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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
SAN FRANCISCO - Too little sleep, especially early awakening, plays a significant role in raising unhealthy levels of inflammation among women with coronary heart disease, according to a new study.
MISSION HILLS, CA - An excess of a certain type of brain cell, those containing histamine, may be the cause of the loss of hypocretin cells which has been found in narcolepsy patients, according to a new study.
RIVERSIDE, CA - A new study could have significant implications for servicemembers suffering from insomnia related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
NASHVILLE, TN - Outcomes between treating prostate cancer with surgery compared to radiation no longer were significant after 15 years of initial treatment, according to a new study.
PORTLAND, OR - Exposure to Agent Orange doesn’t increase the risk of all types of prostate cancer among veterans exposed to the chemicals during the Vietnam era, only making more likely that patients will develop the more lethal form of the disease.
SAN DIEGO, CA - While the use of expectant management (EM) as a treatment course for prostate cancer did not increase in the United States overall in the last decade, active surveillance - also known as “watchful waiting” - went up more than 10% at the VA, according to a recent study.
Study Cites Increased Prevalence of Mental Disorders
SAN DIEGO, CA - Despite common misconceptions, increasing suicides by military servicemembers do not appear to be related to combat experience or deployment - or even multiple deployments, according to a new study.
ORLANDO, FL - Amid months of criticism of his administration’s handling of the VA disability claims backlog, President Barack Obama directly addressed the issue here last month, telling veterans that the longer waits are “unacceptable.”
NEW HAVEN, CT - Researchers at the West Haven VAMC and Yale University are moving closer to a new class of pain medications devoid of side effects and may have uncovered a critical factor in determining which patients with chronic pain will respond to specific drugs.
New Drugs Could Provide Some Alternatives
PHILADELPHIA - More than 50% of all VHA patients and more than 90% of those with polytrauma report experiencing chronic pain and, for many, only opioids provide significant relief.
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