Health

What’s On Your Plate?

By Christine Monson, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla. Wellness Center intern The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has unveiled a new food guide, which appears in the shape of a plate, after much scrutiny over the past twenty years. With alarming rates of obesity in the U.S. (estimated at two-thirds of adults and one-third of children) show that many people …

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center A report by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) details decades in progress against cancer since the National Cancer Act became law in 1971, launching the National Cancer Institute and the “War on Cancer.” The report laid out some of the progress researchers have achieved against cancer over the last 40 …

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Spice: There’s a Reason the Package Says ‘Not for Human Consumption’

By:  Cmdr. Lisa McWhorter, Director, Laboratory Services, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center In today’s high technology environment, young Sailors and Marines are constantly bombarded with information from a multitude of sources; iPads, iPhones, Tweets, Facebook, YouTube, you name it.  Peer pressure to experiment with “fake pot” known as Spice products or designer drugs to “look cool and get …

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A Well Rested Warfighter is an Effective Warfighter

By Navy Capt. Elizabeth Montcalm-Smith, program manager, Advanced Medical Development Program,  Naval Medical Research Center Most people think of medical research as scientists in white coats in a lab with test tubes and microscopes developing a new vaccine to cure one of the world’s major infectious diseases like malaria and dengue fever. The work I do represents the other end …

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The Importance of Suicide Prevention

By Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Laura Martinez, Force Master Chief and director, U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Across all services September is recognized as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. While suicide numbers in the military tend to be lower than their civilian counterparts, suicides within all branches have increased. This disconcerting trend has prompted leaders …

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