Bill with funding for Veterans Choice Program gets Trump's signature | New technology improves battlefield triage, documentation | New Army fitness test gets tryout at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
August 16, 2017
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Bill with funding for Veterans Choice Program gets Trump's signature
A $3.9 billion VA funding bill has been signed by President Donald Trump. The bill includes $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program, which could have run out of money this month without the funding.
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New technology improves battlefield triage, documentation
Air Force pararescue teams are able to triage and monitor multiple patients simultaneously in combat using the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit, a wrist-mounted, smartphone-connected device developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB. The technology enables documentation of wound location, type and mechanism of injury; allows treatment to be prioritized based on wound severity; and is compatible with the DOD's legacy EHR system as well as the forthcoming Military Health System GENESIS.
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Veterans Health Administration
Anti-suicide oath could make problem worse, experts say
A plan to have troops transitioning to civilian life sign an oath saying they won't harm themselves could backfire, some experts say. The oath, which is in the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act, could create feelings of guilt and make veterans less likely to reach out for help if they feel suicidal, the experts say.
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Viral hepatitis rates higher among indigenous peoples
A worldwide survey presented at the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis found that indigenous peoples in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand had higher rates of hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection than the general population. Causes can include poverty and a lack of access to health care.
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Health and Medical Research
Studies: More research needed to see if medical marijuana helps with PTSD, pain
There isn't much evidence that medical marijuana helps with chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a pair of research reviews by the Veterans Health Administration. "The current studies highlight the real and urgent need for high-quality clinical trials in both of these areas," says Vanderbilt University Medical Center psychiatry researcher Sachin Patel.
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Army hot weather uniform to get test drive in Hawaii
Soldiers in Hawaii will begin testing a new hot weather Army combat uniform in January. "This uniform is about a pound lighter than the Army Combat Uniform; it's very comfortable and not only does it make fighting and operating in a tropical hot wet environment easier, it's also going to potentially mitigate heat injuries because it holds less heat and less moisture," Capt. Daniel Ferenczy said.
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