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Veterans as tour guides around the VA: New research method gleans insights from patients

Seeing VA medical centers through the eyes of the Veterans who come there for care—that was the goal of recent studies by a VA team. The researchers used guided tours, given by the patients themselves... (07/01/2015)

Veterans as tour guides around the VA: New research method gleans insights from patients

Pilot study with 25 Veterans yields promising results on Swedish massage for knee pain

VA and Duke University researchers found in a pilot study that Swedish massage is an acceptable and feasible treatment for VA health care users with osteoarthritis of the knee. Moreover, those in the study reported improvements in pain, stiffness, and function... (07/01/2015)

Pilot study with 25 Veterans yields promising results on Swedish massage for knee pain

Training the next generation of nurses: Studies highlight success of VA's partnership with nursing schools

Innovative partnerships between VA medical centers and their affiliated nursing schools are preparing a new generation of nurses who are well-attuned to Veterans' health issues, whether they end up working in VA or other health systems... (07/01/2015)

Training the next generation of nurses: Studies highlight success of VA's partnership with nursing schools

Depression study points to value of in-person social contact

A VA study found that routine in-person contact could substantially reduce the risk of depression for older adults. Written or phone contact did not have the same effect... (06/25/2015)

Depression study points to value of in-person social contact

Compound in magnolia may combat head and neck cancers

As one of the compounds in magnolia extract, honokiol has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to treat anxiety and other conditions. More recently, scientists, including a team with VA and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, have been revealing its cancer-fighting properties... (06/25/2015)

Compound in magnolia may combat head and neck cancers

A body's own microRNA could prove the best weapon in the fight against stubborn bladder cancer

Emerging research suggests that certain microRNAs—small RNA molecules that help regulate genes in the body—can help suppress cancer. One of the latest examples comes from a VA and university team in Northern California... (06/12/2015)

A body's own microRNA could prove the best weapon in the fight against stubborn bladder cancer

Researchers assess impact of travel time on Veterans' stroke outcomes

A study found, not surprisingly, that the more time it took Veterans to travel to a VA emergency room, the more likely they were to die in the hospital following the stroke. The results, while not surprising, underscore the challenges VA faces in providing health care for Veterans in rural areas... (06/10/2015)

Researchers assess impact of travel time on Veterans' stroke outcomes

Preventing a rare but often fatal heart disorder

The abnormal heart-rhythm condition known as Long QT syndrome is rare, but it can cause sudden death from cardiac arrest. Now, an international team including VA researchers has new recommendations on how to prevent it in certain patients... (06/10/2015)

Preventing a rare but often fatal heart disorder

Anatomy of a virtual ICU: Study probes teamwork among on-site, remote staff

Telemedicine has reached the realm of the intensive care unit, with experts at regional centers providing virtual, high-tech support to local doctors and nurses providing hands-on care. A VA study looked at the teamwork between virtual and in-person ICU staff... (06/02/2015)

Anatomy of a virtual ICU: Study probes teamwork among on-site, remote staff

Despite evidence, many Veterans with PTSD hesitant to try psychotherapy

Numerous studies attest to the effectiveness of evidence-based psychotherapy for treating PTSD. But many Veterans are reluctant to take advantage of this treatment option. Researchers probed the reasons for the reluctance through qualitative interviews with 23 Veterans... (06/02/2015)

Despite evidence, many Veterans with PTSD hesitant to try psychotherapy

For patients with schizophrenia, a shot of electricity could help with facial emotion recognition

Transcranial direct current stimulation, an experimental therapy that involves delivering electrical current to specific parts of the brain, could prove useful in improving social cognition in patients with schizophrenia, suggests a preliminary study... (06/02/2015)

For patients with schizophrenia, a shot of electricity could help with facial emotion recognition

To amputate or not: VA, DoD to study long-term effect of vascular injury in wounded Vets

Advances in battlefield medicine make it possible for military surgeons to save limbs that otherwise might have required amputation, due to severe vascular damage. But little is known about the long-term outlook for these Veterans. A new study by VA and Defense researchers aims to learn more... (05/21/2015)

