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November 21, 2012
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  • GAO report: Military health care system needs improvement
    Changes aimed at improving the military health care system have largely stalled, leaving gaps in coverage for active-duty personnel and veterans, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Troops with PTSD or traumatic brain injury face a greater risk of failing to get necessary care, the report says. USA Today (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research considers omega-3s' use as suicide prevention tool
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has teamed up with the Pentagon and scientists at the National Institutes of Health for a three-year study to examine whether omega-3 fatty acids can help lower depression and suicidal thoughts. Omega-3s already enjoy popularity as a treatment for heart disease, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. Army Times Prime(subscription required) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Military suicides hit record level
    Military officials have confirmed a grim milestone as the numbers of suicides in the Army and Navy have hit record levels. Marine Corps and Air Force officials say their respective branches are also approaching the highest levels since official tracking of suicides began in 2001. Government Executive (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lack of insurance, health care plagues new veterans
    The percentage of returning vets who lack health insurance and aren't participating in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system is above 25%, according to VA data. Veterans' advocates and some legislators are advocating an automatic enrollment system that would ensure all veterans are able to access VA health system benefits. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army education campaign takes aim at PTSD, TBI myths
    Army officials have launched the Hire a Veteran awareness and education program to encourage companies to employ veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD or traumatic brain injury. A Society for Human Resource Management survey found that 42% of employers believe hiring a veteran with PTSD would create challenges. The organization has partnered with the Army on the campaign, which includes a video and an employer toolkit and aims to dispel fears about the impact of PTSD and other conditions on veterans' ability to perform jobs. The Washington Post/Federal Eye blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Medical societies update guidelines for stable ischemic heart disease
    An expert panel representing seven health care associations has issued guidelines to update the treatment approach for stable ischemic heart disease. The guidelines include 48 recommendations for diagnosis, risk assessments and treatment with an initial focus on patient management to address and prevent unhealthy lifestyles and a set of evidence-based drug treatments to decrease the chances of future events. (11/19) , (Montreal)(free registration) (11/19) , Forbes (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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