High blood pressure risk higher among veterans who experienced sexual trauma while serving
Veterans who experienced sexual harassment and assault during military service, known as military sexual trauma, are at higher risk for high blood pressure, according to preliminary research presented today at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2021.Source: American Heart Association
Kristaps J. Keggi Inducted into Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame
Kristaps J. Keggi, MD, professor emeritus and senior research scientist in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, was among 13 veterans inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame on July 29, 2021. The ceremony took place in person at the State Armory in Hartford, Connecticut and commemorated distinguished individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving the community after their time in the military.
In Female Veterans With Early ASCVD, Secondary Prevention Falls Short
Female veterans with premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), as well as those with extremely premature disease onset, are much less likely to receive evidence-based medical therapy, including high-intensity statins, when compared with male veterans, a new Veterans Affairs (VA) study shows.Source: TCTMD
Chronic Headache Disorders & Toxic Exposure: A Policy Panel Discussion
Right now, over 230,000 veterans have joined VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry which documents self-reported health impacts. While much is still unknown, veterans exposed to burn pits report unexplained chronic illnesses, cancers, and respiratory conditions. For many veterans, that means living with debilitating headaches and chronic migraines. Currently, over one million veterans seeking care at VA are diagnosed with a headache disorder and 22 percent of veterans deployed with duties involving burn pits report functional limitations due to migraines. We have a responsibility to care for all those who have borne the battle-- we cannot leave these veterans behind. I’ve made addressing toxic exposure a top priority this Congress, and I am committed to moving forward comprehensive legislation to ensure all of our veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service can access the care and benefits they’ve earned—regardless of where or when they served.Source: Headache & Migraine Policy Forum
Wellness Wednesday: Program helps veterans who suffer from chronic headaches
Dr. Jason Sico, the national director for the Veterans Health Administration Headache Center for Excellence, meets with his patients virtually nowadays. “I’ve been doing telehealth for 10 years and it’s been ramped up in earnest during the pandemic,” he said. The program he runs aims to better understand how veterans are suffering. “Trying to get a sense of how many veterans have headaches, what type of headache disorders do they have, what kind of treatments are they getting, do they live in rural areas, urban areas,” Sico added. They then put the data into action, to meet the needs that are out there. “In order to improve something, you have to understand what the baseline is,” he said. “We know traumatic brain injury, the signature injury, can lead to headache. It’s become increasingly important for Congress, as well as the Veterans Health Administration, to understand how many veterans have headaches and how we can do our best to help them.”Source: EyeWitness News 3
Cultural Differences Between Veterans, Civilians Important For Physicians To Know, Understand
Edward P. Manning, MD, PhD, is currently a clinical and research fellow in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, but before becoming a physician scientist, Manning served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. In his opinion piece, “A Veteran-Centric Model of Care: Crossing the Cultural Divide,” he discusses the unique culture of the veteran population.
Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital physicians recognized as CT Magazine 'Best Doctors'
Connecticut Magazine has named 72 Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital physicians to its 2019 Best Doctors guide. Published in the magazine’s June issue, the Best Doctors list consists of 782 Connecticut physicians from 78 medical specialties.
Humanitarian Award Presented to Kristaps Keggi, MD
The 2019 Humanitarian Service Award is awarded in recognition of the volunteer work and commitment by an orthopaedic surgeon member. This award is to acknowledge the tireless efforts, outstanding commitment and sustained dedication in service to humanity.
Biomarker Reveals PTSD Sufferers at Risk of Suicide
The risk of suicide among individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is much higher than the general population, but identifying those individuals at greatest risk has been difficult. However, a team at Yale has discovered a biological marker linked to individuals with PTSD who are most likely to think about suicide, the researchers report May 13 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Yale Researchers Awarded $40 Million to Study Opioid Addiction Treatments
Yale School of Medicine faculty have been awarded $40 million in grants to study medication treatment for veterans with opioid addiction. Drs. Ismene Petrakis and Sandra Springer are co-principal investigators leading the research, which is supported by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Study.