Category: Army

Research Finds Unexpectedly High Rates of Pain, Opioid Use in Recently Deployed Soldiers

Research Finds Unexpectedly High Rates of Pain, Opioid Use in Recently Deployed Soldiers

By Annette M. Boyle SILVER SPRING, MD – Skyrocketing prescription opioid use in the civilian population has attracted widespread medical and media attention. While the DoD and VA implemented a pain management task force in 2010, relatively little research has… Read More

Army Turns to NCOs to Combat Obesity, Related Issues, in Soldiers

Army Turns to NCOs to Combat Obesity, Related Issues, in Soldiers

While the vast majority of soldiers maintain healthy weights, bad habits developed during deployment and on military bases follow them after retiring from the Army. In fact, more than 70% of veterans end up overweight. To combat that trend, the… Read More

Army Rolls Out Major Upgrade of Electronic Health Record System

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — This month the Army will begin rolling out a major upgrade to its electronic health record system — the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) system. The rollout will continue through April 2014 with… Read More

Uniformed Pharmacists Take Half of Next Generation Pharmacist Awards

By Annette M. Boyle LAS VEGAS, NV — Of the 30 finalists in this year’s Next Generation Pharmacist awards, 30% worked in military or public health pharmacies, the strongest representation seen in the awards program. Even more telling, uniformed pharmacists… Read More

VA’s MOVE! Program Touted as Model for Combating Diabetes, Obesity

By Stephen Spotswood ATLANTA – Can lifestyle changes be achieved in a large-scale healthcare setting, with patients maintaining improvement over several years? An Emory University study of VA’s Managing Obesity and Overweight Veterans Everywhere! (MOVE!) program suggests that they can.… Read More

With Wars’ End, Human-Use Protocol Approved for Acinetobacter Antibiotic

By Brenda L. Mooney BETHESDA, MD – After years of red tape, the military finally has received approval to proceed with the human-use protocol for Arbekacin, an antibiotic shown in laboratory tests to be effective against multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens… Read More

TBI, PTSD Research Will Go On Despite DoD Budget Crunch

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – While 2013 has been a difficult year so far when it comes to the budget, the Military Health System’s top doctor promised that funding for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research… Read More

DoD Budget Seeks to Cut More Than 5,000 Civilian Healthcare Workers Over Five Years

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The DoD plans to cut its civilian workforce by 5% to 6% by the end of fiscal year 2018, including more than 5,000 from the Military Health System. President Barack Obama’s FY 2014 proposed base… Read More

Rabies Exposure Reports Skyrocket in Theater After Army Cracks Down on Pets

By Annette M. Boyle ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD – While adopting a stray dog or a wild monkey might seem to be a relatively harmless way to boost a military unit’s morale, in countries such as Afghanistan, a nip or… Read More

Army Medicine: Redefining Its Role in the Generation of a Ready and Resilient Force

By Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, RN, Surgeon General, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, MSN, RN Promoting health for more than 9.7 million beneficiaries in the Military Health System (MHS) is a shared responsibility among the military services, purchased-care… Read More

Military Recruits Benefit from Later Sleeping, Rising Hours

FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO – Rise and shine may not work as well with young military recruits awakened too early. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Sleep that found that accommodating adolescent sleep patterns significantly improved… Read More

Enlistment Waivers for Mental Health Tougher to Get with Reduction in Forces

By Annette M. Boyle Staff Sgt. Roger L. Whaley speaks with future soldier Phillip McDonald at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Radcliff, Ky. About three-quarters of potential recruits fail to meet enlistment qualifications, primarily because they are obese or… Read More

Lack of Sleep Is Part of Triad That Challenges Army Medicine

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Sleep is part of the prescription when it comes to improving the health of troops and families, according to the Army Surgeon General. “When you look at a lot of studies that are out there,… Read More

Heavy Use of Energy Drinks Blamed for Some Military Sleep Problems

By Brenda L. Mooney SILVER SPRING, MD — High consumption of energy drinks could be leading to sleep problems for deployed troops, potentially impairing military performance, according to a new study from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. More… Read More

Invasive Fungal Infections Complicate Treatment, Increase Mortality of IED-Wounded Servicemembers

By Brenda L. Mooney U.S. Marine Cpl. Sean Grady, a dog handler and pointman with Echo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and Ace, an improvised explosive device detection dog, pause for a break while sweeping a chokepoint during a… Read More

Soldiers with Diabetes in Theater Increase Clinicians’ Disease Management Challenges

By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD — The Army is retaining an increasing number of personnel with diabetes, and, despite directives to the contrary, these soldiers may be deployed to active war zones where typically recommended methods for managing the… 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

Joining Reserve at 60, Dermatologist Wins Awards for Army Skin Cancer Screenings

By Steve Lewis IRVINE, CA–At age 60, when many men are starting to wind down their careers and transition toward retirement, Lt. Col. Dore Gilbert, MD, a practicing dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at the University of California at… Read More

Enhanced Court-Martial Process Targets Sexual Predators in Military

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — All branches of military service now are mandated to set up special units to investigate allegations of sexual assault crimes, which will go through a dedicated court-martial process. That was among a number of new… Read More

Servicemembers Lose Benefits after Improper Discharges for Alleged Personality Disorders

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — The U.S. military continues to use improper processes to diagnose significant numbers of servicemembers with pre-existing personality disorders (PD) and then discharge them, according to government documents obtained by an advocacy group. The Vietnam Veterans… Read More