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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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The importance of sleep - you lose if you don't snooze

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9/6/2017
It's no secret that military service often results in periods of decreased sleep. Service members need to use what opportunity they have to get good sleep. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Sleep is an important element of health and well-being just like nutrition and physical fitness

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DoD PSP Treasure Chest: September Edition

Article
9/5/2017
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

September 2017 edition of the Department of Defense Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

Feature: Parting Words of Wisdom from Patient Safety Advocate Col. Napolitano

Article
9/5/2017
Picture of Col. (Dr.) Peter Napolitano

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

Patient Safety in Action: TeamSTEPPS® Now and a Look into the Future

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9/5/2017
Graphic shows the four main components of effective patient care teams who use Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) to improve quality, safety and efficiency of health care.

TeamSTEPPS tools and resources are having a positive impact in both clinical and non-clinical settings in the Military Health System.

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JPSR Upgrades Reduce Reporting Time, Improve User Experience

Article
9/5/2017
Joint Patient Safety Reporting logo. The system used to capture patient safety events underwent software improvements in August 2017 to enhance user experience.

Suicide Prevention: Each of us has an important role to play

Article
9/5/2017
Keita Franklin, director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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Magnets show promise in relieving depression, post-traumatic stress symptoms

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9/1/2017
A patient undergoes a procedure that stimulates the frontal part of the brain with a rapidly changing magnetic field. The treatment is seen as an alternative for techniques to treat post-traumatic stress. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Usher)

Some complementary and alternative techniques for treating post-traumatic stress were on display at the Military Health System Research Symposium.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Multiple choices, multiple answers as brain injury research evolves for future battlefield

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9/1/2017
Dr. Marcello Pilia of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Combat Casualty Care Research Program tests the I-Portal PAS tool - one of several emerging TBI detection devices - during a presentation at the Pentagon in May 2017. (Photo Credit: Adam Wyatt, TATRC)

Cutting-edge traumatic brain injury detection technologies discussed at the 2017 Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida.

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PTSD game changer? Looking at brain molecules, sleep patterns for answers

Article
9/1/2017
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a significant or extreme emotional or psychological response to a shocking, dangerous, or traumatic event. Researchers discussed PTSD studies on sleep patterns and biomarkers at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and mild traumatic brain injuries can have overlapping symptoms. Researchers continue to look for ways to distinguish the two to help with diagnosing and treating patients.

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Research symposium provided forum for collaboration

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9/1/2017
Dr. Terry Rauch (center), acting deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight, chats with fellow attendees of the Military Health System Research Symposium, just completed in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo: Greg Pugh, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency)

The Military Health System Research Symposium wrapped up in Kissimmee, Florida, after a nearly week-long chance for providers and scientists to collaborate on military medicine.

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NHRC research studies link between injury and fitness

Article
8/31/2017
Graphic from NHRC Public Affairs

Dr. Karen Kelly, a physiologist with the Naval Health Research Center’s (NHRC), discussed her recent work examining the relationship between training requirements, fitness and musculoskeletal injuries, during a breakout session at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 30.

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Annual consent for automatic prescription refills begins Sept. 1

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8/31/2017
Beginning Sept. 1, 2017, Express Scripts will need annual consent from patients who want to receive automatic refills of their maintenance medications enrolled in TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer)

Beginning Sept. 1, 2017, Express Scripts will need annual consent from patients who want to receive automatic refills of their maintenance medications enrolled in TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery

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Changes are coming to TRICARE: Are you ready?

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8/31/2017
Official TRICARE logo

Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefit beginning January 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improving your access to care and simplifying cost shares. The best way to prepare is to update your information in DEERS, sign up for TRICARE benefit updates, and visit the TRICARE Changes page.

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Studies seek to improve everyday life after injury, amputation

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8/31/2017
From the impact of prosthetics on energy and strength to its influence on daily tasks, experts share research being done on musculoskeletal injuries at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)

Aspects from daily life, whether its tobacco use or hand functions, can be challenged in ways unknown before a significant injury; Experts share their research on musculoskeletal injuries during MHSRS in Kissimmee, Florida

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NHRC research protects U.S. military recruits from respiratory illness

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8/31/2017
Graphic from NHRC Public Affairs

Researchers from the Naval Health Research Center discussed ongoing surveillance for adenovirus, a contagious pathogen that causes respiratory illness, among U.S. military recruits during basic training at the Military Health System Research Symposium, Aug. 27.

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