Doctors for Disaster Preparedness urges collection of military health data

TUCSON, Ariz., March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Due to recent alarming reports of increasing incidence of serious illnesses among members of the armed forces and claims that the 2016 to 2021 numbers were “wrong and incomplete”, comparisons are not therefore not valid, writes Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. data is needed, in a letter to the senator. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
“We urge Congress to promptly investigate the procedures for collecting this vital information and to direct the appropriate agencies to determine the true prevalence and trends of the disease as accurately as possible,” the letter said.
DDP notes that the current health of the military is even more important. Early detection of abnormalities could allow preventive treatment.
Suggested screening tests include D-dimer to look for blood clotting abnormalities and C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation.
To allay concerns about peri- and myocarditis, a significant number of members, especially pilots and divers, could undergo cardiac ultrasound.
“Such a program could be implemented immediately at minimal cost and could result in enormous medical benefits as well as cost savings through the prevention of serious disability or illness,” says the DDP.
Doctors for Disaster Preparedness is an organization of doctors and scientists, founded in 1984, to provide vital information regarding natural and man-made disasters.

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