January 2017

Low Flu Vaccine Rates at Healthcare Facilities Without Mandatory Shots

ATLANTA –The vast majority of physicians got a flu shot before the 2015-16 influenza season. The issue is how many of their assistants and aides also were vaccinated. An article in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report notes that coverage… Read More

Flu Complications Reduced With Early Antiviral Treatment

CLEVELAND – How does antiviral treatment, pre-existing diseases, and sociodemographic factors affect the risk of influenza-related complications and healthcare utilization? For a report in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion, case data was obtained from U.S. MarketScan Research databases… Read More

VA, Veterans Bear High Costs for Annual Flu Season

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT – For the U.S. population in general, seasonal influenza epidemics are a substantial public health and economic burden:  On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and an estimated 23,000 Americans die from respiratory and circulatory… Read More

Appointment Delays Continue at VA’s Phoenix Healthcare System

Appointment Delays Continue at VA’s Phoenix Healthcare System

Two years after the Phoenix Healthcare System came under fire for delayed patient care and wait lists, a recent VA Inspector General’s (IG) report has found that patients continue to encounter delays in care at the hospital.

Intensive Monitoring Needed for Veterans with AF and CKD

A retrospective cohort study recently evaluated warfarin prescription, quality of international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring and of INR control in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) at the VA

Anticoagulants for the Prevention of VTE After Arthroplasty

Because venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially fatal complication of arthroplasty, a recent meta-analysis looked at the safety and effectiveness of new anticoagulants for the prevention of VTE after hip and knee procedures.

Exercise Capacity Has Strong Effect on Cardiovascular Event Risk

What is the association between exercise capacity and the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs)?

Telehealth Device Helps Avoid Suicide in Veterans With Schizophrenia

Telehealth Device Helps Avoid Suicide in Veterans With Schizophrenia

Telehealth tools are showing promise in helping save the lives of schizophrenic veterans with a high risk of suicide, but the VA is facing a setback in using them.

Can Gene Analysis Improve the Treatment of Schizophrenia in Veterans?

Can Gene Analysis Improve the Treatment of Schizophrenia in Veterans?

Antipsychotics play a major role in the treatment of schizophrenia, but their efficacy and tolerability in individual patients varies widely.

COPD Associated With Frailty in HIV-Infected Veterans

With chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) prevalence increasing among aging HIV-infected patients, a recent study sought to determine how that relates to frailty in veterans treated at the VA.

Prevalence of Asthma Tripled in Recent Deployed Veterans

The prevalence of asthma nearly tripled during an eight-year period in VA patients who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new study.

Asthma, Depression Significantly Linked in Veterans

Results of research on the relationship between both current and lifetime asthma and mental illness among veterans in the United States were published recently in the Journal of Asthma.

VA Offers Pharmacy Staff Free Diabetes Management Certificate Course

VA Offers Pharmacy Staff Free Diabetes Management Certificate Course

A free online certificate course on diabetes made available at the VA and DoD earlier this year already has had more than 550 enrollments and awarded 15 certificates.

Younger Veterans Much More Likely to Suffer Severe Pain Than Nonveterans

Younger Veterans Much More Likely to Suffer Severe Pain Than Nonveterans

Veterans, especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, are about 40% more likely to experience severe pain than nonveterans, according to a new study.