Category: Veterans

Family, Fatherhood, Fertility, Health, Military, Sex, Testicular, testosterone, Veterans, Well-being

Helping Wounded Veterans Live and Love

His kidney harbored a cancer and it needed to be removed. As a first year surgeon-in-training, I was consenting him for surgery at the Veterans Hospital in Philadelphia. Unlike most patients, he was unusually calm as I talked him through the procedure and its potentially life threatening complications. At one point, he gently put his […]

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Anxiety, Deployment, Depression, Family, Family, Family Issues, Fatherhood, Mental Health, Military, Others, Parenting, Psychology, Relationships, Stress, Suicide, Veterans, Well-being

PTSD: Affects Vets’ Spouses Too

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), about 25 percent of vets returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from PTSD. That’s about 500,000 veterans. If we include family members, that number more than doubles.  Not surprisingly, returning veterans—particularly those with PTSD—have a higher divorce rate than non-veterans. And […]

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Health, Military, Others, Sports, Veterans

What’s Happening to Our War and Sports Heroes?

With the deployment of US soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decade and the recent untimely deaths of professional athletes, such as Junior Seau and Derek Boogaard, the problems with traumatic brain injury are quickly becoming a major issue discussed on a daily basis. Traumatic Brain Injury, most commonly referred to as TBI, […]

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Lifestyle, Veterans

Veterans Options for Aging

Many seniors who are veterans can no longer care for themselves but have no other option except to enter a long term care nursing facility. Many refuse this type of lifestyle change, as do many non-veterans, and decide to try to go it alone with little or no help to keep them healthy and safe. […]

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Advocacy, Family Issues, Lifestyle, new again, Substance Abuse, Veterans, Well-being

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

I am always intrigued by the process by which patients can be admitted to a hospital with one or another sequella of either binge drinking or chronic alcoholism and the can get a mega-workup for the evaluation and management of their symptoms without anyone ever having asked them “Why do you drink?”

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