Clinical Topics

Recent Veterans’ Opioid Use Similar to U.S. Population

Despite their issues with chronic pain, veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) use opioids at about the same rate as the overall U.S. population.

VA Study: CV Risks Lower in Patients Taking NSAID, Misoprostol Combo

VA Study: CV Risks Lower in Patients Taking NSAID, Misoprostol Combo

Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs has been linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular issues, but a new study offers a possible way to mitigate that factor.

HIV Infection Linked to 40% Increase in Veterans’ Risk of Developing Heart Failure

HIV Infection Linked to 40% Increase in Veterans’ Risk of Developing Heart Failure

Antiretroviral therapy has extended the lives of veterans with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by decades, but a new threat could cut back their longevity.

VA Could Soon Achieve ‘Near Complete Eradication’ of Hepatitis C

VA Could Soon Achieve ‘Near Complete Eradication’ of Hepatitis C

Over the next year or so, the remarkable transformation of hepatitis C (HCV) treatment at the VA will likely reach some type of equilibrium, a new study suggested.

VA Colorectal Cancer Data Similar to Overall U.S.

Colorectal cancer data from the VA often is underrepresented in U.S. cancer reporting, according to a new study seeking to remedy that.

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.

Award-Winning Army PA Seeks to Improve Battlefield Emergency Care

Award-Winning Army PA Seeks to Improve Battlefield Emergency Care

Maj. Jonathan Monti, DSc, PA-C, says he does not believe in haphazardly adding new technology to the already-overwhelming amount of gear carried by those providing medical care on the battlefield.

Little Warning of CKD Progression in Veterans Using Proton Pump Inhibitors

While renal symptoms are a known side effect of proton pump inhibitors, the assumption always has been that the drugs could be discontinued before any lasting damage was done.

Heart Failure Patients Have Impaired Taste for Salt

NEW YORK – Do heart failure patients lose their taste for salt? A new study published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure suggests that is a possibility. Background information in the article pointed out that heart failure (HF) disproportionately afflicts… Read More

Antiretrovirals Lower Risk of Heart Failure in HIV-Infected Veterans

SAN FRANCISCO – Despite higher risk of chronic kidney disease, most human immunodeficiency virus(HIV)-infected patients in the United States take the antiretroviral medication tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association explored an… Read More

White Patients Have Higher Mortality Risks from Heart Failure

LOS ANGELES — The proportion of hospitalizations for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) has increased over the last decade. A new study published in JACC: Heart Failure examined whether the short- and long-term outcomes differ between racial/ethnic groups. It found… Read More

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.

Depression Is 60% More Common in Women Veterans Compared to Men

Depression Is 60% More Common in Women Veterans Compared to Men

Recent research uncovered some good news and bad news when it comes to female veterans and depression: Women experience depression at much higher rates than men but also are more likely to receive adequate care and report symptom improvement.