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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527104/low-income-as-a-multiplicative-risk-factor-for-oral-pain-and-dental-problems-among-u-s-veteran-smokers
#1
Terrell A Hicks, Sarah M Wilson, Shaun P Thomas, Paul A Dennis, Julia M Neal, Patrick S Calhoun
PURPOSE: Compared to the United States (U.S.) general population, military veterans are at an increased risk of experiencing dental problems. This study documented associations between cigarette use and measures of dental/oral concern in a population of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. METHOD: A cross-sectional analysis of survey data from the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans Health and Needs Study, a study of U...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526291/direct-radiocarbon-dating-and-dna-analysis-of-the-darra-i-kur-afghanistan-human-temporal-bone
#2
Katerina Douka, Viviane Slon, Chris Stringer, Richard Potts, Alexander Hübner, Matthias Meyer, Fred Spoor, Svante Pääbo, Tom Higham
The temporal bone discovered in the 1960s from the Darra-i-Kur cave in Afghanistan is often cited as one of the very few Pleistocene human fossils from Central Asia. Here we report the first direct radiocarbon date for the specimen and the genetic analyses of DNA extracted and sequenced from two areas of the bone. The new radiocarbon determination places the find to ∼4500 cal BP (∼2500 BCE) contradicting an assumed Palaeolithic age of ∼30,000 years, as originally suggested. The DNA retrieved from the specimen originates from a male individual who carried mitochondrial DNA of the modern human type...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513398/-nurse-believed-in-me-and-helped-me-piece-my-life-back-together
#3
Diane Palmer
While serving in the Royal Anglian Regiment in Afghanistan in 2007, I was seriously injured by friendly fire. I was left with significant physical and psychological injuries from the blast.
May 17, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511279/blast-associated-traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-military-as-a-potential-trigger-for-dementia-and-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
#4
James Hasoon
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) resulting from blast exposures have significantly affected US military personnel throughout the world, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2000-2016, more than 350,000 military service members were diagnosed with a TBI. Since the majority of blast-related TBIs are classified as mild with no definitive findings on physical examination or diagnostic studies, it is difficult to accurately diagnose individuals inflicted with such injuries. There are likely far more mild TBIs that remain undiagnosed in the military...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494120/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptom-severity-is-associated-with-reduced-default-mode-network-connectivity-in-individuals-with-elevated-genetic-risk-for-psychopathology
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Danielle R Miller, Mark W Logue, Erika J Wolf, Hannah Maniates, Meghan E Robinson, Jasmeet P Hayes, Annjanette Stone, Steven Schichman, Regina E McGlinchey, William P Milberg, Mark W Miller
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with disrupted default mode network (DMN) connectivity, but findings across studies have not been uniform. Individual differences in relevant genes may account for some of the reported variability in the relationship between DMN connectivity and PTSD. In this study, we investigated this possibility using genome-wide association study (GWAS) derived polygenic risk scores (PRSs) for relevant psychiatric traits...
May 11, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484418/blast-exposure-white-matter-integrity-and-cognitive-function-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-combat-veterans
#6
Iliyan Ivanov, Corey Fernandez, Effie M Mitsis, Dara L Dickstein, Edmund Wong, Cheuk Y Tang, Jessie Simantov, Charlene Bang, Erin Moshier, Mary Sano, Gregory A Elder, Erin A Hazlett
The long-term effects of blast exposure are a major health concern for combat veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We used an optimized diffusion tensor imaging tractography algorithm to assess white matter (WM) fractional anisotropy (FA) in blast-exposed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (n = 40) scanned on average 3.7 years after deployment/trauma exposure. Veterans diagnosed with a blast-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) were compared to combat veterans with blast exposure but no TBI diagnosis...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483086/suicide-and-deliberate-self-harm-in-afghanistan
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Mohammad Akbar Paiman, Murad Moosa Khan
BACKGROUND: Suicide and deliberate self-harm (DSH) are major public health problems globally. There is limited information on suicide and DSH from Afghanistan. AIMS: To review available literature on suicide and DSH in Afghanistan. METHODS: Using online resources and literature on suicidal behavior (suicide, DSH and suicidal ideation) was searched. RESULTS: There were only seven published studies identified on suicidal behavior in Afghanistan...
