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Hospitalized COPD Patients More Likely to Also Have PH

HOUSTON—Having comorbid chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH-COPD) increases the risk of hospitalizations and death compared to COPD alone, according to a new study. Identifying PH in COPD is challenging, however, because performing right heart catheterization, the… Read More

VA Promises Changes After Widespread Failure to Report Clinician Safety Issues

VA Promises Changes After Widespread Failure to Report Clinician Safety Issues

VA officials sought to reassure lawmakers that the agency is responding appropriately to an oversight report finding that several medical providers who gave harmful care to patients were never reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) or state licensing boards (SLB).

Surveys Show Why VA Good Prescribing Practice Also Should Include Deprescribing

Surveys Show Why VA Good Prescribing Practice Also Should Include Deprescribing

By Annette M. Boyle BOSTON—For years, physicians have had one primary question about the medications they prescribe: Will the patient take them? But, now, as awareness of the dangers of polypharmacy increases, more clinicians struggle to determine the best way… Read More

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.

VA Makes Decision on Expansion of Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, said he has made a decision on the expansion of the list of presumptive conditions for Agent Orange compensation and has passed it on to the next step in the process.

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.

California Statistics Indicate Kidney Cancer Rates Might Be Declining Overall

California Statistics Indicate Kidney Cancer Rates Might Be Declining Overall

After years of apparently rising rates of kidney cancer, the incidence of early-stage disease seems to be declining, at least in California.

Social Support Critical for Military Mental Health

The Marine Resiliency Study-II examined changes in symptomatology across a deployment cycle to Afghanistan. Results were published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.1

How Effective Are Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Heart Failure?

It is not clear whether implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy improves survival

Suicide Attempts in Army Units Appear to Be 'Contagious'

Suicide Attempts in Army Units Appear to Be ‘Contagious’

Study Finds Links Between Higher Individual, Unit Rates BETHESDA, MD—Are soldiers in specific Army units more likely to attempt suicide? A new study looks at that issue and explores what characteristics of the units might influence the decision to take… Read More

Expedited ART Significantly Lowers Viral Load in HIV Patients

Expedited ART Significantly Lowers Viral Load in HIV Patients

By Brenda L. Mooney BETHESDA, MD—When it comes to treating acute HIV infection, sooner is better, noted a new study led by U.S. military researchers. The study, published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society, compared viral load in… Read More

To the Editor-in-Chief:

In reference to: “Mail Order Pharmacy Policies Put Nearly Half of Veterans with HIV at Risk of Missing Doses” published online for U.S. Medicine in July 2017: The recent U.S. Medicine on-line article by Annette M. Boyle entitled “Mail Order… Read More