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2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Despite Criticism of Federal Medicine, Innovation Thrives at VA, MHS

By Brenda L. Mooney Editorial Director ATLANTA — When it comes to American politics, we certainly live in contentious – if not always interesting – times. One of those hot-button issues is a so-called single-payer... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

New Tools Help Reduce CVD Risk in Veterans with Diabetes

By Annette M. Boyle The search has been on for decades: A medication that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in Type 2 diabetes patients. Late last year, an existing drug was approved... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

How the Brain, Not Just Lung Function, Affects Patient-Perceived COPD Level

By Brenda L. Mooney Test results are only one part of the calculation on how sick patients are with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Psychosocial symptoms also play a big role, so that for some veterans... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Protein Can Help Identify Which Rashes Are Early Mycosis Fungoides

Chronic rash in a sun-protected area that doesn’t respond to topical treatment likely needs to be evaluated for mycosis fungoides, the most common variant of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Now, a new VA study reports that... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Good Treatment Options Emerging for Less-Common Primary Progressive MS

By Annette M. Boyle While treatment options have continued to expand for patients with the most common type of multiple sclerosis—relapsing-remitting—that has not been the case for those with a less-common variety—primary progressive. That changed... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Key Associations Urge Clinicians to Inform Patients about SUDUP Risks

NEW YORK – Patients with epilepsy should be told about their uncommon risk of death, especially if they suffer from tonic-clonic seizures, new guidelines state. Controlling those seizures might reduce the risk of sudden unexpected... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Should Adult Epilepsy Patients Be Told About Unexpected Death Risks?

Elevated Mortality Rates for Veterans Fires Up Debate A shocking report on substantially higher mortality rates for veterans with epilepsy, as well as new guidelines from key disease groups, have reignited debate on a difficult... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Gene Transfer Improves Function in Heart Failure, Hospitalizations Reduced

Could gene transfer be the answer to reducing hospitalizations for veterans with heart failure? A new trial by VA researchers suggests that’s a good possibility, with a single intracoronary injection of an adenovirus to transfer... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Non-Teaching VA Clinics More Likely to Prescribe Inappropriate Antibiotics

PROVIDENCE, RI – The VA is working hard to stem the rate of unnecessary and inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in its healthcare system. A new study identifies an area where more work might be required. Researchers... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

DoD Aids Research on Identification of Pathogens in Hours, Not Days

Technology Also Helps Determine Most-Effective Antibiotics By Brenda L. Mooney The DoD’s involvement with the development of new technology to rapidly identify pathogens and appropriate antibiotic therapy has its roots in the Iraq and Afghanistan... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

VA Lung Cancer Screening Pilot Was Valuable but ’Challenging and Complex’

While the benefits of lung cancer screening are undeniable for some former smokers—especially those whose lives were saved because of it—the VA recently learned some important lessons on how to use the technology most efficiently.... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Smoking History, Obesity Increase Risk for Renal Cell Carcinoma in Veterans

While toxic exposures such as contaminated water at Camp Lejeune increase the likelihood of developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC), veterans have higher risks for the cancer even beyond those unusual events. A history of cigarette... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Oral Combination Therapies for MS Offer Superior Effectiveness

By Annette M. Boyle The first retrospective comparison of newer oral disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) to injectable DMTs for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) found that, in real-world settings, patients taking two of the oral drugs had... View Article

2017 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Better Anaerobic Fatigue Measures Could Help Improve Quality of Life with MS

By Annette M. Boyle Multiple sclerosis patients often report fatigue, but it isn’t always clear how that condition affects their functionality. New research is seeking to establish clearer definitions and measures of fatigue in an... View Article

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