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2018 Issues


August 2018

Better Retention and Outcomes With One Tablet Therapy for HIV Patients

Patients taking a single tablet to control HIV had better viral suppression and stayed in care at higher rates than patients who took multiple pills.

August 2018

Incidence of NK/T-cell Lymphoma Rises Significantly in the United States

Limited data are available regarding the incidence, survival patterns, and long-term outcomes of natural killer/T-cell neoplasms in the United States.

August 2018

Early Therapy Helps Prevent Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Other AIDS-related Cancer

Prevention of AIDS-defining cancers, such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, can be helped by early, sustained antiretroviral therapy, which results in long-term viral suppression, a new study found.

August 2018

Zika Infection Had More Serious Effects in Older Veterans With Comorbidities

Zika virus infection had affected more than a half-million people in the Western Hemisphere by the end of 2016. Among those were more than 700 VA patients with confirmed or presumed possible infection.

August 2018

VA Study: 76% of Primary Care Prescriptions Deemed Inappropriate

The VA's success in reducing unnecessary antibiotic use in its hospitals has not trickled down to its outpatient clinics.

August 2018

Cautious Use of Prandial Insulin Urged for Older Veterans

A new VA study pointed out why prandial insulin should be used cautiously in older adults with complex comorbidities.

August 2018

Adherence to New Medications Is Critical for Veterans With Diabetes

How important is adherence to oral medications in reducing complications for veterans with diabetes?

August 2018

VA Research Links Global Air Pollution to Diabetes Risk

Air pollution, even at levels technically falling into safe ranges, are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, according to a new study involving VA researchers.

August 2018

Memory Problems Worsen Survival Rates in Older Blood Cancer Patients

About a third of hematologic cancer patients in a recent cohort study screened positive for executive dysfunction, and more than 17% had memory problems.

August 2018

VA Vows to Stop Whistleblower Retaliation; Some Lawmakers Skeptical

VA leaders said loud and clear that the agency “will not tolerate” whistleblower retaliation.

August 2018

New House Subcommittee Will Oversee VA EHR Implementation

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is gearing up for greater oversight of VA's electronic health record implementation with the creation of a new oversight subcommittee.

August 2018

New VA Analysis Refutes Link Between Heart Failure, Incident Cancer

With about 350,000 patients with heart failure diagnoses being treated in the VHA, recent studies suggesting that the cardiovascular condition increases risk of cancer have been worrisome.

August 2018

VA Surgeon Sees His Role as ‘Pillar of Hope’ for Veteran Patients

The theme of this year’s Harlem Fine Arts Show—the largest touring African diasporic art show in the United States—is “Health and the Healing Power of Art.”

August 2018

VHA Makes Progress in Improving Safety of Opioid Prescribing

VHA medical facilities should ensure that its providers are following three key opioid risk mitigation strategies, including conducting urine drug screening, a recent report recommended.

August 2018

Too Little Sleep? Army Research Suggests Correct Caffeine Dosage

The Army's Performance Triad promotes quality sleep, physical activity and good nutrition, but when sleep suffers, a new tool developed by the Army can help.

August 2018

“Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

In past columns, I have mentioned my penchant for science fiction.

August 2018

Even Mild TBI Can Dramatically Increase Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

Mild traumatic brain injury, commonly known as concussion, appears to increase a patient's risk of developing Parkinson's disease by as much as 56%, a new veterans study found.

August 2018

Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Make Robert L. Wilkie the New VA Secretary

Robert L. Wilkie took office as the 10th VA Secretary after the U.S. Senate voted 86-9 to confirm him.

August 2018

SCAN-ECHO Improves Care for VA Liver Disease Patients

While specialty care has been associated with improved survival in patients with liver disease, convenient access to specialists isn’t available to all patients.

August 2018

Remote Disease Management Program Improves Outcomes in the Northwest

A telehealth-based chronic disease management program which included clinical pharmacy specialists (CPS) had positive outcomes on primary care outcomes in a rural area, according to a new study.

August 2018

Tele-ICU Program Reduces Transfers of VA’s ICU Patients

Most intensive care units (ICUs) in smaller, community, and regional hospitals aren’t able to support intensivist staffs to provide advanced critical care.

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