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Seeking new coping tools for Veterans with TBI

One of the most effective ways to manage a mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI, is using a smartphone calendar app, say VA researchers... (04/14/2014)

Seeking new coping tools for Veterans with TBI

Study ties combat deployments, not just PTSD, to heart disease

Even as the medical community studies the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder and heart disease, a new VA-Department of Defense study adds evidence that the issue might run deeper than just PTSD... (04/14/2014)

Study ties combat deployments, not just PTSD, to heart disease

DNA test performs well for colorectal cancer screening

An experimental test that looks for blood and DNA mutations in stool is highly accurate for detecting colorectal cancer, says a new study. The results appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 19... (04/01/2014)

DNA test performs well for colorectal cancer screening

VA study shows women Veterans using maternity benefits at increasing rate

Call it a new baby boom. Today's Veterans are more likely to be women than at any other time in U.S. history. They're young, driven, and apparently deciding to start families, to the tune of more than 10,000 infants in five years... (04/01/2014)

VA study shows women Veterans using maternity benefits at increasing rate

Researchers building roadmap of OEF/OIF injuries

For Dr. Mary Jo Pugh, a research scientist at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System and a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, the study of complex comorbidity clusters is personal. Pugh suffered a head injury while serving in the Air Force, and her husband is a Veteran of the Iraq war... (03/27/2014)

Researchers building roadmap of OEF/OIF injuries

VA study leads to improved end-of-life care

Dr. Amos Bailey knows something about death. As an oncologist, he began referring patients to home hospice shortly after it became widely available in the late 1980s. The experience changed his outlook on care for the dying... (03/26/2014)

VA study leads to improved end-of-life care

Lab study: Exercise wards off retinal damage

Exercising on a treadmill may prevent blindness—at least in mice. That's the upshot of a lab study by vision researchers at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Emory University.... (03/26/2014)

Lab study: Exercise wards off retinal damage

Poor sleep tied to reduced brain volume in Gulf War study

In a study of 144 Gulf War Veterans, those with the poorest sleep scores showed lower brain volume on MRI scans... (03/24/2014)

Poor sleep tied to reduced brain volume in Gulf War study

Landmark MVP study hits quarter-million enrollment mark

VA's Million Veteran Program (MVP) enrolled its 250,000th volunteer research participant in early March... (03/24/2014)

Landmark MVP study hits quarter-million enrollment mark

Pain reduction, via positive psychology and the Web

Visitors to a positive psychology website who were given simple activities to do over six weeks—such as writing about three "good things" each day in a journal—reported less physical pain for up to six months after the study... (03/24/2014)

Pain reduction, via positive psychology and the Web

JRRD hits half-century mark

When VA's Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) put out its first issue, the Beatles were all the rage, and the U.S. Surgeon General announced for the first time that smoking could be bad for one's health ... (03/24/2014)

JRRD hits half-century mark

Exposure to jet fuel, not just noise, contributes to hearing problems

Those who work around jet fuel—or other hydrocarbon fuels—may be at higher risk for problems with how the brain interprets incoming sound, suggests research at the Loma Linda VA... (03/20/2014)

Exposure to jet fuel, not just noise, contributes to hearing problems

Skype therapy works for low-income, homebound elderly

VA and university researchers found the popular video calling tool Skype to be an effective way to deliver psychotherapy to homebound older adults with depression... (03/20/2014)

Skype therapy works for low-income, homebound elderly

Brain's 'error messages' may hold key to PTSD resiliency

To err is human. Every day people forget to lock their door, pay a bill, or yield at a stop light. Like it or not, mistakes are part of life. Now VA researchers are looking at how Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder react to their own mistakes... (03/20/2014)

Brain's 'error messages' may hold key to PTSD resiliency

VA implementing rural outreach program in Alabama following successful research

Compared to their urban counterparts, rural Veterans report lower quality of life, lower physical and mental health, and higher rates of comorbidities... (03/12/2014)

VA implementing rural outreach program in Alabama following successful research

For those with disabilities, healthier weight may be only a phone call away

It seems simple: Exercise harder. Eat better. Lose those extra few pounds. But what are the options for a person who can't stand, let alone crank out pushups or run... (03/12/2014)

