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Keeping Tabs — 22 September


  • Bombs’ hidden impact: The brain war: (NATURE) — No one fully understands what the blast waves are doing to the brain, explains Walter Koroshetz, deputy director of the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland. Thanks to mounting evidence from professional sports, he says, “it’s been known for a long time that repetitive head injuries lead to chronic degenerative disease. But no one has really got a hold on how that happens.”
  • Shaken Troops Face New Foe: Early Dementia: (WIRED) — The most devastating impact of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could be on soldiers’ brains, and many of the injured likely don’t even know it. At least not yet.  As I describe in the new issue of Nature, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that these injured troops, who could easily number in the hundreds of thousands, face a heightened risk of early-onset dementia, and other diseases that attack the brain.
  • Female veterans tormented by combat and sexual trauma: (BBC) — Today 14.5% of active duty members of the US military are women.  And even though they’re not strictly in combat roles, women are experiencing warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan just like the men do. Women, too, are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the horrors they’ve seen. Coping with that, and with being a mother, poses problems of its own.



  • Report: More troops suffering amputations: (STARS & STRIPES) — A U.S. Army report has confirmed what military trauma surgeons in Afghanistan have long suspected: More troops are suffering devastating wounds, including arm, leg and multiple-limb amputations as well as genital injuries, because of bomb blasts.
  • Report Examines Lower Body Blast Injuries: (DOD NEWS) — The Army Surgeon General’s Office released its report yesterday on dismounted complex blast injuries, which more than twice as many service members have suffered annually since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan.
  • Hospital finds new ways to treat veterans, service members: (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) — Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago opened last year as the first hospital built to help veterans and active duty service members. The hospital, named after Apollo 13 astronaut James Lovell, who lives nearby, combines the resources of a former VA hospital with a now-closed Navy hospital at the neighboring Naval Station Great Lakes.  The goal was to provide more efficient care with broader training and experience for doctors and nurses. The facility handles 900,000 patient visits a year, from Navy recruits to nursing home retirees.,0,5046397.story
  • Naval Postgraduate School Explores Next-level Telemedicine: (DOD NEWS) — Studies being done at the Naval Postgraduate School here aim to take telemedicine to the next level — possibly using body sensors and robots on the ground and in the sky to help medics and corpsmen treat combat casualties.


  • As deployment looms, military families say war takes its toll on them, too: (ANN ARBOR.COM) — “I think I was just more angry about peoples’ ignorance back home than anything.”  Amy couldn’t reach him at first. “I could recognize everything, but I couldn’t nurse my own husband,” Amy said. “I couldn’t do my job on him because he was someone who was attached to me.” “It was hard,” she said. “He thought I was attacking him and I didn’t understand.”
  • Operation Adrenaline Rush kicks off aboard Lejeune this week: (DAILY NEWS, JAX, NC) — For military officials, this represents a different approach to channeling the post-deployment thrill-seeking that leads to vehicle collisions and speed-related motorcycle accidents aboard Lejeune and in Jacksonville every year. Early feedback from Yuma shows the program has been well-received, O’Leary said.


  • Fort Hood WTB Soldier helps area vets through VA internship: (ARMY NEWS) — Spc. Alfred Newman feels at home at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Temple, Texas. He is one of the many Warrior Transition Brigade Soldiers from Fort Hood taking part in Operation Warfighter internships at Department of Defense organizations around the state.  Newman, who is currently assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, WTB, is interning in the human resources department of the VA.


  • Unemployment crisis among veterans spurs call to action in Congress: (THE RAW STORY) — One suspected reason, according to the IAVA, is that employers are aware of the high levels of post traumatic stress disorder reported in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and thus may be resistant to hiring veterans who have finished recent tours in combat. Another concern for employers is that veterans returning from a tour abroad but who remain in the reserves may be called for another tour, which would require employers to hold a needed position open while the service member is abroad.  But aside from employer perceptions of PTSD and the challenges of hiring reservists, the transition to the civilian workforce often proves challenging even for those veterans who are college educated.


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