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VA RESEARCH QUARTERLY UPDATE
 

In This Issue

From the Acting Chief Research and Development Officer Welcome to the first issue of VA Research Quarterly Update (VARQU) ! Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD
As part of our effort to communicate the accomplishments and ongoing work of VA researchers, we have created this quarterly electronic newsletter specifically with VA leaders and other key stakeholders in mind...
New Initiatives U.S. soldiers and Afghan border police hike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in early 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)	The National Research Action Plan
VA and the departments of Defense (DoD), Health and Human Services, and Education recently made public a wide-reaching plan to improve access to mental health services for Veterans, service members, and military families ...

Centers of Innovation/new QUERI projectsCenters of Innovation/new QUERI projects
VA's Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) funded 19 new Centers of Innovation (COINs), effective Oct. 1, 2013. The mission of the COIN program is to engage clinical and operations partners within the agency from the outset of VA health services research, and to thereby increase the work's impact on Veterans' health...
A Chat with Our Experts Lieutenant Colonel Gary Wynn, MD John Krystal, MD	VA and DoD team up to study trazodone for PTSD
VA, through its Cooperative Studies Program, and the Department of Defense (DoD) are developing a joint multisite trial under an interagency agreement to evaluate the drug trazodone hydrochloride as an adjunct to antidepressants for the treatment of combat-related PTSD in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans ...
Noteworthy Publications Why women in combat may develop PTSD at a greater rate than men Why women in combat may develop PTSD at a greater rate than men
Researchers led by Melissa A. Polusny, PhD, of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and the University of Minnesota questioned 712 male and 89 female National Guard members both before and after combat tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. They found 22.5 percent of the women, compared to 12.2 percent of the men, met screening criteria for probable PTSD following deployment. This is consistent with previous studies ...

How Boston-area Veterans with PTSD were affected by the Boston Marathon bombing
Many Veterans living in the Boston area who have been diagnosed with PTSD experienced flashbacks, unwanted memories, and other psychological effects as a result of the bombing that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, according to VA's National Center for PTSD ...

A blood test to predict suicide risk? A blood test to predict suicide risk?
A series of riboneucleic acid (RNA) biomarkers in blood may help identify people at risk for committing suicide, according to researchers at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind., and Indiana University. The biomarkers were found at significantly higher levels in the blood of both bipolar disorder patients with thoughts of suicide as well as in a group of Veterans and other people who had committed suicide ...

Do Veterans like the DEKA arm? Do Veterans like the DEKA arm?
Twenty-two percent of new military amputees have upper limb amputations. To meet their needs, the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) worked with DEKA Research and Development Corporation to develop the DEKA arm ...

Editorial asserts need for more pain education among clinicians
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) believes that screening, assessing, and routinely documenting pain is an important first step in assuring that unrelieved pain is assessed and treated promptly. The term "Pain as the Fifth Vital Sign," was initially promoted by the American Pain Society in 1996 to elevate awareness of pain treatment among healthcare professionals, and VHA quickly adapted the slogan as its own philosophy ...

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