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Insomnia disorder common in post-9/11 Veterans

Post-9/11 Veterans have “alarmingly high rates” of insomnia disorder, according to a VA San Diego Healthcare System study.... (10/20/2020)

COVID-19 ‘collaboratory’ leverages VA treatment data to probe effects of drugs

A VA research initiative is bringing together VA experts to analyze the use and effects of COVID-19 drugs with clinical partners interested in the safety and efficiency of these therapies.... (10/16/2020)

Study: Brain stimulation improves condition of patients with Alzheimer's

A VA pilot study finds that a brain stimulation therapy provided to patients with Alzheimer's disease improved their state of apathy, a profound loss of motivation and initiative and a feeling of social withdrawal.... (10/14/2020)

Study points to race, ethnicity as COVID-19 risk factors

A VA study found that Black and Hispanic Veterans were twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19.... (09/23/2020)

Study: Different emotions may drive male, female Veterans to attempt suicide

A new VA study finds that a much different set of emotions may have driven male and female Veterans to attempt suicide.... (09/17/2020)

Researchers striving to improve detection of kidney disease in VA

Two VA researchers are leading efforts to implement in VA a test they believe to be much more accurate in detecting kidney disease than the one in standard practice for decades.... (09/17/2020)

Pilot study: Fecal transplant helps alcohol cravings

Fecal transplant therapy is safe and can reduce alcohol craving in patients with alcohol use disorder, found a VA study.... (09/10/2020)

VA researcher develops 'smart bandage' technology for chronic wounds

Researchers at the Advanced Platform Technology Center have developed a high-tech bandage that uses electrical stimulation to treat pressure injuries.... (09/09/2020)

VA aims to validate effective treatments for COVID-19 patients through new initiative

New VA initiative is aimed at giving Veterans faster access to COVID-19 treatments and confirming their effectiveness. Its first trial is on convalescent plasma for treating seriously ill patients.... (09/02/2020)

Does smoking block potential benefits from stem cell therapy?

Scientists at VA Palo Alto are studying whether smoking may detract from the potential therapeutic effects of stem cells in the body. ... (09/01/2020)

VA health economist and team strive to make agency more efficient, effective

A VA health economics research program in Boston provides rigorous data analysis to support agency policy, planning, and evaluation.... (08/13/2020)

Survey data show Vets, on the whole, have good experiences with both VA and VA-purchased community care

Survey data from more than 1 million Veterans showed that overall, they reported positive experiences with both VA care and VA-purchased care in the community.... (08/04/2020)

Study: Veterans with PTSD more likely to have justice-system involvement than those without

A new study finds that Veterans with PTSD—compared to those without—are about 60% more likely to have justice-system involvement.... (08/04/2020)

Study offers insight on how PTSD affects response to depression treatment

An analysis of a large VA study on depression showed that patients with or without PTSD had similar relative responses to medication changes.... (08/04/2020)

VA participates in COVID-19 trial on drug used to curb inflammation

The VA hospitals in Houston and Miami are part of an international clinical trial on the anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab. The trial is for hospitalized COVID-19 patients with severe pneumonia.... (07/27/2020)

VA works to raise awareness for lung cancer screening in Veterans

VA has partnered with the GO2 Foundation to increase awareness about lung cancer screening and to improve outcomes for Veterans affected by lung cancer.... (07/17/2020)

Meditation linked to lower cardiovascular risk

Meditation was linked to lower cardiovascular risk in a large database study that looked at data on more than 61,000 survey participants.... (07/10/2020)

Study: Men with HIV at greater risk of abnormal lung function

A new study finds a greater risk for impaired lung function among men with HIV, compared with men without HIV.... (07/10/2020)

VA technology center switches gears to produce COVID-19 medical supplies

The Human Engineering Research Laboratories is one of several large VA facilities that have switched gears to make medical supplies that help meet the demand triggered by the COVID-19 health crisis.... (07/08/2020)

Veterans helping to plan, shape research projects

Engaging Veterans in planning and shaping VA research studies has gained momentum in recent years. At the center of the movement are Veteran engagement groups.... (07/07/2020)

Study: Patient data can predict life expectancy for older adults with diabetes

A new study finds that clinicians can use patient data, such as a history of co-occurring health conditions and medication, to predict the 5- and 10-year life expectancy of older people with diabetes.... (06/19/2020)

Study finds VA does good job of preventing adverse events for chemotherapy patients

Patients receiving chemotherapy through VA were less likely to experience potentially avoidable hospitalizations than those getting Medicare-paid chemotherapy, found a study by VA Palo Alto researchers.... (06/17/2020)

Women Veterans Day

Women Veterans Day, June 12, is an appropriate time to recognize the role of women in VA's Million Veteran Program. More than 830,000 Vets are now enrolled in MVP, of which 80,000 are women.... (06/11/2020)

Lab study suggests way to stem long-term damage after brain injury

A VA lab study has shed new light on how repeated traumatic brain injury affects the brain, and suggests a treatment approach that could stem long-term damage.... (06/11/2020)

VA scientists testing new technology to absorb moisture, increase comfort with prostheses

Researchers at the APT Center are developing a material to better absorb and channel the sweat that can build up inside the socket liner of a prosthesis.... (06/11/2020)

VA pharmacist donates blood plasma as part of efforts to find treatment for COVID-19

Dr. Parisa Khan, a VA pharmacist and recovered COVID-19 patient, donated her convalescent plasma so it could be used as an investigational treatment for another patient struggling with the illness, as part of a nationwide program.... (06/02/2020)

Study points to race-based difference in prostate cancer progression

In a VA study, African American men whose biopsies showed low-risk cancer were more likely to have a higher grade or stage of cancer when they were later treated surgically, compared with white patients with similar histories.... (06/02/2020)

VA physician invents device to expand patient access to ventilators

A VA physician and his colleagues invented a device that allows doctors to customize air pressure settings for two patients using a single ventilator.... (06/02/2020)

VA scientists race to determine effectiveness of prostate cancer drug in treating COVID-19 patients

Nearly 200 Veterans are expected to take part in a study on the drug degarelix for treating male Veterans with the disease.... (05/22/2020)

Adaptive rock climbing has physical, psychological benefits for people with disabilities

A new study finds that indoor rock climbing appears to offer a "unique array" of physical, social, and psychological benefits for those with disabilities, including those with amputations, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury.... (05/11/2020)


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