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Army now testing new recruits, soldiers for sickle cell trait


The Army has begun testing new recruits for the sickle cell trait, an inherited gene that can present health challenges when carriers face conditions found in “extreme exertion, increased atmospheric pressure, high altitudes or significant dehydration.” The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command started screenings to both understand how the trait may impact soldiers and how […]

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 […]