Category Archives: non-va care

White House official list of highlights concerning veterans (to January 2021)

With the Biden inauguration almost upon us, I thought it would be interesting to see some of the Trump Administration’s final online notes before they are purged. I have copied those relating to veterans and added some various links to … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, Appeals Modernization Act, Community Care Network, Food for the soul, Food for thought, Future Veterans, General Messages, Guest authors, HOMELESS VETERANS, non-va care, Uncategorized, Urgent Care Benefit, vA news, Veterans Choice card | 16 Comments

VA Covid-19 vaccine distribution list

From 12/10/20 VA Press Release Who–Health care workers and long-term care patients will be the first to get vaccinated. 🛌 đźš‘ Where–37 medical centers were “…chosen for their ability to vaccinate large numbers of people and store the vaccines at … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, Community Care Network, Corona pandemic, Corona virus, Food for thought, Guest authors, medical injections, non-va care, Uncategorized, VA Health Care | 11 Comments

Hepatitis (HCV) extrahepatic manifestation: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Those paying attention to HCV infections know that the virus is a leading cause of  hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).  Less well known, is that HCV can cause another cancer:  B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (Pubmed -Link) (Pubmed-vet study 2007). My old Marine … Continue reading

Posted in Agent Orange, All about Veterans, AO, Camp Lejeune poisoning, Food for thought, Future Veterans, Guest authors, HCV Epidemiology, HCV Health, HCV Risks (documented), Military Madness, non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, non-va care, research, Uncategorized, Vietnam Disease Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

When not to “Take the Pain”–New Urgent Care benefit for VA enrollees

Bill jargon.  Yawn. But stay with me for a little while because the Urgent Care* benefit is worth knowing about– especially for veterans who only have VA health care. VA > Health Care > Community Care > Urgent Care: LINK. … Continue reading

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Interferon, HCV and Parkinson’s Disease research

Two years ago, I was given an abstract for this study:  Parkinsonism in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Treated With Interferons: Case Reports and Review of the Literature Wangensteen, Kirk J. MD, PhD*; Krawitt, Edward L. MD†; Hamill, Robert W. MD‡; Boyd, James T. MD‡ Clinical … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, AO, Camp Lejeune poisoning, Food for thought, Future Veterans, General Messages, Guest authors, Gulf War Issues, HCV Health, HCV Risks (documented), Interferon claims, non-va care, research, Uncategorized, VA Agents, Vietnam Disease Issues | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

A Vietnam vet’s letter from rural Vermont

I spent some time yesterday in an Urgent Care office about three miles from our house reading a local newspaper (LINK) while my old Marine was getting his broken toe tended to.  A letter authored by Al Walsky of Berkshire … Continue reading

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VA kidney doc refers to shocking chronic kidney disease (CKD) VISN 2 study (New York region)

  Sometimes VA emails contain information and news about their research that is valuable for us to read.  For example, 34.3-47.3% of veterans in VISN 2 network have chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The ROs are located in Buffalo and New York City … Continue reading

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VA Mission Act of 2018–signed–Regulations next step

Frank sends us an article from the Washington Post which provides an overview of some of the issues that are involved in the new attempt to “fix” the Veterans Choice Program:  “Congress sends massive veterans bill to Trump, opening door … Continue reading

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Potassium conundrum

My old Marine has been undergoing various tests to determine the cause (s) of his current gut problems; no answers yet.  Along the way, he has been warned about recent high blood pressure spikes and kidney function problems which include … Continue reading

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VA ER care: Staab vs Shulkin. April 8, 2016 is the important date

The Secretary now has an inkling of what it feels like to have a bucket of  excrĂ©ment  thrown at him by the VA.  I’ve read the VAOIG’s completely one-sided overblown gossipy report (LINK), and his lawyers worthy rebuttal.  Nevertheless, his Chief … Continue reading

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