December 2010

Don’t judge a book by its cover

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is perhaps the most common phrase in the English language used to convey the idea that one should not judge the worth of something based on outward appearance. A wounded warrior, friend,… Read More

Recent Endocrinology Studies, December 2010

Becaplermin Use and Cancer Risk in Veterans with Diabetes Objective: This is an observational study of VA patients with diabetes. REGRANEX® (becaplermin) is topical medication used to treat lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers. VA patients with diabetic foot ulcers who… Read More

Recent Pain Studies

Virtual Reality in Burn Pain Management Sponsor: United States Army Institute of Surgical Research Purpose: To examine the safety and efficacy of virtual reality distraction therapy in burn patients experiencing severe procedural pain during wound care. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00593086 Developing… Read More

CDC Projects Potential for Sharp Rise in Diabetes Prevalence

WASHINGTON, DC—The number of US adults with diabetes is expected to rise, according to CDC. The agency estimates that as many as one in three US adults could have diabetes by 2050. CDC projects that the prevalence is expected to… Read More

Warfarin Works with Either At-Home or Clinic Testing

WASHINGTON, DC—Patients taking warfarin, a widely used blood-thinning pill that requires careful dose monitoring, have similar outcomes whether they come to a clinic or use a self-testing device at home, according to a recent VA study.  The findings, published in the… Read More

Research Examines Link Between PTSD and Inflammation

BETHESDA, MD—The science into the biological mechanisms behind the psychological symptoms of PTSD is still in its infancy, but studies have linked PTSD to other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, fatigue, and metabolic disorders. Research funded by… Read More

Researchers Battle Genetic Diversity of Virus in Search for HIV Vaccine

BETHESDA, MD—While the hunt for an HIV vaccine has run into a number of roadblocks the past few years, researchers are still meticulously searching for aspects of the virus and the transmission process that could prove to be viable targets… Read More

Worldwide HIV Elimination Difficult but Necessary, Leading Researcher Contends

—————————————— We Want to Hear From You Has globalization increased our ability to fight disease, our vulnerability to disease, or both?Please click here to participate in this month’s U.S. Medicine readership poll. BETHESDA, MD— “In 1981, we… Read More

IHS Tackles HIV Issues with Online Training and New Initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC—Providers play an important role in HIV prevention and care, and IHS is hoping to help providers carry out that role through online training that was developed last year. IHS in collaboration with community members and Native American healers… Read More

Aging Population Provides New Challenges in Treating HIV

WASHINGTON, DC—VA not only has the largest HIV care program in the country, but the largest HIV geriatric care program in the country. VA cares for over 24,000 HIV-positive patients, 120 of whom are older than 80. This gives VA… Read More

Servicemembers and Veterans Use Programs to Help Each Other Overcome Stigma

WASHINGTON, DC—Veterans and servicemembers may be able to help each other overcome stigma in seeking psychological help, officials said during a webinar on combating stigma in the military hosted by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic… Read More

IDCRP Investigates HIV Questions

BETHESDA, MD—At the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP), headquartered at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, researchers are in the business of asking tough questions and then going after the answers. “We are not a funding agency.… Read More

Many Smokers Also Use Smokeless Tobacco, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—Many who smoke are also using smokeless tobacco. New data compiled by CDC that covers use of smokeless tobacco in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam found that the rates… Read More

DoD Rolls Out Computerized Medical Records for Anesthesia

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD is in the midst of deploying a tool that will automate recordkeeping for anesthesiologists. Innovian® Anesthesia will be used at the hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afganistan Innovian® Anesthesia, a tool developed by Draeger Medical, collects vital signs… Read More

New Drugs Hold Promise for Veterans with HCV

WASHINGTON, DC—The hepatitis C (HCV) treatment program in VA marks its 10-year anniversary this year on a note of hopeful expectation. For years the only treatment for HCV has been combination pegylated interferon and ribavirin—a treatment with harsh side effects… Read More

Report Examines How to Increase Flu Vaccination Rates

WASHINGTON, DC—A report released last month by a nonprofit organization calls for increased education efforts to encourage flu vaccination, especially among minority groups. While flu vaccination rates reached historical highs last flu season during the pandemic, both H1N1 and seasonal… Read More

FDA Looking to Impact Preventable Medication Harm

SILVER SPRING, MD—“Patient safety is the primary responsibility of everyone who is involved in the healthcare system.” That is the philosophy that underlies FDA’s Safe Use Initiative and what Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and… Read More

New Consortium Established to Study Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON, DC—The Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) has announced that it has established a new $17 million Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC). The Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Florida State University have each been awarded $8.5 million over… Read More

Decision Support System Helps Guide Fluid Resuscitation

Washington, DC—Researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, TX, have developed a new system to help providers better resuscitate burn patients with large burns. The Burn Resuscitation… Read More

Simulations Train Veterans’ Families to Recognize, Respond to PTSD Symptoms

NEW YORK CITY, NY—The student sitting across from you is withdrawn, a little hostile, and tired all the time. He has missed assignments, been repeatedly absent, and when he does show up for class, he sometimes falls asleep mid-lecture. If… Read More