January 2013

Methods for Treating Sleep Apnea in Veterans Prescribed Opioids

DETROIT–Using a titration protocol with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and then positive (PAP) with oxygen effectively eliminates central sleep apnea (CSA) in veterans with underlying comorbid conditions and prescription opioid use, according to a new study from the John… Read More

Enlistment Waivers for Mental Health Tougher to Get with Reduction in Forces

By Annette M. Boyle Staff Sgt. Roger L. Whaley speaks with future soldier Phillip McDonald at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Radcliff, Ky. About three-quarters of potential recruits fail to meet enlistment qualifications, primarily because they are obese or… Read More

Medications for Depression, Psychosis Overused in VA Long-Term Care Facilities

Non-Pharmacologic Approaches Being Tested, More Data Gathered By Annette M. Boyle PITTSBURGH – Antidepressants and antipsychotic medications are being overused or prescribed inappropriately for residents of VA Community Living Centers (CLCs), according to recent research. That problem is especially significant… Read More

Senator Pushes for Expedited Reform of Controversial VA Fiduciary Program

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — The VA has been under pressure by Congress to reform management of its policy of appointing fiduciaries to oversee care for veterans unable to do it themselves. Now, a New York senator is demanding that… Read More

Researcher Recognized for Early Success; Military Family Tradition Led Him to VA

By Steve Lewis Jeff Capadona, PhD CLEVELAND – It’s no coincidence that Jeff Capadona, PhD, has chosen a career dedicated to bettering the lives of veterans. But while his father, uncle and grandparents all served in the military, fate apparently… Read More