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This Issue: Chronic Disease Care | Table of Contents: Spring 2017 | Download this issue

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How do genes influence PTSD?

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How do genes influence PTSD?

CTV News in Canada and other media outlets reported on a large international study, involving several VA researchers, that examined genetic risk factors for PTSD. The study included some 200 billion pieces of genetic information from more than 20,000 adults across the globe. The researchers say their results "demonstrate genetic influences on the development of PTSD, identify shared genetic risk between PTSD and other psychiatric disorders, and highlight the importance of multiethnic/racial samples." They say yet larger samples are needed to home in on specific genes. (05/02/2017)

Study: Spinal manipulation offers modest relief for back pain

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Study: Spinal manipulation offers modest relief for back pain

A study led by a team at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center found that spinal manipulative therapy for low back pain—offered by chiropractors, physical therapists, and others—was associated with "modest improvements in pain and function and with transient minor musculoskeletal harms." The researchers reviewed and combined data from past studies on the topic. The new study was covered by NPR and several other media outlets. (04/19/2017)

Substance use disorders and suicide risk

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Substance use disorders and suicide risk

U.S. News and World Report and other media outlets covered a VA study on the link between substance use disorders and suicide deaths among Veterans using VA care. The study, which looked at data on more than 4.8 million Veterans, found a sharply elevated risk of suicide among those with a current SUD. (03/20/2017)

Helping patients be more active in their own care

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Helping patients be more active in their own care

A Wall Street Journal article on shared decision-making in health care highlighted the research of Dr. Angie Fagerlin at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center. Fagerlin is also president of the Society for Medical Decision Making.

(03/01/2017)

Keeping off those extra pounds

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Keeping off those extra pounds

CNN and other national media outlets reported on a VA study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that tested various strategies to help people keep off the weight they had lost. (02/24/2017)


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