2010 Issues


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

October 2010

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

October 2010

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

October 2010

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

October 2010

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

October 2010

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

October 2010

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

October 2010

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

October 2010

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

October 2010

Telepharmacy Brings Navy Pharmacists to Remote Sites

WASHINGTON, DC—Navy patients in remote locations are expected to have greater access to pharmacists as a result of a telepharmacy system that the Navy is using. The Navy is in the midst of deploying Telepharmacy,... View Article

October 2010

IHS Pharmacy Utilizes Initiatives to Boost Efficiency and Patient Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—Receiving medications by mail rather than waiting in line for them is one of the benefits of a new pharmacy initiative piloted by IHS and VA. IHS has recently partnered with VA to pilot... View Article

October 2010

As Role of Pharmacist Evolves, Expands, VA Challenged to Fill Positions

WASHINGTON, DC—What does a pharmacist working in a VA hospital look like? Twenty years ago, that person would likely have been male, have entered the VA system with a baccalaureate degree, and spent much of... View Article

October 2010

Program Aims to Help Injured Servicemembers Reach Their Goals

WASHINGTON, DC—One of the most difficult challenges that severely wounded servicemembers face is that they are physically and mentally changed after their war experience. Mentors in the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program, however, hope they can... View Article

October 2010

Federal Stem Cell Research Threatened By Court Case

WASHINGTON, DC—The federal government is taking every step possible to keep funding flowing to research projects involving the use of embryonic stem cells after a judge ordered a halt to such funding. On August 23,... View Article

October 2010

FDA Recommitting to Regulatory Science

BETHESDA, MD—Efforts in basic science at FDA have, in recent years, been “underappreciated, under resourced, and underfunded,” even though they are an essential component of the agency, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD told the members... View Article

October 2010

DoD Releases Final Review of Fort Hood Report

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD will do more to provide commanders and supervisors with the information and tools they need to identify and respond to internal threats, according to a new report. In August DoD released its final... View Article

October 2010

Wounded Servicemembers Discuss Reintegration after Injury

WASHINGTON, DC—Injured servicemembers are often first confronted with the reality of reintegration when they are lying in a hospital bed. “It is a shock. All you can think about is ‘where are my guys? Are... View Article

October 2010

DoD Calls on Line Commanders to Play Greater Role in mTBI Evaluations

WASHINGTON, DC—Line commanders will play a greater role in ensuring that servicemembers in theater who may have sustained a head injury get medical attention, a DoD official said at the 4th Annual TBI Military Training... View Article

October 2010

Committee Questions Handling of Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON, DC—A House subcommittee was critical of the military’s treatment of Marines and dependents who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while living at Camp Lejeune. In 1980, warnings of the base’s drinking water began... View Article

October 2010

NCI Research Agenda Includes Expanded Role of Genomics, Global Health

BETHESDA, MD—Harold Varmus, MD, former director of NIH, does not think of his new post as director of the National Cancer Institute as a step back, but rather as the perfect place to be for... View Article

October 2010

Recent Psychiatric Studies – October 2010

Executive Dysfunction and Suicide in Psychiatric Outpatients and Inpatients Objective: To assess decision making in the context of an interaction between suicide and TBI. Findings will also allow for exploratory analyses aimed at identifying associations... View Article

October 2010

Legislators, Military, and Veterans Advocates Clash Over Discharges

WASHINGTON, DC—“I said I didn’t have a personality disorder, and he told me if I signed the paperwork that I would get back home and get help and I would have all my benefits. After... View Article

               
           

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