To amputate or not: VA, DoD to study long-term effect of vascular injury in wounded Vets

Research: Daily aspirin could block growth of breast, other cancers

A new VA lab study found that a daily dose of aspirin was effective at blocking breast tumor growth. Previous studies have already shown a similar effect on colon, gastrointestinal, prostate, and other cancers... (05/21/2015)

Research: Daily aspirin could block growth of breast, other cancers

Fecal transplants are good medicine for stubborn infections, review finds

Notwithstanding the "yuck" factor, VA researchers who reviewed the literature on fecal transplants confirmed that the procedure—versions of which have been around since ancient times—is safe and effective for recurring C. difficile infections... (05/13/2015)

Fecal transplants are good medicine for stubborn infections, review finds

VA exploring new ways to meet care needs of American Indian Veterans

VA researchers have been studying how VA's expansion of home-based primary care has improved access to health care for American Indian Veterans living on rural reservations... (05/13/2015)

VA exploring new ways to meet care needs of American Indian Veterans

Cognitive behavioral therapy as effective as light therapy for seasonal affective disorder

People with winter seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, could benefit as much from cognitive behavioral therapy as they do from light therapy, the current gold-standard for treatment, according to new research... (05/13/2015)

Cognitive behavioral therapy as effective as light therapy for seasonal affective disorder

Self-harm, suicide ideation tightly linked in Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

Non-suicidal self-injury—that is, purposefully hurting oneself without conscious suicidal intent—is relatively common among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, and it is a strong risk factor for suicidal behavior, according to VA research... (05/07/2015)

Self-harm, suicide ideation tightly linked in Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

Strong statin-diabetes link seen in large study of Tricare patients

In a VA database study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of Tricare, the military health system, those taking statin drugs to control their cholesterol were 87 percent more likely to develop diabetes... (05/07/2015)

Strong statin-diabetes link seen in large study of Tricare patients

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Has the worry outpaced the science?

The authors of a review article on chronic traumatic encephalopathy—often viewed, nowadays, as a long-term effect of repeated mild traumatic brain injury—take issue with some of the science on the topic to date, and assert that the outlook for most people with TBI is brighter than what some have come to believe... (05/07/2015)

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Has the worry outpaced the science?

Study finds no health drawbacks to Veterans' dual use of VA, Medicare Advantage

In a study that looked at a handful of quality measures for chronic disease care, Veterans who used both VA care and a Medicare Advantage plan during 2008 or 2009 did no better or worse than those who relied strictly on VA... (04/27/2015)

Study finds no health drawbacks to Veterans' dual use of VA, Medicare Advantage

Studies yield mixed findings on high-dose flu vaccine for elders

Is the high-dose version of the flu vaccine more effective than the standard dose for older folks? A new VA study says yes, but only for the "oldest old": those 85 or older... (04/27/2015)

Studies yield mixed findings on high-dose flu vaccine for elders

Alzheimer's home-safety project focuses on prevention

A research team with VA and Boston University first identified the home modifications that worked best to keep people with Alzheimer's disease safe, and to ease the burden on their caregivers. Now, they are working with VA primary care providers and others to implement the findings... (04/23/2015)

Alzheimer's home-safety project focuses on prevention

Study: A minority of women seek health care after military sexual assault

Most female service members who experience sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-assault health care, at least in the short term, suggests a new VA study... (04/23/2015)

Study: A minority of women seek health care after military sexual assault

VA research explores variability in PTSD rates seen in studies of Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

A meta-analysis on PTSD prevalence among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suggests that, on average, 23 percent of these Veterans have been diagnosed with the condition. The figure is based on combined data from 33 studies, most of which used VA health care statistics... (04/16/2015)

VA research explores variability in PTSD rates seen in studies of Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

No Preventable Harms campaign aims for 'world's safest health care system'

New practices in how urinary catheters are used, and special catheters coated with antibacterial silver, could combine to help dramatically lower the rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, a major problem for hospitals nationwide... (04/16/2015)

No Preventable Harms campaign aims for 'world's safest health care system'

