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SAN ANTONIO, TX - Ten years ago, many of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing with major lower body injuries would likely have spent the rest of their lives in a wheelchair. A new - and far more positive - set of expectations have been established, however, because of 12 years of experience with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) gained in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Currently in Place for Radiology, Ophthalmology
WASHINGTON - Under pressure to develop an accurate method of assessing physician output and determining appropriate staffing levels at medical facilities, the VA has agreed to establish productivity models for five additional specialties by the end of this fiscal year.
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PPIs Used Too Long
CHICAGO - How VA patients are treated, or potentially overtreated, for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is coming under greater scrutiny.
New Research Indicates Water Contamination Began in 1953
WASHINGTON - Legislation signed into law in August was applauded for offering medical care through VA for veterans and family members exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, NC.
SAN DIEGO - The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent approval of canagliflozin might soon offer new treatment options for the more than one million VA patients with diabetes.
BLAINVILLE, QUEBEC - Diclegis (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting.
DUBLIN, OH - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection, the first new drug used for lymph node mapping to be approved in more than 30 years.
WESTON, MA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) capsules to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
JACKSON, MS - Despite assurances that problems have been addressed at the G.V. (“Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center here, veterans expressed their anger to VA leaders during a town hall meeting held at the facility last month.
DURHAM, NC - Race and health literacy were factors in the effectiveness of a telephone-based osteoarthritis (OA) self-management support intervention, according to a new study.1
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