November 2012

Women Veterans at Risk for Heart Disease; VA Seeks to Raise Awareness

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON —The No. 1 killer of women in the United States is heart disease, and women veterans are in no way exempt. In fact, by some measures, they have higher rates of heart disease risk factors. That… Read More

Soldiers with Diabetes in Theater Increase Clinicians’ Disease Management Challenges

By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD — The Army is retaining an increasing number of personnel with diabetes, and, despite directives to the contrary, these soldiers may be deployed to active war zones where typically recommended methods for managing the… Read More

Peer Support Significantly Improves Compliance in Veterans with Diabetes

By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON — For the more than one million VHA patients who have diabetes, peer support and shared medical appointments offer an efficient, surprisingly effective, way to deliver care and improve disease management. The shared medical appointment… Read More

Conference Controversy Leads to Call for Ouster of VA Chief of Staff

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In the wake of an IG investigation that confirmed wasteful spending at two VA human resources conferences last year, Republican leaders are calling for the resignation of VA Chief of Staff John Gingrich. “In this… Read More

IOM: Military Response to Substance Abuse Is Outdated, Inadequate

By Sandra Basu Poster used in the Army campaign to stop widespread abuse of drugs and alcohol. WASHINGTON — The military has not done enough to accept the high level of substance misuse among its ranks or to modernize its… Read More

Keeping the Promise: VA Staffer Honored for Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness

By Steve LewisWASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has set a goal of ending veteran homelessness within five years, saying, “No one who has served this nation as a veteran should ever be living on the street.” Thanks… Read More

Veterans’ CPAP Compliance Linked to Medication Adherence

ATLANTA–A study of veterans who were prescribed Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy after having a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)found that their compliance with the treatment had a significant  association with how regularly they also took cardiovascular medications.… Read More

Balloon Cryoplasty Effective for PAD in Diabetics

NEW YORK — The COBRA trial suggests that cryoplasty for post-dilation of nitinol stents in the superficial femoral artery is an effective adjunctive treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in diabetics. “Post-dilation of SFA stents with cryoplasty can significantly reduce… Read More

Research Offers More Focused Treatment Options for AF

SAN DIEGO–Recurrence of symptoms is common for many patients treated for atrial fibrillation, at least partly because the source of the arrhythmia is unknown. New research seeks to remedy that situation. Reporting earlier this year in Journal of the American… Read More

Depression Increases Peripheral Artery Disease Risk

SAN FRANCISCO — Depression increases the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to researchers who recommend that clinicians pay more attention to mental-health issues in patients with the disease. The study from researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical… Read More