April 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472407/traumatic-brain-injury-and-attempted-suicide-among-veterans-of-the-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
#8
Jennifer R Fonda, Lisa Fredman, Susan B Brogly, Regina E McGlinchey, William P Milberg, Jaimie L Gradus
Studies of the association between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and suicide attempt have yielded conflicting results. Furthermore, no studies have examined the possible mediating role of common comorbid psychiatric conditions in this association. This study used Veterans Affairs registry data to evaluate the associations between deployment-related TBI, psychiatric diagnoses, and attempted suicide among 273,591 veterans deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, and who received care from the Department of Veterans Affairs during 2007-2012...
May 3, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470013/pyogenic-pericarditis-and-cardiac-tamponade-due-to-streptococcus-anginosus-in-a-combat-theater
#9
Ryan C Maves, Michael S Tripp, Tracy Franzos, Scott C Wallace, Benjamin J Drinkwine, Todd C Villines
Streptococcus anginosus group pericarditis is rare. A 24-year-old male soldier presented for care at a military clinic in Afghanistan with shock and cardiac tamponade requiring emergent pericardial drainage and aeromedical evacuation. We review the patient's case, the need for serial pericardial drainage, and the available literature on this disorder.
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466972/comparing-post-deployment-mental-health-services-utilization-in-soldiers-deployed-to-balkan-iraq-and-afghanistan
#10
T Madsen, M Sadowa Vedtofte, M Nordentoft, L Ravnborg Nissen, S Bo Andersen
OBJECTIVE: Insight on how different missions have impacted rates of mental health service (MHS) utilization is unexplored. We compared postdeployment MHS utilization in a national cohort of first-time deployed to missions in Balkan, Iraq, and Afghanistan respectively. METHODS: A prospective national cohort study of 13 246 first-time deployed in the period 1996 through 2012 to missions in Balkan area, Iraq, or Afghanistan respectively. Soldiers 'MHS utilization was also compared with a 5:1 sex-, age-, and calendar year-matched never-deployed background population...
June 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464968/prehospital-interventions-during-mass-casualty-events-in-afghanistan-a-case-analysis
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Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Erica Simon, Joseph K Maddry, Robert Carter, Robert A Delorenzo
BACKGROUND: Mass-casualty (MASCAL) events are known to occur in the combat setting. There are very limited data at this time from the Joint Theater (Iraq and Afghanistan) wars specific to MASCAL events. The purpose of this report was to provide preliminary data for the development of prehospital planning and guidelines. METHODS: Cases were identified using the Department of Defense (DoD; Virginia USA) Trauma Registry (DoDTR) and the Prehospital Trauma Registry (PHTR)...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459953/early-clinical-predictors-of-5-year-outcome-after-concussive-blast-traumatic-brain-injury
#12
Christine L Mac Donald, Jason Barber, Mary Jordan, Ann M Johnson, Sureyya Dikmen, Jesse R Fann, Nancy Temkin
Importance: The long-term clinical effects of wartime traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), most of which are mild, remain incompletely described. Current medical disability cost estimates from world conflicts continually surpass projections. Additional information regarding long-term functional trajectory is needed to reduce this extensive public health burden. Objectives: To examine 5-year clinical outcomes leveraging existing clinical data collected at 1 year after injury in the same patients and to identify early risk factors for long-term disability...
May 1, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455458/an-interesting-case-of-opium-tea-toxicity
#13
Chitsa Seyani, Peregrine Green, Lisa Daniel, Amanda Pegden
We present an unusual cause of respiratory arrest resulting from sole ingestion of home-brewed opium tea. A 64-year-old woman was found unresponsive and in respiratory arrest by a first responder. There were no obvious signs of regular recreational drug use. On presentation to the local district general hospital, the patient was in extremis, with severe physiological and biochemical derangements. A naloxone infusion was commenced and she later made a good recovery. It was subsequently discovered that she had brewed opium tea from opium buds she had picked from a nearby commercial poppy farm, a practice she had learnt while in Afghanistan...
