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February 20, 2013
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  • 10-year brain-mapping project could hold clues to mental illness
    The Obama administration is looking to introduce next month a 10-year project to map the active human brain, called the Brain Activity Map. Scientists say the project may pave the way for the development of technologies that will improve understanding of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and lead to new treatments for mental illnesses. The project, which could cost $3 billion over 10 years, may also allow for the creation of national brain "observatories," akin to astronomical observatories. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Depression study to employ interactive image system
    The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will use CNS Response's PEER Interactive technology in a depression study involving 2,000 patients. Doctors can use the technology to compare brain images through an online registry. The system is expected to help improve treatment decisions and address questions such as the relationship between suicide rates and antidepressant use among current and former service members. Dayton Daily News (Ohio)/The Associated Press (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Baltimore VA moves to improve disability claims process
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced that improvements to help the Baltimore VA office handle disability claims are ahead of schedule. Changes include enhanced training for employees, the deployment of a digital processing system and plans to hire additional staff. The Baltimore VA is the worst-ranked facility in the country on processing claims, and the new goal is to have disability benefits finalized in four months instead of the current 11. The Baltimore Sun (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Thousands of cancer deaths in U.S. linked to alcohol
    Alcohol is responsible for approximately 3.5% of cancer deaths in the U.S., an estimated 20,000 deaths a year, according to a study to be published in the American Journal of Public Health. On average, each case represented 18 years of lost life, and the greater the alcohol intake, the greater the risk. Nurse.com (2/14) 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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