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February 27, 2013
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  • VA to use RTLS, RFID to track medical equipment in hospitals
    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced its decision to allocate $543 million to implement radio-frequency identification tags and real-time location systems in its 152 hospitals and seven outpatient pharmacies. To help with the initiative, Intelligent InSites will be responsible for attaching the tools to surgical instruments, supplies and medical equipment, as well as offering data analytics services to the Veterans Health Administration. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Many veterans with heartburn may stay on PPIs for too long
    Researchers looked at the records of 1,600 veterans with chronic heartburn who were prescribed proton pump inhibitors and found that a majority were given more than a three-month supply of these drugs and almost 25% were prescribed high doses. Data also showed that a majority of the veterans on high doses were still taking the drug two years after the first prescription without any reduction in dose. The study appeared in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grant aimed at 3D brain modeling in traumatic injuries
    Studies of the biomechanics of the brain previously achieved in 2D will now involve 3D at Washington University in St. Louis with a $2.25 million grant from the NIH. The goal of researchers led by Philip Bayly is to develop 3D computer models to provide better insights into strain and damage to the brain during traumatic injuries. News-Medical.Net (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC breaks down trends behind 1.5M new cancer cases in 2009
    The number of people in the U.S. diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2009 totaled 1.5 million, with prostate, breast, lung and colon cancer making up 52% of cases, the CDC found. In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers wrote that men were more likely to have malignancies than women, and that blacks were at greater risk of cancer than whites. They found geographic disparities in cancer incidence, with the South recording higher caseloads of colon and lung cancers. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Welcome new Life Members!
    Reaching Life Member status is a sign of commitment to the association. AMSUS would like to recognize the following recent 30-Year Life Members: Col. L. Robyn J. Arrington Jr., MC, ARNG; Col. James L. Greenstone, ANG, MSC; Col. Walter Henny, RNAR; RADM; Van S. Hubbard, USPHS; Maj. Claudia McAllaster, MC, USAR; Col. Richard A. Plezia, USAFR, DC (Ret.); Capt. Stephen P. Pollitt, USPHS (Ret.); and Capt. Debra M. Ryken, DC, USN. A complete list of member highlights, including new members and member-get-a-member participants, can be found on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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