Tomorrow’s Health: PTSD, alcohol dangers & home patients’ nutrition

Tomorrow's Health for June 25, 2019 on WWNY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder are twice as likely to die from suicide, accidental injury, or viral hepatitis.

That's according to a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Researchers in Vermont say veterans with PTSD are also at greater risk of death from diabetes and chronic liver disease.

Dangers of alcohol

The American Academy of Pediatrics is updating its policy statement to emphasize the dangers of alcohol for children, teens, and young adults.

Despite the gradual decline in alcohol use among teens over the years, the AAP is recommending that parents send a clear message against drinking before the age of 21 because of the effects alcohol can have on developing brains.

At-home patient nutrition

A new study says caregivers should make nutrition the priority for home patients. Researchers in Wisconsin followed 1,500 home health patients for 90 days.

Their findings show that when home health patients at risk for malnutrition received a comprehensive nutrition care plan, their chances of being hospitalized were significantly reduced.

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