2017 Issues

January 2017

Low Flu Vaccine Rates at Healthcare Facilities Without Mandatory Shots

ATLANTA –The vast majority of physicians got a flu shot before the 2015-16 influenza season. The issue is how many of their assistants and aides also were vaccinated. An article in the Morbidity & Mortality... View Article

January 2017

Flu Complications Reduced With Early Antiviral Treatment

CLEVELAND – How does antiviral treatment, pre-existing diseases, and sociodemographic factors affect the risk of influenza-related complications and healthcare utilization? For a report in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion, case data was obtained... View Article

January 2017

VA, Veterans Bear High Costs for Annual Flu Season

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT – For the U.S. population in general, seasonal influenza epidemics are a substantial public health and economic burden:  On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and an estimated 23,000 Americans... View Article

January 2017

Appointment Delays Continue at VA’s Phoenix Healthcare System

Two years after the Phoenix Healthcare System came under fire for delayed patient care and wait lists, a recent VA Inspector General’s (IG) report has found that patients continue to encounter delays in care at the hospital.

January 2017

Intensive Monitoring Needed for Veterans with AF and CKD

A retrospective cohort study recently evaluated warfarin prescription, quality of international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring and of INR control in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) at the VA

January 2017

Anticoagulants for the Prevention of VTE After Arthroplasty

Because venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially fatal complication of arthroplasty, a recent meta-analysis looked at the safety and effectiveness of new anticoagulants for the prevention of VTE after hip and knee procedures.

January 2017

Exercise Capacity Has Strong Effect on Cardiovascular Event Risk

What is the association between exercise capacity and the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs)?

January 2017

Telehealth Device Helps Avoid Suicide in Veterans With Schizophrenia

Telehealth tools are showing promise in helping save the lives of schizophrenic veterans with a high risk of suicide, but the VA is facing a setback in using them.

January 2017

Can Gene Analysis Improve the Treatment of Schizophrenia in Veterans?

Antipsychotics play a major role in the treatment of schizophrenia, but their efficacy and tolerability in individual patients varies widely.

January 2017

COPD Associated With Frailty in HIV-Infected Veterans

With chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) prevalence increasing among aging HIV-infected patients, a recent study sought to determine how that relates to frailty in veterans treated at the VA.

January 2017

Prevalence of Asthma Tripled in Recent Deployed Veterans

The prevalence of asthma nearly tripled during an eight-year period in VA patients who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new study.

January 2017

Asthma, Depression Significantly Linked in Veterans

Results of research on the relationship between both current and lifetime asthma and mental illness among veterans in the United States were published recently in the Journal of Asthma.

January 2017

VA Offers Pharmacy Staff Free Diabetes Management Certificate Course

A free online certificate course on diabetes made available at the VA and DoD earlier this year already has had more than 550 enrollments and awarded 15 certificates.

January 2017

Younger Veterans Much More Likely to Suffer Severe Pain Than Nonveterans

Veterans, especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, are about 40% more likely to experience severe pain than nonveterans, according to a new study.

January 2017

Forum Describes Alternatives to Treat Veteran Pain

A pilot program integrating complementary and integrative health approaches in pain management and mental health services at 15 VA facilities has the potential to help facilitate the understanding of nonpharmacological approaches to treating pain.

January 2017

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Gets Former Military Doctor as Chairman

The influential House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will welcome a new leader this month.

January 2017

Goolsby Uses Variety of Tools to Prepare Military Physicians for Challenging Roles

Maj. Craig Goolsby, MD, wears a lot of hats at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).

January 2017

Increasing Use of Community Care Risks Poor Coordination With VA

In less than a decade, the number of veterans receiving care at community health centers rose 43%, in part reflecting increased access to local providers through the Veterans Choice program, according to researchers at the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at George Washington University.

January 2017

VA Expands Practice Authority for Three High-Level Nurse Categories

The VA has granted full practice authority to three roles of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education, training and certification, regardless of state restrictions.

January 2017

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

I recently took in the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” with my wife. Starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson, the movie dramatizes the heroics of Cpl. Desmond Thomas Doss (1919-2006), who served as a combat medic with the 77th Infantry Division in the Pacific theater of World War II, despite being a conscientious objector who refused to carry a weapon in combat.

January 2017

David Shulkin Gets Promotion, Appointed New VA Secretary

David J. Shulkin, MD, who currently serves as under secretary for health and heads VHA, has been picked by the incoming Trump Administration as new VA Secretary.

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