Veterans

President Rejects VA Mission Act, Despite Signing Bill Into Law

President Rejects VA Mission Act, Despite Signing Bill Into Law

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Despite adding his signature to the VA Mission Act, President Donald Trump is now fighting a bipartisan plan to fund the much-needed expansion to veterans' health care.

Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients

Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients

Patients served by the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health system may have wider access to private care, thanks to a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate.

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

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A number of factors including chronic pain co-occurring with posttraumatic stress disorder and pain interference may predict suicidal ideation and violent impulses in US veterans with chronic pain.

Assessing Outcomes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

Assessing Outcomes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

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Neuropsychological performance may not be associated with the improvements in pain interference observed after an 8-week Acceptance and Commitment Therapy program in veterans with chronic pain.

Opioid Prescribing Trends in the Veterans Health Administration

Opioid Prescribing Trends in the Veterans Health Administration

Opioid prescribing trends in the Veterans Health Administration from 2010 to 2016 followed similar trajectories as non-VHA settings, peaking around 2012 then declining.

Opioid Use Low Among Veterans With Recent Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis

Opioid Use Low Among Veterans With Recent Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis

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Opioid use was shown to be relatively low in veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with recently diagnosed traumatic brain injuries, but approximately one-quarter of those who initiated opioids were chronic users.

Functional Medicine Effective in Veterans With Chronic Pain

Functional Medicine Effective in Veterans With Chronic Pain

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Participation in a pilot functional medicine clinic decreased perceived stress and joint and muscle symptoms in veterans with chronic pain.

Yoga Improves Health Outcomes in Veterans With Chronic Low Back Pain

Yoga Improves Health Outcomes in Veterans With Chronic Low Back Pain

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Yoga improved health outcomes in military veterans with chronic low back pain, including lowering their pain intensity.

The Empower Veterans Program

The Empower Veterans Program

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The Empower Veterans Program was created by the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center to improve quality of life through active self-care in veterans with chronic pain.

Customized CBT for HCV Patients Reduces Pain and Substance Use

Customized CBT for HCV Patients Reduces Pain and Substance Use

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A targeted form of CBT is effective in treating chronic pain and substance use disorder in veterans with hepatitis C virus infection.

Rapidly Increasing Opioid Dose Raises Risk for New-Onset Depression

Rapidly Increasing Opioid Dose Raises Risk for New-Onset Depression

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Rapid increases in prescription opioid dose may lead to higher rates of new-onset depression.

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Opioids Linked With Heroin Use in Veterans

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Opioids Linked With Heroin Use in Veterans

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Out of 500 participants who initiated heroin use during the study period, more than 75% reported previous or current non-medical use of prescription opioid medications.

Controversial Drug May Address Co-Occurring Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and PTSD

Controversial Drug May Address Co-Occurring Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and PTSD

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A combination of ketamine infusion treatment and psychotherapy was found to attenuate PTSD manifestation and reduce pain scores.

Addressing Chronic Back Pain in Veterans

Addressing Chronic Back Pain in Veterans

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VA studies highlighting each of the chapters of the National Pain Strategy

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