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January 23, 2013
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  • Researchers work on vaccines to treat, prevent cancers
    Prophylactic vaccines have been adopted to prevent certain cancers caused by viruses and other pathogens, and researchers are also working to harness the body's immune system in an effort to use vaccines to treat cancer. The idea is to get the body's immune cells to identify and attack cancer cells. Researchers are working on vaccine treatments for pancreatic cancer and brain cancer. Meanwhile, cancers such as stomach cancer are considered candidates for additional prophylactic vaccines. HealthDay News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Military researchers pursue answers on TBI
    The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation devoted its most recent issue to highlighting research efforts to develop better understanding of and treatments for combat veterans and service members with traumatic brain injury. A study from the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found those with TBI were more likely to report ongoing problems such as headaches, dizziness and memory loss, while a study by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center focused on the increased rate of symptoms with an additional incidence of TBI. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Veterans Health Administration 
  • VA might not eliminate claims backlog by 2015, GAO reports
    The Department of Veterans Affairs may not meet its goal to eliminate the disability claims backlog by 2015 even though the department processes claims better than it once did, according to the Government Accountability Office. Since September 2009, the number of claims in the backlog has more than tripled as the VA has had to contend with an increase in the number of claims submitted, according to the GAO's Daniel Bertoni. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • High rate of nonadherence seen in stroke survivors with PTSD
    Researchers tracked more than 500 stroke survivors in the U.S. and found 65% of those with PTSD did not follow their drug regimens, almost twice the rate for those without the condition. "We believe that these findings suggest that stroke survivors with PTSD do not see their medications as helpful, but rather as reminders of their stroke," said Donald Edmondson, lead author of the study in the British Journal of Health Psychology. HealthDay News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Techniques can help prevent stroke without surgery, docs say
    Two Minnesota physicians are using a catheter and X-ray imaging to fill aneurysms or remove blood clots in the brain without resorting to open surgery. They are working to raise awareness about the options, which they say are another tool physicians can use to save lives in certain cases. "This is not a replacement for brain surgery; they're complementary. Brain surgery is very, very important for other kinds of strokes," said neurosurgeon Dr. Greg Sherr, who works with endovascular neurologist Dr. Muhammad Suri. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brain bleeding detection device has military specifications
    The FDA has granted InfraScan approval for a next-generation version of its Infrascanner, which employs near-infrared technology to allow for the noninvasive detection of bleeding in the brain. The newly approved device, called the Infrascanner Model 2000, was created in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy and has military specifications, but it could also have applications in sports medicine and other fields. (Boston) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AMSUS News 
  • Welcome new Life Members!
    Reaching Life Member status is a sign of commitment to the association -- whether you reach it by the Pro-rated Life plan or by being a member for 30 years! AMSUS would like to recognize the following 30-Year Life Members: Lt. Col. Cherie A. Lockwood, ANG, NC (Ret.); Maj. Gen. Lie-Ping Chang, MC, USAR; Col. Benjamin G. Withers, MC, USA (Ret.); and Vice Adm. Regina Benjamin, USPHS. A complete list of recent Life Members is posted on our website.
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