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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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Oak Harbor achieves first with crucial new information technology milestone

Article
12/21/2018
Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor seal

Reducing risks to patients’ information is a top priority for the DoD

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Hospital ship USNS Comfort returns home after completing mission

Article
12/20/2018
Family and friends of crew members aboard Military Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Comfort wait as the ship pulls into Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 18. Comfort returned to Virginia after completing its 11-week medical support mission to South and Central America, part of U.S. Southern Command’s Operation Enduring Promise initiative. (U.S. Navy photograph by Brian Suriani)

This mission marked the sixth time the hospital ship has provided medical assistance in the region

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Recognizing the holiday blues

Article
12/19/2018
Air Force 1st Lt. Danielle Dockery is a licensed clinical social worker with the 88th Medical Group’s Intensive Outpatient Program. (Courtesy photo)

There are some individuals who are normally happy and content who can also experience holiday blues

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Leaders take world view to enhance health readiness

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12/19/2018
Army Maj. Elizabeth Polfer (left), an orthopedic surgeon at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Texas, performs hand surgery with her Honduran counterpart in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, during a Regional Health Command-Central Global Health Engagement Medical Readiness Training Exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)

Global engagements include missions in South, Central America

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New codes for applied behavior analysis services begin in New Year

Article
12/18/2018
Take Command of Your Health

Change should not impact beneficiaries, DHA leaders emphasize

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Super Galaxy: Aeromedical evacuation's biggest ally

Article
12/17/2018
Air Force Aeromedical Teams from the 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 439th AES complete a training scenario during a C-5M Super Galaxy AE proof of concept flight from Scott AFB, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joseph Swafford)

The C-5M upgrades allowed the proof of concept to work, but Airmen’s innovation is what made it happen

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Combat holiday blues, fight stress with helpful hints from ACS

Article
12/14/2018
A wide variety of holidays, both secular and religious, are celebrated in November and December. No matter what holidays a family celebrates, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the hectic round of activities and associated expenses. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Lynn Kinney)

Holidays can cause additional pressure and increase expectations and responsibilities

Managing your holiday stress

Article
12/13/2018
Army Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Braswell, chaplain clinician/senior pastor Protestant Chapel congregation at WRNMMC, explained how faith helps in dealing with holiday stress. “Spirituality helps people see there is something greater than themselves. It helps put things in perspective and gives people hope.” (DoD photo)

How to keep from unraveling

Missed TRICARE Open Season? There’s still time to act

Article
12/12/2018
Take Command of Your Health

If you missed TRICARE Open Season, you still have time to enroll

Surgeons share secrets of residency success

Article
12/11/2018
Surgeons in the operating room at Madigan Army Medical Center. (U.S. Army photo by John Wayne Liston)

Madigan's general surgery residents have passed the exam for board certification on their first attempt at a nation-topping rate of 97.6 percent

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Partnerships increase MWDs capabilities

Article
12/11/2018
Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Catron, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military dog handler, keeps his MWD Morty calm while Army Capt Theresa Hubbell, Area Support Group Kuwait Camp Arifjan veterinary officer in charge, shows Air Force Staff. Sgt. Kristin Niemi, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group medical technician, spots where medical procedures can be performed during basic preventative medical service training, Nov. 27, 2018, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Due to the distance of the veterinary clinic in Kuwait and the services available for MWD at ADAB, Hubbell visited ADAB to perform a quarterly inspection of the MWDs and their living quarters, and provided training for the handlers and Emergency Medical Technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady)

The care that we give the MWDs is very similar to a human patient

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Vaccination is the best defense against the flu

Article
12/10/2018
Vaccination is the primary method for preventing influenza and its complications and getting an annual influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Knight)

Vaccination is needed every year because the Influenza viruses change

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Enroll before TRICARE, FEDVIP Open Season closes Dec. 10

Article
12/7/2018
Take Command of your health

Take action, take command and do so before open season closes next week

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Fleet surgical team saves life aboard USS Somerset

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12/6/2018
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Chao, the Littoral Combat Group One, surgeon, second from left, performs an emergency appendectomy as other medical team members assist aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Brame)

We were able to determine he had acute appendicitis

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Know your costs before making a choice during TRICARE Open Season

Article
12/4/2018
Take Command of your health

Before you choose a plan, make sure you know what’s covered and what it costs

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