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December 2010

Research Examines Link Between PTSD and Inflammation

BETHESDA, MD—The science into the biological mechanisms behind the psychological symptoms of PTSD is still in its infancy, but studies have linked PTSD to other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, fatigue, and... View Article

December 2010

Researchers Battle Genetic Diversity of Virus in Search for HIV Vaccine

BETHESDA, MD—While the hunt for an HIV vaccine has run into a number of roadblocks the past few years, researchers are still meticulously searching for aspects of the virus and the transmission process that could... View Article

CDC

Worldwide HIV Elimination Difficult but Necessary, Leading Researcher Contends

—————————————— We Want to Hear From You Has globalization increased our ability to fight disease, our vulnerability to disease, or both?Please click here to participate in this month’s U.S. Medicine readership poll. BETHESDA, MD— “In... View Article

December 2010

IHS Tackles HIV Issues with Online Training and New Initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC—Providers play an important role in HIV prevention and care, and IHS is hoping to help providers carry out that role through online training that was developed last year. IHS in collaboration with community... View Article

December 2010

Aging Population Provides New Challenges in Treating HIV

WASHINGTON, DC—VA not only has the largest HIV care program in the country, but the largest HIV geriatric care program in the country. VA cares for over 24,000 HIV-positive patients, 120 of whom are older... View Article

December 2010

Servicemembers and Veterans Use Programs to Help Each Other Overcome Stigma

WASHINGTON, DC—Veterans and servicemembers may be able to help each other overcome stigma in seeking psychological help, officials said during a webinar on combating stigma in the military hosted by the Defense Centers of Excellence... View Article

December 2010

IDCRP Investigates HIV Questions

BETHESDA, MD—At the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP), headquartered at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, researchers are in the business of asking tough questions and then going after the answers. “We... View Article

CDC

Many Smokers Also Use Smokeless Tobacco, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—Many who smoke are also using smokeless tobacco. New data compiled by CDC that covers use of smokeless tobacco in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and... View Article

Air Force

DoD Rolls Out Computerized Medical Records for Anesthesia

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD is in the midst of deploying a tool that will automate recordkeeping for anesthesiologists. Innovian® Anesthesia will be used at the hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afganistan Innovian® Anesthesia, a tool developed by... View Article

December 2010

New Drugs Hold Promise for Veterans with HCV

WASHINGTON, DC—The hepatitis C (HCV) treatment program in VA marks its 10-year anniversary this year on a note of hopeful expectation. For years the only treatment for HCV has been combination pegylated interferon and ribavirin—a... View Article

December 2010

Report Examines How to Increase Flu Vaccination Rates

WASHINGTON, DC—A report released last month by a nonprofit organization calls for increased education efforts to encourage flu vaccination, especially among minority groups. While flu vaccination rates reached historical highs last flu season during the... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

FDA Looking to Impact Preventable Medication Harm

SILVER SPRING, MD—“Patient safety is the primary responsibility of everyone who is involved in the healthcare system.” That is the philosophy that underlies FDA’s Safe Use Initiative and what Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the... View Article

Army

New Consortium Established to Study Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON, DC—The Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) has announced that it has established a new $17 million Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC). The Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Florida State University have each... View Article

Air Force

Decision Support System Helps Guide Fluid Resuscitation

Washington, DC—Researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, TX, have developed a new system to help providers better resuscitate burn patients with... View Article

December 2010

Simulations Train Veterans’ Families to Recognize, Respond to PTSD Symptoms

NEW YORK CITY, NY—The student sitting across from you is withdrawn, a little hostile, and tired all the time. He has missed assignments, been repeatedly absent, and when he does show up for class, he... View Article

December 2010

IHS Tackles HIV Issues with Online Training and New Initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC—Providers play an important role in HIV prevention and care, and IHS is hoping to help providers carry out that role through online training that was developed last year. IHS in collaboration with community... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

New Training Guides Medical Personnel in Administering Mental Health Assessments

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD is providing new online training to its medical personnel for administering deployment mental health assessments to deploying and returning servicemembers. The revamped mental health assessments focus on PTSD, depression, and substance abuse problems.... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

