August 2011

DoD Overseas Labs Do Invaluable Research, Yet Remain Undervalued, Underfunded

Arlington, VA — The Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) in Thailand ran the world’s largest HIV vaccine trial from 2003-2009. The Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Egypt detected the first human case of Avian influenza in… Read More

What Women Want: Assessing How VA Meets Health Care Needs

With an influx of women veterans entering the VA system in higher numbers than ever before, the department has given women’s health care high priority. One step in addressing this growing population is assessing what women are looking for in… Read More

Senate Testimony: Domestic Assault, Abuse of Native American Women Epidemic

WASHINGTON — Nearly three out of five Native American women have been assaulted by their spouses or intimate partners in what now “has reached epidemic rates,” a federal official told a Senate committee last month. “It is not simply violence… Read More

Telemedicine Program Gives Patients Benefit of Team Approach to Their Care

WEST HAVEN, CONN. — Over the last few years, telemedicine has partially redefined how health care is delivered to patients, especially those who do not live near medical centers. For the most part, it has been a one-to-one exchange. One… Read More

Difficulties in Detecting Schizophrenia Can Have Serious Consequences in Military Setting

An Army private, who recently was sentenced by a military court to 12 ½ years in prison for the murder of an Afghan detainee, walked into a cell at a U.S. outpost in Afghanistan and shot the sleeping prisoner, according… Read More

Improved Schizophrenia Control May Be Essential in Reducing VA Suicide Rate

Suicide among veterans has grabbed its fair share of headlines in recent weeks. Much of the focus has been on VA’s difficulty in providing timely care, especially to veterans returning from deployment with PTSD, TBI or other neuropsychological conditions. What… Read More

Meditation Shows Promise in Alleviating Combat-Related PTSD Symptoms

WASHINGTON — Could repeating a mantra and meditating help alleviate symptoms of combat-related PTSD and improve quality of life in veterans suffering from the malady? A new pilot study suggests the answer is “Yes.­­” Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a form… Read More

Supervisor at DC VAMC Helps Vision Impaired See Possibilities for Their Lives

WASHINGTON—Lillie Kennedy’s office is a testament to what she helps teach veterans as the Vision Rehabilitation Supervisor at the DC VA Medical Center. Her computer is equipped with software that tells her what programs are open and can read aloud… Read More

Advising Patients on Sexual Health, Intimacy Issues After TBI

WASHINGTON — Sexual health and intimacy problems are important issues for those who have sustained a brain injury, and providers need to be able to address the topics with TBI patients, researchers said at the Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic… Read More

While PTSD Research Has Accelerated, Much About the Disorder Remains a Mystery

SAN FRANCISCO — Research into PTSD has accelerated exponentially over the last decade. Where once it was understood as little more than a loose collection of symptoms, now researchers are beginning to define the pathology of the disease as well… Read More