Researchers help Vets at risk of suicide build mutual support network
Traumatic brain injuries, a frequent consequence of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, can lead to such debilitating symptoms as irritability, depression, insomnia, memory deficits—and post-traumatic headaches, which are similar to migraine headaches.
Long-term follow-up of a major VA diabetes study shows that patients who received intensive therapy to lower blood sugar levels did not see a significant drop, on average, in heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events.
A team led by VA and Stanford University School of Medicine researchers has identified three genetic mutations that govern cholesterol levels. The finding could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Researchers with the VA Portland Health Care System and Oregon Health & Sciences University found that a history of binge drinking made male and female mice react differently to traumatic stress. The research may help scientists understand why men and women seem to handle both alcohol and stress differently.
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.