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COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine
In this Ideas and Opinions piece from the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the authors discuss the findings of early studies that addressed the use of chest computed tomography for the detection of COVID-19. (2020-04-08)
Passport to improved health for military veterans
A healthcare 'passport' to access NHS and other well-being services has been beneficial for the mental health of veterans and provides them with a sense of identity, according to research published in the BMJ Military Health. (2020-04-03)
PTSD strongly linked with heart disease in female veterans
Female veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were substantially more likely to have ischemic heart disease than those without PTSD in a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). (2020-03-18)
Liver fibrosis tied to specific heart failure, regardless of HIV or hepatitis C status
While there is an association between liver fibrosis and heart failure, the mechanisms for this association are currently unclear but may be of particular importance for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or hepatitis C, both of which are chronic infections that affect the liver and heart. (2020-03-06)
Rates of ADHD diagnosis in veterans are rising, reports VA study in Medical Care
Rates of diagnosed attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in veterans receiving care in the VA health system more than doubled during the past decade, reports a study in the March issue of Medical Care. (2020-02-26)
No benefit found in using broad-spectrum antibiotics as initial pneumonia treatment
Doctors who use drugs that target antibiotic-resistant bacteria as a first-line defense against pneumonia should probably reconsider this approach, according to a new study of more than 88,000 veterans hospitalized with the disease. (2020-02-26)
Noninvasive, self-adhesive sensor predicted worsening heart failure in veterans
A removable, noninvasive, self-adhesive sensor successfully predicted worsening heart failure and the need for hospitalization in veterans several days before hospitalization occurred. (2020-02-25)
Wearable sensor powered by AI predicts worsening heart failure before hospitalization
A new wearable sensor that works in conjunction with artificial intelligence technology could help doctors remotely detect critical changes in heart failure patients days before a health crisis occurs and could prevent hospitalization, according to a study led by University of Utah Health and VA Salt Lake City Health Care System scientists. (2020-02-25)
Hospital admission & neurological consultations associated with improved TIA care quality
Patients with a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as mini-stroke, are at high risk of more vascular events, including repeated TIAs, stroke and death yet are less likely to be admitted to the hospital for treatment than patients with stroke. (2020-02-24)
New VA/DoD guidelines address sleep-related issues in military personnel, veterans
Military service is a risk factor for sleep disorders. Recognizing this, the US Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense issued new guidelines for assessing and treating insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea in military personnel and veterans. (2020-02-17)
Fewer veterans dying or requiring amputations for critically blocked leg arteries
Between 2005 and 2014, there was a significant decline in the number of veterans hospitalized for critically blocked leg arteries. (2020-02-13)
Brain inflammation in veterans with Gulf War illness
In a new discovery, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have detected widespread inflammation in the brains of veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Illness. (2020-02-13)
VA's 'Healthy Teaching Kitchens' benefit from holistic approach
Over the next decade, older adults will grow to become 20% of the US population. (2020-02-06)
Study: Higher opioid doses fail to lessen pain
Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and three universities looked at prescribing data on more than 50,000 VA patients taking opioids and found that increased doses did not improve pain control. (2020-02-05)
Majority of veterans with GWI report moderate/severe fatigue, sleep, and pain symptoms
An online survey of nearly 500 veterans with Gulf War illness (GWI) suggests a high burden of disease almost three decades after the conflict. (2020-02-05)
Many with military-related PTSD do poorly in treatment with first-line psychotherapies
A review of recent clinical trials paints a sobering picture of the usefulness of first-line psychotherapies in treating active duty military personnel and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (2020-02-03)
Newspaper 'hierarchy' of injury glamorises war
British newspapers are routinely glamorising combat by creating a moral separation between combat and non-combat injuries, according to new research published in the journal Media, War and Conflict. (2020-01-29)
Strict adherence to traditional masculinity associated with more severe PTSD in vets
To help service members perform better in the field, military training emphasizes the importance of certain traits associated with traditional masculinity, including suppression of emotion and self-reliance. (2020-01-27)
University of Miami study explores cognitive function in people with mental illness
A study funded by the Veterans Administration and directed by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown few differences in the profiles of genes that influence cognition between people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and the general population. (2020-01-21)
Hikikomori: New definition helps identify, treat extreme social isolation
