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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 18, 2019
Department of Veterans Affairs

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 18, 2019
Teledermatology

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 18, 2019
HIV

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 18, 2019
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

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 18, 2019
cardiovascular health

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 11, 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 11, 2019
Prevention

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 11, 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

June 11, 2019

New Trial Looks at Cabozantinib Combo for First Line Advanced HCC Therapy

CHICAGO—No healthcare system has been more affected by the dramatic rise in hepatocellular carcinoma than the VA. In 2000, the VA had 1,361 patients diagnosed with the disease. By 2005, the number of veterans diagnosed... View Article

June 4, 2019

Adherence to Oral Cancer Therapies Suboptimal in Single Center Study

CHICAGO—Management of B-cell malignancies is being changed by increasing use of oral targeted agents for therapy. That also is introducing challenges in prescribing practices and communication between patients, their clinicians and pharmacists, according to a... View Article

June 4, 2019

Some Mental Health Disorders Lead to Worse VA Lung Cancer Outcomes

CHICAGO—Past research has demonstrated that cancer patients with comorbid mental disorders often have worse outcomes. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death at the in the United States and is the second most-common... View Article

June 4, 2019

VA Creates Highly Accurate Model for Predicting Lung Cancer Survival

CHICAGO—The profusion of data available through electronic health records and genomic analyses can guide lung cancer treatment—if clinicians can access key points quickly enough. Researchers at the Boston VAMC and their colleagues found a way... View Article

June 3, 2019

Some Comorbidity Clusters Associated with Lower Survival in Multiple Myeloma

CHICAGO—Multiple myeloma tends to be a disease of older adults, with an average age at diagnosis of 70. By that age, 3 out of 4 Americans have multiple other chronic conditions as well, according to... View Article

June 3, 2019

Adverse Events Linked to Improved Outcomes for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

CHICAGO—Patients may dread the side effects of cancer treatment, but the occurrence of certain adverse events during treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with cabozantinib predicted improved overall survival and progression-free survival in a retrospective review... View Article

June 3, 2019

Pre-Treatment Cognition Associated with Lung Cancer Survival

CHICAGO—Among geriatric patients with advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer, pre-treatment cognition provides crucial information for “prognostication, decision making, and treatment planning,” according to researchers at the San Francisco VAMC and their colleagues. The team presented... View Article

June 3, 2019

Ketogenic Diet Might Be Helpful for VA’s Cancer Patients

CHICAGO—Researchers at the Pittsburgh VAMC reported a five-patient case series which indicates that a ketogenic diet may help patients with solid tumor cancers. They presented the cases at the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology... View Article

June 2, 2019

Half of Patients With Fine Needle Aspiration Need Second Diagnostic Procedure

CHICAGO—Fine needle aspiration can quickly determine whether cancer has spread to pathologically enlarged lymph nodes, but it should not be counted on to diagnose new malignancies or to provide tissue for follow on testing, according... View Article

June 2, 2019

New Combination Boosts Immune Response in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—A team led by researchers at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston discovered that adding nelipepimut-S to trastuzumab significantly increases immune response in women with triple negative breast cancer.... View Article

June 2, 2019

VA Researchers Find Biomarker for Overall Survival in Prostate Cancer

CHICAGO—Tumors do not respond uniformly to cancer therapy. Typically, drug-sensitive portions diminish, while drug-resistant fractions grow. So, what’s the best way to measure efficacy of treatment? And what measures have the most significance for overall... View Article

June 2, 2019