April 28, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455190/association-of-traumatic-brain-injury-with-chronic-pain-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-impact-of-comorbid-mental-health-conditions
#14
Karen H Seal, Daniel Bertenthal, Deborah E Barnes, Amy L Byers, Irina Strigo, Kristine Yaffe
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the association between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic pain and pain disability in the context of comorbid conditions, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression to better inform care of combat veterans. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using national VA clinical data. SETTING: Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers and community clinics nationwide. PARTICIPANTS: 116,913 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who received VA care between October 2007 and March 2015, completed a Comprehensive TBI Evaluation (CTBIE), and received a gold standard diagnosis of TBI (none, mild or moderate to severe)...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451440/microbiological-screenings-for-infection-control-in-unaccompanied-minor-refugees-the-german-armed-forces-medical-service-s-experience
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Winfried Maaßen, Dorothea Wiemer, Claudia Frey, Christina Kreuzberg, Egbert Tannich, Rebecca Hinz, Andreas Wille, Andreas Fritsch, Ralf Matthias Hagen, Hagen Frickmann
BACKGROUND: The German Military Medical Service contributed to the medical screening of unaccompanied minor refugees (UMRs) coming to Germany in 2014 and 2015. In this study, a broad range of diagnostic procedures was applied to identify microorganisms with clinical or public health significance. Previously, those tests had only been used to screen soldiers returning from tropical deployments. This instance is the first time the approach has been studied in a humanitarian context. METHODS: The offered screenings included blood cell counts, hepatitis B serology and microscopy of the stool to look for protozoa and worm eggs as well as PCR from stool samples targeting pathogenic bacteria, protozoa and helminths...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443276/commentary-adverse-childhood-experiences-and-risk-for-suicidal-behavior-in-male-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-seeking-ptsd-treatment
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Leo Sher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438352/burns-to-the-genitalia-perineum-and-buttocks-increase-the-risk-of-death-among-u-s-service-members-sustaining-combat-related-burns-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
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Michael S Clemens, Judson C Janak, Julie A Rizzo, John C Graybill, Michelle F Buehner, Steven J Hudak, Charles K Thompson, Kevin K Chung
PURPOSE: Among service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, to determine the risk of mortality associated with combat-related burns to the genitalia, perineum, and buttocks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The prospectively maintained burn registry from the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research was retrospectively reviewed to identify all service members with combat-related burns sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan from March 2003 to October 2013. The two primary risk factors of interest were (1) any burn to the genitals, perineum, and/or buttocks (PB) and (2) burns involving the entire perineal, genital, and buttock region (complete PB)...
April 21, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426558/combat-surgical-workload-in-oif-oef-the-definitive-analysis
#18
Caryn A Turner, Zsolt T Stockinger, Jennifer M Gurney
BACKGROUND: Relatively few publications exist on surgical workload in the deployed military setting. This study analyses U.S. Military combat surgical workload in Iraq and Afghanistan to gain a more thorough understanding of surgical training gaps and personnel requirements. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DoDTR) was performed for all Role 2 (R2) and Role 3 (R3) Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), from January 2001 to May 2016...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422901/the-deployment-trauma-phenotype-and-employment-status-in-veterans-of-the-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
#19
Melissa M Amick, Mark Meterko, Catherine B Fortier, Jennifer R Fonda, William P Milberg, Regina E McGlinchey
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of comorbid mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression, termed the deployment trauma phenotype (DTP), and its constituent diagnoses' impact on unemployment status in a national cohort of veterans. SETTING: Retrospective analysis of the comprehensive TBI evaluation, a Veterans Affairs-wide protocol for assessing TBI, employment status, and psychiatric impressions. PARTICIPANTS: The final data set consisted of 48 821 veterans...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419465/assessing-ptsd-in-the-military-validation-of-a-scale-distributed-to-danish-soldiers-after-deployment-since-1998
#20
Karen-Inge Karstoft, Søren B Andersen, Anni B S Nielsen
Since 1998, soldiers deployed to war zones with the Danish Defense (≈31,000) have been invited to fill out a questionnaire on post-mission reactions. This provides a unique data source for studying the psychological toll of war. Here, we validate a measure of PTSD-symptoms from the questionnaire. Soldiers from two cohorts deployed to Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2009 (ISAF7, N = 334) and 2013 (ISAF15, N = 278) filled out a standard questionnaire (Psychological Reactions following International Missions, PRIM) concerning a range of post-deployment reactions including symptoms of PTSD (PRIM-PTSD)...
April 18, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
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