October 2010

Editorial: The Illusion of Communication

I recently returned to work from a week of fly fishing for bass (Yes, I tie my own flies.) and water sports with my family in Maine. My wife’s family has maintained a classic Maine fishing cabin in the lakes… Read More

DoD Conference Addresses Battlefield Bleeding

WASHINGTON, DC—Preventing servicemembers from bleeding to death on the battlefield is a top priority for military researchers, according to Col Dallas Hack, director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program at the US Army Medical and Materiel Command at Fort… Read More

Researchers Look to Virtual World Technology to Enhance Psychological Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC—Civilian and military experts gathered to discuss the use of virtual world technology to address psychological health for servicemembers, veterans, and their families at a conference held by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) in August. A… Read More

Decline in Tobacco Use Has Stalled, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—The 40-year decline in tobacco use in the US has stalled, according to CDC. A new CDC report states that the number of adult smokers dropped between 2000 and 2005, but smoking has remained at about 20% to 21%… Read More

Vaccine Coverage Among Pre-Teens Increases, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—Continued increases—as much as 15%—were made in nationwide coverage for vaccines specifically recommended for pre-teens, according to CDC estimates released in August. The survey of more than 20,000 teens aged 13-17 found that in 2009 there were increases… Read More

Many Mothers Initiate Breastfeeding But Do Not Continue, Report Finds

WASHINGTON, DC—Seventy-five percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 started life breastfeeding, meeting the nation’s Healthy People 2010 goal, according to CDC. However, the number of babies who continue breastfeeding until six and 12 months was not… Read More

Recent Womens Health Studies

Assessment of Sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine for Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy in Malawi Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy for reducing malaria-associated morbidity in pregnant… Read More

MHS Seeks to Honor Female Physicians

WASHINGTON, DC—MHS plans to honor female physicians for the second straight year with its “Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the MHS” award. The award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to medicine and/or who have served as exemplary… Read More

FDA Starts Early MDUFA Reauthorization Talks

HYATTSVILLE, MD—Even though the Medical Device User Fee Act is not scheduled to expire until September 2012, FDA is already beginning the process of soliciting comments on how the act has worked to date, and how it might be improved.… Read More

NIH Plans Expansion of Pharmacogenomics Database

BETHESDA, MD—To help advance research on how genes affect responses to medicines, NIH is spending $15 million over five years to expand the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB). Begun in 2000 to catalog links between human genetic variation and drug responses,… Read More

FDA Adverse Event Reporting, Analysis Being Reviewed

ROCKVILLE, MD—“One of the things the public has problems dealing with is uncertainty and building science around that uncertainty,” declared Jesse Goodman, MD, FDA’s science chief, at a recent meeting of the FDA Science Board. “We’ve seen a lot of… Read More

Telepharmacy Brings Navy Pharmacists to Remote Sites

WASHINGTON, DC—Navy patients in remote locations are expected to have greater access to pharmacists as a result of a telepharmacy system that the Navy is using. The Navy is in the midst of deploying Telepharmacy, a system developed by ScriptPro,… Read More

IHS Pharmacy Utilizes Initiatives to Boost Efficiency and Patient Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—Receiving medications by mail rather than waiting in line for them is one of the benefits of a new pharmacy initiative piloted by IHS and VA. IHS has recently partnered with VA to pilot an IHS-VA Consolidated Mail Outpatient… Read More

As Role of Pharmacist Evolves, Expands, VA Challenged to Fill Positions

WASHINGTON, DC—What does a pharmacist working in a VA hospital look like? Twenty years ago, that person would likely have been male, have entered the VA system with a baccalaureate degree, and spent much of their time behind a counter… Read More

Program Aims to Help Injured Servicemembers Reach Their Goals

WASHINGTON, DC—One of the most difficult challenges that severely wounded servicemembers face is that they are physically and mentally changed after their war experience. Mentors in the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program, however, hope they can help these severely injured servicemembers… Read More

Federal Stem Cell Research Threatened By Court Case

WASHINGTON, DC—The federal government is taking every step possible to keep funding flowing to research projects involving the use of embryonic stem cells after a judge ordered a halt to such funding. On August 23, Judge Royce Lamberth of the… Read More

FDA Recommitting to Regulatory Science

BETHESDA, MD—Efforts in basic science at FDA have, in recent years, been “underappreciated, under resourced, and underfunded,” even though they are an essential component of the agency, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD told the members of FDA’s Science Board at… Read More

DoD Releases Final Review of Fort Hood Report

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD will do more to provide commanders and supervisors with the information and tools they need to identify and respond to internal threats, according to a new report. In August DoD released its final review of an independent panel’s… Read More

Wounded Servicemembers Discuss Reintegration after Injury

WASHINGTON, DC—Injured servicemembers are often first confronted with the reality of reintegration when they are lying in a hospital bed. “It is a shock. All you can think about is ‘where are my guys? Are they able to do the… Read More

DoD Calls on Line Commanders to Play Greater Role in mTBI Evaluations

WASHINGTON, DC—Line commanders will play a greater role in ensuring that servicemembers in theater who may have sustained a head injury get medical attention, a DoD official said at the 4th Annual TBI Military Training Conference held in August. Kathy… Read More