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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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2017 Year in Review: A look at inspiring individuals who help shape the MHS

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12/20/2017
Staff Sgt. Matthew Crabtree, a medic with the 285th Medical Company (Area Support) and a registered nurse, performs a medical assessment on an infant less than one month old Oct. 27, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Military medical personnel were critical to disaster response related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. (Ohio National Guard photo by Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw)

MHS highlights the contributions of veterans, advocates, providers

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Mental Health Care | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief | Research and Innovation

Your military family: The key to beating holiday blues

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12/20/2017
Airman Adrianna Barelas, 4th Space Operations Squadron system administrator, displays her Grinch side for the holiday season at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2017. Many things can cause stress during the holidays, including travel, financial strain from gift buying, and the expectations of friends and family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

Lift your mood with healthy basics

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Mental Health Care

Let’s get moving: Physical therapy from a provider’s perspective

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12/19/2017
A career spent in the infantry coupled with an active lifestyle led to 12 knee surgeries for U.S. Army Gen. Robert B. Brown, Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific. Shown here (center) greeting soldiers at the National Training Center Fort Irwin, Calif., Brown credits an effective physical therapy regimen for getting him back in the field. (U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Spandau)

Two providers and a former patient share insight into the role of physical therapists, as well as the benefits of seeking help and committing to a program

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Physical Activity | Deployment Health

Increases to TRICARE pharmacy copayments coming Feb. 1, 2018

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12/18/2017
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

On Feb. 1, 2018, copayments for prescription drugs at TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and retail pharmacies will increase.

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Four tips for staying healthy this holiday season

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12/15/2017
The simple act of washing your hands will decrease the risk of illness for you and your family this holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michelle Gigante)

Simple ways to make this the best time of the year for wellness

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Public Health | Integrative Wellness | Mental Wellness

Hurricane brings renewed gratitude to health care NCO

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12/15/2017
After working together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Army Master Sgt. Dean Dawson meets again with brother-in-law and chef Albert Rodriguez during the Invincible Spirit Festival at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio. (Courtesy photo)

With Vegas plan busted, Texan turned to volunteering

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Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

GEIS funds medical surveillance at military laboratories to assist Combatant Commands

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12/14/2017
Nazia Rahman, right, manager of the Uniformed Services University’s Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) Repository, discusses a poster on the sexually-transmitted infection with U.S. Air Force Major Trinette Flowers-Torres, lead for GEIS’s Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Focus Area, left, and Navy Commander Franca Jones, front, chief of GEIS, examine poster on AMR surveillance. (AFHSB photo by Briana Booker).

At the crux of infectious disease surveillance is the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch’s (AFHSB) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) Section that funds the majority of surveillance at military laboratories. Learn about AFHSB's role as a Combat Support Agency within the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

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Coast Guard medical teams help first responders in hurricane-ravaged areas

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12/14/2017
A Coast Guard medical team oversees a temporary tent city set up in Key West, Florida, to shelter service members assisting with hurricane recovery efforts. Pictured left to right: Cmdr. Rob Kuhl, Capt. Ezequias Sanchez-Olmo, HS3 Christopher Roche, HS2 Lauren Coghill, HS2 Ivan Castro, and Cmdr. Justin Eubanks. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Helping those who helped others after Irma and Maria

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Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Invisible wound, visible effects: TBIs need medical help – and the sooner, the better

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12/13/2017
Traumatic brain injuries can happen anywhere. Regardless of how or when, all TBIs need medical attention, experts warn. (Photo courtesy of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

The road to recovery for a traumatic brain injury starts with an evaluation. Regardless of severity or cause, all TBIs require medical attention, experts warn.

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TRICARE changes and network providers

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12/13/2017
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

On Jan. 1, 2018, the current three U.S. TRICARE regions consolidate into two. New regional contractors will administer the TRICARE benefit for the East (Humana Military) and West (Health Net Federal Services, LLC) Regions. Due to these changes, it’s possible that your primary care manager (PCM) will no longer be in network.

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It's a small world after all with rise in global health engagements

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12/11/2017
Dr. Mansour Niang (left), a Senegalese gynecologist, and Dr. Anthony Donaldson, a major in the Vermont Air National Guard, perform surgery during a joint medical readiness training exercise at a hospital in Dakar, Senegal. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Simon Flake)

Efforts’ benefits go beyond protection at home, abroad

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Army-developed Zika vaccine induces strong immune response in early trials

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12/8/2017
A team of U.S. Army researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are developing a Zika vaccine that has induced a strong immune response in early trials. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jonathan Thompson, WRAIR)

A team of U.S. Army researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are developing a Zika vaccine

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2017 Military Health System Allied Health Leadership Excellence Awards

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12/8/2017
2017 Military Health System Allied Health Leadership Excellence Awards DoD honored its top healthcare providers and facilities for 2017 during an awards ceremony recently at the National Harbor Gaylord Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The Allied Health award recognizes those providers, both clinical and non-clinical, who provide great service to patients but are not direct healthcare providers. The Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps Chief Brig Gen Dienst (second from left) was in attendance to congratulate the winners. Awardees pictured are Senior Non-Clinician Air Force Maj. Stephanie K. Harley, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama; Junior Non-Clinician Navy Lt. Dawn M. Whiting, Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; and Senior Clinician Air Force Maj. Neysa M. Etienne, 86th Medical Squadron, Landstuhl, Germany.  Not pictured is Junior Clinician Air Force Maj. Rachel E. Wiley, Maxwell Air Force Base.

2017 Military Health System Allied Health Leadership Excellence Awards DoD honored its top healthcare providers and facilities for 2017 during an awards ceremony recently at the National Harbor Gaylord Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Elective surgeries hone surgical skills, prepare medical team for combat

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12/7/2017
Inside Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s second floor surgery suite, surgeons and medical teams are busy honing their critical-care skills. Regardless of procedure or patient, every incision is an exercise in mission readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

Regardless of procedure or patient, every incision is an exercise in mission readiness

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Decisions, decisions: Experts aim for higher quality, safer care in building electronic health record

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12/7/2017
Dr. Paul Cordts, director of the Defense Health Agency Office of the Functional Champion, speaks on a panel regarding the decision-making behind a large scale electronic health record while at the AMSUS Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on November 29. (Courtesy photo)

Experts discuss ongoing progress, overall goals for MHS GENESIS

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Military Health System Electronic Health Record | MHS GENESIS
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