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Preparing for travel can prevent illness

Article
7/17/2018
Experts encourage overseas travelers to seek advice from a health care provider before leaving on a trip, and to make sure recommended vaccinations are up to date. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

Experts encourage travelers to be proactive about their travel medicine needs, including learning about the health risks associated with the destination and checking with their doctor to make sure they’re in good health

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John Casciotti receives award of excellence for public service

Article
7/13/2018
John Casciotti, a senior associate deputy general counsel for personnel and health policy with the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel

Casciotti, the senior associate deputy general counsel for personnel and health policy, recognized at D.C. Bar’s Celebration of Leadership event on June 12

There is hope

Article
7/11/2018
Medically assisted treatment for opioid use can break the cycle of addiction.

More than 350,000 deaths are attributed to opioid overdoses nationwide since 1999

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This HIV screening starts in the privacy of your own home

Article
7/3/2018
The Air Force offers self-collection kits that include instructions, supplies to obtain a finger-prick blood sample, and a prepaid envelope to mail the sample to a lab for HIV testing.

Air Force offers free kits to encourage more frequent testing

Life without liquor

Article
6/29/2018
There are 2.5 million alcohol-related deaths worldwide each year, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. (Courtesy photo)

One service member’s story of how he overcame a drinking problem

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Defense Health Agency among FedHealthIT Innovation Awards honorees

Article
6/26/2018
Defense Health Agency Tricare Online Patient Portal, Solution Delivery Division members Tim Larson (foreground, far left), Stan Adamus (foreground, second from right), and Navy Capt. Lisa Morris (foreground, center) receive the FedHealthIT Innovation Award from FedHealthIT  executive editor David Blackburn (foreground, second from left). (Courtesy photo by Chris Ferenzi)

FedHealthIT Annual Innovation Awards honors leaders from across federal agencies

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DHA director named as one of 50 most influential physician executives and leaders

Article
6/25/2018
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 most influential physician executives and leaders for this year. (MHS file photo)

DHA director named as one of 50 most influential physician executives and leaders

Going the distance runs in the family

Article
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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Living with aphasia and the long road to regain language capabilities

Article
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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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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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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All in with medical support during Warrior Games

Article
6/5/2018
About 60 medical professionals in the Military Health System have volunteered to work at the DoD Warrior Games to support competitors including Army 1st Sgt. Jay Collins (above), who's scheduled to run, cycle, and row - among other events - as a member of the U.S. Special Operations Command team. (Photo courtesy USSOCOM Office of Communication)

Altitude will be latest challenge for athletes

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Two MHS providers achieve top scores in the patient experience survey

Article
6/4/2018
Recently, the MHS published its annual “Best of the Best” report, taking a closer look on MHS providers, departments and facilities who earned top honors based on JOES survey results.

The MHS recently published its annual “Best of the Best” report on medical providers

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Men’s Health Month: Never ‘too busy’ to focus on wellness

Article
6/1/2018
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris Lopez, chief of strategic outreach and engagement for the Military Health System, competes in an event during the Camp Lemonnier Amazing Race in Djibouti. (Courtesy photo)

Don’t let summer fun distract from fitness

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Servicemembers demonstrate grace under fire

Article
5/21/2018
The 99th Medical Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada receives the 2018 Heroes of Military Medicine Ambassador Award in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2018, for the life-saving efforts of three of its airmen during the tragic Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. Army Maj. Gen. (retired) Joseph Caravalho (right), president, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine presented the award to the 99th MG. (MHS photo)

Five honorees celebrated at the 2018 Heroes of Military Medicine Awards Ceremony, including the Airmen for their heroic life-saving efforts during the tragic Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017.

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