For some, hand gestures could be key to unlocking memories

In experiments involving people with Parkinson's disease and a puzzle called the Tower of Hanoi, researchers in Iowa have revealed new clues about the role of hand gestures in memory and learning.... (04/16/2015)

For some, hand gestures could be key to unlocking memories

VA, international team draft new colon care guidelines

VA researchers were part of an international group that has forged new guidelines on how to find and remove precancerous cells in the colon before cancer can develop. ... (04/02/2015)

VA, international team draft new colon care guidelines

Study explores use of telehealth for MS patients

VA researchers are using telehealth technology to help Veterans with multiple sclerosis get the most out of their exercise regimens.... (04/02/2015)

Study explores use of telehealth for MS patients

Coronary heart disease among Veterans: How do men and women differ?

In a study that used data on nearly 86,000 Veterans, women who underwent cardiac catheterization in VA tended to be younger and more obese, and were more likely to have PTSD or depression, than their male counterparts... (03/31/2015)

Coronary heart disease among Veterans: How do men and women differ?

Shining a light on bacteria: Pulsed xenon ultraviolet light system just as effective as manual disinfection

In just over 10 minutes, a pulsed xenon ultraviolet light system can disinfect a hospital room every bit as good as a human can, according to a study at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System... (03/31/2015)

Shining a light on bacteria: Pulsed xenon ultraviolet light system just as effective as manual disinfection

Study adds evidence on link between PTSD, heart disease

In a study of more than 8,000 Veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, those with PTSD were more likely to develop heart failure over about a seven-year follow-up period... (03/31/2015)

Study adds evidence on link between PTSD, heart disease

Can light therapy help the brain?

An innovative therapy that applies red and near-infrared light to the brain is now being tested at the Boston VA for Gulf War Illness, TBI, and PTSD... (03/31/2015)

Can light therapy help the brain?

Addressing unhealthy alcohol use among Veterans: Hospital stay may be window of opportunity

No one looks forward to a hospital stay. But for some Veterans, the event could be the right moment to begin thinking about making healthy lifestyle changes—such as cutting back on risky drinking... (03/24/2015)

Addressing unhealthy alcohol use among Veterans: Hospital stay may be window of opportunity

VA restarting study on service dogs and PTSD

Man's best friend is being put to the test for Veterans with PTSD. The study will involve 230 Veterans in three regions.... (03/24/2015)

VA restarting study on service dogs and PTSD

Sexual dysfunction a common problem in Veterans with PTSD

A new review study confirms PTSD as a risk factor for sexual problems, among both male and female Veterans... (03/24/2015)

Sexual dysfunction a common problem in Veterans with PTSD

Bureaucracy, not trauma exposure, is cause of most mental health provider burnout in VA

The most robust predictor of mental health provider burnout, suggests a series of VA studies, is perceptions of organizational politics and bureaucracy, along with overall workload... (03/24/2015)

Bureaucracy, not trauma exposure, is cause of most mental health provider burnout in VA

VA study finds drop in testosterone prescriptions, despite upward trend in diagnoses

Testosterone therapy rates are on the rise worldwide. VA may be bucking the trend, however, suggests research by a team with the University of Washington and VA's Pacific Northwest region... (03/19/2015)

VA study finds drop in testosterone prescriptions, despite upward trend in diagnoses

Study: Better preparation, planning could improve effectiveness of VA peer specialists

VA is probably the largest single employer of mental health peer specialists in the world. New research suggests ways to improve the experience for peers and patients, and the VA staff they work with... (03/19/2015)

Study: Better preparation, planning could improve effectiveness of VA peer specialists

Here's the story: Studies bank on power of personal narratives to inform research, improve care

Journalists and marketers have long used people's personal stories to get their point across. Now, health researchers are tapping into the same power. Two new VA studies exemplify the trend.... (03/19/2015)

Here's the story: Studies bank on power of personal narratives to inform research, improve care

Small RNA molecules in blood may help in diagnosing common war injuries

Teasing out the respective effects of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder and making clear diagnoses is challenging. Research at the Bronx VA and other sites suggests that certain RNA molecules, measurable in the blood, could help... (03/10/2015)

