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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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Collaboration Ensures Focus on Sustainment for New Army Medical Devices

Article Around MHS
11/4/2022
Military medical personnel testing vet x-ray device

Collaboration between U.S. Army medical materiel developers and sustainers means that new devices fielded to the warfighter not only provide the required capabilities, but also longevity and durability in the field, as well as value to the American taxpayer.

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Research and Innovation | Health Care Technology Management/Medical Devices

USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk in Support of Continuing Promise 2022

Article Around MHS
11/4/2022
Military personnel on the Hospital ship USNS Comfort

Continuing Promise medical teams will focus on working alongside partner nation medical personnel to provide care aboard and at land-based medical sites to increase medical readiness, strengthen partnerships, and enhance the combined capabilities of the U.S. Navy and partner nations to respond to public health disasters and humanitarian crises.

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I Am Navy Medicine -- Audiology Technician

Article Around MHS
11/3/2022
U.S. Navy Seaman Tabetha M. Sanders, audiology technician

With October designated as Audiology Awareness Month, now is the time for everyone to listen up, heed the call, and harken to the need for healthy hearing.

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Vision and Hearing Loss Prevention

History of Navy Medicine's Research and Development Global Enterprise

Article Around MHS
11/2/2022
Historic image of the Naval Medical Research Institute

Before there was the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) there was the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI).

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Our History | Research and Innovation

USS Gerald R. Ford’s Commitment to Women’s Health

Article Around MHS
11/2/2022
U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class Cassandra Styles participates in a mass casualty drill

One in eight women will face cancer in their life. Additionally, breast cancer has a 99 percent survival rate if detected in early stages and a 29 percent survival rate if detected late. U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Douglas, Ford’s surgeon, offers a service in identifying breast cancer in the early stage for women aboard Ford. Douglas’ service is just one of many that Ford provides.

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Women's Health

Medical Maintenance Sustaining the Warfighter

Article Around MHS
11/1/2022
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Monica Hewey works on ventilator

Biomedical Equipment Technician, or BMET, is one of those little-known career fields in the Air Force, yet it has a big impact on readiness and lethality.

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Health Readiness & Combat Support

Brooke Medical Center Offers New Prostate Cancer Therapy for Patients

Article Around MHS
10/31/2022
Military medical personnel consults with Harold G. Overstreet, retired Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps

The Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Nuclear Medicine is now offering a newly approved treatment for patients who have prostate cancer.

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Men's Health

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Article Around MHS
10/28/2022
Military medical personnel in pharmacy

The U.S. Air Force’s success as a fighting force is dependent on the capability of airmen to withstand the physical rigors associated with combat and other military operations. Pharmacies fill a vital role in that task—supplying medication that is essential to effectively treat ailments and maintain a healthy and ready force.

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TRICARE Pharmacy Operations

Lithuanian Military Medical Service Welcomes U.S. Medical Professionals to Share Critical Medical Knowledge

Article Around MHS
10/28/2022
Military medical personnel during simulated trauma exercise

The Lithuanian Military Medical Service welcomed a team of four U.S. Army medical professionals to share knowledge on medical logistics and conduct a medical simulation in Kaunas, Lithuania, from Sept. 19-23.

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Global Health Engagement | Medical Logistics

U.S. Medical Evaluators Work With Multinational Counterparts to Evaluate Task Force in Czech Republic

Article Around MHS
10/27/2022
Military personnel at simulated trauma training

Twenty-four NATO medical professionals from 11 countries conducted a medical evaluation during exercise "Medical Man 2022" at the Czech Military Health Agency Facility in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, Sept. 17-21.

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Global Health Engagement | Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability

Exoskeleton to Enhance Safety, Retention for Aerial Porters, Others

Article Around MHS
10/26/2022
Military personnel pushes exoskeleton robotic fitness machine

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Rapid Innovation, or CRI, held an event Oct. 6 with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Commander’s 445th Airlift Wing for a robotics team to demonstrate the latest Forge System, a pneumatically powered exoskeleton that augments leg strength to reduce fatigue, increase endurance, and offset weight.

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Physical Fitness | Research and Innovation

Cellular Stress Response Research Shows Promise for Conditions Affecting Warfighters

Article Around MHS
10/25/2022
Research associate, Ambar Rodriguez-Martinez, working in a lab.

Impaired or inappropriate activation of a cellular stress response pathway is a common underlying factor for many human diseases, including those that affect our military warfighters and veterans, such as traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, various cancers, and diabetes.

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Medical Research and Development

Get Protected With New COVID-19 Booster and Flu Vaccine

Article Around MHS
10/24/2022
Military medical personnel administering vaccine

There are two vaccines you should consider getting this Fall, and now you can get them both at the same time.

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Immunizations | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Tactical Medical Augmentation Team Increases Combat Medical Capability

Article Around MHS
10/24/2022
Tactical Medical Augmentation Team Increases Combat Medical Capability

To find a solution to an identified gap in medical care provided in combat situations, the U.S. Air Force 920th Rescue Wing’s Aeromedical Staging Squadron developed the Tactical Medical Augmentation Team, an embedded medical team that will bring a new level of patient care directly to the battlefield.

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Health Readiness & Combat Support | Readiness Capabilities

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Holds Town Hall in Advance of DHA Transition

Article Around MHS
10/24/2022
Military personnel speaks at NMCPHS town hall event

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center held a town hall meeting on Oct. 12 at their Portsmouth, Virginia, headquarters, in advance of their transition to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Public Health directorate.

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Public Health | Military Health System Transformation
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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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