What was Zenith Star?

Introduction Zenith Star was a Directed-energy weapon that started development as part of the US Strategic Defence Initiative. Background Zenith Star included the Alpha laser, a high energy hydrogen fluoride chemical laser, and the LAMP mirror which was a 7 segment adaptive optics mirror. It was never put in orbit, but the Alpha LAMP Integration… Read More


What are the Occupational Outcomes & Revision Rates for Medial Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty in US Military Servicemembers?

Research Paper Title Occupational Outcomes and Revision Rates for Medial Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty in US Military Servicemembers. Background This study evaluates return to work and revision rates for medial unicondylar knee arthroplasty (UKA) in a high-demand military cohort. Methods Patient demographic and clinical variables were isolated from the medical records of active-duty military servicemembers with… Read More

Is Obesity Pharmacotherapy Effective in Achieving Clinically Meaningful Weight Loss in Veterans?

Research Paper Title Obesity Pharmacotherapy is Effective in the Veterans Affairs Patient Population: A Local and Virtual Cohort Study. Background Obesity is a major public health challenge, and the US military veteran population is disproportionately affected. Using deidentified records from a local weight management clinic and a national clinical data repository, obesity pharmacotherapy use and… Read More

Ancel Keys: The Legacy of a Giant in Physiology, Nutrition, & Public Health

Research Paper Title Ancel Keys: The legacy of a giant in physiology, nutrition, and public health. Background Ancel Keys, whose life spanned over 100 years (1904-2004), made a wealth of seminal scientific and public health contributions. As a physiologist, nutritionist, and public health scientist, he has left his mark on the 20th century by exploring… Read More

How to Avoid Personal Injuries When Training in the Military

Military training aims to make soldiers battle-ready. It begins with eight (or more) weeks of basic military training. The bulk of this training is composed of intense physical activity such as running, obstacle courses, and ruck marches/load carriages. Rigorous drills and exercises aim to strengthen recruits in preparation for deployment and operations. However, military training… Read More

What is a Unified Combatant Command?

Introduction A unified combatant command (CCMD), also referred to as a combatant command, is a joint military command of the United States Department of Defence that is composed of units from two or more service branches of the United States Armed Forces, and conducts broad and continuing missions. There are (as of January 2021) 11… Read More

G6PD Status in US Military and VA Patients with COVID-19 Infection

Research Paper Title Evaluation of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) status in US military and VA patients with COVID-19 infection. Background A recent publication outlined several pieces of evidence suggesting that glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency may increase susceptibility to, and severity of illness with, COVID-19 infection. These include an earlier study showing that G6PD-deficient cells are more… Read More