August 2011

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

VA Improves Staff Training, Technology for Prosthetics

WASHINGTON — It has become a common complaint among OEF/OIF amputees moving from active-duty to veteran status: VA does not have the same level of technology or expertise as DoD facilities when it comes to prosthetic care. Veterans have told… Read More

New Study Measures Effect of Strenuous Exercise on Soldiers’ Immune Systems

It may be possible to predict a soldier’s infection risks during and after strenuous physical exercise by pre-exercise immune system status or from a blood sample taken at rest, according to a recent study.1 According to the Swedish researchers,… Read More

Congressional Testimony Fuels Debate on Deployment-Related Respiratory Disease

WASHINGTON — A pulmonary physician recently testified at a Senate subcommittee hearing about the number of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with moderate to severe respiratory diseases, underscoring the growing debate about whether deployment to those theaters of operations… Read More

Despite Modest Past, Copper May Be Invaluable in Preventing Hospital Infections

At one point, copper was so inexpensive, it was used to make pennies. Now, a form of the metal may save not only money, but also lives, when used on commonly-touched items in hospital patient rooms. A multi-site clinical trial… Read More

GAO: Lack of Information on Inpatient Antibiotic Use Hampers Resistance Monitoring

WASHINGTON — Despite widespread warnings by federal health agencies about the dangers of antibiotic resistance, there are significant gaps in how HHS monitors those infections, according to the Government Accountability Office. A report released by GAO last month questions whether… Read More