July 2016

Walter Reed Researchers Seek to Improve Accuracy in CVD Risk Scoring

Walter Reed Researchers Seek to Improve Accuracy in CVD Risk Scoring

Primary care physicians and cardiologists increasingly rely on risk factor-based scores to determine who should start preventive therapy for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Relationship Between AFib, Diabetes Critical to Veteran Care

Relationship Between AFib, Diabetes Critical to Veteran Care

WASHINGTON—The VA treats about a million veterans for diabetes, nearly one-fourth of its patient population.

VA Study Questions Pathogenesis of GERD

VA Study Questions Pathogenesis of GERD

DALLAS—A small, single-center study led by researchers from the Dallas VAMC suggests that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) might be caused by an immune reaction, rather than direct chemical injury from stomach acids. Results were published online recently as a “Preliminary… Read More

Veteran Study Links Long Term PPI Use to Kidney Disease, Failure

By Brenda L. Mooney SAINT LOUIS—Common drugs prescribed to millions of Americans to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers appear to be harmful over the long term to the kidneys and probably should be avoided, according to a new veterans… Read More

VA: Expanded Role for Advanced Practice Nurses Will Improve Care Access  Physician Group Claims That Will ‘Significantly Undermine’ Quality

VA: Expanded Role for Advanced Practice Nurses Will Improve Care Access Physician Group Claims That Will ‘Significantly Undermine’ Quality

Will granting full practice authority to advanced practice nurses (APRN) help resolve VA’s access issues and improve treatment, or will it instead do a disservice to veterans by moving away from physician-led healthcare delivery?

Intense Exercise Improves Erectile Function Despite Race

DURHAM, NC—With a growing interest in using exercise to treat a variety of conditions, many studies have highlighted the relationship between better erectile function and physical activity but, in general, black men have been underrepresented in the research. To remedy… Read More

Testosterone Replacement Not Linked to DVT, PE

KANSAS CITY, MO—With testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prescriptions increasing several-fold in the last decade, concerns have been raised about a possible increased incidence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Because data is lacking on the association between… Read More

Study Determines Patients Most Vulnerable to E. Coli H30

MINNEAPOLIS—The pandemic strain of drug-resistant E. coli H30 begins as a subtle, hard-to-detect infection, usually of the urinary tract. The strain is of special concern, however, according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases, because it appears to have an… Read More

Patients Flip (Ratings) Over Robotic Efficiency at Cherry Point Pharmacy

Patients Flip (Ratings) Over Robotic Efficiency at Cherry Point Pharmacy

CHERRY POINT, NC—Prior to a renovation late last year, patients at Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point’s pharmacy left negative feedback twice as often as positive. Installation of a robotic pharmacy system reversed those numbers, however. Today, two-thirds of comments are upbeat.

Inappropriately Shredded Claims: VA Internal Debate on Significance

 By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—How widespread is the problem of improper shredding or otherwise mishandling paper claims from veterans, and is the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) doing enough to resolve the situation? That was the topic of a recent congressional hearing… Read More

Hormone Deficiencies Common in Concussion Patients

SEATTLE—Hormonal changes related to explosive blast-related concussions often cause military veterans to suffer sleep disturbance, fatigue, depression and poor quality of life, according to a new study. The research evaluating hormone levels in 41 male veterans who had been deployed… Read More

High False-Negative Rate in Cognitive Screening

SAN DIEGO—Existing screening tools for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) miss too many confirming diagnoses, according to a new study. An article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reports a false-negative error rate of 7%. Researchers at University of California… Read More

Many Dementia Patients Have Multiple Brain Ailments

HONOLULU— New VA research offers persuasive evidence that dementia commonly results from a combination of brain ailments, rather than from a single condition, even if an Alzheimer’s diagnosis has been made. That information is based on two long-term aging studies—one… Read More

Legislators Scrutinize VA, DoD EHR Proposals

Legislators Scrutinize VA, DoD EHR Proposals

WASHINGTON—The Government Accountability Office has been asked to examine VA’s efforts to modernize VistA, its electronic health records (EHR) system.