Army Times article May 2012
Gen. Peter Chiarelli says
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
should be PTS Injury!
Mild brain injury could soon rate Purple Heart
Army Times-Posted : Tuesday Mar 15, 2011 18:27:36 EDT
More U.S. troops who sustain combat-related brain injuries could soon be eligible for the Purple Heart.
Senior military leaders at the Pentagon are considering individual service proposals to change the guidelines for awarding the medal to troops who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions, Military Times has learned. The Purple Heart recognizes U.S. military personnel wounded or killed by enemy action.
It’s not immediately clear whether any new guidelines would allow for Purple Hearts to be awarded retroactively.
NEUROSCIENTISTS SAY BRAIN SCANS
CAN SPOT PTSD
Post-traumatic stress is estimated to afflict more than 300,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, but until now, it’s been labeled a “soft disorder” — one without an objective biological path to diagnosis. That may have changed this week, after researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center announced they’d found a distinct pattern of brain activity among PTSD sufferers.
The team used a brain imaging method called magnetoencephalography (MEG), which measures how the brain processes information. They scanned the brains of 74 U.S. veterans with PTSD, and 250 civilians without the disorder. By spotting specific brain biomarkers, they said they managed to accurately diagnose PTSD sufferers with 90 percent accuracy.