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  • Remote village thankful for U.S. help in fighting Ebola

    Dec 8, 2014

    When the Ebola virus found the remote village of Tappita, Liberia, it took more than a day for it to be properly diagnosed. Soon, it will take a matter of minutes. A new Ebola Treatment Unit will open in Tappita within the month.

  • How to make most of doctor's appointment

    Dec 1, 2014

    For some patients, going to the doctor results in getting the "white coat syndrome," in which blood pressure and heart rates go up just from being in a clinical setting. Likewise, many patients can find themselves being less self-advocating than they might normally be, especially if they don't quite understand everything the doctor is saying.

  • Evans training ground for future lab technicians

    Nov 24, 2014

    Patients visiting Evans Army Community Hospital's laboratory are doing much more than helping their doctor diagnose their health issue. The patient is also helping to train the Army's future laboratory technicians. The year-long Advanced Individual Training sites for 68Ks -- laboratory technicians -- is split into two phases, the first six months is at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where the students are taught the basics of lab work. For their second six months the students attend one of 21 Army military treatment facilities for Phase II and hands on training.

  • Medics, helicopter crew train to save lives

    Nov 24, 2014

    Emergencies don't always happen in convenient spots and with the far-flung locations that the Army sometimes trains in, it is important that medical evacuations can happen quickly and safely.

  • Stay healthy during the holiday season

    Nov 24, 2014

    In order to remain ready and resilient, Soldiers, family members and civilians should aim to enjoy the holiday season while preserving their health and well-being.

  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter

    Nov 24, 2014

    Tips for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter months

  • The "New" Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Regimental Distinctive Insignia

    Nov 21, 2014

    The change in the AMEDD Regimental Distinctive Insignia is based on an old design, in fact, one of the oldest coats of arms used by the United States Army. Developed during the Civil War and approved by Surgeon General William Hammond, the symbolism of the Medical Corps Coat of Arms was selected to symbolize the medical profession, the Union, and the year of the Medical Department's creation, 1818. The coat of arms was placed on items that had been inspected and approved for use by departmental personnel, such as medicine bottles and medical textbooks.

  • Madigan providers gain skill in Ebola simulation exercise

    Nov 13, 2014

    Madigan Army Medical Center's special care teams started advanced training on Nov. 6, 2014, at the Andersen Simulation Center on Join Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to prepare for the potential of caring for Ebola patients.

  • Injured Veteran uses adventures to heal

    Nov 12, 2014

    In the deep black underwater, Kenneth Young found pain relief and a clearer head. On horseback, he did physical therapy to improve his ability to walk again properly. And while paragliding (tandem-style), he faced head on his fear of heights brought on by his accident.

  • You can prevent the flu

    Nov 3, 2014

    By taking just a few steps, you can prevent the flu.

  • New sleep disorder discovered impacting combat Soldiers

    Oct 30, 2014

    The study of a series of patients at Madigan Army Medical Center, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, has led doctors to discover a new unique sleep-related condition impacting combat Soldiers called Trauma-associated Sleep Disorder.

  • Army Commemorates Warrior Care Month, Honors Warrior Transition Command 5th Anniversary

    Oct 29, 2014

    This November, the Army honors wounded, ill and injured soldiers, veterans, their families and caregivers during Warrior Care Month. This year's theme is "Show of Strength."

  • "Always Smiling," Wheelchair Basketball Star Got His Start from Adaptive Reconditioning Activities

    Oct 29, 2014

    "He's bleeding, his hands are blistered, but he goes out there and gives it all he's got. He's a stand out guy," said Jermell Pennie, head coach for the Army team at the 2014 Warrior Games describing Staff Sgt. Brian Boone "He's always asking questions, trying to better himself. And he's always got a smile on his face."

  • BG Holcomb assumes command of SRMC

    Oct 8, 2014

    On a sunny fall morning, approximately 300 guests witnessed Brig. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb assume command of the Southern Regional Medical Command on Oct. 8 from Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, U.S. Army surgeon general and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, presided over the change of command.

