VA, DOD launch tele-ICU at 5 medical centers | The Army's surgeon general on empathy and leadership | Bill would add gambling disorders to DOD health screening requirements
July 5, 2017
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VA, DOD launch tele-ICU at 5 medical centers
Intensivists and critical care nurses at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center will provide care for critically ill airmen via tele-ICU services at hospitals in Anchorage, Alaska; Biloxi, Miss.; Dayton, Ohio; Hampton, Va.; and Las Vegas. The joint Defense Department-VA system includes software that tracks and monitors lab and physiological data in real time and sends alerts to the remote health care providers.
Health Data Management (6/30) 
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The Army's surgeon general on empathy and leadership
The Army's surgeon general on empathy and leadership
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Lt. Gen. Nadja West, the Army's surgeon general, first learned how to use empathy and persuasion with patients. "So as a leader, even if you're busy and people keep coming to you, never complain about that because that means they think you can do something about it or at least that you care," she says.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/30) 
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VA to use ICER reports in drug-price negotiations
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review will work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to assess the value of drugs as the VA determines coverage and negotiates pricing with pharmaceutical companies.
FDAnews (7/5) 
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Ind. health commissioner nominated to be surgeon general
Indiana's state health commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next US surgeon general. The appointment of Adams, who has advocated for needle exchange programs and helped lead Indiana's fight against HIV, must be approved by the US Senate.
Medscape (free registration) (6/29),  NBC News (6/29) 
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Health and Medical Research
Study of VA records ties PPI use to higher mortality risk
Prescription-strength proton-pump inhibitors might increase the risk of death from any cause, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal Open. The researchers analyzed about 3.5 million electronic records held by the VA and found that patients who took proton-pump inhibitors were 25% more likely to die than people taking histamine H2 receptor antagonists or neither drug, and the longer a patient was on a PPI, the greater the death risk.
CNN (7/4) 
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Study finds link between shingles and risk for stroke, heart attack
A retrospective study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who have had shingles -- or reactivated chickenpox virus -- were 59% more likely to have a subsequent heart attack and 35% more likely to have a stroke than their peers who have not had shingles, though the risk did appear to decrease gradually. The study, conducted in South Korea, did not prove cause and effect, but the researchers said the findings warrant attention.
HealthDay News (7/5),  Reuters (7/3) 
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