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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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DoD PSP Treasure Chest: January/February Edition

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1/3/2018
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

January/February 2018 edition of the Department of Defense Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

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Air Force medic saves heart attack victim

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1/3/2018
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cassidy McCurdy, 51st Medical Group independent medical duty technician, poses for a photo at Osan Air Base, South Korea. McCurdy has more than five years of experience in the medical field including two years as an IDMT. On a flight from San Francisco to Seattle she responded to a passenger, who went into cardiac arrest, by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and stabilizing the passenger. Once the aircraft landed, emergency responders from the ground transported the patient to the emergency room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos)

It took around two minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the victim to regain consciousness

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Civil Support

A new year, a new you: Take command of your health

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1/2/2018
The month of January provides a fresh opportunity to take command of your health and improve your physical and emotional health, job performance, and mission readiness. (Courtesy photo)

Meeting goals requires inspiration, commitment, action

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Preventive Health | Physical Activity

Airman builds medical relationships in Vietnam

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12/29/2017
Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Cody Butler, a physical therapist and commander of the 78th Medical Group Clinical Medicine Flight, poses with other members of his engagement team in Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, Nov. 30, 2017. Butler was in Vietnam as part of a team seeing patients and building relationships with local physicians during the humanitarian assistance engagement Operation Pacific Angel Vietnam 2017. (Air Force photo by Jonathan Bell)

Operation Pacific Angel ensures the militaries in the Pacific region are able to work together should a humanitarian assistance need arise

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Global Health Engagement | Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

When butterfly-shaped gland flutters, something's amiss

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12/28/2017
Air Force Airman 1st Class Julia Maldonado, a medical laboratory technician, tests a blood sample at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Thyroid disease is diagnosed by a test that checks the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH, in a patient’s blood. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland)

Thyroid disease common among women, the elderly

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Conditions and Treatments

Battlefield acupuncture shows promising results downrange

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12/27/2017
Research has shown how beneficial battlefield acupuncture can be in combat settings. Not only does it reduce the use of medication with potentially harmful side effects, administering BFA is an easy and highly effective tool for pain management. (Air Force photo)

Research has shown how beneficial battlefield acupuncture can be in combat settings

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Deployment Health

TRICARE enrollment restored following planned system maintenance

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12/26/2017
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

The ability of TRICARE beneficiaries to enroll or change enrollment has been restored following a planned system maintenance

Year in Review: Innovations aid warfighters, families

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12/26/2017
Blue light produced by smartphones and computer monitors interferes with the brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that makes people sleepy. The Navy’s Bureau of Medicine is working on lens tinting to block blue light and enhance the sleep of service members. MHS announced this innovation among many others in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

MHS explores world-class solutions for beneficiaries

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Military Health System Electronic Health Record | MHS GENESIS | Warrior Care | Medical Research and Development | Sleep

Small and shiny, button batteries can cause significant harm to children

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12/22/2017
Button batteries, which are made of lithium, alkaline, or silver oxide, are small and inviting to children, but swallowing one can lead to serious and sometimes life-threatening consequences.

This holiday season, experts encourage people to be mindful of the dangers button batteries can impose on families.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers rescue train accident victims

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12/21/2017
Army Lt. Col. Christopher Sloan, Army Maj. Michael Livingston, and Army 2nd Lt. Robert McCoy helped rescue passengers at a train accident near DuPont, Washington, on Dec. 18. Sloan and Livingston work at Madigan Army Medical Center, while McCoy is assigned to the 62nd Medical Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (U.S. Army photo by John Wayne Liston)

None of the Soldiers on scene questioned their impulse to run toward the accident and help the injured passengers

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Global respiratory surveillance program detects dangerous pathogens to keep armed forces healthy

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12/21/2017
Data from the Department of Defense Global Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance Program are presented to the Food and Drug Administration's annual Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting to help inform the vaccine strain in the U.S. for the upcoming season that is administered to U.S. Armed Forces for health protection and readiness. (Photo Courtesy of  Defense Imagery Management Operations Center)

To reduce the impact of respiratory pathogens on service members, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch coordinates a global respiratory surveillance program for the military. Learn how the program detects dangerous pathogens to keep armed forces healthy.

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2017 Year in Review: Places where Military Health System leaders, experts gathered

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12/21/2017
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, speaks at the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium, July 25, in Orlando, Florida. Conferences like this one help MHS and other health care personnel to exchange ideas and information to help improve care to beneficiaries. (Courtesy photo)

Conferences offer opportunities to focus on the best health care for beneficiaries

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Antibiotics not the answer for common cold

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12/21/2017
Antibiotics should only be used to treat bacterial infections, not viral infections as they will not work against upper respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

Antibiotics should only be used to treat bacterial infections, not viral infections

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Immunization Healthcare

RHC-P reflects upon 2017 accomplishments

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12/20/2017
Regional Health Command-Pacific reflects upon major accomplishments celebrated this year in support of its mission of providing combatant commanders with medically ready forces and ready medical forces conducting health service support in all phases of military operation.

Regional Health Command-Pacific reflects upon major accomplishments celebrated this year in support of its mission of providing combatant commanders with medically ready forces and ready medical forces conducting health service support in all phases of military operation.

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Global Health Engagement

2017 Year in Review: A look at inspiring individuals who help shape the MHS

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12/20/2017
Staff Sgt. Matthew Crabtree, a medic with the 285th Medical Company (Area Support) and a registered nurse, performs a medical assessment on an infant less than one month old Oct. 27, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Military medical personnel were critical to disaster response related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. (Ohio National Guard photo by Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw)

MHS highlights the contributions of veterans, advocates, providers

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Mental Health Care | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief | Research and Innovation
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