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Military Health System

Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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Walk-in Contraceptive Services Required at Hospitals and Clinics

Article
11/1/2022
Five people wearing masks look at the camera.

Walk-in contraceptives services help service members with convenience of one-day, no appointment care, and help the military with readiness.

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Women's Health | Contraceptive Care Q&A | Reproductive Health Q&A

Suicide Prevention Resources That Can Help

Article
10/31/2022
Text reading, Every life lost to suicide is one too many.

Resources on suicide prevention the entire military family can use.

Telementoring Opens Virtual Doors to Provider Learning, Expert Support

Article
10/28/2022
A group of people meet in a room.

The ECHO Program for Pain allows primary care managers to get advice from and support as well educational credits from specialists at eight interdisciplinary hubs.

MHS GENESIS Reaches Significant Operational Milestone

Article
10/27/2022
A man holds an MHS GENESIS sign.

MHS GENESIS reaches more and more military beneficiaries.

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MHS GENESIS: The Electronic Health Record | MHS GENESIS

Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence Joins DHA

Article
10/27/2022
A man walks toward a helicopter.

DHA’s newest center of excellence supports the advancement in research and health care delivery for patients with extremity trauma and amputations.

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New DHA Region to Support Health Care Across Three Combatant Commands

Article
10/26/2022
Two men unfold flags

The Defense Health Agency established the DHA Region Europe Oct. 25, 2022, welcoming hospitals and clinics in Europe and the Middle East to the new region.

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BAMC Doctor Honored as Hero of Military Medicine

Article
10/25/2022
Two women and a man pose.

The Brooke Army Military Center deputy commander for medical services received the inaugural Hero of Military Medicine San Antonio award from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc., Oct. 20.

Mobile Hearing Tests Prove Successful in the Field and Beyond

Article
10/24/2022
Female service member in front holds a clicker while wearing a headset. In the background is the hearing test technician..

Mobile audiometry equipment can be used from the point of injury to advanced traumas.

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Hearing Center of Excellence | Vision and Hearing Loss Prevention

DOD Conservation Programs Help to Decrease Hearing Loss

Article
10/20/2022
A group of service members walking

Hearing conservation programs help to reduce hearing loss in the military.

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Hearing Center of Excellence | Vision and Hearing Loss Prevention

New Policy Benefits Noise-exposed Service Members

Article
10/20/2022
A service member wears headphones while sitting at a desk.

New hearing protection fit-testing policy on the horizon.

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Hearing Center of Excellence | Vision and Hearing Loss Prevention

U.S. Space Force Family Attends First Warrior Games

Article
10/19/2022
Space Force captain with raised archery bow and arrow  shown in profile competing in her first Warrior Games.

U.S. Space Force Capt. Nichole "Nikki" Evenson competes in her first Warrior Games with the support of her family and the U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior community.

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Groundbreaking Study on Trauma-related Sleep Disorder

Article
10/17/2022
Airman with elecronic trackers on his head seen in profile for a sleep disorder study on TSD.

Army researchers publish an important new study on Trauma-associated Sleep Disorder, or TSD.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Sleep

What Does Vitamin B Do for Me? Much More than You Think

Article
10/17/2022
A colorful board of foods with vitamin B including grains, vegetables,, and meats.

Why all eight of the B vitamins are essential to your health.

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Time to Get Your Flu Shot and Your COVID-19 Booster, Too

Article
10/14/2022
Senior MHS officials and medics from the Pentagon stand together Oct. 13 after receiving their flu shots and bivalent COVID-19 boosters.."

It's flu shot time. Get your COVID-19 booster at the same time.

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Your Pain on a Scale of 1-10? Check Out a New DOD Way to Evaluate Pain

Article
10/13/2022
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The Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale provides more and better ways to assess pain levels.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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