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The Military Health System conducts research and provides services for the treatment of exposures, injuries and diseases related to Military service and deployment. Here, learn about the different programs and initiatives offered to support the health of our force, its families, and veterans.

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Medical encounters, by condition, U.S. Armed Forces 2016

Infographic
5/25/2017
This infographic documents the three burden of disease related conditions that accounted for the most medical encounters among the active component of the U.S. Armed Forces in 2016. LONG FORM: In 2016, the three burden of disease related conditions accounted for the most medical encounters were: •	Other back problems •	All other musculoskeletal diseases •	Knee injuries Altogether they accounted for 25.1% of all illness-and injury-related medical encounters overall. More Findings The top nine conditions that accounted for the most medical encounters accounted for 53.1% of all illness-and-injury –related medical encounters overall. In general, the conditions that accounted for the most medical encounters were predominantly musculoskeletal disorders such as the back) injuries to the knee, arm, shoulder, foot or ankle, and mental disorders like anxiety and adjustment conditions. View more findings at www.Health.mil/MSMR    Graphic details This graphic displays the musculoskeletal of a male service member’s body to show the bones of the back and knees.

This infographic documents the three burden of disease related conditions that accounted for the most medical encounters among the active component of the U.S. Armed Forces in 2016.

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Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Conditions and Treatments

Diabetes Mellitus

Infographic
3/17/2017
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a group of chronic metabolic conditions characterized by high blood glucose levels resulting from a decreased ability to produce and or use insulin. DM-related metabolic abnormalities are associated with damage to various organs and tissues. From 2008 - 2015, a total of 9,092 incident cases of DM were reported among active duty service members. This infographic provides details on the overall incidence rates of type 1 and 2 DM cases per 100,000 person-years. It also provides information about service members at higher risk of diabetes. Here are some key findings from the study: •	Type 1 DM (previously known as “insulin-dependent diabetes”) overall incidence rate was 3.0 cases per 100,000 p-yrs. •	Type 2 DM ( “non-insulin-dependent diabetes) was 74.5 cases per 100,000 p-yrs. And rates doubled within each successive age group.  Service members at higher risk of diabetes are male, black, non-Hispanic, unknown race/ ethnicity, Hispanic and enlisted in the Army and Navy. Learn more by visiting Health.mil/AFHSB

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a group of chronic metabolic conditions characterized by high blood glucose levels resulting from a decreased ability to produce and or use insulin. DM-related metabolic abnormalities are associated with damage to various organs and tissues. From 2008 - 2015, a total of 9,092 incident cases of DM were reported among active ...

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Conditions and Treatments | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch

Proper nutrition can help manage diabetes

Article
11/21/2016
A Soldier performs a glucose screening. A person diagnosed with diabetes is lacking insulin or is insulin resistant so that the body can’t process sugars normally. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica A DuVernay)

Good nutrition is important for any healthy lifestyle, but for diabetics balancing nutrition, activity and medication is vital

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Conditions and Treatments | Nutrition | Preventive Health

Lung cancer screening saves lives

Article
11/17/2016
A patient at Naval Hospital Pensacola prepares to have a low-dose computed tomography test done to screen for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women. Early detection can lower the risk of dying from this disease. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz)

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women

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Conditions and Treatments | Preventive Health | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Pediatric Health Care Services

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11/1/2016

Pediatric Health Care Services briefing to the Defense Health Board, Nov. 1, 2016.

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Pediatric Care in the Military Health System

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11/1/2016

Pediatric Care in the Military Health System briefing to the Defense Health Board, Nov. 1, 2016.

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Deployment Health Centers Review

Presentation
8/9/2016

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Joint Trauma System

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8/9/2016

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Pediatric Clinical Preventive Services

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8/9/2016

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Reconstruction and Restoration of the Genitourinary System after Contemporary Battlefield Urotrauma

Presentation
8/9/2016

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Review of the Defense Health Board’s Combat Trauma Lessons Learned from Military Operations of 2001-2013 Report

Presentation
8/9/2016

The in-depth information and recommendations in the report enable [the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs] to consider approaches to enhance Combat Casualty Care.

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Conditions and Treatments | Research and Innovation | Health Readiness

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research looking for eye injury treatment

Article
6/17/2016
Army Capt. Elaine Por, a principle investigator and deputy task area manager in the Ocular Trauma Division at the USAISR, is looking for a novel way to treat eye injuries that can result in blindness.

A non-invasive treatment could be available to Wounded Warriors with eye injuries within the next two to three years

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Conditions and Treatments | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Research and Innovation | Vision Loss

Speech-Language Pathologists aid Wounded Warriors

Article
6/16/2016
A Marine takes a hearing test (U.S. Army photo)

Up to 20 percent of military active duty service members traumatically injured during deployments who were admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center exhibited difficulty swallowing and eating, a condition called dysphagia

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Heroes of Military Medicine take the stage at D.C. ceremony

Article
5/6/2016
At the Heroes of Military Medicine ceremony Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Washington, D.C., honorees Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky and Capt. Ferris Butler share the stage with Annemarie Orr, Kelly McGaughey, Lt. Col. Kyle Potter and Art Molnar.

A combination of military medical professionals and civilian and military patients were honored Thursday, May 5, 2016, during the Heroes of Military Medicine Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Research key to progress in PTSD, TBI care, DoD experts say

Article
4/27/2016
Depressed soldier

Doctors updated a Senate Armed Services Committee panel on the Defense Department’s research, diagnosis and treatment for PTSD and TBI

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Conditions and Treatments | Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | Traumatic Brain Injury
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