• Genetic research sheds new light on Veteran suicide risk

    New genetic research discoveries may one day help doctors better screen Veterans at risk of suicide and prevent it in the first place.

  • 9/11 survivor 900,000th Veteran in Million Veteran Program

    Greg Amira, Purple Heart Iraq Veteran and 9/11 survivor, became the 900,000th Veteran to join the Million Veteran Program.

  • Genetic testing may benefit patients with depression

    A VA study has found that Pharmacogenomic, or genetic testing, can help providers avoid prescribing antidepressant medications that may have undesirable outcomes.

  • VA program collaborates with NIH initiative to advance genetic discoveries for Veterans

    MVP has created whole genome sequences for over 140,000 Veterans. However, it takes time to process this large amount of data and make it available for research.

  • Million Veteran Program study offers new insights on genetic risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

    NAFLD is a growing cause of liver disease. It has an estimated worldwide prevalence of 25% in adults. In the United States, that prevalence is projected to climb to nearly 34% by 2030.

  • Marine Veteran performs research on fatigue in people with neurological conditions

    I wanted to join the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to challenge myself in ways I had never been challenged before. I also wanted to gain valuable skills that I could use in a future career. The USMC provided me with ample opportunities to grow personally and professionally. I would not be as successful as I am today without being a Marine.

  • Exercise may be useful treatment option for Veterans with PTSD

    At the same time, interest is increasing among researchers and clinicians in using complementary and alternative treatments, such as exercise, to enhance traditional mental health care and support a patient-centered approach to care. Veterans with PTSD frequently use these treatments and often rate them as enjoyable.

  • An Accidental AI Professional

    However, her interest in AI was “a mistake,” says Ciesielski. During her undergraduate fellowship at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the principal investigator assigned her to work on neural networks, thinking it was close to her major of neural engineering. As she learned more about neural networks, she became fascinated with AI’s blend of mathematics, statistics, and psychology.

  • VA researcher leads project to evaluate Veteran screening for malnutrition

    Chew and her colleagues use a malnutrition screening tool (MST) for all patients admitted to the Phoenix VA hospital, three-quarters of whom are 65 and older, a demographic that is susceptible to malnutrition.

  • Air Force Veteran among 10 new awardees in VA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion research program

    Flake is a research scientist at the VA North Texas Health Care System, where he tries to improve services for Veterans who have collided with the criminal justice system by focusing on rehabilitation needs and barriers. He’s leading a project in which health care providers and formerly incarcerated Veterans collaborate to identify priority goals including employment, housing, and substance use treatment.

  • Height may be risk factor for multiple health conditions

    Height is not typically considered a risk factor for diseases. But past research has shown correlations between how tall someone is and their likelihood of experiencing a number of health conditions. What isn’t well understood is whether this correlation has a biological basis or is due to other factors.

  • Veteran disability payments led to fewer hospitalizations

    In 2001, VA made diabetes a presumptive condition for disability compensation. Veterans who served with "boots on the ground" in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos during the Vietnam war were eligible. The decision was based on an Institute of Medicine report that found a possible association between exposure to Agent Orange and diabetes.

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