Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...

For Rural Vets, Tele-Therapy an Effective Option for PTSD

December 5th, 2014
In a new study, tele-therapy was found to be an effective treatment option for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who don't have access to a mental health practitioner. "Earlier studies have shown that PTSD treatments offered through interactive video are just ...

Imaging Studies Differentiate PTSD & Mild Brain Injury

December 2nd, 2014
New research suggests advanced brain imaging techniques can help to differentiate military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from those with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Currently, it is difficult for clinicians to make a definitive diagnosis as symptoms for PTSD and MTBI ...

Prolonged Negative Thinking May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

November 18th, 2014
Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) may increase a person's risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. In Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells begin to degenerate and die, causing severe problems with memory ...

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...

Brain’s Threat Response Calmed by Seeing Love & Support

November 10th, 2014
New research suggests that being reminded of being loved and cared for can reduce the brain's hypervigilant response to stress. University of Exeter (U.K.) investigators found that observing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat. The findings ...

Pregnant Women with PTSD More Prone to Premature Birth

November 9th, 2014
Pregnant women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely, according to a new study. The study, which examined more than 16,000 births to female veterans, found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased a ...

Waking While Under General Anesthetic Can Trigger Problems Later

October 27th, 2014
A recent study of people who have been accidentally conscious while under a general anesthetic shows it can have a long-term impact. The patient remains conscious in about one in every 19,000 general anesthetics, said researchers led by Dr. Jaideep Pandit of Oxford ...

Army Enlistees Similar to Civilians But Some Disorders More Prevalent

October 27th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that while military enrollees do not share the exact psychological profile as socio-demographically comparable civilians, they are more similar than previously thought. One study found that new soldiers and matched civilians are equally likely to have experienced at least one ...

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...
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