November 2017

Regional Anticoagulation Clinic Improvement Methods Bring Benefits Across VA

Regional Anticoagulation Clinic Improvement Methods Bring Benefits Across VA

By Annette M. Boyle BEDFORD, MA—A program launched in eight VA New England medical center anticoagulation clinics not only achieved its goals of improving delivery of anticoagulation care, it also continues to pay dividends in multiple other areas. Within the… Read More

VA Is Struggling to Hire Enough Mental Health Clinicians by Year’s End

VA Is Struggling to Hire Enough Mental Health Clinicians by Year’s End

VA is falling short on its goals to hire more mental health professionals by the end of this year, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told legislators at a recent Senate hearing on suicide prevention.

Prevalence, Evolution of Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) can cause a wide range of motor and nonmotor symptoms (NMS).

Methylphenidate Improves Apathy in Veterans with Alzheimer’s

Apathy is a common behavioral problem in Alzheimer’s disease and can lead to everything functional impairment to higher medical costs to increased mortality.

Mild TBI Improved by Low-Impulse Electric Stimulation

Low-impulse electrical stimulation (LIP-tES) to the brain shows promise in improving neural function in mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Military’s Early Use of Blood Transfusions Saved Lives of Wounded Warriors

Military’s Early Use of Blood Transfusions Saved Lives of Wounded Warriors

Blood transfusion as quickly as possible was a lifesaver for wounded warriors in Afghanistan.

Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomy Improves NSCLC Survival

Should stereotactic body radiotherapy remain the standard treatment for medically inoperable early-Stage non-small cell lung cancer?

Metformin Shows Promise for Increasing NSCLC Survival

BETHESDA, MD—Past research has raised the possibility that a common blood sugar-lowering drug could be associated with improved survival in cancer patients with Type 2 diabetes. A study published recently in the International Journal of Cancer assessed whether metformin use is associated… Read More

New Techniques Improved Survival for Veterans with Stage 1 NSCLC

Improved radiation and surgical techniques boosted overall survival in veterans diagnosed with Stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) from 2001 to 2010.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Increase Risk of Falls and Fractures

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Increase Risk of Falls and Fractures

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) have long been known to increase the risk of infection and amputation.

VA/DoD Process Ensures Guidelines Reflect Current Research

VA/DoD Process Ensures Guidelines Reflect Current Research

By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON—Clinicians treating veterans and military patients can expect new guidelines in the coming year on sleep disorders, stroke, asthma, suicide prevention and chronic kidney disease. The VA/DoD guidelines for major diseases and common conditions in the… Read More

High Glycemic Levels Have ‘Legacy Effect’ Even After Diabetic Patients Start Dialysis

High Glycemic Levels Have ‘Legacy Effect’ Even After Diabetic Patients Start Dialysis

By Annette M. Boyle LONG BEACH, CA—In recent years, the American Diabetes Association and other organizations have recognized that very low glycemic rates do not provide a cardiovascular benefit and might instead increase mortality risk in the majority of patients.… Read More

VA’s Draft Legislation Seeks to Expand Criteria for Choice Program

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—The VA has sent draft legislation to Congress that would revamp criteria for outside care, including eliminating the controversial “30-day/40-mile” rule. “We want veterans to work with their VA physicians to make informed decisions that are best… Read More

Dorn VAMC Nurse Is National Spokesperson for ‘Go Red for Women’ Campaign

Dorn VAMC Nurse Is National Spokesperson for ‘Go Red for Women’ Campaign

Beverly Buchanan’s symptoms didn’t immediately set off any red flags in her mind.