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VA RESEARCH QUARTERLY UPDATE
This Issue: The Returning Veteran | Table of Contents: Winter 2018 | Download this issue

In This Issue: The Returning Veteran

From the Chief Research and Development Officer
Supporting our returning Veterans

Rachel B. Ramoni, D.M.D., Sc.D VA researchers are working to make discoveries that will help Veterans with upper-limb amputation regain the function of their lost limbs. At the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island, Dr. Linda Resnik and colleagues asked Veterans who had an upper-limb amputation to test the revolutionary DEKA arm at home. Read more
A Chat with Our Experts Dr. Katherine Iverson How intimate partner violence affects women Veterans
Dr. Katherine Iverson is a clinical psychologist and researcher in the Women's Health Division of the National Center for PTSD, located at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Her research focuses on women's health and trauma—in particular, intimate partner violence in women Veterans. Read more
Spotlight on Career Development Awardee
Helping Veterans safely stop long-term opioid useHelping Veterans safely stop long-term opioid use
Dr. Joseph Frank is a primary care physician and researcher at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver. His research is focused on improving the safety and effectiveness of chronic pain care for Veterans. As a physician, he is particularly interested in how VA can provide chronic pain care in primary care settings. Read more

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The high burden of 'subthreshold' PTSD  The high burden of 'subthreshold' PTSD
Nearly a third of U.S. Veterans experience clinically significant PTSD symptoms in their lifetime. Data taken from "High burden of subthreshold DSM-5 post-traumatic stress disorder in U.S. military veterans," World Psychiatry, June 2016.
New & Ongoing Studies Improving outcomes among inpatients with alcohol use disorders Improving outcomes among inpatients with alcohol use disorders
Dr. Christine Timko is a research scientist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She will study the effectiveness of a new treatment to help Veterans with alcohol use disorders who transition from the hospital to an outpatient setting. Read more




Impact of sexual assault and combat trauma on fertility in Veterans Impact of sexual assault and combat trauma on fertility in Veterans
Investigators at the Iowa City VA Health Care System in Iowa, are investigating the relationship between sexual assault, combat-related trauma, and infertility in male and female Veterans. Read more





Trauma-sensitive yoga for female Veterans with PTSD and military sexual trauma Trauma-sensitive yoga for female Veterans with PTSD and military sexual trauma
A research team at the Atlanta VA Medical Center aims to find out if yoga can help with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in women Veterans. Dr. Ursula Kelly has started a clinical trial to study the benefits of yoga for Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma and who also have PTSD. Read more
Noteworthy Publications Helping homeless and marginally housed Veterans through photography Helping homeless and marginally housed Veterans through photography
Researchers at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System examined the use of photography to help homeless or marginally housed Veterans express their feelings about their health. Most study participants said they felt positive about their experiences taking photographs. Read more

Veterans use advanced DEKA (LUKE) arm to supplement conventional prostheses Veterans use advanced DEKA (LUKE) arm to supplement conventional prostheses
Veterans with upper-limb loss can benefit from using an advanced prosthesis like the DEKA arm, at least for part of their day, say researchers at the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island. Read more

Reintegration experiences for National Guard service members Reintegration experiences for National Guard service members
National Guard members can experience unique challenges when returning to the United States and their civilian lives. Researchers with the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System interviewed 78 OEF/OIF National Guard service members about their experiences with reintegration. Read more

Editorials from VA Research Scientists
Awards and Career Milestones

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