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December 12, 2012
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  • Report shows dramatic rise in military's mental health care costs
    The military's mental health care burden has increased dramatically in the wake of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new report from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. The differences between prewar and wartime levels for ambulatory visits, hospitalizations and hospital bed days related to mental health have increased 35%, 63% and 48%, respectively. NextGov (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • MHS moving cautiously to expand use of mobile health
    The Military Health System is working to expand use of mobile health and telemedicine technologies at a slower pace than the Veterans Health Administration. Officials say this is a reflection of the need to manage global networks while ensuring privacy and interoperability of technologies. MobiHealthNews.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Veterans' access to brain trauma care would improve under proposal
    Thousands of veterans will have easier access to compensation and health care for illnesses tied to traumatic brain injury under new regulations proposed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The proposed expanded benefits include treatment and compensation for veterans with depression, unprovoked seizures, some dementias, Parkinsonism and hormone deficiency diseases affecting the hypothalamus, adrenal or pituitary glands. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers challenge notion of aspirin resistance
    The commonly held notion that some individuals' genetic makeup leaves them resistant to the cardiovascular benefits of aspirin is being challenged by researchers in a new report. Aspirin is widely used among men to prevent heart attacks and in women to prevent strokes, and researchers say it is the coating often used to decrease risks of stomach problems that is behind any signs of resistance because it slows release of the active ingredient. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) , TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Multicenter trial tests brain pacemaker in patients with Alzheimer's
    Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore have implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a sixth patient with mild Alzheimer's disease as part of a multicenter study to test whether the electrical stimulation device could slow cognitive decline and enhance memory in patients. The investigational therapy was the subject of a completed pilot study, and PET scans showed patients in the pilot had increased neuron function in brain areas linked to learning and memory following a year of stimulation. Researchers are still looking for patients for the multicenter trial. MIT Technology Review online (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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