Experts in the Japanese phenomena of hikikomori say the condition of extreme social isolation is more widespread than previously acknowledged, and it deserves a clear and consistent definition to improve treatment across the globe. (2020-01-10)
New possible strategy for treating chronic pain due to burns may help sufferers including veterans
New research shows how second-degree burns cause hard-to-treat chronic pain, and this understanding may be key to treating these complications, common in war veterans This research, published in Physiological Reports, suggests that burns cause changes to neurons in multiple parts of the spinal cord, even far from the injury site, which can contribute to chronic pain and other long-term complications. (2020-01-09)
Study of veterans details genetic basis for anxiety, links anxiety and depression
A massive genomewide analysis of approximately 200,000 military veterans has identified six genetic variants linked to anxiety, researchers from Yale and colleagues at other institutions report Jan. (2020-01-07)
Million Veteran Program study sheds light on genetic basis of anxiety
In the largest genetic study on anxiety to date, VA researchers found new evidence on the underlying biological causes of the disorder. (2020-01-07)
Patients with VA coverage less likely than other insured Americans to skip medication
Veterans' Administration patients were less likely than other insured Americans to skip medications due to cost. (2020-01-06)
Health ranks as top concern for veterans immediately after military service
In a survey of nearly 10,000 veterans newly separated from military service, most were satisfied with their work and social well-being, but more than half reported chronic physical health problems, and a third reported chronic mental health conditions. (2020-01-02)
Veterans report health as their No. 1 worry
Health concerns are the most important readjustment challenge facing veterans in the first year after they leave military service. (2020-01-02)
Veterans study suggest two sub-types of Gulf War illness
Brain imaging of veterans with Gulf War illness show varying abnormalities after moderate exercise that can be categorized into two distinct groups -- an outcome that suggests a more complex illness that previously thought. (2019-12-12)
Study pinpoints barriers to preventive care for people at high risk for HIV
Many high-risk people eligible for medication to prevent HIV infection face barriers to obtaining a prescription, according to research by University of Massachusetts Amherst psychologist Avy Skolnik. (2019-11-29)
Vietnam-era women veterans continue to experience wartime stress
Vietnam-era women veterans suffer with stress-related mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression and generalized anxiety disorder, more than four decades after their service. (2019-11-18)
Study raises new warnings about frail surgery patients
A Veterans Affairs study has shown that frail surgery patients may be at higher risk than previously thought, leading the researchers to conclude that 'there are no 'low-risk' procedures among frail patients.' (2019-11-13)
Study finds no such thing as a low-risk surgery for frail patients
Even a minor surgery such as a laparoscopic gallbladder removal can prove to be a high-risk and even fatal procedure for frail patients, according to new research published in JAMA Surgery. (2019-11-13)
Even low-stress surgery can be fatal for frail patients, study finds
Frail patients were more likely to die within 30, 90 and 180 days after surgery than non-frail patients, even if the surgery was classified as low or moderate stress, according to a study that included a researcher from UT Health San Antonio. (2019-11-13)
Improving trauma pain outcomes
A 7-year prospective cohort study from the Corporal Michael J. (2019-11-13)
PTSD linked to increased heart disease risk among female veterans
This news release includes updated data from the original abstract. (2019-11-11)
VA investigates impact of opioids, sedatives on veterans
Nearly 20 veterans kill themselves each day in the United States, a statistic that has led the Department of Veterans Affairs to make suicide prevention its highest priority and to recognize the risks from the simultaneous use of opioids and benzodiazepines. (2019-11-06)
Adding weight loss counseling to group visits improves diabetes outcomes
For people with difficult-to-control diabetes, adding intensive weight management counseling to group medical visits provided extra health benefits beyond improved blood-sugar control, according to a study led by researchers at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs. (2019-11-04)
Bariatric surgery may not lead to lower health care costs
Despite helping to bring about improved survival and significant weight loss, bariatric surgery may not lead to lower health care costs in the long term, says a Veterans Affairs study. (2019-10-30)
How did weight-loss surgery affect long-term health care expenses?
This observational study of nearly 10,000 veterans with severe obesity compared health care expenditures for veterans who had weight-loss surgery with those who didn't during up to 10 years of follow-up. (2019-10-30)
Study: In the long run, drugs and talk therapy hold same value for people with depression
Spending an hour in talk therapy with a trained counselor costs much more, and takes more time, than swallowing an inexpensive antidepressant pill. (2019-10-28)
UofSC scientists find solution to Gulf War Illness in FDA-approved antiviral drugs
A recent study led by scientists at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health has shown that adjusting GI tract viruses by repurposing existing FDA-approved antiviral drugs offers a route for effective treatment for Gulf War Illness and its myriad of symptoms. (2019-10-22)
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