Meeting the Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease in the Department of Veterans Affairs

Monitor Veterans with Any Level of TBI for Parkinson’s Disease

SAN FRANCISCO—Traumatic brain injury has been called the “signature injury” of recent conflicts, with the DoD reporting nearly 384,000 TBIs sustained between 2000 and the first quarter of 2018. More than 4 out of 5... View Article

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VA Expands Parkinson’s Disease Services to Improve Patient Care

PHILADELPHIA—Building on the success of the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers, established in 2001, the VA has expanded care for the nearly 100,000 veterans affected by the neurodegenerative disease through the creation of... View Article

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Treatment for Hepatitis C Might Provide Lower the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

WASHINGTON – In a case of welcome unintended consequences, the VA might be lowering the risk of Parkinson’s disease by treating another common condition: hepatitis C virus. An unresolved question is whether the treatment, which... View Article

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Court Ruling, New Law Support ‘Blue Water Veterans’ with Parkinson’s Disease

WASHINGTON—A recent political development, more than 50 years in the coming, has the potential to significantly change who receives benefits for Parkinson’s disease through the VA. About 2.6 million veterans who served during the Vietnam... View Article

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Therapy Advances Help Veterans Manage Parkinson’s Disease ‘Off Episodes’

PHILADELPHIA—For five decades, physicians have used carbidopa/levodopa to treat the rigidity, tremors and slowed movement associated with Parkinson’s disease. For just as long, they’ve struggled to manage the disruptive and often painful “off episodes” that... View Article

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