September 2015

Individual Prescriber Preferences Contribute to VA’s Antibiotic Overuse

Individual Prescriber Preferences Contribute to VA’s Antibiotic Overuse

By Brenda L. Mooney SALT LAKE CITY — A study conducted in the VA health system uncovered a disturbing truth about overuse of antibiotics: A big contributor to the problem is that some clinicians prescribe the drugs to nearly every… Read More

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Modestly Better for PTSD

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Modestly Better for PTSD

By Brenda L. Mooney MINNEAPOLIS — Mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy performed moderately better than present-centered group therapy in helping veterans relieve self-reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s according to a report published recently in the Journal of the… Read More

PTSD Treatment Affected by Sleep Quality

SAN DIEGO — Sleep quality appears to have a significant effect on the success of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a veterans study. The study, led by researchers at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the… Read More

Poor Sleep Quality Linked to Reduced Veteran Resilience

Poor Sleep Quality Linked to Reduced Veteran Resilience

Reduced resilience among veterans and returning military personnel might be linked to poor sleep quality, according to a recent study.

Risk of Sleep Apnea Increases With PTSD Severity

SAN DIEGO — The likelihood of having a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) goes up with increasing severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, according to a study of young veterans. The study, which was published in the… Read More

Prostate Cancer Treatment Has Long-Term Effects

NEW YORK — The long-term impact on functional outcomes after prostate cancer treatment is substantial, with the vast majority of older patients reporting erectile dysfunction/sexual inactivity and other adverse symptoms 12 years later, according to a Swedish study. The study,… Read More

Radiation for Prostate Cancer Well Tolerated At VA

  BROOKLYN, NY — Prostate cancer patients treated at a VAMC appeared to tolerate dose-escalated radiation well, according to a recent study. Results of the research, which analyzed the long-term results of veterans treated with dose-escalated radiation therapy for prostate… Read More

Congressional Testimony: VA Still Failing to Protect Whistleblowers

Congressional Testimony: VA Still Failing to Protect Whistleblowers

Sufficient safeguards still are lacking to prevent retaliation against those who filed complaints against the VA, whistleblowers told a congressional subcommittee recently.

VA’s Aging Infrastructure Likely to Create Future Care Crisis

VA’s Aging Infrastructure Likely to Create Future Care Crisis

With 50% of the VA facilities more than 60 years old, including operating rooms so outdated that modern equipment and technology won’t fit.

Program Expansion Sought to Allow All Vets to Opt for Outside Care

Legislation introduced by a key Republican leader seeks to open up the Veterans Choice Program so that any VA patient can opt for outside healthcare through the program.

Team-Based ED Program Halves Inappropriate Prescribing for Older Veterans

Team-Based ED Program Halves Inappropriate Prescribing for Older Veterans

In the bustle of a hectic VAMC emergency department, do healthcare providers always remember which common medications are often problematic for older veterans? Usually not.

DoD Blames Lack of Standards, Inadequate Testing for Live Anthrax Shipments

DoD Blames Lack of Standards, Inadequate Testing for Live Anthrax Shipments

Spores Were Sent to 88 Primary Labs in 50 States, Nine Foreign Countries By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON — In what DoD officials called a “massive institutional failure,” samples of supposedly inactivated anthrax spores, some of which were later found… Read More

GAO Warns VA/DoD Medical Record Interoperability Could Take Years

GAO Warns VA/DoD Medical Record Interoperability Could Take Years

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Despite recent moves to improve their technology, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded that DoD and VA still are behind schedule when it comes to key activities related to “the deployment of their modernized… Read More

Beyond Battlefield Medicine, Ketamine Helps Warriors Function Despite Injury

Beyond Battlefield Medicine, Ketamine Helps Warriors Function Despite Injury

For 40 years, ketamine remained on the fringes of battlefield medicine. Now, the DoD has embraced ketamine both on the field and in the hospital.