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VA RESEARCH QUARTERLY UPDATE
 

In This Issue: Chronic Disease Care

From the Acting Chief Research and Development Officer Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and arthritis are among the most common and costly of all health problems in the United States...Read more
New Initiatives Dr. Leonard EgedeState of the Art Conference on the next generation of clinical performance measures
VA Research's Office of Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) periodically conducts State of the Art Conferences (SOTAs). These conferences bring together an invited multidisciplinary group of VA and non-VA experts to synthesize what we know and what we need to know about topics critical to the health and well-being of Veterans ...

Using peer mentors to support PACT efforts to improve glucose controlUsing peer mentors to support PACT efforts to improve glucose control
VA's Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion is conducting a new study to test whether Veterans with diabetes can benefit from peer mentors. The effort follows up on positive results from an earlier study at the center that focused on African American Veterans...
VA Research Week 2014 VA Research Week 2014	VA Research Week 2014: May 19-23
The week is designed to call attention to the achievements of VA researchers and the role they play in providing high-quality care for Veterans ...
A Chat with Our Experts Steven Fu, MD, MSCE A center focused on chronic-disease research
VA Research Quarterly Update spoke with Steven Fu, MD, MSCE, director of VA's Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research about the center's current projects, past accomplishments, and future goals. ...
Noteworthy Publications Fish oil helps fatty liver and insulin resistance Fish oil helps fatty liver and insulin resistance
Researchers at the Iowa VA Medical Center found that a diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, from menhaden, improved insulin resistance and reduced fat deposits in the liver of obese and diabetic rats ...

New guidelines released for management of high blood pressure New guidelines released for management of high blood pressure
A new guideline for managing high blood pressure, developed by an expert panel and containing nine recommendations and a flow chart to help doctors plan treatment, was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). ...

Bacterial colonization increases daily symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Bacterial colonization increases daily symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
VA researchers and colleagues from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences recently published study results showing that COPD patients actually do experience more respiratory symptoms when their lungs are colonized by bacteria ...

Obesity does not affect treatment outcomes with proton pump inhibitors
People who are obese are more likely to have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Despite their higher risk for the disorder, they are just as likely as normal-weight patients to be helped by proton-pump inhibitors, the strongest treatment available for the disease, according to a recent VA study...
See also
Honorable Mentions Four VA Researchers Win PECASE awards
In December, the White House named the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Four VA researchers were among the awardees ...


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