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"An army is a minature of the society which produces it."
- C.L.R. James
On a recent road trip to enjoy the spring weather, my husband and I stopped at a convenience store near the Georgia-South Carolina state line to fill up our car with gas. When we walked in, we found the store was a sea of green — a group of soldiers had just completed basic training at Fort Benning, GA, and were stocking up on snacks and soft drinks as they headed up I-85 to a new posting in Virginia.
One of the cancers most frequently diagnosed in active-duty troops, malignant melanoma, is no longer more prevalent in military personnel than the general population — at least in younger servicemembers. Enhanced prevention, diagnosis and treatment get the credit, especially in the Air Force, which has higher rates of the cancer than the other services
Va Researcher: Risk is Low for Cancer in Second Breast
The overwhelming majority of prophylactic mastectomies are unnecessary, according to a new study led by VA researchers. The study raises questions about why women are opting to have the second breast removed and what role their doctors play in the decision.
Concern about Greater Disease Severity
In the past, multiple sclerosis was far more common in Caucasians than African-Americans. Recent studies of military personnel and veterans suggest that could be changing, however. This trend is especially concerning for healthcare providers because the disease is, on average, more severe in the African-American population.
What is the Survival Benefit of PSA Testing?
The question of how and when prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer should be used, if at all, is being debated across the medical establishment. Those arguments — and any resolution — will have a significant effect on the VA, which diagnoses more than 12,000 new cases of prostate cancer each year.
Two researchers are trying to better understand the relationship between mental-health issues and lower urinary tract symptoms. Their work in the area began after observing that servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan had complaints similar to older patients, including urgent incontinence.
Sexual Assault Contributes to Problem
The rise in unintended pregnancies among active-duty military women is “alarming,” according to researchers. And the rates are increasing, despite that they already are far higher than in the civilian population. New studies look at the causes of the problem —including rampant military sexual assault — as well as possible solutions.
With the growing number of war veterans diagnosed with TBI, the number of veterans with epilepsy is expected to increase. What is not as clearly recognized is whether, with more PTSD and TBI patients entering the VA system, the number of patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures will also greatly increase. This represents a new patient population that must be evaluated in the ECoEs to ensure the best treatment for war-injured veterans.
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