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Doctors Use Cutting-Edge Research at Navy Hospital
SAN DIEGO, CA (November 30, 2017) -- A Defense Department study on the benefits of surfing for patients with posttraumatic stress, a clinical tracking tool used to manage patient care, and an advanced electroencephalogram and eye tracker. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center's traumatic brain injury clinic at Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Naval Health Research Center at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego are developing and using cutting-edge research to better help service members, their family members, and retirees.

Defense Health Agency Symposium Brings Together Minds to Get the Most Out of Research Dollars
FALLS CHURCH, VA (October 17, 2017) -- The DHA-sponsored Return On Investment Symposium, Oct. 11, 2017, brought together Military Health System experts in the medical and acquisition fields with their counterparts from other federal government agencies, academia, and private industry, to discuss how best to get the most out of taxpayer dollars going into care for warfighters.

Special Reaction Team graduates Combat Life Saver Course
OKINAWA, Japan (October 4, 2017) -- Marines with the Provost Marshal’s Office Special Reaction Team (SRT) completed a rigorous Combat Life Saver (CLS) course Oct. 4 aboard Camp Foster. The CLS course educates and trains Marines in basic casualty and combat care, preparing them to provide aide to injured service members in combat situations. Marines learn to provide similar life-sustainment care that a corpsman would administer until the causality can be treated by a medical professional.

WWRP Researchers Use Data to Understand Long-Term Health Outcomes for Combat-injured Amputees
KISSIMMEE, FL (September 8, 2017) -- During the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 29, researchers from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) shared findings from a recent report that described quality of life outcomes for combat-injured amputees. To better understand the impact on the health and well-being of military personnel, NHRC researchers with the Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP), a long-term study examining injury effects on wounded service members’ quality of life, conducted an investigation to learn more about the characteristics of this combat-amputee population and examine differences between them and injured service members without amputation.

People with PTSD May Have Overactive ‘Fight or Flight’ Response
SILVER SPRING, MD (August 8, 2017) -- Imagine you are in a life-threatening situation. You survey your surroundings and play out various scenarios in your mind. You have seconds to decide how to protect yourself. Do you run away or do you fight your way to safety? How you react to this situation is your intuitive “fight or flight” response.

Counter-hemorrhaging Medical Device Saves Service Members' Lives
BETHESDA, MD (July 18, 2017) -- Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients in combat and in emergency care environments worldwide.

Army Surgeon General Highlights New Opportunities for Soldier Healthcare
FORT BRAGG, NC (July 5, 2017) -- Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Army Surgeon General and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, hosted three town hall meetings during her visit to Fort Bragg in order to discuss challenges and opportunities for Army Medicine and to solicit feedback from the community, Womack Army Medical Center staff, and Fort Bragg leaders.

Department of Defense Hiring Heroes Program
WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2017) -- The Department of Defense Hiring Heroes Program organizes and conducts specialized career fairs to increase awareness of job opportunities for wounded, ill, injured, and transitioning service members, veterans, spouses, and primary caregivers.

May is National Better Speech and Hearing Month
ARLINGTON, VA (May 5, 2017) -- Service members and veterans are at a greater risk of hearing injury than the general public. The Veterans Benefits Administration reports that tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two service-connected disabilities for U.S. military veterans and tinnitus is the most common service-related disability among OEF/OIF/OND veterans.

The VA And Navy Look At Long Term Amputee Outcomes
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 27, 2017) -- The Navy and Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla are releasing the most complete data so far on how amputees are dealing with their injuries from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Navy Chemists Develop Lightweight Transparent Armor
WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2017) -- Research chemists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed and patented a transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor to reduce weight, inherent in most bullet-resistant glass, while maintaining superior ballistic properties.

Deployed Wounded Warrior Completes Back-to-back Tours
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (January 5, 2017) -- “I’ve deployed, I’ve remained on active duty. I’m a fully active member of the military now. If my story can motivate people or help people, then great,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, an amputee.

Military Medicine Advances Contribute to Highest Injury Survival Rates in Modern History
WASHINGTON, DC (December 19, 2016) -- Thanks to advances in military medicine and personal protective gear, service members injured in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn have the highest survival rate in modern history.

Beyond the Battlefield: Using Research to Improve Wounded Warrior Care, Quality of Life (U.S. Navy Featured Story)
SAN DIEGO, CA (December 8, 2016) -- Military leaders and medical personnel were quick to realize that battlefield injuries could have long-term consequences for service members. That is why the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) stepped up with a solution - the tri-service Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP), a longitudinal study to better understand the impact of the physical and psychological injuries on combat-injured service members' quality of life.

