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Robotic heart procedure shown to be safe and effective

Robotic heart procedure shown to be safe and effective

Two DNA sites linked to PTSD risk

Cisplatin superior to cetuximab for cancer treatment

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Study participant Raina Groover goes over some exercises with physical therapist Susan Conroy during a clinic visit.

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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a disease of the nervous system that is commonly referred to as a movement disorder. It is caused by a loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain... Learn more

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Racial disparities seen in U.S. heart rhythm treatmen
(Reuters, Nov. 29, 2018)

Racial disparities seen in U.S. heart rhythm treatmen

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Reuters, the New York Times, and other media outlets reported on a study by Dr. Utibe Essien and colleagues that found that African Americans with atrial fibrillation—a common type of irregular heartbeat—are less likely than white patients to get direct-acting anticoagulants, which are newer drugs that help prevent stroke. Thestudy, published in JAMA Cardiology, was based on an analysis of the records of more than 12,000 U.S. patients. Essien is an investigator at VA’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion.

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