developed a hard hat that will do a better job protecting workers from on-the-job brain injuries.

WTHR / NBC | Sep 23, 2022

America's Warrior Partnership, which conducted the study, works with communities across the country to prevent veteran suicide.

WFMZ-TV | Sep 23, 2022

"We are an organization that raises psychiatric service dogs for veterans that have PTSD," said Tracy Hausknecht, program director for Tails of Valor Paws of Honor Inc.

Popular Science | Sep 23, 2022

The mental health burden of America’s largest public-works environmental disaster clearly continues for many adults in Flint.

NPR | Sep 20, 2022

Many children who are regularly exposed to community gun violence, can struggle with feelings of hopelessness and anxiety. They can also have difficulty regulating their emotions – all symptoms of post-traumatic stress, which can have lasting impacts into adulthood.

NPR | Sep 12, 2022

The new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is already reaching more Americans in distress – and connecting them to help faster — than the old 10-digit suicide prevention line it replaced July 16. New data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that in August – the first full month that 988 was operational — the Lifeline saw a 45% increase in overall volume of calls, texts and chats compared to August 2021.

WTVM / ABC | Sep 2, 2022

Dr. Donald Moeller of Colombus, Georgia, is a veteran, doctor, and dentist and has been helping other veterans fight physical symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Military Times | Sep 2, 2022

Veterans Affairs officials are now accepting claims for all presumptive illnesses included in the massive toxic exposure legislation signed into law last month, including cases concerning burn pit smoke and carcinogenic chemicals that were not scheduled to go into effect for several more years.

PBS NewsHour | Aug 19, 2022

As students and teachers across the U.S. prepare to head back to school, the CDC is relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. It marks a significant shift in how the nation approaches the pandemic as the new guidance prioritizes keeping kids in class. But some health experts worry the agency has gone too far.

The Guardian | Aug 19, 2022

As Americans go about their daily lives, severely affected Covid patients are wondering if others are moving too quickly from the worst days of the pandemic

Science Daily | Aug 19, 2022

A scientific breakthrough may facilitate speedy, objective, and accurate diagnosis of people suffering from PTSD using saliva samples. As part of the study, the researchers characterized the psychological, social, and medical conditions of about 200 participants, while at the same time collecting saliva samples from them.

Military Times | Aug 19, 2022

An ongoing lawsuit against the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff caught a big break Thursday when a panel of judges ruled that the general’s former aide, who has accused him of sexual assault during her time working with him, does in fact have the right to sue him for damages.

Military Times | Aug 16, 2022

Joe Nieves, an Army veteran who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD in 2006, talks about his service dog Jem at his home in Frederick, Maryland. Jem is a buffer for Nieves when he feels overwhelmed or disconnected from the world, he said.