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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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Summer safety: Tips to prevent food poisoning

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6/22/2018
Consider your food safely cooked when the internal temperature gets high enough to kill germs. You can check the temperature of your food by using a food thermometer. (U.S. Navy file photo)

Summer safety: Tips to prevent food poisoning

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U.S. Navy, JMSDF participate in bilateral training exercise

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6/21/2018
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Sailors and U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka personnel transport a simulated patient during a mass casualty drill in conjunction with hospital ship USNS Mercy and JMSDF personnel. The drill was conducted in order to prepare medical staff for a mass casualty scenario involving a maritime incident at sea. USNH Yokosuka is the largest U.S. military treatment facility on mainland Japan caring for approximately 43,000 eligible beneficiaries. (U.S. Navy photo by Tim Jensen)

The simulated disaster for the training exercise included a Japanese vessel colliding with a U.S. vessel

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Changes in marital status, changes in TRICARE coverage

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6/20/2018
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With TRICARE, QLEs are certain life changes, like moving, getting married or divorced, becoming Medicare-eligible, and more

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Proactive health readiness key to Men's Health month

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6/19/2018
Dr. Michael Kennedy (left), a family medicine provider at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, discusses the importance of proactive health readiness with Army Maj. Oscar Ochoa. With a focus of preventive prostate screening, healthy eating and physical fitness, Kennedy emphasized the importance of men to stay engaged in their health care and not to wait until the last minute to be seen by a primary care provider. (U.S. Army photo by Stacy Sanning)

Men don't get care until later when later could essentially be too late

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Five tips for protecting your skin from the sun

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6/18/2018
You have many options for protecting your skin while outdoors in the sun, including protecting your eyes and the skin around your eyes by wearing sunglasses. (U.S. Air Force file photo)

You have many options for protecting your skin while outdoors in the sun

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Summer Safety

Avoiding complacency key to summer fire safety

Article
6/15/2018
Officials are urging people to take fire safety seriously by taking the proper precautions when taking part in some of their favorite summertime activities, including starting fires; people should not use items like gasoline or kerosene, which can cause flare ups and result in serious injuries. (U.S. Air Force file photo)

Officials are urging people to take fire safety seriously by taking the proper precautions when doing some favorite summertime activities

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Going the distance runs in the family

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6/14/2018
Elisa Zwanenburg (left) and Al Richmond (right) engage in their favorite father-daughter activity, marathon running. (Courtesy photo by James Frank)

For this father/daughter team, running, and the Marine Corps principles that carry them, are in their blood

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Military doctors conduct infectious diseases training in Panama

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6/13/2018
Publio Gonzalez, a biologist with the Gorgas Institute, holds a bat in Meteti, Panama. Gonzalez and U.S. military doctors were participating in infectious diseases training, in which they received informational lectures from Panamanian infectious disease experts and field studies of possible virus-carrying wildlife and insects. The event took place during Exercise New Horizons 2018, which is a joint training exercise where U.S. military members conduct training in civil engineer, medical and support services while benefiting the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)

Due to the geographic location of Panama, the importance the country places on controlling diseases greatly benefits the Unites States

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Five tips to improve men's health

Article
6/12/2018
Take Command of your health

Taking preventive steps and making changes to your lifestyle can improve your health

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Living with aphasia and the long road to regain language capabilities

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6/11/2018
Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. It impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing.

Roughly 1 million Americans currently have aphasia, a condition that impairs the ability to express and/or understand language, and nearly 180,000 Americans are diagnosed with it every year.

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U.S. Air Force airlifts Guatemalan children injured by volcano

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6/8/2018
Members of the U.S. Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Team (Pedicatics) assist Guatemalan medical personnel with loading injured patients on board a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III. The aircrew from the 172nd Airlift Wing, transported six children from Guatemala to receive medical treatment in the United States for burns and other injuries sustained during the June 3, 2018 Fuego Volcano eruption. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Edward Staton)

The Air Force flew the children and their guardians to receive treatment in Galveston, Texas

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Drugmaker discontinuing Type 2 diabetes medication

Article
6/8/2018
Approximately 6,200 Military Health System beneficiaries who are using Tanzeum to aid with managing their Type 2 diabetes will need to switch to an alternative in the wake of GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s announcement that it will stop manufacturing the drug starting in late July. Beneficiaries are advised to speak with their provider about the preferred alternative medications and which is best for them. (MHS graphic)

Providers will guide patients on alternatives

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Former recording artist pursues career as military doctor

Article
6/7/2018
A former contemporary singer-songwriter, Paden Smith (left), is taking the next steps to become a military physician. On May 16, 2018, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University's two-year enlisted to medical degree preparatory program, or EMDP2. (Courtesy photo)

Smith spent his first eight years on active duty serving as a Chinese linguist, but he had dreams of becoming a doctor

Keep your DEERS information up to date

Article
6/6/2018
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To remain eligible for TRICARE coverage, you must keep your information current in DEERS

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Breaking down anxiety one fear at a time

Article
6/5/2018
Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Gales participates in ‘battlefield’ acupuncture, also known as ‘ear acupuncture,’ at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as a treatment for anxiety related to PTSD. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin Cunningham)

Generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and anxiety related to PTSD are common disorders. In fact, an estimated 31 percent of U.S. adults experience anxiety at some point in their lives; one marine discusses his journey.

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