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Trump ousts Shulkin from Veterans Affairs, taps his doctor

Trump ousts Shulkin from Veterans Affairs, taps his doctor

Health
President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday and nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson to replace him in the wake of a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency. A Navy rear admiral, Jackson is a surprise choice to succeed Shulkin, a former Obama administration official and the first non-veteran ever to head the VA. Trump had been considering replacements for Shulkin for weeks, but had not been known to be considering Jackson for the role. In a statement, Trump praised Jackson as "highly trained and qualified." It was a decision that signaled Trump chose to go with someone he knows and trusts, rather than the candidate with the longest resume, to run a massive agency facing huge bureaucratic challenges. Jackson has served...
Study: Prazosin fails to alleviate PTSD in military veterans

Study: Prazosin fails to alleviate PTSD in military veterans

Health
Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The drug prazosin failed to effectively alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans, according to a trial conducted by researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs.Although the drug has been effective in controlling nightmares or improving sleep quality associated with PTSD, the researchers concluded it was no better than a placebo, according to results published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Prazosin, which includes trade names Minipress, Vasoflex, Lentopres and Hypovase, is also used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety.About 11 percent to 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been diagnosed with PTSD, according to the activist group DoSomething.org.Dr. Murray Raskind, a lead researcher on the trial, told Stat ...
Vicky Chen: Teen actress beats veterans at Golden Horse awards

Vicky Chen: Teen actress beats veterans at Golden Horse awards

Entertainment
A teenage newcomer has beaten established stars to win best supporting actress at the film awards dubbed the Chinese-language Oscars.Vicky Chen, 14, was nominated at the Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful.Her co-star, Hong Kong veteran Kara Wai, won the best actress gong, which Chen was also nominated for.The awards are held annually in Taiwan and are open to Chinese-language films. The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful, a crime drama centred around a wealthy family, was nominated in seven categories and won in three, including best film.Chen was also nominated for best actress for her role in Angels Wear White. She plays a hotel maid who witnesses a sexual assault and grapples with the decision of reporting it.Despite losing to Wai in that p...
Survey of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans finds half affected by suicide

Survey of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans finds half affected by suicide

Business
Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A new study from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America revealed more than half say know know a fellow post-9/11 service member who committed suicide.The nonpartisan veteran organization had more than 4,300 IAVA veteran members participate in the study, a collaboration with George Mason University and Threespot Media. The findings were presented Thursday to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin during a meeting with other veteran service organizations on Capitol Hill.While the survey is not representative of all veterans, it provides a glimpse into the challenges facing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, ranging from employment opportunities to reforming the Department of Veteran Affairs. Suicide was the most pressing issue in the survey.IAVA found that...
Veterans with traumatic brain injuries at risk for severe headaches years later

Veterans with traumatic brain injuries at risk for severe headaches years later

Health
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 -- U.S. veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may struggle with severe headaches years later, a new study finds.The study included 172 vets who served in Afghanistan or Iraq between 2 and 11 years before the study began. Half suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during deployment; half did not.A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain function. Besides headache, it can lead to post-traumatic stress, depression and sleep disorders, as well as problems with thinking and muscle control, the researchers explained.The researchers assessed the number of vets with the worst headaches, which were described as "disabling" or "severe." A disabling headache was one so bad the veteran stopped all activity and was bedridden...