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December 12, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
Up to a fifth of U.S. service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have come home with a blast-related concussion or post-traumatic stress disorder - or both. A study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry helps detail the relationship between the two conditions. Marines who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries while deployed were roughly twice as likely to get PTSD, researchers found. One likely explanation is that the bomb blasts, the most common cause of brain injuries during the wars, are psychologically traumatizing as well.
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SCIENCE
November 20, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Could PTSD be partly responsible for the nation's obesity crisis? It's an intriguing question, considering that one out of every nine women will meet the diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives. People with PTSD are known to eat and drink things that aren't good for them and to blow off chances to exercise.  PTSD and depression are often fellow travelers, and depression can lead to weight gain. PTSD is also thought to be a risk factor for cardiometabolic diseases.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Jake Tapper
The first person in the Bible to take a life, Cain, was cursed by the Lord. Was he turned into a pillar of salt, like Lot's wife, or sent plagues like the Pharaoh? No. "You will be a restless wanderer on the earth," God decreed. Contemporary fighters are often similarly cursed with a restlessness of body, mind, soul and spirit. Today we call it post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, but as far back as 490 BC, the Greek historian Herodotus was marveling at an Athenian warrior who watched the soldier next to him get killed "when suddenly he was stricken with blindness, without blow of sword or dart; and this blindness continued thenceforth during the whole of his afterlife.
NATIONAL
August 26, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - Early on Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban fighters attacked Combat Outpost Keating from the hills surrounding the small, remote U.S. Army base in eastern Afghanistan. During the next 12 hours, machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades rained down from every direction. The enemy penetrated the camp. Eight American soldiers were killed and 25 others injured as they battled to repel the invaders. Amid the chaos, Staff Sgt. Ty Carter sprinted through a hail of bullets to resupply troops with ammunition, rescued a wounded soldier trapped under fire, and returned to fight after being hit by shrapnel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles in June, may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of his work as a war journalist, according to a coroner's report released Tuesday. Although there has been speculation and conspiracy theories about the cause of Hastings' crash, the autopsy report suggested that high speeds were to blame. He lost control of his vehicle and slammed head-on into a tree, dying within seconds of blunt-force trauma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Eileen Garnreiter wanted to break up with her boyfriend. She complained to her family that he was controlling. She had doubts he'd be able to provide for her and their 5-week-old daughter. She griped that he made her iron his socks and scolded her if he didn't like what she was wearing in public. By Jan. 7, 2011, she'd had enough. She canceled plans to go to a Lakers game with a friend to tell her boyfriend that their relationship was over. Hours later, the 22-year-old lay dead on the kitchen floor of the couple's Lawndale apartment, with a black eye and 16 stab wounds - three to the neck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
An Iraq war veteran who claimed he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he fatally stabbed his girlfriend was convicted Friday of murder. Jurors found Tymarc Warren, 28, guilty of first-degree murder for the Jan. 8, 2011, slaying of Eileen Garnreiter, 22. At the time of the killing, the couple had been fighting because Garnreiter had threatened to end their relationship and take their 5-week-old daughter. Warren, who testified in his own defense, said Garnreiter shoved him while he was holding their daughter in the kitchen of their Lawndale apartment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
An Iraq war veteran, who fatally stabbed his girlfriend after she threatened to end their relationship and leave with their 5-week-old daughter, is falsely claiming to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in an attempt to escape a murder conviction, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. "PTSD is very real, it's just not in this case," Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Frank Dunnick said during closing arguments in Tymarc Warren's murder trial. "Ultimately, there was nothing to suggest that anything about his military experience had any effect on his mental state.
SCIENCE
July 17, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
It's a story that is captivating people on both sides of the Atlantic. On Feb. 28, the Desert Sun newspaper reported , a man was discovered unconscious in a Motel 6 in Palm Springs. He was taken to the hospital, where he awoke in the emergency room.  Four pieces of identification the man carried indicated that his name was Michael Thomas Boatwright. But the man couldn't remember his name and didn't recognize his own face on his California ID.  He believed his name was Johan Ek. He spoke only Swedish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2013 | By Tony Perry
EL CENTRO, Calif. - Ruben Moreno Garcia, who served three combat tours in Iraq, now lives with his family in this Imperial Valley community and works as a mechanic in Yuma, Ariz. Kathryn Williams, a clinical psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, has an office in La Jolla, more than 100 miles away. Williams and Moreno Garcia meet once a week for an hour or so to discuss his progress in coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, the condition common to U.S. military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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