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Biomarkers for PTSD in female Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

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Technical Report,23 Sep 2012,22 Sep 2013

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New York University School of Medicine New York United States

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Approximately 10 to 20 percent of individuals serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD. Women serving in the military have been shown to be twice as likely to develop PTSD in their lifetime compared to men. 1-3 Studies aimed at identifying vulnerability factors for women serving in the current operations OEFOIF are of significant public health concern as the US has witnessed a significant increase of women in the US military in the past decade, among who now comprise the largest cohort of female veterans 11.4 percent. Relatively little is known about gender differences among women deployed to OEFOIF4. In order to address this critical gap we will examine 40 OIFOEF female PTSD positive cases and 40 OEFOIF female PTSD negative control subjects through an extensive biological protocol as a supplement to the DOD funded comprehensive Biomarkers for PTSD study.

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