2018 Issues


February 2018

VA Cancer Patients Less Likely to Receive Excessive Care at End of Life

VA patients dying of cancer are far less likely to receive excessive and unnecessary end-of-life interventions than those treated by Medicare.

February 2018

DoD, VA Still Struggle with Diagnosing, Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Diagnosing and treating mild traumatic brain injury continues to pose challenges for clinicians, TBI experts told lawmakers.

February 2018

VA Promises to Resolve Late Payment Issues with Community Healthcare Providers

Slow Reimbursement Frustrated Clinicians, Hurt Veterans’ Credit By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—Citing the importance of providing payments in a “timely and consistent manner,” the VA announced that it has revised its regulations for payment and reimbursement... View Article

February 2018

Chemotherapy Use Declines for Breast Cancer Patients

With growing concern about overtreatment of breast cancer as outcomes have improved over time, not much research has been performed on how chemotherapy use and oncologists' recommendations have changed in recent years.

February 2018

Laparoscopic, Robotic Surgeries Equivalent for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer patients increasingly are receiving minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy (MIPD).

February 2018

Advanced NSCLC Patients Still Receive Aggressive Treatment

Aggressive care for cancer patients appears to be increasing at the end of life, and the VA is part of that trend, according to a new study.

February 2018

New Research Addresses Unique Challenges to Brain Health Faced by Servicemembers

Neuroscientists are tackling some of the challenges to brain health predominantly experienced by servicemembers – and that has important implications for the broader population.

February 2018

MHS Leads the Way With Alternative Remedies for Pain, Mental Health

The military health system has taken a leading position with the availability and usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)W.

February 2018

New Executive Order Guarantees a Year of Mental Healthcare After Separation from Service

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing the DoD, VA and Homeland Security departments develop a plan to ensure that all new veterans receive mental healthcare for at least one year following their separation from service.

February 2018

Epilepsy Centers of Excellence Provide Options for Veterans With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Epilepsy is substantially more common in veterans than the general population and, in up to 40% of them, anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) fail to control their seizures.

February 2018

VA Study Addresses Concerns About Anti-Epileptic Drugs, Suicidal Behavior Link

In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert about increased risk for suicidal ideation and behavior for patients taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).

February 2018

VHA Data Helps Validate Tool for Hypoglycemia Risk ID

OAKLAND, CA—Data from more than 1.3 million VHA patients was used to help validate a practical tool for identifying people with diabetes who are at the highest risk for being admitted to an emergency department... View Article

February 2018

Hypoglycemia Common in Hospice Patients Continuing Insulin Treatment

BOSTON—Clinical guidelines recommend relaxing glycemic control target levels for patients with diabetes and advanced disease and eventual discontinuation of medications as patients near death to avoid hypoglycemia. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine... View Article

February 2018

VA Study Shows Kidney Disease Ups Diabetes Risk

LOUIS—For years, research has shown that patients with diabetes have an increased risk of kidney disease. But what about the reverse? A new study published in the journal Kidney International provides evidence that kidney dysfunction... View Article

February 2018

Rocky Mountain VAMC Construction Remains Controversial; Set to Open Later This Year

The long delayed and over-budget Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center in Aurora, CO, is finally scheduled to open its doors in August 2018.

February 2018

Retired Naval Officer Prepares Nursing School Students to Treat Military Personnel, Veterans

By Stephen Spotswood AUBURN, AL—As more and more veterans begin seeking care in the civilian sector, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that medical centers and educational institutions need to adapt to serve this new patient population.... View Article

February 2018

San Diego Revises Alert System in Wake of Administration of Compromised Flu Vaccine

In the fall, failure of a pharmacy refrigerator and its monitoring system resulted in 1,540 veterans and staff receiving potentially ineffective shots.

February 2018

Letter to the Editor

I have been at the VA for several years and have enjoyed your columns.  I was somewhat intrigued by the juxtaposition of two items in the November issue.  The first, was the article (p.18) about... View Article

February 2018

We are not makers of history. We are made by history

Editor-In-Chief, Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, COL (ret.), MC, USA — The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) I find this quote by Dr. King particularly poignant as I reflect back on my own career... View Article

               
           

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