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New Brain Proteins Suspected of Causing Depression

Using an innovative protein-based approach, VA researchers and their academic colleagues have found genes and corresponding proteins that could point the way to new depression treatments.... (04/12/2021)

Using genetics, researchers identify potential drugs for early treatment of COVID-19

A new study using genetics suggests researchers should prioritize clinical trials of existing drugs that target two proteins to manage COVID-19 in its early stages.... (04/09/2021)

VA telehealth clinic focused on cognitive issues helps Veterans in rural areas

A VA neuropsychologist has led a study on patient satisfaction with a telehealth clinic that serves older Veterans with cognitive aging concerns, mainly those related to Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia.... (04/09/2021)

VA genetics program aims to increase mental health treatments for Veterans

VA's Million Veteran Program, one of the world's largest databases of health and genetic information, plans to survey 50,000 new participants with mental health conditions in hopes of finding better treatments for that cohort.... (04/09/2021)

Study sheds light on interplay among PTSD, combat experience, alcohol use

A new VA study finds that combat experience is linked to a higher risk of alcohol use to cope with PTSD symptoms. But the connection is weaker when accounting for the severity of the PTSD.... (04/01/2021)

Study finds few racial differences in community activity for Veterans with TBI

Researchers with VA, DOD, and other research institutions examined the effects of race and ethnicity on community participation in service members and Veterans with traumatic brain injury.... (04/01/2021)

VA clinical trial examines optimal treatment for Veterans with early stage lung cancer

VA is evaluating two different types of treatment for stage 1 lung cancer—surgery vs. radiation therapy.... (03/30/2021)

Review: For many men with prostate cancer, surgery risks outweigh potential benefits

A VA review found that "watchful waiting" or prostate specific antigen (PSA) monitoring may be the best approach for many men with prostate cancer.... (03/23/2021)

Deep freeze

A VA research facility in Albuquerque is storing Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in an ultra-cold freezer system for use by Native Americans in four Southwestern states.... (03/11/2021)

Targeting the tumor

In the framework of VA’s Precision Oncology Program, an Army Veteran with aggressive prostate cancer is seeing promising results from an immunotherapy drug targeted to his tumor’s gene profile. ... (02/25/2021)

MVP study reveals new markers of genetic risk for PTSD

A large VA Million Veteran Program study found new genetic markers for posttraumatic stress disorder risk.... (02/24/2021)

Lines of communication

A new VA program has changed how the agency informs patients, the media, and hospital workers about unsafe clinical practices at VA health care facilities.... (02/17/2021)

Study: Delaying colonoscopy following abnormal stool test increases risk of colorectal cancer

A new VA study finds that delays in undergoing colonoscopy following an abnormal stool test increase the risk of a colorectal cancer diagnosis and cancer-related death. ... (02/02/2021)

A new way to prevent pressure injuries

Monitoring fat levels in gluteus muscles may help Veterans and others with SCI avoid painful pressure injuries.... (01/27/2021)

Study: PTSD raises suicide risk for those with prostate cancer

A new VA study finds that patients with prostate cancer and PTSD experienced greater suicide risk than those with prostate cancer and no PTSD. Learn more »... (01/26/2021)

Nanoparticle drug delivery technique shows promise for treating pancreatic cancer

VA researchers have designed a new way to deliver pancreatic cancer drugs that could make fighting the disease much easier.... (01/26/2021)

VA researcher tests condensed form of psychotherapy to treat PTSD patients

A VA leader in PTSD treatment, Dr. Sheila Rauch of the Atlanta VA, is testing a condensed form of the psychotherapy prolonged exposure to treat PTSD patients.... (01/19/2021)

Marine Veteran encourages others to sign up for registry

Marine Veteran John Gutierrez is willing to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine trial so in the end other people will not contract the virus and struggle with it like he has.... (01/13/2021)

VA official encourages minorities to make educated decisions about participating in COVID-19 trials

Dr. Sabrina Clark, an African American, is distinguishing her willingness to be part of the COVID-19 research volunteer list from her willingness to volunteer for a study.... (01/07/2021)

Study of post-mortem brain tissue yields new insights on PTSD

A rigorous study examining post-mortem brain tissue from those with PTSD has identified molecular changes in the brain that may lead to new ways to diagnose and treat the disorder.... (01/06/2021)

Former Navy Surgeon General wants Veterans to know that vaccines are safe and effective for most

Dr. Adam Robinson knows that equal representation in clinical trials is critically important. That's why he signed up to test new vaccines for COVID-19.... (01/05/2021)

Veteran determined to help 'win this war' against COVID-19

After deploying to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, Navy Veteran Lee Becker is eager to serve his country by supporting COVID-19 vaccine and treatment efforts.... (12/30/2020)

Continuing to serve: Army Veteran signs up for coronavirus research

Veteran Jeremy Wheeler knows how important service can be. He was inspired to sign up for VA's research volunteer list by his wife, who is a clinical scientist.... (12/28/2020)

Putting beliefs into action: fighting COVID-19

Veteran Michele Jones says she volunteered for VA research on COVID-19 to make sure that new vaccines will be effective for a diverse group of people.... (12/22/2020)

Researchers optimistic about ability of anti-inflammatory drug to treat COVID-19 patients

The FDA has approved rapid access to an anti-inflammatory drug that has shown promise in treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients.... (12/18/2020)

Ebola crisis helped prepare director of VA medical center for COVID-19 pandemic

The director of VA Greater Los Angeles, Dr. Steve Braverman, discusses what it's like during the COVID-19 era to lead a VA medical center with one of the largest research budgets.... (12/10/2020)

Genetic risk of alcohol-related cirrhosis uncovered

A large genetic study found a previously unknown human genome location linked to protection from alcohol-related liver damage. The study may help scientists understand how alcohol causes damage to the liver.... (12/10/2020)

COVID-19 vaccine trials: How safe is it to participate?

A health care expert in VA's Office of Research and Development speaks to VA Research Currents about the integrity and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine trials, which are enrolling participants at multiple VA sites.... (11/25/2020)

Alternative fuels

VA scientist is leading an ambitious project to provide continuous power to prostheses and implantable devices with blood sugar.... (11/17/2020)

AI Tech Sprint brings together private industry and innovation to benefit Veterans

VA is accepting applications for the 2020 AI tech sprint. Teams from private industry and government will work together to use AI-enabled data to solve VA's most pressing challenges.... (11/04/2020)


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