October 2015

Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water Associated with Higher Cancer Incidence

Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water Associated with Higher Cancer Incidence

Recent Study Finds Link to Early Onset Male Breast Cancer By Annette M. Boyle JACKSONVILLE, NC — Marines, sailors and their families who sought refreshment with a cool glass of water at Camp Lejeune got a little something extra with… Read More

VA Opposes Expansion of Hearing Aid Tech’s Scope of Practice

VA Opposes Expansion of Hearing Aid Tech’s Scope of Practice

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Legislation granting a greater scope of duties for licensed hearing-aid specialists at VA facilities is opposed by agency leadership, even though supporters argue that it would create better access to care for veterans. VA currently… Read More

VA Leads Nation in Using Big Data to Improve Healthcare

VA Leads Nation in Using Big Data to Improve Healthcare

Developers Caution Against Too Much of a Good Thing By Annette M. Boyle SEATTLE — Now that nearly every hospital in the United States uses electronic health records, healthcare systems across the country are wrestling with how to use all… Read More

Genitourinary Injuries Often Caused by Pelvic Fractures

SAN ANTONIO — Combat-related pelvic fractures often are associated with lower genitourinary injuries which cause a very high rate of erectile dysfunction, according to a new study. The report, published recently in the journal Military Medicine, was on the results… Read More

Urologic Decision Aids Moderately Reduce Costs

Urologic Decision Aids Moderately Reduce Costs

SEATTLE — Rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and active treatment for localized prostate cancer declined over six months after a large health cooperative provided video-based decision aids for men with those two common problems. Yet, the… Read More

Sexual Dysfunction Common in Vets with PTSD

HOUSTON — In addition to all of their other issues, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also are at increased risk of sexual dysfunction. A review study published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that male veterans with… Read More

New Veteran Study Further Complicates Testosterone Replacement Issue

New Veteran Study Further Complicates Testosterone Replacement Issue

VA Researchers Find Normalizing ‘T’ Levels Lowers Heart Risks By Brenda L. Mooney KANSAS CITY, MO — The question over how testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) affects cardiovascular health became even more contentious with a new U.S. veterans study finding that… Read More

Putting Heads Together to Improve Brain Injury Care

Putting Heads Together to Improve Brain Injury Care

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — If you had more money for traumatic brain injury research, where would you invest it? That is one of the questions VA Secretary Robert McDonald asked TBI researchers at a recent conference He also inquired… Read More

Most Common Causes of Death in RA Patients

OMAHA, NE — Noting limited research into cause-specific mortality and the associated risk factors in men with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study sought to remedy that and found triple the risk of respiratory-related deaths in that group, compared with… Read More

Weight Loss Associated with Higher Risk of Death in RA

PHILADELPHIA — In an example of the so-called “obesity paradox,” a low body mass index (BMI) has been associated with accelerated mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A study published recently in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology sought to… Read More

Knee Arthroplasty Less Effective in RA, Compared to OA

OMAHA, NE — Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is effective in reducing pain for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but not as much as with osteoarthritis (OA) patients, according to a new study. The report, published recently in the journal Arthritis… Read More

Military Children Often Bear Brunt of Parents’ Service

Military Children Often Bear Brunt of Parents’ Service

Teens More Likely to Exhibit Violence, Use Drugs By Brenda L. Mooney LOS ANGELES — With so much focus on the mental and physical health of servicemembers, especially those who have been deployed and injured, another group affected by military… Read More

VA Unsure Why Adverse-Event Analyses Have Declined

VA Unsure Why Adverse-Event Analyses Have Declined

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Fewer root-cause analyses (RCA) to identify and evaluate what went wrong in adverse events are being conducted at the VA, and no one seems quite sure whether that is good or bad news. VAMCs use… Read More

Common Dementia Drugs Linked To Dangerous Weight Loss in Veterans

Common Dementia Drugs Linked To Dangerous Weight Loss in Veterans

By Brenda L. Mooney SAN FRANCISCO – New research on cholinesterase inhibitors is reducing the already limited options VA clinicians have to treat VA patients with dementia. More than a half-million veterans have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia, with most… Read More