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2018 Issues


April 2018

In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Has Higher Survival Rates at VA Hospitals

Veterans who suffer cardiac arrest during a VA hospital stay are more likely to survive the experience than patients who have such events cardiac arrests in other U.S. hospitals. And, a year later, they are also more likely to still be alive.

April 2018

VHA’s Type 1 Diabetes Telehealth Care Saves Time, Money

About 5% of the United States population has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and the great majority are diagnosed before age 25. Since a diabetes diagnosis prevents enlistment in the military, relatively few veterans have the condition compared to type 2 diabetes, which affects about a fourth of VHA patients.

April 2018

Tele-Critical Care Helps MTF Expand to More Complex Surgeries

Most research suggests that hospitals with intensivists, board-certified physician who provides specialized care for critically ill patients save more lives.

April 2018

Telenephrology Brings Better Care to VA CKD Patients in Remote Areas

For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), living more than 30 miles from their nephrologist is associated with many unfavorable outcomes.

April 2018

Shulkin Ousted, White House Physician Nominated for VA Secretary

WASHINGTON — After several weeks of speculation regarding his future in the Trump Administration, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD’s tenure came to an abrupt end on March 28.

April 2018

Women’s Health Initiative at VA Increases Use of Point of Care Testing

NEW YORK — From 2000 to 2014, the number of women veterans receiving care through the VA doubled. Today, approximately 750,000 women are enrolled in the VHA healthcare system and about half a million use it each year.

April 2018

First-Ever Study Focuses on How Well VHA Cares for TIA Patients

INDIANAPOLIS — While many healthcare systems measure the quality of their stroke care, looking at performance early in the vascular disease process can help avoid acute events altogether.

April 2018

Military E-Prescriptions Exceed 50% Goal Set Three Years Ago

FALLS CHURCH, VA — As of January 2018, 54% of prescriptions filled by MTFs were submitted electronically, exceeding the initial goal of 50% set when the e-prescribing program first rolled out three years ago.

April 2018

Congress Seeks More Oversight of VA EHR Program

WASHINGTON — Legislation under consideration by Congress would increase oversight of VA’s adoption and implementation of its forthcoming electronic health record (EHR) system.

April 2018

Chiropractic Helpful for Female Veterans with Back Pain

BUFFALO, NY — Does chiropractic management create clinically significant improvement in low back pain for female U.S. veterans? That was the question investigated by a study published recently in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological... View Article

April 2018

Acupuncture Generally Effective for Chronic Pain in Military

FORT BRAGG, NC — While acupuncture is characterized as an alternative or complementary medicine with a low complication rate and minimal side effects, questions remain on whether acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain.... View Article

April 2018

Link Between Pain, Brain Disruption in Gulf War Veterans

MADISON, WI — Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) affects about one-fourth of the 700,000 veterans deployed during the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. A study in the journal Pain pointed out that the cause of their... View Article

April 2018

GAO: ‘Gaps’ in MHS Physician Specialties Could Affect Wartime Readiness

WASHINGTON — The military services need to develop “targeted and coordinated strategies” to alleviate military physician gaps, a recent report recommended.

April 2018

VA Patients Lack Testing to Optimize CLL Treatment

SALT LAKE CITY — The presence of deletion 17p (del17), determined by chromosome analysis and/or fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), is a strong negative prognostic marker in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.1

April 2018

Early Relapse After AHCT Bad Sign in Multiple Myeloma

ROCHESTER, MN — Duration of initial disease response remains a strong prognostic factor in multiple myeloma (MM), especially for upfront autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (AHCT) recipients. A study in the journal Leukemia hypothesized that new... View Article

April 2018

Cognitive Dysfunction Affects Blood Cancer Survival

BOSTON — With an aging population, cognitive impairment is increasingly common. The question raised by a new study was what effect that has on survival for older patients with hematologic cancers.

April 2018

Congress, VSOs Have Wait-and- See Position on Jackson Nomination

WASHINGTON — Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, MD, was thrust into the spotlight with his nomination as VA secretary late last month, raising questions about the qualifications he would bring to the position.

April 2018

Veterans’ Chronic Pain: Opioids No More Effective Than Other Medications

MINNEAPOLIS — The VA has struggled to reduce the use of opioids in chronic pain patients over the long term, primarily because of concerns about risk of addiction and other adverse effects. A new veterans... View Article

April 2018

Mental Health Diagnoses Increase Coronary Artery Disease Risks in Women Veterans

BOSTON — Depression and anxiety can be debilitating on their own. For women veterans, the conditions raise an additional concern: They significantly increase the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD)—the leading cause of death in the United States.

April 2018

When guns came into existence, so too did the natural right to a fair and reasonable defense against them

“When guns came into existence, so too did the natural right to a fair and reasonable defense against them.” —R. A. Delmonico I am a gun owner. I own quite a few pistols for defense... View Article

April 2018

For Memory Issues, It’s Not So Much the Concussion as the Blast

BOSTON—Many more servicemembers might have been injured by blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan than previously reported.

April 2018

Advocacy Group Partners with VA to Improve Research on Female Concussions

BRONX, NY — In the civilian world, the word “concussion” might evoke the image of a football player and the sound of helmet-to-helmet contact. In a military environment, it might evoke the image of a... View Article

April 2018

White House Physician Nominated as VA Secretary After Shulkin Ouster

The nominee for new VA secretary has served as the White House physician for the last three presidential administrations.

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