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VA researcher aims to help survivors of military sexual trauma with PTSD

A VA study finds trauma-sensitive yoga is an effective therapy for women Veterans who developed PTSD following military sexual trauma.... (01/24/2022)

Prolonged exposure or cognitive processing therapy?

A landmark study comparing VA's two leading psychotherapies confirmed that they both lead to meaningful improvements for Veterans with PTSD.... (01/19/2022)

Lab studies seek hormone-based obesity treatment

Researchers say the findings from a new study could potentially lead to a safe, effective treatment for the problem of obesity, which affects some 4 in 10 Americans.... (01/18/2022)

VA clinicians testing new radioactive tracer drug to track prostate cancer in the body

VA researchers at the Truman VA in Missouri are testing a new radioactive tracer drug for its ability to show whether and where prostate cancer has spread in the body.... (01/12/2022)

Telehealth plus web-based skills training a promising combination for Veterans with PTSD, military sexual trauma

A VA study says a combination of telehealth coaching and web-based skills training can improve outcomes for Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.... (01/07/2022)

VA and COVID therapeutics

Experts from VA's Office of Research and Development discuss VA's role in studying drugs and other therapies needed to treat patients with COVID-19.... (01/03/2022)

Can medication ease insomnia in Veterans with PTSD?

A VA study will compare three drugs for their ability to treat Veterans with PTSD who have insomnia, one of the hardest-to-treat symptoms for patients with PTSD.... (12/17/2021)

Study finds strong tie between sexual trauma, suicidal thoughts in Veterans with no history of mental health care

A study finds that military sexual trauma is linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts in Veterans without a mental health treatment history.... (12/17/2021)

Which COVID-19 vaccine works better?

Researchers have carried out the first head-to-head effectiveness comparison of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that protect against COVID-19.... (12/01/2021)

Grape juice may have the potential to improve cognitive performance in Gulf War Veterans

A VA study finds that Concord grape juice contains ingredients that may have the potential to improve cognitive performance in Veterans with Gulf War illness.... (11/24/2021)

Study links statin use with diabetes progression, points to need for further research

A VA study has documented a link between cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and diabetes progression.... (11/18/2021)

Computers ‘learn’ to support high-stakes decisions during heart surgery

VA experts in artificial intelligence are teaching computers to think like "perfusionists"—staff who work heart-lung machines during surgery.... (11/18/2021)

VA to lead new national initiative to improve effectiveness of pre-clinical brain research

A new VA-led initiative on traumatic brain injury is aimed at better advancing pre-clinical TBI research in hopes of creating new therapies.... (11/18/2021)

‘They are hand in glove’

Michael Kilmer, the director of VA Eastern Colorado, lives by the motto that good clinical work supports good research, and good research supports good clinical work.... (11/18/2021)

Filtering out COVID-19

DOD and VA researchers are testing a new device that filters out pathogens from the blood of COVID-19 patients.... (10/26/2021)

Researchers home in on biochemical link between brain injury, Alzheimer's disease

VA researchers have discovered an approach that could prevent nerve cells in the brain from deteriorating after a traumatic brain injury.... (10/21/2021)

VA joins alliance to boost access to ‘decentralized’ clinical trials

VA has joined a nonprofit alliance that is aimed at increasing access to clinical trials through telemedicine, home delivery of study medications, and other methods.... (10/14/2021)

Brain images of healthy middle-aged adults aid in predicting progression of early memory loss

A study shows that brain images of cognitively normal adults in their 50s can help in predicting mild cognitive impairment, a possible precursor to Alzheimer's disease.... (10/12/2021)

Study: Smoking increases risk of death for Veterans with COVID-19

A VA study highlights the importance of assessing for tobacco use among COVID-19-positive patients and recognizes smoking as a risk factor for increased mortality. ... (10/06/2021)

VA study: Moderate alcohol use linked to lower rates of hospitalization, death

A study finds that hospitalization or death from any cause was higher in older Veterans who were nondrinkers or "harmful use" drinkers, compared with moderate drinkers.... (10/06/2021)

VA doctors seek to harness artificial intelligence to target care for sicker Veterans

VA researchers are using artificial intelligence to identify Veterans at high risk of hospitalization or death. This approach can help ensure these Veterans get the best care possible.... (09/21/2021)

VA researchers link PTSD, anxiety fears in women with history of military sexual trauma

A new VA study finds a strong link between PTSD symptom severity and anxiety sensitivity among female Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.... (09/21/2021)

VA researchers' guidelines on electronic health records adopted into Medicare policy

VA researchers have developed guides to promote safe use of electronic health records. The guides are part of a new federal policy on Medicare reimbursement to hospitals.... (09/14/2021)

VA grants first diversity, equity, and inclusion research awards

VA supports early career investigators from minority backgrounds through new research awards.... (09/10/2021)

U.S. pullout from Afghanistan

Dr. Joseph Geraci, a VA psychologist, discusses the potential mental and social challenges that may surface for some Veterans following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.... (08/30/2021)

Emotion-based psychotherapy a promising treatment for women with PTSD, eating disorders

A study exploring how PTSD may impact treatment outcomes for women with eating disorders suggests an emotion-based psychotherapy is a promising treatment for patients with or without PTSD.... (08/30/2021)

