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December 26, 2012
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  • Military reviews the drop in Afghanistan-related TBI
    The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center has reported a drop in cases of traumatic brain injury among U.S. forces serving in Afghanistan, from 645 cases per month in 2011 to 373 per month from January to October 2012. While declines in troop levels and overall mortality rates tied to improvised explosive devices are considered factors, analysts also say better diagnosis and treatment of concussions in combat zones could be responsible for the change. Military.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bill proposes changes to manage military health care needs
    A compromise version of the 2013 defense authorization bill has several provisions aimed at meeting military health care needs and managing costs. Tricare participants would not have to pay increased enrollment fees, for example, but would see slight increases to pharmacy copayments, and future copay increases would be tied to cost-of-living adjustments given to military retirees. The bill would also increase access to mental health services for veterans and require the Defense Department to offer suicide prevention training via a program for reservists and National Guard members. Army Times Prime (subscription required) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Proposed COLA changes spark protests by veterans advocates
    Advocates for veterans are opposing a proposal that could cut cost-of-living adjustments for wounded service members. The White House and Republican lawmakers have backed proposed changes to how wage inflation estimates are calculated by the government that could trim as much as $100 billion in spending over the next 10 years. The move would cut disability benefits through the VA and Social Security, veterans groups say. Stars and Stripes (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Less is better when it comes to aspirin after heart procedure
    Higher doses of aspirin were associated with greater bleeding risks but not better ischemia outcomes in a study that followed 2,851 people after percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions examined three years of data from the HORIZONS-AMI trial. Modern Medicine/Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scoring system may predict cardiovascular death in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients with the highest coronary calcium score were more than 11 times as likely to die of heart disease than those with the lowest scores, a study indicated. The results suggest coronary calcium scoring may help providers evaluate diabetes patients at risk of cardiovascular death, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. DailyRx.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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