Small RNA molecules in blood may help in diagnosing common war injuries

Study aims to curb ER use among high-risk patients

A study based at the Durham VA Medical Center aims to curb over-reliance on emergency room care. Nurses will work to transition repeat ER users to a more regular routine of primary care... (03/10/2015)

Study aims to curb ER use among high-risk patients

With new initiatives, VA aims to turn the corner on escalating opioid use

An analysis of data from 2004 to 2012 found worrisome increases in opioid use in VA—as in U.S. medical care at large. But a wave of new initiatives, driven by research, is helping VA reverse the trend... (02/26/2015)

With new initiatives, VA aims to turn the corner on escalating opioid use

Troubling trio—depression, PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury—linked to extra-high disability risk

Depression, PTSD, and mild traumatic brain injury: The combination occurs commonly among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and puts them at substantial risk for long-term disability, says a new study... (02/25/2015)

Troubling trio—depression, PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury—linked to extra-high disability risk

Is it time to change the way we think about cancer?
One researcher's vision: targeting tumors with multipronged treatment

Whereas many researchers are working on "smart bomb" drugs that target cancer cells and leave healthy cells intact, Dr. Raj Batra believes an array of such bombs—akin to a cluster bomb—is what's needed... (02/19/2015)

Is it time to change the way we think about cancer? <br> One researcher's vision: targeting tumors with multipronged treatment

The scent of war: VA studies a legacy of dust, smoke, and burn pits and what it means for Veterans

A VA research team reviewed and summarized the results of 19 unique studies of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to look for trends in their respiratory health... (02/18/2015)

The scent of war: VA studies a legacy of dust, smoke, and burn pits and what it means for Veterans

Study ties radiation therapy for testicular cancer to stomach cancer risk years later

An international team that included VA researchers found a link between radiation therapy for testicular cancer and increased risk of stomach cancer years later... (02/12/2015)

Study ties radiation therapy for testicular cancer to stomach cancer risk years later

Drug-eluting stents safe for use in vein grafts, VA study finds

Drug-eluting stents have been steadily overtaking bare-metal stents as the medical device of choice to help fix blocked arteries. A new study based on nearly 2,500 procedures in VA adds evidence to support their safety... (02/12/2015)

Drug-eluting stents safe for use in vein grafts, VA study finds

The psychological impact of physical battle scars

Veterans with negative body image as a result of injuries sustained in combat are more likely to be depressed and could be at higher risk for other mental illnesses, according to a new VA study... (02/12/2015)

The psychological impact of physical battle scars

Group therapy shows promise for suicidal Veterans

VA researchers in Kentucky saw promising results in a study of group therapy for suicide prevention... (02/04/2015)

Group therapy shows promise for suicidal Veterans

Depression can affect feelings of chest pain in heart patients, study finds

The link between depression and heart disease is complex, and may work in two directions, with each condition driving the other. One recent VA study suggests that depression leads to increased perceptions of chest pain, regardless of the extent of the actual underlying heart disease.... (02/04/2015)

Depression can affect feelings of chest pain in heart patients, study finds

Study backs telehealth for PTSD care

A VA study based in Louisiana, Arkansas, and California attests to the value of telemedicine and collaborative care in treating rural Veterans with PTSD... (02/04/2015)

Study backs telehealth for PTSD care

From fourth-century soup to 21st-century procedure, fecal transplantation proves its worth against stubborn bacteria

Fecal transplants aren't a new idea—they've been used by traditional healers for centuries. But modern medicine is now revisiting the concept as an effective way to deal with dangerous C. difficile infections... (01/28/2015)

From fourth-century soup to 21st-century procedure, fecal transplantation proves its worth against stubborn bacteria

VA study on chiropractic for back pain yields mixed results: Disability improves, but pain relief same as with placebo

In a VA chiropractic study that involved 136 older Veterans with chronic low back pain, the treatment improved disability but did no better than placebo at relieving pain... (01/21/2015)

