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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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Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 12-18, 2017

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3/10/2017
The National Patient Safety Foundation is the leader of the annual Patient Safety Awareness Week observation.

The DoD Patient Safety Program partners with National Patient Safety Foundation to raise awareness

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Six ways to “spring performance forward”

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3/10/2017
Warmer temperatures and longer days mean more opportunities to get outside. Exercising outdoors can calm your nervous system, help you recover from stressful events, and improve your overall well-being. (DoD photo)

Six ways to leverage the longer periods of daylight and spring your performance forward.

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Human Performance Resource Center | Physical Activity | Sleep | Nutrition

Healthy hearts, healthy lives: recognizing heart disease in women

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3/9/2017
The Military Health System is encouraging people to know their risk for heart disease and understand how they can help prevent it. (VA Caribbean Healthcare System photo by Joseph Rivera Rebolledo)

Heart disease in women can be harder to detect when the symptoms aren’t always the same, or as prominent, as they are in men

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Heart Health | Women's Health

Military medicine promotes global health security with partner nations in West Africa

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3/9/2017
Dr. David J. Smith, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, right, and Dr. Chris Daniel, senior advisor for global health engagement, (second from right), discuss laboratory capabilities with Nigerian medical officials. (Courtesy photo)

Working with partner nations to develop medical capabilities and experience is a critical part of our military medical mission

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Global Health Engagement | Global Health Security Agenda | Pandemic Diseases

Innovation summit highlights ideas to improve patient experience, care

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3/8/2017
Navy Rear Adm. David Lane shared his thoughts and questions with innovators after each presentation during the National Capital Region’s one-day innovation summit Feb. 27.

Proposals for various projects were pitched to Rear Admiral David Lane and the NCR Market Board during NCR’s Innovation Summit. Once approved, the proposals will move on to the pilot phase at a location throughout the NCR medical directorate.

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Up all night: How a new therapy helps military members get the sleep they need

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3/8/2017
Members of the military, whose jobs put them in situations where proper sleep is sometimes difficult, can be especially hard hit. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 10 percent of the general population has insomnia, but that number jumps to close to 25 percent in the military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Chronic insomnia goes beyond just the occasional restless night. The Military Health System is working to combat the problem affecting up to one out of every four troops.

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Sleep

Upcoming exercises in Latin America help Air Force achieve total dental readiness

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3/7/2017
Eduardo Sanchez, a Dominican student, gets his teeth repaired at the Rio San Juan clinic, Dominican Republic.  Sanchez is one of more than 400 patients that received dental care during a Dental Readiness Training Exercise, an exercise where U.S. military dentists and dental technicians partnered with dental professionals from the Dominican Republic, and practiced their craft in an expeditionary environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chenzira Mallory)

Air Force dentists, hygienists and dental technicians are gearing up for three Dental Readiness Training Exercises in Latin America

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Dental Care | Health Readiness

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury in your child

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3/6/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Ashley Sandoval (left), 21st Force Support Squadron, secures Savannah Butler (right) into her car seat as Savannah's mom, Air Force Staff Sgt. Montie Butler (center) looks on. Sandoval provided car seat training to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, parents at the Child Development Center in a program hosted by the 50th Space Wing safety office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Protect your vision

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3/6/2017
Follow a 20-20-20 rule to ward off digital eye strain by taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away. (U.S. Army photo illustration)

Although ongoing technology use doesn't permanently damage vision, regular, lengthy use of technology may lead to digital eye strain

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Vision Loss

Aeromedical evacuation Airmen receive new trainer

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3/3/2017
Contractors worked with the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to help move a C-130 fuselage trainer, or FuT, which is a platform where aeromedical evacuation crews can perform 100 percent of readiness skills. It is an innovative, cost effective, improved training platform for total force AE and ground support personnel in terms of aircraft configuration familiarization and realistic, high-fidelity task training and mission simulation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristin English)

Enroute care is dynamic and requires constant innovation to ensure aeromedical evacuation crews and ground support personnel are highly proficient

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Health Readiness

Oral health matters

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3/3/2017
A Soldier with C Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment brushes his teeth on a cold morning at the Victory Forge field training exercise on Fort Jackson, South Carolina. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)

Despite advances in dental care and hygiene, deployed service members are still at risk of ‘trench mouth’ – technically referred to as necrotizing periodontal disease

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Dental Care | Human Performance Resource Center

March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month

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3/2/2017
Hana Rice, a guide with U.S. Military Outdoor Recreation, secures a climbing rope after repelling from an approximate 35 foot rock face within the National Network of Footpaths in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Members of the climbing party were required to wear the appropriate climbing helmet and safety harness in order to prevent possible injuries such as traumatic brain injury. TBI awareness is observed throughout the month of March in hopes of spreading awareness of the trauma and potentially preventing future cases. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball)

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

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New GERD treatment, first in DoD, performed at WBAMC

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3/2/2017
Army Maj. Michael Goldberg (left), chief, Gastroenterology, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and Army Maj. Christopher Calcagno (right), gastroenterologist, WBAMC, speak to Army Staff Sgt. Mario Talavera (center), following the first incisionless fundoplication procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) performed in the Department of Defense, at WBAMC. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

A new Food and Drug Administration approved incisionless procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease was performed recently at William Beaumont Army Medical Center

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals)

DoD PSP Treasure Chest: March Edition

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3/1/2017
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

Feature: The History of Patient Safety Awareness Week: A Q&A with Dr. Tejal Gandhi

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3/1/2017
Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign logo.

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