August 2011

Center Uses Cutting-Edge Neuroimaging Techniques to Diagnosis, Treat TBI

With as many as 212,000 servicemembers suffering a TBI over the last decade, military clinicians are searching for the most effective neuroimaging methods to diagnose and treat the injuries.  “Our goal is to improve neuroimaging contribution to the diagnosis and… Read More

White House Report Puts Spotlight on Military, Veteran Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON — A recent report on federal government plans to curb drug abuse puts added emphasis on the active-duty military and the veteran population. It also focuses more attention on misuse of prescription drugs and, as far as recovery efforts… Read More

President to Send Suicide Condolence Letters

WASHINGTON, DC— Families of servicemembers who commit suicide will now receive condolence letters from the President, just as families of troops who die in combat or of other service-related injuries currently do. This reversal of a long-standing White House policy… Read More

Suicide Attempts Increase Veterans’ Risk of Dying from All Causes, Study Finds

Philadelphia – Veterans who have attempted to kill themselves suffer elevated risks of mortality from all causes, not just suicide, according to a recent study. And the problem is not likely to improve anytime soon: The study cited research showing… Read More

Study Looks at PTSD’s Effect on War Veterans’ Immune Systems

PTSD could be linked to a compromised immune system in war veterans, according to preliminary results of a study. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina and the Dorn VA Medical Center,  could eventually lead to… Read More

Sea of Change: Coast Guard Pharmacy

The Coast Guard has undergone numerous changes since the attacks of September 11, 2001, most notably moving from the Department of Transportation to its new home at the Department of Homeland Security. Change within the Coast Guard has become an… Read More

Caregiver Stipend Program for Recent Veterans Creates Confusion for VA Health Providers, Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON — While VA has quickly rolled out its new caregiver-assistance program for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, speed may have come at the expense of transparency and consistency. Or, so said caregivers who report trouble understanding the limitations of the… Read More

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” – Chinese Proverb One of the most stimulating aspects of being a federal medicine provider is… Read More

New Guidebook Helps to Minimize Confusion in VA, DoD Research Collaboration

Linda Resnik, PhD, a VA research-health scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center was collaborating on a study with researchers at DoD’s Center for Intrepid (CFI) when the site principal investigator there was reassigned to a different location. A second… Read More

Top Court Refuses to Reconsider Ban Against Some Military Malpractice Lawsuits But Controversy Continues

WASHINGTON — Military medicine may have dodged a bullet this summer when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider a case involving the Feres Doctrine, which, in effect, bars active-duty personnel from filing medical malpractice lawsuits against DoD health care… Read More