The NYTimesreports today that a panel from the Institute of Medicine tested 53 drugs and 37 different psychotherapy approaches. All of the methods tested were inconclusive or ineffective. What this means is that it's unclear how to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. It will take a lot more research to figure out how to effectively treat veterans with PTSD, and they may eventually find that there's no one cure-all. Except, perhaps, not sending soldiers to war in the first place.
Via Kaiser's Daily Women's Health Policy Report. The Virginian-Pilot looked into the Navy's new policy for pregnant sailors. Previously, they were only allowed four months of shore time following childbirth, but the new policy allows for a year of shore time. The number of single mothers in the Navy appears to be rising slightly: 15 percent in 2005, up from 11 percent in 2003 and 7 percent in 2001. This is hardly surprising, considering that the military is actually an economically favorable option for non-college educated women.
Apparently Britain is also struggling with care for veterans. Reuters reports today that the UK government is upping the amount paid out to soldiers wounded in battle. What I found interesting is that they previously paid a fixed amount to wounded soldiers. British veterans, called "War Pensioners," are already covered under NHS [PDF] like other British citizens.
The AP reports that a Census Bureau analysis shows the federal tax system doesn't exactly distribute the wealth evenly, "[W]ealthy states pay more than poor ones, blue states subsidize red states and states with powerful politicians on key House and Senate committees fare well in federal spending."
The Hillreports today that antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan is looking to run against Nancy Pelosi in 2008. Sheehan says Pelosi has failed to defund the war. Apparently, Sheehan doesn't know that the trend for reelection in Congress is very high (over 90 percent in the last two congressional election years). Furthermore, Pelosi's approval rating in her home district of the Bay Area is 56 percent, more than enough to comfortably win reelection.