Category Archives: medical

VA’s next medical challenge: catching up on millions of missed veterans’ appointments


Veterans Affairs officials still have millions of coronavirus vaccines to distribute in coming months, but they are already warily eyeing the next massive medical challenge to follow: making up millions of medical appointments for veterans who have put off routine and specialty care because of virus concerns. “We’ve had massive amounts of health care deferred,” […]

Nurse, medical, chaplain promotions announced


The Air Force on Tuesday announced 93 officers in the nurse, Biomedical Sciences Corps, and chaplain categories have been selected for promotion. According to statistics released by the Air Force Personnel Center, 14 BSC officers in the promotion zone were selected for promotion to colonel in the CY20B, or calendar year 2020, central selection board. […]

How a military medical team used a dive chamber to save hurricane victims


When Hurricane Laura raked Port Arthur, Texas in late August, a group of seven shrimp boat laborers found shelter in a local pool hall. And when the Category 4 hurricane knocked out electricity, a gas generator was turned on to power the building. But the ventilation inside was far from adequate. The seven people spent […]

Army, New York medical teams giving Houston a helping hand during pandemic


HOUSTON — Teams of doctors and nurses from New York and the U.S. Army have descended on Houston after the nation’s fourth-largest city sought help to deal with a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. A 86-person Army team of doctors, nurses, and support staff on Thursday worked to take over a wing of United […]

VA medical testing on dogs gets support and criticism in new report


Veterans Affairs officials and animal rights activists sparred on Wednesday over a report by an independent panel which said medical testing on dogs conducted by department researchers may be scientifically necessary in some cases. VA leaders framed the findings as justification for ongoing, limited canine testing regarding cardiac treatments for ailing veterans, work that has […]