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WASHINGTON, DC—Military providers are concerned about how the stress of war may be affecting the mental health of teenagers of military parents. Colonel Kris Peterson, the Army Surgeon General’s Consultant for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Chief of Psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center, says studies on military children show that they are experiencing increased anxiety and depression.
WASHINGTON, DC—It is recommended that physicians screen for depression in diabetic patients because the combination of diabetes and depression can be dangerous. “When a person has diabetes and they experience depression, there is a whole host of complications that can occur if the depression is not treated,” said Dr Michelle Owens-Gary, PhD, a behavioral health scientist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation.
WASHINGTON, DC—It can take upwards of 15 or 20 years to develop an evidence-based therapy, clinically prove its effectiveness, and then disseminate pertinent information across the population of patients that need it. When that population involves the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, which serves four million veterans throughout hundreds of facilities, it might be expected that dissemination of information could take much longer.
WASHINGTON, DC—The ancient Greeks called it fear-shedding. In the Civil War it was known as Soldier’s Heart. In the first World War, it was shell-shock. After Vietnam, it was combat fatigue. And after the Gulf War, it was known first as post-traumatic stress syndrome, and then PTSD, explained Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the kick-off to the joint VA/DoD mental health summit held here last month.
BETHESDA, MD—The National Institutes of Health kicked off the month of October by announcing that $5 billion in Recovery Act funds have been allocated to research in the form of about 12,000 grants. Funding is being channeled into research devoted to autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease and other high priority areas. The $5 billion being dispersed is a portion of the total $10.4 billion that NIH will receive through the Act over the course of two years. That, in turn, is part of $100 billion included in the Recovery Act for investment in science and technology.
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).
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