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VA Allows Doctors to Discuss Medical Marijuana with Patients

By Debbie Gregory. Advocates of medicinal marijuana use for veterans believe in its effectiveness in treating chronic pain. Now the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has authorizes its physicians and care teams to speak openly with veteran patients about their marijuana use. Currently, VA doctors cannot prescribe medical cannabis, but thanks to VHA Directive 1315, […]

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases are Still an Issue for the Military

By Debbie Gregory. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise, and those serving in the military are just as much, if not more, at risk as the civilian population. Previously, the war on STDs was being won, with historically low rates of diseases such as syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Undetected STDs can lead to […]

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Merger of VA and DoD Health Systems Being Considered

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides healthcare to veterans through medical centers and clinics owned and run by the federal government, although veterans can also see private doctors through the Choice if VA wait times are too long. The Department of Defense provides healthcare to current servicemembers, retirees and their families […]

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VA To Make Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Available for PTSD

By Debbie Gregory. In a continuing effort to treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and reduce the number of veteran suicides, the Department of Veterans Affairs has approved hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to some veterans with PTSD. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. […]

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Veterans Try To Educate Providers on Gulf War Illnesses

By Debbie Gregory. Servicemembers who deployed for Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield suffer from an amalgam of chronic, unexplained illnesses including fibromyalgia, fatigue and gastrointestinal disorders, called, for lack of a better name, Gulf War Illness (GWI.) Gulf War veterans may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including a Gulf War […]

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