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December 19, 2012
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  • VA challenges report of erroneous claim denials
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says the findings of a National Center for Policy Analysis report on the rate of error associated with denials of disability benefits claims are based on outdated data. Nearly one-third of benefits claims submitted to the VA are likely to be denied, with 60% of the denials erroneous, the report charged. Army Times (12/18) , Army Times (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expanded fertility treatment measure may stall over funding
    A measure passed by the Senate last week to expand coverage of fertility treatment services to wounded veterans may not become law after Republican lawmakers raised concerns over funding. Senate Democrats plan to use $568 million saved by the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Republican critics worry the necessary funds might be drawn from monies earmarked for current overseas military operations. Stars and Stripes (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More evidence on value of mHealth is needed, NIH official says
    The lack of clinical studies linking the use of mobile health solutions or services to better outcomes is preventing industry acceptance of the technology, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said during the recent 2012 mHealth Summit. To prove that mHealth is enhancing patient care, Collins recommended building an EMR-based national research network that connects the scientific community to a database of real-time information. Government Health IT online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What were 2012's most important advances in cardiology?
    The American Heart Association has released its annual ranking of research advances. Extended CPR, renal denervation, treatments for children with heart disease and a number of stroke studies are among the developments cited on the list. Forbes (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breast cancer and diabetes are linked, study finds
    Women who are past menopause and have survived breast cancer are more likely to develop diabetes than women who have not had breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Diabetologia. Women who had undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer had an even higher initial risk of developing diabetes, but that risk decreased over time. "Increased weight gain has been noted [after receiving] chemotherapy for breast cancer, which may be a factor in the increased risk of diabetes in women receiving treatment," said study author Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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: MAJ Jordan C. Iserman, MC, USA; BG Edward K. Jeffer, MC, ARNG (RET); CAPT Paul E. Johnson, USPHS; and the following Pro-rated Life Members: CPT Steven S. Dubin, ARNG; CAPT Carmen T. Maher, USPHS. View a complete list of recent Life Members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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