2013 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Introduction by Brenda L. Mooney, Editorial Director, U.S. Medicine

“An army is a minature of the society which produces it.”– C.L.R. James Brenda L. Mooney, Editorial Director On a recent road trip to enjoy the spring weather, my husband and I stopped at a convenience store near the Georgia-South… Read More

Air Force Battles Malignant Melanoma with Enhanced Prevention, Detection, Treatment

By Stephen Spotswood LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TX – One of the most common cancers among active-duty troops, malignant melanoma was diagnosed in 1,788 servicemembers between 2000 and 2011.1 Because military personnel often are required to be outside for prolong… Read More

Telemedicine Improves Management of Common Dermatologic Issues in Theater

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — While battlefield injury, musculoskeletal injury and mental disorders top the list of reasons troops are medically evacuated from military theaters of operation, a variety of other conditions can force the removal of patients from battle… Read More

Vast Majority of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomies Unnecessary

By Sandra Basu Sarah Hawley, PhD ANN ARBOR, MI — Are healthcare providers doing enough to educate and advise breast cancer patients on their options, thereby avoiding unnecessary contralateral prophylactic mastectomy? New research raises questions about the process leading to… Read More

VA, Military Studies Suggest MS ‘Shifting’ to be More Likely in African-Americans

By Sandra Basu BALTIMORE — Why are incident rates for multiple sclerosis (MS) increasing in African-Americans compared with other racial backgrounds, and why is the disease, on average, more severe in that population? Those are among the questions plaguing VA… Read More

Smarter Screening Strategies for Prostate Cancer Hotly Debated

By Annette M. Boyle Ruth Etzioni, PhD, of FHCRC SEATTLE, WA – For the VA, the ongoing discussion about use of the controversial prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer is far from academic. Veterans Health Administration physicians diagnose more… Read More

Do Military Service and/or Mental Health Issues Lead to Urinary Tract Issues?

By Stephen Spotswood Benjamin Breyer, MD, Urologic Surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center SAN FRANCISCO – One of the most important realizations by VA physician researchers in the past decade has been that mental illnesses such… Read More

Newly-Approved Anticoagulants Offer More Options, Different Risks

Annette M. Boyle Dr. Alan Jacobson, MD, Director of the anti-coagulation services at the Loma Linda, CA, Veterans Administration Medical Center BOSTON – While newer anticoagulants provide options for many patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who are at risk for… Read More

Unplanned Pregnancies Among Active-Duty Women Increase, Higher Than Civilian Population

By Annette M. Boyle Kate Grindlay, Senior Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health CAMBRIDGE, MA – Despite the availability of free contraceptives, unintended pregnancy among active-duty military servicemembers is on the rise and occurs at much higher rates than in… Read More

Now That VHA Has Established Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, Will the Veterans Come?

By Pamela R. Kelly, MBA-HCM, Rizwana Rehman, PhD, Aatif M. Husain, MD DURHAM, NC – Elaborating on the phrase coined by President Theodore Roosevelt “If you build it, they will come,” author Ron Adams1 asserts that they will come only… Read More