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Homeless Veterans' Initiatives
VA Focuses on Women Veterans
Links Between Single TBI and Alzheimers Noted
Changes to 9/11-GI Bill
$30 Million Partnership to Improve Vets' Access to Jobs
Profile: Sandra Thébaud
Ultimate Job Search and QR Codes
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PTSD and Immunity Problems Linked - Preliminary results of a study show a link between post-traumatic stress disorder and compromised immune system in war veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Arnold School of Public Health, and the Dorn VA Medical Center, shows that PTSD patients have increased levels of inflammation, caused by an increase in certain types of cells that regulate the immune functions.

The results are significant because they could lead to novel methods for diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, said Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, associate dean and Carolina Distinguished Professor at the USC medical school, who is the lead researcher in this study.

The findings also are the basis for a new $1.72 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to Nagarkatti and his team of researchers, who will intensify their research on the pathological basis of immune dysfunction in war veterans with PTSD.

"PTSD is a psychiatric condition with long-lasting symptoms that can occur after exposure to extremely stressful life events," Nagarkatti said. "Patients with PTSD are six times more at risk of committing suicide, and the annual loss of productivity in the United States is estimated to be approximately $3 billion." Read full article...

Job Search Resources - Add these job search sites to your bookmarkeed sites!

Military to federal jobs crosswalk website. Takes the military related jobs held and searches for matching federal jobs. www.mil2fedjobs.com

From Job-hunt.org, their version of advertising available government jobs www.job-hunt.org/federal-government-job-search/federal-job-search.shtml

Very good job search site, that scans other websites for matching jobs. The site promises to have up-to-date jobs that are often unadvertised and never fake. www.linkup.com

Report on Disability - The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.

People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners. Read full report...

 






 


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