2011 Issues


December 2011

December 2011

DECEMBER ISSUE   U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE First Woman Becomes Army Surgeon GeneralWASHINGTON – Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho assumed command of the U.S. Army Medical Command on Dec 5th and was... View Article

December 2011

Increasing TRICARE Mail order Pharmacy Incentives Alarms Community Pharmacies

An Obama administration proposal that affects drug co-pays in TRICARE has raised concerns from trade groups representing community pharmacies, which, in 2010, filled 40% of TRICARE prescriptions.The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and... View Article

December 2011

Progress Notes December 2

Dr. Stephen Cozza, associate director at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) received the Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma Study from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) during... View Article

December 2011

Progress Notes December

XIN JIN, PHD, RECEIVED THE PETER AND PATRICIA GRUBER INTERNATIONALRESEARCHA WARD from the Society of Neuroscience. Jin, PhD, a postdoctoralfellow at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), wasgiven the award during the... View Article

December 2011

Inconclusive Report Does Little to Cool Down Burn Pit Controversy

WASHINGTON — Whether exposure to war zone burn-pits causes long-term health issues has created heated debate among military officials, veterans, Congress members and currently deployed troops. Unfortunately, a long-awaited report does little to provide definitive... View Article

December 2011

Oct 1 2013 Circle the Date for Massive Coding Changeover at VA & Elsewhere

WASHINGTON — Oct. 1, 2013, might mean little to most clinicians now, just a day somewhere between Labor Day and Halloween in about two years. This time next year, however, healthcare providers are likely to... View Article

December 2011

Legislators Skeptical about Improvements at Problem Plagued Miami VAMC

WASHINGTON — Only a few weeks after members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs expressed skepticism about testimony that the problem-plagued Miami VA Medical Center (VAMC) is now running smoothly, the facility’s director was... View Article

December 2011

Winning is the science of being totally prepared

Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA When this issue of US Medicine reaches our readers, we will be well into the holiday season and drawing 2011 to a close. Like many, I... View Article

December 2011

VA’s Mental Health Care As Good or Better than Private Sector Study Finds

WASHINGTON — Veterans with mental illness and substance abuse cost nearly three times as much to treat as the average veteran. According to a VA-commissioned study by the RAND Corp. looking at data from one... View Article

December 2011

Suicide Prevention Not Working Returning Troops Could Increase Problem

WASHINGTON — Efforts to prevent suicides among servicemembers are not working, according to a new report that warns that the problem is likely to get much worse as more troops return from deployment. A report... View Article

December 2011

VA Opens Fifth Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center to Care for Wounded

SAN ANTONIO, TX–VA has dedicated a new polytrauma rehabilitation center (CRC) at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) here. The state-of-the-art, $66 million inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center will treat veterans and active-duty servicemembers... View Article

December 2011

Military Resumes Adenovirus Vaccinations After More than a Decade Lapse

WASHINGTON — After more than a decade with military recruits vulnerable to adenovirus (ADV), DoD has begun inoculating personnel with a new vaccine to prevent the sometimes severe respiratory infection. Adenovirus Vaccine.jpg: Army recruit receives... View Article

December 2011

Senators: VA Not Responding Quickly Enough to Sexual Assault Disability Issues

WASHINGTON–With more than 3,000 servicemembers reporting military sexual assault (MST) just last year and with potentially nine times that many cases unreported during that time period, according to DoD, a lot of victims require VA... View Article

December 2011

VA Takes Steps to End Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON — When he took office, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki declared he would do his best to eradicate homelessness in the veteran population. He also noted that one of the biggest challenges is successfully reaching... View Article

December 2011

New BRAC-Mandated Medical Center Locations Creating Traffic Gridlock

WASHINGTON — The new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) are both designed to offer state-of-the-art medical care – assuming staff and patients can ever get to... View Article

December 2011

Can Some Good Come from PTSD or Does the Bad Last for Generations?

WASHINGTON — Can some good eventually come from coping with high levels of psychological stress? Or, does PTSD not only affect returning troops but also their families for generations to come? As researchers grapple with... View Article

December 2011

Lax Oversight of Outside Care Busts Phoenix VA’s Budget

PHOENIX — Extremely lax oversight of the use of outside care was blamed for a budget crisis at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, according to a recently-released report from the VA Inspector General. The Arizona... View Article

December 2011

Army Seeks to Take Back Prescription Drugs to Avoid Medication Abuse Errors

WASHINGTON — The Army is seeking permanent authority to accept unused or old prescription drugs from military healthcare beneficiaries who wish to get rid of them. In January, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of... View Article

December 2011

Award-Winning Army Pharmacist Touts Benefits of Military Service

WASHINGTON — When Army pharmacist Maj. Jeffrey Neigh joined the military, it was initially as a way to pay off his school debts. “I went to Duquesne [University] … in Pittsburgh. I would not have... View Article

December 2011

HIV Drug Helps Block Herpes Virus

HIV Drug Helps Block Herpes Virus A recent discovery by NIH researchers has shown the mechanism by which an anti-HIV drug can stop the spread of the virus that causes genital herpes. Tenofovir, when applied... View Article

December 2011

Hepatitis E Threatens Military Forces but U.S. Has Kept It Well-Controlled

Since its discovery in the early 1980s, hepatitis E has been a potent threat to military forces around the world. At one point, the U.S. military was concerned enough to fund intensive research on a... View Article

December 2011

VA Looks to New Treatment Programs to Combat Alarming Rise in HCV-Related Cancer

Alarmed by a near tripling of the number of veterans developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) during the past five years, VA has strengthened its programs for the prevention, screening and treatment of veterans with hepatitis C... View Article

December 2011

Is Cognitive Therapy Effective for TBI- Evidence Still Inconclusive

WASHINGTON — While there is evidence that cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) has a positive impact on TBI, it is not sufficient to develop guidelines on how to apply this type of therapy to specific patients,... View Article

December 2011

Adequate Sleep Matters for Soldiers at Risk for Suicide

WASHINGTON — Insomnia symptoms may be an important predictor of suicidal ideation in military troops, a recent study found.1 For the study, researchers evaluated 311 soldiers (255 men and 56 women) who were recruited as... View Article

December 2011

Anonymous Surveys Can Be Valuable in Military Mental-Health Screening Study Finds

WASHINGTON — Despite intensive efforts by the military to reduce the stigma of seeking help, troops still might be reluctant to report mental-health problems, suggests a new study of U.S. Army soldiers from one infantry... View Article

December 2011

Veteran Nurse Makes Sure VAMC Is Welcoming Facility for Women

WASHINGTON — During her 20-year career as a nurse working at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, L. Gale Bell, RN, has had any number of jobs, but she said none was more satisfying than... View Article

December 2011

Fund for Chronic Disease Prevention Is Vulnerable Amid Deficit Reduction

WASHINGTON — While some health officials laud the Prevention and Public Health Fund as the nation’s best chance of funneling resources into chronic-disease prevention, it is not clear that the fund can survive deficit-reduction efforts... View Article

               
           

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