January 2014

VA Construction Delays Continue; Officials Say Processes Have Improved

VA Construction Delays Continue; Officials Say Processes Have Improved

WASHINGTON — Despite continuing criticism over cost overruns and lengthy delays in building four new VA medical centers, a VA official told lawmakers that “the way the Office of Construction and Facility Management is doing business today has changed significantly” since those projects were first undertaken.

Advanced Funding Sought to Shield Veteran Services from Budget Disruptions

WASHINGTON — To avoid disruption of veteran services in situations such as October’s government shutdown, advocacy groups and leaders of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees are pushing for legislation that would fund all VA programs a year in advance.

Boston Bombing Worsens PTSD Symptoms

BOSTON — As disturbing as April’s Boston Marathon bombing was for all Americans, Boston-area military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were especially affected, experiencing flashbacks, unwanted memories and other psychological issues.

Spinal Injury Rate Much Higher in Recent Wars

EL PASO, TX — More than 10% of wounded troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered spinal injuries, and a new study said that is a much higher rate than in previous wars.

PTSD Linked to Increased Myocardial Ischemia

SAN FRANCISCO — A new study adds to the growing evidence that patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also have increased risks for developing myocardial ischemia.

Effective Treatments Touted for Insomnia That Affects Half of All Returning Troops

Effective Treatments Touted for Insomnia That Affects Half of All Returning Troops

PITTSBURGH, PA — Insomnia and other sleep disorders, which affect one out of every two servicemembers or veterans who have been involved in recent military operations, complicate co-morbid conditions and can be difficult to manage.

Mandatory Vaccine Program Lowers Provider Sick Days

SAN FRANCISCO — A mandatory vaccine program could attenuate at least some of the effect of acute respiratory infection (ARI) exposures among providers, according to a report from the Respiratory Protection Effectiveness Clinical Trial (ResPECT).

Education Affects Troops’ Desire for Avian Flu Vaccine

SILVER SPRING, MD — How willing would deployed U.S. military personnel be to receive a hypothetical avian influenza vaccine?

Veterans Have Higher Rates of Flu Vaccination

NORTH HILLS, CA — Compared with the general population, veterans are more likely to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza and H1N1, according to a new study.

Pharmacist Monitoring Increases Veteran Adherence to ACS Therapy

Pharmacist Monitoring Increases Veteran Adherence to ACS Therapy

DENVER — Personalized attention from a pharmacist increases medication adherence in patients to nearly 90% in the year following hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to a recent study.