2013 Issues

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

‘Brutal Honesty’ Aids Medical Recruitment Efforts for Honored Colonel

By Steve Lewis FORT BRAGG, NC — Army Col. Frank Christopher, MD, got an early start in his recruiting career. While still in medical school, he filled in for the area recruiting station office and persuaded 38 officers to join… Read More

Uniformed Pharmacists Take Half of Next Generation Pharmacist Awards

By Annette M. Boyle LAS VEGAS, NV — Of the 30 finalists in this year’s Next Generation Pharmacist awards, 30% worked in military or public health pharmacies, the strongest representation seen in the awards program. Even more telling, uniformed pharmacists… Read More

Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin

“Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin.” — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) As I ponder this editorial, the country is in the grip of its second day of government shutdown. I cannot help but… Read More

VA Backlog Elimination Slowed, Not Stopped by Government Shutdown

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Despite dire warnings by VA officials, last month’s 16-day government shutdown did not halt progress on eliminating VA’s disability claims backlog. In fact,the number of pending claims list declined despite the appropriations cut-off, although the… Read More

First-in-Class Product Approved for Rosacea-Caused Facial Redness

FT. WORTH, TX — The first treatment for facial erythema in adults caused by rosacea has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Galderma Laboratories announced the approval of Mirvaso (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* for the topical treatment of… Read More

Expanded Options Available for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

SUMMIT, NJ — The approved uses of Abraxane — paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension, albumin-bound — have been expanded by the Food and Drug Administration to treat patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer in late stages. “Patients with pancreatic cancer… Read More

New Therapy Approved for Adults Suffering Major Depressive Disorder

DEERFIELD, IL — Brintellix (vortioxetine) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). “Major depressive disorder can be disabling and can keep a person from functioning normally,” said Mitchell Mathis, MD,… Read More

How Effective is Pay-for-Performance In Improving VA Healthcare Outcomes?

By Brenda L. Mooney Laura Petersen, MD, MPH HOUSTON — Should pay-for-performance be more widely used to incentivize VA clinicans to improve healthcare quality? That was the question raised by a new study finding that modest financial incentives paid to… Read More

Legislators Call on VA to Stop Over-Prescription of Powerful Painkillers

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In the wake of accusations that veterans are over-prescribed powerful painkillers, a House of Representatives subcommittee chairman called on VA to adopt more effective pain management protocols.  “The stakes are too high for VA to… Read More

New ‘Roadmap’ Seeks Better Tools for PTSD, TBI, Suicide Research

By Sandra Basu FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The newly released National Research Action Plan has created a “common roadmap” for federal agencies to tackle mental health research to include PTSD, TBI and suicide, DoD and VA officials said recently. “It… Read More