Clinical Topics

Targeting Lung Cancer Prevention to Veterans With HIV

New veteran research is being touted as a way to better target lung-cancer prevention measures to high-risk groups.

Epilepsy More than Doubles Mortality Risk for Veterans of Recent Wars

Epilepsy More than Doubles Mortality Risk for Veterans of Recent Wars

Meeting criteria for an epilepsy diagnosis significantly raises the risk of death among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new study has revealed.

VA Epilepsy Video Series Offers Hope to Patients Struggling With The Disease

VA Epilepsy Video Series Offers Hope to Patients Struggling With The Disease

For many veterans, the onset of epilepsy is terrifying, and a confirmed diagnosis does little to provide relief.

Obesity Raises Diabetes Rates for Veterans, Servicemembers

Obesity and related health issues remain a significant concern for U.S. servicemembers and veterans, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.

Veterans with HIV Responsive to Standard Diabetes Therapy

With Type 2 diabetes increasingly common in HIV-infected individuals, are standard oral diabetes medications as effective in that population?

Fenofibrate Associated With Reduced CV Disease in Diabetics

Cardiovascular risk is increased in patients with Type 2 diabetes, at least partly because of hypertriglyceridemia and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Don’t Forget Leishmaniasis When Servicemembers Have Mysterious Symptoms

Don’t Forget Leishmaniasis When Servicemembers Have Mysterious Symptoms

Military physicians stumped by a diagnosis might want to consider leishmaniasis in personnel returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, according to a new report.

Navy Psychologist Uses Nontraditional Methods to Improve Mental Healthcare

Navy Psychologist Uses Nontraditional Methods to Improve Mental Healthcare

It was 7 a.m. on a Wednesday in January—a time when most clinical psychologists would be making their way to the hospital or clinic. But instead of heading to her office at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Deployment Health Center, Tracy Hejmanowski, PhD, was driving an hour south of the city to begin a new patient on a course of equine-assisted therapy.

Eight Years Later, VHA’s ‘MRSA Bundle’ Continues to Push Down Infection Rates

Eight Years Later, VHA’s ‘MRSA Bundle’ Continues to Push Down Infection Rates

When the VHA implemented a nationwide prevention initiative against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), healthcare facility-associated infections (HAIs) were unacceptably high.

Low Flu Vaccine Rates at Healthcare Facilities Without Mandatory Shots

ATLANTA –The vast majority of physicians got a flu shot before the 2015-16 influenza season. The issue is how many of their assistants and aides also were vaccinated. An article in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report notes that coverage… Read More

Flu Complications Reduced With Early Antiviral Treatment

CLEVELAND – How does antiviral treatment, pre-existing diseases, and sociodemographic factors affect the risk of influenza-related complications and healthcare utilization? For a report in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion, case data was obtained from U.S. MarketScan Research databases… Read More

VA, Veterans Bear High Costs for Annual Flu Season

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT – For the U.S. population in general, seasonal influenza epidemics are a substantial public health and economic burden:  On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and an estimated 23,000 Americans die from respiratory and circulatory… Read More

Intensive Monitoring Needed for Veterans with AF and CKD

A retrospective cohort study recently evaluated warfarin prescription, quality of international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring and of INR control in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) at the VA

Exercise Capacity Has Strong Effect on Cardiovascular Event Risk

What is the association between exercise capacity and the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs)?

Can Gene Analysis Improve the Treatment of Schizophrenia in Veterans?

Can Gene Analysis Improve the Treatment of Schizophrenia in Veterans?

Antipsychotics play a major role in the treatment of schizophrenia, but their efficacy and tolerability in individual patients varies widely.

COPD Associated With Frailty in HIV-Infected Veterans

With chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) prevalence increasing among aging HIV-infected patients, a recent study sought to determine how that relates to frailty in veterans treated at the VA.

Prevalence of Asthma Tripled in Recent Deployed Veterans

The prevalence of asthma nearly tripled during an eight-year period in VA patients who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new study.

Asthma, Depression Significantly Linked in Veterans

Results of research on the relationship between both current and lifetime asthma and mental illness among veterans in the United States were published recently in the Journal of Asthma.

VA Offers Pharmacy Staff Free Diabetes Management Certificate Course

VA Offers Pharmacy Staff Free Diabetes Management Certificate Course

A free online certificate course on diabetes made available at the VA and DoD earlier this year already has had more than 550 enrollments and awarded 15 certificates.

Younger Veterans Much More Likely to Suffer Severe Pain Than Nonveterans

Younger Veterans Much More Likely to Suffer Severe Pain Than Nonveterans

Veterans, especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, are about 40% more likely to experience severe pain than nonveterans, according to a new study.

Low Vitamin D Doesn’t Explain Low Flu Vaccination Response in HIV Patients

BETHESDA, MD – While vaccination is the most important preventive strategy against influenza, post-vaccination antibody responses are often inadequate, especially among HIV-infected persons, according to a new study. The report, published recently in the journal Vaccine, pointed out that vitamin D… Read More

Percentage of Flu Vaccines Obtained At Pharmacies Up, Not Overall Rate

In the not-too-distant past, influenza vaccines could only be obtained in clinics or physicians’ offices. That changed over a 14 year period from 1996 to 2010 when 41 states changed statutes to allow pharmacists to provide immunizations.