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Studies: Fears of reprisal, process hamper reporting of military sexual assault

The Department of Defense has invested heavily in encouraging service members to report sexual assault. Two VA studies looked at the experiences of women who reported such assaults—or chose not to. ... (07/18/2014)

Studies: Fears of reprisal, process hamper reporting of military sexual assault

Twelve million patients misdiagnosed yearly in America, says VA researcher

A recent VA study, part of a wider effort to better understand and to reduce or eliminate diagnostic errors, estimated that 12 million such errors occur yearly in the U.S. ... (07/18/2014)

Twelve million patients misdiagnosed yearly in America, says VA researcher

New lab is leap forward for personalized medicine

Using robotics and other high-end technology, a new VA lab in Columbia, S.C., will look for "protein signatures" in blood samples to help personalize medical care for Veterans... (07/08/2014)

New lab is leap forward for personalized medicine

$10 million in damages from N.Y. charity fraud case earmarked for VA research

In a case officials said involved the “largest amount of financial relief ever obtained … for deceptive charitable fundraising," the N.Y. attorney general ordered two firms to pay $10 million in damages to help support Veterans. The funds will go to help support VA research... (07/08/2014)

$10 million in damages from N.Y. charity fraud case earmarked for VA research

When to turn it off and tune it out: Current Iraq coverage can increase anxiety, mental health issues among Veterans

Watching the latest news from war-torn Iraq—or coverage of other violence—can worsen symptoms in Veterans with PTSD ... (07/02/2014)

When to turn it off and tune it out: Current Iraq coverage can increase anxiety, mental health issues among Veterans

Can 'young blood' rejuvenate the brain of those with Alzheimer's?

It started with a Cornell researcher in the 1950s. Now, VA and university researchers have made new strides in showing how an injection of young blood—literally—can halt the effects of aging... (07/02/2014)

Can 'young blood' rejuvenate the brain of those with Alzheimer's?

Amino acids might provide glimpse into suicide risk

In a recent study of 90 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, those who reported being suicidal also showed abnormal patterns of certain amino acids. Researchers are studying the connection... (06/24/2014)

Amino acids might provide glimpse into suicide risk

Are computers a third wheel in the exam room? VA research looks at clinicians' use of electronic health records

VA is redesigning its pioneering electronic medical record. As part of the process, researchers are gathering input from end users: clinicians who use the technology every day with patients... (06/24/2014)

Are computers a third wheel in the exam room? VA research looks at clinicians' use of electronic health records

Heavy marijuana use tied to lung diseases but not cancer

VA researchers reviewed the latest research available on marijuana use and lung health. Among the conclusions: The drug can cause respiratory problems but there's little evidence linking it to more severe diseases ... (06/17/2014)

Heavy marijuana use tied to lung diseases but not cancer

Understanding the racial gap with popular blood thinner

Black patients on the blood thinning medication warfarin have poorer outcomes than whites. VA researchers are working to understand the reasons for the disparity... (06/17/2014)

Understanding the racial gap with popular blood thinner

Cardiologist says small tweak to stent technique can up success rate

Dr. Barry Uretsky, a VA cardiologist in Little Rock, hasn't built a better mousetrap, but he has discovered what he thinks is a better way to implant a coronary stent... (06/09/2014)

Cardiologist says small tweak to stent technique can up success rate

Male breast cancer: A rare disease, on the rise

Male breast cancer, though still rare— accounting for less than 1 percent of all cancers in men, and less than 1 percent of all breast cancer—is on the rise, and VA researchers are helping to understand the phenomenon... (06/09/2014)

Male breast cancer: A rare disease, on the rise

Phone visits seen as plus in new primary care model—with some caveats

VA primary care clinics recently moved to a new model called Patient Aligned Care Teams, or PACT. The model features team-based care, with a greater role for non-physician providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants... (06/09/2014)

Phone visits seen as plus in new primary care model—with some caveats

A win for the little guy: Study finds shorter men live longer

Shorter men are more likely to live longer than their towering counterparts. That's the consensus researchers came to following a more than 40-year study of some 8,000 American men of Japanese ancestry... (05/29/2014)

A win for the little guy: Study finds shorter men live longer

Common peptide may hold key to who gets PTSD, who doesn't

Significantly lower levels of a neurohormone were associated with posttraumatic stress disorder among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, a recent VA study found... (05/29/2014)

Common peptide may hold key to who gets PTSD, who doesn't

Transcranial magnetic stimulation could offer fast relief for suicidal patients

High doses of magnetic stimulation to the part of the brain controlling emotion effectively cut suicidal thoughts in half after only one day, according to a VA study reported in the May 2014 issue of Brain Stimulation... (05/29/2014)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation could offer fast relief for suicidal patients

