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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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Guice, Rodriguez provide opening remarks at Warrior Care symposium

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10/26/2016
Dr. Karen Guice, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, provided remarks at the first day of the second annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium in Tampa, Florida. “We fight together and we heal together,” she said of the collaborative approach and engagement that was represented by attendees. “Sharing our approaches and our research in solving the kind of problems that lead to innovative ways to address and solve each one together – this work never stops. Now is not the time to become complacent or reduce our focus, nor is it the time to limit investments.” (Courtesy photo)

Karen Guice, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, along with James Rodriguez Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of Warrior Care Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense provided opening remarks for attendees

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Operation Bushmaster challenges students, enhances readiness

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10/26/2016
Fourth-year medical students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences practiced their skills during Operation Bushmaster, a field exercise that took place Oct. 10-22 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. (DoD photo by Sarah Marshall)

Fourth-year medical students participated in a field exercise, Medical Field Practicum 202, better known as Operation Bushmaster

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Health Readiness

Keep your mouth healthy

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10/25/2016
A well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene throughout your lifetime will reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities, explained Navy Capt. Kevin T. Prince, Chief of the Department of Dentistry at Walter Reed Bethesda.

A well-balanced diet and good, consistent oral hygiene will keep your mouth young and healthy

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Virtual medicine will be norm in future crises, says health chief

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10/25/2016
In a demonstration of the telehealth process at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, clinical staff nurse Army Lt. Maxx P. Mamula examines mock patient Army Master Sgt. Jason H. Alexander using a digital external ocular camera.

The future battlespace may be contested to such a degree that medevacs may be impossible and field hospitals, much less forward operating bases, may not be located nearby

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Air Force global response force training tests readiness

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10/24/2016
U.S. Air Force Emergency room doctors and technicians treat patients with simulated injuries and illnesses during a medical global response force training exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Members of the medical group put the 25-bed field hospital to the test while treating real-world and simulated patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

The 633rd Medical Support Squadron held a medical global response force training exercise

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Safeguarding readiness during winter

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10/24/2016
Although anyone can suffer a cold weather injury, some Soldiers are more at risk than others. Previous cold weather injuries, drinking alcohol, using nicotine, dehydration and long exposure to the cold are some of the factors that could jeopardize a Soldier's health. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Wayne Becton)

As cooler weather approaches, it's crucial that Soldiers understand the importance of protecting themselves to avoid becoming a cold weather injury statistic

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The Defense Health Agency makes additional laboratory developed tests available

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10/21/2016
Image of the TRICARE logo.

The Defense Health Agency updated its policies, making 25 additional laboratory developed tests available to TRICARE patients

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Women face unique challenges when getting a prosthesis

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10/21/2016
Army Spc. Cherdale Allen shows off two of her prosthetic legs: one for walking and the other for high heels.

For military women who have to get a prosthesis, there are considerations unique to them. Among them are a more natural look and a prosthesis that works with traditional women’s fashions.

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Women's Health | Warrior Care | Physical Disability | Extremities Loss

Mixing supplements and medications

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10/20/2016
Interactions between drugs and supplements can result in either an increase or decrease in the effectiveness of your medications. In other words, you could be getting too much or too little of the medications that you need, which can be dangerous to your health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

Interactions between drugs and supplements can result in either an increase or decrease in the effectiveness of your medications

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Blood and tissue samples help DoD make major contribution to Cancer Moonshot

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10/20/2016
Army Col. Craig Shriver is director of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more than 25 years, the military has collected and stored blood serum from all of its members and tissues from many. All that material is now playing a key role in the national Cancer Moonshot.

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Army honors wounded, ill and injured Soldiers during Warrior Care Month

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10/19/2016
November is Warrior Care Month

Each November the Army honors wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families by commemorating Warrior Care Month

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Prostate Cancer: What you should know

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10/19/2016
Air Force Master Sgt. Sam Mullins, second from the left, participated in an organized event earlier in September to raise awareness for prostate cancer. He was joined by his wife, Sharon, and his children, Audrey and Ethan. Dr. Matthew Stringer, far left, who helped operate on Mullin’s cancer, participated in the event as well. (Photo Courtesy of Sam Mullins)

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Here’s what the experts want you to know about it

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Bono to women surgeons: Leadership means helping everyone live up to their potential

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10/18/2016
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, talks to the Association of Women Surgeons meeting in Washington, D.C.

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, related her story of how she became a female surgeon during the Association of Women Surgeons meeting in Washington, D.C.

Navy Shock Trauma Platoon rehearses pediatric care, procedures

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10/18/2016
A series of Broselow pediatric emergency kits, weight-based resuscitation medical kits for children, lie atop a stretcher during pediatric malady training. Shock Trauma Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted the training during PHIBLEX 33 to prepare its Sailors to treat child patients. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards)

U.S. Navy medical officers and corpsmen conducted pediatric malady training

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Fight Song: Army singer belts out beautiful tune despite PTSD

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10/17/2016
Army Staff Sgt. Tierra Brown, a 392nd Army Band vocalist, was seen by millions singing the National Anthem during the CNN Town Hall with President Barack Obama at Fort Lee, Virginia, Sept. 28. Brown, a Soldier of 14 years, has battled post-traumatic stress disorder for years. (U.S. Army photo by T. Anthony Bell)

Army Staff Sgt. Tierra Brown sang the national anthem to open the nationally televised CNN town hall featuring President Barack Obama

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