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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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Protecting our people protects our mission

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4/19/2017
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Eliminating sexual assault requires every service member be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding military core values. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell)

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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Sexual Assault Prevention

How long do I wait for an urgent appointment? A window into waiting times in military medicine

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4/19/2017
MHS Seal

The Military Health System places significant priority on ensuring our service members and their families have constant, reliable access to the health care services they need

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Access to Health Care | Patient Satisfaction and Access | MHS Quality, Patient Safety, and Access Information (for Patients)

Boost your push-up performance

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4/18/2017
Push-ups are a simple, but telling, exercise. They measure your upper-body strength and endurance, but they’re often a sticking point for service members during their fitness tests. So, how can you improve your push-up performance? The short answer is: Do more push-ups. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

Practicing your push-ups is the best way to increase your strength and endurance

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Physical Activity | Human Performance Resource Center

Raising the voice of the unheard

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4/18/2017
The Department of Defense, Air Force and Sexual Assault Prevention Response teams are working to make male victims more comfortable to report sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Sarah Denewellis)

Studies show that men choose not to report a sexual assault for fear they will face disbelief, victim blaming and reprisal if they choose to report

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Sexual Assault Prevention

Getting back on track: Changing your behavior to achieve goals

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4/17/2017
Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail. Identifying the behaviors that led you off track is the way to help you understand what works for you and get you back on track. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail

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Deployment Health | Operation Live Well

Nurse Advice Line: Lifeline to parents in the Military Health System

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4/17/2017
Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line. Call 1-800-TRICARE, option 1 to get connected. (MHS graphic)

Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line

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Access to Health Care | Children's Health

Air Force canine comforts sexual assault victims

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4/14/2017
Shellie Severa, the 354th Fighter Wing’s sexual assault prevention and response head victim advocate, poses with Tessa, the first SAPR K-9, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Severa is a certified K-9 trainer. She serves as Tessa’s primary handler and has been working as a victim advocate for nine years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)

Beginning in the winter of 2016, the golden retriever has already assisted seven victims

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Sexual Assault Prevention

Army modernizes portable battlefield radiography system

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4/14/2017
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency Equipment Specialist Diego Gomez-Morales demonstrates the new Portable Digital Radiography System that will replace two aging devices, including an X-ray generator and an accompanying computerized reader system. The PDRS combines these capabilities into a single lightweight X-ray unit intended for use by deployed medical, Special Operations and Mortuary Affair Army units. (U.S. Army photo by Ellen Crown)

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency will soon field the PDRS to the Army to replace two aging devices, including an X-ray generator and an accompanying computerized reader system

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Technology

Belvoir Hospital first in DoD to perform new vision correction procedure

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4/13/2017
The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center at the Belvoir Hospital performs the first small incision lenticule extraction procedure in the DoD, the latest advancement in laser eye surgery. The procedure uses a very fast, short-pulsed laser to perform the vision correction procedure and as a result, visual recovery time is accelerated. (Department of Defense photo by Reese Brown)

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s surgeons performed the first small incision lenticule extraction procedure in the Department of Defense

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Vision Loss

Pentagon exhibit showcases wounded warriors' therapeutic art

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4/13/2017
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, talks to Richard Ung, a retired Marine and wounded warrior, at the Pentagon Healing Arts Exhibit. (Courtesy photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono spoke at the kickoff of the Pentagon Patriotic Arts Program’s newest exhibit

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Warrior Care

Brain Injury Awareness Part 4: The road to recovery

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4/12/2017
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin Woodside is back to his favorite hobby of rock climbing, but with a constant awareness of the need for safety after suffering a severe TBI.

There are four parts of traumatic brain injury (TBI): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the final part in our series on TBI, we walk through the progress Coast Guard Petty Officer Colin Woodside continues to make in his recovery

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Leadership dedicated to eliminating sexual assault

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4/12/2017
A Marine learns more about what the DoD Safe Helpline offers DoD personnel. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month across the DoD. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Phillips)

Senior leaders from various commands at Naval Support Activity Bethesda came together and signed a proclamation in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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Sexual Assault Prevention

Brain Injury Awareness Part 3: Treatment puts TBI victim on road to recovery

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4/11/2017
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin Woodside on the long road to recovery after suffering a severe traumatic brain injury.

There are four parts of traumatic brain injury (TBI): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the third part in our series on TBI, we talk about the treatments available after a TBI.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

‘Always On Call’ Active-Duty, Reserve medevac teams train together

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4/10/2017
Air Force Capt. Erik Spiess, 349th Aeromedical Evacuations Squadron flight nurse (left), and Air Force Master Sgt. Rard Perkins, 911th Operations Group aircrew trainer, hand off a patient to members of the 60th Inpatient Squadron to secure on an ambulance bus for delivery to David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, California. Members of the 60th IPTS participated in the Air Force Reserve exercise Patriot Delta, providing enroute patient care and staging the medical manikins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Airmen participated in Patriot Delta, an Air Force Reserve Command exercise designed for aeromedical evacuation squadrons

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Victim Advocates: Critical members of sexual assault, prevention response

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4/10/2017
Navy Airman Erica Fischer, an aviation boatswain’s mate from Whidbey Island, Wash., conducts maintenance on an aircraft firefighting engine on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Navy photo by Seaman Zach Sleeper)

The SAPR team aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower seeks to prevent and respond to sexual assaults, but also is working to eliminate that crime from the ranks

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Sexual Assault Prevention
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