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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

Shulkin: 'Significant Challenges' Continue for VA in Care Access, Staffing

Shulkin: ‘Significant Challenges’ Continue for VA in Care Access, Staffing

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—VA has done a “significant job in improving access to care for clinically urgent veterans,” but veterans are still waiting too long for new appointments in primary care and mental health at 30 of its locations nationwide,… Read More

VA Seeks to Speed Up Adoption of Alternative Treatments for PTSD

VA Seeks to Speed Up Adoption of Alternative Treatments for PTSD

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—VA is moving faster than it “ever has” when it comes to making complementary and integrative health (CIH) services available to veterans but needs to accelerate those efforts, a top VHA official told a House committee. “I… Read More

Mail Order Pharmacy Policies Put Nearly Half of Veterans with HIV at Risk of Missing Doses

Mail Order Pharmacy Policies Put Nearly Half of Veterans with HIV at Risk of Missing Doses

By Annette M. Boyle MADISON, WI—Antiretroviral medications have transformed HIV from a death sentence into a chronic disease, but the drugs’ effectiveness depends on rigorous adherence to sometimes-complex regimens. For veterans with HIV, adherence is often made difficult by the… Read More

Symptoms Persist in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

SILVER SPRING, MD—What is the longer-term prognosis for veterans who suffered mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) during deployment? The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center focused on nearly 25,000 nonmedically evacuated soldiers returning from Afghanistan or Iraq to two military… Read More

Treating Bladder Symptoms Appears to Reduce Falls in VA’s MS Patients

Treating Bladder Symptoms Appears to Reduce Falls in VA’s MS Patients

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience both falls and bladder dysfunction. In the past, those were generally considered common – but probably unrelated – issues.

Reforms to 'Choice' Program Raise Questions about VA's Future

Reforms to ‘Choice’ Program Raise Questions about VA’s Future

Calling the criteria to access community care “arbitrary” and “unnecessarily cumbersome,” VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, sought support from lawmakers last month to improve the processes.