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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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AFRICOM holds annual Command Surgeon Conference

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6/3/2019
Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee E. Payne. DHA assistant director for combat support, talks to attendees of the 2019 U.S. Africa Command Command Surgeon Synchronization Conference May 28, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. Payne discussed upcoming changes to the military health system and what that means for patients and providers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)

The conference brought together medical professionals from across the command, and interagency and foreign partners, to enable collaboration and discuss areas of concern

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Offspring Sex Ratio of Male Active Duty U.S. Navy Submariners, 2001–2015

Article
6/1/2019
U.S. Marine Corps

The natural human sex ratio at birth (male:female) slightly favors males, and altered sex ratios might be indicative of exposure to reproductive hazards.

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Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis in a U.S. Air Force Training Population, Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, TX, 2018

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6/1/2019
Cyclosporiasis

Diarrheal illnesses have an enormous impact on military operations in the deployed and training environments. While bacteria and viruses are the usual causes of gastrointestinal disease outbreaks, 2 Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, TX, training populations experienced an outbreak of diarrheal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis in June and July 2018.

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Surveillance Snapshot: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among U.S. Active Component Service Members in the Millennium Cohort Study, 2006–2017

Article
6/1/2019
HPV virus

The U.S. Millennium Cohort Study is a population-based prospective study that includes over 200,000 current and prior U.S. military service members.

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Norovirus Outbreak in Army Service Members, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 2018

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6/1/2019
Norovirus are a group of related, single-stranded RNA, nonenveloped viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis in humans. (Photo Courtesy: CDC/Charles D. Humphrey

As in prior years, mental health disorders, pregnancy-related conditions, and injury/poisoning accounted for the majority (59.8%) of all hospitalizations among active component service members in 2018. However, the hospitalization rate for all causes was the lowest rate in the past 10 years.

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Female Infertility, Active Component Service Women, U.S. Armed Forces, 2013–2018

Article
6/1/2019
Human egg cell

As in prior years, mental health disorders, pregnancy-related conditions, and injury/poisoning accounted for the majority (59.8%) of all hospitalizations among active component service members in 2018. However, the hospitalization rate for all causes was the lowest rate in the past 10 years.

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DoD officials urge troops to seek mental health help without fear

Article
5/30/2019
One problem that may contribute to suicide numbers is a reticence to seek assistance from mental health providers due to fears that such help may damage careers, especially when it comes to security clearances. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Demetrio Montoya)

Solving suicide is a shared challenge in both the military and civilian societies

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Stress relief a touch screen away

Article
5/29/2019
Dr. Tim Hoyt, chief of the DHA Connected Health Branch, described Breathe2Relax and the Virtual Hope Box as coping tools in the pockets of deployed service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Help is within reach with military apps

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Surgeons perform first bioengineered blood vessel transplant in military patient

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5/28/2019
Development of the Human Acellular Vessel, or HAV, starts by taking living cells from a human blood vessel and placing them onto a tube-shaped frame. These vascular cells are kept alive in an organ chamber, growing around the tube-shaped lattice. Over time, the lattice that was used to seed the original vascular cells dissolves, and scientists remove the original cells so the new vessel doesn’t cause an immune response when it’s implanted. What is left is a solid, tubular structure made of human vascular material that looks and acts like a blood vessel -- thus, the bio-engineered and newly-grown blood vessel, or HAV. (USU medical illustration by Sofia Echelmeyer)

Injury to major blood vessels of the body is the most common cause of death and disability in combat

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DHA director discusses healthcare transformation at town hall

Article
5/24/2019
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, discusses the DHA transition during a town hall meeting at Brooke Army Medical Center. On Oct. 1, 2019 BAMC will transition under DHA command and authority. (U.S. Army photo by Jason W. Edwards)

We have the potential to create the very best healthcare system ever

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Join May 30 webinar on TRICARE coverage for college students, young adults

Article
5/24/2019
Going to college is a big transition. It’s also a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event, which may open new enrollment opportunities for your student and other family members.

This webinar will discuss health care options for children moving away to college and those aging out of TRICARE

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MHS GENESIS: A force multiplier, one read at a time

Article
5/23/2019
MHS GENESIS has laid the foundation of real time, collaborative provider-to-provider consultation on radiology studies, no matter which military department or sector of the world as long as there is internet connectivity. (U.S. Air Force file photo)

MHS GENESIS allows NHB to ensure 92nd Medical Group providers have results in about 30 minutes

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The Program works

Article
5/22/2019
Kathryn Manly, a Clayton State University senior, recently completed the Workforce Recruitment Program with the 78th Medical Group at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. To learn more about the program, visit www.wrp.gov. (U.S. Air Force photo by Shane Warren)

The Program supports people with disabilities by giving them equal access to the same opportunities that individuals without disabilities have

Combatting hearing loss remains top priority

Article
5/22/2019
Hearing Center of Excellence audiologist Dr. Amy Boudin-George conducts an audiogram using the Enterprise Clinical Audiology Application, known as ECCA, which is being deployed and implemented at military treatment facilities throughout the Department of Defense to improve the way data is computed and patient information is shared in a centralized environment.  (DoD photo)

The DoD recognizes May as Better Hearing and Vision Month

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Medical center set to transition to Defense Health Agency

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5/21/2019
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. The military treatment facility transition to DHA, according to Bono, should be seamless to the patients, but provide a more consistent and transparent process for accessing care across all the military services. (U.S. Army File photo)

The transition seeks to ensure that medical facilities continue to deliver safe, quality care

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