2013 Issues


April 2013

VA Providers Often Miss EHR Test Result Alerts

By Brenda L. Mooney HOUSTON – Almost a third of primary care providers missed test results received through VA’s electronic health record (EHR) notification system, possibly because of “information overload,” according to a survey conducted... View Article

April 2013

Who Are Most Likely Military Suicide Victims? Guard Study Offers Some Valuable Clues

Annette M. Boyle BALTIMORE, MD –  Part of the challenge for healthcare providers trying to prevent military suicide is the difficulty of identifying servicemembers at the highest risk. Now, a newly-published study from the Army... View Article

April 2013

DoD’s Civilian Employees, Research Programs Bear Brunt of Sequestration Cuts

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Sustaining patient care functions in the Military Health System in the wake of sequestration “comes at a cost,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, MD, warned Congress.... View Article

April 2013

Lawmakers, Veteran Groups Skeptical VA Can Clear Claims Backlog by 2015

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Assurance that VA is on track to eliminate its backlog on reviewing disability claims is being meet with skepticism by lawmakers as well as military and veteran service organizations. With... View Article

April 2013

Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Diabetes in Troops

SAN DIEGO – Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of developing “insulin-requiring” diabetes, according to a study of active-duty servicemembers. The nested case-control study led by Edward D. Gorham, PhD,... View Article

April 2013

Intensive Weight Loss Program Increases Diabetes Remission Rates

ATLANTA – An intensive weight loss program involving dieting, counseling and physical activity offers the promise of diabetes remission, especially in patients who are recently-diagnosed, not on insulin and have lower hemoglobin A levels. The... View Article

April 2013

Surgery May Trump Angioplasty for Diabetes Patients with CAD

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A new study from the Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis suggests survival rates are better when diabetes patients with multivessel coronary artery disease receive coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery as opposed to... View Article

April 2013

Army Panel Finds No More Changes in PTSD Diagnoses Than Other Conditions

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – A new Army report suggests that doctors made changes to PTSD diagnoses during the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) process at similar rates to other behavioral health diagnoses, “suggesting that PTSD... View Article

April 2013

It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by ducks quacking ‘No!’

“It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by ducks quacking ‘No!’” ~unknownThis is my own modification of the famous “It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” The source of... View Article

April 2013

Autograft Better in ACL Repair for Army Cadets

WEST POINT, NY – Young military cadets undergoing an allograft ACL reconstruction were significantly more likely to experience clinical failure requiring revision reconstruction than those who underwent autologous graft reconstruction, according to researchers from the... View Article

April 2013

High Rates of Injury Identified in Army MP Training

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD – A new study is the first to identify injury rates and identify specific factors increasing injury risk during military police (MP) training in the Army. The study, published recently in... View Article

April 2013

Greater Weight Gain Seen After Knee Replacement Surgery

RICHMOND, VA – While knee-replacement surgery often is sought so patients can return to a more active lifestyle, patients who undergo the procedure might be at greater risk of gaining weight than those who have... View Article

April 2013

New Therapies, Programs Affect Hepatitis C Treatment within VA

By David Ross, MD, PhD, MBI, director, HIV, HCV and Public Health Pathogens Programs, Office of Public Health/Clinical Public Health Lorenzo L. McFarland, DHA, MSW, PMP, senior manager, Public Health Program, HIV, Hepatitis and Public... View Article

April 2013

Study: Exercise Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk in Caucasians, But Not African-Americans

By Annette M. Boyle DURHAM, NC – Researchers are grappling with the results of a new study that shows an association between increased exercise and reduced risk of prostate cancer in white men but not... View Article

April 2013

TRICARE Faces Challenges in Getting Males to Complete Three-Shot HPV Vaccine Series

By Annette M. Boyle FALLS CHURCH, VA – In the year since TRICARE added coverage for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in all males up to age 27, the challenge has been both educating military... View Article

April 2013

The PhARMD Program: Documenting Pharmacist Impact on VA Patient Outcomes

By Annette M. Boyle WEST PALM BEACH, FL – How much of a role are clinical pharmacists playing in patient care at VA? Since December 2011, the Pharmacists Achieve Results with Medications Demonstration (PhARMD) program... View Article

April 2013

Stivarga Approved for Some Stromal Tumors After Use of First-Line Therapies

WAYNE, NJ – Tthe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Bayer’s Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets to treat patients with locally advanced, unresectable or metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) who have been previously treated with... View Article

April 2013

Ofirmev Injection Available on VA Formulary For Relief of Mild/Moderate Pain

SAN DIEGO – Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that Ofirmev (acetaminophen) injection has been made available on the VA National Formulary (VANF) and must be available for prescription at all VA facilities. .Ofirmev is the first... View Article

April 2013

Kadcyla Approved for Treatment of HER2-positive Metastatic Breast Cancers

SAN FRANCISCO – The FDA has approved Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine or T-DM1) for the treatment of people with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (mBC) who have received prior treatment with Herceptin® (trastuzumab) and a taxane chemotherapy.... View Article

April 2013

Retired Air Force Urologist, General Officer Urges Doctors to Take Command

By Steve Lewis TEMPLE, TX – Retired Brig. Gen. James T. Turlington, MD, may no longer be an active duty general officer in the Air Force, but he’s still practicing medicine — and still making... View Article

April 2013

Lawmakers Seek Continued TBI Funding to Benefit Veterans, Civilians

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are calling for the reauthorization of legislation to help traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and their families access rehabilitation, long-term care and community support . The legislation, known as... View Article

April 2013

Controversy Continues Over Abridged Plans to Develop Joint VA, DoD EHR

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The new plan to develop a joint DoD, VA iEHR is a “lower risk, lower cost path,” agency officials told a congressional committee. “We believe the path that we have... View Article

               
           

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