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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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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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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

DoD Warrior Games open with 265 participants, celebrities

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7/6/2017
Television and movie personality, director, and writer Jon Stewart poses for a selfie with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson and wounded warrior athletes during opening ceremonies for the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, July 1, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

About 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, U.S. Special Forces Command, United Kingdom and Australian Defense Force are competing

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Medical Education and Training Campus instructor brings magic into classroom

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7/6/2017
Army Staff Sgt. John Blaz, Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program instructor at the Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, asks a student to pick from a deck of cards during a magic trick he performed for his students in class. (U.S. Army photo by David DeKunder)

Army Staff Sgt. John Blaz, Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program instructor, uses magic to connect to his students by doing a variety of tricks at the start of each class

Feature: Deadline for High Reliability Awards Fast Approaching

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7/5/2017
Group photo of the Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Award winners for the health care quality and safety discipline.

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Patient Safety in Action: Cutting through Challenges to Improve Surgical Quality Outcomes in the MHS

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7/5/2017
Doctors perform surgery in an operating room.

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DoD PSP Treasure Chest: July Edition

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7/5/2017
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

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Hospital corpsman disregards own life to save Marines

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7/5/2017
Richard Dewert’s gravestone at Massachusetts National Cemetery. (Courtesy photo by Gary Boughton)

Early in 1951, DeWert received orders to the 7th Marine Regiment, a unit known suffering more casualties than just about any other Marine unit during the Korean War

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Military Medical History

Army scientists hope to unlock clues to bone healing in space experiment

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7/3/2017
Bintu Sowe, an associate scientist at the U.S. Army U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research, processes samples from the bone healing experiment that was aboard the International Space Station. The samples were delivered back to Earth by SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft in March. (U.S. Army photo by Crystal Maynard)

Scientists at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research are hoping to determine how bones heal in microgravity, based on an experiment that launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX in February and returned to earth aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft in March

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Research and Innovation | Extremities Loss | Innovation

Health Innovation Month: Finding new ways to better health outcomes

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6/30/2017
Sean Biggerstaff, Ph.D., acting director for the Research and Development directorate for the Defense Health Agency

July is Health Innovation Month in the MHS. Sean Biggerstaff, acting director for Research and Development for the Defense Health Agency, shares his thoughts on what health care innovations are doing to save lives on and off the battlefield

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Research and Innovation | Innovation

'Exciting' advances in prostate cancer research this year

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6/29/2017
The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 161,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the U.S., second only to skin cancer

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Men's Health

Sexually transmitted infections: By any other name, they're preventable

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6/28/2017
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Oliver Arceo draws blood from a sailor at the Naval Air Station North Island medical clinic in Coronado, California, for routine HIV testing. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Marie Montez)

The term for germs spread through sexual contact has changed over the years, from venereal diseases to sexually transmitted diseases and now, sexually transmitted infections or STIs

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Men's Health

Keep an eye on your pets this Fourth of July

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6/28/2017
People watch fireworks during a 2016 Fourth of July celebration at a park near Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Fireworks and barbecues may be fun ways for people to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they’re no picnic for household pets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devin Rumbaugh)

Fireworks and barbecues may be fun ways for people to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they’re no picnic for household pets

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Men's Health: Heart disease

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6/27/2017
A blue 3D drawing of a human heart with large red blood cells flowing out. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 321,000 men died from heart disease in 2013, or one in every four male deaths. (NIH courtesy image)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 321,000 men died from heart disease in 2013, or one in every four male deaths

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Men's Health | Heart Health
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