Force health and safety

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

By Lt. Ana Soper, MSC, neuropsychologist, Naval Hospital Beaufort The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a significant impact in advancing the science on traumatic brain injury (TBI). The research on military-related TBI is far from over, however; we are just beginning to gain a greater understanding of topics such as blast-related TBI or schedule of return to activity …

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Protect Your Vision

By Donald Sparrow, strategic planning officer, Vision Center of Excellence On or off duty, we have routines to protect ourselves – do you park in a safe location? Did you put on sunscreen to prevent sunburn? Did you use the shoe inserts to protect your feet while running? Likely, you answered yes to those questions, but did you remember to …

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Protect Yourself and Your Shipmates from Noroviruses

By Allen Wright, staff epidemiologist, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Here at the Navy’s hub for health surveillance, we are supporting you by continuously monitoring the health of our shipmates so that we may advocate for and recommend improved force health protection guidance.    One of my tasks toward that end is to monitor the incidence of disease and …

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Navy Neuropsychology and TBI in Afghanistan

By Lt. Ana Soper, neuropsychologist, Naval Hospital Beaufort A neuropsychologist looks at the impact of what a person’s brain does (memory, attention, and other types of cognitive functioning) on how he or she functions in day-to-day life.   The neuropsychologist in Afghanistan helps warfighters and professionals understand the causes and consequences of suspected cognitive, mood, and personality changes. Neuropsychologists in the …

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Healthy Weight: An Equation for Success

By Jim Sherrard, MS, RD, MCHES; Head, Deployment Health and Wellness Center, Naval Hospital Pensacola, and Dr. Stephen Heaston, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center In today’s society, we may feel bombarded with messages telling us that we are getting heavier and that we need to lose weight, but it’s not without merit. In fact, according to the 2011 …

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