2016 Issues

April 2016

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Found Cost-Effective

BALTIMORE — Real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) is cost-effective in diabetes patients, according to a military study.In making that determination, a study team led by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center researchers used evidence from... View Article

April 2016

Severely Injured Warriors More Likely to Develop Diabetes

TRAVIS Air Force Base, CA — Severity of combat injuries influences the risk of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to develop diabetes and other chronic diseases, according to a new study.The report, published recently in... View Article

April 2016

AMD Predicts Poorer Overall Survival in Older Women

PORTLAND, OR — What is the association between age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in a population of older women?Answering that question was the goal of a prospective cohort study at four... View Article

April 2016

Glaucoma Increases Cataract Surgery Complications

JAMAICA PLAINS, MA — A new VA study compared visual acuity outcomes, vision-related quality of life and complications related to cataract surgery in eyes with and without glaucoma.The retrospective cohort study was published recently in... View Article

April 2016

How Does Serious Hypoglycemia Relate to Atherosclerosis?

PHOENIX — Is serious hypoglycemia associated with progression of atherosclerosis in veterans?An investigation published recently in the journal Diabetes Care sought to answer that question and came up with a mixed answer.1Researchers from the Phoenix... View Article

April 2016

Advocates Describe Difficulties in Getting Gulf War Illness Diagnosis

Legislators Agree That Research on Causes Needs to ContinueBy Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — Veterans are experiencing a high number of denials of Gulf War Illness-related claims at least partly because the condition “presents itself in a... View Article

April 2016

IOM: VA Should Focus on Gulf War Syndrome Treatment, Not Causes

Veterans Groups Warn That Research Could EndBy Annette M. BoyleWASHINGTON — A major scientific panel has recommended that the VA stop looking for the cause of Gulf War illness and focus instead on monitoring deployed... View Article

April 2016

Letter To The Editor

Dear Dr. Buckenmaier,I’m a gynecologist, working part-time since 2004, at the VA in Fresno. I was an attending with the UCSF Ob/Gyn Fresno Residency Training Program for 20 years and am doing this job as... View Article

April 2016

DoD Develops Medical Capabilities List to Maintain Readiness

Military Trauma Clinicians Struggle to Stay SharpBy Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — In an effort to maintain medical readiness after the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, DoD officials are developing a list of joint essential medical capabilities that... View Article

April 2016

CAD Linked to Macular Degeneration in Veterans

LEXINGTON, KY — VA clinicians should co-screen for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and systemic vascular disease, according to a new study.The report, published recently in the Southern Medical Journal, notes that, although AMD — the... View Article

April 2016

Bill Expanding Veteran Access to Immunizations Ignites Controversy

Pharmacists Take a Lead Role in Increasing Vaccination RatesBy Annette M. BoyleWASHINGTON — An effort in the U.S. Senate to ensure that veterans have access to all recommended immunizations was about as routine as legislation... View Article

April 2016

Draft Bill Proposes Abolishing VA Compensation Panels

Leadership Voices Agreement with ChangeBy Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — Currently, a panel composed of physicians or dentists recommends starting salaries for those professionals being hired by the VA.A draft bill in the House of Representatives would... View Article

April 2016

Lack of VA IVF Payment for Urogenital Injured Veterans Called ‘Tragic’

Advocacy Groups Share Wish Lists with CongressBy Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — Many veterans are unable to have children because of injuries sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan, and advocacy groups are arguing that VA should pay for... View Article

April 2016

Service Dog Program Benefits Veterans and Their Pets

When Lindsey Stanek moved from Texas to New Mexico in 2010 with her then-husband, Jim,

April 2016

Massive VA Point-of-Care Trial Begins to Compare Two Diuretics

Study Using Primary Care Providers Touted As Much More Cost-EffectiveBy Annette M. BoyleMINNEAPOLIS — Pioneering use of “point of care” research in a new study at the VA might finally answer the question of whether... View Article

April 2016

VA Care Reverses Racial Disparities in Coronary Heart Disease, Mortality

In the United States, blacks experience higher mortality than whites, in general.

April 2016

Major Military Advancement in Trauma Care Now Adopted by Civilian Medicine

By Brenda L. MooneyBOSTON — In yet another example of how battlefield medicine has altered civilian healthcare practice, damage-control resuscitation (DCR) now is being widely used in trauma centers across the United States.A survey of... View Article

April 2016

Do you think the VA pays enough to always attract high-quality physicians?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do you think the VA pays enough to always attract high-quality physicians? Yes No Not Sure Current Results

April 2016

Caring for Older Women Veterans Presents Unique Challenges

When it comes to health issues, older female veterans aren’t always like other women,

April 2016

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile

For some time now, I have had the privilege of expressing my opinions on federal medicine within U.S. Medicine as the editor-in-chief.

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