Primary care physicians and cardiologists increasingly rely on risk factor-based scores to determine who should start preventive therapy for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
WASHINGTON—The VA treats about a million veterans for diabetes, nearly one-fourth of its patient population.
DALLAS—A small, single-center study led by researchers from the Dallas VAMC suggests that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) might be caused by an immune reaction, rather than direct chemical injury from stomach acids.Results were published online... View Article
By Brenda L. Mooney SAINT LOUIS—Common drugs prescribed to millions of Americans to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers appear to be harmful over the long term to the kidneys and probably should be avoided,... View Article
Will granting full practice authority to advanced practice nurses (APRN) help resolve VA’s access issues and improve treatment, or will it instead do a disservice to veterans by moving away from physician-led healthcare delivery?
DURHAM, NC—With a growing interest in using exercise to treat a variety of conditions, many studies have highlighted the relationship between better erectile function and physical activity but, in general, black men have been underrepresented... View Article
KANSAS CITY, MO—With testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prescriptions increasing several-fold in the last decade, concerns have been raised about a possible increased incidence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).Because data is lacking... View Article
MINNEAPOLIS—The pandemic strain of drug-resistant E. coli H30 begins as a subtle, hard-to-detect infection, usually of the urinary tract. The strain is of special concern, however, according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases, because... View Article
CHERRY POINT, NC—Prior to a renovation late last year, patients at Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point’s pharmacy left negative feedback twice as often as positive. Installation of a robotic pharmacy system reversed those numbers, however. Today, two-thirds of comments are upbeat.
By Sandra BasuWASHINGTON—How widespread is the problem of improper shredding or otherwise mishandling paper claims from veterans, and is the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) doing enough to resolve the situation?That was the topic of a... View Article
SEATTLE—Hormonal changes related to explosive blast-related concussions often cause military veterans to suffer sleep disturbance, fatigue, depression and poor quality of life, according to a new study.The research evaluating hormone levels in 41 male veterans... View Article
SAN DIEGO—Existing screening tools for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) miss too many confirming diagnoses, according to a new study.An article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reports a false-negative error rate of 7%. Researchers... View Article
HONOLULU— New VA research offers persuasive evidence that dementia commonly results from a combination of brain ailments, rather than from a single condition, even if an Alzheimer’s diagnosis has been made.That information is based on... View Article
WASHINGTON—The Government Accountability Office has been asked to examine VA’s efforts to modernize VistA, its electronic health records (EHR) system.
WASHINGTON—A controversial proposal that would eliminate all eligibility requirements for use of VA’s Veterans Choice Program—essentially allowing all veteran patients access to government-paid community care—was denounced by advocacy groups and VA officials.
Recently I was viewing a rather emotional national news piece showing a preteen girl learning how to administer naloxone.
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