MVP study shows effectiveness of genetic screening tool for breast cancer risk

A new tool could accurately predict breast cancer risk in some women Veterans.... (08/26/2021)

Battlefield acupuncture

VA researchers are studying "battlefield acupuncture," in which needles are placed on specific points on each ear, as an option for pain relief alongside conventional medications.... (08/26/2021)

VA researcher exploring meditation as a therapy for PTSD

Dr. Ariel Lang, a psychologist at VA San Diego, is exploring five types of meditative practices for their potential to ease PTSD symptoms in Veterans.... (08/25/2021)

Hep C positive organs, safe and effective for most transplant recipients

Organs that carry the hepatitis C virus are a safe option for patients, finds VA Houston study.... (08/12/2021)

VA in new research agreement with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

VA is joining forces with another federal agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to expand research on infectious diseases and related topics.... (07/29/2021)

New scanning technology could help diagnose Alzheimer's disease using light

VA researchers developed technology to scan the brain for Alzheimer's disease using light.... (07/28/2021)

One-two punch helps Veterans with weight loss

VA is investigating the effectiveness of weight-loss strategies like dietary changes and medication.... (07/23/2021)

Study yields insight on factors predicting response to PTSD treatments

A VA study on PTSD treatment yielded a surprising finding: Longer time periods between trauma and treatment were associated with bigger improvements in symptoms.... (07/22/2021)

COVID-19 testing

VA researchers are evaluating 3D-printed nasal swabs to guard against future supply chain declines in traditional swabs.... (07/12/2021)

Sailing as a therapy?

A VA psychiatrist is experimenting with sailing, hiking, interaction with horses, and other recreational activities to help Veterans with mental health conditions and substance use disorder.... (07/09/2021)

Study reports on experiences of LGB Vietnam-era Veterans

A new analysis of data from the Vietnam era found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual Veterans who served at the time are reporting PTSD and poorer mental health more often than their heterosexual counterparts. ... (07/08/2021)

‘STARPORT’ trial probes new approach for aggressive prostate cancer

A new VA study is examining an innovative treatment approach for men whose prostate cancer has spread to distant areas despite surgery or radiation.... (07/06/2021)

New VA tool uses artificial intelligence to predict COVID-19 patient mortality

A new VA tool that processes data using artificial intelligence can predict mortality rates within 120 days of when a patient is diagnosed with COVID-19. The tool is being piloted at 13 VA sites.... (06/28/2021)

For VA’s Brandy Wade, making science straightforward is a mission and passion

Brandy Wade of VA's Technology Transfer Program is adept at translating complex scientific concepts into understandable messages for various audiences.... (06/22/2021)

VA researchers use novel approach to gain insight into suicide risk factors

Using an emerging approach in mental health research called network theory, VA researchers gain insight into factors that cause a person to consider dying by suicide.... (06/11/2021)

Genetic testing—the new standard in treatment for advanced prostate cancer

Two VA clinicians explain how Veterans with advanced, or metastatic, prostate cancer can be helped through genetic testing and precision oncology.... (06/11/2021)

From concept to reality

A new VA program is providing education and mentoring for researchers trying to bring their innovations to market.... (06/01/2021)

Genetic risk factors revealed by largest genome study of depression to date

In the largest genetic analysis of depression to date, VA researchers identified many new gene variants that increase the risk for depression.... (05/27/2021)

Amid shortage of face masks, researchers explore 3D options to guard against COVID-19, other infectious diseases

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a high demand for respiratory protection among health care workers in hospitals. VA researchers experimented with 3D-printed masks as a substitute for the widely used N95s.... (05/27/2021)

Can statins help 75-and-overs stay healthy? PREVENTABLE trial will provide answers

Most research on statins—drugs used by many Americans to lower cholesterol—has focused on middle-aged people. Now, a major statin study focused on older people is underway.... (05/11/2021)

Wrist-worn sensor test can predict frailty and functional mobility

A simple test with a wrist-worn sensor can easily assess frailty and mobility in surgery patients, found a recent study. The test could help predict the risk of surgery in patients with mobility limitations. ... (04/28/2021)

VA hospital improvises with new device to prevent in-patient suicides

A block has been installed on all of the bathroom doors in patient rooms in the mental health unit at VA Pittsburgh to prevent someone from using a rope, a sheet, or any other item to carry out a hanging.... (04/27/2021)

VA program using special DNA chip to expand genetic research on minorities

VA's Million Veteran Program has launched a custom-designed DNA chip to expand genetic research leading to targeted treatments for Black and Hispanic Veterans and other racial and ethnic minorities.... (04/26/2021)

VA engineering research center posts another invention: prosthetic hook mouse

The Human Engineering Research Laboratories, which designs and creates wheelchairs, prostheses, and other assistive devices, has another achievement to its name: a prosthetic hook mouse for people with upper-limb amputations.... (04/26/2021)

COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ face increased risk of death and many other health problems

A large VA study shows that people who have had COVID-19 are at heightened risk of both death and many health problems.... (04/26/2021)

Homeless Veterans largely satisfied with community health care options

Homeless Veterans value the option to receive health care in the community, found VA study, but coordination challenges exist.... (04/16/2021)

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)


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