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