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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
WASHINGTON — With research increasingly demonstrating a link between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other conditions, fewer than half of the veterans receiving VA healthcare services also are eligible to receive dental services, according to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
WASHINGTON — With a new congressional report detailing additional excesses in the VA’s past conference spending, agency officials defended efforts to eliminate those issues and put in tight financial controls.
WASHINGTON — Noting that the VA has awarded merit-based bonuses to managers of facilities with substandard care and poor management practices, a bill passed by the House of Representatives this fall reduces the amount of money that can be used for employee awards or bonuses.
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DALLAS — When considering prescribing androgen deficiency treatment, VA physicians should take into consideration a new study finding that testosterone replacement therapy increased risks of death, heart attack or ischemic stroke in veterans who had undergone coronary angiography, the researchers advised.
LEXINGTON, KY — The VA requirement to obtain nasal surveillance swabs on all patients at hospital admission, unit-to-unit transfer and discharge appears to be a key component of the continued decline in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates at VAMCs.
LOS ANGELES — While achieving undetectable viral loads reduces the risk of death associated with hepatitis C by 45% and other adverse liver-related complications by 27%, only 4% of eligible patients in a large VA study undertook treatment and obtained even a single laboratory test result showing 25 IU/mL or less, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). 1
WASHINGTON — New therapies for hepatitis C (HCV) are pouring out of the pharmaceutical pipeline and promising effective treatment with fewer side effects for many of the 170,000 veterans with chronic HCV in care at VA facilities.
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NEW HAVEN, CT — With human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) now being treated more like diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases, HIV patients face some of the same issues as other veterans dealing with ongoing conditions — managing pill schedules, maintaining adherence and coping with comorbidities.
SAN FRANCISCO - New discoveries could change the way antihistamines are used from a predominantly systemic to a topical approach, according to an article from the San Francisco VAMC and the University of California in San Francisco.
HARTFORD, CT - Melanoma is on the increase, and more needs to be done to promote prevention and early-detection of the sometimes deadly disease, according to a new study.
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