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  • Medical specialists garner coveted Army Medical Badge

    Apr 15, 2014

    After nearly 15 days of challenging and exhaustive challenges, 45 Soldiers received the Army's prestigious badge known as the Expert Field Medical Badge on April 3.

  • Army first-aid kits include new eye shield

    Apr 14, 2014

    The new rigid eye shield is now part of the revised individual first-aid kit that was distributed to troops in the fall. When properly worn, the shields can protect the eye from further damage after an initial eye injury is sustained.

  • Ergonomics meets munitions--keeping workers safe

    Apr 11, 2014

    U.S. Army Public Health Command ergonomists went to Anniston, Ala., in January to survey facilities, evaluate work processes and provide training to local industrial hygienists and safety personnel--all to help enhance the working environment at the facility.

  • Medical specialists garner coveted Army Medical Badge

    Apr 9, 2014

    After nearly 15 days of challenging and exhaustive challenges, 45 Soldiers received the Army's prestigious badge known as the Expert Field Medical Badge on April 3. But what the Soldiers will remember most is what Mother Nature had thrown at them- the worst of three seasons in the way of blustery winds, rain and snow.

  • USAPHC water experts recommend well 'wellness' checks

    Apr 1, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command Water Resources Program helps preserve groundwater quality and protect Army communities from the adverse health effects of water pollution.

  • April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

    Apr 1, 2014

    Prevent Blindness America has designated April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Month to help educate women about the steps they should take to make eye health a priority.

  • What's on your dog tag?

    Apr 1, 2014

    For Soldiers, what to put on their dog tag for religious preference is serious business, because spirituality is important.

  • Post-traumatic growth--thriving through life's crises

    Apr 1, 2014

    Many people who experience crises and adversity are able to resolve and grow from these events, drawing upon internal strengths previously unrecognized.

  • ROVR collects animal health records

    Mar 12, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command is training veterinary personnel on a system that will offer Army veterinary service personnel worldwide new methods for recording and maintaining veterinary clinical information about the animals they treat.

  • Lost and found--tenacity and technology lead dog home

    Mar 6, 2014

    Due to the kindness of a stranger and some smart sleuthing by a U.S. Army Public Health Command veterinarian, Bear, a black Australian shepherd dog, is back home with an Army veteran and his family.

  • Is it possible to eat right on a budget?

    Feb 28, 2014

    It is possible to eat healthy and well while on a budget.

  • Adequate sleep brings benefits for a lifetime

    Feb 28, 2014

    Vital tasks carried out during sleep help maintain good health and enable people to function optimally. Not getting enough sleep can be dangerous to mental and physical health.

  • Bath salts--what's in a name?

    Feb 28, 2014

    The street names of this dangerous product create an illusion that using it will lead to relaxation or an exhilarating high. But the reality is that the use of bath salts comes with unpredictable reactions and dangerous consequences.

  • VTF renovation completed

    Feb 24, 2014

    Tails were wagging and a loud round of "a-paws" rang out as the Schofield Barracks Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) reopened its doors at Building 936 on Duck Road, here, Tuesday.

  • Environmental engineers test water filters

    Feb 21, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command has been working across services to address the need for water production and quality surveillance at remote, austere locations.

  • Injury experts evaluate safety of new Army parachutes

    Feb 21, 2014

    A U.S. Army Public Health Command team is conducting a project that suggests that the Army's new parachute system is more effective at reducing injuries in Soldiers than the previous system.

  • Reservists visit Aberdeen Army Wellness Center

    Feb 19, 2014

    Thirty-eight Army Reserve Soldiers from the Army Medical Command's 7221st Medical Support Unit based out of Newark, Del; had an opportunity to visit the APG Army Wellness Center Feb. 9, and witness its capabilities firsthand.

  • Air surveillance at Bagram first for Afghanistan

    Feb 12, 2014

    A recent air surveillance mission to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is the most detailed air sampling done in Afghanistan to date by the U.S.

  • Warrant officer makes trip to 'the ice'

    Feb 12, 2014

    USAPHC veterinary food safety officers perform food inspections for the National Science Foundation's Polar Program and the military personnel assigned to McMurdo Station.

