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Spring 2014
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VA Research Currents Spring 2014
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Ongoing research Unraveling the link between PTSD and heart diseaseUnraveling the 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 ...

VA enrolling participants for groundbreaking diabetes studyVA 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 ...

Researchers building roadmap of OEF/OIF injuriesResearchers building roadmap of OEF/OIF injuries
For Texas-based researcher Dr. Mary Jo Pugh, the study of "complex comorbidity clusters" is personal...
Key findings Can magnetic coil ease tinnitus? VA trial aims to find ou Can magnetic coil ease tinnitus? VA trial aims to find out
"Sometimes I hear it in both ears, sometimes only in one ear. Sometimes it seems to be right in the middle of my head. It's not predictable." John Emmons, 67, a retired police officer in Oregon who served as an Army medic in Vietnam, is talking about the tinnitus he has lived with for the past three decades. It keeps him up many a night, and during the day can be a "severe distraction" ...

Lab study: Exercise wards off retinal damage VA trial aims to find ou 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 ...

Skype therapy works for low-income, homebound elderly 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. In fact, the approach was even more effective than in-home visits from a therapist ...
Impacts on care VA researchers aiming to improve end-of-life careVA researchers aiming to improve 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...
Journal scan Pain reduction, via positive psychology and the WebPain 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...
VA Research Over Time The Mediterranean diet: A look back at one VA group's contributionThe 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 ...
Program news Million Veteran Program hits quarter-million enrollment markMillion Veteran Program hits quarter-million enrollment mark
VA's Million Veteran Program (MVP) enrolled its 250,000th volunteer research participant in early March. A Korean War Veteran at the VA Loma Linda (Calif.) Healthcare System was the 250,000th person to sign up for the research program ...

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