Nightmare Disorder Increases Mental Health Risks in Servicemembers

May 22, 2018

Lack of sleep has long been a feature of military service.


No Link Found Between H. Pylori Infection, Unexplained Anemia

May 21, 2018

Despite limited evidence to support the practice, testing for Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection is recommended for work-up of unexplained iron deficiency anemia (IDA).


Fibromyalgia Presents Differently in Male, Female Veterans

May 21, 2018

Research on fibromyalgia, a poorly understood, chronically disabling pain syndrome, generally has focused on its clinical presentation and treatment.


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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Fibromyalgia Presents Differently in Male, Female Veterans

Research on fibromyalgia, a poorly understood, chronically disabling pain syndrome, generally has focused on its clinical presentation and treatment.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

How Veterans Feel About Remote Management of Their Care

The VA is expanding remote management of patients to improve disease prevention and care.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Stick-on Monitors Help Warn of Heart Failure Exacerbation in VA Study

While implantable devices have shown promise in reducing rehospitalization for heart failure (HF), VA researchers sought to determine if options that are less expensive and non-invasive would have comparable results.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Legislation: Clinicians Must Be Involved in Formulary Design, Purchasing

Legislation to prevent VA from outsourcing creation of its drug formulary and to require more input from medical professions is being considered in Congress.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

GAO: VA Needs Better Planning for ‘Complex’ Appeals System Overhaul

VA’s Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) in Charleston, SC. New legislation is seeking to increase clinician input into formulary decisionmaking. WASHINGTON — Legislation to prevent VA from outsourcing creation of its drug formulary and to... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

DoD Study Finds That Type 2 Diabetes Increases Breast Cancer Mortality

Having Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM-2) increases mortality risk in breast cancer patients, regardless of whether diabetes was diagnosed before or after breast cancer, according to a recent study.




Department of Defense (DoD)

Now Hear This: Otolaryngologist Leads Effort to Prevent Auditory Issues

Among those who are exposed to combat, it’s the weapons fire that does it. In the Navy, it’s the noise levels in engine rooms and on the decks of carriers.





Clinical Topics

Mental Health

Despite Overall Longevity Trends, Mortality Increases for Schizophrenia Patients

Since the 1970s, mortality rates have declined, extending average lifespan by almost a decade.

Mental Health

Nightmare Disorder Increases Mental Health Risks in Servicemembers

Lack of sleep has long been a feature of military service.

Oncology

No Link Found Between H. Pylori Infection, Unexplained Anemia

Despite limited evidence to support the practice, testing for Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection is recommended for work-up of unexplained iron deficiency anemia (IDA).

Infectious Disease

VA Takes the Lead to Prevent Spread of Multi Drug-Resistant Organisms

By Brenda L. Mooney SILVER SPRING, MD – A vaccine developed by Army researchers to combat Zika virus not only induced a robust immune response in trials but also was found to be safe and... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

Military Services Develop Remote Monitoring to Improve Battlefield Medicine

What if battlefield medics could monitor multiple injured servicemembers in the field thought a new electronic monitoring tool?

Cardiology

In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Has Higher Survival Rates at VA Hospitals

Veterans who suffer cardiac arrest during a VA hospital stay are more likely to survive the experience than patients who have such events cardiac arrests in other U.S. hospitals. And, a year later, they are also more likely to still be alive.




Diabetes

VHA’s Type 1 Diabetes Telehealth Care Saves Time, Money

About 5% of the United States population has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and the great majority are diagnosed before age 25. Since a diabetes diagnosis prevents enlistment in the military, relatively few veterans have the condition compared to type 2 diabetes, which affects about a fourth of VHA patients.





Non-Clinical Topics

Pharmacy

VA Takes the Lead to Prevent Spread of Multi Drug-Resistant Organisms

GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS – How diabetes affects pathophysiological processes among patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is unclear, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.1 To add to that information, a... View Article

Legislation

Legislation: Clinicians Must Be Involved in Formulary Design, Purchasing

Legislation to prevent VA from outsourcing creation of its drug formulary and to require more input from medical professions is being considered in Congress.

Legislation

GAO: VA Needs Better Planning for ‘Complex’ Appeals System Overhaul

GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS – How diabetes affects pathophysiological processes among patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is unclear, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.1 To add to that information, a... View Article

Legislation

VSOs Express Concerns About Making Caregiver Program More Restrictive

Draft legislation that would expand the Family Caregiver Program but make eligibility for the program more restrictive raised concerns for several veterans’ groups.

Pharmacy

Military E-Prescriptions Exceed 50% Goal Set Three Years Ago

FALLS CHURCH, VA — As of January 2018, 54% of prescriptions filled by MTFs were submitted electronically, exceeding the initial goal of 50% set when the e-prescribing program first rolled out three years ago.

Personnel

White House Physician Nominated as VA Secretary After Shulkin Ouster

The nominee for new VA secretary has served as the White House physician for the last three presidential administrations.




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