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Leaving Kandahar is a Bittersweet Feeling

By U.S. Navy Capt. Mike McCarten, former commanding officer of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan. McCarten is a family physician and aerospace medicine specialist. The old saying that war is hell is true, and those of us at the NATO Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar needed no convincing of that. Our job was to deal with …

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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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Deadline Extended for Future of Navy Medicine Essay Contest

Good News! Navy Medicine is still seeking submissions for the Future of Navy Medicine Essay contest and has extended the deadline to September 30, 2011. Participants should follow the listed guidelines and rules.   ESSAY QUESTION AND GUIDELINES Question to be answered in the essay contest:  What will Navy Medicine look like in the year 2030 – 2040? Guidelines:  Describe …

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