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If y’all can reblog drunk girls partying you can reblog a picture of a mother finally getting to see her baby.
can you even imagine this feeling? I couldn’t pass this over.. forever reblog.
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Army denies requests to reveal results of PTSD study | The Raw Story -
Multiple public information requests for the results of an extensive inquiry into the treatment of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been denied according to NBC News, but the Army says the results will be made public sooner or later.
The probe centers on Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, where some soldiers claim their PTSD diagnoses have been wrongly changed to save the government money. The review was launched after an Army psychiatrist at Madigan gave a lecture citing a memo that claims veterans suffering from PTSD could get up to $1.5 million in health benefits over their lifetimes.
That memo was obtained by The Seattle Times in February 2012, resulting in the suspension of Madigan’s top official. But now that the probe into how Madigan treats PTSD patients is complete, the Army is mum on its results.
A Pentagon spokesperson told NBC that the probe covers every single mental health diagnosis issued going back to 2001, but cautioned that the files contain sensitive medical information. Nevertheless, the spokesperson said that work to filter out sensitive information would be “completed shortly,” after which “we will be able to share not only the findings, but the way ahead.”
Roughly one soldier committed suicide every 25 hours in 2012, the Army said, for a combined total death toll of 349: an all-time high that outpaced even combat deaths. Veterans who’ve experienced traumatic brain injuries and have suicidal thoughts as a result are urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Show what their soldiers have been going through because of the side effects of war? I wonder why they don’t want to show those results.
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New research from Western University could lead to better treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction by effectively blocking memories. The research performed by Nicole Lauzon, a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Steven Laviolette at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has revealed a common mechanism in a region of the brain called the pre-limbic cortex, can control the recall of memories linked to both aversive, traumatic experiences associated with PTSD and rewarding memories linked to drug addiction. More importantly, the researchers have discovered a way to actively suppress the spontaneous recall of both types of memories, without permanently altering memories. The findings are published online in the journal Neuropharmacology.
“These findings are very important in disorders like PTSD or drug addiction. One of the common problems associated with these disorders is the obtrusive recall of memories that are associated with the fearful, emotional experiences in PTSD patients. And people suffering with addiction are often exposed to environmental cues that remind them of the rewarding effects of the drug. This can lead to drug relapse, one of the major problems with persistent addictions to drugs such as opiates,” explains Laviolette, an associate professor in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Psychiatry. “So what we’ve found is a common mechanism in the brain that can control recall of both aversive memories and memories associated with rewarding experience in the case of drug addiction.”
In their experiments using a rat model, the neuroscientists discovered that stimulating a sub-type of dopamine receptor called the “D1” receptor in a specific area of the brain, could completely prevent the recall of both aversive and reward-related memories. “The precise mechanisms in the brain that control how these memories are recalled are poorly understood, and there are presently no effective treatments for patients suffering from obtrusive memories associated with either PTSD or addiction,” says Lauzon. “If we are able to block the recall of those memories, then potentially we have a target for drugs to treat these disorders.”
One problem US troops have is getting a college education in today’s modern armed forces. In the past they could at least snag a few credits here and there while they served because their time at any specific base was usually a couple of ye
British Army Private Thomas J. Wroem. 15 September 2012.
Died in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan in a “Green on Blue” incident. Wroem was assigned to 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s).
British Army Sergeant Gareth Thursby. 15 September 2012.
Died in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan in a “Green on Blue” incident. Thursby was assigned to 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s).
A U.S. Army Private of 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover during a controlled detonation to clear an area for setting up a check point in Zahri district of Kandahar province.
No fucks were given that day.
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