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Optimal TBI Treatment Differs for VA Patients Vs. Nonmilitary Injuries

Optimal TBI Treatment Differs for VA Patients Vs. Nonmilitary Injuries

General Brain Injury Research Not Always Useful for Veterans By Annette M. Boyle TAMPA, FL—Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been called the signature wound of recent U.S. conflicts. These injuries have driven the DoD and VA to closely examine the… Read More

Transgenders in Military Debate Preceded Surprise Trump Announcement

Transgenders in Military Debate Preceded Surprise Trump Announcement

President Donald Trump recently announced that he was reinstating a ban on transgenders in the military.

Barriers Fall for VA’s Ability to Provide Telehealth Across State Lines

Barriers Fall for VA’s Ability to Provide Telehealth Across State Lines

President Donald Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, announced three initiatives that will expand access to health care for Veterans across the country.

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