News article – Former Army environmental officer warns of hazardous exposures at Iraqi military bases

Former Army environmental officer warns of hazardous exposures at Iraqi military bases “That burn pit kept bothering me, because I could smell it and I could see it. It never stopped burning. — Retired Maj. John "Doc" Nelson Having served at Mosul, and living and working less than a mile from the burn pit, it …

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News article: VA Mental Health Experts Urge Intensive Pre-Enlistment Schizophrenia Screening

Link to the news article Link to the study referenced in the article From the study paper Schizophrenia is one of the top 25 disabling diseases in the world [3]. For young men and women who wish to have careers in the United States armed forces, schizophrenia will usually end their dreams and aspirations for …

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Federal Report – Mental Health Disorder Prevalence among Active Duty Service Members in the Military Health System, Fiscal Years 2005–2016

A link to the report can be found here. I remain skeptical of these numbers, having little confidence in the ability of most providers to accurately assess many of these issues, especially the more involved problems like bipolar and schizophrenia because I obviously have a bias and went my entire career without being diagnosed and …

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‘Arthritis can hit troops and vets hard. Here’s how advocates want to respond.’ Military Times article

From the article by Joshua Axelrod Veterans are more likely to develop arthritis than civilians, according to an October 2018 study. Other studies indicate that osteoarthritis is the second-leading cause of military discharge, behind combat wounds. Arthritis encompasses over 100 diseases, including mechanical (or degenerative) and inflammatory ones, the latter of which involves immune-system disorders …

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Medical study on aviation vibration impacts on aircrew with prolonged sitting – By Kenneth Eric Games

Physiological Effects of Prolonged Sitting and Local Pressure Application in the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter by Kenneth Eric Games Abstract Advances in flight technologies and the demand for long range flight have increased mission lengths for United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk aviators. Prolonged mission times have increased reports of pilots discomfort and symptoms of …

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Gulf War Illness research breakthrough. Gut feeling by the University of South Carolina

Article link on sc.edu What we found is that the altered gut bacteria and their cell wall components seep into the circulatory system and causes neural inflammation,” he says. His team published a paper on their findings last year in PLoS One, which prompted an outpouring of interest from veterans and veteran organizations. The fatigue, …

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Musings on war induced spit

My memory fails that far back, but an interesting symptom I have is the sheer amount of snot I create, anytime I drink or smoke or ear, I have to spit. Always told allergies but nothing has ever fixed it. It is a symptom of chemical weapons or any neuroweapon. That is why foaming at …

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