Justice Dept. announces charges for maker of supplements blamed in soldiers' deaths | Congress to consider overhaul of military health care system | Study examines rate of maltreatment among children of US soldiers
November 18, 2015
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Justice Dept. announces charges for maker of supplements blamed in soldiers' deaths
USPlabs and some of its executives are being charged with unlawful distribution of toxic substances for allegedly using a Chinese synthetic stimulant in two of the company's workout supplements rather than plant extracts that were listed on the labels, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The supplements, OxyElite Pro and Jack3d, were found to contain dimethylamylamine, and products with DMAA have been pulled from distribution in Navy Exchange stores, as well as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, over health concerns. The families of two soldiers who died in 2011 after taking supplements with DMAA are suing USPlabs. Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (11/18)
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Congress to consider overhaul of military health care system
The Senate and House Armed Services committees are planning a systematic review of military health care programs, which could include moving non-active-duty Tricare beneficiaries to civilian insurance plans and improving care for Reserve and National Guard forces. Reforms would also address issues related to Tricare coverage. Military Times (11/17)
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Veterans Health Administration
Genetic research program lets veterans continue to serve
The Department of Veterans Affairs is on track to collect the DNA of 1 million veterans by 2018 for a research project designed to identify the genetic basis of a variety of conditions, from post-traumatic stress disorder to diabetes. Veterans are uniquely positioned to participate in such a large-scale study because they typically have comprehensive electronic health records. But scientists on the project also have had to develop new technologies and methodologies for participant recruitment, sample storage, data security and data analysis, among others. STAT (11/11)
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OIG: Veterans on wait lists for hospice and other home care
A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found waiting lists for home care services, including hospice, have increased at 27 facilities. Nationally, the number of veterans on waiting lists for home- and community-based services rose from 1,721 in September 2014 to 2,566 in March. Wait times of a year were found at the Washington, D.C., VA Center before its budget for home care was increased in 2014. Military.com/Stars and Stripes (11/17), The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (11/16)
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National Health Care
41 national funding groups meet to discuss Native American health, nutritional issues
Forty-one national health funding organizations, including the Clinton Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, met last month in Minneapolis to collaborate on ways to address disparities in health and nutrition in the Native American community. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which hosted the meeting with the American Heart Association, has already contributed $5 million to the initiative over the last two years. It is estimated that 0.3% of US charitable funds are used to address Native American issues. Indian Country Today (11/16)
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Health and Medical Research
Researchers to begin study of potential treatment for blood loss
An early-stage study will be conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham to evaluate EE-3-SO4, a synthetic estrogen molecule, in patients with severe bleeding. Animal studies showed that a single injection of the treatment was associated with improved survival even without fluid resuscitation. The Defense Department has awarded a three-year, $10 million contract to support the trial. Yellowhammer News (11/12)
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As you know, Congress says this is going to be the year of Tricare reform. In that regard, as was discussed at September's TMC meeting, we have built a survey instrument to gauge beneficiaries' thoughts, attitudes and perceptions on what "reform" should/would/could look like. This initial phase of data collection constitutes a step in what will undoubtedly be a long and important process. Therefore, we need your assistance in getting this survey out to all facets of military beneficiaries: Guard, Reserve, active duty, families, retirees, etc. A large pool of respondents who take the survey will result in a more powerful analysis. So please send out and share widely to your networks this survey link: http://survey.highroadsolution.com/f/998692/8b25/.
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