2015 Issues

July 2015

Metabolic Demand No Greater for Young, Fit, Active Amputees

FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX — While previous research has reported greater metabolic demand of walking following transtibial amputation (TTA), primarily in older, less active and often dysvascular patients, a new study sought to determine if... View Article

July 2015

Increasing Physical Activity Among Older Veterans with Lower Limb-Loss

SEATTLE — What type of regular physical activity is performed by older veterans with limb loss?A study recently published the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development sought to determine that.1Researchers from VA Puget Sound Health... View Article

July 2015

Cognitive Training Improves Psychological Health in TBI Patients

DALLAS — Strategy-based cognitive training improved not only psychological and neural health for veterans and civilians with traumatic brain injury (TBI) but also cognitive performance, according to a new study.The DoD-funded study, published recently in... View Article

July 2015

PTSD/Depression Combination Increases Anger in Veterans

IRVINE, CA — Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are much more likely to have their tempers erupt if they also are depressed, according to a new study.The study, led by researchers from the University... View Article

July 2015

Medication, Surgery Combat Biological Changes Associated with Obesity

Overweight and Sustained Obesity Require Different Approaches By Annette M. BoylePROVIDENCE, RI — Eat less, move more has long been the mantra for weight loss. But new research indicates the mainstays of diet and exercise... View Article

July 2015

A Call to Arms for CME

Today’s federal healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges related not only to active-duty military returning home with complex healthcare needs due to injury, but also with the long-term care of veterans’ clinical needs through the VA.

July 2015

David Shulkin, MD, Confirmed as New VA Under Secretary for of Health

By Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — The VA is set to welcome a new leader to the Veterans Health Administration. David Shulkin, MD, became the new VA undersecretary of health after the Senate confirmed his nomination by... View Article

July 2015

Vendors: VA Payment to Outside Providers Increasingly Delayed

Veterans’ Credit Ratings Could Be JeopardizedBy Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — The VA is taking too long to reimburse non-VA healthcare providers, a problem that could result in veterans being billed for the services, panelists told a... View Article

July 2015

Moderate A1c Reduction Lowers Heart Risks for Veterans With Diabetes

VA Researchers Warn About Too ‘Tight’ Blood-Sugar ControlBy Brenda L. MooneyANN ARBOR, MI — The VA’s balanced approach to glycemic control — keeping blood sugar levels low but not too low — appears to be... View Article

July 2015

VA’s Prescription Management Practices Come Under Fire From Legislators

By Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — Lawmakers charged that the VA is not doing enough to ensure that medication use is properly managed among veterans — particularly those already struggling with mental health issues.VA officials were questioned... View Article

July 2015

Gait Stride History Makes Leg Prosthetics More Accurate

CHICAGO — Major lower limb amputation accounted for up to 76% of amputations sustained by U.S. military personnel from 2001 to 2011. Although prosthetic lower limbs have been available, they traditionally have not restored full... View Article

July 2015

VA Brain Researcher Named to Nursing Hall of Fame

By Steve LewisWASHINGTON — Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered one of the signature injuries of recent military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, senior research scientist in the Office of Nursing... View Article

July 2015

Carotid Endarterectomy: Too Much or Not Enough at VA?

By Annette M. BoyleSAN FRANCISCO — For selected patients with carotid stenosis, national guidelines recommend revascularization for primary or secondary prevention of stroke. Increasingly, though, it appears that veterans who could benefit the most from... View Article

July 2015

Staff Shortages Prevent Full Implementation of VA Stroke Directive

Effort Seeks to Standardize Care Across VAMCsBy Annette M. BoyleINDIANAPOLIS — Since the publication of the VHA directive on treatment of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) in November 2011, VA medical facilities nationwide have responded by... View Article

July 2015

Army Polypharmacy Program Posts Outstanding Return on Investment

Clinical Pharmacists Help Optimize Medication UseBy Annette M. BoyleHONOLULU — A pilot program at Tripler Army Medical Center that manages patients taking multiple drugs appears poised to post a financial return on investment of 5:1.... View Article

July 2015

Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life

Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living — if you do it well... View Article

July 2015

Some Non-Federal Physicians Express Discomfort Treating Veterans

By Brenda L. MooneyATHENS, OH — The push to allow veterans more access to non-VA care — or even to bifurcate the system, as some have suggested, so that specific types of care always are... View Article

July 2015

TRICARE Changes Could Damage Military Readiness, Training

By Sandra BasuWASHINGTON—DoD and military healthcare officials warned lawmakers last month that a recent report’s recommendation to replace TRICARE with a selection of commercial insurance plans would be detrimental to medical training and readiness of... View Article


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