2018 Issues


September 2018

Rural Veterans With MS Benefit from Clinical Video Telehealth Rehabilitation

Of the more than 28,000 veterans with multiple sclerosis (MS) who receive care at the VHA, almost 45% of them live in rural or highly rural areas, a recent conference presentation pointed out.

September 2018

Flu Vaccination Rates Up for VA Health Care Staff, But Still Lag National Average

While the VA significantly lags behind other healthcare systems in mandating influenza vaccinations for healthcare workers, according to recent research, it is moving closer to the national average because of a directive issued last fall.

September 2018

DoD Analysis Shows Flu Vaccine More Effective Than Expected in 2017

Predictions that the influenza vaccine would be largely ineffective in the U.S. based on results seen in Australia the previous summer troubled many federal infectious disease specialists going into last year's flu season.

September 2018

VA Evaluates Form to Improve Function in Medication Labels

When time is of the essence, good design saves lives. That was the lesson of a recent experiment in Pittsburgh that tested whether anesthetist trainees would grab the right medication in a stressful simulated operating room scenario or make a potentially fatal mistake.

September 2018

Lawmakers Continue to Push VA to Meet Benefits Modernization Deadline

VA remains on track for implementing its new disability appeals system by the February 2019 deadline, VA officials told lawmakers at a recent hearing.

September 2018

Side-effects Differ Between Radiation Therapies for Prostate Cancer

A recent study compared patient-reported disease-specific functional outcomes after external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and EBRT combined with low-dose-rate brachytherapy prostate boost (EB-LDR) among men with localized prostate cancer.

September 2018

Parkinson’s Drug Not Associated With Higher Prostate Cancer Risk

An increased incidence of prostate cancer was observed in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients treated with entacapone during a pre-approval randomized clinical trial, according to a new study which noted that the relationship had not yet been intensely investigated.

September 2018

Metformin Promising for Improving Prostate Cancer Survival

Metformin, a commonly used drug for patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), has shown promise in helping to treat prostate cancer (PCa), according to a new study.

September 2018

Despite Unanimous House Support, VA Opposes ‘Blue Water’ Legislation

VA officials told lawmakers last month that it opposes a bill that would expand the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to Vietnam veterans who served offshore because the "science is not there."

September 2018

VA Research Determines Which Beta Blocker Is Better in Heart Failure

ST. LOUIS—Current clinical guidelines recommend the use of beta blockers in all heart failure patients with with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Which beta blocker to use—carvedilol or metoprolol succinate—remained unclear, however, according to a recent... View Article

September 2018

DC VAMC Resolves Some of ‘Dysfunction’ Cited By VA Inspector General

The DC VAMC has addressed or resolved six of 25 recommendations made by the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) and is working to resolve the remaining ones, the facility announced last month.

September 2018

Milwaukee VA Specialist Seeks to Make Radiology More Patient-Friendly

Ian Weissman, a radiologist with the Milwaukee VA, can trace his desire to be a doctor back to one source. “I grew up watching 'The Waltons.' There, the primary care doc was part of the community,” he explained. “That was my dream.”

September 2018

As DHA Takes More Control, Military Medicine Undergoes Changes

In a bill recently signed into law, Congress signaled its intent to give the Defense Health Agency (DHA) greater control over the administration of military health care and medical research.

September 2018

VA’s Use of Conservative Management for Prostate Cancer Sets Standard

The VA is taking a leading role in use of conservative treatment for veterans diagnosed with non-aggressive prostate cancer.

September 2018

VA Launches Study to Address Liver Fluke/Bile Duct Cancer Concerns

A recently launched VA study of mortality in Vietnam veterans will examine whether exposure to liver flukes, a parasitic worm, increased the risk of cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer in those veterans.

September 2018

“Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

My wife’s family has maintained a cabin in Maine for over 100 years, idyllically set in a mature pine grove on a pristine lake shore. With the exception of a few necessary modifications to the... View Article

September 2018

Algorithm Proposed to Improve Detection of MS Lesions

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is considered crucial for in vivo detection and characterization of white matter lesions (WMLs) in multiple sclerosis.

September 2018

Many Survey Respondents Say Marijuana Is Good for MS

Despite insufficient evidence regarding its risks and benefits, marijuana is increasingly available and aggressively marketed to the public, according to a new study which sought to understand the public's views on the risks and benefits of marijuana use.

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