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Medical News & Perspectives
January 2, 2008

Scientists Probe PTSD Effects, Treatments

JAMA. 2008;299(1):23-26. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.35

San Diego—As a new generation of soldiers returns home bearing psychological scars of war, interest in and support for research on disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are high. At the Society for Neuroscience's annual scientific meeting in November, researchers presented more than a half dozen studies probing the disorder.

The studies' findings included a biomarker that may one day help identify individuals with the disorder, enhanced explanations of how trauma may alter brain function, the discovery of intergenerational effects of trauma, and a drug that helped prevent PTSD-associated damage in rats.