February 2010

Massive Effort Launched to Aid Haitian Earthquake Victims

WASHINGTON, DC—As part of the overall US relief effort for Haiti, the US military began a massive effort last month to provide assistance in the wake of a deadly earthquake that killed thousands of people and left a staggering number… Read More

2010 DoD-VA Suicide Prevention Conference

WASHINGTON, DC—The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and VA held a conference last month examining suicide and suicide prevention. “For all of our sophisticated knowledge, we still do not know all there is to… Read More

Veterans Service Organizations Invited to Discuss Legislative Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC—In what is becoming an annual ritual, the House VA Committee invited dozens of veterans service organizations for a roundtable discussion on their legislative priorities. Topping the list was the growing backlog of disability claims, recently projected at one… Read More

Webinar Provides Training for Healthcare Responders

A webinar last month provided medical responders with an understanding of the common types of injuries (crush injury and syndrome, wound care and management, tetanus) and public health challenges encountered in the immediate phase of the Haiti earthquake response. The… Read More

DoD-VA Suicide Prevention Conference: Compassion Fatigue Can Plague Healthcare Providers

WASHINGTON, DC—Mental healthcare providers in the military are not immune from developing compassion fatigue, experts said at the 2010 DoD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference held last month. “We are not immune from compassion fatigue by a long shot,” said Capt Joan… Read More

Hypertension Greater Risk in IHS with High Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes

WASHINGTON, DC—About 60 million people in the US have high blood pressure according to the CDC. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US. Often referred to as the… Read More

Smoking Rates Among US Adults Remain Stalled in 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—Smoking rates among US adults remained stalled in 2008, halting the nation’s progress toward ending the tobacco epidemic, according to the CDC. A CDC study found that 46 million Americans (20.6 percent) were current cigarette smokers in 2008, which… Read More

Literature review: Psychiatry and Oncology

This new section of U.S. Medicine will bring to our readers highlights from the peer-reviewed literature and clinical trials of topics that are of most universal interest to the readers of this multidisciplinary magazine. While it is virtually impossible to… Read More

Veterans May Seek Crisis Counseling Via Internet Chat

washington, dc—The VA and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) want to take advantage of new opportunities afforded by evolving technology to reach those who are suicidal, officials said last month at the 2010 DoD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference.… Read More

Lack of Pediatric Formula Leaves Physicians Guessing

GAITHERSBURG, MD—There is an admonition that pediatricians can frequently be heard to say to other physicians: “Children are not just small adults.” This is no truer than when dealing with prescription drugs. Children are not immune to serious illness and… Read More

CDC Supports Two New Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers

WASHINGTON, DC—The CDC has awarded $2.7 million to establish two new Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRCs). These new PERRCs will conduct research that will evaluate the structure, capabilities, and performance of public health systems for preparedness and emergency… Read More