2011 Issues


April 2011

Is IRB A Four-Letter Word? Federal Medicine Needs Centralized System With Clear Guidelines

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan (1934-1996) Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA. I began my fascination with the scientific method and the process of research early... View Article

April 2011

For Pharmacist Working with HIV Patients, Medication Adherence Is Key to Success

WASHINGTON, DC—One of the biggest challenges for Lt. Cdr Heather Huentelman, USPHS, Pharm D, is not providing treatment to HIV patients but making sure the patients actually adhere to the sometimes complex drug regimen. “It... View Article

April 2011

Trying to Get Rest For The Weary: Managing Sleep Disorders In Returning Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC—Returning servicemembers are among the some 40 million Americans who suffer from chronic long term sleep disorders, and, for reasons ranging from disrupted sleep during deployment, battlefield stress or even hyper vigilance, their sleep... View Article

April 2011

Blue Button Feature Offers Quick Access to Health Records for Military Patients, Providers

WASHINGTON, DC—Military health care beneficiaries currently can access their own health data by choosing the web-based “Blue Button” feature on TRICARE Online (TOL). In an upgrade that will be available before the end of the... View Article

April 2011

Union Says Budget Proposal Increase Won’t Ease Strain on VA Medical Personnel

WASHINGTON, DC—Even though the overall 2012 budget request for VA includes $50.9 billion for medical care— a net increase of $240 million over the 2012 advance appropriations request of $50.6 billion in the 2011 budget—union... View Article

April 2011

While Most Central Line Bloodstream Infections Decline, Kidney Dialysis Bucks The Trend

WASHINGTON, DC—With a decline in the number of central line associate bloodstream infections in intensive care units, the focus is turning to an area where such infections are burgeoning – kidney dialysis clinics. The CDC... View Article

April 2011

Benefits of Robotic Stroke Rehab May Be Less Than Anticipated

WASHINGTON, DC—This time last year, a group of VA-funded researchers at MIT announced that they had developed a robot-assisted therapy for stroke patients that greatly improved patient outcome without significantly raising costs. In chronic stroke... View Article

April 2011

VA Facilities Exception to Rule with Stroke Belt Mortality

WASHINGTON, DC—Higher risk for post-stroke mortality in the so-called “Stroke Belt” does not seem to apply in VA facilities, according to recent research which cited increased awareness and best practice guidelines as making the difference.... View Article

April 2011

Progress Notes

HARU OKUDA, MD, HAS BEEN NAMED NATIONAL MEDICAL DIRECTOR for the VA Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) program. Okuda leads a staff of clinical simulationists and educators in conducting research, developing curricula and... View Article

April 2011

Researchers Explore Enzyme That Can Both Increase, Decrease Memory

BETHESDA, MD—A new study into the biochemical mechanisms that control memory has added to the hope that someday scientists will be able to strengthen a person’s ability to remember through chemical intervention. NIH-funded researchers at... View Article

April 2011

Inexpensive Toolkit Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s-Related Home Safety Problems, Mishaps

WASHINGTON, DC—A simple $76 toolkit with items typically found at any neighborhood hardware store has shown promise in increasing home safety for Alzheimer’s disease patients and reducing the strain on overburdened caregivers. It could be... View Article

April 2011

Indian Tradition of Family Care Can Delay Diagnosis, Help for Caregivers

WASHINGTON, DC—Risks for dementia are on the rise among American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), but cultural traditions sometimes have led to delayed diagnosis and, therefore, inadequate help for family caregivers, according to Indian Health... View Article

April 2011

Even Veterans With mTBI More at Risk for Dementia

WASHINGTON, DC—Since an Institute of Medicine report in 2008, there has been significant consensus that penetrating and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases the risk for dementia later in life. The evidence was not as... View Article

April 2011

TBI Symptoms, Severity Differ for Women Veterans But Cause Remains A Mystery

WASHINGTON, DC—As more data is emerging on the short and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), researchers are discovering that the injury affects women differently than it does men. Most notably, there seems to... View Article

April 2011

Statewide Initiative Uses VA Model To Improve Cardiovascular Care

BETHESDA, MD—Due to its ability to track patient health data within its system and to orchestrate initiatives inside what is essentially a unified healthcare program, VA has played a pioneering role in showing how chronic... View Article

April 2011

Technology Makes For Efficient Application Of New mTBI Policy

WASHINGTON, DC—Last summer, DoD issued a policy designed to speed detection of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) on the battlefield. Now, using new technologies to make the process as efficient as possible, the policy is... View Article

April 2011

Public Health Officials Optimistic About Dengue Fever Vaccine in A Few Years

WASHINGTON, DC—With two-fifths of the world’s population at risk for dengue fever, a severe flu-like illness which sometimes leads to fatal complications, the development of a vaccine has long been an important, albeit elusive, goal... View Article

April 2011

US Army Pharmacy

Col. Carol W. Labadie MS USA is Pharmacy Program Manager and Pharmacy Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. Pharmacy today is an exciting, challenging profession, and Army Pharmacy is no exception. Uniformed and civilian Army... View Article

April 2011

Legislators Call for Hearings On VA Infection Control Lapses, Hepatitis Cases

DAYTON, OH—In the latest VA infection control lapse to come under public scrutiny, Ohio-based legislators are pushing for both U.S. House and Senate investigations into practices at a Dayton VAMC dental clinic that may have... View Article

April 2011

Strategies Help Military Health Providers To Prevent Compassion Fatigue, Emotional Burnout

WASHINGTON, DC—Health care providers who work with traumatized patients are at risk for their own type of mental condition with symptoms that closely parallel post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The malady, known as “compassion fatigue” can... View Article

April 2011

Military Medicine Leaders Defend ‘Minimal’ Proposal That Raises TRICARE Premiums, Controls Costs

WASHINGTON, DC—A parade of military medicine top brass went before a House subcommittee last month to trumpet U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ latest attempt to increase TRICARE premiums in the FY 2012 budget. Previous efforts... View Article

April 2011

VA Spending on Chronic Diseases Reflects Treatment Changes Over Last Decade

WASHINGTON, DC—The fastest growing segment of patients treated at the nation’s VA facilities are those with four or more chronic diseases, increasing from 15% to 22% in an eight-year period ending in 2008, according to... View Article

April 2011

National Museum of Health and Medicine Temporarily Closed for Move to Maryland

All exhibits at the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are closed as of April 3 so the institution can relocate to Silver Spring, MD. The museum, which has... View Article

April 2011

DoD Provides New Grant to Study Simultaneous Vaccination Techniques

BLUE BELL, PA—Rapid vaccination of military forces may be necessary with emerging infectious disease and pandemic threats, but injecting combination vaccines that are formulated together can sometimes result in immune interference. In an effort to... View Article

April 2011

Recent Coagulation Studies

Blood Markers of Inflammation, Blood Clotting and Blood Vessel Function in HIV-infected Adults Purpose: This study will collect information about markers of inflammation, blood clotting and blood vessel function in HIV-infected adults and healthy volunteers.... View Article

April 2011

Recent Oncology Studies

Vitamin D Supplementation in Veterans with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Objective: Vitamin D promotes the differentiation of prostate cancer cells, maintains the differentiated phenotype of prostate epithelial cells, and can induce prostate cancer cell death, raising... View Article

April 2011

Whole Blood May Have Much Longer Shelf Life Than Now Assumed in Official Standards

A new study suggests that “fresh” whole blood may have a shelf life considerably longer than the 48 hours or so now considered standard. That could have significant implications in situations such as the treatment... View Article

               
           

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