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VA Establishes Partnership to Deliver Personalized Cancer Care to Veterans

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Alex

Following the findings of recent cancer studies, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will look to genetic evaluations to provide better cancer care to veterans. A new initiative between the VA, Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will combine their forces … Read More »

Veterinary Care for Service Dogs Now Covered for Veterans with Mental Health Disorders

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Alex

Some mental health disorders can cause a veteran to suffer from limited mobility. Many of these veterans require the presence of service dogs to help them get around. Up until recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only provided veterinary health benefits to service dogs … Read More »

Social Media Campaigns Aim for Awareness of Veteran Suicides

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Alex

If you have noticed more significance around the number 22 on social media, you are not imagining things. Several initiatives are using this number as the call for awareness of a very serious issue: veteran suicides. A 2012 study from the Department of Veterans Affairs … Read More »

Researchers Discover Gene Expression that Might Contribute to Eye Pressures in Glaucoma

Posted on August 17, 2016 by Alex

Researchers from the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University recently looked at the MIR182 microRNA 182 (miR-182) gene to identify potential high-risk glaucoma patients. The study used the genetic assessment of eye tissue and fluid samples … Read More »

Researchers’ Discovery Adds Insight into HIV-Infection Mechanisms

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Alex

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately 1.2 million people are living with an active HIV status. Treatments and preventions for HIV transmission have come a long way since the discovery of the virus. Pre-exposure measures exist to help reduce the risk … Read More »

Navy SEAL Becomes Scientist to Help Veterans with TBI

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Alex

Compassion and understanding of veterans is a necessary component of the treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) suffered during military service. Perhaps the best way for researchers to understand the impact and mechanics of post-TBI life is to have suffered a TBI themselves. That level … Read More »

New Medication in Pill Form Eases Asthma Symptoms

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Alex

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting 39.5 million people in the United States alone, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 10.5 million of those suffering are children. While there is no cure, different treatments are available. Asthma treatments … Read More »

Joint Commission Releases Survey on Quality of VA Healthcare Facilities

Posted on August 8, 2016 by Alex

Following allegations of improprieties in the scheduling of healthcare appointments and quality-of-care concerns, The Joint Commission launched a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system. From October 2014 to September 2015, The Joint Commission assessed the following areas of performance at VA … Read More »

HIV Remission Has Better Chance with Early Antiretroviral Therapy

Posted on August 4, 2016 by Alex

Researchers are one step closer to achieving long-term remission of HIV following the results of a recent study. A team at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has examined the use of antiretroviral therapy as an early treatment for new HIV infections. So far, … Read More »

VA’s Million Veteran Program Reaches 500,000 Enrollment Milestone

Posted on August 3, 2016 by Alex

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating the 500,000th voluntary enrollment in its Million Veteran Program (MVP). The milestone serves as a marker to indicate the MVP is now the largest genomic database in the world. The VA created the MVP to develop an … Read More »