Department of Defense (DoD)

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.

With New Apps, Counseling Clients Can Use Smartphones to Help Themselves

With New Apps, Counseling Clients Can Use Smartphones to Help Themselves

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON —Helping patients learn to do diaphragmatic breathing as a way to control anxiety and anxious symptoms is much easier, thanks to technology. A mobile application, Breathe2Relax, has a self-contained tool to teach diaphragmatic breathing, David C.… Read More

Military Sleep Disorders Raise Diabetes Risk

SEATTLE — Insomnia and other sleep disorders plaguing military servicemembers and veterans could be an independent risk factor for developing diabetes, not just a symptom of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study. The study, led… Read More

VA Study Finds Mortality Greater with Some Diabetes Drugs

SEATTLE — How do oral hypoglycemic medications for type 2 diabetes affect overall mortality? Concerned that few studies had been done on the drugs’ comparative safety, researchers from the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle sought to answer… Read More

Arthroplasty for Younger Diabetics Predicted to Increase

DENVER — A new VA study raises the specter of growing demand for joint arthroplasty by younger patients with diabetes. The report, based on research conducted at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver and the VA Medical… Read More

VA, Army Clinicians Rapidly Increase Prescribing of Novel Anticoagulants

VA, Army Clinicians Rapidly Increase Prescribing of Novel Anticoagulants

WASHINGTON — Use of novel anticoagulants has risen sharply both at the VA and in the Army in the last three years, freeing more atrial fibrillation patients from food restrictions and regular checks for coagulation time, as required when using warfarin.

Effective Treatments Touted for Insomnia That Affects Half of All Returning Troops

Effective Treatments Touted for Insomnia That Affects Half of All Returning Troops

PITTSBURGH, PA — Insomnia and other sleep disorders, which affect one out of every two servicemembers or veterans who have been involved in recent military operations, complicate co-morbid conditions and can be difficult to manage.

Leaner Fighting Forces Might Mean Slim Pickings for Recruiters

Leaner Fighting Forces Might Mean Slim Pickings for Recruiters

WASHINGTON — Even as nearly 1 in 3 young adults, ages 17 to 24, fail to qualify for military service solely because of their weight, the DoD has increased enforcement of body fat measures for active-duty personnel and eliminated waivers for overweight recruits.

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

Ethics Abandoned? Task Force Member Says Not Anymore

By Annette M. Boyle NEW YORK — A controversial report about medical ethics violations at Guantanamo Bay and Central Intelligence Agency secret prisons has gotten wide play in the general media, but at least one member of the task force… Read More