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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.

Cleveland VA Pharmacy Clinic Shows Promise in Heart Failure Pilot

A pilot evaluation of a pharmacist-led, multidisciplinary transitional care clinic for heart failure (HF) patients showed good results at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC in Cleveland.

Characteristics of Clinicians Most Likely to Prescribe Testosterone at VA

Testosterone prescribing at the VHA has followed national trends and increased substantially over the last decade.

Study Suggests Physician Awareness of Natalizumab Side Effects

After a 43-year-old female with multiple sclerosis developed urethral melanoma, with the only potential risk factor being treatment with natalizumab

Lipoic Acid Promising in VA-Funded MS Study

PORTLAND, OR—While not many treatment options exist for patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, a new study is suggesting that an over-the-counter remedy might improve quality of life. Research published in the journal Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation noted that the antioxidant… Read More

Not Enough Veterans Get Folic Acid With Methotrexate

SAN FRANCISCO—Co-prescription of folic acid in patients receiving low dose oral methotrexate (MTX) is recommended because it reduces adverse events and prolongs the use of the drug. A study on PLOS One suggests, however, that not enough is known about… Read More

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?

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

Viagra Likely Doesn’t Cause Melanoma Cases

NEW YORK—A new study found higher rates of melanoma in users of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra but could identify no direct cause and effect. A report published online by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute instead attributes the… Read More

TBI, OSA Combination Affects Cognitive Function

WASHINGTON—Patients with TBI are considered to be at high risk for the development of sleep disorders, especially obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers posited that the combination of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and… Read More

Most Common GI Scope Adverse Events at VHA

How common are adverse events related to gastrointestinal (GI) scope and tube placement procedures at the VHA?

USU: Younger Colon Cancer Patients Appear Overtreated

While young and middle-aged patients are much more likely to receive postoperative chemotherapy than older patients, they don’t appear to survive any longer from colon cancer, a new study reported.

Breast Cancer Surgery Increasing at VA

Women will make up approximately 10% of the VA healthcare system by 2020 and 15% by 2030, meaning that the need for women’s health services, including breast cancer treatment, will increase.

TKI Persistence Rates at VHA Over Time

How is chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) treated over an extended period at the VHA, including the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy with imatinib, dasatinib and nilotinib?