Anthropologists provide unique perspective for VA studies

In popular culture, anthropologists work exclusively in exotic locales, studying coming-of-age rituals among primitive tribes in Samoa, Papua New Guinea, or someplace hidden deep within the Amazon. And yet the 2012 Margaret Mead award, named after one of the most famous of anthropologists, went not to an Indiana Jones-style adventurer, but to Dr. Erin Finley, a VA health research scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, for her book on Veterans' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan... (05/22/2014)

Anthropologists provide unique perspective for VA studies

Nicotine byproduct shows promise in treating depression, memory loss

Even as the medical marijuana debate rages in the media, researchers at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center and the University of South Florida have quietly discovered potential benefits hidden in another product generally considered harmful—nicotine... (05/22/2014)

Nicotine byproduct shows promise in treating depression, memory loss

High heels a snap with new prosthetic foot

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... (05/19/2014)

High heels a snap with new prosthetic foot

Study: 9 in 10 users happy with PTSD Coach smartphone app

It's been downloaded more than 150,000 times by people in more than 80 countries. It's received high ratings from both iPhone and Android users. It's even won two big awards... (05/19/2014)

Study: 9 in 10 users happy with PTSD Coach smartphone app

Tracking eye movements may help in diagnosis of otherwise invisible TBI

What do a music video by Colombian pop star Shakira and a 3,500-year-old Egyptian medical scroll have in common? They both relate to Dr. Uzma Samadani's research on something called dysconjugate gaze... (05/19/2014)

Tracking eye movements may help in diagnosis of otherwise invisible TBI

DEKA advanced prosthetic arm gains FDA approval

A futuristic prosthetic arm funded by the military, developed by a private company, and rigorously tested in a four-year VA study has now been approved for the commercial market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... (05/16/2014)

DEKA advanced prosthetic arm gains FDA approval

Education boosts outcomes in end-stage renal disease

It's a silent problem. According to the National Kidney Foundation, nearly 26 million Americans are estimated to have chronic kidney disease, yet many don't even know it. The signs are easy to miss... (05/16/2014)

Education boosts outcomes in end-stage renal disease

On the road to Housing First for homeless Veterans

Sometimes caught in a destructive cycle of mental illness and substance abuse, at other times set back by money trouble or sheer bad luck across the board, many of America's 62,000 or so homeless Veterans struggle to get off the streets... (05/15/2014)

On the road to Housing First for homeless Veterans

Fluoride initiative takes bite out of cavity rate

It's no news that appropriate use of fluoride prevents cavities. What is news is that 8 in 10 VA dental clinics are now meeting a high standard for ensuring that those Veterans at highest risk for tooth decay are getting preventive fluoride treatment... (05/15/2014)

Fluoride initiative takes bite out of cavity rate

Researcher: Crowdsourcing could improve care, save money

Everyone agrees that Veterans should have a say in the care they receive, but one VA researcher is taking it a step farther... (05/15/2014)

Researcher: Crowdsourcing could improve care, save money

A change in anti-clotting drugs could influence bleeding, death rates

Patients with a common type of heart rhythm disorder who switch their anticoagulant medication may have a higher risk of bleeding, say VA researchers... (05/06/2014)

A change in anti-clotting drugs could influence bleeding, death rates

New injection shows promise in preventing heart failure

An experimental new gel, injected directly into the heart in the days and weeks following a heart attack, has shown promise in staving off heart failure... (05/06/2014)

New injection shows promise in preventing heart failure

A look ahead to the future of rehabilitation

During 2014, VA's Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development is celebrating a half-century of publishing. To mark the milestone, JRRD is running a series of guest editorials that look back to the early years of rehabilitation research... (04/30/2014)

A look ahead to the future of rehabilitation

The Mediterranean diet: A look back at one VA group's contribution

May is National Mediterranean Diet Month, a time to focus attention on a way of eating that has consistently been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic ailments. VA researcher Dr. Scott Grundy is among many in VA who have studied the topic ... (04/28/2014)

The Mediterranean diet: A look back at one VA group's contribution

Study explores reasons why Veterans seek—or don't seek—PTSD care

It should come as no surprise that based on a recent VA study, Veterans who felt they needed treatment for posttraumatic stress were more likely to seek out, and eventually receive, care. But why some Veterans feel they need care, and what motivates them to seek out help in the first place, is less obvious... (04/24/2014)

Study explores reasons why Veterans seek—or don't seek—PTSD care

VA-DoD guidebook aims to spur collaborative research

The 2013 edition of the VA/DoD Collaboration Guidebook for Healthcare Research is available on the VA Research website. The book, first introduced in 2011, is designed to spur more collaboration between VA and the Department of Defense in the area of health research... (04/24/2014)

VA-DoD guidebook aims to spur collaborative research

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