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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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Ask the Doc: Finding Resources in a New Location

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11/30/2022
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The Defense Health Agency’s Warrior Care program offers ample resources to help service members, their families, and caregivers find support when they move to a new location.

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Two Public Health Command Europe Soldiers Receive Highly Sought-After Expert Medical Field Badge

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One officer and one enlisted soldier assigned to Public Health Command Europe earned the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge on their first try during a grueling three-week testing event conducted by the 173rd Infantry Brigade at Caserma Del Din.

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11/29/2022
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Service members, military spouses, and veterans participate in a Warrior Care employment program initiative in Bethesda, Maryland on Oct. 20, 2022. The Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency, Warrior Care - Recovery Coordination Program, and other organizations regularly join forces to provide information on and support with career opportunities for transitioning active-duty service members. (Photo: Roger L. Wollenberg, Department of Defense)

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How the U.S. Military Acclimates Units to High-Altitude Operations

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11/28/2022
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The Military Health System takes measures to prevent and mitigate altitude sickness in service members operating at high altitudes. For best results, it’s key to acclimate units gradually and progressively.

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Lifestyle Changes Could Add 10-15 Years to Your Life

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You're never too old to start being more physically active and eating healthier, which can add years to your life.

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What Effects Does Alcohol Have on My Body?

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Alcohol can be harmful for many reasons, so moderation is the key, our doc says.

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Battalion Hosts Critical Medical Training

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8/24/2022
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Allied Forces North Battalion conducted a week-long Combat Lifesaver Course July 25-29.

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Ask the Doc: Can I Develop Sudden Food Allergies?

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How Performance Nutrition Can Help You Maintain Readiness

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Performance nutrition is a major key to force readiness.

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August Performance Triad Month

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7/21/2022
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As part of its August “P3 for All” campaign, the U.S. Army Public Health Center is encouraging all Army leaders, soldiers, family members and soldiers for life to embrace the synergy of sleep, activity and nutrition, the core components of the Performance Triad, along with the important elements of mental readiness and spiritual readiness.

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Ask the Doc: Heat Stroke vs. Heat Exhaustion -- What's the Difference?

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6/27/2022
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Tactical Diaper Bags and Other Fathers' Day Tips from a Marine Officer

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6/16/2022
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“When we deploy, our lives become simpler, while theirs become more complex: In addition to missing their husband and father, they are missing someone who should be helping to shoulder the burden that military life places on kids.”

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Tactical Diaper Bags and Other Fathers' Day Tips from a Marine Officer

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Ask the Doc: All This Noise is Giving Me Headaches

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6/13/2022
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Ask the Doc: What is causing all of these headaches?

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Could a Therapy Dog Help with Your Dental Anxiety?

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6/2/2022
Air Force Brig. Gen. Goldie, a facility therapy dog at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, helps reduce anxiety in a patient with complex dental conditions that require multiple appointments. The use of therapy dogs is part of an ongoing study with these patients.

A first-of-its-kind study at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is researching whether using facility therapy dogs in dentists’ offices could reduce patient anxiety and improve outcomes for military dental treatment programs.

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