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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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Army veterinarian reflects on unconventional journey to colonel

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6/2/2017
Just out of high school and unsure of what to do with his life, a young Ohio man went to a bus depot, handed a ticket agent almost everything in his pocket and said with a smile, “I’ll go wherever this takes me.”  So begins James “Nick” Koterski’s unconventional journey to Army colonel. (Courtesy photo)

Just out of high school and unsure of what to do with his life, a young Ohio man went to a bus depot, handed a ticket agent almost everything in his pocket and said with a smile, “I’ll go wherever this takes me.”

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Veterinary Service

DoD vaccine research saves military, civilian lives

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6/2/2017
Mosquitoes lie in a petri dish for testing. Personnel at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, a Defense Department biomedical facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, are researching and developing vaccines that can save military and civilian lives. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Personnel at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are researching and developing vaccines that can save military and civilian lives

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Immunization Healthcare | Research and Innovation | Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Men’s Health Month: Making smart choices every day, all year long

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6/1/2017
Dr. Don Shell is director of disease prevention, disease management, and population health policy and oversight in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Health Policy Oversight. (Courtesy photo)

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to remind the almost 4.8 million male beneficiaries in the Military Health System to get age-appropriate health screenings

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Men's Health

Don't let the bugs bite

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6/1/2017
Using an insect repellent spray can be an important measure in guarding against bites from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes this summer.

Most parents do a good job of protecting their kids from the sun, but they also need to consider why it's important to guard against potentially harmful insect bites and stings

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Children's Health | Summer Safety

Summertime food safety

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5/30/2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses, including those associated with poorly cooked or stored foods in hot environments. To avoid this, follow good cooking tips. Cook foods thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to check for doneness. Make sure cooked foods have reached a safe internal temperature. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The CDC estimates one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses

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Summer Safety | Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center

How to walk away from tobacco

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5/26/2017
Quitting tobacco is hard. In fact, it’s common for people to relapse several times before kicking the habit completely. Whether your preference is lighting a cigarette or using a smokeless variety, tobacco can be difficult to part with. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller)

As bad habits go, smoking is pretty common

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Tobacco-Free Living

Military appreciation starts with protecting our warfighters

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5/26/2017
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity

U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity continues to fulfill its primary mission to develop and deliver quality medical capabilities to protect, treat and sustain the health of service members

Airmen, Sailors support life-saving mission

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5/25/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Angel Figueroa, 18th Medical Operations Squadron technician, (left) and Maj. Melissa Dassinger, 18th Aerospace Evacuation Squadron Training Flight commander, test a “Giraffe” omnibed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. A C-17 Globemaster III can be equipped with materials and systems required to transport injured patients across great distances quickly and safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)

Airmen and Sailors worked together to outfit a C-17 Globemaster III with life-saving equipment

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Innovation | Technology

Army researchers showcase Performance Readiness Bar

Article
5/25/2017
Two Soldiers taste-test the Performance Readiness Bar, a calcium and vitamin D-fortified snack bar developed to optimize bone health in basic trainees, during a bone health field study. (U.S. Army photo by David Kamm)

According to the Military Health System, recruits often arrive to basic training with poor calcium and vitamin D status

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Nutrition

How brain injury may affect communication skills

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5/24/2017
Laticia Jackson, a health educator, talks to a patient. Symptoms of communication disorders after a TBI can differ depending upon the type and severity of the injury. For many, problems with communication are the result of difficulties with attention and memory, such as not being able to follow a conversation, not with the ability to speak. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz)

How a service member communicates with others can change after a traumatic brain injury

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Mental Health Care | Traumatic Brain Injury | Mental Wellness

Military blood program surges into the future

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5/23/2017
Army Sgt. Preston Campbell, donates for the low titer type O whole blood program at the Kendrick Memorial Blood Center on Fort Gordon, Georgia. (Courtesy photo)

The Ranger O Low Titer, or ROLO, program involves pre-screening service members prior to deployment to determine their suitability as a universal donor

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Armed Services Blood Program

Navy Medicine East stresses pursuit of mental health a sign of strength

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5/22/2017
Navy Lt. Terrance Skidmore, a social worker, speaks to a patient during a one-on-one session. The month of May is designated Mental Health Awareness Month with the purpose of raising awareness about mental illnesses. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Courtney Avon)

Military life and its associated experiences can be especially challenging causing many service members and their families to experience various levels of stress

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Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness

Protect your back during your PCS

Article
5/22/2017
Service members and their families relocate a lot, and moving to a new home is hard enough without adding a back injury to the mix. So be mindful of how you’re lifting and moving while you’re packing up and loading up. (U.S. Navy photo)

Service members and their families relocate a lot, and moving to a new home is hard enough without adding a back injury to the mix

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Human Performance Resource Center | Preventive Health

Pentagon displays art from recovering wounded warriors

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5/19/2017
Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Greg Miller and his wife Heather stand in front of Miller’s three-dimensional art made with wood screws now on display as part of the 2017 Pentagon Patriotic Art Program: Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Exhibit. (Courtesy photo)

Pentagon Patriotic Art Program: Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Exhibit is helping those affected with the visible and invisible wounds of war

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Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness

New medical practice restores function for trauma, cancer patients

Article
5/18/2017
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III (left), chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service, and Dr. Khang Thai, plastic surgeon, WBAMC, utilize a microscope during a microvascular transplant or "free flap" surgery as part of WBAMC's Reconstructive Microsurgery Program. Reconstructive microsurgery is a new practice to WBAMC and includes the autologous transfer of tissue, nerves and bone to trauma, cancer, or birth-related defected areas of patients, restoring function to the affected area. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

The launch of the Reconstructive Microsurgery Program is the latest in reconstructive surgery advances

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Innovation | Technology | Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives
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