How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part IV

So, how did medicine evolve so rapidly that the chance of dying in the war in Afghanistan shrank to ten percent?

Most medical advances in war usually happen by accident, with a military doc facing a traumatically injured patient he’s not sure how to fix, according to Dr. Fred Mading, a Navy veteran (and my brother-in-law). Fred told me the doctor or medic tries everything he or she can ...

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Billionaire Marine Veteran Wants To Raise $10 Million For Semper Fi Fund

GoDaddy founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons wants to raise $10 million for the Camp Pendleton-based Semper Fi Fund.

If donors can raise $5 million by Dec. 31, Parsons will match it with $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

Parsons explained to the Phoenix Business Journal:

"It doesn't matter whether someone was in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps – we want to ...

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Army Gets Grant From NFL To Study Traumatic Brain Injury (Video)

The National Football League announced Thursday morning it has awarded the U.S. Army Research Laboratory a grant of $500,000 to study ways to prevent traumatic brain injury.

The NFL, along with corporate partners Under Armour and General Electric, held a competition called "Head Health Challenge II" in which more than 500 applicants worldwide sent in proposals detailing ways to prevent TBI.

The seven winners were notified today. Embattled ...

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Wounded Warriors Wanted For New Navy Study In San Diego (Video)

San Diego's Naval Health Research Center is looking for Wounded Warriors to take part in its six-year study on the quality of life for men and women who've been injured in the post 9/11 wars.

The Associated Press reports roughly 1,500 people have agreed to participate, but the Navy hopes to have 10,000 for the study.

U.S. military personnel interested in the Wounded Warrior ...

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Study: Brain Injury In Veterans Linked To Alzheimer's Disease

Older veterans who suffered traumatic brain injury earlier in their military careers have a 60 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new study, published in the medical journal Neurology.

Researchers from U.C. San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center examined the medical records of almost 200,000 veterans who were aged 55 or older, according to ...

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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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