VA study on chiropractic for back pain yields mixed results: Disability improves, but pain relief same as with placebo

DoD, VA research again finds hyperbaric oxygen ineffective at treating concussion-related injuries

The latest Department of Defense and VA study on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mild TBI has shown no evidence of benefit. The results are consistent with those from earlier DoD-VA trials... (01/21/2015)

DoD, VA research again finds hyperbaric oxygen ineffective at treating concussion-related injuries

Some top-selling eye vitamins don't match scientific evidence, says study

A research team with VA, Yale, and other institutions found that the ingredients in some top-selling eye vitamins don't match what's been shown effective in clinical trials... (01/21/2015)

Some top-selling eye vitamins don't match scientific evidence, says study

'Love hormone' may have role in schizophrenia therapy

According to a group with VA and UCLA, oxytocin—produced in the brain and sometimes called the "love hormone"—may play a key role in improving the ability of people with schizophrenia to understand others' emotions... (01/14/2015)

'Love hormone' may have role in schizophrenia therapy

Study on VA epilepsy centers shows improvements in access, quality of care

Preliminary results from a four-year study of VA's 16 Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECOEs) show improvements in Veterans' access to high-quality epilepsy care... (01/14/2015)

Study on VA epilepsy centers shows improvements in access, quality of care

When it comes to HIV therapy, the earlier the better

A study of HIV-infected service members and their beneficiaries found that those who received antiretroviral therapy soon after infection—within a year—were half as likely to develop AIDS... (01/07/2015)

When it comes to HIV therapy, the earlier the better

Group care, self-monitoring among approaches responsible for better blood pressure control in VA

Group care, home telehealth, and other innovative approaches are behind sharp improvements in blood pressure control rates among VA patients, according to a new analysis by a VA researcher... (01/07/2015)

Group care, self-monitoring among approaches responsible for better blood pressure control in VA

Ads boosted suicide hotline calls

A public information campaign on suicide prevention succeeded in increasing the number of calls to a suicide prevention hotline, according to a VA study... (12/31/2014)

Ads boosted suicide hotline calls

Study: Rapid HIV testing in shelters is affordable, effective way to reach homeless Veterans

VA researchers in Los Angeles offered rapid HIV testing program in homeless shelters, in partnership with local officials. The goal was to create a pipeline between homeless shelters and VA care for Veterans who are homeless and HIV-positive... (12/31/2014)

Study: Rapid HIV testing in shelters is affordable, effective way to reach homeless Veterans

Gene variation linked to tanning addiction, higher risk of skin damage

Yale and VA researchers have pinpointed a gene they say may play a role in addiction to tanning, which raises the risk of skin cancer and other health problems. The study is the first to look at the genetics of tanning addiction... (12/31/2014)

Gene variation linked to tanning addiction, higher risk of skin damage

In Iowa VA lab study, fish oil eases diabetic neuropathy

For Veterans and others with diabetes, neuropathy can be one of the most serious complications. Can fish oil or other omega-3 fatty acid supplements help? A new VA study suggests the answer is yes... (12/17/2014)

In Iowa VA lab study, fish oil eases diabetic neuropathy

Index of foot health, developed in VA, has legs worldwide

A brief user-friendly measure of foot health and function, developed by a VA research team in the 1980s, has caught on worldwide among clinicians and researchers. It's been translated into 20 languages, Danish being the latest addition... (12/17/2014)

Index of foot health, developed in VA, has legs worldwide

Could exercise bring some muscle to the fight against Alzheimer's?

Through an NIH Director's Transformative Research Award, a team of VA and Stanford investigators aims to find out what exactly it is about exercise that benefits the brain... (12/17/2014)

Could exercise bring some muscle to the fight against Alzheimer's?

