July 2011

God is in the details

“God is in the details.” – Ludwig Miles van der Rohe (1886-1969) I recently took a two-week cruising vacation with my family on our sailboat “Family Knot” (Gemini 105Mc). Our goal was to circumnavigate the Delmarva Peninsula, the large East… Read More

Sexually-Transmitted Diseases Rise Among Deployed Troops, In Line with Civilian Rates

WASHINGTON — Sexually-transmitted diseases are on the rise in troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study which recommends more screening and health education. Gonorrhea rates ranged from 5 per 100,000 deployed personnel in 2005 to 17.6 per… Read More

Congress Considers Renewed Funding for Difficult Task of Preparing for Unanticipated Health Threats

Nicole Lurie, MD, assistant HHS secretary for preparedness and response testified at a Senate hearing last month. WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials can prepare for all manner of health threats — biological, radiological, chemical or nuclear — but it… Read More

Physical Ailments Begin Immediately After Deployment in Young Veterans with PTSD, Substance Abuse Disorders

WASHINGTON — Young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are diagnosed with PTSD or substance-use disorders (SUD) are more likely to suffer from a host of physical ailments, particularly musculoskeletal disorders, according to study data recently released by VA… Read More

Psychiatric Care Provided in Theater Seeks to Contain Mental Health Issues

WASHINGTON — Mental health providers interviewed every single member of a 900-plus member Marine battalion that had sustained heavy losses in Afghanistan, as part of their reintegration upon return from deployment. While the effort to interview every member was… Read More

Who Is More Likely to Develop PTSD? Women Have More Sexual Trauma; Men Have Greater Combat Exposure

Paula P. Schnurr, Ph.D. The ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are enabling researchers to learn more about a question that has plagued them for decades: Is there a difference between men and women who serve in the military… Read More

Study Seeks Strategies to Help Mothers Maintain Family Relationships During Deployment

WASHINGTON — How are military women who deploy to theater handling separation from their children? With a grant from DoD’s TriService Nursing Research Program, Janice Griffin Agazio, PhD, CNRP, RN, assistant professor of nursing at The Catholic University of… Read More

Unplanned Pregnancies Among Deployed Women Affect More Than Mother and Child; Troop Readiness at Issue

Unintended pregnancies among deployed women in the U.S. Armed Forces create not only a significant challenge for the mother-to-be but also can impact troop morale and readiness, according to the author of a new study who says that medical counseling… Read More

Coordination, Quality Focus Makes VA Cancer Care as Good or Better than Private Sector

WASHINGTON — VA oncology care was found to be some of the best in the nation, according to a new study looking at older men treated for cancer at VA facilities. The study compared treatment at VA with non-VA hospitals… Read More

Increased Screening Might Explain Higher Prostate Cancer Rates in Air Force Personnel

While the rate of prostate-cancer diagnoses in active-duty servicemen has increased over time, higher rates of screening may be responsible, not a greater incidence of disease, according to a new study.1  “We started annual health screening for all Air… Read More