Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 201312/16/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
U.S. Says Vets Ill Due to Brain Injury Will Have Easier Access
to Care, Compensation
New rules to make it easier for veterans to receive health care
and compensation for depression, Parkinson's disease, dementia and
other illnesses associated with traumatic brain injury have been
introduced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Unprovoked seizures and hormone deficiency diseases related to
the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands, will also be
included on the list,
The New York Timesreported.
Thousands of veterans are likely to file claims under the new
regulations, which will be published Tuesday in the Federal
Register and take effect Jan. 16, 2014.
Federal government statistics show that more than 287,000
active-duty service members and veterans have suffered traumatic
brain injuries since 2000, and about 62,000 of those injuries have
occurred since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the
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