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VA Researcher Works to Find Improved Therapies for Esophageal Cancer

VA Researcher Works to Find Improved Therapies for Esophageal Cancer

By Stephen Spotswood BALTIMORE—James Donahue, MD, has been thinking about the need for better treatments for cancer his entire adult life. His mother died from breast cancer when he was 14, and from that day forward his course has been… Read More

Is Aspirin Really a Wonder Drug for Cardiovascular Prevention?

Is Aspirin Really a Wonder Drug for Cardiovascular Prevention?

VA Researcher Questions Daily Use of Drug in Many Patients By Brenda L. Mooney GAINESVILLE, FL—Since the mid-1980s, aspirin has been used as a preventive drug for cardiovascular disease. In fact, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says that… Read More

E-consults Drive Increased Involvement of VA Infectious Disease Specialists

E-consults Drive Increased Involvement of VA Infectious Disease Specialists

By Annette M. Boyle BOSTON—VA physicians in facilities across New England increasingly turn to infectious disease specialists at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) with questions about antibiotic resistance, Lyme disease and other issues, but the rise in demand has… Read More

Law Requires Reconsideration of Mustard Gas Claims by WWII Veterans

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump signed a bill directing VA and DoD to reconsider and make new determinations for all previously denied claims for benefits related to exposure to mustard gas or lewisite, a compound used as a chemical… Read More

Will Review of VA’s Capital Assets Be Return of BRAC?

Will Review of VA’s Capital Assets Be Return of BRAC?

The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has called for a “top-to-bottom review” of all VHA capital assets.

VA Says It Has Funding to Begin New EHR Implementation

VA Says It Has Funding to Begin New EHR Implementation

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—VA officials sought to reassure lawmakers that, while the price tag of its new EHR has not been determined, the proposed FY 2018 budget includes funds to begin the project. The agency plans to ask for any… Read More

DoD Policies Ensure Sufficient Yellow Fever Vaccine Despite Global Shortage

DoD Policies Ensure Sufficient Yellow Fever Vaccine Despite Global Shortage

In mid-2016, Sanofi Pasteur announced that manufacturing issues could produce a YF-VAX shortage that might last for several months.

Is Aspirin Really a Wonder Drug for Cardiovascular Prevention?

Is Aspirin Really a Wonder Drug for Cardiovascular Prevention?

Since the mid-1980s, aspirin has been used as a preventive drug for cardiovascular disease. In fact, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says that about 40% of American adults over 50 currently take a daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks or strokes.

PTSD Combined With Some Medications Dramatically Increases Dementia Risk

PTSD Combined With Some Medications Dramatically Increases Dementia Risk

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appears to increase the risk of dementia in veterans but exactly why remains unclear: Is the increased risk attributable to frequent comorbidities such as diabetes and traumatic brain injury or to medications used to treat PTSD or to other factors?

VA Makes Public List of Adverse Actions Against Employees

With persistent questions of accountability and transparency dogging VA in recent years, the agency became the first federal agency to post public information on disciplinary actions taken against employees.

Which Type of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery Is Preferred at VA?

Which Type of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery Is Preferred at VA?

Patients Now Being Asked to Choose Open or Endoscopic By Annette M. Boyle WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT—Each year, about 2,000 veterans have surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Over the past two decades, a rising percentage of those surgeries have been… Read More

VA Seeks to Fill Graduate Medical Education Positions in Next Seven Years

VA Seeks to Fill Graduate Medical Education Positions in Next Seven Years

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—VA officials told lawmakers that they anticipate filling, by 2024, all of the graduate medical education (GME) positions authorized in a 2014 law. “We believe within the 10-year milestone we will be able to fill the 1,500… Read More

VA Antimicrobial Stewardship Helps with UTIs

BUFFALO, NY—Implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) appeared to significantly decrease duration of antibiotic therapy and length of hospitalization for complicated urinary tract infection at the Buffalo, NY, VAMC, without adversely affecting 30-day readmission rates. The study, published in… Read More

Testosterone Trials Show Mixed Results for Users

LOS ANGELES—Testosterone replacement therapy appears to be a mixed blessing for older men with low levels of the hormone, according to recently published studies. Results of four trials published online by JAMA and JAMA Internal Medicine suggest users showed improved… Read More