Category: Department of Defense (DoD)

Military Sexual Trauma Survivors Call for More Services for Victims

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Military sexual trauma (MST) survivors told a Senate subcommittee that improvements still are needed to ensure rape victims get all the help they need in the DoD and VA healthcare systems. “Good counselors are the… Read More

LOS, Costs Decreased in VA Joint Replacement Initiative

INDIANAPOLIS — Five years ago, an analysis of joint replacement surgical procedures at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis revealed that $1.4 million in non-VA care costs had been spent for total hip and knee replacements… Read More

Increasing Knee Replacements for African-American Vets

PHILADELPHIA — Even though joint-replacement surgery is considered one of the most effective treatments for end-stage knee osteoarthritis, relieving pain in more than 90% of patients, African-Americans are much less likely than whites to consider it as an option. Consequently, those… Read More

Biomechanical Risk Factors Identified for Fractures

WEST POINT, NY — Stress fracture injuries disproportionately affect military servicemembers, yet little is known about the biomechanical risk factors associated with them. That’s why a team led by researchers from Keller Army Hospital in West Point, NY, prospectively examined… Read More

IoM: DoD’s Programs to Prevent Mental Health Disorders Lack Evidence

IoM: DoD’s Programs to Prevent Mental Health Disorders Lack Evidence

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Between 2000 and 2011, almost 1 million servicemembers or veterans were diagnosed with at least one psychological disorder, either during or after deployment, with nearly half having multiple disorders, according to the Institute of Medicine… Read More

Black Servicemembers At More Hypertension Risk, Despite Equitable Healthcare

Black Servicemembers At More Hypertension Risk, Despite Equitable Healthcare

SILVER SPRING, MD — Military research is raising a new question about an old issue: Why do African-Americans have higher incidence rates of hypertension compared with servicemembers of other races and ethnicities despite equitable access to healthcare within the armed forces?

 FY 2015 Budget Seeks to Merge Three TRICARE Plans to Save DoD Costs

FY 2015 Budget Seeks to Merge Three TRICARE Plans to Save DoD Costs

WASHINGTON — In a highly controversial proposal, President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget request recommends merging three TRICARE health plans for those under 65 — Prime, Standard and Extra — into a “single, modernized health plan.”

 Pre-Enlistment Mental Disorders Big Contributors to Army Suicide Risks

Pre-Enlistment Mental Disorders Big Contributors to Army Suicide Risks

CAMBRIDGE, MA — About half of all soldiers reporting that they had tried to kill themselves said that their initial suicide attempt occurred before enlistment, according to a new study.

Agent Orange Exposure Appears to Double Risk of Invasive Skin Cancer

Agent Orange Exposure Appears to Double Risk of Invasive Skin Cancer

HOUSTON — Even four decades later, veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War have twice the risk of developing unusually invasive nonmelanotic skin cancers compared with the general population, according to a recent study.

Internet Tool Uses Patient Feedback to Improve Army Pain Management

Internet Tool Uses Patient Feedback to Improve Army Pain Management

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — A new Internet tool is a powerful weapon to combat pain, and the DoD is now launching it in a pilot location. The Pain Assessment Screening Tool and Outcomes Registry (PASTOR) recently was rolled out… Read More

New Defense/Veteran Guidelines Provide Recovery Path for MTBI Patients

New Defense/Veteran Guidelines Provide Recovery Path for MTBI Patients

SILVER SPRING, MD — How and when should a servicemember return to activity after a concussion?

Fatal Vehicle Accidents Decline in Military; Motorcycles Remain Dangerous

Fatal Vehicle Accidents Decline in Military; Motorcycles Remain Dangerous

SILVER SPRING, MD — More military servicemembers died in the last four years from war wounds and suicide than motor vehicle accidents (MVA).

Veteran Advocates Warn of Unintended Consequences to Digitizing Disability Claims

Veteran Advocates Warn of Unintended Consequences to Digitizing Disability Claims

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — While VA is taking significant steps to digitize the disability claims process, advocacy groups warned lawmakers that the technological advances could have unintended consequences for veterans. “We recognize the importance of technological advances to improve… Read More

In-House Breast-Conserving Surgery Lower in VHA Facilities

TAMPA, FL — Looking just at procedures performed in house, rates of breast-conserving surgery (BCS) are much lower at the VHA than in the private sector, according to a new study led by researchers from the James A. Haley Veterans’… Read More

Minority Partners Might Need More Support in Breast Cancer Decisions

MINNEAPOLIS — Nurses should pay attention to making sure that racial and ethnic minority partners should receive decision support to make sure they are sufficiently involved in decision making about breast cancer treatment, according to a new study led by… Read More

Breast Cancer Rates Stable for Female Servicemembers

SILVER SPRING, MD — Although rates of breast cancer among U.S. female active-duty servicemembers have fluctuated slightly during the past 12 years, they also have remained fairly stable, according to a new study published in Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, a… Read More

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Significantly Increases Risk of Sever Asthma

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Significantly Increases Risk of Sever Asthma

Older Patients Especially Affected By Annette M. Boyle MADISON, WI — For older patients, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) appears to increase the risk of severe asthma sevenfold, which could be especially significant for veterans because of their high rates of… Read More

Bronchial Thermoplasty Brings Long-Term Relief to Severe Asthmatics

Bronchial Thermoplasty Brings Long-Term Relief to Severe Asthmatics

Army Hopes Treatment Will Allow Return-to-Duty for Ill Soldiers By Annette M. Boyle HONOLULU — Pulmonologists at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu have pioneered a treatment that has brought relief to nearly a dozen military health system or VA… Read More

DoD Partners with Industry to Produce Own Bioterrorism Countermeasures

DoD Partners with Industry to Produce Own Bioterrorism Countermeasures

WASHINGTON — For the first time, DoD is partnering with an outside company to build a facility to manufacture countermeasures to fight bioterrorism and other medical threats.

Military Sexual Assault Reforms Stop Short of Bypassing Command Structure

Military Sexual Assault Reforms Stop Short of Bypassing Command Structure

WASHINGTON — Signaling their disapproval of the state of sexual-assault prevention and prosecution in the military, lawmakers approved legislation containing more than 30 provisions or reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice aimed at addressing sexual assault in the military.