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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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Blue-light-blocking lenses a potential breakthrough for warfighters

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4/7/2017
Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, are illuminated by the glow of the blue light from their computer screens. Blue light blocks the brain's production of melatonin, an important chemical that helps people sleep. New lenses developed by the Navy are designed to be worn for a couple of hours before bedtime and will block the blue light, allowing warfighters to get better sleep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

New tinting for glasses could help service members get more sleep.

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Sleep | Health Readiness | Warrior Care | Innovation

Chinn to Navy League: Innovations key to medically ready force, ready medical force

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4/7/2017
Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, talked about battlefield medicine innovations as Rear Adm. Stephen Pachuta, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps watched, during a combat survivability panel at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C. Others on the panel (not pictured)included Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Forrest Faison; Rear Adm. Cathal O’Connor, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE; and Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, director Medical Resources, Plans, and Policy at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine.

Innovations in battlefield medicine are helping raise survival rates for those injured in combat to the highest levels in the history of warfare. Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke about that at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of ...

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Innovation | Health Readiness

Keesler surgeons perform first robotic surgery in Air Force

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4/6/2017
Members of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron perform the first robotic surgery in the Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Using robotic surgery decreases risk of surgical sight infections while giving the surgeon better visibility and dexterity while operating, which improves the overall surgical procedure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)

Surgeons used the da Vinci Xi robot to perform a robotic ventral hernia repair

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Technology

WBAMC provides newborn blanket to minimize SIDS

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4/6/2017
Karson Winters, son of Army Spc. Samiya Winters and Spc. Deshau Winters, naps while wrapped with a safe sleep blanket, a toe-to-neck zip-up blanket designed to help newborns stay warm while reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

According to the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute, there are about 4,000 sleep-related infant deaths occurring each year in the United States

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Children's Health | Military Hospitals and Clinics

5210 campaign fights childhood obesity by encouraging better nutrition, less screen time, more exercise

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4/5/2017
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5210 Healthy Military Children campaign encourages children to get five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day; fewer than two hours of recreational time in front of a TV, tablet, portable video game, or computer screen; one hour of exercise each day; and zero sugary drinks

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Nutrition | Physical Activity | Children's Health

Exercise intensity: Less isn’t always more

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4/5/2017
Army Reserve Sgt. Mindy Baptist (center), stretches out after morning battalion physical training exercise. Not every workout needs to top out the intensity scale. In fact, doing too much too often can lead to overtraining and injury. Remember to listen to your body and incorporate rest or light days into your workout regimen. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan)

Exercise intensity is relative, so you can benefit from exercise at a level that you consider high intensity

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Military blood program conducts first blood drive at U.S. Senate

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4/4/2017
Annie Humphrey, Senate staff member, donates blood with the Armed Services Blood Program. Staff members from the Armed Services Blood Bank Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, traveled to Washington, D.C., for the blood drive. All blood collected during the drive directly supports ill or injured service members and their families worldwide. (Courtesy photo by Giovanni Rodriguez)

The Armed Services Blood Program traveled to the U.S. Senate for the first military blood drive on Capitol Hill

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Military Children’s Health Month: Taking care of our youngest beneficiaries

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4/4/2017
Dr. Terry Adirim, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight

April is Military Children’s Health month

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Bono encourages female physicians to tackle leadership roles

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4/3/2017
Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, addressed female medical personnel during the Female Physician Leadership Course at Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Bono spoke on the importance of being a leader in the Military Health System. (MHS file photo)

MHS hosts fifth Female Physician Leadership Course

Military exercise provides medical care to Kodiak Island residents

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4/3/2017
Air Force Senior Airman Lauren Scheonore (right), 147th Medical Group, Texas Air National Guard and Air Force Staff Sgt. Keith Wuetig (left),with 434th Aerospace Medical Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, train on how to properly use a retinal scanner before seeing patients during Arctic Care 2017 in Kodiak, Alaska. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Arctic Care 2017 is an Office of the Secretary of Defense-sponsored, Air Force Reserve Command-led training event

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Defense Health Agency to host an industry day

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3/29/2017
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The Defense Health Agency is hosting an industry day on Monday, May 8th, 2017, at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Virginia.

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2016 marks first year of zero combat amputations since the start of the Afghan, Iraq wars

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3/28/2017
An analysis by the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report recently reported 2016 marks the first year without combat amputations since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began. U.S. Armed Forces are at risk for traumatic amputations of limbs during combat deployments and other work hazards. (DoD photo)

An analysis by the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR) recently reported 2016 marks the first year of zero combat amputations since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began.

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Sleep, readiness go hand in hand

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3/28/2017
Despite the medically proven linkage between sleep and readiness, all too often sleep is viewed as a luxury by some service members. Getting a good night's sleep can result in increased productivity at work, as well as a reduction in injuries, errors and accidents. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)

Despite the medically proven linkage between sleep and readiness, all too often sleep is viewed as a luxury by some soldiers

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Brain Injury Awareness Part 2: Screening puts injured on right path to recovery

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3/27/2017
The HEADS card helps medics, leaders, and battle buddies in the field evaluate such injuries. HEADS stands for Headaches, Ears ringing, Amnesia, Dizziness, and "Something feels wrong" - all symptoms of concussion.

There are four parts of traumatic brain injury (TBI): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the second part in our series on TBI, we talk about the tools available to caregivers and troops in the field to determine a TBI

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MHS GENESIS clinical sync meeting gives users insights on use, history of similar systems

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3/27/2017
Dr. Paul Cordts, the Military Health System functional champion, addressed a group of clinicians, administrators, and private-sector civilians with previous experience with a similar electronic health record system to talk about MHS GENESIS.

Clinicians, administrators, and private-sector civilians with previous experience with a similar electronic health record system recently got together at the Defense Health Headquarters to talk about the deployment of MHS GENESIS, the new electronic health record rolling out system-wide

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