December 2012

Proposed Online Application Would Help MHS Beneficiaries Determine Their Risks

WASHINGTON -DoD hopes to roll out by 2014 an application that would help servicemembers avoid chronic conditions, while lowering overall medical costs. A recent Federal Business Opportunities announcement said the feature, which would be available through a patient portal, would… Read More

Physician Overcomes TBI to Return to Active-Duty Medicine

By Steve Lewis Lt. Col. Eric Holt returned to medical practice against all odds after suffering a traumatic brain injury. BETHESDA, MD – It never occurred to Lt. Col. Eric Holt, DO, that he wouldn’t fully recover from the multiple… Read More

DoD/FDA Program Seeks to Extend Lives of Expired Medications

By Annette M. Boyle A worker at FDA’s Detroit District Laboratory, which is one of three facilities supporting the DoD Shelf Life Extension Program. FORT DETRICK, MD – Far from expiring in the one to five years stated on their… Read More

HIV Patients Appear to Age More Rapidly; Researchers Want to Know Why That Is

By Annette M. Boyle WEST HAVEN, CT – The median age of the 24,000 veterans with HIV receiving care at the VA today is 53 — and many look and feel far older. The loss of muscle mass in the… Read More

VA Seeks to Increase Low Hepatitis C Treatment Rate for HIV Positive Patients

By Annette M. Boyle LOS ANGELES – Nearly 40% of veterans receiving antiretroviral therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection also have hepatitis C virus (HCV), yet many of them never are treated for the underlying condition. Patients often are… Read More

Military Provides Critical Assistance in Aftermath of Massive Storm Sandy

By Sandra Basu Pfc. Ashley Dusack, water treatment specialist, 401st Quartermaster Detachment, Lock Haven, PA, uses a shovel found in a debris pile to push water out of a backyard in Breezy Point, NY, in mid-November. — Photo by Maj.… Read More

VA’s Manhattan Facility Damaged by Flooding from Massive Storm Sandy

By Sandra Basu VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki visited Manhattan-area facilities in the aftermath of the storm. Washington – Hurricane Sandy, when it hit the northeast in October took a huge toll on the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System’s… Read More

Hyperbaric Oxygen Provides No mild TBI Symptom Relief at Specific Pressure Tested

Researchers Call for Larger Studies at Lower Oxygen Doses By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The use of hyperbaric oxygen to improve mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) resulted in no symptom relief at the exposure pressure tested, according to a new… Read More

Offering ‘Wide Access’ to Joint Pathology Center Will Benefit Research, IoM Says

By Sandra Basu Samples being filed at the Joint Pathology Center. WASHINGTON – An expert group is recommending that the Joint Pathology Center permit “wide access” to the world-renowned tissue repository. The JPC officially opened last year to serve as… Read More

Eligible Veterans Urged to Get Agent Orange Registry Exams

U.S. Army armored personnel carrier (APC) spraying Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. WASHINGTON -The VA is urging Vietnam-era veterans, regardless of current health status, to get Agent Orange Registry health examinations. The exams, arranged through a VA environmental health… Read More