2019 issues


June 2019

Million Veteran Program Study Raises Questions about Omega-3 Benefits in CAD

BOSTON—Researchers at the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology and Research Information Center demonstrated the value of the VA’s ability to harness the health data of thousands or even millions of individuals in a study that calls into... View Article

June 2019

Pharmacist Involvement Improves Accuracy of Direct Oral Anticoagulants

PALO ALTO, CA—For decades, patients prescribed warfarin to reduce the risk of stroke following a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation have made regular visits to pharmacist- or nurse-directed clinics to ensure their international normalized ratio (INR)... View Article

June 2019

Pharmacist Involvement Improves Gout Therapy Adherence for Veterans

OMAHA, NE—The most common form of inflammatory arthritis—gout—affects about eight million Americans. The disease causes intensely painful flares, but despite the availability of several drugs to manage this chronic, incurable condition, ongoing adherence to therapy... View Article

June 2019

Veterans With PNES Have Lower QoL vs. Other Seizures

PORTLAND, OR—Do seizure disorders affect veterans differently than patients who have never been in the U.S. military? And does the type of seizure matter? A study published in Epilepsy & Behavior examined those issues.1  VA... View Article

June 2019

Higher Efficacy DMTs Reduce MS Brain Atrophy

BETHESDA, MD—How do disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) affect region-specific brain atrophy in multiple sclerosis? A recent study sought to answer that question. Researchers from the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, at The Henry M. Jackson... View Article

June 2019

TBI Might Not Be a Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s Disease

BOSTON—New research is calling into question whether traumatic brain injury is actually a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A report in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia discussed recent research with neuropathologic or biomarker evidence of... View Article

June 2019

Certain Hematologic Malignancies Increase Head/Neck Tumors

PORTLAND, OR—With more than 1.3 million people in the United States having been diagnosed with a hematologic malignant tumor currently or in remission, previous research has suggested an increased risk of secondary neoplasms. Yet, the... View Article

June 2019

VA Study: Anemia Often Overlooked in IBD Patients

HOUSTON—Anemia is a common complication of inflammatory bowel disease, and existing guidelines urge vigilance for the condition. Yet, according to a study in Digestive Diseases & Sciences, it is frequently undertreated, resulting in the prevalence... View Article

June 2019

Tracking Major Hemorrhage Risk Factors in CLL Patients

COLUMBIA, SC—Understanding that chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients are at increased risk for major hemorrhage, a study published in Cancer Medicine examined incidence of and risk factors for MH in CLL patients before introduction of newer... View Article

June 2019

Mental Health Treatment Alone Won’t Stem Veteran Suicides

Joint House VA, Military Subcommittee Hearing Tackles Issue WASHINGTON—In a rare joint hearing by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel and VA Subcommittee on Health, legislators examined how DoD and VA are working... View Article

June 2019

VA Isn’t Addressing Recommendations by Oversight Agencies

Too Many Leadership Vacancies Are Part of the Problem WASHINGTON—Deeply ingrained management problems are preventing VA from addressing priority recommendations from oversight agencies, leaving the department with long-standing weaknesses in its healthcare and disability benefits... View Article

June 2019

High Satisfaction with Teledermatology at Atlanta VAMC

ATLANTA—The VA has rolled out a number of telehealth initiatives over the last years, with remote visits to dermatologists being offered to more and more veterans. But how well is the program working? A new... View Article

June 2019

HIV Patients Had Lower PC Incidence in VA Study

NEW YORK—Non-AIDS defining cancers are increasingly important contributors to health outcomes for aging persons with HIV (PWH), according to a recent conference presentation. The presentation also pointed out that, although prostate cancer is prevalent in... View Article

June 2019

Military Spouse/Lawyer Helps Overcome Career Barriers to Moves

As an attorney for the Board of Veterans Appeals, Libby Jamison, JD, has a front seat to stories of individuals mired in red tape who are struggling to get their needs met by what can... View Article

June 2019

Cardiovascular Health Worse for Active-Duty Soldiers Than Same-Age Civilians

PHILADELPHIA – While active-duty Army personnel are generally considered to be among the healthiest Americans, a new study found that not to be the case. In fact, researchers found that those servicemembers have worse overall... View Article

June 2019

A Fourth of Female Veterans Report Stranger Harassment at VAMCs

WASHINGTON—Women veterans regularly experience harassment by male veterans at VA facilities, and that harassment has a direct and lasting impact on their healthcare, VA researchers reported recently. Investigators from the VA Greater Los Angeles Health... View Article

June 2019

VA MRSA Prevention Program Successfully Reduced Cases 43%

CDC, VA Authors Reject Calls to Lessen Interventions SALT LAKE CITY—Concerned about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, one of the most common causes of healthcare-associated infections, the VA piloted a MRSA prevention program in 18 VAMCs beginning... View Article

June 2019

“God help us, if, the first time something fails—and something will fail—we crush whoever it was … whoever’s responsible,” —Gen. John “Mike” Murray

Gen. Mike Murray made this comment as he became the first commander of the Army Futures Command. The command’s website describes the mission of the organization with the following statement: “Army Futures Command leads a... View Article

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