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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528373/the-association-between-primary-source-of-healthcare-coverage-and-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-us-veterans
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Folasade P May, Elizabeth M Yano, Dawn Provenzale, W Neil Steers, Donna L Washington
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a deadly but largely preventable disease. Screening improves outcomes, but screening rates vary across healthcare coverage models. In the Veterans Health Administration (VA), screening rates are high; however, it is unknown how CRC screening rates compare for Veterans with other types of healthcare coverage. AIMS: To determine whether Veterans with Veteran-status-related coverage (VA, military, TRICARE) have higher rates of CRC screening than Veterans with alternate sources of healthcare coverage...
May 20, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528244/heart-rate-variability-of-chronic-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-the-korean-veterans
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Joo Eon Park, Ji Yeon Lee, Suk-Hoon Kang, Jin Hee Choi, Tae Yong Kim, Hyung Seok So, In-Young Yoon
Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have lower heart rate variability (HRV) than the general population, but findings in this area have been inconsistent. This study was conducted to investigate the characteristics of HRV in patients with PTSD and to evaluate associations between PTSD symptoms and HRV indices. Sixty-eight patients with PTSD and 73 controls without PTSD were evaluated. HRV was measured in all subjects after they completed self-reported questionnaires. Patients with PTSD had significantly more depressed moods, anxiety, and poorer sleep quality than individuals in the non-PTSD group...
May 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527104/low-income-as-a-multiplicative-risk-factor-for-oral-pain-and-dental-problems-among-u-s-veteran-smokers
#3
Terrell A Hicks, Sarah M Wilson, Shaun P Thomas, Paul A Dennis, Julia M Neal, Patrick S Calhoun
PURPOSE: Compared to the United States (U.S.) general population, military veterans are at an increased risk of experiencing dental problems. This study documented associations between cigarette use and measures of dental/oral concern in a population of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. METHOD: A cross-sectional analysis of survey data from the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans Health and Needs Study, a study of U...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526550/impact-of-first-eye-versus-second-eye-cataract-surgery-on-visual-function-and-quality-of-life
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Nakul S Shekhawat, Michael V Stock, Elizabeth F Baze, Mary K Daly, David E Vollman, Mary G Lawrence, Amy S Chomsky
PURPOSE: To compare the impact of first eye versus second eye cataract surgery on visual function and quality of life. DESIGN: Cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 328 patients undergoing separate first eye and second eye phacoemulsification cataract surgeries at 5 veterans affairs centers in the United States. Patients with previous ocular surgery, postoperative endophthalmitis, postoperative retinal detachment, reoperation within 30 days, dementia, anxiety disorder, hearing difficulty, or history of drug abuse were excluded...
May 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525633/scan-echo-for-pain-management-implementing-a-regional-telementoring-training-for-primary-care-providers
#5
Sherry Ball, Brigid Wilson, Scott Ober, Ali Mchaourab
Objective.:  The Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Health Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO) is a video teleconferencing-based training program where primary care providers are trained by a specialty care team to provide specialty care. A multidisciplinary team of pain management specialists at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center established such a program for pain management; a description and preliminary effectiveness assessment of this training program is presented...
May 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524358/kripalu-yoga-for-military-veterans-with-ptsd-a-randomized-trial
#6
Kristen M Reinhardt, Jessica J Noggle Taylor, Jennifer Johnston, Abida Zameer, Seetal Cheema, Sat Bir S Khalsa
OBJECTIVES: This randomized controlled trial of yoga for military veterans and active duty personnel with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) evaluated the efficacy of a 10-week yoga intervention on PTSD. METHOD: Fifty-one participants were randomized into yoga or no-treatment assessment-only control groups. Primary outcome measures included questionnaires and the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale. RESULTS: Both yoga (n = 9) and control (n = 6) participants showed significant decreases in reexperiencing symptoms, with no significant between-group differences...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523460/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-torsemide-on-warfarin-dosage-requirements
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Sophia Lai, Jeremiah D Momper, Felix K Yam
Background According to drug interaction databases, torsemide may potentiate the effects of warfarin. Evidence for this drug-drug interaction, however, is conflicting and the clinical significance is unknown. Objective The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of torsemide initiation on warfarin dosage requirements. Setting This study was conducted at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in San Diego, California. Method A retrospective cohort study was conducted using Veterans Affairs data from patients who were converted from bumetanide to torsemide between March 2014 and July 2014...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523226/interpersonal-early-life-trauma-alters-amygdala-connectivity-and-sustained-attention-performance
