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Navy Functional Restoration Pain Program Shows Success

Chronic pain is the leading cause of medical discharge from active duty military service. Disability payments related to the condition also are a significant economic cost to the DoD.

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Navy Psychologist Uses Nontraditional Methods to Improve Mental Healthcare

It was 7 a.m. on a Wednesday in January—a time when most clinical psychologists would be making their way to the hospital or clinic. But instead of heading to her office at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Deployment Health Center, Tracy Hejmanowski, PhD, was driving an hour south of the city to begin a new patient on a course of equine-assisted therapy.

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Patients Flip (Ratings) Over Robotic Efficiency at Cherry Point Pharmacy

CHERRY POINT, NC—Prior to a renovation late last year, patients at Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point’s pharmacy left negative feedback twice as often as positive. Installation of a robotic pharmacy system reversed those numbers, however. Today, two-thirds of comments are upbeat.

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Navy Medicine: There to Care for Those in Need

By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

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Uniformed Pharmacists Take Half of Next Generation Pharmacist Awards

By Annette M. Boyle LAS VEGAS, NV — Of the 30 finalists in this year’s Next Generation Pharmacist awards, 30% worked in military or public health pharmacies, the strongest representation seen in the awards program.... View Article

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Simulation Training Duplicates Experience of Shipboard Trauma Care

SAN DIEGO — When a servicemember experiences physical trauma during deployment, it’s usually during circumstances that are loud, chaotic and happening at a speed too quickly to be followed by the untrained eye. The same... View Article

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New Procedures for Navy Pharmacy Save More than $35 Million, Improve Care

By Annette M. Boyle Capt. Edward C. Norton, MSC, pharmacy specialty leader for U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery FALLS CHURCH, VA — After saving $22 million in Phase One, the Navy Pharmacy Financial... View Article

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Navy Recognizes Nurse/Officer for His ‘Loyal Devotion to Duty’

By Steve Lewis AUBURN, AL – Early in his military career, David R. Crumbley MSN, CWCN, assistant clinical professor at the Auburn University School of Nursing, became inspired to help people through medicine. “I enjoyed... View Article

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DoD Budget Seeks to Cut More Than 5,000 Civilian Healthcare Workers Over Five Years

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The DoD plans to cut its civilian workforce by 5% to 6% by the end of fiscal year 2018, including more than 5,000 from the Military Health System. President Barack... View Article

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Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Diabetes in Troops

SAN DIEGO – Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of developing “insulin-requiring” diabetes, according to a study of active-duty servicemembers. The nested case-control study led by Edward D. Gorham, PhD,... View Article

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Navy Medicine: Strong, Agile and Ready

By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan As we approach the upcoming year, I am proud to say... View Article

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Navy and Marines Crack Down on Alcohol Misuse with Widespread Screening

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — If Navy leadership has anything to do with it, the misleading stereotype of the drunken sailor or hard-drinking Marine will fade into the past. Though Navy officials note that their... View Article

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Navy Works to Clean Up Problems with “Bath Salts,” Other Misused Designer Drugs

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — A new Navy Medicine public service announcement depicts a sailor snorting white powder, suffering disturbing hallucinations, then becoming violent. He eventually ends up in the hospital where he appears to... View Article

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Researcher Recognized for Early Success; Military Family Tradition Led Him to VA

By Steve Lewis Jeff Capadona, PhD CLEVELAND – It’s no coincidence that Jeff Capadona, PhD, has chosen a career dedicated to bettering the lives of veterans. But while his father, uncle and grandparents all served... View Article

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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

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Military Medicine Comes Up with Novel Treatments for Phantom Limb: Pain Persists After Amputation

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In October 2010, Marine Lance Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos stepped into a canal in Afghanistan just as a comrade stumbled onto an improvised explosive device (IED). The impact blew Gallegos forward... View Article

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Novel Use of Fractional Lasers for Scarring Improves Quality of Life for Injured Troops

By Stephen Spotswood SAN DIEGO NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER, CA — Thanks to the work of physicians here and at a select number of facilities around the country, the paradigm of how scars are treated might... View Article

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Servicemembers Lose Benefits after Improper Discharges for Alleged Personality Disorders

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — The U.S. military continues to use improper processes to diagnose significant numbers of servicemembers with pre-existing personality disorders (PD) and then discharge them, according to government documents obtained by an... View Article

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Director of Award-Winning Residency Program Driven by Heart of Service

By Steve Lewis JACKSONVILLE, FL— The residency program at the Naval Hospital-Jacksonville was named  Clinical site of the year by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2011, but the program’s director scoffs... View Article

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Report Prompted by Fort Hood Shooting Calls DoD Physician Credentialing Inadequate

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Reporting the results of an investigation begun after an Army physician opened fire and shot more than 40 people at Fort Hood in 2009, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says... View Article

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Program Protects Single Wounded Warriors from Financial Opportunists

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Single injured or wounded servicemembers might not have close family to take care of them when they return from deployment, and the financial compensation they receive can make them vulnerable... View Article

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Navy Medicine Moves Forward In 2012

Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy Surgeon General I am pleased to report that the state of Navy Medicine is strong. I am proud and humbled to be at the helm of this 63,000-person... View Article

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Troops Severely Injured Outside of War Zones Now Eligible for Payouts

WASHINGTON — Military veterans injured between 2001 and 2005 are now retroactively eligible for traumatic injury benefits, even if they never deployed overseas to battle zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. The benefit also applies to... View Article

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Many Servicemembers Who Commit Suicide Have Never Seen Battle

Jonathan Woodson, MD WASHINGTON — When servicemembers commit suicide, a common misperception is that the extreme act is a response to traumatic battlefield experiences. In reality, many, if not most, military personnel who kill themselves... View Article

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Resilience Programs Have Mushroomed in Military, But Do They Work?

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has implemented programs and strategies to promote psychological resilience among troops as stress from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has taken a toll. Little is known, however, about... View Article

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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

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Schoomaker: Military Personnel Left Confused by Different Evaluation Systems at VA, DoD

WASHINGTON—Despite significant efforts by DoD and VA to revamp the disability evaluation process, the new system remains “complex and adversarial,” the top Army doctor told a congressional subcommittee. DoD and VA agreed on a new... View Article

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mTBI Research Trial Comes Under Fire from DoD IG

WASHINGTON—A military research clinical trial evaluating the use of antioxidants to reduce sequela of mTBI in 80 troops after blast injury has come under fire by DoD’s Inspector General (IG). After receiving allegations of problems... View Article

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Researchers Continue Military’s Long Battle Against Malaria, Seek to Develop Vaccine

In their efforts to outmaneuver the highly elusive malaria parasite, researchers at the U.S. Military Malaria Vaccine Program (USMMVP) are more than intellectually and professionally committed. Many of them literally have skin in the game. ... View Article

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Once Used to Keep Women from Top Ranks, Menopause Now Managed Within VA, Military Health Systems

When President Harry Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act into law in 1948, it was touted as opening full military service and veterans’ benefits to women, but many restrictions remained in place. Women... View Article

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Menstrual Suppression Could Help Deployed Women Avoid Discomfort, Inconvenience

The role of women in the military is changing. Whereas they may have acted as support personnel in earlier conflicts, they now play an active part in combat support and counterinsurgency operations.1 As of September... View Article

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Administration Report Outlines Efforts to Help Families Deal with Stress of War

WASHINGTON, DC—The White House recently introduced a government-wide effort to support military families outlined in its report, Strengthening Our Military Families. The report acknowledged that military families are not immune to the stresses of deployment... View Article

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List of Goals Guiding VA, DoD in Integrating Mental Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC—VHA and DoD have already recognized that they serve the same patients, just at different times during their lives. But it is only during the last few years that the two departments have thought... View Article

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Residential Treatment Program Offers Hope for PTSD Patients

WASHINGTON, DC—Active duty servicemembers with combat-related PTSD who have not experienced improvements in their condition in outpatient care have a new option for treatment. Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) is the Navy’s first... View Article

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Military Leaders Emphasize Need to Build Resilience in Troops and Families

WASHINGTON, DC—Building resilience in servicemembers must start when they enter basic training and must include their families, said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm Michael Mullen. Mullen spoke at the annual Warrior... View Article

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Officials Examine Respiratory Issues in Theater

Has the health of servicemembers exposed to burn pit operations in theater been compromised? It is an issue of concern as servicemembers have attributed respiratory and eye symptoms to burn pit smoke. The Armed Forces... View Article

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DoD Examines Peer-to-Peer Support Programs to Assist Struggling Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC—Some individuals in distress may be more comfortable sharing their struggles with a peer than with a mental health counselor. Formalized peer-to-peer support programs seek to capitalize on that by training peer supporters to... View Article

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DoD Officials Develop New Psychological Policy Initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD officials are developing new psychological health initiatives that they hope will fill gaps in delivering and coordinating psychological care. One initiative in development will bolster disaster mental health assistance on installations after an... View Article

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Mind-Body Skills Offer Way to Regulate Stress

WASHINGTON, DC—Mind-body skills offer a way for individuals to self-regulate stress and can often be done in various settings. These techniques include practices such as meditation, breathing exercises, imagery, and yoga. At the Warrior Resilience... View Article

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Improvements Made to Tracking Mild TBI Documentation

WASHINGTON, DC— The Army Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) electronic medical record systems are being upgraded to help providers better document mild TBI patient data in theater. The MC4 system is used in... View Article

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Workshop Focuses on Post-deployment Issues Facing Servicemembers and Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC—Asking servicemembers and veteran patients about sleep can serve as a segue to conversations about other post-deployment issues that these patients might be experiencing, said Paula Domenici, PhD. Domenici is a licensed counseling psychologist... View Article

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Navy Medical Researchers Tackle ETEC Vaccine

WASHINGTON, DC—Diarrheal illnesses are among the most common nonbattle-related illnesses that troops experience when they go overseas, yet there is no vaccine against Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), a common cause of bacterial diarrhea. Researchers at... View Article

               
           

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