VA Tackles Obesity Paradox:

VA Tackles Obesity Paradox:

Why Do Overweight Patients Live Longer with Heart Failure?
Now the leading cause of hospital admissions in the VA Health Care System, heart failure is associated with high mortality rates and poor quality of life.

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New Leaders for VA, Military Senate Committees as GOP Takes Control

New Leaders for VA, Military Senate Committees as GOP Takes Control

WASHINGTON — As Congress kicked off its 114th session last month, key committees that shape defense and veterans legislation welcomed new leaders.

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New VA Initiative Battles Excesses of ‘Tight Glucose Control’ Trend

New VA Initiative Battles Excesses of ‘Tight Glucose Control’ Trend

Effort Seeks to Reduce Hypoglycemia in Older Veterans
WASHINGTON – At the beginning of the 21st century, tight glucose control for patients with type 2 diabetes was all the rage.

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  – Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) I have never been one much impressed by celebrity.  During my years haunting the halls of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) as a military clinician,… Read More

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  • Most Outside Mental Health Providers Unqualified to Care for Veterans

    Most Outside Mental Health Providers Unqualified to Care for Veterans

    New Law Gives Broader Access to Care Beyond VA By Brenda L. Mooney  WASHINGTON – Passed with broad bipartisan congressional source support, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA) was promoted as a quick and elegant solution… Read More

    Feb 02, 2015 | View Article

  • VA Apologizes for ‘Embarrassing’ Delay in Construction of Colorado Facility

    VA Apologizes for ‘Embarrassing’ Delay in Construction of Colorado Facility

    WASHINGTON – Calling the situation “unacceptable,” VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson apologized last month for delays in the construction of a new VAMC in the Denver area and told lawmakers that finishing the facility without further delay is a priority.

    Feb 02, 2015 | View Article

  • Veterans Continue to Wait for Years for Resolution of Claims Appeals

    By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – While the spotlight in recent years has been on reducing the disability claims backlog, lawmakers also recently raised another alarm about a appeals process which, they said, leaves some veterans waiting years to get their appeals resolved.… Read More

    Feb 02, 2015 | View Article

  • Opioid Prescribing Showed Great Variance Across VHA

    IOWA CITY, IA – Opioid prescribing dramatically increased at the VHA during an eight year period ending in 2012 but demonstrated wide variation in prevalence and incident rates across geographical region, sex and age groups. Prevalence and incidence rates reflect… Read More

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  • How Medical Marijuana Laws Affect Opioid Mortality

    PHILADELPHIA – Could wider use of medical marijuana reduce mortality from opioid analgesic overdose? That question is raised by a study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine.1 Noting that opioid analgesic overdose mortality continues to rise in the United States, driven… Read More

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  • Test Strip Overuse Common with Dual Benefits

    PITTSBURGH – Veterans who double dip benefits, receiving glucose test strips through both the VA and Medicare, use more strips and are more likely to potentially overuse the measurement devices, according to a new study. “These results illustrate the profound… Read More

    Feb 02, 2015 | View Article