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Veterans With Heart Failure, Methamphetamine Use Present Growing Challenges for VA

Veterans With Heart Failure, Methamphetamine Use Present Growing Challenges for VA

The rate of heart failure associated with methamphetamine (meth) use appears to be on the upswing in veterans, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017.

All-Cause Mortality Reduced in Heart Failure Patients with Lower Discharge Heart Rate

All-Cause Mortality Reduced in Heart Failure Patients with Lower Discharge Heart Rate

WASHINGTON — Although a lower heart rate is known to be linked with better outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF), not as much research is available on the association in patients with HF with preserved… Read More

VA Study Finds Older Medicare Patients Often Are Overtreated for Diabetes

It’s not only the VA that struggles with the balance between just enough treatment of older Type 2 diabetes patients and too much.

Underweight and Smoking Makes for a Lethal Combination in COPD

Underweight and Smoking Makes for a Lethal Combination in COPD

When counseling a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), many clinicians start with two words of advice: “Stop smoking.”

VAMC Survey Found High Rates of Asthma, Respiratory Symptoms Among Staff

A survey at a VAMC recorded the prevalence of current diagnosed asthma at 17.6% but also found that nearly half of the healthcare workers reported some asthma-like symptoms.

Previous VA Research Borne Out: PCI Provides No Symptom Relief in Stable Angina

Previous VA Research Borne Out: PCI Provides No Symptom Relief in Stable Angina

In a move that reanimated a long-standing controversy in cardiology, a recently published study supports and extends the findings of landmark research done by the VA more than a decade ago.

Aspirin Appears to Be Safe for Some Heart Failure Patients

SAN FRANCISCO – Does use of aspirin increase heart failure (HF) hospitalization or risk of death in patients with reduced ejection fraction receiving an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)? That was the question addressed in a recent article… Read More

All-Cause Mortality Reduced in Heart Failure Patients with Lower Discharge Heart Rate

WASHINGTON – Although a lower heart rate is known to be linked with better outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF), not as much research is available on the association in patients with HF with preserved… Read More

Veterans With Heart Failure, Methamphetamine Use Present Growing Challenges for VA

ANAHEIM, CA – The rate of heart failure associated with methamphetamine (meth) use appears to be on the upswing in veterans, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017. The research from the University of… Read More

VA Is Struggling to Hire Enough Mental Health Clinicians by Year’s End

VA Is Struggling to Hire Enough Mental Health Clinicians by Year’s End

VA is falling short on its goals to hire more mental health professionals by the end of this year, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told legislators at a recent Senate hearing on suicide prevention.

Prevalence, Evolution of Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) can cause a wide range of motor and nonmotor symptoms (NMS).

Methylphenidate Improves Apathy in Veterans with Alzheimer’s

Apathy is a common behavioral problem in Alzheimer’s disease and can lead to everything functional impairment to higher medical costs to increased mortality.

Mild TBI Improved by Low-Impulse Electric Stimulation

Low-impulse electrical stimulation (LIP-tES) to the brain shows promise in improving neural function in mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Military’s Early Use of Blood Transfusions Saved Lives of Wounded Warriors

Military’s Early Use of Blood Transfusions Saved Lives of Wounded Warriors

Blood transfusion as quickly as possible was a lifesaver for wounded warriors in Afghanistan.

Metformin Shows Promise for Increasing NSCLC Survival

BETHESDA, MD—Past research has raised the possibility that a common blood sugar-lowering drug could be associated with improved survival in cancer patients with Type 2 diabetes. A study published recently in the International Journal of Cancer assessed whether metformin use is associated… Read More

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Increase Risk of Falls and Fractures

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Increase Risk of Falls and Fractures

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) have long been known to increase the risk of infection and amputation.

High Glycemic Levels Have ‘Legacy Effect’ Even After Diabetic Patients Start Dialysis

High Glycemic Levels Have ‘Legacy Effect’ Even After Diabetic Patients Start Dialysis

By Annette M. Boyle LONG BEACH, CA—In recent years, the American Diabetes Association and other organizations have recognized that very low glycemic rates do not provide a cardiovascular benefit and might instead increase mortality risk in the majority of patients.… Read More

Dorn VAMC Nurse Is National Spokesperson for ‘Go Red for Women’ Campaign

Dorn VAMC Nurse Is National Spokesperson for ‘Go Red for Women’ Campaign

Beverly Buchanan’s symptoms didn’t immediately set off any red flags in her mind.

Living With a Mystery Disease: One Woman’s Story

At 31, Susan Thornton developed an itchy rash around her waist.

Treatment Options Multiply for Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Treatment Options Multiply for Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

After decades on the sidelines, research in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) has exploded in recent years, bringing patients with this rare disease new opportunities for treatment.