New Law Gives Broader Access to Care Beyond VA By Brenda L. Mooney WASHINGTON – Passed with broad bipartisan congressional source support, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA) was promoted as... View Article
WASHINGTON - Calling the situation “unacceptable,” VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson apologized last month for delays in the construction of a new VAMC in the Denver area and told lawmakers that finishing the facility without further delay is a priority.
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – While the spotlight in recent years has been on reducing the disability claims backlog, lawmakers also recently raised another alarm about a appeals process which, they said, leaves some veterans waiting years... View Article
FALLS CHURCH, VA – The DoD has successfully reversed a trend toward increased use of opioids by engaging pharmacists in oversight and management of polypharmacy patients in Warrior Transition Units.
IOWA CITY, IA – Opioid prescribing dramatically increased at the VHA during an eight year period ending in 2012 but demonstrated wide variation in prevalence and incident rates across geographical region, sex and age groups.... View Article
PHILADELPHIA – Could wider use of medical marijuana reduce mortality from opioid analgesic overdose? That question is raised by a study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine.1 Noting that opioid analgesic overdose mortality continues to rise... View Article
BETHESDA, MD – With as many as one-third of unilateral=limb amputees suffering regularly from phantom limb pain, military medicine has been in search of an inexpensive and effective treatment. A study published recently in the... View Article
By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
By Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command, 43rd Surgeon General of the Army For the first time in our nation’s history, we are decreased the size of our Army before we ended... View Article
By Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Travis, MD, Surgeon General, United States Air Force
Why Do Overweight Patients Live Longer with Heart Failure? Now the leading cause of hospital admissions in the VA Health Care System, heart failure is associated with high mortality rates and poor quality of life.
WASHINGTON — As Congress kicked off its 114th session last month, key committees that shape defense and veterans legislation welcomed new leaders.
Effort Seeks to Reduce Hypoglycemia in Older Veterans WASHINGTON - At the beginning of the 21st century, tight glucose control for patients with type 2 diabetes was all the rage.
DURHAM, NC - While the commitment to physical fitness demanded of active duty forces can keep many ailments at bay, the rigors of service also bring an increased risk of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, especially for young women entering (and exiting) the military.
PITTSBURGH – Veterans who double dip benefits, receiving glucose test strips through both the VA and Medicare, use more strips and are more likely to potentially overuse the measurement devices, according to a new study.... View Article
BETHESDA, MD – Chronic insomnia doubles the risk of developing hypertension and type 2 diabetes in servicemembers compared to military personnel who have not been diagnosed with that sleep problem. That’s according to a report... View Article
PITTSBURGH – Veterans who participated in mindfulness training lowered their diabetes-related distress and glucose levels while improving their self-management of the disease, according to a new study. The training included focused breathing and awareness training,... View Article
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) I have never been one much impressed by celebrity. During my years haunting the halls of Walter Reed Army Medical Center... View Article
Lupus Diagnoses Have Risen Significantly BETHESDA, MD - As the fictional team of physicians attempted to identify mysterious conditions season after season, TV’s Dr. Gregory House often assured them, “It’s not lupus — It’s never lupus.” But in recent years, many DoD physicians have found that it is lupus — it’s increasingly lupus.
MILWAUKEE - Being first is always an impressive accomplishment, but how many healthcare professionals can lay claim to being ahead of 30,000 others in their specialty
WASHINGTON - A new law puts into place a $3 increase this year for all prescription copays for non-active duty DoD beneficiaries except for mail order generic drugs, while leaving the question of further increases in future years still in play.
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