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Advice for healthy older adults: Get the new shingles vaccine

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3/29/2018
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Echevarria draws up the new vaccine for shingles at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida.  Shingrix is recommended for healthy adults 50 and older even if they’ve already had shingles or received the previous shingles vaccine. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Sippel)

Rash can recur, cause long-term pain

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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases | Immunization Healthcare

Eat an apple a day, but don't keep the dentist away

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3/27/2018
A child eats an apple during a Trunk-or-Treat event, which featured a healthy snack station as an alternative to candy, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Good oral health takes more than brushing teeth and flossing – it also requires proper nutrition

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Deployment Health | Health Readiness | Nutrition | Preventive Health

The relentless winter poses risk for head injuries

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3/21/2018
With each storm during the winter and spring months, falls due to weather conditions or recreational activities can occur, increasing the risk for a traumatic brain injury. Prevention through safety measures, such as taking extra time to get around during icy conditions, and being aware of surroundings, can help reduce risk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson)

Whether snowboarding or walking on an icy sidewalk, winter conditions and sports can pose an increased risk for traumatic brain injuries

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Winter Safety | Traumatic Brain Injury

Parents and doctors watch over a tiny heart

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3/19/2018
Hudson Moore, son of Army Sgt. Shane Moore and his wife Dionna, is a survivor of four heart surgeries, cardiac arrest, cancer, and many other medical complications. Today he is attending pre-K with a routine daily life after spending most of his baby years in and out of the hospital. (Courtesy Photo)

A military family’s rocky medical road with congenital heart disease

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Children's Health | Heart Health

First-ever blood test for detecting brain injury cleared by FDA

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3/15/2018
Research found two proteins rapidly appear in the blood following a blow or jolt to the head when a serious traumatic brain injury occurs.  Now there is a blood test that can identify whether the proteins are in the blood or not. With the blood test as a diagnostic tool, medical professionals can rule out more serious brain injuries while evaluating someone with a suspected concussion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland)

Research funded by the DoD and U.S. Army breaks ground on brain injury diagnostics

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Military providers seek tailored approach to treating PTSD

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3/14/2018
The VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for managing post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder recommends against prescribing benzodiazepines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

New tool reviews, monitors provider prescribing habits

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Mental Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

HIMSS session includes update on MHS Opioid Registry

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3/12/2018
Chris Nichols, Defense Health Agency program manager for Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions, under the DHA office of the deputy assistant director for Information Operations, talks about utilizing data and pinpointing risks in order to fix the opioid epidemic at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. (MHS photo)

Shared registry for DoD, VA is in development

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DoD and VA Information Exchange | Pain Management | Opioid Safety

From an award ceremony to panel talks, senior leaders will have presence at HIMSS

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3/8/2018
Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of Defense Health Agency, will be honored as a recipient of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards on March 8 in Las Vegas.

Federal health, IT experts come together for discussion on hot topics

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Access to Health Care | Innovation | Patient Safety | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Research and Innovation

Fresh from HIMSS: Building a single tech platform will modernize MHS joint readiness

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3/8/2018
DHA leaders at HIMSS shared how creating one military health IT platform will help the MHS to better support joint readiness. Broadly standing up MHS GENESIS – the military’s integrated medical and dental electronic health record – will continue over the next few years and replace more than 50 legacy systems. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Defense leaders share military health IT advancement plans, standards, and activities

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MHS GENESIS | Military Health System Electronic Health Record

New DoD educational podcast series promotes better health

Article
3/5/2018
The Defense Health Agency’s instructional podcasts highlight health technology and offer tips, tools and techniques to help improve the lives of those in the military community.

The instructional podcasts highlight health technology and offer tips, tools and techniques to help improve the lives of those in the military community

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Preventive Health | Mental Wellness | Connected Health

Pediatric care in the military rated 'excellent' but can improve

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2/27/2018
Experts say pediatric care within the Military Health System is excellent as they strive to improve and provide top-quality care for military children. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

Experts say pediatric care within the Military Health System is excellent as they strive to improve and provide top-quality care for military children

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Children's Health | Health Readiness | Preventive Health | Military Health System Review Report

African-American D-Day veterans recall battlefield contributions, conflicts at home

Article
2/26/2018
Honoring wartime heroes during African American History Month

Members of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion share their experiences during and after World War II

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World War II Exposures

Focus on prevention … not the cure for heart disease

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2/21/2018
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Cecily Dye is chief cardiologist at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas N. Lopez)

Many heart health problems can be avoided

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Health Readiness | Heart Health | Preventive Health

‘Kissing disease’ exhausting, but it strikes only once

Article
2/15/2018
Mononucleosis is nicknamed the “kissing disease” because it’s spread through saliva. U.S. Navy Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Michael Zegarra shares the traditional first kiss with his wife Caterina Zegarra, after the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz pulled into port at Naval Base Kitsap, Washington, Dec. 10, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Greg Hall)

Mononucleosis: Learn how virus spreads, who’s most vulnerable

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Health Readiness | Preventive Health | Public Health

Love makes the world go ‘round, but more needed for a happy union

Article
2/14/2018
Feb. 14, 2018 marks the ninth Valentine’s Day in a dual-military marriage for Army Capts. Jenna Siegert, a family nurse practitioner, and Mike Siegert, chief of clinical operations at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. (Courtesy photo by Rick Escajeda)

What are the challenges – and benefits – of dual-military marriages?

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