September 2014

Military Brings Treatment Closer to Troops to Combat Growing Depression Issues

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Recent military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have put the spotlight not only on PTSD and TBI, but also on depression, which often co-exists with both conditions. “The previously rising suicide rate [in the Army]… Read More

Increasing Cancer Treatment Delays Have Plagued VAMCs for Nearly a Decade

Increasing Cancer Treatment Delays Have Plagued VAMCs for Nearly a Decade

Some Long Wait Times Attributable to Treatment Modalities by Annette M. Boyle CHICAGO – The news media frenzy of the last six months might suggest otherwise, but concerns about delays in treatment for veterans are nothing new at the VA,… Read More

New Guidelines Published for Renal Artery Stenting

CLEVELAND – Patients traditionally excluded from modern clinical trials could benefit from renal artery stenting to open blockages in the renal arteries, according to new recommendations. The report, published online by the journal Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, was led by… Read More

New VA Secretary Moves Quickly to Remedy Access to Care Issues

New VA Secretary Moves Quickly to Remedy Access to Care Issues

WASHINGTON – VA Secretary Robert McDonald hit the ground running last month, reaffirming the message that VA could turn its challenges into an opportunity to do “what we could never have done otherwise.”

Researchers Target Sleep to Improve Outcomes in Servicemembers with Mild TBI

Researchers Target Sleep to Improve Outcomes in Servicemembers with Mild TBI

ARLINGTON, VA – Up to 93% of servicemembers who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) or concussions experience insomnia and more than a third develop obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep disturbances also can exacerbate other symptoms such as pain and irritability as well as impair cognition and social functioning.

Sleep Problems Complicate PTSD Recovery

BETHESDA, MD – Recovery from post-traumatic stress and mood disorders can be complicated by sleep problems, which are common among active-duty servicemembers, according to a new study. R. Gregory Lande, DO, the author of the study conducted at the Walter… Read More

Brief Cognitive Therapy Helps Insomnia Patients

GAINESVILLE, FL – Brief cognitive behavioral therapy can be highly effective in improving sleep in patients with insomnia. Sleep improved in 86% of insomnia patients who completed at least three sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI), according to… Read More

Sleep Quality Affects Physical Activity in PTSD

SAN FRANCISCO – The worse the sleep quality, the lower the physical activity levels in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s according to a study from the San Francisco VAMC and the University of California, San Francisco. The research,… Read More

Third Antibacterial on Line to Treat Acute Skin Infections

PARSIPPANY, NJ – The Food and Drug Administration has given the okay to a third new antibacterial to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). Orbactiv (oritavancin), an intravenous drug, is approved to treat patients with ABSSSI caused… Read More

Novel Sleep Medication OK’d for Insomnia Treatment

WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first orexin receptor antagonist for treatment of insomnia. Suvorexant, marketed as Belsomra by Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp. of Whitehouse Station, NJ, is the first approved drug of… Read More

New Cervical Cancer Indication Approved for Avastin

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A new use has been approved for bevacizumab, marketed as Avastin, to treat patients with persistent, recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer. The new indication for Avastin, which interferes with the blood vessels that fuel the… Read More

PTSD Still Plagues More than 1 in 10 Vietnam Veterans 40 Years Later

PTSD Still Plagues More than 1 in 10 Vietnam Veterans 40 Years Later

WASHINGTON – Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 41 years after the war ended, a recent congressionally mandated study shows.

Psychological Distress Affects Prostate Cancer Screening

BOSTON – As the debate continues about the benefit of routine prostate cancer screening, a new VA study raises a new concern: the role of psychological distress in the process. The study, led by researchers from the VA Boston Healthcare… Read More

Statins Reduce Recurrence after Prostate Cancer Surgery

DURHAM, NC – Patients should be prescribed statins after prostate cancer surgery, according to the authors of a new retrospective analysis which finds that men whobegin taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs after radical prostatectomy are less likely to have a recurrence… Read More