April 2010

VA and DoD Mental Health Leaders Address Rising Suicide Rates

WASHINGTON, DC—Suicide rates among servicemembers and veterans remain high, causing concern that VA and military health care could be doing more in terms of prevention and treatment. Now some legislators have questioned whether certain treatments—what some are describing as an… Read More

More Power Recommended to Evaluate Potentially Harmful Chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC—Federal law should be updated to give the federal government more power to evaluate potentially harmful chemicals, administration officials told a Senate subcommittee. “Due to the legal and procedural hurdles in The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) over the… Read More

NIMH Stresses Deployment-focused Intervention Development

BETHESDA, MD—It is not enough to conduct cutting-edge research and create innovative new treatments if those treatments are never utilized by health care systems, according to Dr Robert Heinssen, acting director of NIMH’s Division of Services and Intervention Research. One… Read More

Tribute Paid to Fallen Military Medical Servicemembers

ARLINGTON, VA—Families of military medical personnel gathered last month under sunny skies at Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to the nearly 250 military medical servicemembers who have died in battle in Afghanistan and Iraq. “These brave men and women… Read More

Training for Disaster

From the Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA Every surgical patient at Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, underwent a chest X-ray. It is not my typical practice to review chest X-rays prior to beginning… Read More

Army War College Study Provides Insight on Children with Deployed Parents

WASHINGTON, DC—Children of frequently-deployed soldiers may be handling deployments better than their parents think, a recent study found. While 36% of soldiers and 45% of spouses surveyed thought that their children were coping well or very well with their deployments,… Read More

President Requests Discretionary Budget Authority for IHS

WASHINGTON, DC—The president is asking for over $4.4 billion in discretionary budget authority for the IHS. Overall, the budget request is 9% over the FY 2010 enacted level. Among the programs that would experience an increase under the proposed budget… Read More

Cycle of Violence in Urban Environments Frequently a Result of Undiagnosed Emotional and Mental Trauma

BETHESDA, MD—It is relatively common knowledge among physicians that young black men living in urban environments are far more likely to be victims of violence than other groups. The cycle of violence that frequently erupts in their lives is often… Read More

VA Study Proves Hospitals Can Improve Patient Blood Pressure

WASHINGTON, DC—A decade-long VA study following patients being treated for hypertension at 15 VA medical centers across the US has proven that, with enough effort, a hospital can make dramatic improvements in controlling patients’ blood pressure. And a recent examination… Read More

Racial Disparities Among Alzheimer Patients Cause Concern

WASHINGTON, DC—African Americans and Hispanics have more to fear from Alzheimer’s than their Caucasian counterparts, according to a new report released by the Alzheimer’s Association. The report places the likelihood of developing AD and other dementias at two times more… Read More

Battlefield Trauma Places Servicemembers at Greater Risk for Alzheimers Disease

WASHINGTON, DC—The risk for dementia may not be a condition that many worry about until their senior years, but military researchers are taking steps now to better understand and prevent young warfighters from the potential of developing it in their… Read More

Researcher Explores Memory Loss in the Aged

BETHESDA, MD—While Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia may seem like an accelerated or extreme example of the cognitive decline experienced in normal aging, studies show the neural pathology can be significantly different. “The ultimate goal of my research… Read More

Blood Transfusion Safety Enhanced

WASHINGTON, DC—The CDC hopes to bolster patient safety through the recent introduction of its new Hemovigilance Module. The new system will monitor adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions and is part of its National Healthcare Safe ty Network… Read More

Genital Herpes Levels Found Stable in Most Recent Study

WASHINGTON, DC—Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, infecting about one in six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49, according to a national health survey released last month by CDC. The findings, however, suggest… Read More

Progress Notes April 2010

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE FDA’S TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE is designed to explain agency operations, how it makes decisions, and the drug approval process. The first phase consists of a Web-based curriculum called “FDA Basics,” aimed at helping the public better… Read More

Clinical Briefs April 2010

Survey Highlights Substance-Use Treatment Need Among Uninsured An estimated 3 million full-time workers in America without health insurance (16.3% of all full-time workers without health care insurance) needed substance-use treatment in the past year according to a national survey conducted… Read More

What We Can Learn in 21 Years

The DoD and VA have formed an aggressive partnership to care for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom service members who have become wounded, ill or injured. Thanks to this partnership, the medical issues these servicemembers face are treated… Read More