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Differential BDNF methylation in combat exposed veterans and the association with exercise

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene is associated with increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and plays a role in neuroplasticity, cognition and memory. BDNF has strong potential as a therapeutic target as studies have shown that antidepressants, electroconvulsive treatment…

Trends in Diagnostic Coding for Musculoskeletal Conditions: An Evaluation of ICD-10 Use in the Veterans Health Administration

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are the most common diagnoses among Veterans presenting with pain in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The implementation of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) sought to increase specification of…

Role of transfusions in the development of hospital-acquired urinary tract–related bloodstream infection among United States Veterans

Background Urinary tract–related bloodstream infection (BSI) is associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and financial costs. We examined the role of red blood cell (RBC) transfusions on developing this condition among US Veterans. Methods We conducted a matched case-control study among…

‘It’s nice to just be you’: The influence of the employment experiences of UK military spouses during accompanied postings on well-being

Repeated military relocations (accompanied postings) can have a detrimental effect on employment and well-being among the spouses and partners of military personnel. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 19 spouses of British Army/Royal Air Force personnel with recent experience of…

Armed Forces Personnel in Transition – Integrated Personal Commissioning for Veterans (IPC4V)

The Integrated Personal Commissioning for Veterans (IPC4V) Framework was born out of the need to ensure that the small number of Armed Forces personnel who have complex and enduring physical, neurological and mental health conditions resulting from injury that is…

Armed Forces personnel in transition: Integrated Personal Commissioning for Veterans (IPC4V)

Available across England, the IPC4V seeks to ensure that health and social care, together with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other organisations, are working collaboratively with the individual and their family and / or carer to ensure the provision…

DSC Focus On: UK Armed Forces Charities – Sector Trends

The charity sector is neither static nor homogeneous. Charities come and go as beneficiary needs change, economic and social pressures shift, and public support peaks and dwindles. Charities which serve the armed forces community are no exception to the changing…

Metabolomic analysis of male combat veterans with post traumatic stress disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with impaired major domains of psychology and behavior. Individuals with PTSD also have increased co-morbidity with several serious medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, raising the possibility that systemic pathology associated…

A national study of Veterans with major upper limb amputation: Survey methods, participants, and summary findings

Introduction A comprehensive study to assess quality and outcomes of care for Veterans with upper limb amputation is needed. This paper presents methods and summary findings from a national survey of Veterans with upper limb amputation. Methods After completion of…

A national study of Veterans with major upper limb amputation: Survey methods, participants, and summary findings

Introduction A comprehensive study to assess quality and outcomes of care for Veterans with upper limb amputation is needed. This paper presents methods and summary findings from a national survey of Veterans with upper limb amputation. Methods After completion of…