  • Childhood obesity: a preventable disease

    Oct 7, 2014

  • Army Medicine Columbus Day Safety Message

    Oct 6, 2014

    History holds remarkable examples of heroism and adventure, and the four voyages of Christopher Columbus, beginning in 1492, are great examples. Whether or not Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover the New World of the Americas, his legacy of discovery and determination serve as an example for innovators and dreamers to pursue broader understanding and use of their talents to benefit humanity.

  • Nothing stops Warrior Games athlete from training his hardest

    Oct 6, 2014

    "I built a box the size of the 10-ring target and then would shoot from my dining room, through the kitchen and into the living room," explained Retired Maj. John Arbino, who let no obstacle stand in his path to practicing shooting an air rifle, to train for this year's Warrior Games, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

  • In the Lein of Duty: New Commander Arrives at USAMRMC

    Oct 6, 2014

    Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein became the 26th commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick in a change of command ceremony on the Blue and Gray field Sept. 16. Lein comes to the USAMRMC from the Office of the Surgeon General, where he most recently served as the deputy surgeon general and deputy commanding general of operations.

  • Engineers, Scientists Participate in International Exchange Program

    Oct 6, 2014

    Employees from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command participate in a professional exchange through the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program,which promotes international cooperation in military research, development, test and evaluation through the exchange of military and government civilian engineers and scientists.

  • Army wins Chairman's Cup at Warrior Games

    Oct 6, 2014

    Winning a total of 71 medals, the Army team took home the prestigious Chairman's Cup, Oct. 4, 2014, from the 5th annual Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

  • Boy with leukemia inspiration behind Madigan's bone marrow drive

    Oct 6, 2014

    In the end, it all came down to a single stranger. When Judith Mang's eight-year-old son Lane needed a bone marrow transplant to rebuild his immune system and lower the chance his leukemia would return, only two potential donors were identified worldwide. After one donor dropped out, Judith and her family could only hope the final potential donor would work out... The difficulty in finding a donor was one of the reasons that Judith and her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Mang, joined in Madigan Army Medical Center's bone marrow donation drive here Sept. 22 and 23. About 160 potential donors signed up with the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, which feeds into the National Marrow Donor Program.

  • Madigan expands School Based Health Centers -- more time saved, more patients seen

    Oct 6, 2014

    Starting the first week of November 2014, Madigan will open a new School Based Health Center at Woodbrook Middle School, located in Lakewood and part of the Clover Park School District. The expansion comes at a time when the SBHCs are experiencing an uptrend in the number of students seen and the percentages of those students who have received flu vaccinations and are current on their wellness visits. SBHCs are already located at Pioneer Middle School, Steilacoom High School and Lakes High School.

  • Southall May Be Used to Taking Home Gold, but Never Stops Testing Her Limits

    Oct 3, 2014

    For the first time in Warrior Games history, the Army women's shot put team swept the competition at Gary Berry stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This win, on top of a blowout in discus gave Veteran Monica Southall of Suffolk, Virginia, her fifth and sixth Warrior Games gold medals in field events, to add to her two golds from the inaugural Invictus Games in London last month.

  • Army Medicine employee earns Kenneth C. Raymer Award

    Oct 2, 2014

    The US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Chief of Staff, Rick Fiore, presented the Kenneth C. Raymer Memorial Award to Cathleen Salas on Oct. 2 at MEDCOM Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Active Army's longest serving enlisted female Soldier to retire

    Oct 2, 2014

    Command Sgt. Maj. Donna A. Brock is set to retire from the United States Army and transfer responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald C. Ecker in a ceremony at the United States Army Medical Command Headquarters (MEDCOM) in San Antonio on Oct. 24, 2014. Brock, who joined the Army in 1979, now holds the honor of being the Army's longest serving enlisted female Soldier still on active duty.

  • Which hearing protection is right for you?

