Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Veterans Corner

December 9, 2012

Some veterans continue to serve nation as research participants

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MVP related discoveries also promise to advance the field of personalized medicine, which aims to tailor medical care based on people’s individual genetic profiles. Personalized medicine is expected to yield more effective treatments and reduce costs, given its emphasis on prevention.

Veterans privacy and confidentiality are top priorities in MVP, as in all VA research. Extreme measures are taken to protect MVP participants personal information, including secure storage of data and samples, using a bar code system. Researchers approved for access to MVP data, do not receive the name, date of birth, social security number, or address of participating Veterans.

Furthermore, authorized researchers conduct their analysis only within the VA’s secure, centralized computing environment known as GenISIS (Genomic Information System for Integrated Science). If you feel as though participating on a voluntary basis is worthwhile, visit www.research.va.gov/MVP

Local event

The Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the National Vietnam War Museum is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. For more information contact the museum at (940) 325-4003, Jim Messinger at (940) 452-1470 or Jim Vines at (940) 445-0734. Also watch for information in local newspapers.

Speak to you again next week.

Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133 in Mineral Wells.

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