December 2012

More Ships Added to List for Disability Due to Possible Agent Orange Exposures

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – VA has updated its list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that can be used by Vietnam-era veterans to determine if they qualify for presumption of Agent Orange exposure. That enables the veterans to… Read More

Genetic Sequencing Shows HIV Vaccine Effect

SILVER SPRING, MD — Using genetic sequencing, military scientists have found new evidence that the first vaccine shown to prevent HIV infection in humans also has an effect on viruses in those already infected. The report, published recently in the… Read More

Anthrax Vaccine Didn’t Increase Soldiers’ Disability

AMHERST, MA – Prior exposure to anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) did not increase risk of disability separation from the Army or receipt of disability compensation from the VA, according to a consultant study.1 Authors of the study from ENVIRON International… Read More

Military Close to Human Ebola ‘Cocktail’ Treatment

Military Close to Human Ebola ‘Cocktail’ Treatment FREDERICK, MD — Military researchers have moved a step closer to protecting humans against the deadly effects of Ebola virus. A new Ebola virus study has shown promising preliminary results, preventing disease in… Read More

Effect on INR from Antibiotics in Warfarin Patients

RICHMOND, VA – Even though antibiotics may lead to an increase in international normalized ratio (INR) for older veterans on stable warfarin therapy, that may not result in clinically significant outcomes of bleeding or hospitalization, according to a new report.1… Read More

Protocol Can Speed Antibiotics for Sepsis

TACOMA, WA – Sepsis, one of the leading causes of death in critical-care units, can progress rapidly, making early initiation of antibiotics critical. A recent study from Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, underscores that a sepsis protocol can… Read More

Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Infections in Cirrhosis Patients

RICHMOND, VA — The rate of serious infections is significantly increased for patients with decompensated cirrhosis who take proton pump inhibitors (PPI), according to a recent study.1 Researchers from McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, VA, sought to determine… Read More

New VA, DoD Model Offers Intervention Before Drinking Becomes Out of Control

By Sandra Basu Vladimir Nacev, PhD WASHINGTON – In the past, healthcare systems typically waited until a drinker sought help for alcohol dependence before intervening. Now, a newer model encourages clinicians to engage with their patients about alcohol use before… Read More

Researchers Investigate Ways to Jointly Treat PTSD, TBI Subhead: Two Conditions Often Co-Morbid in Returning Troops

By Stephen Spotswood BOSTON – PTSD and TBI are frequently co-morbid in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan – so frequently that physicians are surprised when they find one without the other. And yet the two injuries are still mostly thought… Read More

New Report Calls on Executive, Military Leadership to Stem Tide of Military Suicides

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—In his second term, President Obama and his administration must do more to stop the growth in the number of military and veteran suicides, a recent report contends. “In 2012, more active duty and reserve servicemembers have… Read More

Children Affected by Physical, Mental Problems of Returning Troops

By Sandra Basu JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA—At a recent resiliency camp held here, 60 children getting ready for the return of a parent from long deployment were asked to write down all of the bad thoughts they had faced in… Read More

PTSD May Be Influenced More by Childhood Trauma than Experiences During Wartime

By Brenda L. Mooney AARHUS, DENMARK–Traumatic experiences in childhood, not wartime experiences, may have greater influence on which deployed servicemembers develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s according to a new study from a team of Danish and American researchers seeking… Read More