SAN ANTONIO — Following an initial episode of acute, nonspecific low-back pain (LBP), early and guideline-adherent physical therapy resulted in substantially lower costs and reduced use of healthcare resources over a two-year period, according to a study conducted within the… Read More
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
BOSTON — Clinicians weighing the risks and benefits of prescribing different opioid regimens should take not only the daily dose into consideration but also the duration of the opioid action, according to a new study. That study, published recently in… Read More
Since the mid-1980s, six times as many men under 55 now are receiving prostate cancer diagnoses, and the younger patients face considerably higher mortality rates. With the stakes even greater, the debate continues on whether too much screening is being… Read More
As many as 10% of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis actually don’t and are receiving treatment for the wrong condition.
Beyond the ‘Find It, Fix It’ Mentality By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON — A story Tracy Gaudet, MD, was told years ago not only changed her approach to medicine but, now that she is director of the VA’s Office of… Read More
Research Contradicts Other Recent Findings By Brenda L. Mooney PHILADELPHIA — As the latest influenza season finally abates, a new VA study raises questions about how effective the high-dose vaccine really is for the 65 or older cohort. Beginning at… Read More
Amid all the outcry over the high cost of new hepatitis C therapies, including congressional hearings, a simple fact has been overlooked: The VA expects to save money in the long run because of the drugs’ high cure rates. By… Read More
More than 300,000 military servicemembers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since 2000, and those suffering a penetrating or severe TBI have an 18 times greater chance of being diagnosed with the neurological condition, according to a new study.… Read More
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increasingly is viewed by clinicians as a systemic disease that is treatable, instead of a debilitating lung disease that offers few options for patients.
WASHINGTON – When whistleblowers come forward to help shine a light on problems at the VA, ensuing investigations too often focus on them and their motivations instead of the issue at hand
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Lawmakers and VA officials continue to spar over whether the agency has been complying with House Committee requests for documents and information. “While I am willing to work with Secretary McDonald to implement needed reforms,… Read More
WASHINGTON — Admitting he is “profoundly embarrassed,” by delays and cost overruns in constructing the new Denver VAMC, a top VA official argued that the agency should be allowed to use
RAND Study: DoD Isn’t Doing Enough to Improve Sleep Health By Brenda L. Mooney WASHINGTON – Difficulty sleeping appears to be a significant contributor to suicide ideation in veterans, even more so than severe depression, according to a new study.A… Read More
HOUSTON — Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women veterans, yet they remain undertreated
SEATTLE – While combat has long been known to increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
WASHINGTON — While VA might have been provided $5 billion in funding to hire more clinical staff and to improve VA’s physical infrastructure, lawmakers expressed concern last month about challenges to recruiting new medical professionals, particularly in rural areas.
COLUMBIA, MO – Often spurred by advertising touting the benefits of testosterone supplementation for “low T,” veterans treated by the VA increasingly are requesting the replacement therapy.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – Physicians commonly recommend statins for veterans with high triglyceride levels.
Recent Study Suggests Mixed Results By Brenda L. Mooney CANANDAIGUA, NY – When alternative therapies are discussed as options for pain relief without medications, chiropractic care often is on the list. For many clinicians at the VA, however, a key… Read More
Political Battles Expected WASHINGTON – The VA needs to “right-size” by shifting resources to areas of the country where the veteran population is growing and by disposing of more than 10 million square feet of excess space that is costing… Read More