New tool can predict start of flu season

VA researchers and colleagues have developed a statistical tool that hospitals can use to determine the earliest stages of flu season. The tool can help avoid extra costs and target control efforts when and where they're needed most... (12/08/2014)

New tool can predict start of flu season

New device helps halt hearing loss for cancer patients

Some chemotherapy drugs, such as cisplatin, can be toxic to cells in the ear, resulting in permanent hearing loss. A new device from Portland VA researchers catches the problem early on, so therapy can be adjusted... (12/08/2014)

New device helps halt hearing loss for cancer patients

Study highlights risks of putting off PTSD care

A study of OEF-OIF Veterans with PTSD found that those who came in sooner for care after their return home were more likely to respond positively to treatment than those who put off getting care... (12/08/2014)

Study highlights risks of putting off PTSD care

Hormone sensitivity could increase high blood pressure risks for blacks

A study of more than 500 black and white children, 221 of whom completed additional tests after reaching adulthood, two decades later, has provided insights into why blacks tend to have higher rates of hypertension... (12/01/2014)

Hormone sensitivity could increase high blood pressure risks for blacks

Rust on the bone: Can excess iron lead to premature death?

For years, Dartmouth professor and recently retired VA researcher Dr. Leo Zacharski has been studying—and sounding the warning bells about—excess iron in the diet... (12/01/2014)

Rust on the bone: Can excess iron lead to premature death?

VA rheumatoid arthritis trial earns Howley Prize

The National Arthritis Foundation awarded its prestigious Howley Prize to the VA-led team that published a study last year titled "Therapies for Active Rheumatoid Arthritis after Methotrexate Failure" in the New England Journal of Medicine... (12/01/2014)

VA rheumatoid arthritis trial earns Howley Prize

Audiology pioneer, now retired, looks back at 42-year VA research career

Dr. Richard Wilson recently retired from VA after more than four decades leading groundbreaking work in hearing science. Hearing loss is the top service-connected disability in the VA system. Wilson's work, applied today in clinics throughout VA and beyond, has improved assessment and care for a multitude of Veterans and other patients... (11/18/2014)

Audiology pioneer, now retired, looks back at 42-year VA research career

Algorithm-based interview helps standardize diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be difficult to diagnose. A team with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has validated a new tool they say can help make the process more reliable and accurate... (11/18/2014)

Algorithm-based interview helps standardize diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury

Deployments and risky driving

In a study of Ohio guardsmen, prior deployment was associated with increased rates of drinking and driving, passing on the right, running red lights, and ignoring seatbelts. In related research, VA investigators are using simulators to probe how PTSD and other conditions affect driving abilities and patterns... (11/18/2014)

Deployments and risky driving

Boning up: Lab tests show promise for bone-regenerating injection

Researchers at the Atlanta VA Medical Center are doing mouse experiments on a drug that, unlike most osteoporosis treatments, helps form new bone, rather than just slow bone loss... (11/13/2014)

Boning up: Lab tests show promise for bone-regenerating injection

Study: Social support holds little sway in PTSD treatment-seeking

It seems logical that people with PTSD who have strong social support would be more likely to seek out treatment. New research suggests that might not be the case... (10/29/2014)

Study: Social support holds little sway in PTSD treatment-seeking

Gene that regulates blood pressure tied to cognitive decline

According to a Tennessee team of researchers, variants in a gene that helps regulate blood pressure appear to affect the size of the hippocampus—a brain area crucial for memory... (10/29/2014)

Gene that regulates blood pressure tied to cognitive decline

Fear of malpractice claims not a reason to screen for esophageal cancer

Gastroenterologists often order a test to screen for esophageal cancer even when a patient is at low risk, out of fear of a lawsuit for missing a cancer. But a new VA study shows the fear is unwarranted... (10/29/2014)

Fear of malpractice claims not a reason to screen for esophageal cancer

Focus on care for transgender Veterans results in greater access

A study shows that between 2006 and 2013, VA served some 2,600 transgender Veterans, and the numbers have been rising. The trend is credited partly to a VA policy that took effect in 2011... (10/23/2014)

Focus on care for transgender Veterans results in greater access

Helping those with vision loss find their way

Researchers and engineers at VA’s Atlanta-based Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation are working on new technology to help people with vision loss get around independently... (10/21/2014)