  • Presidents' Day Holiday Safety Message 2014

    Feb 11, 2014

    As we celebrate Presidents' Day, we need to reflect upon and honor our Nation's rich history. While saluting our Presidents past and present for the leadership they provided our country for more than two centuries, take a few minutes to remember your part in making the American dream possible. Never lose sight of all you can do to carry our founding fathers' work forward. Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to the Nation and to Army Medicine.

  • Army accidents continue downward trend

    Feb 4, 2014

    Following the Army's safest year on record, accidental fatalities fell once again during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, according to data recently released by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

  • Avoid low vision--wear your Military Combat Eye Protection

    Feb 3, 2014

    February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is a general term used to describe partial sight or sight that is not fully correctable by lenses, surgery or medication.

  • Does your child have a super smile?

    Feb 3, 2014

    By eating a healthy diet, avoiding added sugars, brushing and flossing, and having regular dental visits, children can avoid cavities and get a super smile.

  • 'Use by?' 'Sell by?' Is my food still safe to eat?

    Feb 3, 2014

    As consumers, we inevitably fall prey to the ambiguousness of the food labels placed on packaging by food manufacturers. The bottom line--if a food product does not smell, taste or look right, do not eat it!

  • Red Sox Medical Director meets with Army Surgeon General, MEDCOM Experts

    Jan 28, 2014

    Dr. Larry Ronan, medical director for the Boston Red Sox visited the Office of the Surgeon General on January 14, for a briefing on the Performance Triad and an update on progress made in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the Comprehensive Solder Fitness Program.

  • CID warns of Government Travel Card phishing scam

    Jan 23, 2014

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, is warning the greater Army community about a new phishing scam where criminals are targeting U.S. Government Travel Card holders.

  • Empower yourself to better health

    Jan 2, 2014

    No matter who you are, how old you are or what you do, you need a balance of sleep, activity and nutrition to build and sustain great health.

  • Human papillomavirus: what it is and how to prevent it

    Jan 2, 2014

    The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection, or STI, in the United States, with an estimated 79 million Americans currently infected and 14 million newly infected persons per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Strategies to avoid office weight gain

    Jan 2, 2014

    We are not destined to work in "obesifying" office conditions and can make positive changes in our work world to manage our health and weight.

  • Veterinary food inspector makes the right call

    Dec 19, 2013

    A USAPHC veterinary food inspector makes the right decision to reject a food shipment containing unidentified brown pellets.

  • USAPHC ergonomist gets all shook up

    Dec 18, 2013

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command Ergonomics Program collected vibration data on military helicopters by performimg a study with the Vermont Army National Guard.

  • Public Health Command employees move their feet while they meet

    Dec 18, 2013

    A group of personnel at the U.S. Army Public Health Command have discovered a way to incorporate fitness into the day by walking while they meet.

  • World AIDS Day focuses on zero new infections

    Dec 3, 2013

    The theme for this year's World AIDS Day observance is "Getting to Zero"-- zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero HIV/AIDS-related discrimination.

  • Beat the holiday blues

    Dec 3, 2013

    There are many ways to beat the holiday blues.

  • Veterans honored for their service and sacrifice

    Nov 18, 2013

    Lt. Col. Christine Moser, U.S. Army Public Health Command, participated in a Veterans Day event at Margaret Kelleher Adult Day Care Center in Bel Air, Md.

  • Accidents Don't Take Holidays

    Nov 14, 2013

    It's that time of year where many of us are caught up in holiday routines and tend to take seasonal hazards for granted. Doing so, however, can mean the difference between a happy holiday and tragedy. Statistics show that mishaps occur more frequently during the holiday period. A little common sense, combined with some advanced planning, can help accident-proof your holidays, making them safer for you, your family members and visitors

  • Toward a Ready and Resilient Army -- Leaders' Responsibilities in R2C

    Nov 12, 2013

    Our Army Family has demonstrated remarkable strength fighting two wars over the past 12 years, and has built resiliency dealing with challenges from combat stress, illness, injury, and the strain placed on relationships. To arm Soldiers Families and Civilians with resources essential to maintaining resiliency and overcoming these challenges to the health of our force, the Army launched the Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C).

