The Science of Hope
Prolonged exposure therapy is more effective at treating PTSD than seeking safety, a coping skills therapy, for patients who also have alcohol use disorder, found a VA San Diego Healthcare System Study.
New research based on VA's Million Veterans Program has identified genetic mutations that govern cholesterol levels. High levels of cholesterol in the blood can narrow arteries and increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
In recent years, VA has become quite active in studying genomics, the structure, function, editing, and mapping of genes. The agency is now funding more than 100 studies on genetics and its relation to health and diseases.
A large, international genetic study using Million Veteran Program data has identified more than 200 gene variants that could contribute to high blood pressure. The study also identified over 200 drugs currently used to treat other diseases that could potentially be repurposed to treat high blood pressure.
The U.S. could save billions of dollars a year if Medicare were empowered to negotiate drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies, according to a paper published by JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this week.
Tens of millions of Americans struggle to sleep at night, and many of them turn to sleeping pills for relief. Prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids are especially popular among older adults.
Meta-analysis of 11 aspirin therapy clinical trials finds no reduction in cardiovascular events, increased risk of major bleeding
There are many areas of the United States where doctors are in short supply, but the good news for diabetics is that nurse practitioners and physician assistants can often help fill that care gap.
Research completed at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System may have yielded a lead on a drug that could curb substance addictions.