Mostly Preventable Surgical-Site Infections Double VA Treatment Costs

Mostly Preventable Surgical-Site Infections Double VA Treatment Costs

By Brenda L. Mooney IOWA CITY, IA – In addition to increasing mortality and morbidity, surgical-site infections (SSIs) nearly double the cost of treatment of patients at the VA yet usually are preventable with good infection-control practices, according to a… Read More

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Full Cycle Automation Increases Safety at Military, Other Federal Pharmacies

Full Cycle Automation Increases Safety at Military, Other Federal Pharmacies

By Annette M. Boyle
TAMPA ‑ What price safety?

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Stroke Kills Young American Indian/Alaska Natives at Twice Rate of Whites

Stroke Kills Young American Indian/Alaska Natives at Twice Rate of Whites

By Annette M. Boyle ATLANTA – While three-quarters of stroke patients are older than 65, a “brain attack” can affect people of any age. For young American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN), that information is especially significant because they have… Read More

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Doveryai, no proveryai - Trust, but verify

Doveryai, no proveryai – Trust, but verify

“Doveryai, no proveryai.” (Trust, but verify) – President Ronald Reagan The quote, “trust, but verify,” is actually an old Russian proverb that President Ronald Reagan used during arms control negotiations with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s. He learned… Read More

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  • White House Review Calls for Restructuring of VHA

    By Sandra Basu  WASHINGTON – The VHA needs to be “restructured and reformed” according to a scathing White House review released late last month. “The VHA leadership structure is marked by a lack of responsiveness and an inability to effectively… Read More

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  • As a clinician at the VA, have you felt constrained in the past about speaking up about patient care cases?

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

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  • Multiple Antibodies Linked to Schizophrenia Development

    SILVER SPRING, MD — With past research identifying an association between development of schizophrenia and antibodies to food or neurotropic infectious agents, a new study looked at the role of multiple agents in development of the serious mental illness. Researchers… Read More

    Jul 08, 2014 | View Article

  • Rise in Military Personnel Treated for Mental Disorders

    SILVER SPRING, MD – The percentage of military servicemembers in treatment for mental disorders was 2.5 times higher in 2012 than in 2000, according to a new study from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC). The study, published recently… Read More

    Jul 08, 2014 | View Article

  •  Helping Intimate Partner Violence Victims Earns Award for Young VA Researcher

    Helping Intimate Partner Violence Victims Earns Award for Young VA Researcher

    BOSTON — While some healthcare providers take years to discover their true calling, Katherine M. Iverson, PhD, was drawn to the study of intimate partner violence (IPV) as a graduate student. “During my clinical work in grad school, I worked… Read More

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