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The Military Health System 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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Back from the Brink: One Marine's Recovery from Suicidal Thoughts

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9/29/2021
Portrait photo of John Peck

After suffering a TBI in Iraq and losing all four limbs in Afghanistan, Marine Sgt. John Peck talks about his own experience and the differences in the ways in which individuals deal with traumatic life events.

Myths & facts about the vax - debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

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9/29/2021
Myths and facts about the vax

The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work.

Sickle Cell, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Advances, Transitions, Disparities

Article Around MHS
9/28/2021
A panel including physicians, a clinical social worker, a sickle cell patient and an administrator discusses sickle cell advances, transitions and disparities during the 2021 Childhood Blood and Cancer Summit hosted by the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Bethesda Sept. 23.

The John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Bethesda hosted the 2021 Childhood Blood and Cancer Summit Sept. 23 at the military medical center.

What is a "healthy" weight-loss eating plan, anyway?

Article Around MHS
9/28/2021
A female soldier poses with an apple in her hand.

Weight loss sounds simple: take less “energy in” (fuel from food and drinks, measured in calories) and use more “energy out” (calories burned through daily physical activity and exercise).

Retired colonel leads Fort Irwin COVID response mission

Article Around MHS
9/28/2021
Army Col. Richard Hopkins, the COVID-19 response coordinator with Weed Army Community Hospital, collects paperwork from a Soldier who received the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination event.

Retired Army Col. Richard Hopkins volunteered under the Army’s COVID-19 Retiree Recall Program to return to service as the COVID-19 response coordinator for Weed Army Community Hospital and Fort Irwin, California.

Opioid Prescriptions Decline Across the Military Health System

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9/28/2021
Graph about Opioids

Opioid prescriptions have declined in MHS since 2017

Concussion Linked to Depression, Anxiety and PTSD, Studies Show

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9/28/2021
Picture of blast waves during an explosion

A clear link between blast-related concussions and mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, and PTSD, is shown in a series of recent studies.

MHS and MOS Town Hall To Your Health: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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9/28/2021
Headshot of Dr. Tim Hoyt

MHS and Military One Source presents a discussion with Dr. Tim Hoyt about Suicide Awareness and Prevention.

MeMed Key Diagnostic Tool Receives FDA Clearance

Article Around MHS
9/27/2021
The MeMed Key diagnostic tool

The MeMed Key diagnostic tool recently received full FDA licensure after four years of research, development, and investments by Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) Chemical and Biological Technologies Department in its role as the Joint Science and Technology Office (JSTO) for the Chemical and Biological Defense Program

Storytellers Narratives on mental health

Article Around MHS
9/27/2021
Participants in the Storytellers event standing side by side wearing face masks

Three storytellers shared their experiences with overcoming adversity

“Connect to Protect” campaign promotes togetherness in preventing suicides

Article Around MHS
9/27/2021
September is Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a public health issue that affects communities across the country, and Suicide Prevention Month offers an opportunity to further people’s understanding of this complex issue.

DOD: Best Time to Take Military Spouse Survey is Now

Article Around MHS
9/24/2021
An Airman is greeted by his family after a deployment.

Through late October, all spouses of active-duty military members — more than 600,000 of them — can visit the OPA Survey Portal and tell the Pentagon what they think about being 'married to the military.'

ARNORTH military support to FEMA begins in Tennessee, continues in five states

Article Around MHS
9/24/2021
Prepared COVID-19 vaccine shots wait to be administered to an Airman. Members of the 134th Air Refueling Wing were eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines during Unit Training Assembly here May 2nd, 2021.

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 20 military medical personnel deployed to Tennessee to support civilian healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients in local hospitals.

Surgical Technologists: Professionals Behind the Scenes Ensure Patient Health, Safety

Article Around MHS
9/24/2021
A surgical technologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, assists a surgical team during a procedure in the operating room.

National Surgical Technologists Week is celebrated from Sept 19-25, 2021.

Stories of Values: DHA Honors the Service of Hispanic Americans

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9/24/2021
During Hispanic Heritage Month the DHA honored the Hispanic Americans who serve our nation with an observance called, “Values that Strengthen the Union.”

The Defense Health Agency held an observance honoring the cultural values that Hispanic Americans contribute to our national culture.

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