October 2013

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”  General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934-2012) Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho recently announced implementation of the Performance… Read More

Bladder Cancer Unexpectedly High in LUTS Minus Hematuria

ATLANTA — Bladder cancer occurs more often than previously expected in patients presenting solely with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) but without hematuria, according to a presentation at the 2013 meeting of the American Urological Association.1 Researchers from Emory University… Read More

Medication Use Increases in VA LUTS/BPH Patients

IOWA CITY, IA — The proportion of men who were prescribed pharmacotherapy within 90 days of diagnosis of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and related benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) at the VA increased from 32.2% in 2003-2004 to 44.8% in… Read More

PTSD Linked to Greater Risk of Autoimmune Disorders

SAN FRANCISCO — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) creates greater vulnerability to developing autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to University of California, San Francisco, researchers. The research was presented last year at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Annual… Read More

Regular Alcohol Use Leads to Faster Rate of RA Joint Damage

OMAHA, NE — A dose-dependent relationship exists between alcohol use and radiographic disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study led by researchers from the Omaha, NE, VAMC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The research, which sought… Read More

Less-Expensive RA Drugs Can Be As Effective As Costlier Ones

OMAHA, NE — Less-expensive combination disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) produced the same clinical benefits as much costlier biological treatment, according to a large VA study comparing the effectiveness of drug therapies for rheumatoid arthritis. Results of the 48-week study, which… Read More

Higher Risk of Brain Lesions For High-Altitude AF Pilots

By Brenda L. Mooney SAN ANTONIO — High-flying U-2 pilots may be paying a neurological price for their service. The elite Air Force pilots flying at high altitudes increase their risks for developing brain lesions, according to a new study,… Read More

VA Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Possible ‘Suicidality Blood Test’

By Brenda L. Mooney INDIANAPOLIS, IN — What if it were possible to identify veterans at risk for suicide through a simple blood test? Research from the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis and Indiana University School of Medicine suggests… Read More

Congress: Why Did Leaders Get Bonuses at VAMCs with Safety Issues?

By Sandra Basu PITTSBURGH — In the wake of emotional testimony given by family members seeking accountability for patient fatalities at VAMCs, lawmakers sharply questioned VHA officials about performance bonuses for leaders in the facilities where the deaths occurred. “I… Read More

Providing Quality End-of-Life Care for Veterans Is Personal Mission for Director

Scott T. Shreve, DO By Steve Lewis LEBANON, PA — Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director, VA Hospice and Palliative Care, takes providing high quality end-of-life care for veterans personally. He recounts how he was at the bedside when his… Read More