Leukemia Often Is Preceded by Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumors

OKLAHOMA CITY—While the association between mediastinal germ cell tumors (MGCT) and acute megakaryoblastic (M7) leukemia has been known for many years, the relationship is not always fully understood. To remedy that, a study team including researchers from the...

Intravenous Iron Replacement Creates More Safety Issues

INDIANAPOLIS—Anemia in chronic kidney disease is common, and iron deficiency is an important cause of anemia in chronic kidney disease, but what is the best way to replace the iron needed to repair it? A study published in the journal Hemodialysis International made...

Study Looks for Patterns in Lymphoma Relapse

PORTLAND, OR—High response rates can be achieved with first-line high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) based regimens for primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), but many patients relapse within two years of diagnosis, according to a study in the journal Fluids and...

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Frailty Not Significant Factor in Flu Vaccine Response

Influenza vaccine response is affected both by preexisting immunity to influenza and older age, according to a new study, which pointed out that frailty, an indicator of functional impairment in older adults, also has been shown to be a factor in one study of non-veterans.

GAO: VA, DoD ‘Years Away’ From EHR Interoperability

By Sandra BasuWASHINGTON—A modernized VA electronic health record system that is fully interoperable with DoD’s system “is still years away,” according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).“Uncertainty and important questions remain about what the department...

Berlowitz Honored for Work Transforming Chronic Care Delivery

By Stephen SpotswoodBEDFORD, MA -- In his role as the Bedford, MA, VAMC’s chief of staff, Dan Berlowitz, MD, MPH, has a vantage point that allows him to see the bigger picture when it comes to veteran care. It’s a way of thinking he’s employed for much of his career...

Metabolic Demand No Greater for Young, Fit, Active Amputees

FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX — While previous research has reported greater metabolic demand of walking following transtibial amputation (TTA), primarily in older, less active and often dysvascular patients, a new study sought to determine if that is also the case among...

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