New Law Creates National Plan to Combat Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON,DC—For the first time since federal research agencies began conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there is a national plan designed to focus those efforts. Last month, President Obama signed into law a bill creating a National Alzheimer’s Project within… Read More

Research Needed on Stress in Combat Medics

BETHESDA, MD—Where do you find resiliency as a healer and a soldier? As the role of combat medics becomes more and more important to the increasing survival rate of combat casualties, that is a question that military psychiatrists are asking.… Read More

Mild Brain Trauma Could Have Links to Alzheimer’s

BETHESDA, MD—It was two years ago that Ira Katz, MD, PhD, then chief of VA’s mental health services, told researchers at the VISN 20 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) in Portland, OR, that they should begin focusing… Read More

Researchers Identifying Gender Differences in Combat Trauma

BETHESDA, MD—Women comprise nearly 20-percent of the military. Many women, like their male counterparts, return from combat traumatized by the events they experienced. Researchers and healthcare providers are beginning to recognize that gender plays a large role in how veterans… Read More

NIH Director Supports Dissolution of NIDA, NIAAA and Creation of Single Addiction Institute

BETHESDA, MD—NIH is examining the possibility of creating a single institute for substance use, abuse, and addiction research. The new institute would combine the relevant research portfolios dealing with those issues currently under the purview of NIDA, NIAAA, and other… Read More

Research Needed in How Combat Trauma Affects Families

BETHESDA, MD—“Combat injury is not an event. It’s a process.” Those words, spoken by Stephen Cozza, MD, associate director of the USUHS Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, could have been taken as the central theme of DCoE’s Trauma… Read More

Staffer in the Spotlight: Addiction Researcher Builds Career in VA Searching for Vaccine

Thomas Kosten has been fascinated by the mechanisms of addiction since his first year as a medical student. While working through the MD/PhD program at Cornell Medical School, Kosten became interested in the field of opioid dependence, working in the… Read More

Recent Pain Studies

Virtual Reality in Burn Pain Management Sponsor: United States Army Institute of Surgical Research Purpose: To examine the safety and efficacy of virtual reality distraction therapy in burn patients experiencing severe procedural pain during wound care. Identifier: NCT00593086 Developing… Read More

Research Examines Link Between PTSD and Inflammation

BETHESDA, MD—The science into the biological mechanisms behind the psychological symptoms of PTSD is still in its infancy, but studies have linked PTSD to other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, fatigue, and metabolic disorders. Research funded by… Read More

Researchers Battle Genetic Diversity of Virus in Search for HIV Vaccine

BETHESDA, MD—While the hunt for an HIV vaccine has run into a number of roadblocks the past few years, researchers are still meticulously searching for aspects of the virus and the transmission process that could prove to be viable targets… Read More

Worldwide HIV Elimination Difficult but Necessary, Leading Researcher Contends

—————————————— We Want to Hear From You Has globalization increased our ability to fight disease, our vulnerability to disease, or both?Please click here to participate in this month’s U.S. Medicine readership poll. BETHESDA, MD— “In 1981, we… Read More

Study Looks at Effect of Exercise on Diabetes in NIH Staff

BETHESDA, MD—For years now, physicians have been imploring the nation to get more exercise. Pointing to research showing great benefits in overall health and in combating chronic disease, researchers have also been pressing employers to include exercise and nutrition programs… Read More

NIH Plans Expansion of Pharmacogenomics Database

BETHESDA, MD—To help advance research on how genes affect responses to medicines, NIH is spending $15 million over five years to expand the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB). Begun in 2000 to catalog links between human genetic variation and drug responses,… Read More

Federal Stem Cell Research Threatened By Court Case

WASHINGTON, DC—The federal government is taking every step possible to keep funding flowing to research projects involving the use of embryonic stem cells after a judge ordered a halt to such funding. On August 23, Judge Royce Lamberth of the… Read More

NCI Research Agenda Includes Expanded Role of Genomics, Global Health

BETHESDA, MD—Harold Varmus, MD, former director of NIH, does not think of his new post as director of the National Cancer Institute as a step back, but rather as the perfect place to be for someone who has spent his… Read More

Health Reform Impacts Research Funding

BETHESDA, MD—While most of the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act‚ the 2,000 page health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama in March‚ is centered on ensuring all Americans have access to health insurance, there are a number… Read More

Rare Pediatric Disease Research Faces Market, Scientific Barriers

WASHINGTON, DC—Over the last several years, federal agencies have made a concerted effort to direct research and funding to those rare diseases that might not get attention if left to the whim of market forces. For rare pediatric diseases, the… Read More