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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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Surgical Soldiers get their paws dirty

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1/3/2017
Army Maj. Elizabeth L. Kassulke, an Emergency Room Nurse assigned to the 67th Forward Surgical Team, grimaces as MWD Lion leaps and grabs her sleeve. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Chris Angeles)

Military working dogs are treated with the same urgency as any other wounded Soldier, although they can present different challenges for surgeons, nurses, and medics who are primarily accustomed to human patients

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Veterinary Service

The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

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12/30/2016
Army Spc. Kevin Alexander of 138th Quartermaster Company grabs an energy drink at the Post Exchange. Most energy drinks contain anywhere from 70 to 200 milligrams of caffeine. The daily recommended intake of caffeine is no more than 300 milligrams. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Bruce)

Energy drinks became the beverage of choice for many service members during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, promising to give an energy boost while in the field

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Nutrition | Health Readiness

DCoE hot-topic blogs of 2016

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12/30/2016
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Throughout 2016, the Defense Centers of Excellence addressed many issues related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury

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Warrior Care | Traumatic Brain Injury | Mental Health Care | Sleep | Mental Wellness

Recently approved cholera vaccine available for use in the U.S.

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12/29/2016
Cholera vaccinations via injection were routine for service members. Now, An FDA-approved vaccine is available for use in the United States for travelers going to cholera-affected areas. Vaxchora, which received its FDA license in 2016, is a single dose oral vaccine that contains live attenuated cholera bacteria. Cholera is a disease that is often transmitted through contaminated food or water. (U.S. Army Photo by Dustin Senger)

Cholera, a disease often found in contaminated food and water, affects an estimated five million people a year around the world. Now a vaccine to help protect against the disease is available to U.S. travelers going to cholera-affected areas.

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Immunization Healthcare | Cholera | Preventive Health | Immunizations

U.S. military medicine finds way to help developing countries help themselves

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12/29/2016
U.S. Army Capt. Cody Negrete, a general dentist assigned to the Functional Specialty Team Bravo 407th Civil Affairs Company, along with Hope Africa University students, observe Burundi National Defense Force Col. Bizimana Athanase, oral surgeon, perform a routine filling on a man at Kamenge Military Hospital in Bujumbura, Burundi. Negrete traveled to Burundi to participate in a military health engagement meant to share best practices with the BNDF and their medical providers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

In terms of global health engagement, the Military Health System wants to teach developing countries’ military medical systems how to help themselves.

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Global Health Engagement

DARPA provides groundbreaking bionic arms to Walter Reed

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12/28/2016
Dr. Justin Sanchez, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Biological Technologies Office, fist-bumps with one of the first two advanced “LUKE” arms to be delivered from a new production line during a ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

DARPA is collaborating with Walter Reed to make bionic arms available to service members and veterans who are rehabilitating after suffering upper-limb loss

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Technology | Innovation | Warrior Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Physical Disability Board of Review to veterans: We want to help

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12/28/2016
Through the Department of Defense, the Physical Disability Board of Review serves as means for veterans to appeal their cases with the possibility of modifying their assigned rating or disability retirement status. In hopes of helping eligible at-risk and homeless veterans, PDBR continues to make significant efforts to find and assist those who are eligible.

Physical Disability Board of Review, created to help veterans who have separated from the military confirm accuracy in their disability ratings, has reviewed thousands of applications and wants to receive more as the board strives to help as many eligible veterans as possible

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Physical Disability Board of Review

MHS year in review: A look into malaria research

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12/27/2016
The antimalarial medication Malarone was issued to service members deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods)

With two vaccines and an antimalarial drug set to begin clinical trials next year, Walter Reed Institute of Research looks back on its work in malaria research over the past year.

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Preventive Health | Research and Innovation

'Lilypads' brighten pediatric patients' stay at BAMC

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12/27/2016
Lillian Sun, Amaya Mali and Sophie Rosenberg, students with the Westlake Robotics Club, display a few of their donated IV pole "lilypads" with the help of Army Col. Elizabeth Murray and Air Force Master Sgt. Sean Keene in an inpatient pediatric ward. The Robotics Club students constructed and donated 10 lily pads to pediatric patients at Brooke Army Medical Center. ( U.S. Army photo by Elaine Sanchez)

The ‘lilypads’ are decorated platforms that rest at the base of the IV pole, offering pediatric patients a fun place to sit as they move throughout the hospital

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | San Antonio

Dr. Guice reflects on Military Health System improvements

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12/23/2016
Dr. Karen S. Guice, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, presents the keynote address opening the 2016 Military Health System Research Symposium in Orlando, Florida, recently.

The Defense Department’s top medical official reflected on her five-and-a-half year tenure at the Pentagon, notably a comprehensive review of the Military Health System

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Military Health System Review Report | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Military spouses and kids: Staying resilient

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12/22/2016
A pilot is greeted by his family during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station, Oceana. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alysia R. Hernandez)

As a military spouse, you have a lot on your plate – and if you’re also a parent, you have to balance those challenges with the needs of your children

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Deployment Health | Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness | Children's Health

Military medicine advances contribute to highest survival rates in history

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12/22/2016
Wounded Warriors participate in the track and field events of the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Shea Stadium in West Point. The DoD Warrior Games highlight the importance of adaptive sports and reconditioning activities in the recovery of all wounded warriors. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tynisha Daniel)

Military leaders and medical personnel were quick to realize that battlefield injuries could have long-term consequences for service members

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Warrior Care

To drink or not to drink: Have a plan

Article
12/21/2016
USS John C. Stennis' crew and family members dance during a command holiday party. For someone concerned about alcohol intake or battling substance abuse, social events may seem threatening. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang)

For someone concerned about alcohol intake or battling substance abuse, social events may seem threatening

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Substance Abuse | Integrative Wellness

Mass immunization event reaches thousands

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12/21/2016
Medical staff at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia, immunized nearly 1,200 people recently with their drive-through flu vaccination event. (U.S. Army photo by John Corley)

The medical staff at Eisenhower Army Medical Center has been doing a mass immunization event for the past 10 years, and has shown the capability to immunize up to 75 percent of the installation population in a single day

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Immunizations | Immunization Healthcare

Working together ensures high-quality patient care

Article
12/20/2016
Puget Sound MHS logo

Supported by the Defense Health Agency, the Puget Sound MHS was selected as a pilot site for strategic patient communications

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Puget Sound
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