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It might be a case of wishful thinking, but many multiple sclerosis patients use the natural supplement Gingko biloba in hopes that it will help counteract the cognitive problems that appear in half of those with the debilitating disease.
In 2001, the VA began the process of enhancing services for the approximately 40,000 veterans afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, initiating a plan for setting up six Parkinson’s and Associated Disorders Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECC).
From diagnosis to selecting therapeutics to predicting the course of the disease, everything about treating multiple sclerosis is complex. New research revealing that male MS patients are likely to suffer other chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary artery disease only makes management of the disease more difficult. The VA offers some tools to help clinicians navigate.
WASHINGTON — New technology could allow clinicians to determine precisely what brain functionality has been lost after traumatic brain injury, according to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
WASHINGTON — Currently, when troops in Afghanistan suffer a head injury and require magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they generally must be flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. That ordeal may be keeping some servicemembers from reporting symptoms and getting the care they need, according to DoD officials who say MRIs soon will be available in theater.
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