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VA Research Nuggets

These one-minute summaries of important events and people in VA research—current day and historical— originally aired on Federal News Network, a private radio station in Washington, D.C.

November 2021

 	VA leads new national initiative to improve effectiveness of lab- 
 	based brain research

VA leads new national initiative to improve effectiveness of lab- based brain research

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 Former VA medical director key to shaping agency's current 
 	health care system

Former VA medical director key to shaping agency's current health care system

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 	VA maintains largest program in U.S. for distributing a drug that 
 	blocks the effects of opioids

VA maintains largest program in U.S. for distributing a drug that blocks the effects of opioids

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VA researchers invent exercise device for patients with spinal cord 
 injury and other conditions

VA researchers invent exercise device for patients with spinal cord injury and other conditions

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October 2021

VA program helps prescribe the safest drugs to older Veterans
 	discharged from an emergency department

VA program helps prescribe the safest drugs to older Veterans discharged from an emergency department

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VA develops ways to lower number of inpatient Veteran suicides

VA develops ways to lower number of inpatient Veteran suicides

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VA researchers create program to increase oral hygiene in VA
	community living center and hospital patients

VA researchers create program to increase oral hygiene in VA community living center and hospital patients

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Study by VA physicians leads to reduction in surgeries for patients
	with cancer of the voice box

Study by VA physicians leads to reduction in surgeries for patients with cancer of the voice box

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September 2021

Venom of lizard basis for VA's discovery of diabetes drug

Venom of lizard basis for VA's discovery of diabetes drug

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VA researchers create nicotine patch to help people stop smoking

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VA-developed tool becomes gold standard for assessing mild TBIs

VA-developed tool becomes gold standard for assessing mild TBIs

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Advanced standing wheelchair the work of VA innovators

Advanced standing wheelchair the work of VA innovators

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August 2021

 VA scientist first female payload specialist on NASA mission

VA scientist first female payload specialist on NASA mission

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VA nephrologist created technique to make dialysis safer

VA nephrologist created technique to make dialysis safer

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 Dr. Ernest Bors

Clinician led VA advancements in spinal cord injury after World War II

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 VA researchers developed eye exam tool to be used for patients with brain injuries

VA researchers developed eye exam tool to be used for patients with brain injuries

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July 2021

VA clinician leads groundbreaking research on drug treatment for 
high blood pressure

VA clinician leads groundbreaking research on drug treatment for high blood pressure

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VA researchers create questionnaire to rate foot pain, disability

VA researchers create questionnaire to rate foot pain, disability

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 VA develops self-management mobile app for Veterans with PTSD

VA develops self-management mobile app for Veterans with PTSD

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 VA researcher originates the CT Scan imaging technique

VA researcher originates the CT Scan imaging technique

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June 2021

VA clinician a pioneer in understanding endocrine signaling in the nervous system

VA clinician a pioneer in understanding endocrine signaling in the nervous system

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VA crucial to developing treatment for irregular heartbeats

VA crucial to developing treatment for irregular heartbeats

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VA precision oncology program provides targeted cancer care

VA precision oncology program provides targeted cancer care

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VA helps develop technology that can extend life of donor organs

VA helps develop technology that can extend life of donor organs

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May 2021

	VA exercise and health promotion program for older Veterans

VA exercise and health promotion program for older Veterans

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VA researchers create eye motion test for detecting Parkinson’s

VA researchers create eye motion test for detecting Parkinson's

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VA and a major study on use of statin drugs by older people

VA and a major study on use of statin drugs by older people

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VA and a major study on use of statin drugs by older people

VA develops cough stimulator for people with spinal cord injury

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April 2021

	VA creates scoring system for calculating COVID-19 risk

VA creates scoring system for calculating COVID-19 risk

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Drug approved to diagnose adult growth hormone deficiency

Drug approved to diagnose adult growth hormone deficiency

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VA and the LUKE/DEKA advanced prosthetic arm

VA and the LUKE/DEKA advanced prosthetic arm

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 VA researcher promotes biomarker as an indicator of heart failure

VA researcher promotes biomarker as an indicator of heart failure

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March 2021

VA's Million Veteran Program finds new genetic markers for PTSD

VA's Million Veteran Program finds new genetic markers for PTSD

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VA's Million Veteran Program found new genetic markers for PTSDr

VA established the causal link between smoking and lung cancer

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VA's Million Veteran Program found new genetic markers for PTSDr

VA researchers invented the first clinically successful cardiac pacemaker

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VA's Million Veteran Program found new genetic markers for PTSDr

VA making advancements to address prostate cancer in the Veteran population

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February 2021

VA pathologist Donald Gleason created a scoring system to 
 predict the aggressiveness of prostate cancer

VA pathologist Donald Gleason created a scoring system to predict the aggressiveness of prostate cancer

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An aspirin a day can help prevent heart attack, stroke

An aspirin a day can help prevent heart attack, stroke

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VA pioneer Michael DeBakey: the father of modern cardiovascular surgery

VA pioneer Michael DeBakey: the "father of modern cardiovascular surgery"

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VA researchers work to improve kidney care for Veterans by making a test available

VA researchers work to improve kidney care for Veterans by making a test available

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January 2021

VA clinical trial results in FDA approval of shingles vaccine

VA clinical trial results in FDA approval of shingles vaccine

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VA surgeon Thomas Starzl - the

VA surgeon Thomas Starzl - the "Father of transplantation"

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 VA study: meditation can lead to a lower risk of heart disease

VA study: meditation can lead to a lower risk of heart disease

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VA scientist experiments with blood sugar as a fuel source

VA scientist experiments with blood sugar as a fuel source

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