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“​Look, Ma, no hands!”: Jay Keyser’s eighteen-month journey from incapacitation to learning how to stand by himself.The Best Health Care Money Can’t Buy
I was flat on my back staring in terror at the hall ceiling, like a turtle some malicious child had upended. I couldn’t move my arms or legs. My wife, Nancy, heard me cry out. She came running and saw me...
2017 blue and white graphic announceing the 2017 Brain Trust Event in BostonVA Hosts Annual Brain Trust Event in Boston
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting its second annual Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion summit, to promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration.
Michael E. Charness, M.D., is chief of staff at the VA Boston Healthcare SystemAlcohol and Pregnancy: Women Veterans
As we continue to observe Alcohol Awareness Month during April, it is an appropriate time to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and its potential impact on women Veterans and others.
Tina Lavallee poses with a crossbow2107 Winter Sports Clinic; “It’s On!”
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (NDVWSC) is taking place in Snowmass Village, Colo., once again. This event has been hosted annually in Snowmass Village and symbolizes the resolve of disabled Vets...
New medications offer more than 90% cure rate with little to no side effectsVA Offers New Treatment to Veterans with Hepatitis
Veterans enrolled with the VA for their healthcare and who test positive for Hepatitis C (Hep C) can now be treated with a new class of medications for the price of their usual pharmacy co-pay.
Tara Galovski (left) and Amy Street, MED associate professors of psychiatry, are using a grant from the Walmart Foundation to create the Women Veterans Network to help female vets more successfully reintegrate into civilian life.Transition to Civilian Life for Women Veterans
Women make up 15 percent of US active duty troops, and they often face unique challenges during their deployment—and after they come home. Unlike veterans with physical wounds, post-traumatic stress disorder...
Blue and white graphic of a geneVA Gets $1.5 Mil for Precision Oncology Program
VABHS Chief of Staff Michael E. Charness, M.D., said, “This innovative research program is a beacon of hope for Veterans everywhere who don’t have access to cutting edge treatments for cancer.”
(From left to right) Dan Boone, Amy Boone, Norm Kepner, Christine Kepner, Norm Jr., Sean DesRobertsGoing the Distance; the story of Norm Kepner, Sr.
Veterans suffer from many types of heart disease. Exposure to Agent Orange is one cause of Ischemic heart disease, one of the most common causes of heart failure. The most common heart diseases affecting Veterans...
From left to right are Principal Investigator Dr. Jacob Joseph, Project Manager Nicole Kosik, Project Coordinator Miriam Brody, Operations Manager Sharon Sharnprapai, Data Analyst Katherine Kurgansky, and Chief Data Manager Brian Charest.Possible Benefit from Higher Dose of Flu Vaccine
A VA Boston-based cardiology consortium completed its first year of a landmark clinical trial testing whether a higher dose of flu vaccine is superior to standard flu vaccine in reducing the risk of death...
U.S. and Romanian soldiers practice communicating through an interpreter during a Female Engagement Team practical exercise at Kandahar AirfieldGender Equality Linked to Better Cognitive Skills
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced findings from a Harvard study it funded that gender inequality impacts sustained attention, a critical thinking skill. The study showed where inequality was greatest...

From the Veterans Health Administration

Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.

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