February 2017

VA Accountability Tops Legislative List in New Congress

VA Accountability Tops Legislative List in New Congress

House lawmakers wasted no time beginning the 115th Congress last month with legislation addressing VA accountability.

VA Urgent Care, ED Staffing Helped By New Legislation

VA Urgent Care, ED Staffing Helped By New Legislation

VA soon will be able to implement flexible work schedules for certain medical professionals to better accommodate patients.

Army Pharmacy Pilots New Service Model at Four Sites

Army Pharmacy Pilots New Service Model at Four Sites

Four Army pharmacy sites have taken the lead in shifting the patient experience from a transactional paradigm to a service-oriented model the Army hopes to replicate across all facilities.

Metformin Improves Colorectal Cancer Survival in Veterans

Metformin has been associated with improved colorectal cancer survival (CRC), but investigations have been limited by small numbers of patients and confounding by diabetic severity, according to a new study.

Targeting Lung Cancer Prevention to Veterans With HIV

New veteran research is being touted as a way to better target lung-cancer prevention measures to high-risk groups.

Melanoma Mortality Trends Vary By States, Region

Whether death rates from melanoma are going up or down in the United States depends on the state and region, according to a research letter published online by JAMA Dermatology.

Epilepsy More than Doubles Mortality Risk for Veterans of Recent Wars

Epilepsy More than Doubles Mortality Risk for Veterans of Recent Wars

Meeting criteria for an epilepsy diagnosis significantly raises the risk of death among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new study has revealed.

VA Epilepsy Video Series Offers Hope to Patients Struggling With The Disease

VA Epilepsy Video Series Offers Hope to Patients Struggling With The Disease

For many veterans, the onset of epilepsy is terrifying, and a confirmed diagnosis does little to provide relief.

Obesity Raises Diabetes Rates for Veterans, Servicemembers

Obesity and related health issues remain a significant concern for U.S. servicemembers and veterans, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.

Veterans with HIV Responsive to Standard Diabetes Therapy

With Type 2 diabetes increasingly common in HIV-infected individuals, are standard oral diabetes medications as effective in that population?

Fenofibrate Associated With Reduced CV Disease in Diabetics

Cardiovascular risk is increased in patients with Type 2 diabetes, at least partly because of hypertriglyceridemia and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Don’t Forget Leishmaniasis When Servicemembers Have Mysterious Symptoms

Don’t Forget Leishmaniasis When Servicemembers Have Mysterious Symptoms

Military physicians stumped by a diagnosis might want to consider leishmaniasis in personnel returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, according to a new report.

Navy Psychologist Uses Nontraditional Methods to Improve Mental Healthcare

Navy Psychologist Uses Nontraditional Methods to Improve Mental Healthcare

It was 7 a.m. on a Wednesday in January—a time when most clinical psychologists would be making their way to the hospital or clinic. But instead of heading to her office at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Deployment Health Center, Tracy Hejmanowski, PhD, was driving an hour south of the city to begin a new patient on a course of equine-assisted therapy.

Army Child Abuse, Neglect Cases Under-Reported

Army Child Abuse, Neglect Cases Under-Reported

Abuse and neglect of children of Army personnel appears to be under-reported, according to a new report which also suggests a breakdown of communication between civilian child protective services and the military.

New Rule Allows Benefits for Some Camp Lejeune Veterans

New Rule Allows Benefits for Some Camp Lejeune Veterans

Thousands of veterans who were exposed to contaminants at Camp Lejeune will become eligible for automatic disability compensation if they have been diagnosed with eight diseases linked with toxins in the water supply.

Eight Years Later, VHA’s ‘MRSA Bundle’ Continues to Push Down Infection Rates

Eight Years Later, VHA’s ‘MRSA Bundle’ Continues to Push Down Infection Rates

When the VHA implemented a nationwide prevention initiative against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), healthcare facility-associated infections (HAIs) were unacceptably high.

VA Grapples With Federal Hiring Freeze, Exemption Sought

VA Grapples With Federal Hiring Freeze, Exemption Sought

WASHINGTON—Shortly after taking office last month, President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on the hiring of federal civilian employees across the executive branch, raising questions on how the VA would be affected.

“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:4

“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:4

For many, including myself, the political upheaval that has characterized the 2016 campaign and election has been unsettling.