    Oct 1, 2014

    Tips are available for selecting appropriate hearing protection.

  • Enhancing resiliency: Forces Command Soldiers intervene, help Army "battle buddies"

    Sep 29, 2014

    U.S. Army Forces Command units across the United States are helping ensure suicide prevention and awareness among their Soldiers, Forces Command G-1 personnel officials say.

  • Desire to be resilient can sometimes mask underlying depression

    Sep 22, 2014

    The Army culture is one of toughness and resilience, so seeking help for depression may be very hard for Soldiers to do, said Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey Grammer, Sept. 18, 2014, at the Psychological Health and Resilience Summit at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia.

  • Army health officer: DOD, VA collaboration needed on mental health metrics

    Sep 22, 2014

    The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs can collaborate to find metrics in mental health to better serve veterans, according to an Army officer, during a health summit, Sept. 19, 2014, in Falls Church, Virginia. .

  • Healthy breakfast for kids an essential part of the day

    Sep 19, 2014

  • New Carson unit has 6-state responsibility

    Sep 17, 2014

    A new unit activated on Fort Carson Sept. 5 that is responsible for the health of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers in six states. The Joint Task Force Carson Warrior Transition Battalion Community Care Unit is one of 13 units being established at 11 Army installations which will allow Soldiers to recover at home with the support of their families and communities. "We are very fortunate to have been one of the few Warrior Transition Battalions selected to receive a CCU," said Lt. Col. Aaron Termain, commander of Fort Carson's WTB. "This activation is in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the cadré and civilian staff of this battalion."

  • Joint DOD/VA Partnership Benefits Veterans with Hearing Loss

    Sep 16, 2014

    The newly renamed GeorgiaLina Federal Healthcare Executive Council is making access to hearing aids for Veterans easier and faster by joint partnerships between Military Healthcare and the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

  • Wounded, ill, injured Army athletes join U.S. team at inaugural Invictus Games in London

    Sep 4, 2014

    Twenty-two wounded, ill and injured Army Soldiers and Veterans will join representatives from all branches of the United States military as part of the 100-member US Team at the inaugural Invictus Games in London, September 10-14, 2014. The Invictus Games were inspired by Prince Harry's visit to the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado where a British team joined U.S. military teams in archery, shooting, cycling, swimming, track and field, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball competitions.

  • Fort Carson set to take challenge

    Sep 4, 2014

    The Fort Carson Army Wellness Center is challenging everyone on post -- Soldier, family member and civilian -- to become healthier members of the community. And they have a tool to help you accomplish this. "The 26-Week Health Challenge is a way to enhance your sleep, activity and nutrition by using tips from Army Medicine's Performance Triad," said Maj. Danielle Nichols, the chief of the Fort Carson Army Wellness Center.

  • Evans lets moms-to-be soak it up during labor

    Sep 4, 2014

    The Mountain Post Birthing Center at Evans Army Community Hospital has a new way to help moms before they deliver their babies without the use of drugs. Starting in July, the hospital began water labor for mothers-to-be who are looking for a drug-free birthing experience. "My goal was to do natural child birth with no epidural or narcotics," said Brynn Sims, who gave birth to her son James Aug. 12, after using a water tub during labor. "It absolutely helped and I don't think I could have done it without drugs and without water."

  • Fort Carson MEDDAC information management named IT Professionals, Team of the Year

    Sep 3, 2014

    The Fort Carson MEDDAC, Information Management and Information Technology professionals were named the FY13 AMEDD IM IT Professionals and Team of the Year. This was a multi-service collaborative effort to provide state-of-the-art hands free communications for the MEDDAC clinical staff.

  • Dietary supplements: Safety still an issue, better options available

    Sep 2, 2014

    Being a Soldier is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Soldiers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and ready.

  • Signs of suicide: Watching your buddy's "6"

    Aug 29, 2014

    We must continue to support our fellow Soldiers because one suicide is too many.

