July 2013

VA Tailors Weight-Loss Programs to Help Young Veterans Maintain Physical Fitness

WASHINGTON – For veterans, one of the riskiest times for weight gain is immediately following discharge. The transition from the active military lifestyle to a relatively sedentary one can be a struggle for former servicemembers who are trying to maintain… Read More

Advocates Seek Better Care for Urotrauma Wounds, Including Fertility Treatments

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Extremity loss, traumatic brain injury and eye injury each have their own DoD center of excellence, but urotrauma has not received the same policy attention and care coordination as those other types of common injuries,… Read More

Survey Seeks to Establish Sexual Trauma Scale Unique to Military

By Stephen Spotswood Deleene Menefee, PhD. HOUSTON – In recent years, DoD officials have admitted publicly that military sexual trauma (MST) is a serious problem among the services, one that’s more widespread than previously recognized. VA, meanwhile, has made efforts… Read More

I wonder if a soldier ever does mend a bullet hole in his coat?

 “A ball had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through the sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder. There was no more to be done for him and I left him… Read More

VA Study Links Statins to Musculoskeletal Conditions, Injuries

By Brenda L. Mooney DALLAS — Adverse effects from statin therapy go beyond just muscle pain and weakness, also increasing risks of musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies and injuries, according to a new VA study using a large military medical database. The… Read More

Operation Live Well: DoD’s Long-Term Commitment to Medical Readiness

By Jonathon Woodson, MD, assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and director, TRICARE Management Activity Johnathon Woodson, MD, assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and director, TRICARE Management Activity Two years ago, the White House issued its National Prevention and… Read More

Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Varies in VA by Who Is Providing Care

By Annette M. Boyle Mintu Turakhia, MD PALO ALTO, CA – Cardiologists may overtreat veterans newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, while primary care physicians may undertreat them, according to research recently published in the American Heart Journal.1… Read More

VA Study: Age Shouldn’t Influence Post-Stroke Treatment

By Annette M. Boyle Neale Chumbler, PhD. ATLANTA — Age shouldn’t be a factor in how patients are treated at the VA after experiencing a stroke. That’s according to a study published recently in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and… Read More

AIDS Research Pioneer Receives International Award

By Steve Lewis Ann Marie Nelson, MD, FASCP BETHESDA, MD – Ann Marie Nelson, MD, FASCP, a senior member of the Joint Pathology Center (JPC) in Bethesda, MD – the federal government’s premier pathology reference center supporting the Military Health… Read More

AF General Named to Head Defense Health Agency in New MHS Governance Model

By Sandra Basu Douglas J. Robb, Air Force Major General WASHINGTON – A new Military Health System governance model expected to be in place by Oct. 1should result in cost savings, according to DoD officials. The new model entails the… Read More