Army Medical Command forms rapid-response teams | DHA continues patient recapture program | Army surgeon general doubtful but open-minded on marijuana for PTSD
August 24, 2016
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Army Medical Command forms rapid-response teams
The Army is forming more small, agile, adaptable surgical teams that can deploy anywhere and serve alongside soldiers and Special Forces, Lt. Gen. Nadja West says. West, the Army surgeon general, also describes what the Army Medical Command is doing to protect soldiers from the Zika virus and how the Performance Triad program is being expanded.
Army Times (tiered subscription model) (8/22) 
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DHA continues patient recapture program
All branches of the service are interested in moving Tricare Prime members and their families back to military hospitals and clinics for care as capacity expands, Defense Health Agency Director Vice Adm. Raquel Bono said. Tricare Prime members who get care from civilian health care providers near military facilities are being reassigned to a military primary care provider or are being invited to return.
Military.com (8/19),  Alaska Public Media (8/19) 
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VA antimicrobial prescriptions for pneumonia often don't meet guidelines
A study involving 1,739 patients discharged from 30 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers with uncomplicated community-acquired pneumonia or health care-associated pneumonia found that only 13.9% were prescribed antimicrobial therapy for the recommended length of time, and most extended use occurred after discharge. The findings, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, did not show correlation between therapy duration and readmission rates or mortality.
PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/19) 
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CDC confirms 2nd Zika transmission zone in Fla., updates warnings
Pregnant women have been advised by the CDC to avoid traveling to a second area of Miami-Dade County, Fla., after a new local Zika virus transmission zone was confirmed in Miami Beach. The CDC has also said transmissions via mosquitoes could extend into other Gulf states.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/19),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/19),  Reuters (8/21) 
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Health and Medical Research
Protein-containing liquid bandage heals diabetic foot ulcers in study
Biomedical engineers say they have developed a liquid bandage that gels at body temperature, has antioxidant properties and includes a protein that attracts progenitor cells and encourages blood vessel formation. Diabetic wounds dressed with the bandage healed four times faster than those dressed with a conventional bandage, the engineers reported in the Journal of Controlled Release.
MedGadget.com (8/19) 
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Opioid misuse predicts heroin use in veterans
Seventy-seven percent of veterans found to be using heroin had previously misused opioid painkillers, according to a 10-year study of nearly 3,400 veterans. Veterans who were male, were black and had abused stimulants were also at risk for heroin use, researchers found.
HealthDay News (8/23) 
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