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Recent active-duty service appears to raise mental health risk in veterans with diabetes, according to a study published online in Health Psychology.
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“This cohort also establishes a baseline against which to assess the impact of national or regional strategies to prevent diabetes in veterans,” the authors wrote. “It also provides an analytic cohort to examine the dynamic relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and diabetes outcomes.”
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The Department of Veteran Affairs hopes to enroll 8000 people in advanced-stage trials of four leading vaccine candidates. The Defense Department earlier announced plans to enlist 3000 volunteers in trials.
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“Interventions that promote deliberate, constructive attempts to manage chronic PTSD symptoms via active coping and religious coping may help veterans better manage PTSD symptoms and experience greater post-traumatic growth in late-life,” researchers advised.
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Although the intervention was designed for older veterans, researchers noted the Health Aging Project-Brain concepts can be used with older adults in a range of health care settings.  
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“The results indicate that psychosocial rehabilitation and holistic approaches targeting financial well-being, homelessness, resilience, self-care, social support, spirituality, and work may offer a promising avenue in both veteran and nonveteran populations for treatment safety planning as well as…
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Researchers found that female veterans who participated in a group-based complementary and integrative health program significantly improved self-reported mental health and pain interfering with work.
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“It is important for providers to be aware, when providing services to our nation's heroes, and allow them the appropriate time, space, and support to adequately explain their health care needs,” wrote Jillian J. Weber, PhD, RN, CNL, of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and coauthors.
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Lifetime drug use disorder, greater alcohol use at baseline, and trauma-related characteristics were independently associated with developing alcohol use disorder within 7 years of follow-up in US military veterans, researchers found.
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“Until the pandemic is abated, telehealth should be utilized for routine follow-ups following amputation, and postoperative care should include screening for upper respiratory symptoms,” researchers advised.
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