March 2015

DoD: Wounded Warrior Programs Still Needed Despite Combat Wind Down

DoD: Wounded Warrior Programs Still Needed Despite Combat Wind Down

WASHINGTON – While military wounded warrior programs are caring for fewer combat-wounded troops than at the height of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

How Effective is Chiropractic Care in Dealing with Veterans’ Pain, Disability?

Recent Study Suggests Mixed Results By Brenda L. Mooney CANANDAIGUA, NY – When alternative therapies are discussed as options for pain relief without medications, chiropractic care often is on the list. For many clinicians at the VA, however, a key… Read More

Secretary Proposes ‘Rightsizing’ VA by Closing Underused Facilities

Secretary Proposes ‘Rightsizing’ VA by Closing Underused Facilities

Political Battles Expected WASHINGTON – The VA needs to “right-size” by shifting resources to areas of the country where the veteran population is growing and by disposing of more than 10 million square feet of excess space that is costing… Read More

Military Pharmacies Expand e-Prescribing Option to Civilian Providers

Military Pharmacies Expand e-Prescribing Option to Civilian Providers

By Annette M. Boyle FALLS CHURCH, VA – A recent expansion of e-prescribing at all military treatment facility (MTF) pharmacies brings them in line with their civilian counterparts by allowing them to accept electronic prescriptions from providers located off-base. “This… Read More

VA Seeks to Simplify Services Into a Newly Drawn Five-Region Map

VA Seeks to Simplify Services Into a Newly Drawn Five-Region Map

WASHINGTON – Until recently, the VA divided its services into at least nine sometimes overlapping maps of the United States, delineating numerous regional networks involving literally hundreds of programs.

Dietary Changes Show Promise in Slowing MS Progression

PHILADELPHIA – Emerging evidence suggests that diet and vascular risk factors including obesity and hyperlipidemia may influence progression of multiple sclerosis. A poster presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology sought to determine the compliance… Read More

What Causes High Incidence of Falls in MS Patients?

PORTLAND, OR – Multiple sclerosis patients have a high incidence of falls with research indicating that more than 50% of them fall in a three- to six-month period and around 30% to 50% fall multiple times. Because those falls can… Read More

Remote Evaluation Possible for MS Patients

WASHINGTON – Traveling to VA testing centers can be difficult for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. What if, instead, the testing could be done remotely? That’s what a study led by researchers from the Washington DC VAMC sought to find out.… Read More

Issue Raised: Should TRICARE Be Replaced by Commercial Insurance?

Issue Raised: Should TRICARE Be Replaced by Commercial Insurance?

WASHINGTON – DoD should replace TRICARE with a selection of commercial insurance plans, similar to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, a recent report suggested.

COPD, Asthma or Both? Navigating Landmines in Correct Diagnosis, Treatment

COPD, Asthma or Both? Navigating Landmines in Correct Diagnosis, Treatment

By Annette M. Boyle CHICAGO – Your patient presents with wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Is it asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or both? The diagnosis and decision about treatment are not so simple, however. In fact, they… Read More

Better Treatments Sought for Bacteria Colonization in COPD Patients

Better Treatments Sought for Bacteria Colonization in COPD Patients

Symptoms Increase, Worsening Quality of Life By Annette M. Boyle BUFFALO, NY – Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commonly have bacteria in their lungs. This has been considered inconsequential except during exacerbations, but now it seems that those… Read More

Complementary/Alternative Medicine Increasingly Used for PTSD Treatment

Complementary/Alternative Medicine Increasingly Used for PTSD Treatment

Meditation Helps Relieve Symptoms By Annette M. Boyle SYRACUSE, NY — Both active-duty forces and veterans have widely adopted complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and the applications for these interventions and practices have continued to expand, in many cases with… Read More

No Higher Breast Cancer Rates Among Transgender Veterans

JOHNSON CITY, TN – Consistent with past European studies, new research from the Mountain Home VAMC suggests that transgender (TG) veterans have no higher rates of breast cancer than others. The study, published recently in the journal Breast Cancer Research… Read More

Biology Blamed for Later-Stage Breast Cancer in Black Women

SAN DIEGO – African-American women present with more aggressive breast tumors and at later stages than white women. Many factors have been proposed to explain these findings, including socioeconomic status, cultural beliefs and access to medical care. A new military… Read More