September 2010

Health Reform Impacts Research Funding

BETHESDA, MD—While most of the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act‚ the 2,000 page health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama in March‚ is centered on ensuring all Americans have access to health insurance, there are a number… Read More

Rare Pediatric Disease Research Faces Market, Scientific Barriers

WASHINGTON, DC—Over the last several years, federal agencies have made a concerted effort to direct research and funding to those rare diseases that might not get attention if left to the whim of market forces. For rare pediatric diseases, the… Read More

Federal Officials Testify of Link Between Antimicrobial Use in Animals and Impact on Humans

WASHINGTON, DC—Federal officials testified at a House hearing in July that there is evidence of a link between antimicrobial use in food-producing animals and drug resistance in humans, and that they are taking steps to address the nonjudicious use of… Read More

DoD Announces Cost-Saving Measures

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD Secretary Robert Gates announced last month efforts within DoD to reduce duplication and excess overhead costs. Gates said he was directing a freeze on the number of OSD, Defense Agency, and combatant command positions, at the FY 2010… Read More

VA Needs to Bolster Staff, Image

WASHINGTON, DC—Last month legislators heard from veterans’ advocates on the major deficiencies in caring for the physical injuries of the nation’s newest veterans. They were told of possibly systemic staffing issues, especially for specialty care and long-term care. They were… Read More

Survey Finds More Adults Report Being Obese

WASHINGTON, DC—No state has achieved the US government’s goal for 2010 of having an obesity prevalence of 15% or less, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said last month. In addition, the number of states reporting an obesity prevalence of 30% or… Read More

Senate Committee Questions Administration Nominee to Lead MHS

WASHINGTON, DC—Jonathan Woodson, MD, the president’s nominee for assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, told a Senate committee last month that if he is confirmed he would draw upon his career experience to “engage others, set the vision, and… Read More

Many Young Adults with Elevated Cholesterol Not Screened, Study Finds

While less than half of young adults are not getting cholesterol screening, up to a quarter of them have elevated cholesterol, a CDC study shows. The report, Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors and Screening for High Cholesterol Levels… Read More

VA and Military Seek Innovative Treatments for PTSD

WASHINGTON, DC—Nearly 1.5 million servicemembers have left active duty and become eligible for VA healthcare since the start of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As many as one third are returning with depression, PTSD, TBI, or a combination of the… Read More

Army Report Examines Suicide Prevention Efforts

A recently released Army report calls on Army leaders to take a “holistic and multidisciplinary approach” to address the risk of suicide among soldiers. The report, Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, Suicide Prevention Report 2010, provided results of a review… Read More

PTSD Program Seeks to Help Patients Move Forward

WASHINGTON, DC—When Army Maj Jeff Hall needed help after his deployments to Iraq he did not want to be coddled. That is why he believes that a PTSD program offered through DCoE’s Deployment Health Clinic (DHCC) was effective in helping… Read More

Stigma Still a Barrier for Veterans, Servicemembers Seeking Mental Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC—While both DoD and VA have made strides in combating the rising numbers of veterans and active-duty servicemembers committing suicide, the number of suicides in both cohorts remains high. Agency leaders and veterans’ advocates agreed that stigma surrounding mental… Read More

Program Aims to Reach Patients with Behavioral Health Needs in Primary Care Setting

WASHINGTON, DC—Not every servicemember returning from theater with PTSD symptoms is ready to embrace treatment. TheDCoE’s Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) addresses this issue with programs that it hopes will meet the needs of a wide range of patients. These… Read More

Federal Officials Explain Meaningful Use Requirements to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC—Federal officials sought to reassure a House subcommittee that guidelines issued by the federal government to promote widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) strike the right balance. As a way to encourage hospitals and providers to adopt EHRs,… Read More

CAP Gives Servicemembers, Veterans the Technology to Keep Working

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, also known as CAP, which began in 1990 as the Defense Department’s centralized program to provide assistive technology solutions for employees with disabilities. Shortly after its inception, CAP became… Read More

Progress Notes September 2010

WINNERS OF THE HHSINNOVATES AWARDS PROGRAM were announced last month by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The program is aimed at supporting a “culture of innovation” in the agency. In response to an open request for innovation candidates, a total of… Read More