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March 13, 2013
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  • Army warns sequestration will hurt behavioral health services
    Army officials are worried sequestration-related civilian employee furloughs will result in delayed treatments for troops with PTSD and other behavioral health issues, as well as a reduction in the workforce. Col. Rebecca Porter, chief of behavioral health in the Office of the Army Surgeon General, said sequestration will force cuts in clinic hours and longer wait times for help, and it could lead civilian health care providers working for the Army to look for positions with more job security. The Washington Times (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Army awards $2.5M for work on TBI screening device
    The Army has awarded NeuroWave Systems $2.5 million to develop SeizTBI, a wearable device that medics can use to detect traumatic brain injury among troops in combat. The system is a miniaturized model of the firm's NeuroFAST brain monitor, cleared by the FDA, and will be used to automatically capture electroencephalogram data to identify early TBI signs. MedCityNews.com (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Office of Naval Research releases anti-PTSD app for field testing
    The Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are partnering in the development of the Stress Resilience Training System, an application aimed at helping to prevent PTSD. The iPad app is a training tool that uses game play and biofeedback to help military personnel recognize signs of stress and build up resistance to it. The app will undergo field testing in San Diego next month. Military.com/U.S. Navy (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IHS prepares for deeper sequestration cuts than anticipated
    A miscalculation by the Indian Health Service on the level of sequestration cuts the agency would be subjected to has left Native Americans facing steep reductions in available health care services. IHS now faces a 9% budget reduction but predicted only a 2% budget cut last year and did not move aggressively to implement cost-cutting measures, guard resources and launch advocacy efforts for more protection. Estimates from the National Congress of American Indians predict that hospitals and clinics run by the IHS and tribes will experience as many as 804,000 fewer outpatient visits, as well as 3,000 fewer inpatient admissions. Indian Country Today (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: PTSD patients show higher metabolic syndrome rates
    Data on 207,954 VA patients showed those with PTSD had greater incidence of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome compared with those who did not have a PTSD diagnosis. "This is a disorder that needs to be looked at and treated as a public health problem," said Dr. Ramin Ebrahimi, who discussed the findings at the American College of Cardiology meeting. Healio/Endocrine Today (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Submit your abstract for the AMSUS Continuing Education Meeting
    Reach an audience of over 2,500 federal and international health care professionals at the 118th AMSUS Annual Continuing Education Meeting, being held in Seattle Nov. 3-8.
    • Vision: To provide an educational venue bringing together professionals representing the full spectrum of military and federal health care professionals.
    • Focus: Sessions will focus on collaborations, partnerships and joint efforts where federal medicine is — or will be — the lead in providing the best health care outcomes.
    • Objectives: Enhance multi-specialty care across all federal health care settings; assess advances in the delivery of health care services; present innovative models of care management; improve practice skills of clinicians, surgeons, researchers and administrators; and present data on new developments in assessment and treatment.
    The deadline for abstract submissions is April 1. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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