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Archive for November 2009
NATIONAL NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER—Smoke fills the hallways as emergency responders move quickly to rescue the bloody victims who lay lifelessly on the floor in a damaged building. While the scenario is treated with the seriousness of a real event, it is a simulated mass casualty drill held by the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership.
WASHINGTON—Like health officials in the general public, military health officials are burdened with the toll that smoking takes on its beneficiaries. An Institute of Medicine study released in June of this year reported that fewer than one in five Americans uses tobacco, but more than 30% of active-duty military personnel and about 22% of veterans use tobacco.
Traditionally during a foreign conflict, the National Guard and Army Reserve operate domestically, while active duty service members are almost solely responsible for deploying to theatre. However, at the onset of the 1990-1991 Gulf War, this practice changed. The Reserve component was called up to comprise roughly 17% of the total deployed force.
NIH to Fund Research to Better Understand Human Immune Response to Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
The NIH is investing a portion of its Recovery Act funding to support research to better understand the human immune response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including those that may be introduced into a community through acts of bioterrorism.
Report Shows Many Substance Abuse Treatment Referrals Come From Criminal Justice System
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued its latest Treatment Episode Data set report last month. According to the report, the criminal justice system was the largest single source of referrals to substance abuse treatment programs, accounting for 37% of all admissions (approximately 671,000 of the 1.8 million admissions).
THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS KICKED OFF a “Green Routine” campaign to commemorate Energy Awareness Month. The campaign is designed to increase the awareness among VA employees of their environmental impact as individuals and as members of the federal government. The campaign includes VA’s new “Green Routine” Web site devoted to helpful environmental tips, ( www.va.gov/greenroutine), release of a video featuring the VA Chief of Staff educating employees on how to “green” their workplace, and a toolkit designed to help VA employees implement the Green Routine.
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- Many Healthcare Providers Lose VA Retention Bonuses
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- Report Says Administration Faces Hard Choices For Veterans Programs
- Physician Overcomes TBI to Return to Active-Duty Medicine
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