Military and Civilian Researchers Look to Regenerative Medicine to Address Injuries

WASHINGTON, DC—Military and civilian researchers are embarking on efforts to develop regenerative therapies that could help injured servicemembers who survived the battlefield, but have sustained serious facial injuries. “The face is vulnerable on the battlefield... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

IT Project Failures Spur Continued Reform in VA

WASHINGTON, DC—Concerned about several high-profile, high-cost IT project failures over the last several years, legislators called VA officials to Capital Hill last month to provide reassurance that the agency has learned from its past mistakes.... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Providers Discuss Addressing Pain in Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC—Not all pain is gain. Unmanaged chronic pain in injured servicemembers and veterans can lead to negative health effects that can last a lifetime, speakers said at an educational forum on pain management held... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

Congress Questions DoD on Efforts to Prevent and Control MDROs

WASHINGTON, DC—A House subcommittee questioned military officials about efforts to prevent and control multidrug-resistant infections at MTFs. “The incidence of drug-resistant infections is a national and global problem … DoD and the services must remain... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Congress Questions DoD’s Efficiency Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC—A House committee expressed concern to military officials in September about DoD’s plan to save billions of dollars through an efficiency initiative announced by DoD Secretary Robert Gates this year. That plan recommends disestablishing... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Few Tested Interventions for Diagnostic Error

BETHESDA, MD—“So you see a diagnostic error. That error occurs at the sharp end of medicine,” declared Dr Mark Graber, chief of medical services at the Northport VA Medical Center. “You look at where the... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Holistic Lifestyle Intervention Successful in Treating Diabetes in VA Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, DC—“The whole idea is to look at diabetes as the enemy. Instead of just attacking the enemy from one end, you want to attack the enemy from all sides. Surround the enemy.” That is... View Article

Endocrinology

Study Looks at Effect of Exercise on Diabetes in NIH Staff

BETHESDA, MD—For years now, physicians have been imploring the nation to get more exercise. Pointing to research showing great benefits in overall health and in combating chronic disease, researchers have also been pressing employers to... View Article

Endocrinology

AI/AN Communities Tackle Diabetes Through SDPI

WASHINGTON, DC—Established by Congress in 1997 to respond to the diabetes epidemic in Indian Country, the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) provides funding for diabetes treatment and prevention services for IHS, Tribal, and Urban... View Article

Air Force

Joint Diabetes Project Extends Diabetes Care

WASHINGTON, DC—A joint project between Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has made a positive difference in diabetes care for military patients, dependents, and retirees, according to Maj... View Article

CDC

US Youth are Vulnerable to HIV Infection, HIV Activists Say

WASHINGTON, DC—At the age of 19, Marvelyn Brown, a college student, was sick in the hospital when she was confronted with the news that she was HIV positive. Now 26, and an activist who promotes... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Task Force Recommends OSD-Level Suicide Prevention Policy Office

—————————————— We Want to Hear From You Do you believe that a suicide prevention office established at the OSD level, as a DoD Task Force has suggested, would improve suicide prevention efforts for the military?... View Article

FDA News

Gaps in Women’s Health Research Remain Despite Progress

WASHINGTON, DC—Research into women’s healthcare has improved over the last 20 years, but still lags in several key areas, according to an IoM report released last month. A concerted push to boost research on women’s... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Report Calls for Increased Role of Nurses in Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC—Nurses should be playing a stronger role in the nation’s healthcare systems, and should be among the leaders in the redesigning of care in the United States, according to an IoM report released last... View Article

HHS and USPHS

Aberdeen Area Comes Under Scrutiny of Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, DC—A Senate committee criticized IHS officials for serious mismanagement issues as well as poor performance by some employees in its Aberdeen Area at a hearing held in September. The Aberdeen Area includes facilities that... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

Lack of Interagency Communication Impedes Veterans’ Care

WASHINGTON, DC—If the federal government wants to tackle the full range of after-effects of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, including providing fully for the nation’s veterans, it will need a substantial upheaval in communication... View Article

