Injured Major “runs” marathon, Cdn Military psych problems, Abnormal bone growth, and Autism diagnosis

May 12, 2009 at 1:27 am | Posted in Medical | Leave a comment

Medical Monday

Canada Doing it for mom, B.C. cyclist launches cross-country heart-research tour :

United Kingdom Injured Army Major completes London Marathon in 13 days:army major Phil Packer

Phil was told by medics that he would never walk again after being badly injured in a rocket attack in Basra last February.

He walked two miles a day on crutches after starting with other competitors on April 26.

As he crossed the finishing line, at St James’s Park on the Mall, he said the feeling was “bittersweet” coming so soon after more serving soldiers lost their live in Afghanistan. He was presented with his London marathon finisher’s medal by Sir Steve Redgrave after completing the course.

Thanks for the tip off neatorama

Canada Military sees rise in psych problems:

“More than one in five Canadian soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan are diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder”

“Is it an epidemic? No,” retired Canadian colonel Don Ethell, the head of the military’s and RCMP’s mental health advisory committee, told Star reporter Allan Woods. “It’s just finally a realization that in addition to physical injuries, the maimed and the injured and so forth, it’s also a mental price that Canadians have to pay and many of them, and many of us, have paid that without knowing where to go.” [Toronto Star]

United States Injured Marines At Risk For Abnormal Bone Growth:

Marines and other military personnel who are wounded in combat as the result of a high-energy trauma, such as a bomb blast, are likely to develop an abnormality known as heterotopic ossification. In this condition, bone forms within the soft tissues, such as muscle located near a fracture or other bone injury. New research conducted at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, is helping to pave the way for a better understanding of the mechanisms of the condition, and better courses of prevention and treatment.

United States Autism Diagnosis Often Made Years After It Was Possible:

“Timely identification and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can impact a child’s development and is the key to opening the door to the services and therapies available to children with autism,” says Paul Shattuck, Ph.D., assistant professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. “Unfortunately, our research shows that the average age of autism diagnosis is nearly six years old, which is three to four years after diagnosis is possible.”

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