Navigation Links
Geisinger study: PTSD a medical warning sign for long-term health problems
Date:2/12/2008

DANVILLE, PA. Geisinger research finds that veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are as likely to have long-term health problems as people with chronic disease risk factors such as an elevated white blood cell counts and biological signs and symptoms. However, few healthcare providers screen for PTSD in the same way as they screen for other chronic disease risk factors.

Exposure to trauma has not only psychological effects, but can take a serious toll on a persons health status and biological functions as well, Geisinger Senior Investigator Joseph Boscarino, PhD, MPH says. PTSD is a risk factor for disease that doctors should put on their radar screens.

For this study, Dr. Boscarino examined the health status of 4,462 male Vietnam-era veterans 30 years after their military service. Results are being published in the current edition of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

The study finds that having PTSD was just as good an indicator of a persons long-term health status as having an elevated white blood cell count. An elevated white blood cell count can indicate a major infection or a serious blood disorder such as leukemia.

The study also found that veterans with high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), which indicates inflammation, were also at risk. There was a similar finding for a possible indicator of serious neuroendocrine problems.

While these disease markers are measured with a blood test, PTSD is commonly measured with a psychological test or a mental health examination.

This research comes as Geisinger is organizing a national conference on May 13 to address PTSD in combat veterans from rural parts of the country.

Boscarino says that almost anyone who experiences a traumatic event can experience PTSD, meaning accident and disaster victims are also predisposed to the biological risk factors associated with PTSD.

Although therapy doesn't necessarily have to be extensive, Boscarino says it should occur shortly after a person has experienced a traumatic event. Early treatment may be critical to avoiding depression, PTSD and substance abuse-related problems following trauma.

As the conflicts in the Middle East continue, were seeing a new wave of our service members who have posttraumatic stress, says Boscarino, a Vietnam veteran. If we dont get these personnel help earlier, our research shows that they may experience more serious health problems down the road.


'/>"/>

Contact: Justin Walden
jawalden@geisinger.edu
570-271-8083
Geisinger Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Geisinger rheumatologists redesign osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis care
2. Study: Brain connections strengthen during waking hours, weaken during sleep
3. New Study: Screening for Problem Drinking is One of the Most Cost-Effective Clinical Preventive Services
4. New study: US ranks last among other industrialized nations on preventable deaths
5. Study: Short sleep times in patients with chronic medical diagnoses linked to obesity
6. New Lancet Study: Tobacco Control Measures Are Effective and Affordable Strategies to Reduce Chronic Disease Deaths Globally
7. WHO Study: Night Shift Work May Cause Cancer
8. NCPA Study: Government, Insurers Keep Medicine in Stone Age
9. New Study: Health Insurance Mandates on Employers Hurt Low-Income Employees
10. COURAGE Sub-study: PCI Outperforms Drugs-Only
11. U of M study: Medicare lacks tools, incentives to enforce evidence-based coverage policies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Despite last week’s media reports hinting at ... company to wait until March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according to Rajeev ... of Business. , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... with discovery of thousands of defective respirators, according to court documents and SEC ... case of William and Becky Tyler v. American Optical Corporation, Case No. BC588866, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Connor Sports, ... as a partner for the Tamika Catchings Legacy Tour that will commemorate ... leader in hardwood basketball surfaces in all forms and levels of the game, Connor ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC ... online this week in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, provide critical ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, the ... consumer health and global clinical supply services, today announced two key appointments and ... continued investment and strategic growth plans in the Asia Pacific region. , Howard ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... , Germany and ... QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime ... a licensing and co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to ... will be to develop and market PITX2 as a marker ... other high-risk breast cancer patients. "We are pleased ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... 25, 2016 As illustrated by ... this month, the numbers and momentum of cannabis in ... into the billions, more research and development push the ... State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report  from from ArcView ... much of the increase in sector is attributed to ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016 ... the precision of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) analysis ... the appointment of Professor Clive Morris ... leadership across the clinical development programme, scientific collaborations, ... help deliver significant improvements in clinical outcomes for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: