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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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Hurricane threat's a reminder to be prepared for health care needs

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9/12/2018
Ahead of Hurricane Florence, South Carolina National Guard soldiers load gear into a Humvee. Approximately 1,600 Soldiers and Airmen in the state have been mobilized to respond to recovery efforts as forecasters warn of a potential Category 4 storm and a projected landfall near the Carolinas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Knight)

Emergency prescription procedures are in place for some states

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Emergency Preparedness and Response | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Spine surgery team adds capability, improves readiness

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9/11/2018
Air Force Col. (Dr.) Edward Anderson, 99th Medical Group orthopedic spine surgeon, performs a lumbar microdiscectomy surgery at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. A lumbar microdiscectomy surgery is performed to remove a portion of a herniated disc in the lower back. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

The benefits of performing complex surgeries in the orthopedic spine clinic go far beyond the operating room

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Health Readiness | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Air Force's first Invisible Wounds Center opens

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9/10/2018
Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, talks with a veteran during a tour of the Air Force’s first Invisible Wounds Center at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The IWC will serve as a regional treatment center for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, associated pain conditions and psychological injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The center will serve as a regional treatment center for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, associated pain conditions and psychological injuries

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | Traumatic Brain Injury

New course aims to reduce military hearing loss

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9/7/2018
Maj. Malisha Martukovich, Air Force liaison for the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence, tests out the new HEAR course app, which can be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet for convenient access. (DoD HCE photo)

Tinnitus and hearing loss have remained among the top disabilities of veterans

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Hearing Loss

Stopping bullying takes understanding, involvement

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9/7/2018
Children can experience social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression as a result of bullying. From the Stop Bullying campaign to Military OneSource, resources are available to help parents and their families identify and address bullying (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

Bullying can leave visible and invisible wounds and have lasting effects on children and teenagers. Signs of the behavior can vary, and bullying others and being bullied are not mutually exclusive, experts say.

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Mental Wellness | Children's Health | Suicide Prevention

Swimming for good health: Just go with the flow

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9/6/2018
A midshipman participates in the 500-yard swim portion of a physical screening test as part of the explosive ordnance disposal summer cruise at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Atherton)

Aquatic exercise is a low-impact alternative to running

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Proper sleep hygiene as a force multiplier

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9/5/2018
The fact that properly resting personnel has multiple benefits across the spectrum of human performance and military readiness is undisputed. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Sleep is cheap; it costs nothing to rest troops properly, with proven, immediately realized returns

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Health Readiness

How sharing my PTSD struggles helped others—and me

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9/4/2018
Army Sgt. Jon Harmon lost both legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device while on a 2012 Afghanistan mission. Today he speaks to commands and veterans about his personal struggle with mental health and how he works to overcome it. (Photo by Kevin Fleming, U.S. Army Sustainment Command)

Army Sgt. Jon Harman 82nd Airborne Division, liaison officer at Walter Reed Military Medical Center

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Army researchers develop tasty, healthy performance bar

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9/4/2018
Two U.S. Army soldiers eat a version of the Performance Readiness Bar. USARIEM researchers will monitor them to test whether the bar affects bone density. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. David Kamm)

Researchers aren’t working to provide recruits and soldiers with something that only tastes good; it has to make sense for their nutrition

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Health Readiness | Nutrition

HRO Corner: DoD PSP Collaborates with MHS Community to Standardize Dental Patient Safety

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9/4/2018
Navy Dental Assistant Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Kern positions the digital X-Ray tubehead, or camera, next to his patient’s jaw for bitewing X-rays as part of an annual dental exam at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

The Military Health System’s first-ever dental guidebook supports frontline staff, standardization of dental patient safety across the organization.

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

DoD PSP Treasure Chest September and October Edition

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9/4/2018
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

Welcome to the September/October edition of the DoD PSP Treasure Chest! Each issue, we share resources to help you execute your day-to-day patient safety activities easily and effectively. Please visit us often and get access to tools and information developed for our committed MHS patient safety champions!

Feature: Improving Patient Safety by Improving Health Literacy Transparency

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9/4/2018
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, a plastic surgeon at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, is seated while he discusses options available for reconstructive surgery with a female patient. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army by Marcy Sanchez)

The Military Health System’s sharing of quality, patient safety and access information online empowers patients to ask questions and improve their health literacy

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Patient Safety | eBulletin | In the Spotlight

Patient Safety in Action: Huddles around Whiteboards Help Airmen See the Big Picture

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9/4/2018
Lt. Col. Laura Lewis points to the whiteboard as she speaks with Maj. Jill Hibbert about action items on the leadership daily management board. The 61st Medical Squadron at the Los Angeles Air Force Base discuss uses the boards to track information shared during huddles to improve visibility and accountability.

Air Force military treatment facilities use visual management boards to improve teamwork and communication across frontline staff and leadership.

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

Guard Soldier uses medical skills to save boy’s life

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8/31/2018
New York Army National Guard Spc. Nicole McKenzie, shown here in a personal photo, used her combat life-saving skills to help save the life of a 12-year-old boy who jumped from an overpass in Yonkers, New York, Aug. 3, 2018. (Courtesy photo)

McKenzie just completed combat life-saving training and immediately began to triage the injuries the boy sustained in the fall

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Health Readiness

Military medical museum archives acquires historic hospital newspaper series

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8/30/2018
Trenton Streck-Havill, assistant archivist in the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s Otis Historical Archives (OHA), finishes identifying Service Stripe newspaper source photos by searching through film negatives from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Archives that are included in the OHA’s collections.  In May 2018, the OHA acquired 64 bound volumes of Service Stripe and 87 bound volumes of Stripe from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The weekly newspaper ceased publication in 2011. (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo by Matthew Breitbart)

Originally called Service Stripe, the newspaper covered the people and events at the former military hospital until the paper ceased publication in August 2011

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National Museum of Health and Medicine
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