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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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Air Force canine comforts sexual assault victims

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4/14/2017
Shellie Severa, the 354th Fighter Wing’s sexual assault prevention and response head victim advocate, poses with Tessa, the first SAPR K-9, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Severa is a certified K-9 trainer. She serves as Tessa’s primary handler and has been working as a victim advocate for nine years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)

Beginning in the winter of 2016, the golden retriever has already assisted seven victims

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Pentagon exhibit showcases wounded warriors' therapeutic art

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4/13/2017
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, talks to Richard Ung, a retired Marine and wounded warrior, at the Pentagon Healing Arts Exhibit. (Courtesy photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono spoke at the kickoff of the Pentagon Patriotic Arts Program’s newest exhibit

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Belvoir Hospital first in DoD to perform new vision correction procedure

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4/13/2017
The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center at the Belvoir Hospital performs the first small incision lenticule extraction procedure in the DoD, the latest advancement in laser eye surgery. The procedure uses a very fast, short-pulsed laser to perform the vision correction procedure and as a result, visual recovery time is accelerated. (Department of Defense photo by Reese Brown)

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s surgeons performed the first small incision lenticule extraction procedure in the Department of Defense

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Leadership dedicated to eliminating sexual assault

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4/12/2017
A Marine learns more about what the DoD Safe Helpline offers DoD personnel. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month across the DoD. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Phillips)

Senior leaders from various commands at Naval Support Activity Bethesda came together and signed a proclamation in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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Brain Injury Awareness Part 4: The road to recovery

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4/12/2017
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin Woodside is back to his favorite hobby of rock climbing, but with a constant awareness of the need for safety after suffering a severe TBI.

There are four parts of traumatic brain injury (TBI): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the final part in our series on TBI, we walk through the progress Coast Guard Petty Officer Colin Woodside continues to make in his recovery

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Brain Injury Awareness Part 3: Treatment puts TBI victim on road to recovery

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4/11/2017
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin Woodside on the long road to recovery after suffering a severe traumatic brain injury.

There are four parts of traumatic brain injury (TBI): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the third part in our series on TBI, we talk about the treatments available after a TBI.

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Victim Advocates: Critical members of sexual assault, prevention response

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4/10/2017
Navy Airman Erica Fischer, an aviation boatswain’s mate from Whidbey Island, Wash., conducts maintenance on an aircraft firefighting engine on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Navy photo by Seaman Zach Sleeper)

The SAPR team aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower seeks to prevent and respond to sexual assaults, but also is working to eliminate that crime from the ranks

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‘Always On Call’ Active-Duty, Reserve medevac teams train together

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4/10/2017
Air Force Capt. Erik Spiess, 349th Aeromedical Evacuations Squadron flight nurse (left), and Air Force Master Sgt. Rard Perkins, 911th Operations Group aircrew trainer, hand off a patient to members of the 60th Inpatient Squadron to secure on an ambulance bus for delivery to David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, California. Members of the 60th IPTS participated in the Air Force Reserve exercise Patriot Delta, providing enroute patient care and staging the medical manikins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Airmen participated in Patriot Delta, an Air Force Reserve Command exercise designed for aeromedical evacuation squadrons

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Blue-light-blocking lenses a potential breakthrough for warfighters

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4/7/2017
Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, are illuminated by the glow of the blue light from their computer screens. Blue light blocks the brain's production of melatonin, an important chemical that helps people sleep. New lenses developed by the Navy are designed to be worn for a couple of hours before bedtime and will block the blue light, allowing warfighters to get better sleep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

New tinting for glasses could help service members get more sleep.

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Sleep | Health Readiness | Warrior Care | Innovation

Chinn to Navy League: Innovations key to medically ready force, ready medical force

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4/7/2017
Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, talked about battlefield medicine innovations as Rear Adm. Stephen Pachuta, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps watched, during a combat survivability panel at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C. Others on the panel (not pictured)included Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Forrest Faison; Rear Adm. Cathal O’Connor, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE; and Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, director Medical Resources, Plans, and Policy at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine.

Innovations in battlefield medicine are helping raise survival rates for those injured in combat to the highest levels in the history of warfare. Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke about that at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of ...

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AFMES, helping bring loved ones home one FRS at a time

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4/7/2017
Personnel from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Department of Defense DNA Registry Family Reference Sample-Laboratory Automation group pose for a photo, at AFMES on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. The FRS-LA group’s primary mission is to process family reference samples for the past accounting community as well as current day operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashlin Federick)

The Family Reference Sample-Laboratory Automation group was established in October 2016

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WBAMC provides newborn blanket to minimize SIDS

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4/6/2017
Karson Winters, son of Army Spc. Samiya Winters and Spc. Deshau Winters, naps while wrapped with a safe sleep blanket, a toe-to-neck zip-up blanket designed to help newborns stay warm while reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

According to the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute, there are about 4,000 sleep-related infant deaths occurring each year in the United States

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Keesler surgeons perform first robotic surgery in Air Force

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4/6/2017
Members of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron perform the first robotic surgery in the Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Using robotic surgery decreases risk of surgical sight infections while giving the surgeon better visibility and dexterity while operating, which improves the overall surgical procedure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)

Surgeons used the da Vinci Xi robot to perform a robotic ventral hernia repair

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Technology

Exercise intensity: Less isn’t always more

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4/5/2017
Army Reserve Sgt. Mindy Baptist (center), stretches out after morning battalion physical training exercise. Not every workout needs to top out the intensity scale. In fact, doing too much too often can lead to overtraining and injury. Remember to listen to your body and incorporate rest or light days into your workout regimen. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan)

Exercise intensity is relative, so you can benefit from exercise at a level that you consider high intensity

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5210 campaign fights childhood obesity by encouraging better nutrition, less screen time, more exercise

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4/5/2017
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5210 Healthy Military Children campaign encourages children to get five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day; fewer than two hours of recreational time in front of a TV, tablet, portable video game, or computer screen; one hour of exercise each day; and zero sugary drinks

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