VA, DoD Adopting Earlier HIV Treatment to Dramatically Reduce AIDS Risk

VA, DoD Adopting Earlier HIV Treatment to Dramatically Reduce AIDS Risk

Pre-infection Immunological Health Achieved in Some Cases By Annette M. Boyle SAN ANTONIO — For years, clinicians have not recommended treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients with antiretroviral therapy (ART) before they saw a significant drop in T-cell levels. Starting… Read More

Feb 07, 2016 | View Article
Controversial CDC Opioid Guidelines Could Cause Problems for VA Patients, Clinicians

Controversial CDC Opioid Guidelines Could Cause Problems for VA Patients, Clinicians

Congress Is Forcing VA to Comply With ‘Voluntary’ Document By Annette M. Boyle ATLANTA — VA clinicians and their patients might find themselves in a difficult position related to proposed opioid prescribing guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control… Read More

Feb 06, 2016 | View Article
Nurse Spearheads Effort to Increase Diabetes Control at CBOC

Nurse Spearheads Effort to Increase Diabetes Control at CBOC

The Zanesville Community Based Outpatient Clinic is pretty typical when it comes to VA community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).

Feb 04, 2016 | View Article
Clearly there are always unintended consequences

Clearly there are always unintended consequences

…of any legislative or regulatory act that’s taken in the heat of battle.” Richard “Dick” Grasso was chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 to 2003 and is credited for his efforts to restart the Exchange following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Feb 04, 2016 | View Article
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    Feb 05, 2016 | View Article

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