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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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Patient Safety in Action: Teamwork, Communication and Professional Conduct

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9/30/2016
Four humanoid cartoon figures stand in a square, each holding one differently colored piece of a puzzle. The pieces are not yet together, but appear as though they will fit into one complete square.

Patient safety professionals and champions, by nature, are dedicated to the goal of delivering high quality, safe care to their patients.They go the extra mile, not only for their patients, but for their interdisciplinary teams, who share this common goal. Together, they know that only by mutually supporting each another can they succeed. After all, ...

Stop shin splints

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9/30/2016
U.S. Air Force Airmen run laps around the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. Shin splints – a common injury among athletes, particularly runners – refers to pain in the leg below the knee, usually on the inside part of your shin. This pain can be caused by micro-tears at the bone tissue, possibly caused by overuse or repetitive stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Stephen D. Schester)

Shin splints usually occur after sudden changes in exercise or physical activity

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Human Performance Resource Center | Physical Activity

Can exercise relieve chronic pain?

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9/29/2016
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Paradiso participates in a sunrise yoga class on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. If you’re thinking of adding exercise to your pain management plan, consider the following types: aerobic, strength, and flexibility. But make sure your exercise program is specifically tailored to your needs. Some exercises might be easier or more difficult to complete depending upon the type and location of your pain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Liaghat)

It’s important to know the difference between chronic pain and injury-related pain

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Human Performance Resource Center | Physical Activity

DoD highlights importance of National Preparedness Month

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9/29/2016
Louisiana National Guard Soldiers with the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 205th Engineer Battalion, help a man out of the bridge erection boat they used to check on residents affected by flooding in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Rebekah Malone)

Preparedness not only protects DoD members, but also enhances the department's ability to meet future threats and challenges

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Emergency Preparedness and Response

TRICARE expands access to mental health care, substance use disorder treatment

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9/29/2016
Image of the TRICARE logo.

Significant improvements to TRICARE's mental health benefit being implemented

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Air Force medics train in battlefield medicine course

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9/28/2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Triana, left, 347th Operations Support Squadron independent duty medical technician-paramedic, addresses injuries on a simulated patient during a tactical combat casualty care course, in Okeechobee, Florida. The course tests and reinforces participants’ lifesaving medical skills while they are in high-stress, combat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

Through this course, the Air Force gets highly-qualified medics providing quality medical care in austere environments

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Health Readiness

Do the benefits of sports participation outweigh the risks?

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9/28/2016
Youth participate in a flag football game on Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Travis Gershaneck)

Although some wonder if the benefits of children being active in sports outweigh the risks, sports medicine experts encourage parents to consider these points

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Physical Activity | Preventive Health | Children's Health

The impact of traumatic brain injuries on community life

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9/27/2016
A soldier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s traumatic brain injury clinic in Alaska takes a cognitive hand-eye coordination test on a driving stimulator.

Dealing with the repercussions of a TBI, many find aspects of adjusting back into their communities difficult

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Traumatic Brain Injury | Warrior Care

Why suicide prevention holds a special place in my heart

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9/27/2016
Dean (left) and Dale White

Navy Medicine’s chaplain recounts his story of ‘the why’

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Dietary supplements, fact vs. fiction

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9/26/2016
Supplements may lack nutrients a body needs that it can only get through eating certain foods. Individuals who are taking supplements may in fact not need what they are taking and what they are taking could produce adverse effects.

Individuals taking supplements may not need what they are taking and what they are taking could produce adverse effects

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U.S., Japanese medics participate in bilateral medical training exercise

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9/26/2016
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force medics carry a casualty from an ambulance to a JGSDF helicopter while a U.S. Army medic calls directions during a bilateral medical training exercise.

Orient Shield is Japanese-American medical training exercise that includes providing care while taking fire, setting up a mobile triage and evacuating casualties by ground and air transport

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Health Readiness

Bono reinforces support for disabled veterans, advocacy efforts

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9/23/2016
Defense Health Agency director Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono delivers keynote address to attendees of the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s ‘Mission:ABLE’ awards ceremony in downtown Washington, DC.

DHA director Vice Adm. Bono lauds the efforts of award recipients at the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA)‘Mission: ABLE’ awards ceremony and says advocacy groups help DHA serve disabled veterans.

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Healthy aging starts sooner than you think

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9/23/2016
Air Force Staff Sgt. Nick Crouse, a medical technician with the 193rd Special Operations Wing's Medical Group out of Middletown, Pennsylvania, takes the blood pressure of a patient. Heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are three ailments that take a huge toll on the body as it ages. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Preventive medicine is important for geriatrics

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Soldiers perform medical evacuation training

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9/23/2016
Soldiers from the 7th Mission Support Command, Medical Support Unit-Europe conduct medical evacuation training with Staff Sgt. Jessie Turner, flight medic with the 1st Armored Division's Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta)

Army Reserve medics and active duty helicopter pilots worked together to practice loading and transporting patients

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Cochlear implant opens up the world for Army colonel

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9/22/2016
Dr. Elizabeth Searing (right) makes initial adjustments via a computer to Lt. Col. James Morrison's cochlear implant. Dr. April Luxner, an audiologist with Cochlear Corporation, was on hand to witness Morrison's reactions to hearing with his right ear after 12 years of deafness. (U.S. Army photo by Jeff Troth)

In the past 12 years, Army Lt. Col. James Morrison has seen ear, head and neck, and neurology specialists at the six posts where he was stationed

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