2019 issues


January 2019

Target Lung Disease to Improve Rheumatoid Arthritis Survival

A recent VA study emphasized the importance of targeting comorbid lung disease to improve long-term outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

January 2019

VA Research Demonstrates Importance of Personalization in DLBCL Treatment

Diffuse large b-cell lymphoma accounts for approximately one-third of all cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is classified by the VA as a presumptive disease for veterans exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.

January 2019

Army Research Challenges Long-Standing Platelet Storage Recommendations

For nearly 50 years, platelets have been stored at room temperature. Research conducted by investigators at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Center in San Antonio very well could change that.

January 2019

New Venous Thromboembolism Guidelines Could Change Treatment at VA

Venous thromboembolism, which includes deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, is the most common preventable cause of hospital death, according to the VA.

January 2019

Combat Prehospital Analgesia Agents Have Changed in Last Decade

Over time, Tactical Combat Casualty Care) guidelines regarding prehospital analgesia agents have changed, according to a new review.

January 2019

Hypertension, MGUS Associated with Herbicide Exposure in Vietnam Veterans

Based on a new review, two conditions–one extremely common and the other rare–appear to be related to herbicide exposure during the Vietnam War era.

January 2019

Detailed Medical History Crucial for Lung Disease Diagnosis

Both general medicine physicians and specialists can find interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pulmonary fibrosis confusing, according to a recent study.

January 2019

VA: Oversight Improving for Questionable Contracted Disability Exams

A recent audit by the Government Accountability Office has lawmakers and veterans service organizations frustrated with the Veterans Benefits Administration’s inability to track the quality of work done by outside contractors and concerned that veterans have not been receiving accurate disability ratings.

January 2019

VA ‘On Track’ for Appeals Reform; GAO Questions Timetable

VA is “on track” to implement a law designed to give veterans more options to have their claims appeals reviewed, as well as speed up the process, agency officials assured lawmakers last month.

January 2019

VAMCs Usually as Good or Better Than Private Hospitals in Same Communities

Veterans are being given more options for obtaining care outside of the VA healthcare system. The question raised in new research is whether doing so improves care.

January 2019

Report Could Add 23 Presumptive Conditions for Gulf War Veterans

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that sufficient evidence supported an association between exposure to seven factors and detrimental reproductive effects in men or women who served in the Gulf War or developmental effects in their children.

January 2019

Efficiency at Expense of Effectiveness? Legislators Blast VBA Management

Recent problems with initiatives implemented by the Veterans Benefits Administration point to much larger, systemic issues in how the agency rolls out new programs, according to the VA Office of the Inspector General.

January 2019

Use of Non-VHA Pharmacies Increases Risks of Scheduled Drug Overdoses

Using multiple sources to get prescribed pain medications and other Schedule II through V drugs increases risks for veterans, a new study finds.

January 2019

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” –Maimonides (1135-1204)

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January 2019

Melanomas Associated With Internal Malignancy Risk

Genetic and environmental risk factors have been associated with the development of multiple primary melanomas (MPM) but a new study questioned whether those patients might have increased predisposition to developing internal malignancies.

January 2019

Some RCC Risk Factors Can Be Modified

Obesity, hypertension and smoking are the three modifiable risk factors that could aggressively be targeted to reduce renal cell carcinoma, according to a new study.

January 2019

Shared Antimicrobial Stewardship Surveillance System Saves Three VAMCs $2.3 Million

Three VAMCs that formed a collaborative group to optimize use of a shared clinical surveillance system saved more than $2.3 million in two years.

January 2019

DHA Releases Interim Guidance for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) has released interim guidance designed to optimize clinical use of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pre-exposure prophylaxis and reduce variability in access to prophylactic medication.

January 2019

With Advancing Age, Veterans with HIV Face Novel Challenges

Thirty years ago, veterans with human immunodeficiency virus and their physicians focused on survival.

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