August 2011

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