#8
Francesca C Fortenbaugh, Vincent Corbo, Victoria Poole, Regina McGlinchey, William Milberg, David Salat, Joseph DeGutis, Michael Esterman
INTRODUCTION: Interpersonal early life trauma (I-ELT) is associated with a myriad of functional impairments in adulthood, increased risk of drug addiction, and neuropsychiatric disorders. While deficits in emotional regulation and amygdala functioning are well characterized, deficits in general cognitive functioning have also been documented. However, the neural underpinnings of cognitive dysfunction in adults with a history of I-ELT and the potential relationship between amygdala-based functional connectivity and behavioral performance are currently poorly understood...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523223/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-may-modulate-extinction-memory-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Mascha Van't Wout, Sharon M Longo, Madhavi K Reddy, Noah S Philip, Marguerite T Bowker, Benjamin D Greenberg
BACKGROUND: Abnormalities in fear extinction and recall are core components of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Data from animal and human studies point to a role of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) in extinction learning and subsequent retention of extinction memories. Given the increasing interest in developing noninvasive brain stimulation protocols for psychopathology treatment, we piloted whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) during extinction learning, vs...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521179/biological-predictors-of-insulin-resistance-associated-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-young-military-veterans
#10
Esther M Blessing, Victor Reus, Synthia H Mellon, Owen M Wolkowitz, Janine D Flory, Linda Bierer, Daniel Lindqvist, Firdaus Dhabhar, Meng Li, Meng Qian, Duna Abu-Amara, Isaac Galatzer-Levy, Rachel Yehuda, Charles R Marmar
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (cardiometabolic disease), warranting research into targeted prevention strategies. In the present case-control study of 160 young (mean age 32.7 years) male military veterans, we aimed to assess whether PTSD status predicted increased markers of cardiometabolic risk in otherwise healthy individuals, and further, to explore biological pathways between PTSD and these increased markers of cardiometabolic risk...
May 1, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520838/effect-of-the-prepare-website-vs-an-easy-to-read-advance-directive-on-advance-care-planning-documentation-and-engagement-among-veterans-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Rebecca L Sudore, John Boscardin, Mariko A Feuz, Ryan D McMahan, Mary T Katen, Deborah E Barnes
Importance: Documentation rates of patients' medical wishes are often low. It is unknown whether easy-to-use, patient-facing advance care planning (ACP) interventions can overcome barriers to planning in busy primary care settings. Objective: To compare the efficacy of an interactive, patient-centered ACP website (PREPARE) with an easy-to-read advance directive (AD) to increase planning documentation. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a comparative effectiveness randomized clinical trial from April 2013 to July 2016 conducted at multiple primary care clinics at the San Francisco VA Medical Center...
May 18, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520755/neuropsychological-characteristics-of-gulf-war-illness-a-meta-analysis
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Patricia A Janulewicz, Maxine H Krengel, Alexis Maule, Roberta F White, Joanna Cirillo, Emily Sisson, Timothy Heeren, Kimberly Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: Gulf War illness (GWI) is a disorder related to military service in the 1991 GW. Prominent symptoms include fatigue, pain and cognitive problems. These symptoms were reported by GW Veterans (GWV) immediately after the war and were eventually incorporated into case definitions of GWI. Neuropsychological function in GW veterans has been studied both among deployed GWV and in GWV diagnosed with GWI. Results have been inconsistent between and across GW populations. The purpose of the present investigation was to better characterize neuropsychological function in this veteran population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520674/relationship-stability-after-traumatic-brain-injury-among-veterans-and-service-members-a-va-tbi-model-systems-study
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Lillian Flores Stevens, Yanna Lapis, Xinyu Tang, Angelle M Sander, Laura E Dreer, Flora M Hammond, Jeffrey S Kreutzer, Therese M OʼNeil-Pirozzi, Risa Nakase-Richardson
OBJECTIVE: To explore stability of relationships and predictors of change in relationship status 2 years following TBI/polytrauma. SETTING: Five Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers (VA PRCs). PARTICIPANTS: A total of 357 active duty service members and Veterans enrolled in the Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems database with complete marital status information at 2 years postinjury...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520667/supervision-needs-following-veteran-and-service-member-moderate-to-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-a-va-tbi-model-systems-study
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Erin K Bailey, Risa Nakase-Richardson, Nitin Patel, Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, Susan A Ropacki, Angelle M Sander, Lillian Stevens, Xinyu Tang
