September 2012

VA Says It Loud and Clear, Patients Will Get Prosthetics Ordered By Their Physicians

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — It should always be what the doctor orders.  That was the message that VA delivered to a House subcommittee concerned about procuring the best prosthetics for patients who need them. “We understand the critical value… Read More

Potential Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs for PTSD Patients is Under Review

By Annette M. Boyle FORT DETRICK, MD — In the wake of a memo from Assistant Secretary of Defense Jonathan Woodson, MD, expressing concern about potential over-prescription of antipsychotic drugs for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, the Army and VA… Read More

VA Study Urging Watchful Waiting for Early Prostate Cancer Sparks Controversy

By Brenda L. Mooney MINNEAPOLIS — New research out of the Minneapolis VAMC finds that radical prostatectomy does not significantly reduce the risk of death in prostate cancer patients, when compared to observation over more than a decade. While that… Read More

Pain is weakness leaving the body

I do not think it is possible to spend any time in the military without hearing this quote at least once. A friend recently purchased a T-shirt at the Pentagon with the adage proudly displayed. It is a mark of… Read More

Army: Forensic Psychiatry No Longer Used for PTSD Disability Evaluations

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — The Army will no longer use forensic psychiatry to evaluate soldiers diagnosed with PTSD in the disability evaluation system, military officials announced. The announcement came after a firestorm of controversy erupted earlier this year at… Read More

New Law Provides Last Resort Healthcare to Camp Lejeune Contamination Victims

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — With the signing of a new law, healthcare was made available to veterans and their families affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, NC, during a 30-year period. The bill was passed as part of… Read More

VA, DoD Leaders Questioned About Handling Influx of New Veterans in System

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — How exactly does the VA plan to address its claims backlog problem with a wave of new veterans entering to the system? Can DoD and VA handle the needs of the influx of returning troops… Read More

Bill Seeks to Remove Barriers Keeping Military Medics from Getting Civilian Jobs

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — While military medics have been hailed for their bravery and lifesaving skills on the battlefield, many are out of work once they leave the military. Nearly 100,000 Army veterans applied for unemployment in FY 2011,… Read More

What Is the Role of Immune Dysfunction in Schizophrenia? VA Researchers Seek to Find Out

By Annette M. Boyle SAN ANTONIO — Can cytokines, the signaling proteins secreted by immune system cells, offer a way to prevent development of schizophrenia in susceptible individuals or keep psychosis from occurring in veterans with the disorder? Dimitre Dimitrov,… Read More

Social Skills Training for Veterans with Schizophrenia Changes Lives for Better

By Annette M. Boyle BALTIMORE– For many veterans with schizophrenia, deficits in social skills commonly associated with the disorder can make maintaining relationships and achieving personal goals extremely challenging. The VA’s Social Skills Training (SST) program helps these veterans acquire… Read More