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Good News in Men’s Health and the Benefits of Exercise

By Lt. Nolen Roberson, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla. family medicine physician The 2010 U.S. Census figures show that men are narrowing the gender gap in life expectancy, meaning guys in general are living longer.  Many patients ask what they can do to make sure they can enjoy an active, healthy retirement. The best advice is to see the doctor annually, …

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Fair Winds and Following Seas: Reflections from the Departing Navy Surgeon General

  By Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery  As I prepare to leave my position as the 36th Surgeon General of the Navy this week, I find myself reflecting on days past, lessons learned and the state of Navy Medicine today.  When I was growing up, I always …

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Purple Hearts and Valor

By Capt. Bruce Meneley, commanding officer, NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Every day essentially the same scene plays out here.  The hospital Tactical Operations Center (TOC) is notified of inbound casualties and pages the trauma and operating room teams.  Staff member’s pagers notify them as they are around the hospital, in their barracks or at the gym, causing …

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“Gaming” the System: Study Looks at Standards for Small-Arms Waivers for Patients on Antidepressants

By Naval Center Combat & Operational Stress Control Public Affairs Can a video game influence Navy policy? Cmdr. Rob McLay and Lt. Cmdr Heather Kurera, psychiatrists at Naval Medical Center San Diego, think so. With the help of researcher Massoud Nikkhoy of the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control, the study seeks to provide data to determine the …

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U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Developing Promising Vaccine for Travelers’ Diarrhea

Capt. Stephen Savarino, Naval Medical Research Center, Head, Enteric Diseases Department Diarrhea is the most often reported illness among troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly two-thirds of whom reported at least one episode during deployment, half of those requiring medical care. The number one cause is enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, or ETEC which is found most often in food and sometimes …

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