  • Army researcher fighting Ebola on front lines

    Aug 6, 2014

    Army researchers are working on developing vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus, as well as combating the spread of the virus and caring for those who are infected. The virus has recently killed more than 800 in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

  • Medics grow alongside Afghan partners

    Aug 1, 2014

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army medics have treated many ailments and traumas while stationed at Destroyer Aid Station, Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, but one challenge they didn't expect was training and working alongside the Afghan National Army medics.

  • Flu shots: Are your children prepared?

    Aug 1, 2014

    The best way to protect your children from contracting the influenza virus is to ensure they--and you--receive an annual influenza vaccine.

  • Why am I still thinking about deployment?

    Aug 1, 2014

    If the memories of a traumatic event are causing serious problems in your life, talk with a medical professional, behavioral health provider or chaplain.

  • Stress management and the Performance Triad

    Aug 1, 2014

    While attempting to eliminate stress from one's life may not be realistic or even healthy, we can expect improvement in coping with life's stressors if we apply Performance Triad principles. The Army's comprehensive plan to strengthen our readiness and increase resilience is called the Performance Triad. The triad promotes engaging in activity, improving nutrition, and getting quality sleep.

  • Standing down with helping hand for Monterey County homeless veterans

    Aug 1, 2014

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif., -- The Monterey County Veterans Stand-Down event runs through Aug. 3. Organizers set up a temporary village to process homeless veterans into the Veterans Affairs system as well as provide other needed assistance.

  • Combat Lifesaver Course trains Soldiers to save lives on, off battlefield

    Jul 31, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, Arizona - In the event of an emergency, Army combat medics play a critical role by applying first aid and trauma care to wounded Soldiers, but in some situations the first person to assist isn't always a certified medic.

  • MEDCOM both a Generating and Operating Force, Sargent Tells CGSC Students

    Jul 25, 2014

    Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, deputy chief of staff for of operations for the Army Medical Command, is calling on its future leaders to "seize every opportunity to increase your understanding of the Army and Army Medicine." This is because "you are the greatest representative and spokesperson for health and its vital impact on the readiness and resilience of the Total Army Force," Sargent told students at the Command and General Staff College campus at Fort Belvoir, Va. on July 23rd.

  • Public Health Command Welcomes New Leader

    Jul 24, 2014

    Col. Jacqueline Chando assumed command of the Public Health Command Region-North in a 30-minute change of command ceremony July 16 at McGill Training Center.

  • New mosquito-borne virus appears in United States

    Jul 24, 2014

    FORT SILL, Okla. (July 24, 2014) -- For several years, the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus often show up during summertime around Southwest Oklahoma.

  • Download This! The Performance Triad App (version 1.0)

    Jul 24, 2014

    The Office of the Army Surgeon General (OTSG) and US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) in Falls Church, Va., has launched a Performance Triad app (version 1.0) for iPhone and Android devices. The app is available as a free download by searching "Performance Triad" on your smartphone.

  • Public Health Command tracks new mosquito-borne disease

    Jul 23, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command is responding rapidly to an emerging viral infection that is threatening the United States.

  • Ready and resilient: Performance Triad promotes healthy lifestyle, ready and resilient Soldiers

    Jul 21, 2014

    Eight hours of sleep a night, 10,000 steps a day and eight servings of fruit and vegetables daily. That's the prescription the Army is using to improve the health of the force.

  • Body Mechanics offers retreat from stress

    Jul 17, 2014

    The stress of Army life, whether for Soldiers, Family members or the civilian workforce, can become overwhelming, but Fort Rucker offers a way that people on the installation can pamper themselves and find relief.

  • Melanoma-Silent but Deadly

    Jul 15, 2014

    Do you love having fun in the sun? If you do, it is essential you protect your skin from exposure to harmful sun rays known to cause skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 68,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma each year and another 48,000 are diagnosed with an early form of the disease that involves only the top layer of skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) melanoma causes about 8,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

  • Nielsen new General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander

    Jul 10, 2014

    General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital is under new leadership after its change of command ceremony Tuesday.

