Targeting a lower blood pressure goal may decrease risk for developing memory problems and cognitive difficulties that precede decline into life-altering dementia, according to researchers who’ve conducted the largest study to address the question.
Veterans with cancer who receive care from VA will now have more access to the latest treatment options, thanks to a partnership between VA and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Experiencing stomach discomfort, you go to a drug store in search of a dietary supplement known as probiotics. They are “healthy” bacteria that are important for the gut and can lead to better digestion and immune function, among other benefits.
Currently, there are 2 million living women Veterans, who make up nearly 9.4 percent of the total Veteran population. By 2018, women are expected to account for 10 percent of all Veterans.
Some 40 percent of Veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD live in rural areas. Two-thirds of those Vets live closer to one of VA’s community-based outpatient clinics than to a large medical center.
About 30 percent of VA patients using primary care providers have a diagnosed mental health disorder, and many others have undiagnosed conditions. Improving access for these Veterans to mental health services is one of the agency’s top priorities.
Using data from the Million Veteran Program, VA researchers found that a blood pressure condition called resistant hypertension can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems and kidney failure.
Agricultural organization aims to reintegrate Vets into society, prevent suicide
The University of New Mexico and the New Mexico VA Health Care System will use a $3.1 million federal grant to study a new approach to use electrical stimulation as therapy for mild traumatic brain injuries.
VA Health Care Improving for N.M. Veterans Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, recently talked at a news conference about the challenges facing the VA. He spoke about such important issues as access to care, accountability, and the quality of care.