By Annette M. Boyle BEDFORD, MA—A program launched in eight VA New England medical center anticoagulation clinics not only achieved its goals of improving delivery of anticoagulation care, it also continues to pay dividends in... View Article
VA is falling short on its goals to hire more mental health professionals by the end of this year, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told legislators at a recent Senate hearing on suicide prevention.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) can cause a wide range of motor and nonmotor symptoms (NMS).
Apathy is a common behavioral problem in Alzheimer’s disease and can lead to everything functional impairment to higher medical costs to increased mortality.
Low-impulse electrical stimulation (LIP-tES) to the brain shows promise in improving neural function in mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Blood transfusion as quickly as possible was a lifesaver for wounded warriors in Afghanistan.
Should stereotactic body radiotherapy remain the standard treatment for medically inoperable early-Stage non-small cell lung cancer?
BETHESDA, MD—Past research has raised the possibility that a common blood sugar-lowering drug could be associated with improved survival in cancer patients with Type 2 diabetes. A study published recently in the International Journal of Cancer assessed... View Article
Improved radiation and surgical techniques boosted overall survival in veterans diagnosed with Stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) from 2001 to 2010.
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) have long been known to increase the risk of infection and amputation.
By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON—Clinicians treating veterans and military patients can expect new guidelines in the coming year on sleep disorders, stroke, asthma, suicide prevention and chronic kidney disease. The VA/DoD guidelines for major diseases... View Article
By Annette M. Boyle LONG BEACH, CA—In recent years, the American Diabetes Association and other organizations have recognized that very low glycemic rates do not provide a cardiovascular benefit and might instead increase mortality risk... View Article
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—The VA has sent draft legislation to Congress that would revamp criteria for outside care, including eliminating the controversial “30-day/40-mile” rule. “We want veterans to work with their VA physicians to make... View Article
Beverly Buchanan’s symptoms didn’t immediately set off any red flags in her mind.
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—VA pushed back against congressional bills under consideration last month that would create new pilot programs related to dog therapy. “We do not believe that creating yet another program would add significant... View Article
Study Uses MHS Data to Create Guidelines for Painkillers BOSTON – How long should patients use opioids after common surgical procedures? Until now, there hasn’t been much consensus on the answer. A new study analyzing... View Article
“You know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proved to work? – Medicine.” ~Tim Minchin *Editor’s note: This month’s editorial was co-written by retired Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker. A recent announcement of a very... View Article
Diabetes Guidelines Don’t Include Specific Pharmacotherapy Advise By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON —The VA and DoD Evidence-Based Practice Work Group has recently released five updated clinical practice guidelines. They cover common conditions such as Type... View Article
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—Draft congressional legislation is calling for a commission to make recommendations regarding VA’s infrastructure. Even supporters admit the “deck is stacked against” it. In introducing the bill, which potentially could lead to... View Article
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