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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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Epidemiology of Impulse Control Disorders and Association With Dopamine Agonist Exposure, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2014–2018

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8/1/2019
A dopamine molecule

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Medical Surveillance Monthly Report

Commentary: Gaps in Reportable Medical Event Surveillance Across the Department of the Army and Recommended Training Tools to Improve Surveillance Practices

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8/1/2019
A U.S. naval officer listens through his stethoscope to hear his patient’s lungs at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan in 2018. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps) photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Parks)

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The kissing bug and Chagas disease

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8/1/2019
Adult kissing bugs are mostly active in the warmer months, from May to October. Kissing bugs develop into adults after a series of five life stages as nymphs, and both nymphs and adults feed on blood. Kissing bugs feed on humans as well as wild and domestic animals and pets. They can live between one to two years. (Photo by Texas.gov)

Chagas disease comes from a single-celled parasite that lives in the digestive tract of many species of kissing bugs

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Bug Week: July 27 - August 2 | Preventive Health

Better together: DoD, VA collaboration focus of DHITS session

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8/1/2019
Chris Harrington, deputy assistant director of the Defense Health Agency's Information Operations Solution Delivery Division, interacts with an attendee at the 2019 Defense Health Information Technology Symposium. Harrington spoke about DoD-VA collaboration on Wednesday, July 31, during a breakout session at DHITS. The theme of this year's DHA-sponsored event is "One Team, One Mission – Enabling MHS Transformation." (MHS photo)

Joint IT health applications benefit both, leaders say

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Military Health System Electronic Health Record | DHITS 2019

Prevent mosquito-borne illness in the U.S. and overseas

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7/31/2019
Most mosquitoes are relatively harmless. But some can cause serious diseases

Mosquitoes can spread dangerous diseases no matter where you are

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Bug-Borne Illnesses | Bug Week: July 27 - August 2 | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Tick Facts: Dangers at the height of tick season

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7/31/2019
A tick like this one, seen at 10x magnification, can spread a number of dangerous pathogens during the warm-weather months. (Photo by Cornel Constantin)

Many diseases are transferred to humans by ticks — Lyme is the most common, but several others, described here, are worth knowing about

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Medical devices, MHS GENESIS: DHITS session focuses on ties that bind

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7/31/2019
Saad Khan, (left), DHA's chief of biomedical devices integration listens to Air Force Lt. Col. Christina Sheets (right), the assistant program manager for MHS GENESIS Baseline.  Khan explained that across five clinical capabilities – anesthesia, laboratory, PACS (picture archiving and communications system), pharmacy, and physiological monitoring – 17,359 individual medical devices are currently connected to legacy electronic health records. (MHS photo)

No compromises on patient safety, Khan stresses

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MHS GENESIS | DHITS 2019

Avoid bug bites on vacation with these TRICARE tips

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7/30/2019
According to the EPA, using the right insect repellent can discourage mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects from landing on you and biting you

If you’re traveling to areas where they may be a higher chance of getting malaria from mosquitoes or tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, take steps to avoid these bugs and others.

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Flanders rallies health IT professionals to be 'cost warriors'

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7/30/2019
Pat Flanders, deputy assistant director for Information Operations, and Military Health System chief information officer, spoke about Ektropy. Ektropy is a customized web-based program and portfolio management solution that helps the MHS run like a business. It provides unprecedented relational view among cost, contracts, personnel, and programs across the MHS. The name is meant to be the antonym of the word entropy, which means lack of order. (MHS photo)

DHA's chief information officer gives opening remarks at DHITS

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Zapping mosquitoes from the inside out

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7/29/2019
While chemical mosquito population control measures have been used with some degree of success, they are toxic to other insect populations and to the health of humans. A different angle of defense has emerged, which is genetic modification of the mosquito itself, making it transgenic. Transgenic mosquitoes are unable to transmit a pathogen, such as malaria, due to their altered genetic makeup. (DoD photo)

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying at summer barbecues. In many parts of the world, they carry pathogens for Zika, dengue, yellow fever and malaria, the most devastating of mosquito-borne diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 440,000 people died in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 from malaria, contracted from the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Protecting U.S. military personnel who continue to serve in this part of world is critical.

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U.S., Royal Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons train together

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7/26/2019
Reserve Citizen Airmen from Joint Base Charleston's 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron prepare a mock patient during a drill inside a C-17 Globemaster III, July 10, 2019. Drills performed while in-flight are to mimic real-life scenarios that the 315 AES may encounter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Brugge)

The C-17 Globemaster III serves as a common platform for medevacs in both squadrons

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Soldier helps save life of man struck by lightning

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7/25/2019
Army Capt. Robert Blume, physician assistant, has been called a "guardian angel" for his heroic actions, June 6, 2019, after saving the life of a man struck by lightning. Blume, along with San Antonio-area first responders, worked together to help 21-year-old Joshua Favor, after he was electrocuted while delivering roofing materials during a break in a thunderstorm. (U.S. Army photo Jose E. Rodriguez)

Blume went home that evening unaware of Favor's condition

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Madigan pharmacy wait time drops

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7/25/2019
Pharmacist Ashley Burrill fills a prescription at the Madigan pharmacy on July 23. Assigning staff to their strongest roles helped to reduce the pharmacy wait time. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

The average pharmacy wait time was between 90 and 120 minutes; now, the average is 20 to 25 minutes

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MHS Transformation | MHS GENESIS | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Move over sharks … It’s time to talk about bugs!

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7/24/2019
Bug Week graphic (MHS graphic)

The Military Health System celebrates Bug Week from July 27 through August 2

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Navy Surgeon General in Europe to discuss readiness and medical health care transition

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7/23/2019
Navy Medicine seal

There is no greater responsibility than to provide a highly trained medical force

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