Statins Reduce Barrett’s Esophagus; Cancer Precursor Affects About 10% of Veterans

Statins Reduce Barrett’s Esophagus; Cancer Precursor Affects About 10% of Veterans

By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD – Veterans on statins have another good reason to continue to take their medication, according to new research. Statins not only reduce cholesterol, combat cardiovascular disease and potentially reduce the risk of prostate cancer,… Read More

Sep 02, 2014 | View Article
Should Digoxin Be Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation?

Should Digoxin Be Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation?

VA Study Latest in Debate about Old Drug’s Safety By Brenda L. Mooney PALO ALTO, CA – A new study is calling into question the practice of treating atrial fibrillation with digoxin, finding that patients on the digitalis derivative were… Read More

Sep 02, 2014 | View Article
Naval Hospital Pharmacist Makes Her Role Essential on Care Teams

Naval Hospital Pharmacist Makes Her Role Essential on Care Teams

By Steve Lewis PENSACOLA, FL – When Naval Hospital Pensacola began discussions five years ago about creating the Navy’s first patient-centered medical home (PCMH), “putting a pharmacist in the care team was not part of the equation,” according to Lisa… Read More

Sep 02, 2014 | View Article
Medicine is not a science; it is empiricism founded on a network of blunders.

Medicine is not a science; it is empiricism founded on a network of blunders.

“Medicine is not a science; it is empiricism founded on a network of blunders.”

Sep 01, 2014 | View Article
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    In this Issue: Focus on Infectious Diseases HIV/HCV Co-Infected Patients Have No Safe Level of Alcohol Use VA’s Resistant Infection ‘Bundle’ Drives Down MRSA in Community Living Centers Pharmacy Update Milwaukee VA Develops Reversal Protocol for Novel Oral Anticoagulants Diabetes… Read More

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  • July 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: Focus on Vascular Disease/Stroke Robotics Help Veterans Relearn Walking Skills after Stroke Damage Stroke Kills Young American Indian/Alaska Natives at Twice Rate of Whites Pharmacy Update Full Cycle Automation Increases Safety at MacDill AFB Pharmacy Mental Health… Read More

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    In this Issue: Focus on PTSD/TBI Brain Injury from Blasts Possible Without TBI Symptoms VA/Court Partnerships Seek to Keep Troubled Veterans Out of Jail Pharmacy Update TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm Pain Clinical Consult Chronic Pain… Read More

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  • May 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: Focus on Women’s Health New Mothers May Need Training to Pass Postpartum Military Fitness Test Gene Sequencing Helps Target Therapies for Metastatic Breast Cancer Pharmacy Update Consolidated Pharmacy Services in Military to Save $2B by 2019 Osteoarthritis… Read More

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  • September 2014 Direct

    SEPTEMBER ISSUE Forward this newsletter to a colleague U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE No Conclusive Evidence that Phoenix VA Care Delays Were Fatal WASHINGTON – A VA inspector’s general report has found that access barriers adversely affected the quality of care… Read More

    Sep 16, 2014 | View Article

  • August 2014 Direct

    AUGUST ISSUE Forward this newsletter to a colleague U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE Christianne L. Roumie, MD, MPH VA Studies Raise Key Issues about Trends in Type 2 Diabetes Treatment NASHVILLE – New VA research soon might change the way clinicians… Read More

    Sep 16, 2014 | View Article

  • July 2014 Direct

    JULY ISSUE Forward this newsletter to a colleague U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE VA Orders Restructure of VHA’s Office of Medical Inspector WASHINGTON – In response to recent recommendations by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), VA Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson… Read More

    Sep 16, 2014 | View Article

  • June 2014 Direct

    June ISSUE Forward this newsletter to a colleague U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE Phoenix Veterans on Secret Waiting List Now Will Get Prompt Care WASHINGTON – Sloan Gibson, previously the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ deputy secretary, temporarily took the… Read More

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  • April 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: News Update Intensive BP-Lowering Didn’t Affect Cognitive Function in Diabetes Focus on Men’s Health New Study: Are ‘Low T’ Guidelines Followed in VA? Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk Rises 50% with Elevated Glucose Levels Pharmacy Update VA’s Mail-Order… Read More

    Sep 16, 2014 | View Article

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    MAY ISSUE Forward this newsletter to a colleague U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE Lawmakers and Advocacy Groups Pressure VA on Hospital Allegations WASHINGTON – In the wake of allegations that as many as 40 veterans may have died while waiting for… Read More

    Sep 16, 2014 | View Article

  • Celebrating U.S. Medicine’s 50th Anniversary

    Tell us what you think are the most important advances in federal medicine over the last five decades.  Please don’t forget to identify yourself by degree, specialty and practice location. We will choose some of the responses for inclusion in the… Read More

    Sep 12, 2014 | View Article

  • Have you seen any changes in the way the VA operates since Robert McDonald became the new secretary?

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

    Sep 02, 2014 | View Article

  • Sleep Problems Complicate PTSD Recovery

    BETHESDA, MD – Recovery from post-traumatic stress and mood disorders can be complicated by sleep problems, which are common among active-duty servicemembers, according to a new study. R. Gregory Lande, DO, the author of the study conducted at the Walter… Read More

    Sep 02, 2014 | View Article

  • Sleep Quality Affects Physical Activity in PTSD

    SAN FRANCISCO – The worse the sleep quality, the lower the physical activity levels in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s according to a study from the San Francisco VAMC and the University of California, San Francisco. The research,… Read More

    Sep 02, 2014 | View Article

  • Third Antibacterial on Line to Treat Acute Skin Infections

    PARSIPPANY, NJ – The Food and Drug Administration has given the okay to a third new antibacterial to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). Orbactiv (oritavancin), an intravenous drug, is approved to treat patients with ABSSSI caused… Read More

    Sep 02, 2014 | View Article