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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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Sleep, readiness go hand in hand

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3/28/2017
Despite the medically proven linkage between sleep and readiness, all too often sleep is viewed as a luxury by some service members. Getting a good night's sleep can result in increased productivity at work, as well as a reduction in injuries, errors and accidents. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)

Despite the medically proven linkage between sleep and readiness, all too often sleep is viewed as a luxury by some soldiers

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Brain Injury Awareness Part 2: Screening puts injured on right path to recovery

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3/27/2017
The HEADS card helps medics, leaders, and battle buddies in the field evaluate such injuries. HEADS stands for Headaches, Ears ringing, Amnesia, Dizziness, and "Something feels wrong" - all symptoms of concussion.

There are four parts of traumatic brain injury (TBI): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the second part in our series on TBI, we talk about the tools available to caregivers and troops in the field to determine a TBI

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MHS GENESIS clinical sync meeting gives users insights on use, history of similar systems

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3/27/2017
Dr. Paul Cordts, the Military Health System functional champion, addressed a group of clinicians, administrators, and private-sector civilians with previous experience with a similar electronic health record system to talk about MHS GENESIS.

Clinicians, administrators, and private-sector civilians with previous experience with a similar electronic health record system recently got together at the Defense Health Headquarters to talk about the deployment of MHS GENESIS, the new electronic health record rolling out system-wide

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Energy boost in a can: Is it as beneficial as it seems?

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3/24/2017
Consumers who rely on energy drinks for a boost should understand how to dose caffeine because nutrition labels can be misleading, experts say (Photo by Sgt. David Bruce/Camp Atterbury Public Affairs).

The effects of caffeine vary from person to person, but the true caffeine content in energy drinks isn’t always accurately reflected on nutrition labels, according to MHS experts. They want consumers to understand how to properly dose caffeine – and why dosing is important.

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Nutrition

For National Doctors Day, surgeon reflects on a career and future in military medicine

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3/24/2017
Dr. Andrew Findley, program manager for Quality, Graduate Medical Education, and Medical Accession and Retention Incentives, for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), today at his office in Falls Church, Virginia, and (inset) in 1984 as a third-year medical student at the University of South Alabama.

More than 17,000 doctors work in the Military Health System. On March 30, we recognize their accomplishments and contributions, past and present.

DoD campaign guides military community on use of supplements

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3/23/2017
Operation Supplement Safety aims to help people make informed, responsible decisions on supplement use. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

A DoD initiative through the Human Performance Resource Center, offers guidance to people about the potential benefits and dangers of using supplements

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Sleep is not a luxury

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3/22/2017
Service members are expected to get less sleep as part of the job description, but outside of duty hours many don't get the necessary sleep when they can. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do

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Military dentists do much more than ‘drill and fill’

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3/21/2017
U.S. Army Capt. John Mann (left), 129th Area Support Medical Company dentist, prepares dental instruments for an exam at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Dental technicians perform oral cleanings, prepare dental instruments and assist dentists with procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)

Dentists do a range of tasks to make sure patients are well taken care of, including cleaning teeth, educating people about dental hygiene and ensuring that everyone is comfortable and knowledgeable about what is going on during a dental visit

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Bedtime snack to optimize bone health, give trainees a fighting chance

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3/20/2017
A new fortified snack bar developed by the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army’s Research Institute of Environmental Medicine boosts calcium and vitamin D levels, making trainees less vulnerable to the fractures.

A bedtime snack for new military recruits isn’t coddling; it’s building better warfighters

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Smith says collaboration, partnership key to fighting antibiotic resistance

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3/20/2017
A bacteriology researcher swabs an isolated sample of streptococcus pneumonia in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. The researcher is testing the bacteria to determine if the strain has sensitivity to antibiotics or if it is resistant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcus Morris)

Dr. David Smith, currently performing the duties of the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, talked about the Military Health System’s efforts to fight antibiotic resistance at a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, Mar. 7, 2017.

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Brain Injury Awareness Part 1: It all starts with prevention

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3/17/2017
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin Woodside discusses “the day that changed the rest of my life.”

There are four aspects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the first of a four-part series, we meet a Coast Guardsman who has made it through all four areas

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Celebrate good times! No luck, charms or alcohol required

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3/17/2017
Marine Cpl. Edward Blodgett, wears a leprechaun hat at a regimental run in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

Unless you’ve been hiding under the Blarney Stone, you’ve seen the shamrocks — St. Patrick’s Day is upon us

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Think Ahead: Observing Brain Injury Awareness Month

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3/16/2017
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. 'THINK AHEAD: Be Safe. Know the Signs, and Get Help.'

Mild TBI, also known as a concussion, is common in the military in both garrison and theater

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Continuing Promise 17 completes humanitarian mission in Honduras

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3/15/2017
Army Sgt. Katia Rivera, assigned to Public Health Activity-Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Rock, attached to Naval Station Everett, Washington, inspect a dog for fleas during a veterinary checkup in support of Continuing Promise 2017’s visit to Trujillo, Honduras. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy)

Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted biennial deployment to countries in Central and South America

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Expeditionary aeromedical squadron creates mobile ICU

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3/15/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Errington Neysmith (left), Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron duty controller, and Senior Airman Joshua O'Sullivan (right), Critical Care Air Transport Team respiratory therapist, carry respirator equipment when picking up a patient from the Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, Kandahar Airfield. The patient was an Afghan National Army soldier who suffered injuries during a battle. The CCATT brought him to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to receive treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

Members of the Aeromedical Evacuation squadron, along with their Critical Care Air Transport Teams, are on constant alert to quickly evacuate injured or ill patients

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