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UCSD Study Shows Brain Trauma Increases PTSD Risk In Marines

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) suffered by active-duty Marines deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan is greatest indicator of whether the Marines will later be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study by UC San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.

Researchers looked at 1,648 active-duty Marines and Navy servicemen from four Camp Pendleton-based infantry battalions of the First Marine Division, according ...

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Soldier Prescribed Controversial Anti-Malarial Drug Before Afghan Massacre

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who recently pleaded guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, was prescribed a controversial anti-malarial drug called Lariam before the massacre. Lariam has been linked to aggression and psychotic behavior.

A report from the maker of Lariam (obtained by The Military Times) was sent to the Food and Drug Administration that read, in part:

“It was reported that this patient was administered mefloquine (Lariam ...

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'American Idol' Vet Contestant Lied About Combat (Video)

"American Idol" contestant Matt Farmer says he lied about injuries he said he suffered while serving in Iraq. Soldiers who served with Farmer in Iraq called him out on the website Guardian of Valor after Farmer's "Idol" audition aired on television January 30. (You can watch that audition up top.)

Farmer told "Idol" producers he survived an improvised explosive device blast, was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, and then ...

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Pentagon Starts Brain Bank To Study Combat Injuries

The Department of Defense has created a brain bank to study Traumatic Brain Injury and other wounds suffered by service members.

USA Today reports the Department of Defense has teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to develop the Center for the Study of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. The brain bank is one part of the new $70 million center.

A recent study by Boston University ...

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Wounded Warriors Discover New Interests In Adaptive Sports Event

A few dozen military veterans from across the country took advantage of the last day of summer in San Diego. They went kayaking on Mission Bay using specially adapted vessels for people with disabilities.

Most of the veterans are from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've come to San Diego for the annual one week Summer Sports clinic put on by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their ...

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NFL Partners With U.S. Army To Combat Brain Injuries (Video)

The National Football League's regular season kicks off tomorrow with the New York Giants squaring off against the Dallas Cowboys. And in an effort to better deal with the problem of brain injuries among its players, the NFL is teaming up with the U.S. Army to better understand the brain damage both football tackles and battlefield combat can cause.

Last week Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno ...

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Can Nasal Spray Stop Suicidal Thoughts In Troops?

Could something as simple as nasal spray help stem the rising tide of suicides among service members and veterans? The U.S. Army thinks so - and has awarded a scientist at the Indiana University School of Medicine a $3 million grant to develop such a spray.

Dr. Michael Kubek is associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and of neurobiology at IU. His area of expertise is with a neurochemical ...

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Head Injury Triggers End Of Camp Pendleton Boxing Team

The Camp Pendleton Varsity Boxing Team was disbanded this week—in part because of a recent injury that left a boxer in the Intensive Care Unit of a Los Angeles County hospital, Head Coach Staff Sgt. Kenneth Jones wrote on the Team's Facebook page.

Jones gave several other reasons for the disbandment, including:

"...risk of the sport, difficulty in finding a qualified level 3 coach, and budget cutbacks."

According ...

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NFL Partners With Military To Tackle Brain Injury Awareness

The National Football League is partnering with the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps to make both NFL players and service members more aware of the long-term dangers of concussions.

The Washington Post reports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met last month with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno on the danger of brain injuries. That meeting has triggered subsequent meetings at the Pentagon with NFL players, military ...

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"America's Got Talent" Singer Sticks To Story Of Combat Injuries (Video)

"America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in the military. That's his story and he's sticking to it, despite the fact military records show absolutely no evidence of the brain trauma he says was caused by a grenade explosion.

Poe sent his personal medical records to Dallas television station WFAA as proof of his injures. (See video at the top of ...

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Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Into Rancho Bernardo High

The San Diego-based Navy Leap Frogs parachute team made a special appearance this weekend at Rancho Bernardo High School. The Leap Frogs high-flying performance helped kick off RB High's inaugural 12-hour relay marathon Sunday to raise awareness of the plight of wounded warriors.

According to a Navy news release, the six-man Leap Frog team descended from above as the Rancho Bernardo school band played The Star-Spangled Banner. School principal ...

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Troops Face Same Risk Of Brain Wasting Disease As NFL Players (Video)

IED blasts can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in troops' brains, the same disease found in NFL players who've suffered repeated hits to the head, according to a new study.

Researchers at Boston University (BU) and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System conducted the study on the brains of four fallen service members who were exposed to IED blasts. Dr. Ann McKee of BU says:

"Our results showed that ...

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Wounded Warriors Ride The Wave To Rehabilitation Near Camp Pendleton

Sun rays pierced through the early morning clouds as ocean waves curled and crashed onto Camp Pendleton's Del Mar shore.

Juan M. Garcia, assistant secretary of the Navy returned to Pendleton's waterfront, May 5, to surf alongside Wounded Warrior Marines, participating in the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation ocean therapy program.

"This is about reintegrating a cadre of Wounded Warriors," said Garcia. "The Miller family and the [JMMF] have ...

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Prince Harry Calls for Unity in Supporting Wounded Warriors

Great Britain’s Prince Henry of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry, urged the U.S. and British publics last night to unify in supporting wounded warriors and families of the fallen, particularly as the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan takes the media spotlight off their continuing needs.

Prince Harry accepted the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award for charitable work he and his brother, Prince William, Duke ...

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Marines Top Medal Count At 2012 Warrior Games (Video)

For the third year running, the Marines topped the medal count at the Warrior Games, which took place this year at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from May 1-5.

The Marine Corps team was awarded the Chairman's Cup on the final day of competition, according to DVIDS:

The Chairman’s Cup is awarded to the team that wins the most medals in competitions including ...

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