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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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Small critters, big consequences: be mindful of tick-borne diseases

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7/21/2017
Tick bites and associated illnesses can be prevented, experts warn

Infections from ticks are on the rise, but they can be prevented. Knowing what the local risks are, such as Lyme disease or Powassan, and taking steps to minimize exposure can help.

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Summer Safety

MHS Online Transparency Site launch

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7/20/2017
Patients who use military hospitals and clinics will find it easier to see how their facility is performing thanks to June 28 changes by the Military Health System to its transparency website. (MHS graphic)

Recent changes put ratings at beneficiary fingertips through simple online clicks

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MHS Quality, Patient Safety, and Access Information (for Patients) | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals)

Exertional heat injuries pose annual threat to U.S. service members

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7/20/2017
Two U.S. service members perform duties in warm weather where they may be exposed to extreme heat conditions and a higher risk of heat illness.

Exertional heat injuries pose annual threat to U.S. service members, according to a study published in Defense Health Agency’s Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) peer-reviewed journal, the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.

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Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Medical Surveillance Monthly Report | Summer Safety

Pacific Angel exercise in Fiji focuses on exchanges of expertise

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7/19/2017
Sergeant Natoga Anitelu, left, a medical services technician with Fiji's military forces, discusses the best ways to clear an infant's airway with U.S. Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Paola Rosa, center, and U.S. Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Scott Stewart, right, during a subject-matter-expert exchange as part of exercise Pacific Angel 17-3 at a health care center in Ba, Fiji. (Air Force photo by Capt. Samantha Morrison)

Pacific Angel has multilateral international participants from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region working together to assist local communities and improve capabilities among one another as one team

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Civil Military Medicine | Health Readiness

Counter-hemorrhaging medical device saves service members' lives

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7/18/2017
U.S. Army Spc. Courtney Natal provides aid to a simulated casualty. Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients in combat and in emergency care environments worldwide. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis)

Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients

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Research and Innovation | Innovation

In the zone at WBAMC's inpatient wards

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7/17/2017
Usa Thompson, staff nurse, Surgical Ward, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, measures medication while donning a visual aid designed to limit interactions and distractions while administering medications. Inpatient Wards at WBAMC implemented distraction-free designated times and other initiatives to proactively combat potential for error in missed or incorrect medications. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s Inpatient Wards have proactively implemented a distraction-free designated time dubbed, Medzone

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Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Patient Safety

Vice Chairman praises 'Hidden Heroes' at Warrior Games closing ceremony

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7/14/2017
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, applauds ultimate champion medal recipients, from left, Air Force Senior Airman Jamie Biviano, gold; Air Force Capt. Austin Williamson, silver; and Marine Corps Staff. Sgt. John Stanz, bronze, during the closing ceremony for the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago, July 8, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

The 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games drew to a close July 8

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Watch out for 'hidden' sugars

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7/14/2017
Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald)

Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table.

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Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center

Smith tells Global Health Diplomacy students cooperation needed between nations, government

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7/14/2017
Dr. David Smith, performing the duties of the assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, speaks during a panel session at the U.S. State Department’s Global Health Diplomacy course at the agency’s Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, July 12, 2017.

Dr. David Smith, performing the duties of the assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, spoke during a panel session at the U.S. State Department’s Global Health Diplomacy course at the agency’s Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, July 12, 2017, He told attendees that cooperation across U.S. government agencies’ lines is crucial ...

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With success comes ‘great momentum’ in hearing center’s future

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7/13/2017
Marine Staff Sgt. Charles Mitchell takes the annual audiogram test at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

DoD’s Hearing Center of Excellence works closely with other departments and organizations, including VA and NIH, to facilitate research focused on prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing issues

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Hearing Loss | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Innovation

Summer sun safety

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7/12/2017
We all love being in the sun. But being in the sum means it's time to revisit smart practices to protect you, your family and especially your children from exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays. (U.S. Army photo by Ronald Wolf)

Although anyone of any skin color has some risk for skin cancer, some individuals are at much higher risk

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Summer Safety

Sweltering ‘dog days’ of summer are no walk in the park for household pets

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7/11/2017
Dogs like Jade, shown relaxing in the shade in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, are more vulnerable than cats to heat hazards because they usually spend more time outside with their owners.

Heat and other summertime risks for pets

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Advancement Toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards accepting nominations

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7/11/2017
Accepting awards on behalf of their commands for the 2016 Improved Access awards are (left to right): Capt. Jason Heaton, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Access to Specialty Care; Mark Smithwick and Capt Matthew Jansen, 97th Medical Group, Altus AFB, Oklahoma, Access to Primary Care (1st Place); Maj Brittanie Neaves, 14th Medical Group, Columbus AFB, Mississippi, Access to Primary Care (2nd Place); Dr. Robin Meadows, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia, Pharmacy Access; Col. David Duplessis, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Embedded Specialists; Sarah McComb, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Washington, Operational Access to Primary Care; and Maj Riliwan Ottun, U.S. Army Medical Command, San Antonio, Access to Primary Care (3rd Place). (MHS photo by John Davis)

The awards program encourages four important institutional goals

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Patient Safety | Awards Program

Partnership improves care, prosthetics for wounded warriors

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7/10/2017
Experts across the DoD and VA come together to collaborate on research and innovation through the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Anastasia McCarroll)

The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence brings DoD and VA together to conduct research aimed at saving extremities and improving care for patients with amputations

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Research and Innovation | Extremities Loss | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Innovation

One size no longer fits all: MHS’ approach to individualized medicine

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7/7/2017
Dr. Jonathan Woodson, former assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and member of Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Board of Regents, provided the opening remarks at the recent Precision Medicine Research Conference in Potomac, Maryland. (Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences photo)

Military Health System experts discussed the importance of individualized approach to prevention and treatment, and the need for MHS and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences to pave the way

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Preventive Health | Medical Research and Development
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