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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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Women’s Health Month: Time to reset your health care habits

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10/5/2017
Defense Health Agency’s Director, Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono (center, foreground) reminds everyone October is Women’s Health Month and a great time to remember that women owe it to themselves and their loved ones to make their health a priority. (DoD file photo)

October is Women’s Health Month and a great time to remember that we, as women, owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to make our health a priority

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App helps Guard Soldiers prepare for physical fitness test

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10/4/2017
New app available through Guard Your Health will help Soldiers prepare for their physical fitness assessments. (U.S. Army photo)

Guard Your Health recently launched Guard Fit

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Physical Activity | Technology | Health Readiness

Take Command of Your Health: Milestone changes coming to TRICARE

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10/4/2017
The Defense Health Agency recently met a key requirement for implementing these changes, with the publication of a formal document – called an Interim Final Rule – that establishes the legal “rules of the road” for putting in place changes mandated by Congress. “We are working hard to use the opportunity Congress gave us to continue building a health plan that does even better for our beneficiaries, the warfighter, and the taxpayers who support us,” said Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of Defense Health Agency. (DoD file photo)

Beneficiaries will be able to take command of their health care through expanded choices

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TRICARE Health Program

DoD leaders announce TRICARE Interim Final Rule changes

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10/3/2017
DoD leaders have announced the Interim Final Rule that charts the way forward for transforming TRICARE, the military’s health care system. Pictured here, Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, speaks about provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2017 conference in Orlando, Florida. (DoD photo)

The Interim Final Rule charts the way forward for transforming TRICARE

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Navy deploys USNS Comfort to support Puerto Rico disaster relief

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10/2/2017
Approximately 750 doctors, nurses, corpsmen and support personnel from across the Navy embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort in support of the U.S. military response to the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy file photo)

USNS Comfort deploys more than 750 Sailors to support this specific mission as defined by the Department of Defense

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Civil Military Medicine | Emergency Preparedness and Response | Civil Support | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Women need to make time for their health

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10/2/2017
Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicole Rent, 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance apprentice, stretches at the Elmendorf Fitness Center, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Experts recommend exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales)

October is Women’s Health Month

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Soldier uses school project to combat suicide

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9/29/2017
Ohio Army National Guard Capt. Michael Barnes talks to a Soldier about the Ohio Vet 2 Vet Network, a website and mobile app with information and resources for military veterans and their families to combat the risk factors of suicide among veterans. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Carden)

Army Capt. Michael Barnes is channeling his passion for helping veterans to get a master’s degree in nursing

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Suicide Prevention

Into the woods: Does nature nurture healing?

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9/29/2017
The Green Road nature site is tucked away on bustling Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Uniformed Services University)

The goals of the Green Road project are to provide empirical evidence for the healing power of nature in wounded warriors and their caregivers

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Mental Health Care | Suicide Prevention

MHS GENESIS deployed at Naval Hospital Bremerton

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9/28/2017
Official MHS GENESIS Logo

MHS GENESIS will provide a single integrated electronic health record for service members, veterans and their families

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MHS GENESIS | Military Health System Electronic Health Record

Medical Airman saves newborn minutes from death

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9/27/2017
Senior Airman Taylor Scherff, 55th Medical Group Pediatric Clinic medical technician, takes Isabelle Kittel’s temperature as her mom, Casey, holds her Sept. 12, 2017 in the Ehrling Bergquist Clinic, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake)

If Airman Scherff hadn’t caught the abnormalities in the baby when she first encountered her, the baby very likely would have passed away prior to receiving care

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Military Hospitals and Clinics

One small act can save a life

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9/26/2017
Suicide Prevention Month is a prime opportunity for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Military Health System to raise public awareness of suicide risk among Service members, Veterans and beneficiaries

There are no specific demographics associated with suicides, but there may be warning signs

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Advice to young athletes: A variety of sports is the spice of life

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9/25/2017
Children participate in a sports clinic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The installation partnered with the YMCA of Pikes Peak Region to teach young athletes the fundamentals of baseball, gymnastics, soccer, and basketball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Wes Wright)

Young athletes who focus on one sport instead of sampling a variety are more likely to suffer overuse injuries

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Children's Health | Physical Activity

Air Force launches aerial spray mission against mosquitoes

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9/25/2017
Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Ken Hesser, a crew chief with the 910th Maintenance Group, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, marshals a C-130H Hercules aircraft as the aircrew taxis the plane for takeoff on the flightline of the Kelly Field Annex. Hesser is among more than 90 Reserve Citizen Airmen supporting the 910th’s mosquito control aerial spray operations over areas of eastern Texas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The 910th Airlift Wing operates the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray capability to control pest insect populations, eliminate undesired and invasive vegetation and disperse oil spills in large bodies of water. Due to large amounts of standing, polluted water, the numbers of pest insects are increasing significantly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr.)

The Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing continues aerial spray mosquito control application in areas of eastern Texas to assist Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

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Repetition, intensity can build a ‘recipe for injury’ during workouts

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9/22/2017
Avoiding any sudden increases in activity level, duration, load, and intensity can help prevent overuse injuries. Injuries can also happen as a result of technique errors, such as poor form during strength training exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

Doing too much too soon, or too much of the same, can lead to overuse injuries but there are many ways people can prevent these injuries

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Physical Activity | Preventive Health | Operation Live Well

International service members, veterans join for 2017 Invictus Games

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9/21/2017
The U.S. Swimming team trains for the Invictus Games at Hofstra University in New York, September 19, 2017. The Invictus Games, established by Britain’s Prince Harry in 2014, brings together wounded and injured veterans from 17 nations for 12 adaptive sporting events, including track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball, and new to the 2017 games, golf. (DoD photo by Roger L. Wollenberg)

The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style competition which draws together athletes from 17 allied nations to participate in nearly a dozen adaptive sports

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