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Treatment Tested to Break TBI-Alzheimer’s Link

FRANKFORT, KY — The cascade of events following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) appears to increase the risk for developing a progressive degenerative brain disease, and researchers now are testing a treatment that might interrupt the process linking the two… Read More

Prescribing of AEDs to New Veterans Deemed ‘Rational’

SAN ANTONIO — VA clinicians got a positive review for their prescribing of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in a cohort of Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans. “The patterns observed between AEDs and neurological/psychiatric comorbidities suggest that clinicians are practicing rational prescribing,” concluded the… Read More

A Call to Arms for CME

Today’s federal healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges related not only to active-duty military returning home with complex healthcare needs due to injury, but also with the long-term care of veterans’ clinical needs through the VA.

VA Brain Researcher Named to Nursing Hall of Fame

VA Brain Researcher Named to Nursing Hall of Fame

By Steve Lewis WASHINGTON — Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered one of the signature injuries of recent military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, senior research scientist in the Office of Nursing Services at VA… Read More

Some Non-Federal Physicians Express Discomfort Treating Veterans

Some Non-Federal Physicians Express Discomfort Treating Veterans

By Brenda L. Mooney ATHENS, OH — The push to allow veterans more access to non-VA care — or even to bifurcate the system, as some have suggested, so that specific types of care always are provided by private-sector clinicians… Read More

VA Lags on Women’s Health; No Gynecologists at Some VAMCs

VA Lags on Women’s Health; No Gynecologists at Some VAMCs

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — With 29% more women accessing VA healthcare in the past three years, the agency has a way to go to make sure it meets the needs of female veterans, advocates testified at recent congressional hearings.… Read More

Subdural Hemorrhage Predicted to Increase More Than 50% in VA Patients

By Brenda L. Mooney NEW YORK — Over the next 15 years, chronic subdural hemorrhage (SDH) will become the most common adult brain condition requiring neurosurgical intervention in the United States, but healthcare systems may not be prepared to care… Read More

Heart Failure Is Latest Serious Health Condition Linked to PTSD

Chronic Conditions Also Associated With Past Combat Experience Annette M. Boyle MINNEAPOLIS — Serious health conditions linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continue to mount. Researchers recently uncovered a significant link between the condition and the risk of developing heart… Read More

Corneal Implant Could Improve Vision in Aging Patients

IRVINE, CA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for the first implantable device for correction of near vision in patients who have not had cataract surgery. Last month, the FDA approved the KAMRA inlay, a device… Read More

FDA OKs First-in-Class Drug to Reduce Heart Failure Hospitalization

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – A new first-in-class drug to reduce hospitalization from worsening heart failure has received the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Last month, the FDA approved Corlanor (ivabradine), marketed by Amgen, for use in certain… Read More

First Generic Version of Copaxone Approved for MS

PRINCETON, NJ – Sandoz has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market generic glatiramer acetate in a 20 mg/1ml daily injection. The FDA approved the drug last month as the first generic version of Copaxone,… Read More

Slow Start for ‘Choice’ Program to Give Veterans More Care Options

Slow Start for ‘Choice’ Program to Give Veterans More Care Options

Family Physicians Unlikely to Participate Without Rate Increases By Brenda L. Mooney WASHINGTON – VA officials have been accused of being  less than enthusiastic about a new law passed to provide outside care options for certain veterans. If that is… Read More

Study Finds No Link Between Bisphosphonate Use and Fractures

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Long-term use of bisphosphonates have been associated in some research with subtrochanteric femoral shaft fractures after little or no trauma, but new research looking at VA data did not replicate that effect. In fact, the study published… Read More

Military Pharmacies Expand e-Prescribing Option to Civilian Providers

Military Pharmacies Expand e-Prescribing Option to Civilian Providers

By Annette M. Boyle FALLS CHURCH, VA – A recent expansion of e-prescribing at all military treatment facility (MTF) pharmacies brings them in line with their civilian counterparts by allowing them to accept electronic prescriptions from providers located off-base. “This… Read More

Dietary Changes Show Promise in Slowing MS Progression

PHILADELPHIA – Emerging evidence suggests that diet and vascular risk factors including obesity and hyperlipidemia may influence progression of multiple sclerosis. A poster presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology sought to determine the compliance… Read More

What Causes High Incidence of Falls in MS Patients?

PORTLAND, OR – Multiple sclerosis patients have a high incidence of falls with research indicating that more than 50% of them fall in a three- to six-month period and around 30% to 50% fall multiple times. Because those falls can… Read More

Navy Medicine: There to Care for Those in Need

Navy Medicine: There to Care for Those in Need

By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Army Medicine: Strengthening the Health of our Nation by Improving the Health of our Army

Army Medicine: Strengthening the Health of our Nation by Improving the Health of our Army

By Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command, 43rd Surgeon General of the Army For the first time in our nation’s history, we are decreased the size of our Army before we ended our longest war. Nonetheless, Army… Read More

Air Force Medicine: A Vision for the Future

Air Force Medicine: A Vision for the Future

By Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Travis, MD, Surgeon General, United States Air Force

New Option for Unresectable, Metastatic Melanoma Gets Approval

PRINCETON, NJ – Accelerated approval has been granted by the Food and Drug Administration to Opdivo (nivolumab), a new treatment for patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma who no longer respond to other drugs. Opdivo, marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb, works… Read More