  • USAPHC food inspectors fight intentional hazards

    Nov 6, 2013

    USAPHC veterinary food inspectors ensure safety of DOD food and water supply.

  • Army DHAP PSA Video

    Nov 5, 2013

    PSA video in support of the U.S. Army Deployment Health Assessment Program (DHAP) and the Army Ready and Resilience Campaign (R2C).

  • Courage to seek help, laughter offer relief from depression

    Nov 1, 2013

    The Army is joining organizations and communities across the nation to raise awareness about the dangers of depression. The Army's theme, "The Courage to Seek Help," emphasizes that depression is one of the most treatable behavioral health conditions.

  • Thirdhand smoke: a new tobacco hazard for families

    Nov 1, 2013

    Thirdhand smoke is considered a hazard because it contains toxic gases and chemicals (i.e. nicotine, tar, butane, paint thinners, arsenic, lead and carbon monoxide) that you cannot see. These chemicals pose a health risk because they combine with the air and other pollutants to make cancer-causing substances.

  • Beware of emotional eating

    Nov 1, 2013

    Understanding what we eat, and how our mood relates to our behavior are important ways to help improve our mood. A well-balanced diet and engaging in healthy activities can keep us feeling great more often.

  • USAPHC couple retires with 75 years of combined federal service

    Nov 1, 2013

    A USAPHC couple, Eunice and Emery Thompson, were recognized for their 75 years and five days of combined federal service Oct. 24 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground--South Recreation Center.

  • Public Health Command Soldiers earn prestigious badge

    Oct 11, 2013

    Eleven Soldiers from the U.S. Army Public Heath Command earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, after completing a grueling competition held in Reston, Va.

  • THE TRANSFORMATION OF ARMY MEDICINE: MEDCOM Celebrates 19 Years of Organizational Resilience

    Oct 1, 2013

    On October 2, 1994, The United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) was established as part of efforts to reorganize and restructure Army Medicine. This came with the decommissioning of Health Services Command (HSC) after 21 years at a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Health Services Command (HSC) came into being in April 1973 under the command and control of Maj. Gen. Spurgeon H. Neel Jr.

  • Flu shot or nasal spray vaccine -- which is better?

    Sep 30, 2013

    Studies comparing the flu shot to the nasal vaccine have shown the shot or inactivated vaccine to be more effective in protecting against influenza A in healthy adults. However, studies conducted in children have found the nasal spray or attenuated vaccine more effective in preventing influenza than the shot.

  • Tinnitus: what the "buzz" is all about

    Sep 30, 2013

    An estimated 50 million Americans experience constant tinnitus. Over 16 million that suffer from tinnitus have sought medical attention to find relief. Among veterans, tinnitus is the most common service-connected disability.

  • Protect your baby from sudden infant death syndrome

    Sep 30, 2013

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is responsible for nearly half of these deaths. SIDS is the leading cause of all deaths among infants under a year old, and it often occurs when babies are between 2 months and 4 months old.

  • Soldier earns national recognition for volunteer efforts

    Sep 20, 2013

    A U.S. Army Public Health Command Soldier recently gained the recognition of top leaders --including Vice President Joe Biden--for his extensive volunteer efforts in his local community.

  • CID cyber tips: Protecting your online identity

    Sep 19, 2013

    Now more than ever, Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members rely on the Internet to work, study, stay connected with family and friends, pay their bills or simply unwind. For criminals, the Internet provides an endless stream of potential targets to be victimized.

  • Air quality tested in high places

    Sep 19, 2013

    "It's a dirty job ... but we are the only ones in DOD who can do it." Tim Hilyard and a small group of Public Health Command colleagues ensure that Army incinerators used to destroy unusable munitions meet environmental standards.

  • 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.

  • MEDCOM Announces Best Warrior Competition Winners

    Sep 10, 2013

    Humidity and high heat smothered the woodland. The only sounds were crickets hiding in the grass and cicadas humming in the trees. Suddenly a huge explosion ripped through the morning and a scream echoed--"I'm hit; I'm hit."

  • MEDCOM Announces Best Warrior Competition Winners

    Sep 4, 2013

    The scene was set as humidity and high heat smothered the woodland. The only sounds were crickets hiding in the grass and cicadas humming in the trees. Suddenly a huge explosion ripped through the morning and a scream echoed--"I'm hit; I'm hit."

