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Vets First Podcast S2 bonus: Learning about COVID-19 impact with Dr. Alejandro Pezzulo

In this episode of the Vets First Podcast, hosts Levi Sowers and Brandon Rea interview Dr. Alejandro Pezzulo, a pulmonologist, and assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. This episode was recorded in August 2021 during the height of the pandemic's Delta wave. We think this is an interesting look into COVID-19 with a critical care provider.

By |March 12th, 2022|Coronavirus, VA Podcast Network, Vets First|Comments Off on Vets First Podcast S2 bonus: Learning about COVID-19 impact with Dr. Alejandro Pezzulo

Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic: VA plays key role in identifying drugs to treat patients with the virus

To date, more than 60 VA medical centers have been involved in trials on COVID-19 therapeutics (see sidebar), including antiviral drugs such as remdesivir, monoclonal antibodies, convalescent plasma, and immunomodulators. Other therapeutics are in the pipeline for clinical trials, but only one has received FDA approval.

By |February 4th, 2022|Health, Research|2 Comments

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect each other, health care workers: SecVA

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect others and health care workers from hospitalization and death, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said Jan. 19 at a Blue Star Families online forum.

By |January 19th, 2022|Secretary's Priorities, Top Stories|1 Comment

HolidayBoost campaign helps you talk about COVID-19 boosters with those you care about this holiday season

The HolidayBoost campaign provides suggestions for having constructive, compassionate conversations with those you care about regarding getting the COVID-19 booster or vaccine.

By |December 20th, 2021|Coronavirus, Health, Top Stories|42 Comments

Researchers carry out the first head-to-head comparison of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

However, the Moderna vaccine was found to offer an increased level of protection, including a 21% lower risk of documented infection and 41% lower risk of hospitalization, according to the research team, whose findings were published on December 1, 2021, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

By |December 6th, 2021|Coronavirus, Research, Top Stories|Comments Off on Researchers carry out the first head-to-head comparison of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

Filtering out COVID-19: New technology being tested by DoD, with VA help, to battle the virus

Now, scientists at the Department of Defense, VA, and partner institutions are testing a new technology to treat COVID-19. It’s called the Seraph 100 blood filter. The treatment uses a novel approach to filter out viral particles and harmful molecules from the bloodstream of COVID-19 patients.

By |November 10th, 2021|Coronavirus, Research|Comments Off on Filtering out COVID-19: New technology being tested by DoD, with VA help, to battle the virus

Study: Smoking increases risk of death for Veterans with COVID-19

COPD is a group of respiratory diseases that limit airflow and make it hard to breathe. It’s usually linked to an abnormal inflammatory response in the lungs to noxious particles or gases, such as cigarette smoke.

By |November 8th, 2021|Coronavirus, Research|Comments Off on Study: Smoking increases risk of death for Veterans with COVID-19

VA secretary talks claims backlog, homelessness, COVID-19 vaccinations during press conference

Veteran disability claims, homelessness and COVID-19 vaccines were topics VA Secretary Denis McDonough spoke about during a press conference Oct. 20 in Washington D.C.

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