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Articles by Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante, MHS Communications

Caring for Recruits' Injuries is Key to Success at Basic Training

Article
2/23/2022
U.S. Marines wait for instruction from their Senior Drill Instructor after concluding a motivational run at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, on March 11, 2021.

Injuries at bootcamp can end a military career before it starts. That’s why trainers and drill instructors take countless precautions to ensure trainees stay fit and healthy.

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The Chief of the Army Dental Corps Talks Dental Health & Readiness

Article
2/22/2022
The Army’s top dentist talks about what service members should keep in mind about their dental health.

Here’s what the Army’s top dentist thinks service members should keep in mind about their dental health.

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How 3D-Printed Teeth and Other New Tech are Transforming Dental Care

Article
2/15/2022
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jaden Murry had nearly all of his lower jaw removed because of a tumor. The procedure was the DOD’s first ever immediate jaw reconstruction surgery using 3D-printed teeth.

Advances in dental technology are improving care and increasing the number of patients willing to get treatment when needed.

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‘Tactical Napping’ and Other Tips to Sleep Well On Deployment

Article
2/9/2022
A trainee attempts to get a little sleep as he waits for transportation at the Joe E. Mann Ballroom Dec. 18. He is one of thousands of Initial Entry Training Soldiers across the Army who are headed home on leave for the holidays.

Forward-deployed service members don’t always have the luxury of optimal sleep. But good strategies to manage sleep loss can help mitigate the impact on performance and readiness.

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Why Today’s ‘Gen Z’ is at Risk for Boot Camp Injuries

Article
2/8/2022
Military personnel during boot camp

Today’s military recruits are more likely than ever to sustain a serious injury at their initial military training. Here’re some tips for how to prepare before shipping out.

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Dentally Unready: Gen. George Washington's Lifetime of Dental Misery

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2/3/2022
Visitors to the George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate and museum in Mount Vernon, Virginia, can see George Washington’s only remaining full denture among the collection. They include his own pulled and saved teeth, other human teeth, teeth from cows and horses that were filed to fit, and teeth carved from elephant ivory.

No, George Washington did not have wooden teeth. But he did struggle with dental problems for most of his life.

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How a Dietitian Can Help You Lose Weight and Maintain Readiness

Article
1/31/2022
Military personnel posing for a picture with a banana

Working with a professional dietitian or nutritionist can help people reach and maintain their weight management goals safely and with positive, long-term results.

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Blood Needed: Armed Services Blood Program Urges Donors to Step Up

Article
1/12/2022
Navy Lieutenant Daniel Murrish, a Sailor serving aboard Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, donates blood during a blood drive hosted by the Armed Services Blood Program.

The Armed Services Blood Program and civilian centers nationwide are low on blood. Make it your new year's resolution to donate today.

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New Electronic Health Record Rollout Will Hit Major Milestone in 2022

Article
1/12/2022
Elaine Sanchez explores the new MHS GENESIS Patient Portal at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Oct. 6, 2021. The San Antonio Market will transition to the new electronic health record system – known as MHS GENESIS – in January 2022.

Despite the hardships, 2021 was a year of great achievements for DHA, including the successful rollout of the new electronic health record MHS GENESIS.

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Eight Tips to Get Better, More Restful Sleep

Article
1/3/2022
Being deployed may not always make it possible for service members to get proper sleep, but experts recommend they try to adopt healthy sleep practices as much as possible, such as using their bed or cot only for sleeping.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping continuously through the night. It can result in lack of energy and result in disease, injury, or disability if not treated. Behavioral therapies are designed to help adopt proper sleep behaviors.

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Ektropy Tool Standardizes DHA Program & Portfolio Management

Article
12/20/2021
Image of a DHA Ektropy user.

Ektropy, a financial management planning tool designed to align and integrate DHA, is being deployed across Defense Health Agency information technology environments.

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Remembering the Military Medical Heroes of Pearl Harbor

Article
12/6/2021
Army Nurse Corps Maj. Annie G. Fox, in the newspaper

On the 80th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, MHS remembers the medical heroes that selflessly aided the casualties.

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Caregiver Wife’s Support Instrumental to Wounded Warrior’s Recovery

Article
11/30/2021
Retired Air Force Tech Sgt. Eric Heldman staying active

Eric and Crystal Heideman are not just husband and wife, but life partners navigating life as a wounded warrior and his full-time caregiver with resilience, will, and above all, love for one another.

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How Health Care for New Mothers is Improving Across the MHS

Article
11/24/2021
Photo of a medical provider checking out a pregnant woman

The post-partum hemorrhage bundle campaign trained all clinicians that provide OB services at military hospitals, giving them resources and tools to provide patients and staff information and/or training about PPH and how to respond in the event of a PPH event.

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and How to Counter Them

Article
11/10/2021
Graphic image of a skeleton

Doctors are increasingly concerned about the potential for a “post-antibiotic” era when the highly effective drugs that we have relied on for many years to cure some of the most common illnesses will become ineffective.

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