Public Health

The Science Behind the Flu Vaccine

By Cmdr. Gary Brice, Director for Operational Infectious Diseases, Naval Health Research Center Fever. Chills. Headaches and body aches. Getting the flu isn’t fun and it can lay low even the healthiest individual. That’s why every year, starting in August, there’s a call throughout the military for personnel to get their flu vaccination—it is currently the best protection against the …

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The War on Tobacco is an All Hands Fight

By Force Master Chief (FMF/SW/AW) Terry J. Prince, director of the Hospital Corps A tobacco-free force is vital to the readiness and well-being of the entire Navy and Marine Corps team. Tobacco reduces the capability of our service members and detracts from overall resiliency. Tobacco is also addictive and takes a serious toll on your health. Smoking, chewing, vaping or …

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Overcoming Stress Eating

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center Stress can affect the way we think of food, either consciously or subconsciously. Some people respond to stress by having a decreased appetite while others have an increased appetite. Usually the increase in consumption is with the foods that we enjoy or comfort us. Who cannot remember being given a …

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Stress Is Your Body’s Reaction to a Stimulus

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center Stress is simply your body’s reaction to a stimulus and it is present in our everyday lives. The stimulus can be an event that is either good or bad; it can be real or perceived; and it can range in severity from mild to major or even traumatic. Stress is …

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Innovating Health and Empowering Patients in a Digital Age

By Shannon Smith, Command RelayHealth Champion Health care is changing, which is a good thing. Instead of taking care of our patients only when they’re sick or injured, we’re shifting focus to keep our patients healthy. We are shifting the paradigm from health care to health! This new focus requires a different way of thinking about health care and a new …

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