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man smoking e-cigaretteChronic use of E-cigarette may cause organ damage
“Our findings of significant pathology caused by inhalation of non-flavored EV gives credence to the belief that there are toxic effects of EV components, beyond those of flavorings alone,” Crotty Alexander wrote.
group photo, I love a Nurse awardVASDHS Nurse Recognized for Excellence of Service
On Monday, January 29, 2018, VASDHS nurse John Lallo was recognized for his nursing contributions during a ceremony at the Oceanside Clinic in which he was presented with the “I Love a Nurse” award.
female staff providing medical care to a VeteranNorth County Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will co-host the second North County Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and their dependent family members from Jan. 25 - 28, at Green Oak Ranch in Vista, CA.
male patient during treatmentNew hope for Veterans with traumatic brain injury
Dr. Albert Leung and his team at VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) Center for Pain and Headache Research have pioneered a treatment for headache pain associated with mTBI.
va san diego staffAnnual Care and Share Program for the Holidays
VA San Diego is rallying employee donations for its 33rd Care and Share program over the holiday season with a goal of providing to provide holiday meals to over 700 local Veterans in need and their families..
female nurseRegistered Nurse Job Fair on Saturday, December 2
Are you an experienced registered nurse who is seeking a rewarding job? You could be providing care for America’s Veterans. VA San Diego serves more than 83,000 Veterans in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
female guest speaker standing next to the podiumWhat Veterans Day Means to Me
According to Veteran Joan Craigwell, being a Veteran means having an opportunity to serve your country in an unselfish and extraordinary way. As a Veteran, I’ve spent my career doing just that.
Veteran Health News Newsletter Nov 2017 EditionNew Monthly Veteran Newsletter
You asked! We listened! VASDHS is pleased to announce the launch of our new monthly newsletter "Veteran Health News," which will be sent out at the beginning of every month through our web-based distribution system.
female patient receiving flu shotFree Seasonal Flu Shots for Enrolled Veterans
VA San Diego Healthcare System offers FREE flu shots for all enrolled Veterans, October 2, 2017 to December 29, 2017. Patients with a scheduled appointment will be given flu vaccine during their clinic appointment.
signing of declaration to Veteran suicide preventionVeteran Suicide Prevention Month 2017: #BeThere
The VA’s successful BeThere campaign continues to bring attention and support, emphasizing the fact that one small act could save the life of a Veteran or Service Member in crisis.

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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