• Continue reading Study: national economic burden of PTSD `staggering’

    May 23, 2022

    The researchers estimated the cost of PTSD at $232.2 billion for 2018, the latest year for which data were available at the time of the study. They called for increased awareness of PTSD, more effective therapies, and the expansion of evidence-based strategies to “reduce the large clinical and economic burden” of that mental health condition.

  • Continue reading VA biomedical engineer a pioneer in prosthetics technology

    May 22, 2022

    Childress helped pioneer the myoelectric control system—a technology that applies electrical signals from muscles to activate prosthetic limbs.

  • Continue reading National Research Week: Science in service of Veterans

    May 18, 2022

    National VA Research Week is May 16-20, 2022. This year's theme is "Science in Service of Veterans."

  • Continue reading Early VA research uncovered knowledge vital to transplanting a pig’s heart into a human being

    May 11, 2022

    VA-funded research starting in the 1990s helped uncover knowledge that proved to be key—along with findings by many other groups—to establishing the technique of transplanting a pig’s heart into a person. The researcher leading this work at VA was Dr. Richard Pierson, a specialist in thoracic and cardiac surgery who is now with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University.

  • Continue reading VA study: Screening for thoughts of suicide can identify missed chances to save lives

    May 10, 2022

    She led a case review that highlighted missed opportunities to screen a Veteran for suicidal ideation—thoughts of taking one’s own life—and to provide appropriate follow-up care during an emergency department (ED) visit. The case review, part of a larger study on ED care, appeared in the Journal of Emergency Nursing in November 2021.

  • Continue reading Study finds higher prevalence of mental health concerns for Vietnam Veterans

    May 3, 2022

    VE-HEROeS is the first nationwide survey of both the physical and mental health of Vietnam War Veterans in more than 30 years. It sought survey data from more than 45,000 Vietnam-era Veterans, as well as 11,000 matched controls.

  • Continue reading Veteran hits the pavement in fight to end Parkinson’s Disease

    April 24, 2022

    April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month. More than 110,000 Veterans (and one million people in the United States) live with [...]

  • Continue reading Veterans share their stories on a VA podcast that emphasizes the importance of research

    April 6, 2022

    While on deployment, Marino became confused, forgetful, angry, and depressed, and he struggled to perform his regular duties. “The depression took me to a very, very dark place, and I was quite ready to take my own life,” he said.

  • Continue reading Air Force Veteran leads suicide prevention program at Iowa City VA

    April 1, 2022

    Finding out what is truly important to you at your core and what you are good at are keys to success. However, this is not easy. Failure is part of that process. But once you find something that clicks, it’s an amazing feeling, and opportunities appear when you least expect them.      

  • Continue reading Survey uncovers family perceptions on end-of-life care for Veterans

    March 30, 2022

    When asked about the overall quality of care HBPC-enrolled Veterans received during the last 30 days of life, 53% of family members gave an overall rating of "excellent," using the Bereaved Family Survey (BFS).

  • Continue reading Photos shed light on food insecurity in Post-9/11 Veterans

    March 28, 2022

    The article discussed the results of an earlier study by Kamdar and colleagues that used photo-elicitation to better understand food insecurity in a group of post 9/11 Veterans with children. The researchers found that food insecurity in Veterans is highly intertwined with physical and mental health, military culture, and lack of basic resources like housing or transportation.

  • Continue reading Prestigious VA scientific honor bears name of former VA medical director

    March 25, 2022

    Today, the William S. Middleton Award (Middleton Award) is the highest honor presented by the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service in VA’s Office of Research and Development. Established in 1960, the annual award honors senior VA biomedical research scientists for their outstanding achievements in biomedical and bio-behavioral research relevant to the health care of Veterans.