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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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Cyber fitness, awareness key during ‘season of shopping’

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11/22/2018
Making cyber security a priority while shopping or browsing online can help you protect yourself from more than you bargained for during this ‘season of shopping.’

During a popular time of year for shopping, consumers should be aware of scams or fraudulent activity targeting shoppers and email users, experts say. Taking small steps every day to protect information online can make a big difference in the long-term future.

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Positive identification is assured

Article
11/21/2018
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ricky Penuelaz, 59th Medical Wing lab technician, uses a pipette to put blood on an Air Force trainee’s DNA card. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System-Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples of the Identification of Remains inspected Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on the collection of DNA cards. AFMES-AFRSSIR is responsible for managing, coordinating and maintaining the collection of DNA blood reference cards for all active duty, reserve, and National Guard service members. This is done when service members first enter the military and is collected at one of nine basic training sites, dependent on their branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

The goal of the DNA cards is to never have an ‘unknown soldier’ or unknown military member ever again

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Resiliency as part of the healing process

Article
11/21/2018
Caleb Jones tunes a guitar before taking part in the music session with Rock to Recovery. The music workshop is part of a holistic healing approach meant to be part of a restorative care approach for long-term success in recovery and resiliency. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program is celebrating Warrior Care Month during the 2018 NE Central Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and the National Harbor. The annual recognition showcases the military services programs for caring for wounded, ill, and injured service men and women and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Shawn Sprayberry).

The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program kicked off its Northeast Region Warrior CARE Event at the National Harbor

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Make 2019 enrollment choices today: Open Season underway

Article
11/20/2018
Take Command of your health

The choice you make will take effect Jan. 1, 2019 and will remain in effect through all of 2019

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Increased Number of Possible Rabies Exposures Among U.S. Healthcare Beneficiaries Treated in Military Clinics in Southern Germany in 2016

Article
11/19/2018
Air Force Airman 1st Class Conner Vaught sets a live-trap for feral cats on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Feral cats have the potential to carry rabies, causing health issues. (U.S. Air Force photo)

In 2016, the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Bavaria recorded 108 possible rabies exposures, a 112% increase from the previous year. Of these, 49 (45%) occurred during prior deployments to Egypt and Eastern Europe in which they had not received timely rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.

Malaria in the Korean Peninsula: Risk Factors, Latent Infections, and the Possible Role of Tafenoquine, a New Antimalarial Weapon

Article
11/19/2018
Map showing Camps Casey/Hovey and the DNTA in northeastern Gyeonggi Province, ROK, near the demilitarized zone where the Plasmodium vivax infections occurred Photo by AFHSB

For decades, malaria infections acquired in Korea have posed a significant threat to both Korean military and civilians and to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel. In Korea, malaria infections are caused exclusively by the species Plasmodium vivax (PV). Despite the use of chloroquine chemoprophylaxis during the Korean War (1950–1953), thousands ...

Update: Cold Weather Injuries, Active and Reserve Components, U.S. Armed Forces, July 2013–June 2018

Article
11/19/2018
Tri-service U.S. military service members conduct cold weather exercises. Photo by Department of Defense

This report describes a cluster of 11 soldiers with vivax malaria among U.S. military personnel who trained at Dagmar North training area, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ), in the Republic of Korea (ROK) in 2015. Two cases were diagnosed in the ROK in 2015, one of whom subsequently experienced a relapse, and nine other cases were diagnosed in 2016, 8 ...

There is help for anyone caring for a service member

Article
11/19/2018
PEER Forums are available to anyone caring for a wounded, ill or injured service member and are not restricted to family members. (Courtesy graphic)

PEER Forums provide military caregivers a forum to share experiences and provide each other support

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Cluster of Vivax Malaria in U.S. Soldiers Training Near the Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Korea During 2015

Article
11/19/2018
Anopheles sinensis is a species of mosquito that transmits malaria and considered an important vector of  Plasmodium falciparum malaria in both China and Korea. Photo by CDC/James Gathany

This report describes a cluster of 11 soldiers with vivax malaria among U.S. military personnel who trained at Dagmar North training area, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ), in the Republic of Korea (ROK) in 2015. Two cases were diagnosed in the ROK in 2015, one of whom subsequently experienced a relapse, and nine other cases were diagnosed in 2016, 8 ...

A pain in the brain may be a migraine

Article
11/15/2018
Migraines affect women more than men with many options for treatment.

Women affected three times more frequently than men

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TRICARE open enrollment gives plan choices to beneficiaries

Article
11/14/2018
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, said the TRICARE Open Season enrollment period gives beneficiaries a choice in what they want to do with their health care coverage. (MHS file photo)

Open Season gives enrollees in the TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select plans the opportunity to review their health care options and make changes in coverage based on their needs

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TRICARE Open Season questions answered

Article
11/13/2018
Take Command of your health

If you and your family want to make changes to your TRICARE health benefit, take action during the 2018 open season

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To drink, or not to drink

Article
11/9/2018
If you are battling substance abuse, consider attending an alcohol-free holiday party or host your own alcohol-free small gathering

If you are battling substance abuse, consider attending an alcohol-free holiday party or host your own alcohol-free small gathering

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Army medical device cyber team balances benefits and risks of technology

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11/8/2018
An Army medic positions a patient for a CT scan, which helps radiologists diagnose different types of disease and injuries. Medical devices, such as radiology imaging systems, must now go through a cybersecurity validation process in order to connect to military networks (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)

The frequency and severity of cybersecurity attacks against the medical community will continue to rise

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Pararescue medics rehearse for unique mission

Article
11/7/2018
Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing revalidate their response time in the event of a catastrophic, life-threatening occurrence within the capsule of a human space flight launch at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This exercise marked the first time that the Department of Defense, NASA and commercial providers have exercised this type of event utilizing twelve live patients and the full array of air assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

The 920th RQW is ready to support the next era of human space flight

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