2014 Issues


June 2014

Military Nurse-Researcher Learned New Field to Help PTSD Patients

By Steve Lewis Spending much of her career as an oncology nurse, Stacey Young-McCaughan, RN, PhD, a retired Army colonel and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of... View Article

June 2014

Caregivers for New Veterans Provide Critical Service with Little Support

By Brenda L. Mooney SANTA MONICA, CA – More than 5.5 million spouses, other relatives and friends care for injured and disabled veterans in the United States, and about 20% of those are aiding current... View Article

June 2014

VA Wait Times Scandal Forced Shinseki Resignation

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson temporarily took the helm of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs last month after reports of widespread misconduct by VA medical facilities upended the... View Article

June 2014

DoD Seeks to Revise Alcohol Policies To Help Address Sexual Assaults

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – In a stepped-up effort to address sexual assaults after a 50% increase in reports over one year, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered the military departments to review and revise their alcohol... View Article

June 2014

Advisory Group: Exposures, Not Stress Caused Gulf War Illness

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Exposures to pesticides and pyridostigmine bromide are causally associated with Gulf War illness, according to a new report which also said evidence continues to demonstrate that Gulf War illness is... View Article

June 2014

TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm

By Annette M. Boyle ALEXANDRIA, VA – A pilot program that requires use of mail order or military pharmacies for certain maintenance medications taken for chronic conditions has sparked a firestorm of controversy, upsetting community... View Article

June 2014

First Sublingual Allergen Extract Approved for Hay Fever

ANTONY, FRANCE – The first sublingual allergen extract for the treatment of certain grass pollen allergies has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Oralair, manufactured by Stallergenes S.A. of Antony, France, was approved... View Article

June 2014

Cyramza Receives Fast-Track Approval for Advanced Stomach Cancer

INDIANAPOLIS – A new therapy has received fast-track approval for treatment of advanced stomach cancer. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Cyramza (ramucirumab) to treat patients with gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Cyramza, marketed by Eli... View Article

June 2014

FDA Adds Warning to Corticosteroid Injection Labels

WASHINGTON – Corticosteroid injections given to treat neck and back pain, as well as radiating pain in the arms and legs, can have rare but serious adverse effects, according to the Food and Drug Administration... View Article

June 2014

Greater Alternative Therapy Use Gradually Decreases Opioid Dependence in Military

WASHINGTON - The use of opioids has slightly decreased in the military, an Army official told lawmakers last month.

June 2014

Chronic Pain Med Use Increases Depression Incidence

ST. LOUIS – Chronic use of pain-relieving medication can increase in the risk of developing major depression, according to a new veterans study. The study, led by researchers from Saint Louis University and published recently... View Article

June 2014

Mindfulness Intervention Shown to Lower Opioid Misuse

SALT LAKE CITY – Active-duty servicemembers with chronic pain will be among the next groups tested with a new mindfulness-focused treatment to lower opioid misuse. The new intervention, called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) is designed... View Article

June 2014

Risk, Not Pain Relief, Increased by Pre-Nerve Block Sedation

BALTIMORE – When patients are sedated before a nerve block to diagnose or treat chronic pain, costs and the risks of unnecessary surgery increase without improving patient satisfaction or pain control in the long term.... View Article

June 2014

Brain Injury from Blasts Possible Without TBI Symptoms

By Brenda L. Mooney SALISBURY, NC – Veterans exposed to explosions during deployment but not reporting common symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) could have similar damage to the brain’s white matter, according to a... View Article

June 2014

VA Programs Seek to Keep Troubled Veterans Out of Jail

COLUMBIA, MO - For some veterans with unmet mental health needs, readjusting to civilian life can rapidly put them on the wrong side of the criminal justice system.

June 2014

Blast Exposures Associated with Long Term TBI Complications, PTSD

WASHINGTON - Warriors who served in Iraq and Afghanistan combat operations might experience lingering physical and psychological consequences of exposure to blasts.

June 2014

Major Depressive Disorder Has Affected Nearly Half of Female OIF/OEF Veterans

DURHAM, NC - In the general population and among veterans, women suffer from depression at a substantially higher rate than men, and the mood disorder often occurs concurrently with other mental health conditions.

June 2014

Repeat Colonoscopy Recommendations Usually Meet Guidelines

ANN ARBOR, MI – Physician endoscopists’ recommendations for timing of surveillance colonoscopy in average-risk patients with one to two small polyps are consistent with guideline recommendations in about 90% of cases, according to a new... View Article

June 2014

Auricular Acupuncture: Convenient Technique for Battlefield Pain

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - For many servicemembers, pain is an accepted consequence of military service.

June 2014

Military Nurse-Researcher Learned New Field to Help PTSD Patients

By Steve Lewis LLANO, TX – Spending much of her career as an oncology nurse, Stacey Young-McCaughan, RN, PhD, a retired Army colonel and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San... View Article

June 2014

A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) I recently turned 50 years old and celebrated my birthday while on an annual field exercise,... View Article

               
           

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