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2014 Issues


September 2014

Military Brings Treatment Closer to Troops to Combat Growing Depression Issues

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Recent military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have put the spotlight not only on PTSD and TBI, but also on depression, which often co-exists with both conditions. “The previously rising... View Article

September 2014

Increasing Cancer Treatment Delays Have Plagued VAMCs for Nearly a Decade

Some Long Wait Times Attributable to Treatment Modalities by Annette M. Boyle CHICAGO – The news media frenzy of the last six months might suggest otherwise, but concerns about delays in treatment for veterans are... View Article

September 2014

New Guidelines Published for Renal Artery Stenting

CLEVELAND – Patients traditionally excluded from modern clinical trials could benefit from renal artery stenting to open blockages in the renal arteries, according to new recommendations. The report, published online by the journal Catheterization and... View Article

September 2014

New VA Secretary Moves Quickly to Remedy Access to Care Issues

WASHINGTON - VA Secretary Robert McDonald hit the ground running last month, reaffirming the message that VA could turn its challenges into an opportunity to do “what we could never have done otherwise.”

September 2014

Researchers Target Sleep to Improve Outcomes in Servicemembers with Mild TBI

ARLINGTON, VA - Up to 93% of servicemembers who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) or concussions experience insomnia and more than a third develop obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep disturbances also can exacerbate other symptoms such as pain and irritability as well as impair cognition and social functioning.

September 2014

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... View Article

September 2014

Brief Cognitive Therapy Helps Insomnia Patients

GAINESVILLE, FL – Brief cognitive behavioral therapy can be highly effective in improving sleep in patients with insomnia. Sleep improved in 86% of insomnia patients who completed at least three sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy... View Article

September 2014

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... View Article

September 2014

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... View Article

September 2014

Novel Sleep Medication OK’d for Insomnia Treatment

WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first orexin receptor antagonist for treatment of insomnia. Suvorexant, marketed as Belsomra by Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp. of Whitehouse Station, NJ, is... View Article

September 2014

New Cervical Cancer Indication Approved for Avastin

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A new use has been approved for bevacizumab, marketed as Avastin, to treat patients with persistent, recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer. The new indication for Avastin, which interferes with the... View Article

September 2014

PTSD Still Plagues More than 1 in 10 Vietnam Veterans 40 Years Later

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 41 years after the war ended, a recent congressionally mandated study shows.

September 2014

Psychological Distress Affects Prostate Cancer Screening

BOSTON – As the debate continues about the benefit of routine prostate cancer screening, a new VA study raises a new concern: the role of psychological distress in the process. The study, led by researchers... View Article

September 2014

Statins Reduce Recurrence after Prostate Cancer Surgery

DURHAM, NC – Patients should be prescribed statins after prostate cancer surgery, according to the authors of a new retrospective analysis which finds that men whobegin taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs after radical prostatectomy are less... View Article

September 2014

Prostate Cancer More Aggressive in Younger Men

ANN ARBOR, MI – Prostate cancer diagnoses are on the increase in younger men, and a new analysis suggested that the disease is typically more aggressive in those cases. The study, conducted by researchers from... View Article

September 2014

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... View Article

September 2014

Telecare Program Effectively Manages Pain, Reduces Opioid Use in VA Patients

By Brenda L. Mooney INDIANAPOLIS  –  A yearlong VA telecare program to manage chronic pain due to arthritis or other musculoskeletal disorders not only doubled the likelihood of improvement for veterans in the intervention program... View Article

September 2014

Research Finds Unexpectedly High Rates of Pain, Opioid Use in Recently Deployed Soldiers

By Annette M. Boyle SILVER SPRING, MD – Skyrocketing prescription opioid use in the civilian population has attracted widespread medical and media attention. While the DoD and VA implemented a pain management task force in... View Article

September 2014

Military Service Frequently Ended by Muscle Injuries Combined with Mental Health Issues

ANN ARBOR, MI – When it comes to musculoskeletal injuries in the military, the physical disability might be only part of the story. While nearly two-thirds of troops deemed unfit for duty within four years... View Article

September 2014

Institute of Medicine: DOD, VA Fail at Tracking Outcomes of PTSD Treatments

By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON – One of the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), affected 13.5% of soldiers and caused 502,000 veterans to seek treatment in 2012.... View Article

September 2014

DoD Plays Role in Helping Contain Ebola Outbreak; Seeks a Cure

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. public health community desperately seeks to help contain what experts say is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa, DoD also is monitoring the situation closely and has created an internal task force to “further review the situation.”

September 2014

DoD’s Slow Transfer of Service Records Contributes to VA Claims Backlog

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – While VA is under heavy pressure from lawmakers to reduce the claims backlog and process claims faster, the agency is not the only one to blame for these delays, according... View Article

September 2014

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... View Article

September 2014

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... View Article

September 2014

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.”

           

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