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March 6, 2013
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  • CENTCOM surgeon general urges end to energy drink sales to troops
    Military installations should no longer sell energy drinks that have not been fully vetted by the Defense Department, Army Col. Erin Edgar, the U.S. Central Command surgeon general, wrote in Stars and Stripes. Edgar and co-author Dr. Pieter Cohen maintain the drinks can be unsafe because their caffeine levels, which are not always disclosed, can impact an individual's nervous system and cognitive abilities, especially when the drinks are consumed in combination with other supplements. Army Times (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Military health care will suffer under sequestration, DOD official says
    If the Military Health Service is forced to furlough civilian medical employees to meet sequestration budget-cutting goals, health care services at military facilities will suffer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson wrote on the MHS website. Cuts could affect research, equipment purchases and availability of practitioners, since 41% of the MHS workforce is civilian and subject to sequestration furloughs. A bill in the House would give the Defense Department more leeway in where cuts are made, allowing it to lessen the impact on military health care. MarineCorpsTimes.com (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IHS to include naturopathic practitioners
    HHS and the Indian Health Service have agreed to offer naturopathic doctors a student loan repayment incentive in exchange for a commitment to practice at IHS clinics after graduation, integrating naturopathic medicine into the IHS system for the first time. Doctors can receive up to $20,000 a year toward student loan repayment if they commit to working at an IHS clinic full time for two years. Indian Country Today (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: EHR reviews needed to address clinical errors
    A study in JAMA Internal Medicine calls on increasing EHR reviews to help providers prevent breakdowns during consultations that lead to diagnostic errors. The study, which reviewed cases from a large Department of Veterans Affairs facility and integrated private health care system, found that the diseases frequently misdiagnosed included urinary tract infection/pyelonephritis and pneumonia. "Most errors were associated with potential for moderate to severe harm," according to the authors. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Diet study fuels call for better data on heart health connections
    Cardiologists are calling for a closer examination of the relationship between diet and heart disease after a recent study showed the Mediterranean diet could be a powerful tool to prevent cardiovascular disease and death. The result could be better recommendations more grounded in science. "As we go on, we realize we know less and less," said Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the division of cardiovascular sciences at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. "We can despair and just make things up, or we can celebrate and say we have a real opportunity to grow here." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Submit your abstract for the AMSUS Continuing Education Meeting
    Reach an audience of over 2,500 federal and international health care professionals at the 118th AMSUS Annual Continuing Education Meeting, being held in Seattle Nov. 3-8.
    • Vision: To provide an educational venue bringing together professionals representing the full spectrum of military and federal health care professionals.
    • Focus: Sessions will focus on collaborations, partnerships and joint efforts where federal medicine is — or will be — the lead in providing the best health care outcomes.
    • Objectives: Enhance multi-specialty care across all federal health care settings; assess advances in the delivery of health care services; present innovative models of care management; improve practice skills of clinicians, surgeons, researchers and administrators; and present data on new developments in assessment and treatment.
    The deadline for abstract submissions is April 1. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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