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Photo of Physical Therapists with the INDEGO exoskeletonStaff Trains for New Exoskeleton Research Project
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital physical therapists are training on a medical device designed to help people who are confined to a wheelchair stand and walk with mechanical assistance.
Photo of Dr. Steven Scott with other MOAA Leadership and 2016 award recipientsDr. Scott Receives Prestigious MOAA Award
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recognized five supporters of the military community, including Dr. Steven Scott, with the association's highest awards on Capitol Hill in April, 2016.
Photo of Huanguang "Charlie" JiaStroke Care Comparison Article Merits Attention
Recent article finds similarities and differences in post stroke rehabilitation care received by Veterans residing at community nursing homes and community living centers.
Photo of Dr. Levy receiving the Paul B. Magnuson Award from Dr. NadeauCharles E. Levy Receives Paul B. Magnuson Award
Charles E. Levy, MD, was awarded the Paul B. Magnuson Award, presented annually to a VA RR&D investigator who exemplifies the entrepreneurship, humanitarianism, and dedication to Veterans displayed by Dr. Magnuson.
photo of Patricia QuigleyPatricia Quigley wins AAP Award
In recognition as lead author of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AJPM&R) article, Exercise Interventions, Gait, and Balance in Older Subjects with distal symmetric polyneuropathy.
photo of award recipients2013 Mitchell Rosenthal Award Recipients
Awarded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Programs for "Best Scientific Publication" using the NIDRR-funded TBI Model System...
photo of Risa Nakase-Richardson2014 BI-ISIG Cantor Scholar Award Winner
The Cantor Scholar Award is presented by the BI-ISIG member in recognition of outstanding research that is judged to be a significant contribution to the field of brain injury rehabilitation.
photo of Connie UpholdUtilizing the RESCUE Stroke Caregiver Website
Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and often contributes to a stroke survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization if the caregiver is unable to perform continued in-home care.

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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