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The Military Health System is an interconnected network of service members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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Brief Report: Refractive Surgery Trends at Tri-Service Refractive Surgery Centers and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Fiscal Years 2000–2020

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3/1/2022
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Since the official introduction of laser refractive surgery into clinical practice throughout the Military Health System (MHS) in fiscal year 2000, these techniques have been heavily implemented in the tri-service community to better equip and improve the readiness of the U.S. military force.

Update: Malaria, U.S. Armed Forces, 2021

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3/1/2022
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Malaria infection remains an important health threat to U.S. service members who are located in endemic areas because of long-term duty assignments, participation in shorter-term contingency operations, or personal travel. In 2021, a total of 20 service members were diagnosed with or reported to have malaria.

Surveillance Snapshot: Medical Separation from Service Among Incident Cases of Osteoarthritis and Spondylosis, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2016–2020

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3/1/2022
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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common adult joint disease and predominantly involves the weight-bearing joints. This condition, including spondylosis (OA of the spine), results in significant disability and resource utilization and is a leading cause of medical separation from military service.

1st Area Medical Laboratory Soldiers hone skills at German military microbiology institute

Article Around MHS
2/28/2022
Military personnel working in a lab

American Soldiers from the 1st Area Medical Laboratory honed their skills with German military medical professionals at the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology in Munich, Germany in early Feb.

Teeth Grinding: You Won't Believe How Harmful it Really Is

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2/28/2022
U.S. Navy Hospitalman Justin Sobleskie (right), and U.S. Navy Lt. Matthew Roberts, USS Carter Hall dental department head, do dental work on aboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) while at sea.

Grinding your teeth, called bruxism, can lead to migraines and neck pain or require surgery to replace the joint in your jaw.

Military Medical Awards Spotlight Excellence Across the MHS

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2/28/2022
Army Maj. (Dr.) Jason R. Bingham, chief of general surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, was recently selected to receive the 2021-2022 AMSUS Rising Star Award.

The annual awards spotlight excellence across a range of fields including operational medicine, research, innovation, training and management.

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune revives STEM outreach with local area schools

Article Around MHS
2/25/2022
Miliitary personnel teaching a class

After an 18-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune is reviving their STEM outreach with local area schools. On February 16, anatomy and physiology students at Lejeune High School aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune got a close-up look at what a heartbeat looks like during an echocardiogram presentation from NMCCL staff.

Remembering Dr. Alexander Augusta, the U.S. Army’s First Black Doctor

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2/25/2022
A photo of Maj. (Dr.) Alexander Augusta among the Seventh Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops where he served as regimental surgeon during the Civil War.

Dr. Alexander Augusta was the first African American to be an Army doctor.

How to Tell If You Have Sleep Apnea

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2/25/2022
A service member participates in a sleep study at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.  Sleep technicians connect 26 sensors to patients that measure eye and muscle movements, brain activity, heart rate, and breathing.

Poor sleep and sleep disorders commonly affect service members' quality of life, readiness, and performance. Symptoms include loud snoring, choking or gasping.

Answering Your Questions About COVID-19 Testing

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2/25/2022
Military personnel performing a COVID-19 Test

COVID-19 continues to spread, now as the Omicron variant. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect you and your family from getting seriously ill, getting hospitalized, or dying. You should also make sure you’re up to date with your vaccines. Testing is another important step you can take to protect yourself and others.

Defense Department Announces Distribution of COVID-19 Tests for Military Beneficiaries

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2/25/2022
A Soldier assigned to the Connecticut National Guard helps load a shipment of at-home COVID-19 testing kits into a truck at a regional distribution point in North Haven, Connecticut, Jan. 3, 2022. These kits were picked up by representatives from local towns and municipalities to be handed out to their communities.

The Department of Defense will offer at-home COVID-19 tests for military beneficiaries at military hospitals or clinics, on a supply available basis, in the coming weeks.

BAMC Soldiers honored at San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

Article Around MHS
2/24/2022
Military personnel posing for a picture

Four Soldiers from Brooke Army Medical Center were honored Feb. 11 during Military Appreciation Night at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

Caring for Recruits' Injuries is Key to Success at Basic Training

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2/23/2022
U.S. Marines wait for instruction from their Senior Drill Instructor after concluding a motivational run at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, on March 11, 2021.

Injuries at bootcamp can end a military career before it starts. That’s why trainers and drill instructors take countless precautions to ensure trainees stay fit and healthy.

Cross-training between U.S. Army Soldiers and Medical Students

Article Around MHS
2/22/2022
Medical students work on stabilizing a patient

U.S. Army Soldiers and medical students from the Poznań University of Medical Sciences participate in a cross-training simulation event in Poland.

Military hospital support to FEMA to begin in four states expands in two states

Article Around MHS
2/22/2022
Military personnel posing for a picture

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 220 military medical personnel, including medical doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists have deployed, or will deploy, within the next two weeks, in 14 teams to six states to support civilian healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.

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