OBJECTIVE: To characterize supervision levels across residential settings at 1 year post-TBI and explore predictors of supervision in a Veteran and Service-member population. SETTING: Five VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 302 individuals enrolled in the VA TBI Model Systems (TBIMS) research program. DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal, multisite. MAIN MEASURES: Primary residence and supervision levels measured via scores on the Supervision Rating Scale...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520663/contributions-to-executive-dysfunction-in-operation-enduring-freedom-operation-iraqi-freedom-veterans-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-history-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Sarah M Jurick, Laura D Crocker, Mark Sanderson-Cimino, Amber V Keller, Liljana S Trenova, Briana L Boyd, Elizabeth W Twamley, Carie S Rodgers, Dawn M Schiehser, Robin L Aupperle, Amy J Jak
OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and executive function (EF) difficulties are prevalent in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans. We evaluated the contributions of injury variables, lower-order cognitive component processes (processing speed/attention), and psychological symptoms to EF. PARTICIPANTS: OEF/OIF Veterans (N = 65) with PTSD and history of mTBI were administered neuropsychological tests of EF and self-report assessments of PTSD and depression...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520659/predictors-of-satisfaction-with-life-in-veterans-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-va-tbi-model-systems-study
#16
Leah R Gause, Jacob A Finn, Greg J Lamberty, Xinyu Tang, Lillian Flores Stevens, Blessen C Eapen, Risa Nakase-Richardson
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of satisfaction with life in Veterans 1 year after traumatic brain injury (TBI). SETTING: The VA TBI Model Systems (TBIMS) project includes 5 Veterans Affairs (VA) Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers. PARTICIPANTS: Veterans enrolled in the VA TBIMS study who completed the Satisfaction With Life Scale at year 1 follow-up. The sample is largely male (96%) and Caucasian (72%), with a median age of 27 years upon enrollment...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517950/gender-differences-in-service-utilization-among-operations-enduring-freedom-iraqi-freedom-and-new-dawn-veterans-affairs-patients-with-severe-mental-illness-and-substance-use-disorders
#17
Janelle M Painter, Emily Brignone, Amanda K Gilmore, Keren Lehavot, Jamison Fargo, Ying Suo, Tracy Simpson, Marjorie E Carter, Rebecca K Blais, Adi V Gundlapalli
Severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD) are among the more chronic and costly mental health conditions treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Service use patterns of returning veterans with SMI and SUD have received little attention. We examined gender differences in the utilization of VA services among a national sample of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) VA patients with SMI, SUD, and their comorbidity (SMI/SUD) in their first year of established VA care (N = 24,166)...
May 18, 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517949/cognitive-behavioral-treatments-for-criminogenic-thinking-barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementation-within-the-veterans-health-administration
#18
Daniel M Blonigen, Allison L Rodriguez, Luisa Manfredi, Andrea Nevedal, Joel Rosenthal, James F McGuire, David Smelson, Christine Timko
Cognitive-behavioral treatments for criminogenic thinking (i.e., antisocial cognitions, attitudes, and traits) are regarded as best practices for reducing criminal recidivism among justice-involved adults. However, the barriers and facilitators to implementation of these treatments within large health care systems such as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are largely unknown. To address this gap, we conducted qualitative interviews with 22 Specialists from the VHA's Veterans Justice Programs who had been trained in a cognitive-behavioral treatment for criminogenic thinking (i...
May 18, 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516333/risk-of-hip-fracture-in-older-people-using-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-and-other-psychoactive-medicines-concurrently-a-matched-case-control-study-in-australia
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Michael J Leach, Nicole L Pratt, Elizabeth E Roughead
BACKGROUND: Few studies have assessed the risk of hip fracture following concurrent use of psychoactive medicines, and none has investigated combinations with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. OBJECTIVES: To assess the risk of hip fracture in older people as a result of concurrent use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other psychoactive medicines. METHODS: A matched case-control design was employed. Cases were Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries aged over 65 years who experienced a hip fracture between 2009 and 2012...
May 17, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516153/neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-nlr-at-the-time-of-transurethral-resection-of-bladder-tumor-a-large-retrospective-study-and-analysis-of-racial-differences
#20
Ngii N Tazeh, Daniel J Canter, Shivashankar Damodaran, Timothy Rushmer, Kyle A Richards, E Jason Abel, David F Jarrard, Tracy M Downs
Introduction: Neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is an indicator of systemic inflammation and has been proven to be associated with an increased risk of extravesical disease, decreased cancer specific survival and overall survival in bladder cancer patients. A large proportion of healthy African Americans have a WBC count that is persistently lower than the normal range defined for individuals of European ancestry, this condition has been called "benign ethnic neutropenia". The purpose of our study was to determine if NLR was different in patients of African ancestry (AA) vs European ancestry (EA) across different tumor grades and stages at the time of transurethral resection of bladder tumor(s) (TURBT)...
April 27, 2017: Bladder Cancer
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