2013 Issues

High Serum Rate Levels Raise Kidney Disease Risk in Gout

RIDGELAND, MS — Higher serum rate levels (sUA) are associated with an increased risk of incident kidney disease among veterans with gouty arthritis, according to a study based on records from a database at the VA’s VISN 16. The study,… Read More

Few HIV Patients at VA Reduce Risks by Achieving Undetectable Viral Loads

By Annette M. Boyle Jeffery McCombs, PhD LOS ANGELES — While achieving undetectable viral loads reduces the risk of death associated with hepatitis C by 45% and other adverse liver-related complications by 27%, only 4% of eligible patients in a… Read More

VA Clinicians Optimistic about Effectiveness of New HCV Drugs

By Annette M. Boyle David Ross, MD, PhD WASHINGTON — New therapies for hepatitis C (HCV) are pouring out of the pharmaceutical pipeline and promising effective treatment with fewer side effects for many of the 170,000 veterans with chronic HCV… Read More

With HIV Treated as Chronic Disease, Adherence Challenges Develop

By Annette M. Boyle Amy Justice, MD, Ph.D NEW HAVEN, CT — With human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) now being treated more like diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases, HIV patients face some of the same issues as other veterans dealing… Read More

Court Strongly Condemns Feres Doctrine in Case Involving Newborn’s Death

By Brenda L. Mooney SAN FRANCISCO — A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court opinion that a case involving a newborn’s death cannot go forward because of the Feres doctrine but said it… Read More

New Discoveries Could Broaden Topical Antihistamine Use

SAN FRANCISCO – New discoveries could change the way antihistamines are used from a predominantly systemic to a topical approach, according to an article from the San Francisco VAMC and the University of California in San Francisco. The report, published… Read More

Melanoma Increasing; Detection, Prevention Needed

HARTFORD, CT – Melanoma is on the increase, and more needs to be done to promote prevention and early-detection of the sometimes deadly disease, according to a new study. The authors pointed out that melanoma is the most commonly fatal… Read More

Web-Based Course Failed to Change PCP Melanoma Detection

PROVIDENCE, RI – Can a Web-based learning program be an effective way to improve melanoma detection by primary care physicians (PCPs)? That is a question raised by a recent study from the Providence, RI, VAMC and Brown University. Background in… Read More

Warrior Transition Units Go Beyond Physical Recovery for Wounded Soldiers

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — For Capt. Edward “Flip” Klein, Oct. 22, 2012, was a life-changing moment. Deployed in Afghanistan, he was struck by a roadside bomb that resulted in the loss of both of his legs above the knee,… Read More

AMSUS Members Donate Lodging to Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON – Thanks to donations since February by members of a nonprofit organization representing federal health professionals, wounded warriors and their families have access to another 105 nights of free lodging. Inspired by Rep. Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger, (D-MD) discussion… Read More