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Debilitating Clinical Depression, PTSD, anxiety, afflict 61% of UK veterans, as this recent SSAFA report shows.
When 61% of all veterans suffer from serious mental health diseases, is it statistically significative to continue screening returning soldiers?
To understand these mental disorders it should be necessary to verify the internal submicro- and nanosized pollution in post-mortem brain samples. In these samples it is possible to identify the metallic and carbonous particulate matter of the war pollution to which the soldiers were exposed. Their localization, morphology and chemical composition can explain the symptoms declared.
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21 February 2017
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