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2018 Issues


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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