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The 22nd and Last Kandahar Rotation

The 22nd and Last Kandahar Rotation

The Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan has been a world-class trauma hospital staffed by medical professionals from the United States and six other countries: Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

COVID-19

Editor-In-Chief, Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, COL (ret.), MC, USA

Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country

My editorials for U.S. Medicine are rarely challenging to produce. I certainly appreciate the outlet and the opportunity to comment on issues of general interest to the federal medicine community. Admittedly, I have struggled more this month than any month before to produce something meaningful. I understand that you may disagree with my opinions.

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How Mandatory HCP Vaccines Affect Infections

The VA led the way among federal agencies in requiring front-line health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It later expanded the requirement to most VHA employees, volunteers and contractors who work in those facilities or come in contact with veteran patients and healthcare workers as part of their duties.

COVID-19 Shots Protected VA Cirrhosis Patients

Administration of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to veterans with cirrhosis resulted in a delayed and modest reduction in infection rates. Excellent protection against related hospitalization or death was achieved, however, according to a new study.

No Link Between AMI, Two-Dose HBV Vaccine

The overall prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection in the United States is estimated to be around 1.59 million That’s one of the reasons the DoD, which has required hepatitis B vaccination for new recruits for nearly 20 years, added the mandate for existing servicemembers to receive the vaccine in 2014.

Somatic Symptom Disorder Ups PTSD Risk

In somatic symptom disorder, patients develop too much focus on physical symptoms, such as pain, weakness or shortness of breath, which causes them significant distress and often creates problems for normal function, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country

My editorials for U.S. Medicine are rarely challenging to produce. I certainly appreciate the outlet and the opportunity to comment on issues of general interest to the federal medicine community. Admittedly, I have struggled more this month than any month before to produce something meaningful. I understand that you may disagree with my opinions.

read more

How Mandatory HCP Vaccines Affect Infections

The VA led the way among federal agencies in requiring front-line health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It later expanded the requirement to most VHA employees, volunteers and contractors who work in those facilities or come in contact with veteran patients and healthcare workers as part of their duties.

read more

No Link Between AMI, Two-Dose HBV Vaccine

The overall prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection in the United States is estimated to be around 1.59 million That’s one of the reasons the DoD, which has required hepatitis B vaccination for new recruits for nearly 20 years, added the mandate for existing servicemembers to receive the vaccine in 2014.

read more