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Welcome to "Ask the Doc", the Military Health System's own health care advice column. Here, you'll find answers to questions on an array of subjects and concerns from military doctors, nurses, specialists and personnel who know them best.

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Understanding Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Support for Military Children

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9/21/2021
Non-suicidal self-injury by adolescents vary based on studies — from 1 in 6 to as high as 1 in 4 — rates have increased over the past 20 years. Given this prevalence and the associated health risks, it’s crucial for anyone treating adolescents to be aware of NSSI.

Non-suicidal self-injury by adolescents vary based on studies — from 1 in 6 to as high as 1 in 4 — rates have increased over the past 20 years.

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Ask the Doc: I've Got a Friend I'm Worried About – What Should I Do?

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9/15/2021
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Doc talks to Dr. Tim Hoyt, chief of Psychological Health Promotion and supervisor of the Combat and Operational Stress Control mission at the Psychological Health Center of Excellence, about some of the ways to go about addressing your concerns with a friend you may think is in danger of harming themself.

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Ask the Doc: How Do I Fight the Long Deployment Blues?

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9/7/2021
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Doc talks to Navy Lt. Chad Haan, staff chaplain at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, about ways to prevent a “downward spiral” while on deployment.

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As Fitness Tests Resume, Troops Seek Post-COVID Exercise Routines

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8/31/2021
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Keeping fit during pandemic proves hard for some.

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How Good Diet and Exercise Prevent Injury and Disease

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8/30/2021
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A proper diet and exercise regimen can ward off disease and aid in maintaining your health.

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MHS and MOS Town Hall To Your Health: Dental Health

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8/24/2021
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MHS and Military OneSource presents a discussion about Dental Health.

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Stay Hydrated for Optimal Performance

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8/10/2021
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Proper hydration is key to optimal performance.

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Ask the Doc: AO2 Energy

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7/26/2021
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Dear Doc: Me and the guys in my shop drink A LOT of caffeine. I'm not much of a coffee guy, but I do drink two or three energy drinks a day. I drink a lot of water too, and I'm young and in good shape, but sometimes I feel like I'm a little too reliant on these drinks. I sometimes short myself on sleep only because I know I can have an energy drink or two and be fine for most of the day. Is that a problem? Should I cut back? What are the impacts on my health? Are some forms of caffeine (coffee or tea, for example) better or safer than others? I'd rather focus on this while I'm young and healthy instead of keeping it up for a decade before I realize it's caused a real health problem. -AO2 Energy

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7/21/2021
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AJ-Maste Yoga: Tips for a Healthy Deployment

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7/13/2021
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Yoga comes in many forms and fashions, and has proven health benefits.

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Ask the Doc: Eye Need Answers

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7/8/2021
Senior Airman Mitchel Delfosse, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical environmental system journeyman, attends an eye exam appointment Jan. 30, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Maj. (Dr.) Gerardo Robles-Morales, 22nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron optometry flight commander, recommends an eye exam a minimum of every two years to ensure overall eye health and correct vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexi Bosarge)

Dear Doc: I consider myself pretty lucky. I'm in my late 20s and I've never had any eye problems to speak of. I have 20/20 vision and I've never worn glasses. But...the Air Force tells me to protect my eyes and I'm not exactly sure what that means. Do you know anyone who can give me some solid advice on the best options for eye protection? What should I be wearing at work or on the flight line? What should I be wearing out in the sun? I know I have a lot of questions, but I just want to protect myself as best as possible. Thanks in advance, Doc! -Eye Need Answers

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CHAMP uses more predictive analytics to improve beneficiary healthcare

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7/8/2021
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Turn Post-traumatic Stress Into Post-traumatic Growth

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Aphasia, Caused by Stroke or TBI, is Frustrating and Little Known

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Ask the Doc: Senior NCO in the Know

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6/15/2021
Lt. Cmdr. David Griffin, a urologist at Naval Hospital Pensacola, discusses a treatment plan with a patient in the Urology Clinic. Some of the common conditions seen at the clinic include male infertility, sexual health, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, urologic cancers, blood in the urine, urinary problems, vasectomies and more.

Dear Doc: As I progress through my 40s, I'd like to think I've lived a pretty healthy life to this point. As a service member, I've kept myself in shape, ate well and always listened to my body throughout my career. Unfortunately, I can't say as much for some other members of my peer group. I know we are trained to be "warriors," and a lot of us feel that if we aren't self-sufficient, it may somehow make us less efficient as soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines. I can't help but feel like there's a stigma associated with monitoring yourself or furthermore, getting help, especially among men and issues related specifically to men's health. My question is, how can I convince these guys that there is nothing wrong or "weak" about getting help with health issues, male-specific or otherwise? - Senior NCO in the Know

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