Health

Psychological Health and the Military Family

By Kirsten Woodward, LCSW, BUMED Director Family Programs Division The other day I was having a discussion with some colleagues, both within the Navy and in the academic community about some of the aspects of care we provide. Some of my colleagues said they are mental health providers and some stated they are behavioral health providers, but none mentioned the …

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Navy Medical Researchers Move Close to an Effective Malaria Vaccine

By Capt. Judith Epstein,medical researcher, U.S. Naval Medical Research Center & U.S. Military Malaria Vaccine Program Everyone is familiar with the idea that when Navy personnel and their families deploy to regions where malaria is endemic, they are at risk of developing infection with this life-threatening disease.  In fact, more person-days have been lost among U.S. military personnel due to malaria than …

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We Need to Cut Back on the Salt

  By U.S. Navy Capt. Joseph McQuade, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Health Director Whenever I see a patient in clinic, one thing I always look at is blood pressure. In my opinion, hypertension, or high blood pressure, has become a “neglected” disease in this country. It causes one in six deaths among American adults — a rate that rose 25 …

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NAMRU-3 Supports Force Health Protection in the Horn of Africa

By Lt. Cmdr. Peter Sebeny, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 3, research clinician Camp Lemonnier, established in Djibouti in 2002, is the only fixed U.S. base under the Africa Command (AFRICOM) and is also home of the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). Originally focused on counter-terrorism operations, the camp’s mission has now expanded to include strengthening partnerships …

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Immunization Readiness

By Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr. Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery As summer winds down and the back-to-school season begins, I’d like to focus this blog post on immunization readiness for you, your patients, and your families.  Comprehensive immunization is not only a critical part of having a fit …

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