Monthly Archives: February 2016

What does a Navy Hospital Corpsman know about the Heart?

By Lt. Louis Streb, RN, MSN, Instructor, Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program, Medical Education and Training Campus Editors Note: This story was originally posted February 16,2016 and was updated February 23,2016. Marines know when they’re sent to the front lines, a U.S. Navy corpsman will be right there with them.Hospital corpsmen, better known as ‘DOC,’ are Navy enlisted basic medical specialists under …

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From Civilian Postdoctoral Research Fellow to Navy Lieutenant

By Doris Ryan, Naval Medical Research Center It’s been almost a year since Chase Watters was wearing a maroon lab coat as a civilian postdoctoral research fellow at the Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio (NAMRU-SA), San Antonio, Texas. While there his research focused on using enzymatic debridement agents against multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. “I am very thankful …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: The Zika Virus

 By Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison III Shipmates, The Zika virus is topic that is front and center in the news lately and I want to assure you that Navy Medicine is fully-engaged on this issue, protecting you and your family. Zika is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes but there is also risk of sexual transmission. Active transmission of …

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Cutting Edge Cardiology

By CAPT Keshav Nayak, MD FACC FSCAI I was asked by our specialty leader to share news of the recently launched transcatheter aortic valve (TAVR) program at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Thanks to the great efforts of many individuals on our Heart team and highly supportive Directorate and Executive steering council leadership, a 16-person team of cardiologists and surgeons, …

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Dental Health and Heart Health

by Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Wessel, DDS, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology The mouth has been described as a gateway to the rest of the body.  Poor dental health can not only lead to tooth decay and gum disease but it can also have an impact on your overall health. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common dental disease caused by …

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