Walter Reed, USUHS Lead Efforts to Improve Hospital Inpatient Hand Offs

Walter Reed, USUHS Lead Efforts to Improve Hospital Inpatient Hand Offs

By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD – When researchers at Harvard University determined that standardizing communication during patient handoffs could significantly reduce medical errors and improve patient care, they reached out to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and… Read More

Dec 08, 2014 | View Article
Midterm Elections, Planned Retirements Prompt Key Committee Changes

Midterm Elections, Planned Retirements Prompt Key Committee Changes

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The November midterm election results that strengthened Republican control of Congress, coupled with planned retirements, will mean significant changes for key committees working on military and VA issues when Congress returns in January. Among those… Read More

Dec 08, 2014 | View Article
Researcher Who Transformed Spinal Cord Injury Care Gets Coveted Award

Researcher Who Transformed Spinal Cord Injury Care Gets Coveted Award

BRONX, NY – Spinal cord injuries have far more effect than limiting movement, and the vision of William A. Bauman, MD, has transformed the lives of countless patients who have the devastating condition.

Dec 08, 2014 | View Article
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. Christian Nestell Bovee (1820-1904) I had the honor of being invited recently to speak at the 39th annual Garland Lecture series at the Boston Medical Library. As I tend to… Read More

Dec 07, 2014 | View Article
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  • Partnerships, Drive-Throughs Seek to Increase Veterans’ Flu Immunization

    Partnerships, Drive-Throughs Seek to Increase Veterans’ Flu Immunization

    Free Shots Available at Walgreen’s Locations By Annette M. Boyle SAN FRANCISCO – The VA typically has influenza vaccination rates well above the national average but is trying some innovative measures to do even better. As part of the effort to increase immunizations,… Read More

    Dec 09, 2014 | View Article

  • FDA Approves New Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Analgesic

    STAMFORD, CT – A new abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) is an extended-release (ER) opioid analgesic to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and… Read More

    Dec 08, 2014 | View Article

  • FDA Plans Review of Study on Death Risk with Dual Blood Thinners

    WASHINGTON – A clinical trial showing that treatment for 30 months with dual antiplatelet blood-thinning therapy decreased the risk of heart attacks and clot formation in stents, but there was an increased overall risk of death compared to 12 months… Read More

    Dec 08, 2014 | View Article

  • Non-Invasive Technique to Evaluate Arterial Blood Flow Gets OK

    REDWOOD CITY, CA – New software has been approved for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration  and is designed to help healthcare professionals evaluate patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease.  The product, HeartFlow FFR-CT software, permits… Read More

    Dec 08, 2014 | View Article

  • Newly Approved Meningococcal Vaccine Offers More Coverage

    PHILADELPHIA – The first vaccine licensed in the United States to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Vaccination is… Read More

    Dec 08, 2014 | View Article