Author Archives: Kiedove

Pres. Trump spends Thanksgiving in Afghanistan with the troops

United States Army General and the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley introduces the 45th President of the United States @realDonaldTrump at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/uMRA5t5yyk — Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) November 28, … Continue reading

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When not to “Take the Pain”–New Urgent Care benefit for VA enrollees

Bill jargon.  Yawn. But stay with me for a little while because the Urgent Care* benefit is worth knowing about– especially for veterans who only have VA health care. VA > Health Care > Community Care > Urgent Care: LINK. … Continue reading

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The Color of Kabul—Veteran artists impress

Happy Veterans Day! The VA runs social programs designed to build morale and skills by doing enjoyable things.  One just finished in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Oct. 28 -Nov.3).  It was called the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition and Festival. (LINK) The … Continue reading

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Les souvenirs de Viet-nam (1)

Sunday musings  Sometimes things I order from Amazon, perhaps a T-shirt or a kitchen towel, are tagged “Made in Vietnam.”  Here we are, decades later, and only God knows how many humans were killed during the Vietnam War, and afterward.  … Continue reading

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“Service connection for melioidosis is granted”

Burkholderia pseudomallei, (B. pseudomallei) is a bacteria found mainly in the tropics; it  sickens and kills humans and animals.  Anyone directly exposed to tropical soil and water can become infected if there is an opening in skin; ingestion (food/fluids); inhalation … Continue reading

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Before and After: Hepatitis C screening

My, my, my–what a difference a few years and the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) make in influencing public health policy.  In 2013, the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) HCV  recommended one-free screening for Woodstock-loving Baby Boomers born between … Continue reading

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Jingle bells

My old Marine and I have spent a lot of time in medical waiting rooms this past month, reading magazines.  I took the December American Legion Magazine home with me from the free pile at the VA.  Here are a … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Day, Centenary of WWI 1918-2018

A melange of resources: UK Royal British Legion–Poppy Legion Twitter (Link)–They went all out.  White House Twitter (Link) Battle of Belleau Wood Wikipedia (1–26 June 1918) (Link) White House Flickr photos (Link) VA Twitter (Link) It’s a big weekend in France … Continue reading

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Time to smile for Halloween DoD-style in California, Virginia and Georgia

Making happy memories for good kids–nice! Kiedove (Guest author)  

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Interferon, HCV and Parkinson’s Disease research

Two years ago, I was given an abstract for this study:  Parkinsonism in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Treated With Interferons: Case Reports and Review of the Literature Wangensteen, Kirk J. MD, PhD*; Krawitt, Edward L. MD†; Hamill, Robert W. MD‡; Boyd, James T. MD‡ Clinical … Continue reading

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