2012 Issues


December 2012

Joint Commission Honors 19 VAMCs and Four Army Facilities for Exemplary Performance

By Sandra Basu A patient at the William Dorn Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, SC, listens to a musical performance at the facility by the 208th Army Reserve Band from Concord, NC. — Photo... View Article

December 2012

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce

Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” – Karl Marx (1818-1883)Arguably, war and man’s increasing sophistication when it comes to harming one another are... View Article

December 2012

Strict Federal Conference Limits Affect CME, Staying Current

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—In the wake of new federal conference oversight, the military medical services are navigating how to ensure that medical personnel can continue to receive vital continuing medical education and keep up with... View Article

December 2012

Vision Problems Not Always Diagnosed in Vets with TBI

By Brenda L. Mooney CHICAGO — More than 160,000 veterans treated by VA are considered legally blind, and another million have low vision that challenges daily activities. While VA has an extensive network of services... View Article

December 2012

Howls of Protest Over No Assistance Dogs for PTSD Subhead: VA Refuses Funding

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON – The use of trained dogs has been accepted therapy since the 1960s for persons with visual, hearing and mobility impairments. Only recently, however, have service dogs been trained to assist... View Article

December 2012

Widely-Used Citicoline Found to Be Ineffective in TBI Treatment

By Brenda L. Mooney BOSTON – A compound approved for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) in nearly 60 countries does not appear to approve function or cognitive status in patients, according to a new study.... View Article

December 2012

New Early Lung Cancer Screening Program Seeks to Save Veterans’ Lives

Former Military Personnel at Higher Risk By Sandra Basu Vietnam veteran Thomas Murphy, one of the guest speaker at a kick-off ceremony for a lung cancer screening program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center... View Article

December 2012

Lack of Sleep Is Part of Triad That Challenges Army Medicine

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Sleep is part of the prescription when it comes to improving the health of troops and families, according to the Army Surgeon General. “When you look at a lot of... View Article

December 2012

Heavy Use of Energy Drinks Blamed for Some Military Sleep Problems

By Brenda L. Mooney SILVER SPRING, MD — High consumption of energy drinks could be leading to sleep problems for deployed troops, potentially impairing military performance, according to a new study from the Walter Reed... View Article

December 2012

Data Not Available to Determine Success of Initial VA, DoD Joint Healthcare Facility

By Stephen Spotswood CHICAGO — If VA and DoD expect to use the Lovell Federal Healthcare Center (FHCC) in Chicago as a blueprint for future joint facility integration projects, the departments will need to develop... View Article

December 2012

Proposed Online Application Would Help MHS Beneficiaries Determine Their Risks

WASHINGTON -DoD hopes to roll out by 2014 an application that would help servicemembers avoid chronic conditions, while lowering overall medical costs. A recent Federal Business Opportunities announcement said the feature, which would be available... View Article

December 2012

Physician Overcomes TBI to Return to Active-Duty Medicine

By Steve Lewis Lt. Col. Eric Holt returned to medical practice against all odds after suffering a traumatic brain injury. BETHESDA, MD – It never occurred to Lt. Col. Eric Holt, DO, that he wouldn’t... View Article

December 2012

DoD/FDA Program Seeks to Extend Lives of Expired Medications

By Annette M. Boyle A worker at FDA’s Detroit District Laboratory, which is one of three facilities supporting the DoD Shelf Life Extension Program. FORT DETRICK, MD – Far from expiring in the one to... View Article

December 2012

HIV Patients Appear to Age More Rapidly; Researchers Want to Know Why That Is

By Annette M. Boyle WEST HAVEN, CT – The median age of the 24,000 veterans with HIV receiving care at the VA today is 53 — and many look and feel far older. The loss... View Article

December 2012

VA Seeks to Increase Low Hepatitis C Treatment Rate for HIV Positive Patients

By Annette M. Boyle LOS ANGELES – Nearly 40% of veterans receiving antiretroviral therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection also have hepatitis C virus (HCV), yet many of them never are treated for the... View Article

December 2012

Military Provides Critical Assistance in Aftermath of Massive Storm Sandy

By Sandra Basu Pfc. Ashley Dusack, water treatment specialist, 401st Quartermaster Detachment, Lock Haven, PA, uses a shovel found in a debris pile to push water out of a backyard in Breezy Point, NY, in... View Article

