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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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Feb 27, 2024

The Brandon Act

The Brandon Act empowers service members to get the help they need confidentially, reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Service members start the referral process by talking to their commander or supervisor.

May 21, 2024


Questions and answers about Adenoviruses

Feb 27, 2024


Questions and answers about TEAM UP

Feb 27, 2024

Depleted Uranium

The Department of Defese (DoD) began testing depeted uranium (DU) about 40 years ago, and first used it in a military operation in 1991. It has fewer risks than natural uranium because it is less radioactive. DoD and many other organizations have studied, and continue to study, the health, chemical, radiological and environmental effects and exposures ...

Feb 27, 2024

Cognitive Rehabilitation

The complexity of the brain and brain injuries has led to questions about the nature of cognitive rehabilitation and its availability to service members who have sustained TBIs.

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