Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Could Be Mistaken for PTSD

A few studies in recent years are showing possible signs that soldiers who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by battlefield explosions are mistakenly diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, what might be happening is that the soldiers’ pituitary glands have been damaged by the blast–which has led them to…

Head Injuries in Youth May Increase Dementia Risk in Aging

A recent study has found some very troubling results: youth who experience head injuries may experience an increased risk of dementia as they age. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that head injuries can interfere with the performance of the glymphatic system, which is responsible for cleaning the brain of damaging debris. The lead researcher…

NFL Play Leads to Higher Risk of Death from Alzheimer’s and ALS

A recent study in the journal Neurology looked at thousands of former NFL players and found that they suffered a higher incidence of death from conditions like Alzheimer’s and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) versus the normal U.S. population. Former football players were found to be three times more likely than non-players to…

Saluting our Soldiers Series: Cognition and Combat

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: The brain of an active duty soldier experiences a heavy cognitive load. Because combat situations…

Saluting our Soldiers Series: Mental Health & Older Veterans

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: Recent findings presented at the annual “Brain at War” conference showed that living with…

Saluting our Soldiers Series: TBI, The "Signature Injury" of a Generation

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: Official military figures report that about 115,000 troops have experienced a traumatic brain injury…

Saluting our Soldiers: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: A recent analysis found that the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) rate among troops serving…