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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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National Wear Red Day® Feb 3 for women’s heart health awareness

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1/31/2017
Wear Red Feb. 3 to raise heart health awareness

Women die from heart disease in greater numbers than any other cause; National Wear Red Day looks to draw attention to that fact and what everyone can do to help change things

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Women's Health | Heart Health

Essentials for workout motivation: Personalizing activities and socializing

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1/30/2017
People participate in a Zumba class dance – a Latin-inspired workout that helps burn calories while dancing.

Identifying why you want to work out, what your goals are and what challenges you may face can help boost your motivation to work out, experts say

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Physical Activity | Sleep

Heart Health Month: Know your family history, change your future

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1/30/2017
Dr. Terry Adirim, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight

Dr. Terry Adirim explains why it’s important for heart health to know your family history and know how you can affect your future

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Heart Health | Tobacco-Free Living

Army orthopaedic residents fix breaks, break the mold

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1/27/2017
Army Capt. Marina Rodriguez (right), a third year resident with William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s Orthopaedic Residency Program, assists Army Lt. Col. Justin Orr, orthopaedic residency program director, during a total ankle replacement on a beneficiary. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

With 25 residents on rotation and 12 staff surgeons, the Orthopaedic Residency Program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center is one of the largest in the Department of Defense

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Military Hospitals and Clinics

Smith to MHS and beneficiaries: Keep moving forward, ready to support the mission, new leaders

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1/26/2017
Dr. David Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy & Oversight

Dr. David Smith, who is now performing the duties of the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, talks about the transition and the future of the MHS

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Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety

Weight-loss supplements are tempting

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1/26/2017
The supplement business is a multi-billion dollar industry that is not currently regulated like conventional food and drug products by the Food and Drug Administration. Not only are they potentially unsafe, weight-loss supplements that advertise “quick fixes” likely won’t help you meet your goals. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

The Food and Drug Administration has categorized many weight-loss supplements as high-risk products

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Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center

Army biomedical tech contributes to Senegalese medical readiness

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1/25/2017
U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Bostic, biomedical technician, and Senegalese biomedical technician Sgt. Delhie Olbnye, work together to repair a blood pressure monitor during Medical Readiness Training Exercise 17-1 at La Sante des Armees Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Simon Flake)

MEDRETE 17-1 is the first in a series of medical readiness training exercises that U.S. Army Africa is scheduled to facilitate within various countries in Africa

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Health Readiness | Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Partners

Tips for staying safe and healthy during winter

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1/25/2017
January is Winter Safety Month. With snow and other weather hazards, winter carries with it a unique set of issues that can impact health and overall well-being. (DoD photo by Rachel Larue)

With snow and other weather hazards, winter carries with it a unique set of issues that can impact health and overall well-being

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Winter Safety | Physical Activity

One Health concept highlights collaboration as key

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1/24/2017
Given its nature and the potential for pandemics, flu is of particular concern regarding Force Health Protection and global health. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Esteven Baca, from the immunizations department at Naval Hospital Pensacola, administers a flu shot to Lt. Alison Malloy, Staff Judge Advocate for the Center for Information Warfare Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson)

Experts, including those at the Defense Health Agency’s Public Health Division, are integrating human medicine, animal health and environmental science to prevent and treat the flu, as well as other serious public health threats

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Global Health Engagement | Immunization Healthcare | Preventive Health | Immunizations | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Veterinary Service | Public Health

'SMART' goals can improve health for new year

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1/24/2017
Travis Combest, exercise physiology and personal trainer in Outpatient Nutrition Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, works out in the fitness center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. For better health, Combest encourages people to set SMART goals – Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. (U.S. Army photo by Bernard Little)

SMART goals build momentum, as well as confidence leading to improvements in fitness and nutrition

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Physical Activity | Nutrition

Cervical cancer: What women need to know

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1/23/2017
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The routine practice of Pap smears has reduced cervical cancer from the number one killer of women in the first half of the 20th century to a mild, treatable condition which rarely progresses

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Women's Health | Preventive Health

Cold injuries among active duty U.S. service members drop to lowest level since winter 2011–2012

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1/23/2017
U.S. service members often perform duties in cold weather climates where they may be exposed to frigid conditions and possible injury.

Cold injuries among active duty U.S. service members drop to the lowest level since winter 2011-2012, according to a study published in Defense Health Agency’s Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) peer-reviewed journal, the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.

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Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Epidemiology and Analysis | Medical Surveillance Monthly Report | Winter Safety

USS Makin Island provides medical assistance to Pakistani sailor

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1/23/2017
A Pakistani sailor prepares to depart the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in a Pakistani navy Aloutte Seagull helicopter after Makin Island’s medical team and embarked members of Fleet Surgical Team 5 performed an emergency appendectomy on him, Jan. 20. Makin Island is deployed with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Clark Lane)

USS Makin Island’s medical team and embarked members of Fleet Surgical Team 5 performed an emergency appendectomy on a Pakistani sailor

Hospital goes low, high tech to ensure patient safety

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1/19/2017
Evans Army Community Hospital operating room nurse Regina Andrews performs a diagnostic test on the RFID wand. The wand is used to locate surgical sponges embedded with an RFID chip. (U.S. Army photo by Jeff Troth)

To ensure the count of medical sponges is correct in its operating rooms, Evans Army Community Hospital has started using radio-frequency ID sponges

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Patient Safety | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Multi-Service Markets | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Innovation | Technology

Providing TLC for ICU babies

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1/19/2017
New mom Kimberly Neifert watches NICU Nurse Brandy Lor check the breathing rate of her daughter Ruelyn at Madigan Army Medical Center. Premature babies experience faster heart rates than adults and may also pause longer between breaths due to immature breathing patterns. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

Needing the care of a neonatal ICU is not something most families anticipate

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Children's Health | Women's Health | Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Puget Sound
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