Growing percentage of troops are overweight, Pentagon says | Dental software used by military, government vulnerable to hacking | Legislators push less-than-honorable discharge amendment to defense bill
Above-normal weight is becoming a problem in the military, with almost 8% of service members now clinically overweight, according to Pentagon data. Defense Department officials are revising body composition standards and evaluation methods.
Three software platforms used by many dentists contain flaws that could allow a hacker full access to patient data, according to warnings posted on a Carnegie Mellon University database. The platforms include Dentsply Sirona CDR DICOM, which is used by government customers as well as the Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs clinics.
Veterans advocate organizations and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would help service members with mental health issues upgrade their less-than-honorable discharges. The Senate version of the bill includes the provision, but the House version does not, and lawmakers are working to reconcile the two bills.
The Commission on Care told a House committee that the Department of Veterans Affairs should replace its VistA EHR system with a commercially available platform. "There are now 130 versions of that electronic medical record across the system, and it has fallen behind in its capabilities and also has not added the sort of capabilities you now see commercially available," said Commission Vice Chairman Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.
The Indian Health Service is closing the emergency department indefinitely at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, S.D., due to aging equipment. Hospital staff will continue to provide urgent care for conditions that are uncomplicated or non-life-threatening, IHS officials said, and Rapid City Regional Hospital's emergency department is less than 5 miles away.
A $20 million federal competition has begun as part of the Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge to develop rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests, with prize money sponsored by the NIH and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The competition will focus on the 18 most threatening drug-resistant bacteria and has a submission deadline of Jan. 9 for test concepts.
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