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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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New medical practice restores function for trauma, cancer patients

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5/18/2017
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III (left), chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service, and Dr. Khang Thai, plastic surgeon, WBAMC, utilize a microscope during a microvascular transplant or "free flap" surgery as part of WBAMC's Reconstructive Microsurgery Program. Reconstructive microsurgery is a new practice to WBAMC and includes the autologous transfer of tissue, nerves and bone to trauma, cancer, or birth-related defected areas of patients, restoring function to the affected area. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

The launch of the Reconstructive Microsurgery Program is the latest in reconstructive surgery advances

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Innovation | Technology | Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Nurse scientists generate new knowledge for Air Force

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5/17/2017
Members of the of the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron assist patients on medical transport flight out of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Air Force nurse scientists are conducting valuable research to improve en route patient care during aeromedical evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Willis)

Nurse scientists are a small group of specially trained individuals, who conduct original research to generate new knowledge

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Research and Innovation

A caregiver's quiet resilience

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5/16/2017
Petty Officer 1st Class Troha was diagnosed with a neurological condition in December 2015 after 13 years of Service. The Department of Defense Military Adaptive Sports Program helped him regain a sense of identity. (Courtesy photo)

Wife and military caregiver didn't realize how resilient she was until she had to be

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Warrior Care | Military Adaptive Sports Program | Warrior Games

DoD brain injury center opens more sites for military TBI care

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5/16/2017
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The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center recently added three new traumatic brain injury care network sites

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Traumatic Brain Injury | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Mental Health Care

Innovative scanner designed to save Marines' lives on the battlefield

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5/15/2017
Mark Urrutic, project officer for Family of Field Medical Equipment Team at Marine Corps Systems Command, uses an Infrascanner to locate a simulated hematoma on a mannequin's skull. The Infrascanner is a portable, medical diagnostic device that provides early detection of intracranial hematomas-or bleeding within the skull-in the field, potentially saving lives and improving casualty care and recovery. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Ashley Calingo)

The Infrascanner is a portable, medical diagnostic device that provides early detection of bleeding within the skull, in the field

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Traumatic Brain Injury | Technology | Innovation

Pain, pain, go away: Improving care and safety when managing pain

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5/15/2017
Recently published opioid therapy clinical practice guideline focuses aims to improve quality of care and patient safety when treating acute and chronic pain (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Valerie Monroy).

DoD and VA have released updated recommendations for providers managing patients’ acute and chronic pain using opioid therapy.

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Immunization Healthcare nurses have all bases covered

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5/12/2017
Immunization Healthcare Branch nurse practitioner Ann Morse (left) speaks to Sailors about immunizations at a health fair. The Health Fair was part of a long-range plan to improve the overall health and wellness of Sailors.(U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Mckensey Smith)

The nurses and nurse practitioners of the DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch carry on a proud tradition of nursing in military medicine, through education, policy development, adverse event management, research and training all done in the name of caring for patients and providers and ensuring the health of our warfighters.

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Wilmoth's careers in academia, military were dual but never dueling

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5/12/2017
Margaret Wilmouth enjoyed a long military career where she reached the rank of major general and deputy surgeon general for the U.S. Army Reserve, the first nurse and woman in this role.

Margaret Wilmouth enjoyed a long military career where she reached the rank of major general and deputy surgeon general for the U.S. Army Reserve, the first nurse and woman in this role

Caregivers mark National Nurses Week with wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

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5/11/2017
Several military nurses participated in laying a wreath at the Nurse's Memorial in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery, May 8, 2017, as part of National Nurses Week. (U.S. Army photo by C. Todd Lopez)

Military nurse leaders participated in laying a wreath at the Nurses Memorial in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery

Mother's Day a chance to highlight care in the Military Health System

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5/11/2017
This year, the Nunns will be celebrating Mother’s Day with four-year-old daughter Sabella and the newest addition to the family, four-month-old son Gideon. (Courtesy photo)

The Military Health System helps deliver more than 100,000 babies each year. As Mother’s Day approaches, we talk about what is offered to make sure those experiences are world-class, no matter where people are in the world.

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Children's Health | Women's Health

Army sergeant and Paralympian: "I'm so grateful military nurses put up with me."

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5/10/2017
Retired Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (left) shares the spotlight with Sgt. Elizabeth Marks in March at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., after Marks was inducted into the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame. (Courtesy photo)

As a wounded warrior who worked relentlessly to be declared fit for duty, Marks' interactions with nurses have been plentiful.

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May is better speech and hearing month

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5/10/2017
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds maintenance professionals, wearing hearing protection, watch  Thunderbird 5 taxi out during the Wings of Freedom Open House and Air Show performance, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Auditory injury is an invisible condition that is often viewed as an unavoidable, acceptable consequence of military service, but service-related hearing loss is largely preventable. Most hearing protection, if worn properly during noise-hazardous conditions, is effective in preventing hearing loss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stan Parker)

The Veterans Benefits Administration reports that tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two service-connected disabilities for U.S. military veterans

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Military nurses honored during ceremony at Defense Health Headquarters

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5/10/2017
(l-r) Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force deputy surgeon general and chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps; Army 1st Lt. Kelsey Lane, Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital; Air Force 2nd Lt. Jeffery Reimer, Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Melissa Troncosco, student nurse and Ph.D. candidate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, winner a gold medal in swimming at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio; and Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, acting deputy director for the Defense Health Agency, took part in a cake cutting during a ceremony honoring military nurses during National Nurses Week at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, May 9, 2017.

The Military Health System has joined in recognition of National Nurses Week, with continues through May 12, as a way to spotlight the contributions military nurses make to readiness and care of service members, retirees, and their families.

Military, civilian nurses learn, teach in unique DoD-VA collaboration

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5/9/2017
The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, located 40 miles north of Chicago, is a first-of-its-kind facility staffed with uniformed nurses from the Navy, and serves nearly 67,000 eligible beneficiaries. Navy Lt. Nathan Aranas (left) and Christine Barassi-Jackson (right) work side-by-side at the center. Aranas is an active duty Navy registered nurse and Barassi-Jackson works as a registered nurse with the Veteran’s Affairs. (Courtesy photo)

Military nurses get the chance to learn and teach in a unique collaboration in North Chicago

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DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Program offers holistic recovery tools to Soldiers with TBI

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5/9/2017
MIST Program participants engage in traditional and nontraditional therapies, such as creating symbolic masks. The MIST Program offers holistic treatment to service members with traumatic brain injuries and other traumatic conditions. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

The holistic focus of MIST recognizes that the whole person is affected by brain injuries and the conditions that often accompany them

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Mental Health Care | Traumatic Brain Injury | Mental Wellness
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