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'Dual use' Veterans may be at risk for unsafe opioid use

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Dr Walid Gellad


Dr. Walid Gellad is a primary care physician and health services researcher with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He is also director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. He is considered a national expert on prescription drug pricing and patient medication adherence.

Severe combat injuries could elevate high blood pressure risk in Veterans with PTSD

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Combat Injuries


Veterans who served during the Afghanistan or Iraq wars and were severely injured are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, according to a study published in Hypertension. Researchers say injury severity is an independent risk factor for high blood pressure, and does not depend on later development of posttraumatic stress disorder. 

AMVETS recognizes VA employee for work on suicide prevention

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ln March, AMVETS presented its Silver Helmet Award to Dr. Megan McCarthy, deputy director for VA’s Suicide Prevention Program. McCarthy received the inaugural Riders Guardian Award in recognition of her work in educating mental health professionals about topics relevant to service members and Veterans, including firearms safety.

Four-legged therapist brightens day of former pilot recovering from TBI

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4 Legged PTSD


Much of Gabe Gonzalez’s day at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Polytrauma Clinic is spent working with therapists helping him regain some of the skills and abilities he lost after suffering a major traumatic brain injury in Iraq. But there’s one therapist in particular that puts a smile on his face every time he visits.

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