Study finds that unit cohesion may mitigate mental health issues from combat exposure

Study finds that unit cohesion may mitigate mental health issues from combat exposure
Credit: North Carolina State University

Concerns around the mental health of returning service members—particularly those with combat exposure—continues to dominate discussion amongst military and medical professionals.

A range of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicidal ideation, commonly surface in service members post-deployment. Honoring the service members who protect us, then, involves actively seeking to mitigate these effects and to protect them, too.

To this end, the U.S. Department of Defense funded a study to determine the impact of unit cohesion during deployment on post-deployment mental health—and the findings show that taking a more preliminary approach to addressing mental health may be the way forward.

“Our team identified unit cohesion, the shared identity and mutually supportive relationships that develop among members of the same unit, as the key potential factor for reducing the adverse mental health outcomes of combat exposure,” Flynn says.

Using longitudinal survey data

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After Biden’s Exposure to Trump, His Team Is Cagey on Health Questions

“The combination of the two factors makes Biden a close contact, even if the letter of the law doesn’t consider him one,” Dr. Marr said.

Mr. Biden tested negative for the virus twice on Friday, the Biden campaign said. He was not tested on Saturday and left his home for part of the day, going to a theater to participate in a virtual event and a church to attend Mass. The campaign announced his latest negative test result on Sunday night. Pressed on CNN about the frequency of Mr. Biden’s coronavirus tests, Ms. Sanders said the candidate was “tested before we travel.”

In the coming days, the Biden campaign is aiming to balance health precautions with continued travel in Florida on Monday and in Arizona on Thursday. Yet Mr. Trump’s positive test has plainly injected an extraordinary measure of uncertainty into the race.

“We only have a few weeks left

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Possible coronavirus exposure at Auburn restaurant, health officials say

An employee who worked at the Mesa Grande Taqueria restaurant in Auburn on Sunday, Sept. 20, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Cayuga County officials.

The employee worked from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant at 100 Genesee St., Auburn.

Anyone who was at the restaurant during that time should monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure. That means the monitoring period lasts through Oct. 4.

The Auburn restaurant will be closed until 11 a.m. Monday, the restaurant posted on its Facebook page:

“We received news late yesterday evening that one of our staff members had a positive Covid-19 test,” the post read. “Due to concerns for our staff and customers’ safety, we will be closed this weekend until we receive further information from the NYS Health Department. We would like to let everyone know that this employee was not in

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Taney County Health Department notifies public of high-risk exposure at Branson theater

FORSYTH, Mo. (KY3) –

The Taney County Health Department notified the public of a potential high-risk exposure to COVID-19 at the God and Country Theater.

The exposure happened between September 9 and September 21. Health leaders release information on community exposures when COVID-19 case investigators are unable to identify or obtain contact information for all individuals that may have been exposed in a high-risk setting.

Risk levels for exposure vary based on four main factors:

Enclosed spaces

• Enclosed rooms and spaces allow COVID-19 to accumulate on surfaces and in the environment Duration of interaction

• Spending more than 15 minutes near a COVID-19 positive individual within a 24-hour period increases risk

• Physically touching an individual, such as with a hug, handshake, or kiss also puts an individual at high risk Absence of social distancing

• Crowds or other social settings increase the likelihood of coming within 6 feet

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