  • Hospital gets 2014 Stand Up for Patient Safety Award

    Jul 10, 2014

    The hospital's safety department has earned the National Patient Safety Foundation's 2014 Stand Up for Patient Safety Award through an initiative called "the MED Zone," designed to decrease medication-related errors. The award recognizes an organization's successful implementation of an outstanding patient safety initiative that was led by, or created by, mid-level management. It is one of only two presented by the NPSF this year. "The MED Zone," also known as the "Must Eliminate Distractions" zone, consists of two elements.

  • Sweet drinks leading dental damage determinant

    Jul 3, 2014

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Candy is officially taking a backseat as the leading culprit for causing cavities. Now sweet snacks and sugary drinks are driving dental emergencies and Fort Sill Dental Activity Soldiers are on the forefront of the battle.

  • Symposium focuses on TBI

    Jun 12, 2014

    Fort Leonard Wood's first Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium, held Friday, spanned from telling attendees what TBI is to how technology plays a role in learning how to avoid them.

  • USAPHC mentors prepare next generation of leaders

    Jun 11, 2014

    Public Health Command scientists mentor students from local high school.

  • Baby steps, putting one foot in front of the other

    Jun 10, 2014

    Staff Sgt. Allen Armstrong suffered an injury to his leg after a motorcycle accident in South Carolina in 2014, leaving the Soldier with an injury that would cause him to learn how to walk again at an older age. It starts with baby steps, putting one foot in front of the other.

  • Wheelchair racing kicks off the 2014 Army Warrior Trials training week at West Point

    Jun 10, 2014

    WEST POINT, NY -- Retired Army Staff Sgt. Chanda Gaeth is one of the more seasoned wheelchair racers at today's 2014 Army Warrior Trials training with three years of competition under her belt.

  • Soldier rebuilds self-worth through adaptive reconditioning

    Jun 10, 2014

    Two years ago, Isaac Rios found himself isolating from everyone, cocooning in his room with just his couch, his television and his thoughts.

  • Sgt. Adam Miller sets a ball during sitting volleyball practice at the Warrior Trials

    Jun 10, 2014

  • 'Performance Triad' fuels Soldiers' IRONMAN finish

    Jun 9, 2014

    The Army Medical Command recently rolled out the Performance Triad at bases throughout the Army in order to stress the importance of leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

  • Army Staff Sgt. Allan Armstrong stretches prior to track practice at the 2014 Warrior Trials

    Jun 9, 2014

  • Fort Riley Public Health seeks first DOD accreditation

    Jun 5, 2014

    Irwin Army Community Hospital's Department of Public Health is leading the way in meeting national standards set for public health departments, forging process improvements and enhancing preventive care and wellness initiatives in Army Medicine.

  • JBLM opens new Soldier Centered Medical Home

    May 13, 2014

    Infantry Soldiers on Lewis North are now just a short walk away from getting comprehensive medical care, thanks to the new Soldier Centered Medical Home now located at Okubo Family Medical Clinic. The hope is that with more convenient medical care, along with increased levels of immediate care available, Soldiers will get help and get back to their units quicker.

  • New undersecretary highlights value of service, sacrifice

    May 12, 2014

    Brad R. Carson was sworn in as the Under Secretary of the Army during a ceremony at the Pentagon, May 9, 2014.

  • Commissary, TRICARE adjustments needed to retain readiness, senators told

    May 12, 2014

    Slowing the growth of military pay and housing allowances, reducing commissary subsidies and adjusting TRICARE costs will save $31 billion over the next five years and enable enhanced readiness, senior leaders told lawmakers.

  • Motorcyclists urged to drive defensively

    May 8, 2014

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Motorcyclists across the region are celebrating the warmer weather by hitting the road. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an educational campaign to prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries.

