Female Vets: Greater Likelihood of Suicide

The suicide rate among young (18 to 34 age group) female U.S. military veterans is nearly three times higher than among civilian women, a new study has found. Clinicians should inquire about military service among women and should recognize that suicide-prevention practices pertain to female veterans. (Psychiatric Services, 61:1177, December 2010) Read more. 

Good Outcome for Combined Treatment of PTSD and Smoking

For smokers with military-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), integrating smoking-cessation and PTSD treatment resulted in higher rates of prolonged smoking abstinence. (JAMA, 304(22):2485-2493) Read more.

Vets With PTSD More Likely to Develop Dementia

Military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, are more likely to develop dementia than those without the disorder, according to Veterans Affairs researchers. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, September 2010; 58(9):1627–1633) Read more.  

Survey of Children of Military Parents

A RAND Corporation study describes the health and well-being of children from military families from the perspectives of the child and nondeployed parent. (Pediatrics, January 2010; 125(1):16-25) Read more.

Children of Deployed Parents More Anxious, Depressed

A recent study of children with parents deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan showed elevations in anxiety and depression linked to length of deployment and the psychological stress of the parent at home. Further, the symptoms persist after the deployed parent comes home. (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, April 2010, 49(4): 310-320) Read more.