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Million Veteran Program director speaks at international forum

MVP director Dr. Muralidhar spoke about the programs' potential to improve Veteran health at a Quebec forum.... (11/20/2023)

MVP Hits 1 Million

VA national research program enrolls historic one millionth Veteran.... (11/15/2023)

VA’s Million Veteran Program played crucial role in nation’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, MVP sprang into action to respond to the national health crisis and jumpstart COVID research. ... (11/09/2023)

VA Researcher, Dr. Rory Cooper, earns White House Innovation Award

Dr. Rory Cooper was honored for developing new technologies to help disabled Veterans.... (11/03/2023)

2023 VA Women's Health Research Conference

More than 60 researchers and industry leaders met to showcase women's health research in VA.... (09/19/2023)

VA Further Develops Its Central Biorepository: VA SHIELD

To help fight infectious diseases, VA researchers are collecting disease specimens for study... (09/15/2023)

Self-harm is underrecognized in Gulf War Veterans

A national survey found high rates of self-injury in Gulf War Veterans, putting them at greater risk for suicide.... (09/12/2023)

One size doesn't fit all: mobility needs in Women Veterans

Women Veterans have unique mobility needs that sometimes go unmet.... (09/12/2023)

Veteran interest in Gulf War Illness reflected in new research study

A new 5-year study called "IN-DEPTH" will examine the chronic symptoms of Gulf War Illness.... (07/25/2023)

VA’s COVID-19 victories

VA’s research efforts led the nation in vaccine approval, new treatments, and better understanding of COVID-19.... (07/12/2023)

Blood pressure drug could prevent posttraumatic headaches

A study led by VA Puget Sound researchers has shown that prazosin, a drug used to treat high blood pressure, can prevent posttraumatic headaches.... (06/20/2023)

Virtual reality technology helps Veterans in pain

The VA Immersive team has implemented a virtual reality program to help Veterans manage their pain. ... (05/11/2023)

Five ways the Million Veteran Program is transforming our understanding of Veteran health

The Million Veteran Program has made possible cutting-edge discoveries that make a difference in Veterans' lives.... (05/10/2023)

New VA study to determine best drug for Veterans with treatment resistant depression

New medication may provide breakthrough for Veterans suffering from treatment resistant depression.... (04/12/2023)

NIAID provides COVID-19 antiviral drug for VA’s Veteran patients

NIAID has provided more than 27,000 doses of the antiviral drug remdesivir to VA after a collaborative study on treatments for COVID-19, which will be used to treat Veterans with COVID-19.... (03/07/2023)

Traumatic brain injury carries risk for cardiovascular disease in post-9/11 Veterans

Post-9/11 Veterans with TBI have a greater risk for cardiovascular disease than peers, found a VA/DOD study.... (01/24/2023)

VA study reveals dementia risks unique to people with African ancestry

In the largest-ever genetic study of dementia in people of African ancestry, VA researchers identified several genetic risks different from those seen in people of European ancestry.... (12/22/2022)

Head trauma, PTSD may increase genetic variant's impact on Alzheimer's risk

VA-led research has found that PTSD, TBI, and a genetic variant have strong ties to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Veterans.... (12/22/2022)

VA's new "burden-free" study method finds two blood pressure drugs equally effective

A large VA clinical trial found that the blood pressure drug chlorthalidone (CTD) was not superior to hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or non-cancer death.... (12/15/2022)

Increase in male hormone testosterone helps improve body composition, even in men with low testosterone levels

A study finds that an increase in the male hormone testosterone helps to improve body composition, even in men with testosterone levels near the lower end of normal.... (10/13/2022)

White House releases blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights

VA's National Artificial Intelligence Institute leads the way in safeguarding Veterans' health care data and privacy.... (10/06/2022)

Primary Blast Injury of the Brain

To better care for people with TBI, a joint VA/DOD effort created a new ICD-10 code for primary blast injury of the brain.... (10/03/2022)

VA-led research finds PET scans important for ruling out Alzheimer's disease

VA-led research has found that a form of brain imaging—the amyloid PET scan—is important for ruling out Alzheimer's disease, one of the most common forms of dementia. ... (09/26/2022)

At-home brain stimulation and talk therapy show promise treating chronic pain and PTSD

VA researchers have shown that an entirely home-based transcranial stimulation treatment for chronic pain is feasible and could help Veterans with co-occurring pain and PTSD.... (09/26/2022)

Growing Rural Outreach through Veteran Engagement

Members at the GROVE center assist VA researchers who seek to engage rural Veterans in their studies.... (09/13/2022)

Innovative psychotherapy eases headache symptoms for Veterans with brain injuries

A new type of psychotherapy shows promise in easing headache symptoms in Veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries.... (08/24/2022)

Genes involved in heart disease are similar across all populations, VA study finds

The genes involved in coronary heart disease, the most common form of heart disease, appear to be nearly the same for everyone, according to a VA study. ... (08/03/2022)

Veterans with PTSD subtype show brain disruptions and more chronic PTSD

Veterans with a PTSD subtype characterized by executive function impairments had more chronic PTSD over time and disrupted brain connectivity, found a VA study.... (07/28/2022)

Study outlines guidance for treating cancer patients who show a problematic pattern of opioid use

A new study has outlined much-needed guidance for treating cancer patients who experience a problematic pattern of opioid use.... (07/26/2022)

Genetic testing may benefit patients with depression

A new VA study finds that pharmacogenomic testing can help providers avoid prescribing medications that may have undesirable outcomes.... (07/12/2022)

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