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Pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines, retired VA nurses answer call to serve, Virginia VA fights cancer with AI and sleep apnea treatments

Providing health care to America’s Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is home to America's largest integrated health care system, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. Join your fellow Veterans. Here are some of their stories.

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Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination before, during or after pregnancy. In fact, the benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks for pregnant people.

In addition to protecting the breastfeeding person who receives the COVID-19 vaccine, getting vaccinated may also protect the baby.

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Retired VA nurses answer call again to serve Veterans

Five retired nurses suited up again to answer the call of duty in the battle against COVID-19 at the Houston VA.

"When VA reached out to see if I would be interested in returning, I raised my hand immediately,” said Air Force Veteran Sherman Free. “As a Veteran and a nurse, this is where I belong right now. These patients are my brothers and sisters.” Free has 34 years of nursing experience.

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Virginia VA enlists GI Genius in fight against cancer

The Richmond VA is now using GI Genius, a device that employs artificial intelligence to identify suspicious polyps more quickly and accurately during colonoscopies.

“We’re privileged to introduce this innovative new tool to our patients,” said Dr. Michael Fuchs. “The message is clear: identifying more polyps during colonoscopies leads to increased cancer detection.”

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Sleep apnea can be treated

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s airway sometimes narrows or closes while they sleep. If not treated, the strain can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Signs to look for can be coughing throughout the night, dry mouth, headaches in the morning, memory loss, or being
chronically tired.

Think you suffer from sleep apnea? Good news: it can be treated. 

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