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Hepatitis C In Veterans
The Scope of Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C (“HCV”) is a chronic viral blood-borne infect ion that infects between 4 and 5 million Americans (about 1 .8 percent of the population). It is a disease that was virtually unknown before the virus was isolated in 1989, and truly effective screening tests became available in 1992. Since then, it has emerged as a major public health concern.... read more
Type II Diabetes
Diabetes is a national problem, nearly 16 million Americans, or 6% of the US population, have diabetes. Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or when cells do not use insulin properly.
PREVALENCE OF DIABETES II IN VETERANS
The rate of diabetes among VA patients -16% plus is MUCH higher then the general popularion.Nearly all veterans with diabetes are men, 2.4% are woman. The largest group is over 65 years of age. Many people with type II diabetes have few or no symptoms. If symptoms occur, they may develop over a period of time and may include...read more
Agent Orange was used in Vietnam to protect U.S. troops.
Agent Orange was a herbicide used in Vietnam to kill unwanted plants and to remove leaves from trees that otherwise provided cover for the enemy. The name, “Agent Orange,” came from the orange stripe on the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored. Other herbicides, including Agent White and Agent Blue, were also used in Vietnam to a much lesser extent....read more
What is it?
The prostate is a gland in men that is about the size of a walnut. It lies below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Part of the tube that takes urine out of the body (urethra) goes through the prostate. Sometimes, the prostate can cause problems. Three types of prostate problems are:...read more
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is it?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been around for a very long time. Military medicine has recognized this condition with a variety of labels. During the Civil War the condition was called “Soldier’s Heart.” By WWI, “Battle Fatigue.” Korean War veterans were diagnosed with “War Neurosis,” and “Vietnam Syndrome” was the label for that generation of veterans. VA was service connecting former combatants with a “Nervous Condition” or some other type of disorder prior to the advent of PTSD...read more