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Be Disaster Aware and Take Action to Prepare — Veterans Health Administration

Veterans receiving VA health care need to have an emergency medical check list.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Monday,September 15, 2014

September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time for all Veterans and their families to join others around the nation by participating in a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th.

The theme this year is: Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.

This year, do it! Be ready. And you can learn all about it on the FEMA National Preparedness Month website.

September 2014 marks the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month. VA and FEMA want to help you be ready…for anything and everything. There are great checklists online at Ready.gov. Many Veterans have discovered that their kids and grandkids love having this as a project, for school or just for your family.

Is your family prepared for wildfires, winter storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados or floods?

What if Your Medications Run Out?

If you’re a Veteran receiving VA health care, do you have enough medication if your current supply ran out and you couldn’t get to the drug store or your VA medical center?

Here’s an important checklist:

  • In addition to your…

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High Heels a Snap With New Prosthetic Foot — Veterans Health Administration

by John Crawford, VA Staff Writer

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Whether we’re heading to the gym or to a job interview, most of us take for granted the ability to match our shoes to the occasion. It just comes naturally, thanks in large part to the ankle-foot system’s ability to adjust automatically to a variety of shapes and angles.

Now a team including VA researchers is hoping to give Veterans with lower-limb amputations the same options and they are starting with high heels.

“Sixty-two percent of women say they wear heels over 5 centimeters,” says Dr. Andrew Hansen of the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. “For people with a lower-limb amputation, the situation is different. Their prosthetic limb is usually fixed to the given heel height of the shoe worn during alignment in the clinic. Patients can’t easily change to a shoe with a different heel height without experiencing balance issues. That is if they can get the new shoe onto the prosthetic foot in the first place.”

Hansen, whose interest in prosthetics is a result of growing up in rural Iowa around farmers who had lost limbs in machinery accidents, started working on a new kind of prosthetic foot while at Northwestern…

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VA Leads the Nation in Breast Cancer Screening — Veterans Health Administration

Localized breast cancer has a 99 percent survival rate if detected early.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Monday, September 29, 2014

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, following lung cancer. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.

About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This makes breast cancer a serious concern for women Veterans.

According to Dr. Sally Haskell, Deputy Chief Consultant and Director, Comprehensive Women’s Health, “The good news is that localized breast cancer has a 99 percent survival rate if detected early, and VA leads the nation’s health care systems in providing mammograms to those who need them.”

VA encourages all women between ages 50 and 75 to get mammograms every two years. VA encourages all women to talk with their provider about breast health and when your health care provider recommends a mammogram outside of that age range — VA will provide it.

Breast cancer risk varies among women. Explore your risk with your health care team. They can help determine when you should start receiving mammograms and how…

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TRICARE still providing services despite shutdown, but there may be some difficulties

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The government is officially closed and service members and their families are now facing the effects.

Many may be wondering how their government-provided health care will be administered.

The Defense Department assured troops Jan. 21 that the military health system (MHS) would continue to provide health care to its beneficiaries during the shutdown.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes.


“While we can’t predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our MHS, we may see some impacts on the delivery of healthcare services within our military hospitals and clinics,” a statement on the TRICARE website said.

Inpatient and acute and emergency outpatient care will still be provided in government facilities. Private sector care under TRICARE will also continue.

DoD is expecting most medical, dental and pharmaceutical providers to honor TRICARE copays and cost shares.

“If for some reason a TRICARE network provider or pharmacy requires you to pay up front for care, call your regional contractor to discuss it with the provider. If the…

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A Rare Disease, on the Rise — Veterans Health Administration

Photo by U.S. Air Force/Airman Anthony Jennings

by Mitch Mirkin, VA Research Communications

Thursday, October 2, 2014

“I woke up in the morning with a good-sized lump in my chest. At that point in my life I had no idea men could get breast cancer. I contacted my doctor and we set up the same test women usually get—a mammogram and an ultrasound followed by a core biopsy. The doctor called me to let me know I had breast cancer. It was the first time I knew I had breasts…”

That’s how one hard-boiled Marine recalls the beginning of his bout with male breast cancer. His story, along with that of others affected by the condition, is found on semperfialwaysfaithful.com.

A recent study led by Dr. Anita Aggarwal, an oncologist at the Washington, DC, VA Medical Center, is the most extensive look yet at the prevalence of the disease among VA patients. She and her colleagues combed the VA Central Cancer Registry to learn more about how many men in VA have the disease and how it compares with breast cancer among female Veterans who receive care in VA. Aggarwal presented the findings at a meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology in early June.

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Slimming Down Helps with Diabetes & Pre-diabetes

The MOVE!® program recommends weighing yourself daily.

By by National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Monday, October 6, 2014

Most adults with diabetes are overweight. If you’re one of them, weight loss can improve blood sugar levels and decrease the need for diabetes medications. If you have pre-diabetes, you may avoid diabetes completely by losing some pounds. Other potential benefits of weight loss include:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Better heart function
  • Improved cholesterol levels

“Losing weight can even help you live longer,” says Susi K. Lewis, R.N., who works at the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and with the MOVE!® Weight Management Program that helps Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.

“It’s one of the…

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Go Green for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year.

By by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 5-11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. VAs throughout the country are taking the opportunity to educate staff and Veterans and their families about mental health conditions, emphasizing that treatment works and recovery is possible. We encourage help-seeking behavior and emphasize hope and recovery. With this in mind, VA joins America’s mental health community in promoting and expanding awareness of mental health conditions.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illness affects everyone. Nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status,…

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Dondi gets Flu Shot Along with 96-year-old Creator

Irwin Hasen, Cartoonist and Army Veteran

By Claudie Benjamin, Public Affairs Specialist, New York Harbor Health Care System

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“I got my free flu shot at the VA…How about you!!!” says cartoon character Dondi.

Just as the war orphan cartoon character he made famous, 96-year-old cartoonist Irwin Hasen also got a flu shot. But, his vaccine was real and delivered by his VA New York Harbor home based primary care nurse practitioner Michael Lehrman.

Hasen was a man about town for years and although he doesn’t get out too much anymore, he hasn’t lost his charm.

He says, “VA has been very good to me.”

When his home based primary care social worker Linda Schwarzmann, asked him, he readily agreed to sketch Dondi to encourage Veterans and VA staff to get a flu shot as…

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With a Little Help, a Veteran’s Life Transformed

Formerly homeless Veteran Robbie Myers recently won first place on ‘Chopped,’ a reality-based cooking television series that pits four chefs against each other competing for a chance to win $10,000. The show airs on Food Network.


Photo compliments of the Warrior Transition Command Communications Division

By Tom Cramer, VA Staff Writer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Picture this: one minute you’re living in a tent, with no home to call your own. The next, you find yourself starring in a popular nationally-televised cooking show.

This astonishing change in fortune actually happened to Robbie Myers, an Army Veteran who medically retired after serving two brutal tours in Afghanistan.

But retirement was not kind to Myers, at least not at first. Soon…

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