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WASHINGTON — With the uproar over VA’s disability claims backlog, a former VA secretary is calmly asking a vital question: What can be done to prevent future veterans, especially those with wounds and injuries, from getting caught in a bottleneck of claims when they need care?
WASHINGTON - What role did mental health issues play in the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that resulted in 12 deaths?
CHICAGO - Health outcomes improved when VA physicians took patients’ individual situations into account and customized care, according to a new study.
NASHVILLE, TN - Outcomes between treating prostate cancer with surgery compared to radiation no longer were significant after 15 years of initial treatment, according to a new study.
PORTLAND, OR - Exposure to Agent Orange doesn’t increase the risk of all types of prostate cancer among veterans exposed to the chemicals during the Vietnam era, only making more likely that patients will develop the more lethal form of the disease.
SAN DIEGO, CA - While the use of expectant management (EM) as a treatment course for prostate cancer did not increase in the United States overall in the last decade, active surveillance - also known as “watchful waiting” - went up more than 10% at the VA, according to a recent study.
WASHINGTON - In testimony called “devastating” by the subcommittee chairman, a panel of military sexual assault survivors appealed for better care and treatment for military sexual trauma (MST) survivors at a recent congressional hearing.
WASHINGTON - In welcome news for DoD’s civilian employees, including medical personnel, the number of furlough days was reduced from 11 to six this year.
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ORLANDO, FL - Amid months of criticism of his administration’s handling of the VA disability claims backlog, President Barack Obama directly addressed the issue here last month, telling veterans that the longer waits are “unacceptable.”
WASHINGTON - An investigation is ongoing “to determine a definitive cause” of an accident in which a veteran died from injuries sustained when a portion of a nuclear medicine system fell during a scan, according to the VA.
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