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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Born in Harm's Way: The Advent of Navy Medicine in the Revolutionary War

Article Around MHS
10/21/2022
The Bonhomme Richard vs. HMS Serapis infographic

The U.S. Navy recognized Oct. 13 as its official birthdate. It was on this day in 1775 that the Continental Congress authorized the construction of the first Navy ships as well as a special committee to oversee the administration of this service.

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Collaborating In the ER: Reservists Assist, Learn in Community Hospitals

Article Around MHS
10/20/2022
Military medical personnel in medical training session

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic–when there were no vaccines, a shortage of health care workers, and hospitals were beyond capacity– the U.S. health care system needed help. Here's one of many ways the Department of Defense answered the call.

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DOD Announces Effort to Ensure Reproductive Health Care

Article Around MHS
10/20/2022
TRICARE covers a full range of contraceptive methods, regardless of which health plan you have. And recent changes to TRICARE policies help make sure you’ll have easy, convenient, and timely access to contraceptive services.

Today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced the Department will take all appropriate action, within its authority and consistent with applicable federal law, as soon as possible to ensure that Service members and their families can access reproductive health care and health care providers can operate effectively.

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It’s all About Adapting…When it Comes to Disability

Article Around MHS
10/19/2022
Meagan Gorsuch participates in downhill skiing

Meagan Gorsuch, a Kirtland U.S. Air Force Base military spouse, knows all about adapting to her disabilities. She has been deafblind since birth. See how she has adapted to a world that can still be a challenge for the disabled.

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NMRTC Bremerton Thinks Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Article Around MHS
10/18/2022
Military personnel raising awareness for breast cancer

From rose to fuchsia to salmon, with October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton’s staff members donned pink attire to raise awareness for the annual breast cancer campaign.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Highlight: Capt. Cyanela Hernandez Borrero

Article Around MHS
10/17/2022
U.S. Air Force Capt. Cyanela "HB" Hernandez Borrero

Capt. Cyanela "HB" Hernandez Borrero, a Clinical Psychologist assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Medical Squadron, was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico. From a young age, she was influenced by the medical field and the military.

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USU Alumna Honored as U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon of the Year

Article Around MHS
10/14/2022
U.S. Navy Major (Dr.) Courtney Beaver wearing surgical mask

Only three years out of medical school, she tended to hundreds of evacuees fleeing Afghanistan during the August 2021 exodus from Kabul International Airport.

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Destigmatizing Mental Health Counseling and Treatment in Relation to National Security Clearances

Article Around MHS
10/13/2022
Mental health infographic

A new specialty adjudicative branch of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency Consolidated Adjudications Service focusing in behavioral science is expediting security clearance adjudications, as the agency continues its campaign to destigmatize mental health counseling and treatment in relation to the adjudication of national security clearances.

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