HHS and USPHS

CDC Urges Everyone to Get Vaccinated

WASHINGTON, DC—The CDC is recommending for the first time that all Americans six months and older get vaccinated for the flu. CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, explained at a news conference last month that the... View Article

Cardiovascular Disease

Recent Cardiology Studies November 2010

Clevidipine for Vasoreactivity Evaluation of the Pulmonary Arterial Bed (CARVE) Purpose: The CARVE study assesses the effect of Clevidipine, an ultra-short acting vasoselective calcium antagonist, on pulmonary vascular resistance and its utility for pulmonary vasoreactivity... View Article

November 2010

Recent Oncology Studies November 2010

Studying Genes, Environment, and Prostate Cancer Risk Objective: The study has four objectives: to evaluate the evidence of familial aggregation for prostate cancer and identify a homogenous subgroup of families with elevated likelihood of aggressive... View Article

News

Clinical Briefs November 2010

New Technology Allows Better Communication During Surgery A new computerized, operating room control system called OR•Control, designed to allow better communication between clinical staff and also allow family members and friends to follow the progress... View Article

News

Progress Notes November 2010

THE HENRY M JACKSON FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MILITARY MEDICINE, INC has selected three Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences doctoral students to receive fellowships for the 2010-2011 academic year. The program, established... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

Lifetime Cost of Treating Latest Generation of Veterans Higher than Predicted

WASHINGTON, DC—In March 2008, when federal officials were quoting a wide range of numbers when citing the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a book was published that calculated an estimated total price... View Article

October 2010

Editorial: The Illusion of Communication

I recently returned to work from a week of fly fishing for bass (Yes, I tie my own flies.) and water sports with my family in Maine. My wife’s family has maintained a classic Maine... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

DoD Conference Addresses Battlefield Bleeding

WASHINGTON, DC—Preventing servicemembers from bleeding to death on the battlefield is a top priority for military researchers, according to Col Dallas Hack, director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program at the US Army Medical... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Researchers Look to Virtual World Technology to Enhance Psychological Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC—Civilian and military experts gathered to discuss the use of virtual world technology to address psychological health for servicemembers, veterans, and their families at a conference held by the National Center for Telehealth &... View Article

CDC

Decline in Tobacco Use Has Stalled, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—The 40-year decline in tobacco use in the US has stalled, according to CDC. A new CDC report states that the number of adult smokers dropped between 2000 and 2005, but smoking has remained... View Article

CDC

Vaccine Coverage Among Pre-Teens Increases, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—Continued increases—as much as 15%—were made in nationwide coverage for vaccines specifically recommended for pre-teens, according to CDC estimates released in August. The survey of more than 20,000 teens aged 13-17 found that in... View Article

CDC

Many Mothers Initiate Breastfeeding But Do Not Continue, Report Finds

WASHINGTON, DC—Seventy-five percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 started life breastfeeding, meeting the nation’s Healthy People 2010 goal, according to CDC. However, the number of babies who continue breastfeeding until six... View Article

October 2010

Recent Womens Health Studies

Assessment of Sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine for Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy in Malawi Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy for reducing... View Article

October 2010

MHS Seeks to Honor Female Physicians

WASHINGTON, DC—MHS plans to honor female physicians for the second straight year with its “Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the MHS” award. The award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to medicine and/or... View Article

FDA News

FDA Starts Early MDUFA Reauthorization Talks

HYATTSVILLE, MD—Even though the Medical Device User Fee Act is not scheduled to expire until September 2012, FDA is already beginning the process of soliciting comments on how the act has worked to date, and... View Article

NIH

NIH Plans Expansion of Pharmacogenomics Database

BETHESDA, MD—To help advance research on how genes affect responses to medicines, NIH is spending $15 million over five years to expand the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB). Begun in 2000 to catalog links between human... View Article

FDA News

FDA Adverse Event Reporting, Analysis Being Reviewed

ROCKVILLE, MD—“One of the things the public has problems dealing with is uncertainty and building science around that uncertainty,” declared Jesse Goodman, MD, FDA’s science chief, at a recent meeting of the FDA Science Board.... View Article

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