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Archive for June 29th 2009
Washington—More support for the family caregivers of those injured in war is needed, a panel of wounded servicemembers and family members told Congress.
WASHINGTON—Yvette Roubideaux, MD, became the ﬁrst woman to lead the Indian Health Service when she was sworn in as the agency’s director on May 12.
No one who goes to the hospital expects to acquire a drug-resistant infection during his or her stay.
Washington—Another Department of Veterans Affairs facility has announced in April that it may have exposed patients to infection during the course of routine colonoscopies.
As joint initiatives develop between the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), the methods by which information is shared and exchanged are a critical component.
A family-based prevention program designed to help adolescents avoid substance use and other risky behavior proved especially effective for a group of young teens with a genetic risk factor contributing toward such behavior, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that is so subtle and yet so damaging that it has been nicknamed the “sneak thief of sight” for its ability to progress gradually but steadily, and is often not be recognized until the disease’s advanced stages. A disease of the optic nerve involving the loss of retinal ganglion cells, about four million Americans are estimated to have it, though only half may be aware of it. While only 120,000 of those people have become blind due to the disease, it still accounts for about 10% of all cases of blindness in the United States.
WASHINGTON—Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. It is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. While there is no cure for glaucoma, with early diagnosis, the eye can be protected from vision loss.
WASHINGTON—Without a comprehensive eye exam, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and many other conditions that destroy vision may not be caught early enough to prevent further damage to the eye. “The reasons for comprehensive eye exams is to identify conditions and problems at the earliest stage and render treatment to avoid an impact on people’s lives and their abilities to do their jobs and to function,” according to Cdr. Kent Blade, MC, USN, an ophthalmologist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
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