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Researcher Ismene Petrakis, MD

High Rates Of Substance Abuse Exist Among Veterans With Mental Illness

A new study published in The American Journal on Addictions reveals that Veterans who suffer from mental health disorders also have high rates of substance use disorders. Led by Ismene Petrakis, MD, of Yale University School of Medicine, researchers used national administrative data from the Department of Veterans Affairs to examine rates of substance use […]

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Virtual Reality Therapy That Includes Smells To Help Veterans Recover From PTSD

Virtual reality explosions, anti-American insults, and smells of smoke and foreign spices will be part of a new therapy program to help servicemen and women recover from their wartime experiences. Sounds such as explosions and gunfire have long been part of therapy programs for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But smells have rarely been included even […]

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Researcher Jennifer Sun, MD

Veterans With Diabetes May Show Ways to Prevent Complications

Over time, diabetes can wreak havoc on the body’s eyes, cardiovascular system, kidneys, and nerves. A major study by Joslin Diabetes Center researchers, however, has found that some people who have survived diabetes for many decades exhibit remarkably few complications – a discovery that points toward the presence of protective factors that guard against the […]

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Hippocampal Volume And Resilience In Posttramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The hippocampus, a brain region implicated in memory and interpreting environmental contexts, has been the focus of a controversy in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new study expands existing hippocampus/PTSD research. Researchers found that larger hippocampal volumes are associated with improved patient recovery from PTSD. The study results appear in the journal, Biological Psychiatry.

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Innovative Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Shows Promise For Returning Troops With PTSD

An article published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress is one of the first to provide evidence of the effectiveness of exposure therapy with active duty military service members suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study shows that virtual reality exposure therapy resulted in significant reductions in PTSD symptoms after […]

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