Category Archives: Military
Mental health assessments given to all soldiers after deployment may miss many cases of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The standard assessments are not anonymous, but when researchers had returning soldiers complete the assessments anonymously, a larger number of soldiers met the criteria for depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder and a higher number reported suicidal thoughts. Read more on military health.
A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drunk driving incidents peaked in 2006, and decreased nearly one-third through 2010. However, the latest data shows that drunk drivers got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010, resulting in about 300,000 incidents a day. A different report found that distracted driving (driving while texting or talking on the phone) resulted in half a million injuries.
The death toll from an outbreak of listeria linked to tainted cantaloupes has risen to 18, and at least 100 people in 20 states have become ill from the bacteria, according to the CDC. The agency says that even though the cantaloupes implicated in the outbreak were recalled Sept. 14, more cases can still emerge because the bacteria has a long lag time between diagnosis and laboratory confirmation and because it can take up to two months from eating contaminated food to develop the infection. Read more on the latest outbreaks and infectious diseases.
Exposure to pollution caused by motor vehicle traffic may boost the risk of a heart attack in people already at risk, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.
CDC is proposing new guidelines for organ transplants to help protect patients receiving transplants from infections. Major changes from the last update in 1994 would include hepatitis B and C screening in addition to the current HIV screening of donors, and a revised set of donor risk factors that can give clinicians a more thorough picture about possible risks associated with donors? organs.
A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that parents like longer visits, but that shorter visits may be sufficient for the appropriate examinations and discussion. The study authors found that when time was limited, pediatricians were more likely to cover traditional topics, such as breastfeeding and immunization, and then widen the discussion as time allowed. Development assessment was conducted half the time in shorter visits, and 70 percent of the time in longer visits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a telephone service, Coaching into Care, to provide assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage a veteran to seek health care and mental support. The program offers unlimited, free coaching. Callers can reach the program at 1-888-823-7458, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and can find more information online.
A new study in the journal Cancer that looked at Black and White women in the military, found that despite having equal access to health care through military health insurance, black women with breast cancer were less likely than white women to receive certain aggressive treatments. Cultural decisions to forego very aggressive treatments may be one reason for the disparity, according to the researchers.
Variations in a particular gene may account for the high risk of asthma in African Americans according to a new study in the journal Nature Genetics.
The Food and Drug Administration has opened a public comment period on a recent Institute of Medicine report that sharply criticized the FDA’s approval process for some lower-risk medical devices, according to a news announcement. The IOM report recommended that the current approval process be scrapped and a new one developed. The FDA says some of the suggestions the IOM report are already underway.
The first field trial for a “lab on a chip” – a rapid, cheap HIV test – accurately detected both HIV and syphilis among a Rwandan population, researchers reported in Nature Medicine. This kind of test could offer a faster, cheaper and easier way to detect infectious diseases, according to the report.
The New England Journal of Medicine has some compelling though hardly surprising data about the obesity epidemic in the U.S. A study by Harvard researchers finds that the crisis is fueled by too little exercise and over-consumption of certain foods including sweetened beverages, potato chips and French fries.
A new study published in the journal Addiction suggests that there is no such thing as a safe BAC, and that driving after consuming even a small amount of alcohol — just one beer, for instance — is associated with incapacitating injury and death.
Mothers who smoked in pregnancy are more likely to have children with lower levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal. The lower levels may increase the risk of having a heart attack later in life.
The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) is sending a health survey to more than 300,000 people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton in California before 1986. (Camp Pendleton was chosen for comparison purposes.) The agency is investigating diseases that may be associated with chemical exposures related to water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base camp. The survey was mandated by Congress, and results are expected in early 2014.