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Survey of veterans receiving mental health services finds general satisfaction

Survey of veterans receiving mental health services finds general satisfaction

A survey of U.S. veterans receiving mental health services from the Veterans Health Administration finds general satisfaction, but also significant room for improvement among all areas studied. [More]
Free fatty acids may be effective in treating catheter-related bloodstream infections

Free fatty acids may be effective in treating catheter-related bloodstream infections

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital, Veterans Affair Medical Center in Providence and University of Rhode Island have found that a free fatty acid, made up of compounds similar to those naturally made in the body, may be as effective at fighting certain infections as antibiotics. [More]
Study suggests mental illness doesn't preclude enjoying life

Study suggests mental illness doesn't preclude enjoying life

Schizophrenia is among the most severe forms of mental illness, yet some people with the disease are as happy as those in good physical and mental health according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. [More]
New articles shed light on PTSD, other mental health problems

New articles shed light on PTSD, other mental health problems

Published today in the open access European Journal of Psychotraumatology is a collection of articles that offer rare and unique insight into the often fiercely debated topic of deployment related PTSD and associated mental health problems. [More]
VA begins discipline process for workers involved in health system waiting scandal

VA begins discipline process for workers involved in health system waiting scandal

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to recommend action against six employees at veterans' medical facilities in Colorado and Wyoming. Meanwhile, news outlets report on questions about whether offering veterans the option of private care will address some of the VA health system's problems. [More]
Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services within the Department of Health and Human Services has taken steps to prevent its contractors from conducting certain duplicative postpayment claims reviews-;reviews of the same claims that are not permitted by the agency-;but CMS neither has reliable data nor provides sufficient oversight and guidance to measure and fully prevent duplication. [More]
First Edition: August 15, 2014

First Edition: August 15, 2014

Today's headlines include a variety of updates regarding health policy and the health care marketplace. [More]
Number of Vets being referred to private doctors is rising, VA secretary says

Number of Vets being referred to private doctors is rising, VA secretary says

Robert McDonald tells American Veterans national convention that his department is quickly moving to significantly increase the number of veterans referred to doctors outside the system. Also, the department announces that veterans with Lou Gehrig's Disease will be eligible for a government housing program. [More]
Mortality predictors REVEALed for PAH in systemic sclerosis

Mortality predictors REVEALed for PAH in systemic sclerosis

Elderly men and patients with low baseline systolic blood pressure are among those at a particularly high risk of death from pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with systemic sclerosis, a US study has found. [More]
First Edition: August 14, 2014

First Edition: August 14, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about an uptick in VA referrals to private physicians. Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby reports: "Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their share of the costs of government-subsidized policies purchased though the health law's marketplaces – at least partly to guarantee the hospitals get paid when the consumers seek care. [More]
Scientists identify predictors of prospective memory impairment after TBI

Scientists identify predictors of prospective memory impairment after TBI

Kessler Foundation scientists have identified predictors of prospective memory impairment after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Findings were epublished on July 28 by the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. [More]
Blood expression levels of genes targeted by stress hormones could be biomarker for developing PTSD

Blood expression levels of genes targeted by stress hormones could be biomarker for developing PTSD

Blood expression levels of genes targeted by the stress hormones called glucocorticoids could be a physical measure, or biomarker, of risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a study conducted in rats by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published August 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). [More]
Study examines the influence of unexpected task constraint on voluntary task switching

Study examines the influence of unexpected task constraint on voluntary task switching

Kessler Foundation scientists have published results of cognitive research that show the negative effects that unexpected task constraint, following self-generated task choice, has on task-switching performance. [More]
Leidos funds National Veterans Wheelchair Games to be held in Philadelphia

Leidos funds National Veterans Wheelchair Games to be held in Philadelphia

Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, is a Platinum Sponsor of the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games scheduled for Aug. 12-17 in Philadelphia, Pa. [More]
New market research report provides data on Spinal Cord Injury clinical trial scenario

New market research report provides data on Spinal Cord Injury clinical trial scenario

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Spinal Cord Injury Global Clinical Trials Review, H2, 2014. [More]
New VA Secretary orders independent audit of scheduling practices

New VA Secretary orders independent audit of scheduling practices

Robert McDonald promised to fix problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs that kept veterans from getting care. [More]
Researchers discover highly virulent, multidrug resistant form of pathogen in Ohio

Researchers discover highly virulent, multidrug resistant form of pathogen in Ohio

A team of clinician researchers has discovered a highly virulent, multidrug resistant form of the pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in patient samples in Ohio. [More]
AANP urges VA secretary to utilize nurse practitioners as full partners in VA health care delivery system

AANP urges VA secretary to utilize nurse practitioners as full partners in VA health care delivery system

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners today congratulates Robert McDonald on his new role as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and urges him to increase veterans' access to nurse practitioners by utilizing them as full partners in the VA health care delivery system. [More]
First Edition: August 8, 2014

First Edition: August 8, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that President Barack Obama signed into law the $16.3 billion measure to overhaul the veterans' health system. [More]

Obama to sign overhaul of veterans' health care

Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting health care under a $16.3 billion measure the president is expected to sign into law Thursday, enabling the hiring of thousands of doctors and nurses. [More]