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Diabetes

Obesity Is on the Rise in Veterans, Especially VHA Patients

Obesity is increasing among veterans, and the implications are potentially dire because the condition is associated with a range of serious health conditions, according to new research.

June 18, 2018
Body Mass Index

Military Recruits from Some Southern States Have Lower Fitness, More Injuries

Military readiness and national security are threatened by high rates of obesity in some areas, with U.S. Army recruits from specific states having lower fitness and higher rates of injuries, according to a new study.

June 18, 2018
HCV

Hepatitis C Declines Among Active Military; Highest Rates for Baby Boomers

New cases of acute and chronic hepatitis C (HCV) have dropped sharply among U.S. servicemembers since 2008, bucking the nationwide trend.

June 15, 2018
Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy Linked to Lower CRC Mortality in Veterans

Colonoscopy is heavily promoted in the VA healthcare system, and a new study sought to document its effect on colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality rates.

June 15, 2018
Chemotherapy

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improves Survival in Rectal Cancer

The standard of care for locoregionally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) in the United States usually involves adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) following chemoradiation (CRT) and total mesorectal excision (TME).

June 15, 2018
Colorectal Cancer

Weight, Not Diet, Associated With Higher Veteran Mortality From CRC

While suspected, the relationship between dietary and lifestyle risk factors and long-term mortality from colorectal cancer remains poorly understood, according to a new study.

June 15, 2018
Chronic Pain

VAMCs Vary Greatly in Opioid Prescribing Practices

Pain care practices at VHA facilities vary widely, possibly contributing to veterans’ likelihood of using opioids.

June 15, 2018
Injured Recruits

Navy Program Helps Injured Recruits Get Through Boot Camp

When Navy recruits have injuries preventing them from participating in intense physical conditioning, they usually are pulled out of boot camp training and receive treatment that includes daily physical therapy, pain medications and psychoeducational groups.

June 15, 2018
NonPharmacological Pain

Which Veterans Likeliest to Use Drug Alternatives for Pain?

Effectiveness of nonpharmacological pain treatment modalities (NPMs) is supported by strong evidence, but not enough is known about the prevalence or correlates of NPM use, according to a new study.

June 15, 2018
RAND Report

Report: More Than 80% of VAMCs Provide High-Quality Mental Healthcare

A new report gave the VA high marks for the quality of mental health care provided to veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

June 14, 2018
HCV

HCV Complications Rise in Women Veterans While Beginning Decline in Men

VA researchers expect complications from chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) in women veterans to continue to rise for a decade or longer after rates begin to decline in men.

June 14, 2018
Benzodiazepine

EMR Alert Helps Reduce Opioid/Benzodiazepine Co-Prescribing Risk at VAMCs

Since the launch of the Opioid Safety Initiative in 2012, the VA has implemented a number of steps designed to reduce the use of opioids and the risk of addiction and overdose among veterans.

June 13, 2018
Addiction

VA Leads the Way in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

According to a report from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016—five times higher than only seven years prior—and current CDC data shows little evidence that those numbers are any lower for 2017.

June 13, 2018
Addiction

Among Veterans, Women as Likely as Men to Have Substance Abuse

Childhood adversity increases risk for alcohol and drug disorders for veterans, and, unlike in the civilian population, veteran women are as likely as men to have those types of problems.

June 13, 2018
Agent Orange

CTCL 6-10 Times More Common in Veterans; Agent Orange a Factor New Therapies Raise Optimism about Treatment

Chances are, if you haven’t trained or practiced at the VA, you haven’t seen cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

June 12, 2018
Agent Orange

New Therapy Options Recently Approved for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

While the availability of novel therapies is making the future brighter for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) patients, new treatments also are coming on line for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a hematological cancer distinct from NHL.

June 12, 2018
Big Tobacco

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”—Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) My eldest daughter, 1st Lt. Susan Buckenmaier (fifth generation military in my family), recently completed a Master... View Article

June 10, 2018
Choice Program

Bill to Streamline, Expand VA’s Choice Program Signed Into Law

Legislation that would streamline VA’s community care programs into one program and expand VA’s caregiver program to veterans of all eras was signed into law earlier this month..

June 10, 2018
Health

Despite Criticism, VA Healthcare as Good or Better Than Other Systems

The good news from a recent consultant study is that, overall, the VA healthcare system is generally equal or better than others when inpatient and outpatient quality is measured.

June 10, 2018
Bill

VA Inks Contract for Massive New Health Record System

Calling it one of the largest IT contracts in the federal government, with a ceiling of $10 billion over a decade, then-VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie announced that the agency signed a contract with Cerner for its new electronic health record (EHR).

June 10, 2018