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The Military Health System 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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2022 MHS Research Symposium Opens for 'Abstracts'

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1/6/2022
Army Col. Louis Finelli of the Armed Forces Medical Examiners System speaks at a panel discussion during the 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium.

Abstracts for this year's Military Health System Research Symposium, with the theme "Optimizing Readiness – The Power of Military Medical Research," are due by Feb. 16.

Giving Another Breath of Hope

Article Around MHS
1/5/2022
Photo of surgical equipment

Two patients, each with metastatic lung cancer, were rushed to Keesler’s Operating Room, struggling to breathe with tumors constricting their airways.

Air Force discusses future of medicine at annual workshop

Article Around MHS
1/5/2022
Air Force Maj. Gen. John DeGoas, Air Force Deputy Surgeon General answering questions

Leaders across the Air Force Medical Service met virtually and in-person for an annual Senior Leadership Workshop in Leesburg, Virginia, December 7-9, sharing ideas focused on recalibrating operational readiness.

Ask the Doc: What is the Patient Portal and What Does it Mean to Me?

Article
1/5/2022
Chief nursing information officer in-processing trainees into MHS GENESIS.

Doc asks Air Force Lt. Col. John DaLomba, Health Informatics team lead and solution owner for the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal, what the new Patient Portal means for MHS beneficiaries.

Talking Seasonal Affective Disorder

Article Around MHS
1/4/2022
Military personnel staring out of the window

Holiday blues, seasonal depression, and other terms have been used to describe what is now known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and more often than not, many factors play a role on an individual’s ability to be affected by this disorder each year around the holidays.

'Open Notes' Approach Builds Stronger Provider-Patient Relationships

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1/4/2022
Open notes offer many evidence-based advantages through mutual communication, understanding, and collaboration.

'Open notes' enable two-way communication and feedback that encourages providers and patients to feel that they are not just on the same page, but in the same boat on a shared journey.

Navy Corpsmen Help Keep Life-Saving Blood Products Flowing

Article Around MHS
1/3/2022
Navy Hospitalman Jia Li Chen works at the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest in charge of helping keep life-saving blood product flowing.

Blood products collected are distributed world-wide to provide support from deployed troops overseas to veterans and their families at home.

Eight Tips to Get Better, More Restful Sleep

Article
1/3/2022
Being deployed may not always make it possible for service members to get proper sleep, but experts recommend they try to adopt healthy sleep practices as much as possible, such as using their bed or cot only for sleeping.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping continuously through the night. It can result in lack of energy and result in disease, injury, or disability if not treated. Behavioral therapies are designed to help adopt proper sleep behaviors.

Surveillance Snapshot: Lengths of Hospital Stays for Service Members Diagnosed with Sepsis, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2011–2020

Article
1/1/2022
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Sepsis is a serious and life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. In the U.S., sepsis is a leading cause of in-hospital mortality and 1 of the most expensive conditions treated in U.S. hospitals.

COVID-19 and Depressive Symptoms Among Active Component U.S. Service Members, January 2019–July 2021

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1/1/2022
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This study examined the rates of depressive symptoms in active component U.S. service members prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluated whether SARS-CoV-2 test results (positive or negative) were associated with self-reported depressive symptoms.

Description of a COVID-19 Beta Variant Outbreak, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Feb.–March 2021

Article
1/1/2022
Covid Beta

This report describes an outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, that peaked during 21–26 Feb. 2021 and was tied to a single military training event. A total of 143 laboratory-confirmed cases were identified.

This is my Why

Article Around MHS
12/30/2021
Air Force Senior Airman Marcus Bullock poses for a photo after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination

Air Force Senior Airman Marcus Bullock stated his reason for getting the vaccine was to help his mother and son be able to have a play date again.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Continues the Fight on Emergency Blood Shortage

Article Around MHS
12/29/2021
Norfolk Naval Shipyard mascot Yardbird Sam getting his vitals checked

Next Month is National Donor Month. The Armed Services Blood Program encourages all beneficiaries to consider donating blood in 2022.

Scrubs to Suits: A Pathway for Mentorship for Middle Managers

Article Around MHS
12/28/2021
Military personnel wearing masks talking

The experience gained through this informal mentorship opportunity cultivates a shared vision and empowers the junior leader to create change within the organization starting with being better prepared within their current leadership role

Dietary Supplements: Educate Yourself First Before Trying Them

Article
12/28/2021
Photo of a dinner plate with food and dietary supplements next to it

Operation Supplement Safety is your one-stop guide to dietary supplement information

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