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

DoD Expands Smoking Cessation Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC—DoD health officials will increase the number of servicemembers and their families it helps quit smoking. “We are focusing on getting people the resources that they need to help them quit,” said US Public Health Service Cmdr Aileen Buckler,… Read More

Surgeon General Report Details the Biology of Smoking Damage

WASHINGTON, DC—While the overall negative health effects of smoking have been common knowledge for many years, a newly-released Surgeon General’s report goes into unprecedented detail on how tobacco causes disease at a biological and behavioral level. The report gives fuel… Read More

Taking Smoking Cessation to All Care Settings, VA Lowers Smoking Rate

WASHINGTON, DC—No one has ever said that quitting smoking was easy. For servicemembers and veterans, who may already be under considerable stress, giving up something they perceive as relieving their stress can be especially tough. VA recognizes this and, over… Read More

Combining Smoking Cessation with PTSD Therapy Boosts Quit Rates

WASHINGTON, DC—Smoking cessation treatment that is made part of mental healthcare for veterans with PTSD improves quit rates, according to a VA study published in the December 8 Journal of the American Medical Association. “The smoking cessation techniques used in… Read More

NIH Director Supports Dissolution of NIDA, NIAAA and Creation of Single Addiction Institute

BETHESDA, MD—NIH is examining the possibility of creating a single institute for substance use, abuse, and addiction research. The new institute would combine the relevant research portfolios dealing with those issues currently under the purview of NIDA, NIAAA, and other… Read More

Clinical Briefs

Darvon and Darvocet Removed from US Market Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc, which makes Darvon® and Darvocet®, the brand version of the prescription pain medication propoxyphene, has agreed to withdraw the medication from the US market at FDA’s request. FDA has also… Read More

More Americans Report Getting an HIV Test

WASHINGTON, DC—Progress has been made in increasing the number of Americans tested for HIV. An analysis of data released in a recent CDC Vital Signs report showed that 82.9 million US adults between 18 and 64 reported having been tested… Read More

Research Needed in How Combat Trauma Affects Families

BETHESDA, MD—“Combat injury is not an event. It’s a process.” Those words, spoken by Stephen Cozza, MD, associate director of the USUHS Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, could have been taken as the central theme of DCoE’s Trauma… Read More

Staffer in the Spotlight: Addiction Researcher Builds Career in VA Searching for Vaccine

Thomas Kosten has been fascinated by the mechanisms of addiction since his first year as a medical student. While working through the MD/PhD program at Cornell Medical School, Kosten became interested in the field of opioid dependence, working in the… Read More

Community-Based Medical Homes to Increase Primary Care Access for Families

WASHINGTON, DC—A new Army medicine initiative is aiming to give military families better access to healthcare. Seventeen new off-base Army primary care clinics are being built off of the military installation, allowing those families of soldiers who had challenges in… Read More