Proteinuria Lowering Can Adversely Affect Some CKD Patients

MEMPHIS, TN — Proteinuria-lowering interventions in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) should be implemented cautiously, considering the potential for adverse outcomes, according to a new study led by researchers from the Memphis, TN, VAMC. According to the report,… Read More

New Model Helps Predict ESRD Onset

MINNEAPOLIS — A newly-developed risk model can be used to predict the occurrence of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and appropriately prepare for renal replacement therapy in veterans with advanced chronic kidney disease, according to a new study. “A new model… Read More

‘Ideal’ Blood Pressure Not Always Best for CKD Patients

MEMPHIS, TN — What’s considered ideal blood pressure measurement in most situations actually was linked with higher mortality rates in chronic kidney disease compared with patients with moderately elevated BP. A study led by Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD, chief of… Read More

Higher Risk of Brain Lesions For High-Altitude AF Pilots

By Brenda L. Mooney SAN ANTONIO — High-flying U-2 pilots may be paying a neurological price for their service. The elite Air Force pilots flying at high altitudes increase their risks for developing brain lesions, according to a new study,… Read More

Veterans’ Study: Many Cancers, Chemotherapy Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Annette M. Boyle Jane A. Driver, MD, MPH BOSTON – A study involving more than three million veterans has found an intriguing inverse relationship between two dreaded diseases: cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). New research from the Boston VAMC… Read More

Gulf War Illness Can Affect Different Brain Regions

WASHINGTON — Gulf War illness may have two distinct forms, depending on which brain regions have atrophied. That could help explain why clinicians encounter veterans with different symptoms and complaints, according to new research. The study of Gulf War veterans… Read More

Impulsivity Issues Not Caused by Parkinson’s Disease Itself

PHILADELPHIA — About 20% of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience impulse control disorder symptoms, but, according to a new study, the disease itself is not the cause of excessive gambling, shopping or other impulsivity symptoms.1 In fact, untreated Parkinson’s patients… Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease Affected by Diet’s Fat Content

SEATTLE — Diet appears to have some influence on the levels of proteins and peptides related to development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study led by researchers from the VA’s Puget Sound Healthcare System.1 The report, published online by… Read More

From Games to New Drug Therapies: VA Improving Mobility for MS Patients

By Annette M. Boyle BALTIMORE – Veterans with multiple sclerosis soon might find that having fun helps retain or improve mobility. A recent study published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair found that home use of the Nintendo Wii… Read More

VA Study: Age Shouldn’t Influence Post-Stroke Treatment

By Annette M. Boyle Neale Chumbler, PhD. ATLANTA — Age shouldn’t be a factor in how patients are treated at the VA after experiencing a stroke. That’s according to a study published recently in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and… Read More

Study Finds Pain-Related Brain Anomalies in ‘Gulf War Illness’

WASHINGTON — Veterans suffering from “Gulf War Illness” appear to have anomalies in the bundles of nerve fibers that connect brain areas involved in the processing and perception of pain and fatigue — changes not seen in unaffected individuals. Researchers… Read More

FDA Approves Tecfidera for Treatment of Relapsing MS

WESTON, MA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) capsules to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). “No drug provides a cure for multiple sclerosis, so it is important to have a… Read More

Surprises in MS Incidence Study Among Gulf War Era Veterans

WASHINGTON – How common is multiple sclerosis among U.S. military personnel and veterans from the Gulf War era? A study led by researchers from the Washington, DC, VAMC and the VA Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence in Baltimore sought to… Read More

Gingko Biloba Shown to Not Help Cognitive Issues in MS

PORTLAND, OR – It might be a case of wishful thinking, but many multiple sclerosis patients use the natural supplement Gingko biloba in hopes that it will help counteract the cognitive problems that appear in half of those with the… Read More

Parkinson’s: A Network of Care within the Veterans Healthcare System

By Robert L. Ruff, MD, PhD, and Patricia G. Banks, RN, MSNEd, CCRP Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran Affairs Medical Center BACKGROUND In 2001, the VA began the process of enhancing services for the approximately 40,000 veterans afflicted with Parkinson’s disease,… Read More

New CTE Study Categorizes Stages of Degenerative Brain Disease in Veterans, Athletes

By Brenda L. Mooney BOSTON – For the first time, researchers have categorized chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated brain trauma in military combat and contact sports, into four stages of severity. In a recent… Read More

Single IED Blast Can Cause Degenerative Brain Condition

By Brenda L. Mooney BOSTON — Compelling evidence that a degenerative brain condition can be caused by a single blast, equivalent to a typical improvised explosive device (IED), raises troubling questions about the future healthcare needs of servicemembers returning from… Read More

Chronic Diseases Among Male Veterans Makes Treating MS Even More Complex

By David Beasley SEATTLE–Clinicians who treat the VA’s more than 30,000 multiple sclerosis patients face constant challenges in treating both the mysterious disease as well as the other chronic health conditions which tend to accompany it. “It is a disease… Read More

New Scanning Technology Could Pinpoint TBI Injuries and Aid Recovery

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — New technology could allow clinicians to determine precisely what brain functionality has been lost after traumatic brain injury,  according to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and funded by the… Read More

Innovative VA Program Provides Calm and Supportive Environment for Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers

By Annette M. Boyle WILKES-BARRE, PA — For staff and residents, life in a dementia-care unit often becomes a dance of frustration. The constant struggle to interpret the world around them upsets patients; the inability to keep residents from… Read More