• 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.

  • Continue reading Viruses called bacteriophages eat bacteria – and may thereby treat some health problems

    March 22, 2022

    Called bacteriophages, or phages, these viruses cannot infect human cells. Phages are incredibly diverse and exist everywhere in the environment, including in our bodies; in fact, humans contain more phages than human cells.

  • Continue reading Research roundup: E-cigs aren’t safe

    March 18, 2022

    As substantiated in the review, a convincing body of evidence exists that confirms e-cigarettes cause lung inflammation and injury, as well as negative health effects in multiple organs. Crotty Alexander says e-cigarettes come with far more dangers than even she expected.

  • Continue reading Teasing out the effects of blast exposure on mental health

    March 16, 2022

    Dr. Sarah Martindale, a research scientist at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina, and a member of VA’s Mid-Atlantic MIRECC (Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center), led the study. Dr. Jared Rowland, Dr. Anna Ord, and Lakeysha Rule, all of whom are also affiliated with the Salisbury VA and the Mid-Atlantic MIRECC, co-authored the paper.

  • Continue reading VA physician spreads the word that patience is often key following diagnosis of low-risk prostate cancer

    March 15, 2022

    While active surveillance sounds like a logical approach for men with low-risk prostate cancer, especially given that prostate removal and radiotherapy can lead to urinary, bowel, and sexual dysfunction, convincing patients to buy into it can be a challenge all its own.

  • Continue reading VA’s THRIVe center supports Veterans settling into new neighborhoods

    March 11, 2022

    Enter THRIVe. That’s shorthand for a center that VA has created to help Veterans bloom within their communities—by finding work, engaging recreation, making friends, and keeping in contact with family.

  • Continue reading VA researcher, former White House policy advisor, leads panel recommending solutions to the opioid crisis

    March 11, 2022

    Experts believe the precipitous rise was driven by abuse of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many drug users feeling isolated and unable to get treatment or other support. Fentanyl is believed to be much more potent than heroin and morphine.