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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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Medical Airmen, volunteers keep blood supply flowing

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1/30/2019
Air Force Staff Sgts. Jasmine Gates, left, and Alexis Ellingson, right, both 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technicians, inventory and store a shipment of blood in the Blood Transshipment Center (BTC) at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Ellingson and Gates volunteered to prepare blood products for transport at the BTC. The BTC is comprised of a four-person team that orchestrates the flow of blood and platelet products to 72 forward operating locations and eight mobile field surgical teams throughout U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

We are the sole suppliers of blood units to our customers

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Gaining new perspective through vision-correcting surgery

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1/29/2019
The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program, available to active duty service members, provides an opportunity to correct vision with ease thanks to advancing technology. (Department of Defense photo by Reese Brown)

Once deemed a disqualifying factor for service, refractive surgery is now available to active duty service members through a Department of Defense approved program

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Technology | Innovation | Vision Loss

Military Health System, industry allies work together to improve health care technology

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1/29/2019
Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, assistant director for combat support at Defense Health Agency, dual-hatted as the Defense Health Agency assistant director for Combat Support and MHS EHR functional champion, and Air Force Col. Thomas Cantilina, chief health informatics officer and EHR deputy functional champion at the DHA, visit the Tiger Institute Jan. 17. (Courtesy photo by University of Missouri Health Care)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne visits University of Missouri’s Tiger Institute for Health Innovation

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Transformation underway across the Military Health System

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1/29/2019
Thomas McCaffery, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, with Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, celebrated the Defense Health Agency's fifth anniversary on Oct. 1, 2018, by welcoming the first military hospitals and clinics transitioning to the DHA. This was first step for the MHS to emerge as a more integrated and efficient system of health and readiness. (MHS photo by Military Heath System Strategic Communications Division)

All of these changes – the Military Health System transformation, MHS GENESIS, TRICARE enhancements – are aimed at taking the DoD’s health enterprise to the next level

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New Year, New You

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1/28/2019
Nutritionists at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center stress people eat healthy, well-balanced meals, include exercise and set realistic goals for weight loss. (Photo courtesy of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

One of the major pitfalls as to why diets fail is “jumping in with both feet”

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Winter safety tips to stay safe, healthy

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1/28/2019
A heavy-equipment operator with the Fort McCoy snow removal, drives a plow truck to move snow. Winter can be a hazardous time of year. Frigid temperatures and slick roads can be dangerous. (U.S. Army photo by Scott T. Sturkol)

Winter can be a hazardous time of year. Being prepared and knowing your TRICARE health care options will help you and your family remain safe this winter

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Borden Institute releases fifth edition of Emergency War Surgery book

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1/25/2019
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Emergency War Surgery fifth revision published

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Three ways to help patients achieve New Year’s resolutions

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1/25/2019
As patients navigate behavior change, you can show them how to avoid the common pitfalls that can derail good intentions. Like climbing an obstacle, there are small steps to prepare patients to achieve their goals in the upcoming year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Motivation ebbs and flows according to our moods and energy levels

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Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune becomes first Level III trauma center in the Navy

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1/24/2019
(Left to right) Navy Rear Admiral Terry Moulton, Deputy Surgeon General, Navy Capt. Jeffrey Timby, NMCCL Commanding Officer, and Adam Caldwell, Regional Representative for US Senator Thom Tillis, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the NMCCL Trauma Center. (Courtesy photo)

NMCCL’s Trauma Center is the first trauma center in the Navy to service community trauma patients

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Growing Air Force’s space medicine culture

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1/23/2019
Medical Airmen assigned to U.S. Air Force Space Command are charged with delivering care to the Airmen who launch, monitor and operate the Air Force’s satellite systems. As space continues to play an increasingly critical role in our nation’s defense, medical Airmen in AFSPC are also preparing for the future of space medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The role of AFSPC medics to ensure space operators are medically ready to complete their mission

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Beneficiaries offer the gift of life through kidney donation

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1/22/2019
Air Force Col. Dave Ashley (second from left) and Army veteran Chris Connelly, seen here with their wives, are both happy and healthy after Ashley donated a kidney to Connelly. (Courtesy photo)

More than a third of transplant patients unrelated to their donors

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A new year marks a new you

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1/18/2019
Navy Reserve Sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center, Phoenix perform a 1.5-mile run during the physical readiness test at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Drew Verbis)

Changes in lifestyle don’t have to be drastic to be effective

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New to TRICARE? The basics you need to know

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1/17/2019
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Learning about your benefit will help you make the most of your coverage

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Wrap your mind around this

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1/16/2019
Army Spc. Anne Veiman, 452d Combat Support Hospital, demonstrates the capabilities of the InfraScanner handheld TBI detector on Kuwaiti army Col. Raed Altajalli, assistant director of Kuwait North Military Medical Complex in Al Jahra, Kuwait City, Kuwait. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Connie Jones)

This tool would be particularly helpful in a combat environment

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Medical team saves newborn’s life

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1/15/2019
Maria Ortiz, registered nurse, Labor and Delivery Section, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, checks vitals on Vanessa Torres, a laboring mom, as part of daily operations at WBAMC’s L&D section. Recently, Ortiz and other staff members quickly responded to an umbilical cord prolapse, an obstetrical emergency, at WBAMC resulting in the successful delivery of a baby, despite the life-threatening complication. (U.S. Army photo)

Staff quickly respond to the obstetrical emergency via an emergency cesarean section

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