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December 5, 2012
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  • Vietnam veterans group joins PTSD class-action suit
    Vietnam Veterans of America has become part of a class-action suit against the Army, Navy and Air Force for not addressing the wrongful discharges of thousands of Vietnam veterans due to PTSD. The suit says the military has refused to reassess other-than-honorable discharges given to service members who had PTSD before it was a recognized condition, depriving them of disability and other benefits. Army Times/The Associated Press (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senate signs off on amendment to Tricare autism coverage
    The Senate has approved an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill that would transfer $45 million from the Defense Department operations and maintenance account to provide funding for applied behavior analysis, or ABA, treatment for military personnel's children with autism when ordered by a doctor. The amendment would remove a previously approved annual $36,000 cap per Tricare enrollee, as well as limits on the number of hours of therapy covered, and it would extend coverage to family members of retired personnel. The Washington Post (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pentagon looks for cures to illnesses affecting deployed troops
    The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to develop a treatment that would provide quick relief for conditions that commonly affect troops abroad, including diarrhea, malaria and the flu. Severe diarrhea among deployed service members cost the military more than 1 million service days in Iraq and Afghanistan, DARPA reported. Bloomberg (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Veterans Health Administration 
  • Hospital's transition program reduces readmissions, cuts costs
    A transitional care program launched by the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis., has reduced hospital readmissions by a third and saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Nurses make weekly follow-up calls to discharged patients for four weeks as part of the program to help provide continued care until patients are able to visit with a primary care doctor. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)/Health Sense blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Medical Research 
  • Study examines CTE in deceased athletes, military personnel
    A study being published in the journal Brain characterizes the pathology of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease thought to be linked with brain trauma, into four stages of severity and provides specific pathological criteria for diagnosis. The study looked at the donated brains and spinal cords of 68 athletes and veterans, and the work was carried out by the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. News-Medical.Net (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companies to develop blood test for TBI
    A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore has entered a collaboration with SFC Fluidics to create a point-of-need test for traumatic brain injury. The companies plan to develop a fully integrated, automated biosensor device that can identify up to three biomarkers linked to the injury in just a drop of blood. EE Times Asia(free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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