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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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1/18/2018
Cervical cancer deaths have decreased by more than 50 percent due to regular screening tests that detect abnormalities before cancer develops. (MHS graphic)

Cervical cancer deaths have decreased by more than 50 percent due to regular screening tests that detect abnormalities before cancer develops

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Women's Health

DoD, FDA partner to develop medical products for warfighters

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1/17/2018
Army Spc. Caleb Bailey, a combat medic assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine moves a casualty during a mass casualty exercise. The Defense Department and Food and Drug Administration jointly launched a program, Jan. 16, 2018, to expedite developing and delivering new medical products to the warfighter. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector)

FDA’s expertise and guidance will help DoD put the best, most-effective products in the hands of battlefield medical personnel

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Civil Military Medicine

The sobering reality of one drink too many

Article
1/16/2018
Some people follow the boozy holiday season with Dry January, an unofficial movement to abstain from alcohol for 31 days. But alcohol consumption is a year-round activity, and for some, a year-round problem that requires professional help. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Sahara. L. Fales)

Resolve to limit alcohol, experts recommend

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Substance Abuse

FDA, DoD announce joint partnership

Article
1/16/2018
FDA and DOD logos

The Department of Defense's Office of Health Affairs and the Food and Drug Administration announced a partnership on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Cold and influenza season is underway – and it’s nothing to ‘shake off’

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1/12/2018
Cold and flu season usually runs from October to March, and peaks between December and February. Young children, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions have a higher risk for complications. Military Health System experts encourage everyone to take steps to prevent these viral illnesses from spreading. (U.S. Army photo by photo by Rachel Larue)

Military Health System experts share advice on how to prevent, treat, and distinguish between these two viral illnesses

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Health Readiness | Preventive Health | Immunizations | Children's Health

Joint efforts in search of a cure for tropical diseases

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1/11/2018
Dr. Gissella Vasquez, deputy director of the Entomology Department at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, inspects a vector trap at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element, NAMRU- 6 and the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences partnered for an ongoing tropical disease study, testing live samples and collecting vectors that could be potential carriers for diseases. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)

Malaria. Dengue. Zika.

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Global Health Engagement | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Health Readiness

Robot dog improves SOF medical practices

Article
1/10/2018
A multi-purpose canine handler with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, controls a laceration on a realistic canine mannequin during MPC medical training. During this training, MPC handlers practice applying canine medical aid on the new “robot dog” for the first time, which is in its final stages of testing and development. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryann K Whitley)

The development of the new “robot dog” came from SOCOM’s desire to improve the current medical training capabilities

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Technology | Veterinary Service

Guarding the health of service members

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1/9/2018
James Coker focuses on protecting service member health every day as deputy chief of the Public Health Division at the Defense Health Agency. Here he is exploring a Mount Denali glacier “off the clock” while stationed in Alaska as a public health flight commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo)

The vital role of the Public Health Division

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Health Readiness | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Public Health

Survey indicates higher satisfaction with military medical facilities

Article
1/8/2018
Staff at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, treat patients. The 2017 results of the Defense Department’s Joint Outpatient Experience Survey show an increase in patient satisfaction with military medical facilities and pharmacy care. (U.S. Army photo)

The results of the survey show an overall increase in satisfaction

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Access to Health Care | MHS Patient Satisfaction Surveys | MHS Quality, Patient Safety, and Access Information (for Patients)

Deployed Airman provides critical care anywhere

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1/5/2018
Air Force Capt. Asha Wyatt, 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation operations officer and flight nurse, poses for a photo at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2017. Wyatt is deployed from Pope Army Airfield, N.C., and has been in the Air Force for six years. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Divine Cox

When injured airmen need to be transported, the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron’s airmen provide patients with lifesaving emergency and prehospital care

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Health Readiness | Global Health Engagement

Increases to TRICARE pharmacy copayments coming

Article
1/5/2018
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

On Feb 1, 2018, copayments for prescription drugs at TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and retail pharmacies will increase

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TRICARE Pharmacy Program | TRICARE Formulary

Maintenance key to medical device precision, accuracy

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1/4/2018
A technician assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency's Medical Maintenance Operations Division-Tracy works on a piece of equipment in the depot's special purpose test, measurement and diagnostics equipment lab. (U.S. Army photo by Ellen Crown)

It's not about the item we touch, it's about the patient that uses it

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Health Readiness

TRICARE Philippine demonstration ends, new preferred-provider network begins

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1/3/2018
Official TRICARE logo

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, a preferred-provider network will be available in the Philippines.

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TRICARE Health Program | Access to Health Care

Feature: Meet the 2017 Quality and Patient Safety Winners

Article
1/3/2018
Staff from the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital accept the MHS Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Award in the Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety discipline for their “Improve Sterile Instrument and Process Handling” initiative.

Feature: Meet the 2017 Quality and Patient Safety Winners

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

Patient Safety in Action: MHS Dental Community Drills Down for Patient Safety Standards

Article
1/3/2018
An Army soldier receives dental care from Air Force dental clinicians at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii while the Airmen are deployed with the Florida Air National Guard to work and train in a joint environment.

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Patient Safety | eBulletin
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