COPD Supplement

COPD Supplement

Articles focusing on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) as a supplement to the March 2014 issue
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

FDA Approves Another Lower-Dose NSAID for Moderate Pain Control

PHILADELPHIA — A new nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mild to moderate pain
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Study: VA Clinicians Should Consider Antibiotic Risks Before Prescribing

Study: VA Clinicians Should Consider Antibiotic Risks Before Prescribing

By Brenda L. Mooney COLUMBIA, SC — Veterans prescribed amoxicillin over a nearly 13-year period were less likely to be diagnosed with potentially fatal heart
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In the sick room, 10 cents worth of human understanding equals 10 dollars worth of medical science

In the sick room, 10 cents worth of human understanding equals 10 dollars worth of medical science

“In the sick room, 10 cents’ worth of human understanding equals 10 dollars’ worth of medical science.” — Martin H. Fisher, MD (1879-1962) It is
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  • Other Recent Articles

  • April 2014 Direct

    APRIL ISSUE U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE A New Campaign Seeks to Raise TBI Awareness WASHINGTON – The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) has launched a new Initiative to increase awareness about brain injuries. The multi-year initiative, “A Head for the Future,” seeks to make troops, their families and veterans “more aware of the … Read More

    Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • March 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: News Update FDA Reviewing Low-T Therapy After Second Study Shows CV Issues Focus on COPD/Asthma Obstructive Sleep Apnea Significantly Increases Risk of Severe Asthma Bronchial Thermoplasty Brings Long-Term Relief to Severe Asthmatics Pharmacy Update VA Pharmacy Reengineering Project Plagued by Ongoing Problems Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Consult Dalfampridine ER Improves Walking in Veterans … Read More

    Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • March 2014 Direct

    MARCH ISSUE U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE President’s Budget Proposal Seeks VA Funding Increase WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama proposed a $163.9 billion FY 2015 budget for VA, which is a 6.5% increase over FY 2014. The budget includes $68.4 billion in discretionary funding, of which $59.1 billion is for the medical care budget, and $95.6 … Read More

    Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • February 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: News Update DNA Used to Predict Amputee’s Pain Levels Focus on Cardiology VA, Army Clinicians Rapidly Increase Prescribing of Novel Anticoagulants Female Veterans Develop CVD Risk Factors at Younger Ages Pharmacy Update Greater Pharmacist Intervention Tested to Increase Anticoagulant Adherence Rates Diabetes Clinical Consult Military Sleep Disorders Raise Diabetes Risk Pain Clinical … Read More

    Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • February 2014 Direct

    FEBRUARY ISSUE U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE Controversy Surrounds FDA Approval of New Opioid Analgesic SAN DIEGO – The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new opioid analgesic continues to produce controversy. Late last year, attorneys general from 28 states asked the FDA reconsider its approval of Zohydro, warning that the drug could start an … Read More

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  • January 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: News Update Army Announces Warrior Transition Unit Changes Focus on Obesity Leaner Fighting Forces Might Mean Slim Pickings for Recruiters New Formulary Drugs Promote Weight Loss, Reduce Diabetes Pharmacy Update Pharmacist Monitoring Increases Veteran Adherence to ACS Therapy Trauma Clinical Consult Spinal Injury Rate Much Higher in Recent Wars Seasonal Flu Clinical … Read More

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  • January 2014 Direct

    JANUARY ISSUE U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE DoD Announces New Sexual Assault Prevention Director WASHINGTON – DoD announced this week that Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow will become the new director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office in January 2014. Maj. Gen. Snow currently serves as the Army’s director of Strategy, Plans and … Read More

    Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Military Medicine Also Benefits Civilians

    Military Medicine Also Benefits Civilians

    By Jonathan Woodson, MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Throughout every war, the Military Health System (www.health.mil) has made significant medical advancements to help protect our troops. Our innovations not only save the lives of our servicemembers but also impact the lives of civilians back home. It is vital that the progress we … Read More

    Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Does the VA now provide enough specialized care for female veterans?

    Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll. Yes No Undecided Current Results

    Apr 07, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Lifestyle Changes, New Drugs Promising Tools for COPD at DoD, VA

    Lifestyle Changes, New Drugs Promising Tools for COPD at DoD, VA

    SEATTLE — In pursuit of the twin goals of COPD treatment — maintaining maximum lung function and improving quality of life — military and VA clinicians customize a mix of therapies that range from recently approved medications to time-tested exercise. The new GOLD guidelines note that appropriate pharmacologic therapy can reduce COPD symptoms and reduce … Read More

    Apr 04, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Spirometry Touted as Best Way to Accurately Diagnose COPD

    Spirometry Touted as Best Way to Accurately Diagnose COPD

    Test Results Also Valuable in Inspiring Smoking Cessation SEATTLE — Spirometry remains the only recognized method of definitively diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but nearly two-thirds of patients with a COPD diagnosis have never had the test, according to VA research. DoD/VA guidelines recommend that providers evaluate any patient for COPD who has dyspnea, chronic … Read More

    Apr 04, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • COPD Diagnosis/Staging Changed With New Global Guidelines

    COPD Diagnosis/Staging Changed With New Global Guidelines

    Update Expected for VA/DoD Later This Year By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD — The leading guidelines for diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include significant new recommendations this year that promise to alter the way the disease is staged and treated worldwide. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) … Read More

    Apr 04, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Repercussions of High Military Smoking Rates Affect Health Systems

    Repercussions of High Military Smoking Rates Affect Health Systems

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. military’s love affair with tobacco may be officially over, but the federal healthcare system is still dealing with the aftermath, especially chronic conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The DoD now has an intense focus on smoking cessation, but that is a more recent development. Cigarettes were included in … Read More

    Apr 04, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • VA’s Mail-Order Pharmacy Ranked Top in Nation – Again

    VA’s Mail-Order Pharmacy Ranked Top in Nation – Again

    Highest Customer Satisfaction for Fourth Year in A Row By Annette M. Boyle MILWAUKEE — For the fourth year in a row, the VA’s Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) received the highest customer satisfaction score among the nation’s public and private mail-order pharmacies, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey. Customers rated the … Read More

    Apr 02, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Increasing Knee Replacements for African-American Vets

    PHILADELPHIA — Even though joint-replacement surgery is considered one of the most effective treatments for end-stage knee osteoarthritis, relieving pain in more than 90% of patients, African-Americans are much less likely than whites to consider it as an option. Consequently, those patients are up to five times less likely to undergo the procedure — something VA … Read More

    Apr 02, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Meeting Two Treatment Goals Significantly Reduces CVD Risk

    NEW ORLEANS — Veterans with diabetes who met treatment goals for both HbA1c and LDL cholesterol significantly reduced their risk for microvascular complications, acute coronary syndromes, percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery bypass graft compared with those who met only one of those goals. That’s according to a recent study that looked at the clinical … Read More

    Apr 02, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Intensive BP-Lowering Didn’t Affect Cognitive Function in Diabetes

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC — A decline in cognitive function, reduced brain volume and increased white matter lesions are all risks for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), especially with high blood pressure and lipid levels. In light of that, a newly-published study sought to determine whether intensive therapy for hypertension and combination therapy with a … Read More

    Apr 02, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Army Nurse Doesn’t Take ‘No’ For an Answer in Caring for Patients

    Army Nurse Doesn’t Take ‘No’ For an Answer in Caring for Patients

    By Steve Lewis FORT CAMPBELL, KY — Army Capt. Christine Shepherd says she’s “never satisfied with ‘no’ for an answer. I’m always looking for creative ways to accommodate patient needs, safely and efficiently.” Shepherd, brigade nurse with Company C, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, says she believes that “out … Read More

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  • Does the military need more consistent and effective procedures for getting mild traumatic brain injury patients back to activity?

    Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll. Yes No Undecided Current Results

    Mar 10, 2014 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Public Health Service Pharmacy 2014: Embracing Leadership

    Public Health Service Pharmacy 2014: Embracing Leadership

    By Rear Adm.Scott F. Giberson Acting Deputy Surgeon General U.S. Public Health Service For well over 200 years, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) flag has flown side-by-side with our fellow uniformed service members.  As we look forward to opportunities in 2014, it is also a time to reflect and discuss PHS pharmacy advancements in … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Reflections on Navy Medicine, 1964 to Present

    Reflections on Navy Medicine, 1964 to Present

    By Andre Sobocinski U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Historian Fifty years ago, as the nation was embroiled in Cold War, flying high in the Space Race and on the brink of a devastating conflict in Southeast Asia, Navy Medicine was engaged in its mission to “protect the health and promote the physical fitness of … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Army Medicine – Advances in Treatment, Past and Future

    By Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho Army Surgeon General/Commanding General Army Medical Command 50 years ago, U.S. Medicine began covering military medicine. Since then, much has changed. Most recently, with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, advances have been made in blood plasma products, use of tourniquets, regenerative medicine, prosthetics, medical evacuation procedures and enhanced training for … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Progress and Reform in the Indian Health Service

    Progress and Reform in the Indian Health Service

    The Indian Health Service mission, in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native people, is to raise their physical, mental, social, and spiritual health to the highest level.

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • New VA Bill Fails to Clear Senate; Sanders Says He’ll Keep Pushing It

    New VA Bill Fails to Clear Senate; Sanders Says He’ll Keep Pushing It

    WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Committee vowed to keep fighting for the passage of a sweeping veterans bill that failed to clear the Senate at the end of February.

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • VA Pharmacy Reengineering Project Plagued by Ongoing Problems

    VA Pharmacy Reengineering Project Plagued by Ongoing Problems

    By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON — Originally launched in March 2003 and restarted in October 2009, the Pharmacy Reengineering (PRE) software development project continues to miss deadlines, stumble in deployment and suffer from project management failures. That’s according to a recent audit by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General which notes that these problems … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • First Gel Approved for Sealing Corneal Incision in Cataract Surgery

    BEDFORD, MA — The first gel sealant has been approved to stop leaking fluid through the corneal incision after cataract surgery with intraocular lens placement. Until the Food and Drug Administration approved the ReSure Sealant Kit,  stitches were the only option for closing a leaking corneal incision after cataract surgery. “The FDA has approved gels … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Fast-Track Approval for New Melanoma Combination Treatment

    PHILADELPHIA — Accelerated approval has been granted by the Food and Drug Administration to a combination therapy for unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a specific mutation. Approval was announced of a trametinib-dabrafenib combination for use in the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAF V600E or V600K mutation as detected by … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • FDA Reviewing Low-T Therapy After Second Study Shows CV Issues

    WASHINGTON — With a second study showing increased risk of cardiovascular events among men using testosterone replacement therapy, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it is reassessing the safety of those products. The agency said it is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved products for low testosterone. … Read More

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  • Internet Tool Uses Patient Feedback to Improve Army Pain Management

    Internet Tool Uses Patient Feedback to Improve Army Pain Management

    By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — A new Internet tool is a powerful weapon to combat pain, and the DoD is now launching it in a pilot location. The Pain Assessment Screening Tool and Outcomes Registry (PASTOR) recently was rolled out to the warrior transition clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • New Defense/Veteran Guidelines Provide Recovery Path for MTBI Patients

    New Defense/Veteran Guidelines Provide Recovery Path for MTBI Patients

    SILVER SPRING, MD — How and when should a servicemember return to activity after a concussion?

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  • First Gulf War Veterans Not At Increased Risk for MS

    WASHINGTON — Are veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War at increased risk to develop neurologic disease? That is what a study group, led by researchers from the VA’s multiple sclerosis (MS) Center for Excellence, sought to determine. Their poster presentation, presented at the 2013 Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) meeting … Read More

    Mar 10, 2014 | 1 comment | View Post