Population Health

The Science Behind the Flu Vaccine

By Cmdr. Gary Brice, Director for Operational Infectious Diseases, Naval Health Research Center Fever. Chills. Headaches and body aches. Getting the flu isn’t fun and it can lay low even the healthiest individual. That’s why every year, starting in August, there’s a call throughout the military for personnel to get their flu vaccination—it is currently the best protection against the …

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Overcoming Stress Eating

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center Stress can affect the way we think of food, either consciously or subconsciously. Some people respond to stress by having a decreased appetite while others have an increased appetite. Usually the increase in consumption is with the foods that we enjoy or comfort us. Who cannot remember being given a …

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Stress Is Your Body’s Reaction to a Stimulus

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center Stress is simply your body’s reaction to a stimulus and it is present in our everyday lives. The stimulus can be an event that is either good or bad; it can be real or perceived; and it can range in severity from mild to major or even traumatic. Stress is …

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Innovating Health and Empowering Patients in a Digital Age

By Shannon Smith, Command RelayHealth Champion Health care is changing, which is a good thing. Instead of taking care of our patients only when they’re sick or injured, we’re shifting focus to keep our patients healthy. We are shifting the paradigm from health care to health! This new focus requires a different way of thinking about health care and a new …

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Navy Medicine and the 2020 National HIV Prevention Strategy

By Michael R. (Bob) MacDonald, MS, CHES, Manager, Sexual Health and Responsibility Program (SHARP) Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center In July 2015, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the U.S. was updated for 2020 by the Office for National AIDS Policy. The strategic vision is that our United States “will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, …

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