Defense Health Agency to Welcome Hearing Center of Excellence to Agency
WASHINGTON, DC (December 5, 2016) -- The Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) comes under formal control of the Defense Health Agency Dec. 11, 2016. But the collaboration between the military and VA on hearing loss issues goes back decades before the 2009 law that created the HCE.

Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (November 11, 2016) -- America has long stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity, and few embody that spirit here at home and beyond our borders more than the members of our Armed Forces. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are part of an unbroken chain of brave patriots who have served our country with honor and made tremendous sacrifices so that we may live free.

National Veterans Day Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2016) -- The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Face of Defense: Marine Devises Immediate Battlefield Injury Treatment
OKINAWA, Japan (November 8, 2016) -- Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew A. Long designed a tear proof package to sit behind a Small Arms Protective Insert -- the ceramic body armor Marines wear under their “flak” jackets. It will be filled with a clotting agent as well as a pain-killing agent. When the packet is pierced it will administer the quick clotting agent and the pain killer, thus stopping the bleeding and numbing the pain, treating the body for shock immediately.

Collaboration, Shared Learning Are Key Themes as the Second Annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium Begins
TAMPA, FL (October 26, 2016) -- On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, senior defense leaders and representatives from 14 nations kicked off the second annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century (WC21) Symposium in Tampa, Florida. The three-day event provides an unprecedented platform for international dialogue on programs and policies to aid wounded, ill, and injured Service members, their families, and caregivers.

Hospital Corps Education and Training Leads to Life-Saving Results
WASHINGTON, DC (October 12, 2016) -- The Navy’s enlisted medical personnel are widely sought out in the Navy by non-medical personnel as well as doctors and nurses for their expert helping hands. In the Marine Corps, the “doc,” as they refer to their medical technician, is so highly revered, most Marines would tell you they’d jump in front of a bullet for them.

Navy Medicine Researchers Find Risk of Delayed Amputation Highest in Combat-Related Foot Fractures
KISSIMMEE, FL (September 23, 2016) -- During the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), Navy Medicine researchers shared findings from a recent study that examined the odds of delayed amputation after lower limb trauma sustained during combat.

Army Medicine's Performance Triad
WASHINGTON, DC (August 12, 2016) -- The Performance Triad is a comprehensive plan to improve readiness and increase resilience through public health initiatives and leadership engagement. The focus of the Performance Triad is on Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition.

U.S. Department of Defense Special Report: Force of the Future
WASHINGTON, DC (July 12, 2016) -- DoD News > Special Reports: Force of the Future – Whatever you want to do, you can do in service to your country.

NHRC Developing Mobile App to Help Prevent Prescription Medication Misuse
SAN DIEGO, CA (June 14, 2016) -- Staff at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) have begun the second phase of development for a smartphone application aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse by military personnel in support of force health readiness.

President Proclaims the Third Saturday of Each May as Armed Forces Day
WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2016) -- The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who comprise our Armed Forces have defended our Nation and the values for which we stand for generations, answering the call to give up the comforts of civilian life, do whatever it takes to keep us safe, and go wherever they are needed.

Office of Warrior Care Policy Endorses WWRP
ARLINGTON, VA (March 31, 2016) -- The WWRP has received an endorsement from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Warrior Care Policy. The endorsement provides strong support for the study objectives and highlights the contributions that WWRP is making towards the mission of the WCP, including ensuring that wounded, ill, and injured service members receive equitable, consistent, and high-quality support and services.

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
WASHINGTON, DC (March 1, 2016) -- March is national brain injury awareness month. Mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, accounts for over 75% of the brain injuries sustained in the army. Concussion is not just a MEDCOM issue, it’s an Army issue.

Air Force Continues to Improve Care in the Air
WPAFB, OH (February 16, 2016) -- The Air Force is committed to research and development for advancements in en route patient care. The Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s office and researchers across the Air Force, to include the 711th Human Resource Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, have been working together to improve how the Air Force provides care in the air. The AMC/SG is responsible for clinical oversight of the Air Force aeromedical evacuation (AE) system.

The Wounded Warrior Recovery Project on the Navy Medicine Live Blog
SAN DIEGO, CA (January 25, 2016) -- The Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego is always looking for ways to improve the readiness of our military. Part of that mission is learning more about the aftermath of service-related injuries, looking at ways to improve recovery and rehabilitation, and finding ways to produce better quality of life outcomes - now and well into the future.