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Significant Implications for Military Population?
DALLAS - Adverse effects from statin therapy go beyond just muscle pain and weakness, also increasing risks of musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies and injuries, according to a new VA study using a large military medical database.
Study Suggests Overtreatment by Cardiologists, Undertreatment by PCPs
PALO ALTO, CA - Cardiologists may overtreat veterans newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, while primary care physicians may undertreat them, according to research recently published in the American Heart Journal.
ATLANTA - Age shouldn’t be a factor in how patients are treated at the VA after experiencing a stroke.
WASHINGTON - A new Military Health System governance model expected to be in place by Oct. 1should result in cost savings, according to DoD officials.
PITTSBURGH, PA - Should some aspects of VA’s drug formulary be used as a model for the U.S. Medicare system?
WASHINGTON - After months of speculation about whether and when furloughs would go into effect, thousands of DoD civilian employees - including those working in the Military Health System - are expected to feel the brunt of unpaid furloughs this month.
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WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation relaxing the evidentiary standards that must be met for veterans who file VA benefit claims for mental health conditions linked to military sexual trauma (MST).
WASHINGTON - DoD will examine commercial software as the next step in its search for an electronic health record system and not merely adopt the current Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) system used by VA, the agency recently announced.
FORT CAMPBELL, KY - In February, Fort Campbell’s hospital projected that budget cuts driven by sequestration and accompanying furloughs would require significant reductions in pharmacy hours and services. Thanks to help from the 101st Airborne Division and 86th Combat Support Hospital, however, most of the cuts have been averted.
Sexual Assault Contributes to Problem
The rise in unintended pregnancies among active-duty military women is “alarming,” according to researchers. And the rates are increasing, despite that they already are far higher than in the civilian population. New studies look at the causes of the problem —including rampant military sexual assault — as well as possible solutions.
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