2011 Issues


September 2011

Neurotransmitter Discovery Could Lead To Treatments for Mental Disorders

For years, researchers have been working to discover which cellular processes allow humans to learn and store memories, and how these processes are compromised by diseases such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers at NIH say... View Article

September 2011

The prayer that has been mine for 20 or more years

“The prayer that has been mine for 20 or more years, that I might be permitted in some way or sometime to do something to alleviate human suffering, has been answered!” – Walter Reed (1851-1902)... View Article

September 2011

Advocate Returns to the Army to Support Soldiers Needing Medical Care

WASHINGTON — Clyde Foster may have retired from the Army after 26 years of service, but, as an Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) advocate, his service to his country has not stopped. “I have always... View Article

September 2011

Army Urgently Seeks More Substance-Abuse Counselors for Troubled Soldiers

WASHINGTON — With wars that have gone on for almost a decade, the Army has more soldiers with substance-abuse problems than it can handle and is trying to expedite hiring counselors to help bring the... View Article

September 2011

A Sea Change for Military Medicine: Walter Reed Joins Navy Medical Center in Bethesda

WASHINGTON — A new chapter in military medicine is set to begin this month with the opening of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The completion of the new medical... View Article

September 2011

Study: Common Medication Given for PTSD Has No Benefit

WASHINGTON — An antipsychotic medication commonly used by VA to treat combat-related PTSD has been found to have no discernible benefit. Patients taking the drug risperidone (Risperdal) did no better than those taking a placebo,... View Article

September 2011

Long Wait Times for Mental Health Care Continue to Plague VA

WASHINGTON — Poor coordination and staffing problems were identified as major factors in veterans’ receiving inadequate care at Atlanta VA Medical Center mental-health clinics, according to a VA Inspector General (IG) report released last month.... View Article

September 2011

Surgical Errors Dropped Significantly at VA; Safety Training Program Credited

WASHINGTON — Surgical errors have declined significantly at VA facilities nationwide, while the reporting of close calls has increased, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by VA researchers, credits agency-led quality improvement efforts... View Article

September 2011

TRICARE Currently Tied to Medicare Rates Threatened by Debt Deal

WASHINGTON — Military beneficiary groups and physician groups are watching closely how Medicare rates will fare under the deal on the debt ceiling that was agreed upon by Congress last month. Because TRICARE rates are... View Article

September 2011

FDA’s Approval Process Doesn’t Assure Safety of Moderate-Risk Medical Devices, Report Says

WASHINGTON — An FDA process for approving some medical devices, in use for the past 35 years, lacks the ability to reliably screen new products for safety and effectiveness prior to their release. The 510(k)... View Article

September 2011

InnoVAtions: Colorful 19th Century Drug Found Effective for Eczema at Atlanta VAMC

WASHINGTON — Gentian violet (pronounced jen-shen) is not a compound familiar to most modern medical practitioners. Developed in the middle of the 19th century, this combination of pararosanilines used as a component in dyes was... View Article

September 2011

Federal Debt Deal Threatens Funding for VA, Military Healthcare

WASHINGTON — Before Congress reached a debt ceiling deal last month, veterans and active-duty servicemembers were worried if they would receive their military paychecks, veterans’ benefits, or G.I. Bill benefits, should the United States be... View Article

September 2011

Think VA’s Budget Has Grown Rapidly? You May Not Have Seen Anything Yet

VA’s medical-care budget has grown rapidly since 2001 —$27 billion or 130% — but government budget officials suggest that is a minor increase compared to what is coming: the lifetime costs of treating troops who... View Article

September 2011

Integrative Health Offers Military New Options for Mind-Body Wellness

WASHINGTON — A shortage providers and the perceived stigma attached to mental-health care may prevent troops from seeking services. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can help fill the gaps, according to a recent webinar on... View Article

September 2011

Army Looks to Telehealth Project to Improve Wounded Warrior Pain Management

WASHINGTON — Army officials are taking steps to replicate an innovative telehealth project to enhance the Army’s pain-medicine care and treatment. Telehealth initiatives generally have been used to allow a doctor at one location to... View Article

September 2011

Legislation Pushes VA to Develop Sexual Assault Tracking System More Quickly

WASHINGTON — Frustrated by VA’s handling of sexual assaults committed in VA facilities and on VA property, legislators have introduced a bill to address safety vulnerabilities and force the agency to develop a comprehensive tracking... View Article

September 2011

U.S. Servicemembers from Western Africa Acquire Malaria from Travels to Homeland

WASHINGTON — Malaria rates among troops are 44 times greater for those born in seven western African countries than for those born in the United States, a study published in the September issue of Emerging... View Article

September 2011

Army-led Research on HIV Vaccine Could Lead to Success in a Decade

Research into development of a vaccine for the HIV virus has moved so quickly in the last two years, military researchers predict that a vaccine could be available within the next decade. Not too long... View Article

September 2011

Major Policy Changes Allow VA to Dramatically Increase HIV Screenings

VA already is the nation’s largest provider of HIV care in the nation, treating more than 24,000 veterans who have tested positive for the virus, and that number is certain to increase with a program... View Article

September 2011

MHS Seeks to Honor Women Physicians

WASHINGTON — The Military Health System is accepting nominations for the third annual “Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the MHS” award program, which identifies and honors outstanding female physicians who have made significant contributions to... View Article

September 2011

Vendors Compete to Add EHRs, Provider Data Exchange to Blue Button Initiative

WASHINGTON — When VA went live with its Blue Button download format last year, the goal was to give veterans the ability to download their personal-health information directly from their MyHealtheVet account. A new initiative... View Article

September 2011

Triennial DoD Breast Cancer Conference Specializes in Novel Studies

Orlando, FL —Scientists, breast-cancer survivors and advocates gathered at the recent Era of Hope conference to learn about the advances made by the DoD Breast Cancer Research Program awardees, and to identify approaches for future... View Article

September 2011

Study Uses VA Telemedicine Experience to Help International Diabetes Patients

WASHINGTON — Receiving an Internet-based, interactive voice-response call on a mobile phone may help low-income patients in developing countries manage their diabetes, according to a new study led by a researcher with the Veterans Affairs... View Article

September 2011

Not All Federal Physicians Eligible for Extra Pay Allowance Actually Get It

WASHINGTON — Of the nearly 19,482 full-time civilian physicians employed by the federal government, about 9% were eligible for Physicians Comparability Allowance (PCA) payments, but only 7% actually received it in FY 2010. That information... View Article

               
           

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