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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…

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…

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…

Getting Sorted Out in East London: Vulnerability and Resilience of Homeless Ex-Servicemen

This study explores homeless veterans’ past and present lives while paying close attention to their family and friend interactions. Men who were homeless (n=37) in the United Kingdom (UK) and residing in a shelter focused on ex-Servicemen were interviewed to…

Erectile Dysfunction Medications and Skin Cancer: An Analysis in US Veterans

Objective To examine the relationship between phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor drugs (PDE5i) and skin cancers in a large-scale study of Veterans. Methods This was a retrospective database review using the Department of Veterans Affairs Informatics and Computing Infrastructure database. Veterans Affairs…

Relationship between obesity and health problems in help-seeking military veterans

UK Armed Forces (UK AF) veterans may be particularly vulnerable to obesity and its comorbid physical and mental health problems. To examine the relationship between body mass index (BMI), physical health problems, mental health disorders and sociodemographic characteristics in UK…