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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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Men's Health: Heart disease

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6/27/2017
A blue 3D drawing of a human heart with large red blood cells flowing out. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 321,000 men died from heart disease in 2013, or one in every four male deaths. (NIH courtesy image)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 321,000 men died from heart disease in 2013, or one in every four male deaths

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Men's Health | Heart Health

Shedding light on vitamin D

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6/26/2017
Air Force Senior Airman Michael Cossaboom pretends to eat the sun. Unlike other nutrients, vitamin D occurs naturally in very few foods, so it can be difficult to get enough through your diet. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body produces when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but there are ways to get it from foods too. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham)

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body produces when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but there are ways to get it from foods too

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Nutrition

PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder

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6/23/2017
Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound. Scientifically researched and proven methods for treating PTSD work by getting the patient to confront and learn to process the trauma causing their symptoms. The process can start by talking with anyone, like a health care provider, chaplain or even just a friend. (U.S. Army photo)

Scientifically researched and proven methods for treating PTSD work by getting the patient to confront and learn to process the trauma causing their symptoms

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Defense Health Agency to assume oversight of DoD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program

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6/22/2017
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Having DHAPP align under DHA's leadership enables broader opportunities for the organization to expand interagency partnerships and work more closely with the DoD's combatant commands

Men need to take control of their health

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6/22/2017
Lt. Cmdr. David Griffin, a urologist at Naval Hospital Pensacola, discusses a treatment plan with a patient in the Urology Clinic. Some of the common conditions seen at the clinic include male infertility, sexual health, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, urologic cancers, blood in the urine, urinary problems, vasectomies and more. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz)

Men need to take control of their health, not just during Men’s Health Month but year round

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Men's Health

Prevent TBIs this summer and beyond

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6/21/2017
Each year, more than 1 million people visit the emergency room because of TBIs. And contrary to common belief, most TBIs experienced by service members result from motor vehicle accidents, not exposures to blasts. TBI can damage your brain tissue, and it can impair your speech and language skills, balance and motor coordination, and memory. (MHS graphic)

Each year, more than 1 million people visit the emergency room because of TBIs. And contrary to common belief, most TBIs experienced by service members result from motor vehicle accidents, not exposures to blasts. TBI can damage your brain tissue, and it can impair your speech and language skills, balance and motor coordination and memory

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Men's health is important too

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6/20/2017
June marks Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to increase awareness about health issues important to men such as prostate, testicular, skin and colon cancers, hypertension, obesity and heart disease. (MHS graphic)

This month the Military Health System will focus on the importance of recognizing preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys in the DoD community

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Men's Health | Physical Activity

Joint medical team provides medical care to remote communities

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6/19/2017
Army Maj. Jesus Morales, dentist, 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Hawk, dental assistant, 172d Airlift Wing, Jackson Mississippi, extract a decayed tooth from Raymond Kline. Kline participated in the no-cost medical services offered during the Ozark Highlands Innovated Readiness Training, Mountain Home, Arkansas, recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean)

The Innovative Readiness Training program is a unique way to provide real-world training to medical personnel while helping our fellow Americans by providing them no-cost medical care

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Access to Health Care | Health Readiness

Army supporting clinical trial testing hemorrhage control foam

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6/14/2017
Exsanguination, or bleeding to death, remains the most common cause of potentially survivable death to wounded warfighters. The Army is looking at this device as a potential stop-gap for patients awaiting surgical care. It could be a 'bridge to surgery,' keeping the patient alive long enough to give them a fighting chance at survival. The device resembles a caulk gun that contains expandable foam designed to be injected into a patient by a trauma surgeon. (U.S. Navy phot by Lt. j.g. Haraz  Ghanbari)

The Army is supporting a pivotal clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of a self-expanding foam device to stop massive intracavitary abdominal bleeding

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Technology | Innovation

Armed Services Blood Program celebrates World Blood Donor Day

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6/13/2017
The Armed Services Blood Bank Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., received a new state-of-the-art blood mobile May 5.

Sponsored by the World Health Organization each year, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated June 14, and acknowledges the millions of men and women who roll up their sleeves to give blood

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Eat a rainbow of colorful produce

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6/12/2017
For adults, the current daily recommendation is 2-3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. Remember that raw, cooked, steamed, grilled, and broiled varieties all count, so fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at mealtimes. (U.S. Army photo by Honey Nixon)

Eating colorful fruits and veggies can help reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers too

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Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center

Guard medics conduct medical evacuation training

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6/12/2017
Medics with the 108th Area Support Medical Company, 213th Regional Support Group, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, off-load a simulated casualty from a UH-60 Black Hawk operated by Soldiers from Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 2nd Squadron, 104th Regiment, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard during training. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Coltin Heller)

Pennsylvania Army National Guard medics conducted a simulated medical evacuation exercise

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Men's Health: Take charge

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6/9/2017
Men should see their primary care manager for regular checkups. Checkups can help diagnose issues early, before they become a problem, and sometimes before symptoms appear. (U.S. Navy photo)

The top five leading causes of death among men are heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke

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Men's Health | Physical Activity

Moving? Toss unwanted or expired medications appropriately

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6/9/2017
Many service members and their families are gearing up to move this summer. As you organize your house and belongings to prepare for your move, one area of your home you shouldn’t overlook is your medicine cabinet. (U.S. Navy photo)

With the Military Health System Drug Take Back program, you can safely and easily dispose of unwanted and expired medications at U.S. military pharmacies

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Retired soldier says bad health behaviors a 'guy thing,' vows to get healthier

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6/8/2017
Russell Henderson, retired from the Army since 2002, tries to shed his "guy thing" bad habit of not getting enough exercise by using an elliptical machine at the gym. (Courtesy photo)

Men are more likely to make bad health choices than women, sometimes blaming it on being a 'guy thing'

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Men's Health | Physical Activity
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