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2018 Issues


October 2018

Decision Tool Helps Decide Who Should Get Lung Cancer Screening

A new online decision tool helps clinicians determine when to recommend lung cancer screening for their patients.

October 2018

Cost Matters Most in Patient Preference for ED Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing is often used during emergency department (ED) visits. But, in the rush to diagnosis and treat patients, often not much attention is paid to patient preferences for such testing, according to a recent study.

October 2018

A ‘Trigger’ Can Make Sure Abnormal TSH Levels Are Followed Up

In busy outpatient clinics, following up on abnormal test results too often falls by the wayside, according to a new study.

October 2018

RA Fracture Risk Affected by Glucocorticoid Treatment

How much does systemic glucocorticoid exposure increase fracture among patients with newly-diagnosed inflammatory and immune-modulated conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

October 2018

Obesity, Weight-Loss Both Worsen RA U.S. Medicine

Obese patients with rheumatoid arthritis report greater disability in cross-sectional studies, but what that means over the long term has not been studied often.

October 2018

Opioid Prescription Delays DMARD Initiation

What factors can cause delays in initiation of initial disease-modifying antirheumatic drug, or DMARD, in patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

October 2018

Outcomes of Genitourinary Injuries in Recent Veterans

The diagnosis and coordination of care for veterans with genitourinary injury can be improved, a new study found.

October 2018

E. Coli in Poultry Linked to UTI Outbreaks

Gastrointestinal upset isn't the only risk from a strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) found in retail chicken and turkey products.

October 2018

Most Patients Have Issues With In-Dwelling Catheters

Patients have more issues than healthcare providers might realize with complications from indwelling urethral catheters, including both infectious and non-infectious problems.

October 2018

Is It Time to Abandon One-Size-Fits-All Dosing for Antibiotics?

Increased obesity among veterans and the general population might be leading to more hospitalizations for infections and greater instance of failed treatment in patients who have been hospitalized.

October 2018

VA/National Cancer Institute Partnership Increases Veteran Access to Trials

Thanks to a new partnership between the National Cancer Institute and the VA, veterans with cancer will now have greater access to potentially lifesaving clinical trials.

October 2018

VA Continues Hepatocellular Screening, but Study Questions the Value

Although a recent study determined that screening veterans with cirrhosis for hepatocellular carcinoma did not reduce the risk of death associated with liver cancer, the VA has no plans to change its screening practices.

October 2018

VHA Accountability Unclear for Assuring Medical Equipment Sterility

Who is responsible for VHA's sterile processing reusable medical equipment is unclear, and the lack of accountability needs to be addressed, agency officials told lawmakers.

October 2018

Could Bilirubin Measurements Predict, Prevent CV Events in HIV Patients?

For most people, mention of bilirubin, which is formed after the breakdown of red blood cells and is eliminated by the liver, elicits thoughts of jaundice—which occurs when the compound is too high.

October 2018

VA Pilots Automated Nationwide MDRO Alert System

The VA has successfully piloted a nationwide system to alert VA facilities when patients are admitted with a history of infection with two challenging multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs).

October 2018

House Passes Bill to Improve Hiring, Retention at VHA

A three-year pilot program to provide undergraduate students a clinical observation experience within VA is called for in a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives.

October 2018

Testosterone Therapy Not Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer in Veterans

Clinicians prescribing supplemental testosterone in men with low levels always have a nagging concern about the possible link between increasing hormone levels and prostate cancer.

October 2018

Legislators Question Governance of VA EHR Implementation

How much will implementation and integration of a new electronic health record slow down processes at the VA, which already struggles with delays in care?

October 2018

Protocols to Prevent Pathogen Transmission Often Violated in Hospitals

Precautionary practices to prevent infectious agent transmission in hospitals often fail, according to a study looking at 325 patient rooms, including some at a VAMC.

October 2018

“The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”—Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)”

The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”—Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

October 2018

No Prior Mental Health Diagnosis for Many Soldiers Attempting Suicide

While mental health conditions are a strong predictor of who is likely to try to take their own life, that doesn't account for a sizeable percentage of soldiers at risk of suicide, according to a new study.

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