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Archive for June 2011
Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the first draft of the human genome, which was officially completed in 2003 with the mapping of 3.1 billion base pairs.
Study: Much of Sleep Disruption in Returning Troops May Be Normal Reaction to Combat Stress, Not PTSD, Other Conditions
Washington - A normal reaction to combat stress may explain many of the sleep disturbances experienced by troops, not PTSD, TBI, major depression or other psychiatric disorders, according to new research.
Washington - Military scientists want to make sure that injured troops in the battlefield receive the same standard of care as they would receive in a stateside U.S. hospital, especially when it comes to managing hemorrhage.
Portland, OR - When Blake Lesselroth, MD, assistant professor of medicine and medical informatics at the Portland VAMC, and colleagues were asked to spearhead a hospital-wide implementation of computerized decision support for post-surgical deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis, it seemed like a straightforward task that might require some technological tweaking and little else.
Despite Goal to Smooth DoD-to-VA Care Transition, Conflicting Systems Still Complicate Process for Wounded Warriors
Washington - In what is not really a joke, severely-injured veterans sometimes quip, “I need a case manager to manage my case managers.”
Washington, DC - VA’s information technology infrastructure, as well as the joint electronic health record that is being planned between VA and DoD, will be primarily based on open-source software, officials revealed last month.
Appeals Court Ruling Allows Judicial Oversight of VA Programs, Raises Separation of Powers Issues with President, Congress
San Francisco - In a case that has raised questions about the appropriate role of the three branches of the U.S. government, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that veterans may look to the courts to seek relief from their claims about VA’s failure to provide adequate or timely care to veterans in need.
VA Says Infection Control Problems Being Remedied, Defends Response Against Congressional Accusations of Secretiveness
Washington - Despite the VA’s efforts to improve oversight in areas such as the cleaning and reprocessing of medical equipment, infection risks still exist for patients, according to a recent government report.
Washington - One of the greatest challenges for the Defense Centers for Excellence (DCoE) is educating providers on the complexities of PTSD, which is far more difficult to treat than routine illnesses for which patients can just pop a pill.
From maps to the weather to tracking how far they’ve walked today, people are relying more and more on their Smartphones. “There’s an app for that,” has grown from novel phrase to punchline to a simple fact of life. Now, there is even an application to help veterans suffering from PTSD.
Most Popular Stories
- Many Healthcare Providers Lose VA Retention Bonuses
- Federal Medicine Organizational Meetings — Tarred with the Same Brush?
- Despite Formulary, High-Cost Diabetes Drug Use Varies Widely Across VA Facilities
- Report Says Administration Faces Hard Choices For Veterans Programs
- Physician Overcomes TBI to Return to Active-Duty Medicine
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