January 2011

The Measure of a Man

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.—Martin Luther King Jr, 1929–1968 Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC,… Read More

Research Needed on Stress in Combat Medics

BETHESDA, MD—Where do you find resiliency as a healer and a soldier? As the role of combat medics becomes more and more important to the increasing survival rate of combat casualties, that is a question that military psychiatrists are asking.… Read More

Navy Surgeon General Presented With Top Award in Djibouti

WASHINGTON, DC—The government of Djibouti recently honored Navy medicine’s efforts to help the country improve its public health system. The US Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm Adam Robinson Jr, MD, received the Medal of the Commander of the National Order… Read More

Mild Brain Trauma Could Have Links to Alzheimer’s

BETHESDA, MD—It was two years ago that Ira Katz, MD, PhD, then chief of VA’s mental health services, told researchers at the VISN 20 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) in Portland, OR, that they should begin focusing… Read More

Ministers Can Assist War Veterans Dealing with Trauma

WASHINGTON, DC—When seeking psychological support for mental health issues after deployment, servicemembers and veterans most often turn to their minister. Speaking during a webinar held by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological and Traumatic Brain Injury, Rev John Oliver,… Read More

Military Challenged to Provide Far-Forward Mental Health Care

BETHESDA, MD—For a handful of military mental health providers on the front lines, treating combat stress and trauma is an everyday occurrence. The military has begun to realize that the advice and care they furnish can often prevent acute battlefield… Read More

Researchers Identifying Gender Differences in Combat Trauma

BETHESDA, MD—Women comprise nearly 20-percent of the military. Many women, like their male counterparts, return from combat traumatized by the events they experienced. Researchers and healthcare providers are beginning to recognize that gender plays a large role in how veterans… Read More

Telerehab for TBI Shows Promise, Comorbid PTSD Remains Problematic

BETHESDA, MD—There is a pressing need to understand what the rehabilitation trajectories are going to be for those servicemembers returning with mild and moderate TBI, according to Kris Siddharthan, PhD, a health services researcher at the James A Haley Veterans’… Read More

NICoE Offers Holistic Approach to Psychological Care

WASHINGTON, DC—A holistic approach to care makes the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) unique in how it treats servicemembers with psychological issues. “We not only have things like acupuncture, but we try to take care of the spiritual, the… Read More

IHS Seeks to Reduce Alcohol-Related Injuries

WASHINGTON, DC—The development of a new strategy is in the works to support Native Americans who find themselves in the the hospital emergency department for alcohol related injuries. David Boyd, MD, the national trauma systems coordinator for the IHS Department… Read More