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Archive for August 1st 2013
BETHESDA, MD - After years of red tape, the military finally has received approval to proceed with the human-use protocol for Arbekacin, an antibiotic shown in laboratory tests to be effective against multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens such as Acinetobacter, nicknamed Iraqibacter due to its prevalence during the war in Iraq.
WASHINGTON - VA’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses has been at the center of a controversy over its role, governance and makeup.
Legislation Seeks Fines for Failure to Comply
WASHINGTON - As Congress considers legislation to require VA medical facilities to follow reportable infectious disease laws in the state or territory where they are located, VHA has issued a new mandate for that to be done immediately.
TAMPA, FL - Because U-500 concentrated regular insulin is five times more concentrated (500 units/1 mL) than the more commonly prescribed U-100 insulin (100 units/1 mL), fewer injections are required, which may result in improved adherence and patient satisfaction.
HOUSTON - To improve specialty care accessibility, the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC (MEDVAMC) in Houston began the Diabetes Mellitis Electronic Consultation Service (DMECS) to provide specialty recommendations about diabetes care to primary care physicians (PCPs).
ATLANTA - Poor diabetes control with HbA1c levels exceeding 9% is a common problem, even at the VA where 20% of all patients with diabetes fall into that category despite established care.
WASHINGTON - After months of pressure from lawmakers and veteran advocacy groups, VA is reporting progress in reducing the disability claims backlog.
WASHINGTON - How will the Military Health System maintain advances in limb and amputee care achieved over the last decade of war?
Asked how his experience as a Navy diver aided his recovery from improvised explosive device (IED) injuries, including blindness, Lt. Bradley Snyder had a quick response: “This was not the first time I had to operate in an environment where I could not see.”
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