2018 Issues


July 2018

Medications, interventions underused in veterans with peripheral artery disease

Nearly 30% of veterans with peripheral artery disease (PAD) die within four years of diagnosis, while others experience limb amputation or critical limb ischemia.

July 2018

Rank as socioeconomic proxy affects stroke outcomes in MHS patients

Do socioeconomic disparities exist in the U.S. military healthcare system with ischemic stroke admissions? A new study says they do.

July 2018

Demand surges for popular army clinical pharmacy course

With pharmacists from across the DoD and VA clamoring for spots in the Clinical Pharmacy Course at Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDCS) in Fort Sam Houston, TX, organizers offered back-to-back programs this spring, with another scheduled for August.

July 2018

Psychologist works to make mental health units safe for suicidal veterans

Most people looking at a hospital room will see an environment specifically designed to keep human beings alive through even the most traumatic circumstances.

July 2018

VA faces healthcare staffing shortages, barriers to hiring facility leaders

A facility-specific survey found that 138 of 140 VA facilities reported shortages of medical officers, with psychiatry and primary care positions being the most frequently listed.

July 2018

As burn pit registry grows, VA expands research into related lung disease

The potential cost to the VA for lung disease associated with deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan shot up this year when an administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Labor ruled that exposure to open-air burn pits caused a veteran’s lung disease.

July 2018

VA secretary nominee promises opposition to healthcare privatization

VA Secretary nominee Robert L. Wilkie promised lawmakers he would not privatize VA healthcare if he is confirmed.

July 2018

Even mild TBI increases veterans’ dementia risk

The risk of dementia is increased even in veterans who suffer mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) without loss of consciousness.

July 2018

Deep brain simulation extends Parkinson’s survival

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) not only improves motor function in patients with Parkinson’s disease, as demonstrated in earlier studies, it also appears to extend life, according to new VA research.

July 2018

Gene variant plus TBI worsens symptoms

A gene variant used to predict Alzheimer’s disease also appears to signal worse psychiatric symptoms in patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a new study reported.

July 2018

UTI reduction initiative has little effect at VHA nursing homes

In community-based, long-term care facilities, collaborative programs have been successful in reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates.

July 2018

Thyroid status affects death risk in veterans with CKD

Patients with nondialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (NDD-CKD) have a disproportionately higher prevalence of hypothyroidism compared with their non-CKD counterparts.

July 2018

Wounded Warrior receives first penile/scrotum transplant

Genitourinary injuries were one of the signal wounds from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

July 2018

“Meditation helps me to calm down.” —Lady Gaga

Recently I encountered two of my young adult daughters sitting on the same couch, both staring into their iPhones laughing.

July 2018

House subcommittee pushes for burn pit exposure answers

The VA and its partners are pursuing research, including six major studies, to better understand the potential health effects of burn pit exposures.

July 2018

Suicide risk under-appreciated among advanced lung cancer patients

Much of the focus on suicide at the VA is on recently discharged servicemembers who suffer from conditions such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

July 2018

Despite Shulkin ouster, VA continues with VISN restructuring plans

Despite changes in leadership, VA is planning to move forward with restructuring efforts, including redesigning its VISN system.

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