  • Youth health fair promotes healthy living, habits

    May 8, 2014

    Childhood obesity is an epidemic sweeping the nation, but Fort Rucker is taking the fight to the front by teaching its youth healthy habits early on.

  • Army Medicine's Brain Health Consortium just a beginning

    May 6, 2014

    Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army surgeon general and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, hosted the inaugural Brain Health Consortium April 10-11, 2014, at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.

  • May is Women's Health Month

    May 2, 2014

    The Army recognizes May as National Women's Health Month.

  • Acupuncture helping reduce use of pain killers in Army

    May 2, 2014

    Acupuncture and other forms of alternative and complementary medicine are helping reduce the use of opioids to block pain in Army patients, the service's assistant surgeon general said.

  • Health screenings; adequate sleep, activity, nutrition vital to Soldier readiness

    May 1, 2014

    May 11--17 is National Women's Health Week. While male and female Soldiers share some basic health requirements for readiness, female Soldiers require health screenings that are unique to the health of women.

  • Local health care leaders visit Army medical home

    Mar 18, 2014

    Leaders from Group Health's Puyallup Medical Center, one of the largest civilian health providers in the area around Joint Base Lewis-McChord, visited Madigan Army Medical Center's Puyallup Community Based Medical Home March 14.

  • WRMC CG visit brings insight into future Army Medicine

    Mar 7, 2014

    Brig. Gen. John Cho, commanding general at Western Regional Medical Command, spent Thursday and Friday visiting several General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital clinics, facilities and patients here. Cho spoke about meeting the needs of patients, enrollment, efficiency, and the future of the hospital and Army Medicine, during several facility tours and Town Hall meetings with staff and patients here.

  • TSC walk-in service ends April 1, 2014

    Mar 6, 2014

    Walk-in service is ending at Fort Leonard Wood's TRICARE Service Center on April 1, 2014, along with all other stateside TRICARE service centers.

  • Army Medical Enlisted Corps celebrates 127 years, promotes "Trust"

    Feb 27, 2014

    At 127 years old we are one of the oldest corps in the Army Medical Department.

  • Local Lean Six Sigma course graduates asked to look for change

    Feb 18, 2014

    Sixteen military and civilian personnel from across the Western Regional Medical Command recently graduated from a four-week Lean Six Sigma Program and became the Army Medical Department's newest black belt candidates.

  • Ready, set, resilient

    Dec 5, 2013

    U.S. Army Alaska leaders, soldiers, families and civilians had the opportunity to see, experience and learn about the plethora of resources and support available to help them bounce back from the rigors and stresses of a demanding lifestyle in the military, and specifically within U. S. Army Alaska.

  • Officials warn of holiday hazards

    Dec 5, 2013

    Getting caught up in the hectic holiday festivities can cause many people to get careless, but by staying alert and aware people can ensure that their gatherings and merriment will be full of comfort and joy, not ending in a holiday tragedy.

  • Army Wellness Center increases services

    Dec 4, 2013

    Center offers a holistic approach to health for the community

  • Special care, treatment available to sexual assault victims

    Dec 3, 2013

    Short- and long-term medical care and counseling are available to victims of sexual assault.

  • Ready, set, resilient

    Dec 2, 2013

    HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, Fort Wainwright, Alaska -- U.S. Army Alaska leaders, Soldiers, families and civilians had the opportunity to see, experience and learn about the plethora of resources and support available to help them bounce back from the rigors and stresses of a demanding lifestyle in the military, and specifically within U. S. Army Alaska.

  • Wounded warriors learn to blow glass in pilot program

    Nov 27, 2013

    For the past few weeks on Tuesday evenings, 11 Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., have driven to Tacoma's Museum of Glass to learn the basics of glass blowing from experts in the field.

