Category: November 2010

New Training Guides Medical Personnel in Administering Mental Health Assessments

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD is providing new online training to its medical personnel for administering deployment mental health assessments to deploying and returning servicemembers. The revamped mental health assessments focus on PTSD, depression, and substance abuse problems. Officials hope that they will… Read More

Military and Civilian Researchers Look to Regenerative Medicine to Address Injuries

WASHINGTON, DC—Military and civilian researchers are embarking on efforts to develop regenerative therapies that could help injured servicemembers who survived the battlefield, but have sustained serious facial injuries. “The face is vulnerable on the battlefield because it is frequently exposed,… Read More

IT Project Failures Spur Continued Reform in VA

WASHINGTON, DC—Concerned about several high-profile, high-cost IT project failures over the last several years, legislators called VA officials to Capital Hill last month to provide reassurance that the agency has learned from its past mistakes. While VA IT leaders could… Read More

Providers Discuss Addressing Pain in Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC—Not all pain is gain. Unmanaged chronic pain in injured servicemembers and veterans can lead to negative health effects that can last a lifetime, speakers said at an educational forum on pain management held at Walter Reed Army Medical… Read More

Congress Questions DoD on Efforts to Prevent and Control MDROs

WASHINGTON, DC—A House subcommittee questioned military officials about efforts to prevent and control multidrug-resistant infections at MTFs. “The incidence of drug-resistant infections is a national and global problem … DoD and the services must remain vigilant in their efforts to… Read More

Congress Questions DoD’s Efficiency Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC—A House committee expressed concern to military officials in September about DoD’s plan to save billions of dollars through an efficiency initiative announced by DoD Secretary Robert Gates this year. That plan recommends disestablishing US Joint Forces Command, in… Read More

Few Tested Interventions for Diagnostic Error

BETHESDA, MD—“So you see a diagnostic error. That error occurs at the sharp end of medicine,” declared Dr Mark Graber, chief of medical services at the Northport VA Medical Center. “You look at where the diagnostic error occurred, you can… Read More

Holistic Lifestyle Intervention Successful in Treating Diabetes in VA Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, DC—“The whole idea is to look at diabetes as the enemy. Instead of just attacking the enemy from one end, you want to attack the enemy from all sides. Surround the enemy.” That is the message that Peter Kokkinos,… Read More

Study Looks at Effect of Exercise on Diabetes in NIH Staff

BETHESDA, MD—For years now, physicians have been imploring the nation to get more exercise. Pointing to research showing great benefits in overall health and in combating chronic disease, researchers have also been pressing employers to include exercise and nutrition programs… Read More

AI/AN Communities Tackle Diabetes Through SDPI

WASHINGTON, DC—Established by Congress in 1997 to respond to the diabetes epidemic in Indian Country, the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) provides funding for diabetes treatment and prevention services for IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs. Current authorization… Read More

Joint Diabetes Project Extends Diabetes Care

WASHINGTON, DC—A joint project between Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has made a positive difference in diabetes care for military patients, dependents, and retirees, according to Maj Brian Allenbrand, an endocrinology flight… Read More

US Youth are Vulnerable to HIV Infection, HIV Activists Say

WASHINGTON, DC—At the age of 19, Marvelyn Brown, a college student, was sick in the hospital when she was confronted with the news that she was HIV positive. Now 26, and an activist who promotes HIV testing among young people,… Read More

Task Force Recommends OSD-Level Suicide Prevention Policy Office

—————————————— We Want to Hear From You Do you believe that a suicide prevention office established at the OSD level, as a DoD Task Force has suggested, would improve suicide prevention efforts for the military?Please click here to… Read More

Gaps in Women’s Health Research Remain Despite Progress

WASHINGTON, DC—Research into women’s healthcare has improved over the last 20 years, but still lags in several key areas, according to an IoM report released last month. A concerted push to boost research on women’s health has had significant impacts… Read More

Report Calls for Increased Role of Nurses in Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC—Nurses should be playing a stronger role in the nation’s healthcare systems, and should be among the leaders in the redesigning of care in the United States, according to an IoM report released last month. To ensure that nurses… Read More

Aberdeen Area Comes Under Scrutiny of Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, DC—A Senate committee criticized IHS officials for serious mismanagement issues as well as poor performance by some employees in its Aberdeen Area at a hearing held in September. The Aberdeen Area includes facilities that provide healthcare to about 122,000… Read More

Lack of Interagency Communication Impedes Veterans’ Care

WASHINGTON, DC—If the federal government wants to tackle the full range of after-effects of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, including providing fully for the nation’s veterans, it will need a substantial upheaval in communication between federal departments, according to… Read More

CDC Urges Everyone to Get Vaccinated

WASHINGTON, DC—The CDC is recommending for the first time that all Americans six months and older get vaccinated for the flu. CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, explained at a news conference last month that the universal influenza vaccine recommendation was… Read More

Recent Cardiology Studies November 2010

Clevidipine for Vasoreactivity Evaluation of the Pulmonary Arterial Bed (CARVE) Purpose: The CARVE study assesses the effect of Clevidipine, an ultra-short acting vasoselective calcium antagonist, on pulmonary vascular resistance and its utility for pulmonary vasoreactivity testing during right heart catheterization… Read More

Recent Oncology Studies November 2010

Studying Genes, Environment, and Prostate Cancer Risk Objective: The study has four objectives: to evaluate the evidence of familial aggregation for prostate cancer and identify a homogenous subgroup of families with elevated likelihood of aggressive disease using a family case-control… Read More