  • 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.

  • Lower your cholesterol to improve your health

    Sep 3, 2013

    Lowering your cholesterol can decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. You can start taking steps today to lower your cholesterol and improve your health.

  • Your actions can deter youth violence

    Sep 3, 2013

    Here are a few easy guidelines and ideas that you can use each day to focus on youth violence prevention:

  • USAPHC presents highest honorary award

    Aug 30, 2013

    The USAPHC presented Kelsey McCoskey with the Joseph A. Lovell award, the command's highest honorary award, during a ceremony Aug. 28 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • USAPHC retiree receives audiology award

    Aug 15, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Dean G. Sienko, commander of the U.S. Army Public Health Command, presents Dr. Donald R. Ciliax, retired Army colonel, with the Military Audiology Association Founders Award during an award ceremony on July 9 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The Founder's Award is presented to a current MAA member for overall excellence as a notable contributor to the advancement of professional issues related to audiology, hearing conservation, or hearing science.

  • USAPHC gets new senior enlisted advisor

    Aug 15, 2013

    Sgt. Maj. Alicia C. Singer will serve as the interim command sergeant major and senior enlisted advisor at the USAPHC. Outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald C. Ecker will serve as the new command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Medical Department Center in School at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

  • Fight the bite--preventing mosquito bites protects against West Nile virus

    Aug 1, 2013

    Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid becoming infected with the West Nile virus.

  • Eye exams recommended to preserve children's vision

    Aug 1, 2013

    The precious gift of children's eyesight should be protected and nurtured with comprehensive eye examinations.

  • Public health commander leads by example

    Jul 24, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Dean G. Sienko, commander, U.S. Army Public Health Command, made a visit to the Army Wellness Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to learn how the services such as metabolic testing, nutrition counseling and stress management are being used to teach Soldiers, civilians, retirees and family members how to be healthy.

  • Scientific team collects fish to test for human health risk

    Jul 24, 2013

    The USAPHC Water Resources program is a prime example of how the three pillars of public health--humans, animals and environment--interact and are dependent upon each other.

  • USAPHC bids farewell to first command sergeant major

    Jul 19, 2013

    Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald C. Ecker, the inaugural command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Public Health Command, reflects on his tenure at the USAPHC.

  • Protect your eyes from ultraviolet light

    Jul 1, 2013

    July is Ultraviolet Light Safety Month, and anyone who has been sunburned in the past knows the effects of too much sun and UV light exposure.

  • Children can eat healthy while on-the-go

    Jul 1, 2013

    Finding easy, creative ways to add more fruits and vegetables in place of other foods may be important in reducing risk for child and youth obesity.

  • Knowing your headache provides relief options

    Jul 1, 2013

    Eighty-five to 90 percent of the world's population experiences headaches throughout their lifetime.

  • USAPHC recognizes Soldier and NCO of 2013

    Jun 12, 2013

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command conducted its 2013 Best Warrior Competition June 3--7 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The competition brought together the best NCOs and Soldiers from USAPHC headquarters and all five USAPHC regional commands.

  • Protect yourselves from tick bites this season

    Jun 5, 2013

    Civilian furloughs are not the only side effect of sequestration. Individuals living and working on Installation Management Command installations may notice that the grass is a little higher than normal in some areas. Army operation and maintenance accounts have been reduced and as a result, mowing operations have also been reduced at many posts. What represents a lessened workload for public works employees creates abundant employment for some on-post residents--the ones with eight legs and the potential to cause serious human and animal disease.

  • Ways to manage stress

    May 31, 2013

    Life today is full of stress. What is stress and how does one manage it?

  • Army teams with Navy--everyone wins

    May 21, 2013

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command's Ship Rider program deploys an Army E-5 or E-6 veterinary food inspection specialist to select Military Sealift Command combat stores ships to inspect food shipments

  • USAPHC personnel assess air quality in Kuwait

    May 21, 2013

    A team of nine individuals from multiple portfolios across the U.S. Army Public Health Command recently completed a mission in a deployed environment more than 6,000 miles away from home.

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