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VA Research Nuggets

These one-minute summaries of important events and people in VA research—current day and historical— originally aired on Federal News Network, a private radio station in Washington, D.C.

August 2021

 VA scientist first female payload specialist on NASA mission

VA scientist first female payload specialist on NASA mission

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VA nephrologist created technique to make dialysis safer

VA nephrologist created technique to make dialysis safer

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 Dr. Ernest Bors

Clinician led VA advancements in spinal cord injury after World War II

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 VA researchers developed eye exam tool to be used for patients with brain injuries

VA researchers developed eye exam tool to be used for patients with brain injuries

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July 2021

VA clinician leads groundbreaking research on drug treatment for 
high blood pressure

VA clinician leads groundbreaking research on drug treatment for high blood pressure

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VA researchers create questionnaire to rate foot pain, disability

VA researchers create questionnaire to rate foot pain, disability

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 VA develops self-management mobile app for Veterans with PTSD

VA develops self-management mobile app for Veterans with PTSD

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 VA researcher originates the CT Scan imaging technique

VA researcher originates the CT Scan imaging technique

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June 2021

VA clinician a pioneer in understanding endocrine signaling in the nervous system

VA clinician a pioneer in understanding endocrine signaling in the nervous system

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VA crucial to developing treatment for irregular heartbeats

VA crucial to developing treatment for irregular heartbeats

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VA precision oncology program provides targeted cancer care

VA precision oncology program provides targeted cancer care

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VA helps develop technology that can extend life of donor organs

VA helps develop technology that can extend life of donor organs

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May 2021

	VA exercise and health promotion program for older Veterans

VA exercise and health promotion program for older Veterans

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VA researchers create eye motion test for detecting Parkinson’s

VA researchers create eye motion test for detecting Parkinson's

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VA and a major study on use of statin drugs by older people

VA and a major study on use of statin drugs by older people

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VA and a major study on use of statin drugs by older people

VA develops cough stimulator for people with spinal cord injury

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April 2021

	VA creates scoring system for calculating COVID-19 risk

VA creates scoring system for calculating COVID-19 risk

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Drug approved to diagnose adult growth hormone deficiency

Drug approved to diagnose adult growth hormone deficiency

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VA and the LUKE/DEKA advanced prosthetic arm

VA and the LUKE/DEKA advanced prosthetic arm

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 VA researcher promotes biomarker as an indicator of heart failure

VA researcher promotes biomarker as an indicator of heart failure

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March 2021

VA's Million Veteran Program finds new genetic markers for PTSD

VA's Million Veteran Program finds new genetic markers for PTSD

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VA's Million Veteran Program found new genetic markers for PTSDr

VA established the causal link between smoking and lung cancer

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VA's Million Veteran Program found new genetic markers for PTSDr

VA researchers invented the first clinically successful cardiac pacemaker

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VA's Million Veteran Program found new genetic markers for PTSDr

VA making advancements to address prostate cancer in the Veteran population

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February 2021

VA pathologist Donald Gleason created a scoring system to 
 predict the aggressiveness of prostate cancer

VA pathologist Donald Gleason created a scoring system to predict the aggressiveness of prostate cancer

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An aspirin a day can help prevent heart attack, stroke

An aspirin a day can help prevent heart attack, stroke

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VA pioneer Michael DeBakey: the father of modern cardiovascular surgery

VA pioneer Michael DeBakey: the "father of modern cardiovascular surgery"

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VA researchers work to improve kidney care for Veterans by making a test available

VA researchers work to improve kidney care for Veterans by making a test available

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January 2021

VA clinical trial results in FDA approval of shingles vaccine

VA clinical trial results in FDA approval of shingles vaccine

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VA surgeon Thomas Starzl - the

VA surgeon Thomas Starzl - the "Father of transplantation"

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 VA study: meditation can lead to a lower risk of heart disease

VA study: meditation can lead to a lower risk of heart disease

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VA scientist experiments with blood sugar as a fuel source

VA scientist experiments with blood sugar as a fuel source

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