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Pain Management & Opioid Dependence Therapy 

The opioid epidemic in America has touched the lives of millions either directly or indirectly. Due to this there is a critical need to provide alternative approaches capable of minimizing opioid dependence. For this reason, Dr.  Bridgette Vest has submitted a research proposal which will bring together an interdisciplinary team with expertise in the practice of mindfulness, as well as in treating Veterans with OUD, pain management, and in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mood disorders. This team has worked together to develop a program to assist Veteran's, who are being treated for opioid dependence, in developing mindfulness of both their physical and mental state. the outcome of which will be to aid in the development of better pain management and stress coping mechanisms. It is anticipated that the outcomes of this interdisciplinary research will establish efficacy and specific guidelines for the practice of mindfulness helping Veterans with OUD to minimize opioid dependence. A majority of these mindfulness awareness sessions will be held weather permitting, these sessions will be held on the new labyrinth at the Salem VAMC Campus. The labyrinth has a beautiful view of the sky above it and is ready for walking.  However, the entire garden space surrounding it is awaiting completion to allow for seclusion and quiet. It is our hope to complete the garden this Spring. The Salem Research Institute is seeking donations to aid in the completion of the garden to provide this therapeutic intervention area to our Veterans.

Wound healing therapy for diabetic and non-diabetic ulcers

In years gone by, the development of a foot or leg ulcer – especially in the diabetic population – was practically an automatic indication for amputation. Research into newer treatment modalities, along with lifestyle changes, have changed that. Research has made these treatments more affordable and
widely available for all. Veterans play a huge roll in making that happen.

Evaluation of medication for treatment of Congestive Heart Failure

Some conditions can’t be “fixed”. However, through research, quality of life can be improved by maximizing the effectiveness of treatment for conditions such as Congestive Heart Failure – among others – can not only improve veterans qualify of life but increase longevity.

Comparison of medications for treatment of Diabetes Mellitus – Type II

As the number of diabetic adults has grown worldwide, so too has research into diabetic treatment modalities. Improving the lives of veterans and humans everywhere is the driving force behind our participation in studies such as these. When new therapies come on the market, further research is needed to make them more affordable and reduce side effects.

Other current studies include but are not limited to:

  • Treatment and/or prevention of Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff) infection

  • Conditions of Renal Failure

  • Depression

  • Alzheimer's

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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