2013 Issues


May 2013

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” ― Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Like most Americans, I was shocked and horrified at the Boston Marathon bombings that ripped through the... View Article

May 2013

Battlefield Lessons Save Lives, Limbs after Boston Marathon Explosions

Annette M. Boyle SAN ANTONIO, TX – Ten years ago, many of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing with major lower body injuries would likely have spent the rest of their lives in a... View Article

May 2013

VA Will Introduce Productivity Models for Five MD Specialties This Year

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Under pressure to develop an accurate method of assessing physician output and determining appropriate staffing levels at medical facilities, the VA has agreed to establish productivity models for five additional... View Article

May 2013

VA’s Overuse of GERD Treatment Under Scrutiny

By Brenda L. Mooney CHICAGO – How VA patients are treated, — or potentially overtreated, — for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is coming under greater scrutiny. Veterans often are prescribed proton pump inhibitors (PPI) at... View Article

May 2013

Lawmakers Seek to Extend Date for Camp Lejeune Healthcare Claims

By Sandra Basu Jerry Ensminger and his daughter Janey, who died of cancer in the 1980s. A law to help victims of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is named for her. WASHINGTON – Legislation signed... View Article

May 2013

First-in-Class Diabetes Drug Offers New Treatment Options for VA Patients

By Annette M. Boyle SAN DIEGO – The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent approval of canagliflozin might soon offer new treatment options for the more than one million VA patients with diabetes. “This is... View Article

May 2013

Diclegis Is Only Drug Approved for Nausea, Vomiting in Pregnant Women

BLAINVILLE, QUEBEC – Diclegis (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting. It currently is the only approved treatment for... View Article

May 2013

First Lymph Node Mapping Drug Approved in More than 30 Years

DUBLIN, OH – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection, the first new drug used for lymph node mapping to be approved in more than 30 years. Lymphoseek... View Article

May 2013

FDA Approves Tecfidera for Treatment of Relapsing MS

WESTON, MA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) capsules to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). “No drug provides a cure for multiple sclerosis, so it... View Article

May 2013

VA Urged to Resolve Whistleblower Complaints About Jackson, MS, VAMC

By Sandra Basu JACKSON, MS – Despite assurances that problems have been addressed at the G.V. (“Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center here, veterans expressed their anger to VA leaders during a town hall meeting held... View Article

May 2013

Telephone Intervention Effect Varied by Race, Health Literacy

DURHAM, NC – Race and health literacy were factors in the effectiveness of a telephone-based osteoarthritis (OA) self-management support intervention, according to a new study.1 Researchers from the Durham, NC, VA Medical Center, Duke University... View Article

May 2013

Return to Active Duty Unusual After Knee Procedure

CHICAGO – Treating large cartilage knee defects with an allograft osteoarticular transplant (OATS) does not allow most military personnel to return to full active duty status, according to research presented recently at the American Orthopaedic... View Article

May 2013

Vitamin D No Help for Knee Osteoarthritis

BOSTON – Vitamin D supplementation did not result in a significant difference in knee pain or cartilage volume loss in patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis compared to a placebo group, according to a study from... View Article

May 2013

Debate Over Breast Cancer Screening for Older Women Continues at VA

By Annette Boyle SAN FRANCISCO – A handful of new studies on the harms and benefits of mammography screening for older women give VHA physicians more information but no easy answers. The rapidly rising number... View Article

May 2013

Military Responds to High Rates of STIs in Active-Duty Female Servicemembers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Active-duty women have far higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than their male colleagues or civilian counterparts, and the military services are trying to help young servicemembers avoid the types of... View Article

May 2013

VA Proposes Team-Based Model for Prostate Cancer Care

  By Michael Kelley, MD National Program Director for Oncology, Specialty Care Services, Patient Care Services, VHA, Chief, Hematology-Oncology, Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC... View Article

May 2013

Navy Recognizes Nurse/Officer for His ‘Loyal Devotion to Duty’

By Steve Lewis AUBURN, AL – Early in his military career, David R. Crumbley MSN, CWCN, assistant clinical professor at the Auburn University School of Nursing, became inspired to help people through medicine. “I enjoyed... View Article

May 2013

IBD Prevalence Increases in VA; UC More Common

HOUSTON — The prevalence of Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) increased twofold to threefold among VA users between 1998 and 2009, although the incidence of the disease, known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease,... View Article

May 2013

Acid Reflux Therapy Works As Well In Obese Patients

KANSAS CITY, MO – Obesity is no barrier to effectiveness for proton pump inhibitors (PPI) in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a VA database study The study out of the Kansas City,... View Article

May 2013

VA Specialists Often Exceed Guidelines in Colonoscopy Screening Follow-Up

DURHAM, NC – Gastroenterologists often urge repeat colonoscopy for colonic polyp surveillance more frequently than recommended by the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force Colorectal Cancer and the American Cancer Society guidelines, according to a recent VA... View Article

May 2013

TBI, PTSD Research Will Go On Despite DoD Budget Crunch

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – While 2013 has been a difficult year so far when it comes to the budget, the Military Health System’s top doctor promised that funding for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and... View Article

May 2013

DoD Budget Seeks to Cut More Than 5,000 Civilian Healthcare Workers Over Five Years

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The DoD plans to cut its civilian workforce by 5% to 6% by the end of fiscal year 2018, including more than 5,000 from the Military Health System. President Barack... View Article

May 2013

VA’s Proposed FY14 Budget Includes 10.2% Increase Over Last Year

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – The president’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget is “a strong budget” that will allow VA to continue to make progress in some key longterm goals, Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers... View Article

               
           

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