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Person putting used sharps into a sharps containerProper Disposal of Unused/Unwanted Medications
Do you have a medical condition that requires the use of sharps such as needles, syringes, or lancets? This article will help you find a safe and convenient way to help clean out your medicine cabinet.
Variety of bandaidsA Closer Look at Preventing Skin Infections
There are different types of skin infections. Find out what the risk factors are for developing infections, and how to identify and take good care of them with proper treatment.
A Veteran and Family Advisory Council member gives a presentation at the annual Anesthesiology retreat.Partnering with Patients for Patients
Dr. Ed Mariano, Chief of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at VAPAHCS, explains the advantages of working with the Veteran and Family Advisory Council (VFAC) on a number of projects that benefit patients.
VAPAHCS nurse Karen WallEssential Training Helps VAPAHCS Nurse Save A Life
VAPAHCS nurse Karen Wall recently saved a woman's life on a plane flight applying the CPR techniques she learned and taught in a Basic Life Support class at the health care system.
The Hacking for Defense teamVA Makes Smart Move with Big Data
VAPAHCS staff partnered with a team from Stanford University to find a way to use data to better identify changes in behavior of patients with traumatic brain injuries over time.
Veteran Joe King at the Menlo Park FacilityCWT Veteran Adopts Attitude of Gratitude
Through comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services offered in the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program at VAPAHCS, Veteran Joe King was able to hit reset on his troubled life and land a full-time job at VA.
From left to right: Paul Hutman, PhD (PSR Postdoctoral Fellow), Ren Kramer (Peer Support Specialist), DiAnn Aiello, PhD (Local Recovery Coordinator)A Peer Support Specialist’s Story of Recovery
Mr. Ren Kramer, VAPAHCS Peer Support Specialist, tells his inspirational story of hope and recovery to a group of Veterans at the VA Palo Alto Mental Health Clinic in Menlo Park.
Sarah Babar receives the first youth volunteer award at VA Palo AltoVA Palo Alto Honors First Youth
On Friday, May 19, teenager Sarah Babar became the first youth volunteer in VA Palo Alto Health Care System to win the Voluntary Service Leadership Award, and it is well deserved.
The PTSD Coach app displayed on a cell phonePTSD Coach App Shows Success
A recent study found that the PTSD Coach shows a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms after three months of usage. The participants also showed reduced depression symptoms and improved psychological functioning.
Group of students and coaches of the Secondary Options programVA Palo Alto Collaborates with School District
For more than 20 years, VA Palo Alto Health Care System has collaborated with the Palo Alto Unified School District on a program that helps students with special needs to gain work experience.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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