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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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U.S. service members provide disease prevention assistance

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9/18/2017
Army Maj. Donald Dais (left), 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team Environmental Health officer in charge, and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Samantha Ward, (center) assigned to the Camp Lemonnier Emergency Medical Facility, test water samples at Caritas Djibouti, a mission serving humanitarian aid and education to Djiboutian children living on the streets. The team checked for chlorine levels and retrieved samples to test for bacteria, in addition to conducting a food handling and sanitation tutorial. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)

U.S. service members helped mitigate the likelihood of disease transmission at a local youth center

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The Defense Health Agency is hiring

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9/15/2017
The Defense Health Agency is scheduled to take part in two upcoming Department of Defense-sponsored job fairs Sept. 20 at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and Nov. 15 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in the Washington, D.C., area. (U.S. Navy photo by Joseph Fordham)

Learn about opportunities during San Antonio and D.C. job fairs

First cold storage platelet unit collected in Southwest Asia

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9/15/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Flannigan, NCO in charge of the apheresis element with the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, monitors the Trima Accel Automated Blood Collection System machine used to obtain blood platelets from donors at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Apheresis element Airmen are tasked with collecting and storing platelet products and providing them for distribution throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

It is likely that cold storage platelets, a method developed by the military, will eventually be the standard practice around the world for handling and shipping platelets

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Retired Gen. Ham: I got emotional support. You can, too.

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9/14/2017
Then-Brig. Gen. Carter Ham (left) talks with the Army vice chief of staff, Gen. George Casey, after senior military leaders arrive in Mosul, Iraq, in June 2004.  (Courtesy photo)

Army leader got emotional help after Iraq deployment, then earned more stars

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Freeze-dried plasma saves life

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9/13/2017
Navy corpsmen apply first aid to a training manikin during a training exercise. Since December 2016, every MARSOC special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman deploys with a supply of freeze-dried plasma and the experience to administer it. By October 2017, every MARSOC unit deployed will be outfitted with FDP. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Young)

Freeze-dried plasma is a dehydrated version of plasma that replaces the clotting factors lost in blood

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Resources, resiliency help military children turn away from suicidal thoughts

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9/12/2017
A note about social media written by one of the participants of an Air Force resiliency teen camp is displayed in a classroom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Children of military parents face some real challenges, such as frequent relocations, which can make them feel isolated and turn to thoughts of suicide; Find out more about how you can keep them resilient

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Joint Pathology Center celebrates century of helping military docs confirm diagnoses

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9/11/2017
Pamela Baker (left), 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutic Squadron cytology technician, prepares the staining of a patient's tissue sample, while Maj. Luisa Watts (right), 88 DTS pathologist shows 1st Lt. Jeffrey Davey (center) her findings on a screen that connects to the microscope inside the operating room at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, June 26, 2017. Watts examines the tissue sample under the microscope to make a diagnosis of the patient's condition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michelle Gigante)

The Joint Pathology Center is celebrating 100 years of a repository that helps health care providers get that second opinion on diagnoses

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Army, civilian experts speak on bridging from research to advanced development and fielding

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9/8/2017
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency Commander Col. Lynn Marm addresses the crowd during a panel session at the Military Health System Research Symposium Aug. 29 in Kissimee, Florida. The panel session focused on challenges in getting medical products to the field. (Photo Credit: Greg Pugh, USAMMA Visual Information)

Experts from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command joined counterparts in military, government, industry and academia in a panel session at the Military Health System Research Symposium

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'Dust Off' demos showcase Army Medical evacuation modernization

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9/8/2017
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment “TF Wild Boars” test their triage and rapid transport skills during a mass casualty exercise at Tactical Base Gamberi. The goal of MEDHUB is to keep the medic or flight paramedic focused for performing life-saving tasks for multiple patients and remain unencumbered from documentation and reporting. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Asha Cooper)

The Medical Hands-free Ultra-wideband Broadcast, or MEDHUB, is designed to capture, store and forward data automatically from medical devices to receiving hospitals

Eating's a risky business with water, water everywhere and no power

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9/8/2017
A resident of a Hurricane Harvey-flooded neighborhood in Houston gets evacuated. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Glenn Fawcett)

If in doubt, throw it out, food safety experts say

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DHA director visits Ramstein, discusses healthcare changes

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9/8/2017
Recently, Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono, Defense Health Agency director, visited Ramstein Air Base, to discuss future changes to the healthcare program for military members. (U.S. Air Force file photo)

The DHA is working with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System office to ensure the transition goes smoothly

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Combat medic students train using hologram technology

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9/7/2017
Alonzo Gonzales, a Combat Medic Program emergency medical technician course instructor, lectures students in Alpha Class 70-17 about different obstetrics complications  utilizing a specialized OB training manikin. The OB manikins resemble life-size pelvic cavities inside which the “fetus” can be positioned to replicate any number of complicated situations. (U.S. Army photo by Lisa Braun)

The Combat Medic Training program is the first METC program to incorporate hologram technology to augment training

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The importance of sleep - you lose if you don't snooze

Article
9/6/2017
It's no secret that military service often results in periods of decreased sleep. Service members need to use what opportunity they have to get good sleep. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Sleep is an important element of health and well-being just like nutrition and physical fitness

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JPSR Upgrades Reduce Reporting Time, Improve User Experience

Article
9/5/2017
Joint Patient Safety Reporting logo. The system used to capture patient safety events underwent software improvements in August 2017 to enhance user experience.

DoD PSP Treasure Chest: September Edition

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9/5/2017
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

September 2017 edition of the Department of Defense Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

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