For those with disabilities, healthier weight may be only a phone call away

Bringing families into the fold: VA study shows multifamily group treatment valuable for TBI patients, spouses

For Veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI, adjusting to life back home can be difficult—not just for themselves, but for their families as well... (03/12/2014)

Bringing families into the fold: VA study shows multifamily group treatment valuable for TBI patients, spouses

Peer specialists held in high regard by Veterans, study shows

Recovery from mental illness is often possible. That's the goal of VA's peer specialist mental health program... (03/12/2014)

Peer specialists held in high regard by Veterans, study shows

E-health records lead to better patient-doctor communication, study finds

Veterans with online access to their health records reported better communication with their doctors and higher levels of overall satisfaction with their care, according to a VA-sponsored study... (03/12/2014)

E-health records lead to better patient-doctor communication, study finds

Televised weight loss program pays off big for Veterans

Is it possible to lose weight by watching TV? The answer is yes, when the "TV show" is a special program designed to help people lose weight and keep it off... (03/12/2014)

Televised weight loss program pays off big for Veterans

Women Veterans with better military social support report better physical health, regardless of PTSD status

Maintaining the social support of military peers after active duty is associated with better physical health among women Veterans, regardless of whether they have posttraumatic stress disorder, says a study by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care Center... (03/11/2014)

Women Veterans with better military social support report better physical health, regardless of PTSD status

VA study looks to Internet to help smokers quit

There isn't much the Internet can't help people do, from tracking finances, to finding a date, to fixing a leaky faucet. But can it help smokers to quit? That's the focus of a four-year study at the Durham VA Medical Center... (03/11/2014)

VA study looks to Internet to help smokers quit

VA enrolling participants for groundbreaking diabetes study

A landmark trial to determine the long-term effectiveness of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes will involve nine VA centers, along with 37 other clinical sites... (03/05/2014)

VA enrolling participants for groundbreaking diabetes study

Heart-mind mystery: Unraveling the complex link between PTSD and heart disease

Science is catching up with what many war Veterans have long sensed: Emotional trauma isn't about only the mind. It also affects the body—especially the heart... (02/28/2014)

Heart-mind mystery: Unraveling the complex link between PTSD and heart disease

Children of deployed parents at increased risk for behavioral, psychological problems

Children with a deployed parent may be at an increased risk for behavioral problems, maltreatment, and substance abuse, according to a review of the literature performed by researchers at the Providence VA Medical Center and Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center... (02/26/2014)

Children of deployed parents at increased risk for behavioral, psychological problems

VA developing cutting-edge tools in fight against smoking

Veterans smoke cigarettes at higher rates than their civilian counterparts, a sobering thought given that some 21 percent of the general population regularly smokes... (02/26/2014)

VA developing cutting-edge tools in fight against smoking

A text message a day helps keep heart disease at bay

Taking medications after a heart attack is key to a full recovery, but for some patients that's easier said than done. Doctors have long struggled to ensure patients not only remember to take their medicine, but do so correctly... (02/19/2014)

A text message a day helps keep heart disease at bay

Outdoor activities improve mental health in Veterans, study finds

Taking part in outdoor group activities, like camping, hiking, or snowboarding, could prove beneficial for Veterans with mental health problems ... (02/19/2014)

Outdoor activities improve mental health in Veterans, study finds

Researcher presses for more effective treatment for common GI bug

Lots of people are walking around with H. pylori in their stomachs—about 6 in 10 people worldwide. In the U.S., prevalence varies by age and other demographics, from about 20 to 60 percent... (02/12/2014)

Researcher presses for more effective treatment for common GI bug

In Iowa City VA study, proximity to swine linked to higher MRSA rates

Veterans who live on or near large hog farms might want to spend a little more time washing their hands, suggests a new VA study... (02/12/2014)

In Iowa City VA study, proximity to swine linked to higher MRSA rates

Lab study: Microdevice restores function in damaged brains

University and VA researchers in the Midwest have developed a way to bridge disrupted areas of the brain with a neural prosthesis.... (02/12/2014)

Lab study: Microdevice restores function in damaged brains