Helping those with vision loss find their way

Change in cell traffic pattern could signal chemotherapy response

In a study of 49 Veterans with advanced lung cancer, researchers with VA and Emory University pinpointed a gene variant that predicted the effectiveness of chemotherapy... (10/14/2014)

Change in cell traffic pattern could signal chemotherapy response

The opioid crisis: Researchers testing new solutions

In any given year about a third of Veterans in VA care are prescribed an opioid for pain. VA researchers are working to minimize the risks, and identify alternative ways to manage the pain... (10/08/2014)

The opioid crisis: Researchers testing new solutions

Study: Depression, anxiety rates roughly equal among older Vets, non-Vets

Contrary to what the researchers expected, a study of nearly 7,000 men aged 50 or older found that Veterans were no more likely than non-Veterans to have depression or anxiety... (10/08/2014)

Study: Depression, anxiety rates roughly equal among older Vets, non-Vets

Mobile phones offer hope for reaching homeless Veterans

A VA study of homeless Veterans found that nearly all owned a mobile phone and were interested in receiving calls or texts about appointments and other health matters... (10/01/2014)

Mobile phones offer hope for reaching homeless Veterans

Diabetes wound care: Much progress in past 25 years, but challenges remain

Diabetes and vascular disease can lead to serious foot ulcers that sometimes require amputation. A longtime VA clinician-researcher looks back at a 1989 study she did on the problem and talks about how the field has advanced... (10/01/2014)

Diabetes wound care: Much progress in past 25 years, but challenges remain

Chemo without the side effects: Scientists look to gold, toad skin for answers

Tiny gold nanocages and a chemical originally found in the European fire-bellied toad are helping researchers advance toward targeted chemotherapy—treatment that kills cancer cells but not healthy tissue... (09/25/2014)

Chemo without the side effects: Scientists look to gold, toad skin for answers

Can lithium help stem suicide rate? VA study aims to find out

Some studies have suggested that lithium, used widely to treat bipolar disorder, may help prevent suicide. A new trial, expected to involve more than 1,800 Veterans at 28 VA sites, will test the theory... (09/17/2014)

Can lithium help stem suicide rate? VA study aims to find out

Study: More pain relief with new knee replacement method

A team at the Phoenix VA published promising findings from a clinical trial of a newer method for knee replacement surgery, called kinematic alignment... (09/17/2014)

Study: More pain relief with new knee replacement method

A walk a day may keep the Parkinson's symptoms away

In a study by VA researchers and colleagues, patients who walked briskly for 45 minutes, three times a week, showed improvements in their Parkinson's symptoms. They were also less depressed and less tired. ... (09/17/2014)

A walk a day may keep the Parkinson's symptoms away

Unit cohesion could be key to PTSD resiliency

A VA study of nearly 800 National Guard and Reserve troops found that soldiers reporting more unit cohesion tended to be more resilient to mental health problems, including PTSD... (09/12/2014)

Unit cohesion could be key to PTSD resiliency

The difficulty with C. difficile

A study at the Boise VA Medical Center provides new insight into a virulent newer strain of C. difficile, showing how it kicks out more toxins when confronted with a commonly used antibiotic... (08/26/2014)

The difficulty with C. difficile

Former POWs at higher risk for dementia

More than a decade ago, a VA report on former POWs found they had increased rates of numerous health problems. Now, a new VA study has found an increased risk of dementia, especially among those who also have PTSD... (08/26/2014)

Former POWs at higher risk for dementia

Study: Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans at increased risk of respiratory illness

Researchers examined data on more than 768,000 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and identified increases between 2002 and 2011 in asthma, bronchitis, chronic wheezing and coughing, and other respiratory problems... (08/26/2014)

Study: Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans at increased risk of respiratory illness

What the heart can tell us about the mind: Heart rate variability and PTSD

Researchers with the Marine Resiliency Study tested heart rate variability in four battalions of Marines, to see what they could learn about the link between this physiological measure and mental health... (08/26/2014)

What the heart can tell us about the mind: Heart rate variability and PTSD

Mobility during hospital stays helps Veterans

For older patients and those battling chronic illnesses, long-term hospital stays can often lead to further declines in health. Getting patients out of bed and moving around more can help.... (08/26/2014)

