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A Lollipop that isn’t Candy

By Lt. Cmdr. Ian Fowler, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. Morphine has been used to alleviate pain from war injuries for more than 100 years. It was widely used back in the Civil War, and is still used by Navy corpsmen and Army medics in war zones. But another drug is starting to supplant morphine on the battlefield. It’s the …

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New Surgeon General to Navy Medicine: “Numerous Challenges and Opportunities Abound”

By Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery As I start my journey as the 37th Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy, I thank every one of you throughout Navy Medicine for your leadership and your accomplishments to date.  I thank you for your service and the difference you make. I am proud …

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2011 Navy Surgeon General Change of Command

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert was the keynote speaker for U.S. Navy Surgeon General change of command ceremony Nov 18, 2011. he detailed many of outgoing Surgeon General, VADM Adam Robinson’s achievements. According to Greenert, Robinson will leave a lasting legacy including the development of a new comprehensive care model focused on patient and family-centered care that expertly …

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49,806 Dental Exams and Counting

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Milas Sturdivant, Branch Health Clinic Parris Island, S.C.  Dental Services at Branch Health Clinic Parris Island, S.C., has seen 49,806 patients so far this year. As the Leading Petty Officer for one of the Navy’s largest dental treatment facilities, every day brings its own unique adventures and challenges. When I arrive at my office at …

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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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