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New Minimally Invasive Treatment for Colorectal Cancer Supplements Tumor Surgery

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Alex

The success rate of surgery to remove colorectal cancer tumors is quite low, with tumors recurring in approximately 50 percent of patients. The low success rate is partially due to incomplete tumor removal, which allows remaining cancer cells to re-grow or spread. Using chemotherapy as … Read More »

Sequencing of Your DNA May Reveal a Latent Risk for Developing Cystic Fibrosis

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Alex

Medical research has already established a known genetic mutation involved in the development of cystic fibrosis (CF). Now, a new study by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the California Department of Public Health is looking at the role of a secondary … Read More »

Veterans Enrolled in Project ARCH Will Continue Care Through Choice Program

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Alex

In 2014, President Obama signed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 into public law. This Act called for several programs and initiatives to improve health care access for veterans. Among those provisions was the extension of Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to … Read More »

New Treatment Alleviates Chemotherapy Nausea and Vomiting

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Alex

Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. Doctors have taken many approaches to reducing these symptoms, and some groups even advocate the use of marijuana. Research from a Sanford Health physician recently revealed a new beneficial use of the … Read More »

Straining Muscles Could Cause Flare-ups in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Alex

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently examined the effects of muscle and nerve strain on patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The study, published in PLOS ONE, included 60 individuals with CFS and 20 without … Read More »

Veterans Choice Program Has Scheduled Over Two Million Medical Appointments

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Alex

The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) recently hit a major milestone with its two-millionth scheduled appointment. The VCP is an initiative by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) designed to get more veterans the medical care they need. Through the program, veterans can schedule an appointment … Read More »

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Prone to Developing Chronic Multisymptom Illness

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Alex

Chronic multisymptom illness, or CMI, is a health condition indicated by several medically unexplained symptoms such as: Fatigue Indigestion Insomnia Headaches Dizziness Joint pain Breathing difficulty Issues with cognition The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) recently published a … Read More »

VA Releases Report on Current Assessment of Veteran Suicide Rates

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Alex

Suicide is one of the leading causes of veteran deaths, with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimating 20 veterans die from suicide each day. Veteran suicide is a growing problem, one the VA is eager to resolve as quickly as possible. A recent study … Read More »

Commission on Care Report Reaffirms VA’s Commitment to Veterans

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Alex

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald has released a statement following the release of the Commission on Care final report. President Obama called for this report in 2014 as part of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. For the past two … Read More »

Tracking Your MS Exacerbations is Important for Disability Benefits

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Alex

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disorder that can cause periods of loss of muscle control, pain, and fatigue. One of the unique characteristics of MS is that the symptoms do not always persist. Many MS patients experience symptom-free periods called remission, during which … Read More »