Mobility during hospital stays helps Veterans

Experimental drug packs double whammy against Alzheimer's

An experimental drug being tested in lab studies at the Bronx VA not only blocks plaque-forming amyloid, but also spurs new brain cells. The researchers plan to test it for TBI, also.... (08/21/2014)

Experimental drug packs double whammy against Alzheimer's

Brief alcohol interventions may decrease problem drinking in Veterans

In a study that involved 68 combat Veterans, researchers at the Memphis VA showed the benefits of two brief interventions to help lessen problem drinking... (08/20/2014)

Brief alcohol interventions may decrease problem drinking in Veterans

VA study finds childhood poverty could have lifelong effect on brain

In a VA study of 52 young adults, those who had been poor in childhood were found to have reduced connectivity in the brain... (08/20/2014)

VA study finds childhood poverty could have lifelong effect on brain

Robotic exoskeleton, now FDA-approved, continues to be studied at Bronx VA

The ReWalk, an Israeli-made robotic exoskeleton that helps people with spinal cord injury to walk again, is now approved by the FDA. A research team at the Bronx VA has been teaching Veterans to use the device and studying its impact on quality of life... (08/15/2014)

Robotic exoskeleton, now FDA-approved, continues to be studied at Bronx VA

Partnership key to caring for women Veterans

More than 100 providers, researchers, and policymakers attended the 2014 VA Women Veterans' Health Services Research Conference. The theme was partnership ... (08/13/2014)

Partnership key to caring for women Veterans

Review study backs nurses' role in managing chronic disease

VA researchers reviewed and analyzed the combined data from 18 past trials and found that when nurses take on more advanced roles in chronic disease care, patients benefit... (08/06/2014)

Review study backs nurses' role in managing chronic disease

Traumatic brain injuries linked to dementia in older Vets

A VA study of more than 188,000 older Veterans with and without a history of traumatic brain injury found a 60 percent greater risk of dementia among those with a past TBI... (08/06/2014)

Traumatic brain injuries linked to dementia in older Vets

International study involving VA yields new insight on schizophrenia genes

Schizophrenia is a debilitating brain disease that affects 1 in 100 people worldwide, and around 100,000 VA patients. An international team of scientists—including a group at the Washington, DC, VAMC—has discovered new genetic clues that might one day lead to new treatments.... (07/30/2014)

International study involving VA yields new insight on schizophrenia genes

'Polytrauma triad' linked to suicidal behavior, but main driver is PTSD

Pain, TBI, PTSD—the three conditions that make up what VA experts call the "polytrauma clinical triad" have each been linked in studies to increased suicide risk. When they are combined, is the risk that much higher?... (07/30/2014)

'Polytrauma triad' linked to suicidal behavior, but main driver is PTSD

At the forefront of rehab medicine: VA, DoD experts share latest technology, approaches for limb loss

A three-day federal symposium brought together some of the country's leading experts on limb injuries, amputations, and prosthetics. The event offered a glimpse into the future of treating traumatic limb loss... (07/23/2014)

At the forefront of rehab medicine: VA, DoD experts share latest technology, approaches for limb loss

Are green tomatoes the next super food? Study shows benefits in treating muscle atrophy, decreasing fat

According to research from VA and University of Iowa, a compound in green tomatoes may help prevent muscle atrophy and decrease fat... (07/22/2014)

Are green tomatoes the next super food? Study shows benefits in treating muscle atrophy, decreasing fat

Overview study: Group therapy helps insomnia

A meta-analysis of eight previous studies found group therapy to be a powerful tool to treat insomnia. ... (07/22/2014)

Overview study: Group therapy helps insomnia

What goes awry in the suicidal brain? Studies zero in on faulty protein

A research team at the Bronx VA has homed in on a molecular change in the brain—involving a process called RNA editing, and a non-responsive serotonin receptor—that they say is a hallmark of those who commit suicide... (07/22/2014)

What goes awry in the suicidal brain? Studies zero in on faulty protein

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

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