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NYU Researcher Quits Over Bogus PTSD Study

Data rejected and 8 studies suspended

(Newser) - New York University medical school research into using a marijuana-like drug to treat PTSD sufferers turned out to be so flawed that eight studies were suspended and the data was rejected as unreliable, the New York Times reports. Federal investigators found that the research led by Dr. Alexander Neumeister failed... More »

Abused Horses Find New Calling Easing Vets' PTSD

Veteran who went through such a program is creating his own in Alabama

(Newser) - After losing sight in his right eye from a 2013 rocket attack in Afghanistan, retired Army Maj. Dan Thomas recovered with help from an equine therapy program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, reports the AP . Hoping to help other veterans, he and his wife traveled to Connecticut last... More »

Dad: Houston Gunman May Have Had PTSD

Disturbed vet had anti-government beliefs

(Newser) - The gunman behind Sunday's deadly rampage in Houston has been identified as Afghanistan veteran Dionisio Garza III by ABC13 , which found a bag containing bullets and his personal papers at the scene. The bag, which held the 25-year-old's birth certificate and military discharge record, was turned over to... More »

'Genius Millionaire' Apologizes for Rant on JetBlue Flight

David Brackett was kicked off plane after boastful brouhaha with another passenger

(Newser) - It's not often one has the honor to be seated in coach on the same flight as a 28-year-old millionaire with six houses and a 176 IQ. At least, that's what David Brackett claimed before he and two men were booted off a JetBlue flight out of Long... More »

'Upsetting' Sandy Hook Mural Is No More

Newtown school covers image of dreamcatcher

(Newser) - A mural inside Newtown High School that paid tribute to victims of the Sandy Hook shooting rampage was created as a form of art therapy. But within two years, the administration became worried that despite its intentions, the painting of a dreamcatcher was upsetting some students. To address those concerns,... More »

Iraq Vet's Son Creates App to Stop Night Terrors

'My team and I won't sleep until the veterans can'

(Newser) - Tyler Skluzacek was in sixth grade when his father, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Skluzacek, was deployed to Iraq for a year. When he came back, he struggled with night terrors—and now Tyler, a senior at Minnesota's Macalester College, is helping in a big way, KARE 11 reports. As... More »

Vietnam Vets Still Battle PTSD Decades Later

New VA study shows it can last a lifetime

(Newser) - Post-traumatic stress doesn't fizzle away after a few years—or perhaps even a lifetime. About 11% of Vietnam War veterans still suffer from the disorder today, according to a new VA study, reports USA Today . It builds off landmark PTSD research conducted in the 1980s and finds that about... More »

Boys Moved Out of Poverty Suffer War-Like PTSD

But it's a great benefit to girls, says study

(Newser) - It might seem like a can't-miss idea for kids in poverty: Move them from poor neighborhoods into better ones. But a comprehensive study of the practice finds a surprising twist: It tends to work well for girls and badly for boys, reports Science 2.0 . In fact, years later,... More »

Watching a Lot of Traumatic News Jacks PTSD Risk

Poll follows Boston Marathon attack

(Newser) - It may be possible to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder without actually being present for a traumatic event, researchers say: Watching a lot of media coverage may heighten the risk of the disorder. Researchers surveyed 4,675 Americans two to four weeks after the Boston Marathon attack. About 4.5%... More »

Newtown Cop's PTSD Could Get Him Fired

Thomas Bean was a first responder

(Newser) - A Newtown, Conn., police officer on his day off was among the first to respond to the Sandy Hook school shooting—and he still can't escape the horrific memories. Thomas Bean has flashbacks and has considered suicide, he tells CNN : "That day killed me inside." He was... More »

Scientists Find Gene to Wipe Memories

Find may offer path to fighting PTSD

(Newser) - Scientists at MIT are learning more about how old memories fade and new ones are created—suggesting we could someday have the power to wipe away traumatic experiences. The research is centered on a gene called Tet1, which scientists effectively turned off in a group of mice. Both the altered... More »

Navy Yard Gunman Had Been 'Hearing Voices'

And he had a 'pattern of misbehavior' in the military

(Newser) - Aaron Alexis, who is now believed to have been the only shooter behind yesterday's Navy Yard massacre , suffered from serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, and had been hearing voices in his head, sources tell the AP . Alexis also suffered from PTSD, his father told investigators,... More »

Hidden Risk for Stroke Survivors: PTSD

1 in 4 stroke or mini-stroke survivors develop PTSD within one year

(Newser) - On the heels of a study linking heart attacks and PTSD comes evidence that strokes can be lumped into the mix, too. About 23% of stroke and mini-stroke patients will develop post-traumatic stress disorder within a year, while 11% battle the disorder after 12 months, according to a study published... More »

US Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering 5 Fellow Troops

Plea deal will allow Sgt. John Russell to avoid capital punishment

(Newser) - US Army Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty today to intentionally murdering five fellow servicemen and women in Iraq in 2009, as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. The judge hasn't decided whether or not to accept the plea deal yet, though he... More »

Sniper Suspect Had 2 Stays in Mental Hospital

After shootings, Routh said he 'traded his soul for a new truck'

(Newser) - Eddie Ray Routh was taken to a mental hospital twice in the five months before he was accused in the murder of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and a friend, according to police records seen by the AP . The 25-year-old Iraq veteran was first hospitalized after threatening to kill his... More »

Suspect in American Sniper's Murder a Vet He Was Helping

Chris Kyle was helping Eddie Ray Routh deal with PTSD, authorities say

(Newser) - The former Navy SEAL sniper shot dead alongside a friend at a Texas shooting range yesterday appears to have been killed by a troubled Iraq War veteran he was trying to help, authorities say. Travis Cox, director of a nonprofit veterans' organization that American Sniper author Chris Kyle helped found,... More »

Afghan Massacre Suspect Had Brain Injury: Lawyer

Lawyers ready 'mental health defense' for Robert Bales

(Newser) - Before allegedly launching a shooting spree against Afghan villagers, US Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, his lawyer said at a hearing yesterday. Bales' defense team said it was readying a "mental health defense" in the massacre case; lawyer John Henry... More »

Vietnam Veterans Sue Military

They want undesirable discharges upgraded due to PTSD

(Newser) - John Shepherd Jr. enlisted in the Army in 1968 and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War, yet he can't get veterans benefits today due to his undesirable discharge (now known as an other-than-honorable discharge). Shepherd was court-martialed and discharged after he started acting... More »

Number of Homeless Vets Down Sharply

But can administration make it zero by 2015?

(Newser) - The Obama administration has vowed to end homelessness among military veterans by 2015 and while some advocates call that pledge unrealistic, there has been undeniable progress made over the last few years, the AP finds. Veterans Affairs officials estimate the number of homeless vets has dropped by 15,000 since... More »

Heart Attack Side Effect: PTSD

Research also shows PTSD makes second attack more likely

(Newser) - Having a heart attack can leave you pretty messed up in the head, and being messed up in the head may actually make you more likely to have another heart attack, a new study suggests. By surveying 24 earlier studies, researchers found that roughly one out of every eight patients... More »

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