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The Military Health System (MHS) 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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Keeping a pulse on advancing en route patient monitoring

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9/19/2018
The digital noise-immune stethoscope, currently being evaluated by researchers with the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, connects into existing headsets used by aeromedical evacuation crews and critical care air transport teams. Traditional stethoscopes are difficult to use during en route care due to an aircraft’s noise environment. This noise-immune stethoscope aims to address that issue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brittany Fouts)

A traditional stethoscope is essentially useless during en route care because of the noise

Male lineage helps identify missing service members

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9/18/2018
Lena Gunn (left), Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's Armed Forces DNA Identifical Laboratory DNA analyst, swabs the cheek of Damien Rispoli, nephew of missing Army Air Force Sgt Vincent J. Rispoli, 703rd Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group (Heavy) waist gunner, during a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Family Member Update in Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 8, 2018. DNA analysts from AFMES-AFDIL were on site to collect DNA samples from family members using what’s called a buccal swab, which looks similar to a cotton swab to to test for mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and autosomal DNA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System’s Armed Forces DNA Identification Labratory briefed families of missing service members at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s latest family member update in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Soldier amputees have options for continued service

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9/17/2018
Army Col. Todd R. Wood, commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, administers the oath of re-enlistment to Army Staff Sgt. Brian Beem, left, then a cavalry scout assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan, Nov. 9, 2011. Beem is a single-leg amputee who was able to continue to serve despite his injury. He lost his leg after an improvised explosive device detonated during his 2006 deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Duval)

The will to serve alone is not enough to overcome the severity of their injury

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Join TRICARE for September 27 webinar on new dental, vision coverage

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9/17/2018
Retirees, retiree families, and active duty families are eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason J. Brown)

Retirees, retiree families, and active duty families are eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage

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Voluntary drug recall alert: Valsartan

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9/14/2018
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In July, the FDA issued a voluntary recall of Valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure

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Study examines impacts of noise and chemical exposure on hearing health

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9/13/2018
Research audiologist Dr. Rozela Melgoza, DoD Hearing Center of Excellence, completes a study participant's acoustic immittance test to evaluate their middle ear function. Immittance audiometry is one of several tests completed by participants during the Noise Outcomes in Servicemembers Epidemiology (NOISE) study's comprehensive audiologic evaluation. (DoD HCE photo)

Exposure to certain chemicals, called ototoxicants, can cause hearing loss or balance problems

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Naval Hospital Jacksonville selected as first Navy facility to transition to DHA

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9/13/2018
Navy Lt. Jacob Balesi, a flight officer with Patrol Squadron Thirty, and his family visit Naval Hospital Jacksonville's pediatrics clinic. On Oct. 1, NH Jacksonville, including its five branch health clinics in Florida and Georgia, will be the first Navy medical treatment facility to transition to the Defense Health Agency and establish a Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s staff across six locations stands ready to make this a seamless transition for patients

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Hurricane threat's a reminder to be prepared for health care needs

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9/12/2018
Ahead of Hurricane Florence, South Carolina National Guard soldiers load gear into a Humvee. Approximately 1,600 Soldiers and Airmen in the state have been mobilized to respond to recovery efforts as forecasters warn of a potential Category 4 storm and a projected landfall near the Carolinas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Knight)

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Spine surgery team adds capability, improves readiness

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9/11/2018
Air Force Col. (Dr.) Edward Anderson, 99th Medical Group orthopedic spine surgeon, performs a lumbar microdiscectomy surgery at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. A lumbar microdiscectomy surgery is performed to remove a portion of a herniated disc in the lower back. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

The benefits of performing complex surgeries in the orthopedic spine clinic go far beyond the operating room

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Air Force's first Invisible Wounds Center opens

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9/10/2018
Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, talks with a veteran during a tour of the Air Force’s first Invisible Wounds Center at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The IWC will serve as a regional treatment center for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, associated pain conditions and psychological injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The center will serve as a regional treatment center for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, associated pain conditions and psychological injuries

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New course aims to reduce military hearing loss

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9/7/2018
Maj. Malisha Martukovich, Air Force liaison for the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence, tests out the new HEAR course app, which can be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet for convenient access. (DoD HCE photo)

Tinnitus and hearing loss have remained among the top disabilities of veterans

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Stopping bullying takes understanding, involvement

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9/7/2018
Children can experience social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression as a result of bullying. From the Stop Bullying campaign to Military OneSource, resources are available to help parents and their families identify and address bullying (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

Bullying can leave visible and invisible wounds and have lasting effects on children and teenagers. Signs of the behavior can vary, and bullying others and being bullied are not mutually exclusive, experts say.

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Swimming for good health: Just go with the flow

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9/6/2018
A midshipman participates in the 500-yard swim portion of a physical screening test as part of the explosive ordnance disposal summer cruise at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Atherton)

Aquatic exercise is a low-impact alternative to running

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Proper sleep hygiene as a force multiplier

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9/5/2018
The fact that properly resting personnel has multiple benefits across the spectrum of human performance and military readiness is undisputed. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Sleep is cheap; it costs nothing to rest troops properly, with proven, immediately realized returns

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HRO Corner: DoD PSP Collaborates with MHS Community to Standardize Dental Patient Safety

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9/4/2018
Navy Dental Assistant Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Kern positions the digital X-Ray tubehead, or camera, next to his patient’s jaw for bitewing X-rays as part of an annual dental exam at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

The Military Health System’s first-ever dental guidebook supports frontline staff, standardization of dental patient safety across the organization.

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