October 2012

Army, NFL Team Up in Offensive Against Traumatic Brain Injury

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Only days before the opening game of the NFL season, the NFL and Army announced they were teaming up to raise awareness about TBI, an injury that plagues both organizations. On Aug. 30, Army Chief… Read More

Front-Line Clinicians Get Practical Advice To Help Combat Military Suicides

By Brenda L. Mooney ROCHESTER, MN — With sweeping new initiatives from the White House and elsewhere in response to the burgeoning military suicide rate, little guidance has been offered to the clinicians in the trenches who are best positioned… Read More

Robotic Exoskeletons Allow Paralyzed Veterans to Exercise, Reduce Sedentary Effects

By Stephen Spotswood New York  — For veterans suffering from paralysis due to a spinal-cord injury (SCI), the inability to move a significant portion of their body is the obvious, immediate concern. Over the long-term, however, the extreme sedentary lifestyle… Read More

There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t

“There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.” – Josh Billings (1818-1885) Newly retired Air Force colonel and columnist, Harriet Hall MD, also known as the “The SkepDoc,” recently published an article… Read More

VA Veterans Crisis Line Increasing Capacity 50% by End of Year

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In response to an executive order signed by President Barack Obama, VA will increase the capacity of its VA Veterans Crisis Line by 50% by the end of the year. It’s one of several initiatives… Read More

VA’s MOVE! Initiative Plagued by Lack of Participation

Annette M. Boyle SEATTLE — When it comes to weight loss, you have to play to lose — or at least that’s the conclusion of a study of the MOVE! Weight Loss Management Program for Veterans recently published in Preventing… Read More

VA Telerehab Program Improves Post-Stroke Functioning

Participating in a home telerehabilitation program improves lower-body physical functioning after a stroke, as well as increasing the likelihood of maintaining a regular fitness routine, enhancing money-management skills and improving the capability to prepare meals and take care of personal… Read More

Chicago IT Intergration Issues Help Create Future Roadmap for DoD/VA Collaboration

By Stephen Spotswood CHICAGO — A government report shows that delays in integrating VA and DoD IT systems at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in Chicago have proven costly for the jointly-run facility. VA officials responded,… Read More

No Longer Just a Horse Drug, Ketamine Increasingly Used for Military Pain Management

Annette M. Boyle ROCKVILLE, MD — Morphine has met its match — and then some. After 200 years as the gold standard in battlefield analgesia, morphine is increasingly giving way to ketamine, a phencyclidine (PCP) derivative initially used in veterinary… Read More

Ketamine Resets System for Normal Pain Processing in Complex Syndrome Patients

By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD — For patients with intractable complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), treatment with high doses of ketamine may offer a cure or dramatically reduce pain and improve functioning. Better still, this innovative treatment soon might… Read More