December 2012

VA’s Manhattan Facility Damaged by Flooding from Massive Storm Sandy

By Sandra Basu VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki visited Manhattan-area facilities in the aftermath of the storm. Washington – Hurricane Sandy, when it hit the northeast in October took a huge toll on the VA... View Article

December 2012

Hyperbaric Oxygen Provides No mild TBI Symptom Relief at Specific Pressure Tested

Researchers Call for Larger Studies at Lower Oxygen Doses By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The use of hyperbaric oxygen to improve mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) resulted in no symptom relief at the exposure pressure... View Article

December 2012

Offering ‘Wide Access’ to Joint Pathology Center Will Benefit Research, IoM Says

By Sandra Basu Samples being filed at the Joint Pathology Center. WASHINGTON – An expert group is recommending that the Joint Pathology Center permit “wide access” to the world-renowned tissue repository. The JPC officially opened... View Article

December 2012

Eligible Veterans Urged to Get Agent Orange Registry Exams

U.S. Army armored personnel carrier (APC) spraying Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. WASHINGTON -The VA is urging Vietnam-era veterans, regardless of current health status, to get Agent Orange Registry health examinations. The exams, arranged... View Article

December 2012

More Ships Added to List for Disability Due to Possible Agent Orange Exposures

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – VA has updated its list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that can be used by Vietnam-era veterans to determine if they qualify for presumption of Agent Orange exposure.... View Article

December 2012

Genetic Sequencing Shows HIV Vaccine Effect

SILVER SPRING, MD — Using genetic sequencing, military scientists have found new evidence that the first vaccine shown to prevent HIV infection in humans also has an effect on viruses in those already infected. The... View Article

December 2012

Anthrax Vaccine Didn’t Increase Soldiers’ Disability

AMHERST, MA – Prior exposure to anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) did not increase risk of disability separation from the Army or receipt of disability compensation from the VA, according to a consultant study.1 Authors of... View Article

December 2012

Military Close to Human Ebola ‘Cocktail’ Treatment

Military Close to Human Ebola ‘Cocktail’ Treatment FREDERICK, MD — Military researchers have moved a step closer to protecting humans against the deadly effects of Ebola virus. A new Ebola virus study has shown promising... View Article

December 2012

Effect on INR from Antibiotics in Warfarin Patients

RICHMOND, VA – Even though antibiotics may lead to an increase in international normalized ratio (INR) for older veterans on stable warfarin therapy, that may not result in clinically significant outcomes of bleeding or hospitalization,... View Article

December 2012

Protocol Can Speed Antibiotics for Sepsis

TACOMA, WA – Sepsis, one of the leading causes of death in critical-care units, can progress rapidly, making early initiation of antibiotics critical. A recent study from Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, underscores... View Article

December 2012

Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Infections in Cirrhosis Patients

RICHMOND, VA — The rate of serious infections is significantly increased for patients with decompensated cirrhosis who take proton pump inhibitors (PPI), according to a recent study.1 Researchers from McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in... View Article

December 2012

New VA, DoD Model Offers Intervention Before Drinking Becomes Out of Control

By Sandra Basu Vladimir Nacev, PhD WASHINGTON – In the past, healthcare systems typically waited until a drinker sought help for alcohol dependence before intervening. Now, a newer model encourages clinicians to engage with their... View Article

December 2012

Researchers Investigate Ways to Jointly Treat PTSD, TBI Subhead: Two Conditions Often Co-Morbid in Returning Troops

By Stephen Spotswood BOSTON – PTSD and TBI are frequently co-morbid in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan – so frequently that physicians are surprised when they find one without the other. And yet the two... View Article

December 2012

New Report Calls on Executive, Military Leadership to Stem Tide of Military Suicides

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—In his second term, President Obama and his administration must do more to stop the growth in the number of military and veteran suicides, a recent report contends. “In 2012, more active... View Article

December 2012

Children Affected by Physical, Mental Problems of Returning Troops

By Sandra Basu JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA—At a recent resiliency camp held here, 60 children getting ready for the return of a parent from long deployment were asked to write down all of the bad... View Article

December 2012

PTSD May Be Influenced More by Childhood Trauma than Experiences During Wartime

By Brenda L. Mooney AARHUS, DENMARK–Traumatic experiences in childhood, not wartime experiences, may have greater influence on which deployed servicemembers develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s according to a new study from a team of... View Article

               
           

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