February 2014 Direct



Controversy Surrounds FDA Approval of New Opioid Analgesic

SAN DIEGO – The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new opioid analgesic continues to produce controversy. Late last year, attorneys general from 28 states asked the FDA reconsider its approval of Zohydro, warning that the drug could start an epidemic of abuse. Concerns have centered around the product’s lack of tamper-resistant features.




Maurice W. Dysken, MD

VA Study: Vitamin E ‘Significantly’ Slows Alzheimer’s Functional Declines

MINNEAPOLIS – Could a vitamin found on drugstore shelves be effective in slowing cognitive decline for patients with Alzheimer’s disease? New VA research found that a daily dose of 2,000 IUs of vitamin E slowed functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease without significantly increasing mortality rates in the treatment group.


Sgt. Lenearo Ashford trys out a new form of exposure therapy

Unspecified Anxiety Diagnosis Significantly Decreases Treatment for Veterans

HOUSTON – About 40% of veterans with anxiety disorders receive a “placeholder” diagnosis that often remains with them indefinitely – and dramatically reduces the likelihood they ever will receive appropriate care, according to a new study. Only 12% of veterans with a diagnosis of unspecified anxiety disorder (anxiety NOS) received a more-specific diagnosis within a year. Because of the way treatment guidelines are tied to specific diagnosis, providers are often left uncertain as to how to proceed with those patients.


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. Military leadership said they welcomed the new initiatives, which included measures such as minimum sentencing guidelines and a prohibition against commanders dismissing or reducing charges in those cases.

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From the Editor-in-Chief:

“‎Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.” ― Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III,


I am presently reading “Thomas Jefferson – The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham (which I recommend), and I found this Internet quote attributed to one of our most famous founding fathers rather interesting in light of recent events in Colorado. For more than seven decades, the sale of marijuana (hemp in Thomas Jefferson’s era) has been illegal in the United States. With the new year, Colorado became the first state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. Proponents of this law suggest the state will reap many benefits from the regulation and taxation of marijuana sales. I can intellectualize the revenue and crime reduction benefits, but I remain concerned as a healthcare provider about the health risks of marijuana to society.

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