  • Sustaining drumbeat of 'Ready and Resilient' force through awareness, action

    Sep 10, 2013

    September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Department of the Army joins our nation and the world in observing National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-14, 2013, in the U.S. and the World Health Organization's World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, as part of efforts to promote awareness about suicide and empower individuals and communities to intervene and save lives by understanding the risk factors, warning signs, protective measures, and to take appropriate intervention actions when needed.

  • Emergent, urgent or routine - when to visit the Emergency Department

    Sep 6, 2013

    It's 2 a.m., and your 2-year-old is congested, running a fever, has some sort of rash and can't sleep. You're considering a trip to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Emergency Department, but is it necessary? All beneficiaries find themselves in this, or a similar situation at one time or another. When is the right time to go to the Emergency Department? Do you need emergent, urgent or routine care, and what's the difference anyway? It's all the same medical system, right?

  • Vice chief Campbell: Suicide prevention 365-day-a-year mission

    Sep 3, 2013

    September is suicide awareness month and while the Army will highlight suicide prevention this month, the service's vice chief said the effort is year-round.

  • Recognize signs of suicide to save a life

    Sep 3, 2013

    The best way to help prevent suicidal behavior is to pay attention to your loved ones, battle buddies, friends and coworkers and watch for changes in their behavior.

  • Army Surgeon General Calls a Stand-Up for Health Training Day

    Sep 3, 2013

    Last month, the Army Surgeon General and commander U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho officially announced Army Medicine's System for Health and the Performance Triad during a MEDCOM-wide Stand-Up For Health Training Day.

  • Defense Health Agency leans forward to change

    Sep 3, 2013

    In the military, pomp and ceremony usually denotes an end to a new beginning . On October 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, there will be the casing of the colors of the Tricare Management Activity (TMA) and the raising of a flag to celebrate the creation of a new activity called the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

  • A call to action in Stand-Up for Health Day

    Aug 29, 2013

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Aug. 29, 2013) -- Recently, the Army Surgeon General and commander U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho officially announced Army Medicine's System for Health and the Performance Triad during a MEDCOM-wide Stand Up For Health Training Day.

  • Army Medical Program Prepares to Upgrade EMR System

    Aug 28, 2013

    Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4), the current Army electronic medical record (EMR) system, is in the final stages of preparation for a major upgrade that will better support all EMR users, Soldiers and veterans whose care is electronically documented. Testing of the updated MC4 EMR system for fielding concluded in June. The next iteration of the MC4 software suite, known as EMR 2.2.0.0, will also include an operating system upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 and in conjunction with the new EMR, significant enhancements for medical logistics (MEDLOG). MC4 customers will receive the new suite during system fielding scheduled from November 2013 through April 2014. All customer support will continue during and beyond fielding.

  • Resiliency Training at MDW

    Aug 26, 2013

    Resiliency is a transferable skill that transcends both the work and personal environment. All U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) staff has been taking part in mandatory resiliency skill training at Fort McNair. For the next 12 months MDW will run mandatory resilience skill training on various topics relating to resiliency. Each month has a different focus.

  • DOD partners to combat brain injury

    Aug 16, 2013

    Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered, Aug. 14, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the Military Health System Research Symposium to discuss the future of research on mental health and traumatic brain injury.

  • TRICARE moves forward with Prime service area reductions

    Aug 14, 2013

    The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas

  • Restful sleep third prong of Performance Triad

    Aug 13, 2013

    Going without sleep can make Soldiers feel more than just a little grumpy and groggy at work, said a sleep medicine consultant on the Army's Performance Triad program.

  • Keeping Soldiers active first prong on Performance Triad

    Aug 9, 2013

    "As an Army we must be ready and resilient. We need to fully appreciate the impact that the Performance Triad has on our daily lives," said the Army's surgeon general.

  • Eating for health, performance second prong of Performance Triad

    Aug 9, 2013

    Soldiers who switch to a healthier diet will notice an immediate change in how they feel and perform, said a registered dietitian.

  • Army medicine, VA share focus on behavioral health concerns

    Jul 15, 2013

    Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for Soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals.

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