August 2013

Because that’s where the money is

“Because that’s where the money is.” William “Willie” Sutton (1901-1980) William “Willie” Sutton (1901-1980) was an infamous bank robber who stole an estimated $2 million dollars during a 40-year crime career. When asked by a reporter why he robbed banks,… Read More

New Research Shows Increased Cardiovascular Risks for TBI, PTSD Patients

By Brenda L. Mooney ANN ARBOR, MI – New research on short- and long-term cardiovascular risks from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could present significant challenges for the VA and the Military Health System. More than… Read More

New Procedures for Navy Pharmacy Save More than $35 Million, Improve Care

By Annette M. Boyle Capt. Edward C. Norton, MSC, pharmacy specialty leader for U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery FALLS CHURCH, VA — After saving $22 million in Phase One, the Navy Pharmacy Financial Improvement Program has expanded from… Read More

New Therapies Approved for Metastatic, Unresectable Melanoma

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Two new therapies, Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib), have been approved for patients with metastatic or unresectable melanoma, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Tafinlar, a BRAF inhibitor, is approved to treat patients with… Read More

First A1c Test Approved for Diagnosing Diabetes

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing marketing of an HbA1c test specifically for diagnosing diabetes. Approval was given for the Cobas Integra 800 Tina-quant HbA1cDx assay (Tina-quant HbA1cDx assay), manufactured by… Read More

Antibiotic Vibativ Now Approved for Treating HABP/VABP

SAN FRANCISCO – The antibiotic Vibativ (telavancin) is now approved to treat patients with hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP) caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Vibativ should be used for the treatment of HABP/VABP only when alternative treatments are not suitable,… Read More

Gulf War Illness Can Affect Different Brain Regions

WASHINGTON — Gulf War illness may have two distinct forms, depending on which brain regions have atrophied. That could help explain why clinicians encounter veterans with different symptoms and complaints, according to new research. The study of Gulf War veterans… Read More

Impulsivity Issues Not Caused by Parkinson’s Disease Itself

PHILADELPHIA — About 20% of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience impulse control disorder symptoms, but, according to a new study, the disease itself is not the cause of excessive gambling, shopping or other impulsivity symptoms.1 In fact, untreated Parkinson’s patients… Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease Affected by Diet’s Fat Content

SEATTLE — Diet appears to have some influence on the levels of proteins and peptides related to development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study led by researchers from the VA’s Puget Sound Healthcare System.1 The report, published online by… Read More

VA Recognized for Providing Equal Care for LGBT Veterans

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – VHA facilities were recognized for their efforts to provide equal treatment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients in VHA facilities in a newly released annual report. The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2013 survey,… Read More