October 2017

GAO: Applications for VHA Healthcare Benefits Frequently Mishandled

GAO: Applications for VHA Healthcare Benefits Frequently Mishandled

VHA does not have the right protocols in place to ensure applications for enrollment are processed in a timely manner or that enrollment determinations are accurate, according to a new report.

VA End-of-Life Care Push Increases Hospice Use Among Veterans

VA End-of-Life Care Push Increases Hospice Use Among Veterans

An intense effort by the VA to improve end-of-life care is paying off, with hospice use increasing more among veterans than nonveterans.

MHS Providers Lack Time,Travel Funding for PTSD, MDD Training

MHS Providers Lack Time,Travel Funding for PTSD, MDD Training

Limitations on travel and the lack of protected time might prevent MHS healthcare providers from receiving additional training in evidence-based therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), a recent study suggested.

Army Pharmacy Finds Shorter Hours Reduces Wait Times

Army Pharmacy Finds Shorter Hours Reduces Wait Times

The pharmacy team at McDonald Army Health Center (MCAHC) on Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia had a common problem—longer than desired wait times for patients to pick up prescriptions.

Living With a Mystery Disease: One Woman’s Story

At 31, Susan Thornton developed an itchy rash around her waist.

Treatment Options Multiply for Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Treatment Options Multiply for Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

After decades on the sidelines, research in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) has exploded in recent years, bringing patients with this rare disease new opportunities for treatment.

VA Research Offers Reassurance on Safety of TKIs for Kidney Cancer

VA Research Offers Reassurance on Safety of TKIs for Kidney Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of several tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) over the last decade has substantially improved outcomes for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

California Statistics Indicate Kidney Cancer Rates Might Be Declining Overall

California Statistics Indicate Kidney Cancer Rates Might Be Declining Overall

After years of apparently rising rates of kidney cancer, the incidence of early-stage disease seems to be declining, at least in California.

Social Support Critical for Military Mental Health

The Marine Resiliency Study-II examined changes in symptomatology across a deployment cycle to Afghanistan. Results were published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.1

Paliperidone Palmitate Helps Some Schizophrenia Patients

Even though nearly half of all patients diagnosed with schizophrenia have a history of substance abuse (SA), data on treatment of schizophrenia with paliperidone palmitate (PP) among patients with comorbid SA have been limited.

Augmentation Better Than Switching Drugs in MDD

Augmentation Better Than Switching Drugs in MDD

The addition of an atypical anti-psychotic medication to an antidepressant regimen for veterans not responding to their current treatment led to greater improvement in symptoms of depression than switching to another antidepressant altogether.

How Do VA PCPs Respond to Insomnia Complaints?

Veterans have even higher rates of insomnia than other adults in the United States, and many seek treatment from their primary care physicians.

In-Person Cognitive Therapy Better for Insomnia

Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy appears to be an effective alternative to regular in-person meetings with a therapist for military personnel with insomnia, but it still is only about half as effective as traditional methods.

Biomarkers Different in Acute HF Patients With, Without Diabetes

How diabetes affects pathophysiological processes among patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is unclear, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.1