Clinical Topics

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.

Hospital Stays Drop With Early Antivirals for Pregnant Women With The Flu

How beneficial is early initiation of influenza antiviral treatment administered to pregnant women hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza?

Veterans Who Abuse Non-Medical Opioids Have High Risk of Using Heroin

Veterans Who Abuse Non-Medical Opioids Have High Risk of Using Heroin

Veterans who misuse opioid painkillers have a very high risk of also beginning to use heroin, according to a new study.

Inadequate Anemia Testing for UC Patients at VA

Many veterans being treated at the VA for ulcerative colitis aren’t getting recommended testing and treatment for the common problem of iron deficiency anemia.

Problem Drinking Early in Life Linked to Health Problems Decades Later

Is problem drinking among young military servicemembers a life sentence for ill health?

Soft Tissue Infections in Military Trainees

Military trainees are at high risk for skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) but, while Staphylococcus aureus is associated with purulent SSTI, it is unclear to what degree this pathogen causes nonpurulent cellulitis.

Types of Skin Lesions Referred by PCPs at VA

MINNEAPOLIS—Skin lesions sent to dermatology by primary care physicians (PCPs) represent a significant proportion of VA healthcare visits, according to a new study.

VHA Costs to Treat Keratinocyte Carcinoma

Keratinocyte carcinoma (KC) is by far the most common cancer in the United States, with basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas accounting for about 80% and 20% of cases of KC, respectively.

Veterans With Moderate COPD More Likely to Quit Smoking Than Severely Ill

Veterans With Moderate COPD More Likely to Quit Smoking Than Severely Ill

Participation in smoking cessation programs depends on striking while the iron is … warm.

New Study Finds More Evidence of Burn Pit, Respiratory Illness Connection

New Study Finds More Evidence of Burn Pit, Respiratory Illness Connection

For years, multiple veterans’ groups have contended that burn-pit exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan increased the risk of long-term health problems.

Statins Lower Amputation, Death Risk in PAD

Statins appear to lower risk of amputation and death in veterans with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a recent study.

High Mortality for Lower Limb Amputation

While high mortality rates have been reported after major amputations of a lower limb secondary to diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, the mortality rates have varied across studies.

Systolic BP Variation Linked to Poor Outcomes

Within individual patients, blood pressure (BP) fluctuates dynamically over time, and previous clinical studies have suggested an adverse link between greater visit-to-visit variability in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and various outcomes, according to a new study.