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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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What the experts want you to know about the HPV vaccine

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10/6/2016
About 80 million people are infected with HPV right now in the United States. Vaccines are currently available for both males and females to help prevent the virus, which can be linked to various cancers, such as cervical cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

HPV is a virus that can be linked to a range of health issues, including cervical cancer. Immunization experts are encouraging people to learn more about the vaccines that help prevent this often undetected virus

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Women's Health | Children's Health | Immunizations | Immunization Healthcare

Healthy aging possible for all: Tips to follow

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10/5/2016
Getting regular exercise correlates to better cognitive and physical function in older adults.

Fort Belvoir geriatric physician provides tips on how one can enjoy a healthy lifestyle while getting older.

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Preventive Health | Integrative Wellness | Mental Wellness | Physical Activity

Raise your awareness of breast cancer

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10/5/2016
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erik Ramey, reviews a patient’s x-ray as part of a routine screening mammogram. A mammogram can often detect breast cancer long before it can be felt and usually years before physical symptoms appear. If detected early, breast cancer treatment can be less invasive and more successful.  (DoD photo illustration)

It's important women, and men, regularly check for lumps or abnormalities around their breasts

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Women's Health

EPOC-alypse, now

Article
10/4/2016
A Soldier does as many pushups as possible during The Black Knight Challenge at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), also known as “afterburn,” occurs after strenuous exercise as a way to bring your body back to its normal metabolic rate

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Human Performance Resource Center | Physical Activity

Mourning the loss of a loved one from suicide

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10/4/2016
Mourning the loss of a loved one to suicide can be a difficult and painful experience. There is help and support available for service members and their families who are going through this experience.

Coping with the loss of a family member or friend to suicide can present a range of challenges and emotions. Services, tools and advice are available to help those who are or have gone through this experience.

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Suicide Prevention

TRICARE publications gets redesign, new look

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10/3/2016
The TRICARE revamped suite includes a brand-new TRICARE Stateside Guide – a one-stop resource for all stateside coverage information. (TRICARE graphic)

TRICARE offers a wide range of informational materials to help people understand their coverage and make important health care and financial decisions for themselves and their families

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TRICARE Health Program

Women can maintain good health with Well Woman visits

Article
10/3/2016
Navy Hospitalman Recruit Joseph Hinson, of Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville, takes vital signs of Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Krista Leandry during a physical exam. One of the most important things women can do to maintain good health is schedule an annual Well Woman visit with their healthcare provider. Well Woman exams help assess individual risks for women and can provide services for immunizations, contraceptives, screening for disease and counselling for sexually transmitted infections. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

An annual Well Woman visit is an opportunity to detect and prevent disease

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Preventive Health | Women's Health

Basic Patient Safety Manager Course: New Course Content and a New Name!

Article
9/30/2016
A blue diamond is labeled "Understanding Service-Specific Patient Safety Requirements." Along each side of the diamond is a differently colored square with round edges. They are labeled: 1) The PS Prof's Role as a Patient Safety Expert. 2) The PS Prof's Role as a Leader. 3) The PS Prof's Role in Improving Performance & Measuring Impact. 4) The PS Prof's Role in Identifying & Mitigating Risk.

After six years of preparing new Patient Safety Managers for their roles in military treatment facilities (MTFs), the Basic Patient Safety Manager (BPSM) course is being updated with new subject matter and a name change to reflect the full scope of the offerings (both pre- and post-course) and the varying roles and disciplines of the attendees.

DoD PSP Treasure Chest: October Edition

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9/30/2016
Image of the DoD Patient Safety Program (PSP) logo.

Welcome to the October edition of the DoD PSP Treasure Chest! Each and every month, we will be sharing resources to help you execute your day-to-day patient safety activities easily and effectively. Please visit us often and get access to tools and information developed with you, our committed MHS patient safety champions, in mind!

Express Scripts Pharmacy Network Changing for TRICARE Beneficiaries

Article
9/30/2016
Image of the TRICARE logo.

Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) today announced upcoming changes to the retail pharmacy network it manages on behalf of TRICARE.

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TRICARE Pharmacy Program

Feature: The Value of a Strategic Partnership

Article
9/30/2016
A group of nine medical professionals stands huddled in a circle with their hands together in the middle.

A great example of a strategic partnership the MHS has been able to foster, is the partnership between the DoD Patient Safety Program (PSP) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Since 2004, all MHS MTFs have been members in the NPSF’s Stand Up for Patient Safety (SUPS) program. Under this program, NPSF provides patient safety-focused ...

Hearing loss and brain injuries

Article
9/30/2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Judith Bulkley, an electrical and environmental systems specialist deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., exits an A-10C Thunderbolt II after performing an external power operations check on the aircraft at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Because service members in particular are often exposed to high noise levels, hearing protection is crucial, especially with a TBI. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephen Schester)

Becoming aware of how your surroundings can affect your hearing is a key factor in managing hearing problems associated with TBI

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Hearing Loss | Traumatic Brain Injury

HRO Corner: Monitoring, Detecting and Reducing Harm – The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Global Trigger Tool

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9/30/2016
IHI Global Trigger Tool for Measuring Adverse Events, Second Edition

The Secretary of Defense Military Health System (MHS) Review's (October, 2014) focused on access to care, the quality of care, and patient safety within the MHS. One of the key recommendations on the report addressed the Patient Safety Reporting (PSR) system and the specific need to adopt a chart audit-based methodology, such as the Institute for ...

Mexican-American War remains arrive in U.S. for dignified transfer

Article
9/30/2016
The skeletal remains of the possible U.S. soldiers were solemnly carried to an awaiting vehicle by the U.S. Army Old Guard ceremonial team, under the watchful gaze of senior military, university and government leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The skeletal remains of the possible U.S. soldiers were transferred for examination to the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

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Military Medical History | Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot

Article
9/30/2016
Image of the DoD Patient Safety Program (PSP) logo.

The new MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot is a monthly compilation of two types of patient safety data 1) Sentinel Event (SE) notifications submitted to the Patient Safety Analysis Center (PSAC); 2) Anonymous, voluntarily reported patient safety events via the web-based incident reporting system known as PSR.

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