Category: HHS and USPHS

Stroke Kills Young American Indian/Alaska Natives at Twice Rate of Whites

Stroke Kills Young American Indian/Alaska Natives at Twice Rate of Whites

By Annette M. Boyle ATLANTA – While three-quarters of stroke patients are older than 65, a “brain attack” can affect people of any age. For young American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN), that information is especially significant because they have… 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

Emphasizing Tradition to Reduce Diabetes in American Indians/Alaska Natives

By Annette M. Boyle Judy Goforth Parker, PhD, RN TAHLEQUAH, OK – Fifty years ago, the Cherokee had no word for diabetes. Today, American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults have 2.3 times the risk of developing diabetes, and AI/AN… Read More

DoD Ahead of Curve on Emerging Respiratory Syndrome in Middle East

Annette M. Boyle SILVER SPRING, MD – While no cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have occurred in the United States or among U.S. servicemembers, DoD is taking no chances on missing any cases – and can take… Read More

Sequestration Takes Toll on IHS Services – Funds Increase Requested for FY 2014

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — While the Obama administration recently introduced its proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget, tribal advocates still have FY 2013 on their minds and are expressing worry about the impact that sequestration is having on healthcare funds… Read More

Mobile Application to Help Families Manage Healthcare Wins Federal Challenge

By Stephen Spotswood SAN CARLOS, CA — A mobile health application that helps families manage their healthcare is the grand-prizewinner of the HHS Healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge. The San Carlos-based mobile technology development company, Lyfechannel, was awarded $50,000 in May… Read More

New VA Study Takes Issue with FDA’s Warnings about Citalopram

By Brenda L. Mooney ANN ARBOR, MI — For nearly two years, the Food and Drug Administration has been issuing safety advisories about the risks of abnormal heart rhythms with higher doses of the antidepressant citalopram hydrobromide. A new study… Read More

Moving Forward with Reforming the Indian Health Service

By Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, director, Indian Health Service The IHS Mission, in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native people, is to raise their physical, mental, social and spiritual health to the highest level. Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH The… Read More

Public Health Service Pharmacy: Accelerating Transformation

By Rear Adm. Scott F. Giberson, RPh, MPh, assistant Surgeon General and chief pharmacy officer, U.S. Public Health Service Rear Adm. Scott F. Giberson, RPh, MPh Pharmacists are the third-largest category (and second-largest professional discipline) of the U.S. Public Health… Read More

Native American Veterans Falling through Cracks Between VA, IHS Healthcare Services

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — The VA and IHS need to better coordinate services for American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, federal officials acknowledged at a recent Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing. “For some AI/ANs, navigating the two healthcare systems… Read More

Better Imaging Techniques Show Promise in Improving TBI Diagnosis and Treatment

By Stephen Spotswood BETHESDA, MD — A number of drugs have been shown to have neuroprotective benefits in animal models of TBI. When studies have moved on to human subjects, however, most have had poor results. Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, MD, PhD… 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

Legislators Raise Health Concerns About Low Funds for IHS Including Sanitation Improvement

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Members of a House subcommittee questioned recently whether the Obama administration’s proposed budget for the Indian Health Service is sufficient to cover critical health needs, especially the lack of adequate sanitation facilities in the majority… Read More

New Report – Expand Pharmacists’ Private Sector Scope of Practice

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Scope of practice for pharmacists in the private sector needs to be expanded to improve the quality and costs of healthcare delivery, according to a new U.S. Public Health Service report. “There has never been… Read More

VA Patients with Certain Types of Cancer Survive Longer

The survival rate for older men receiving colon cancer care and some types of lung cancer in VA was better than similar fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study out of Harvard Medical School. 1 Prior to this research,… Read More

FDA’s Role in Protecting US Pharmaceutical Jobs Debated in House Subcommittee

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — What should FDA’s role be in the continuing globalization of the prescription drug market, and should the agency be obligated to consider the health of the American pharmaceutical industry in any decisions it makes? Those… Read More

Studies Look at Combat Effects on Female Troops and Healthcare Providers

Several recently released studies conducted by a number of federal agencies examine the effects of combat on women, who now make up 15% of American military forces. As military healthcare providers see more frontline action, increased attention is being given… Read More

Legislation Introduced to Help FDA Prevent and Control Drug Shortages

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Unless FDA knows of a potential drug shortage in advance, the agency is not very effective in preventing or controlling that shortage, according to a recent government report. The agency also has failed to keep… Read More

Marijuana Use Spikes Among Teens but Cigarette Smoking and Drinking Decline

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — A new survey of teen drug use shows that, while alcohol use continues its long-term decline, marijuana use has surprisingly spiked, suggesting a changing attitude among teens about the dangers of its regular use. The… Read More

Flu Research Sparks Debate About Bioterrorism and Government Control

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — In an unprecedented move, a federal panel has asked scientists and science journals to curtail the publication of research into avian flu (H5N1). The request has led to heated discussions among the scientific community and… Read More