VA is a leader in research areas such as aging, women veterans’ health concerns, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues. Here are some of the contributions VA Research has made:
Developed concepts of the CAT Scan (pictures of the inside of the body created by a computer that takes data from multiple x-ray images and turns them into a picture on the screen)
Invented the cardiac pacemaker (A device that helps the heart to beat correctly)
Performed the first liver transplant
Pioneered the first successful drug treatment for high blood pressure and schizophrenia (a mental problem that affects thoughts, mood, and actions)
Identified a nerve-cell dysfunction that may change treatment for multiple sclerosis (A disease that destroys the myelin sheath around the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal cord causing weakness)
Created the “Seattle Foot” to give amputees the ability to run and jump
Introduced the first mobility and orientation program for blind persons
Demonstrated that aspirin reduced rates of deaths and heart attacks for patients with angina (chest pain)
Developed a 15-minute blood test that allows emergency room doctors to correctly diagnose congestive heart failure (when heart loses its ability to pump blood properly) in 90 percent of cases
Found an oral drug that kills smallpox. The drug has only been tested in mice and is not yet available for human use
Working on Bionic Neuron (BION) Technology. This is a wireless implantable microchip about the size of a grain of rice that will send out electrical pulses to help make nerves work.
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