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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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The Final Fifty-Four Hours

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Daniel S. Flaherty, lead petty officer, Crucible Aid Station, Parris Island, S.C. At 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in the South Carolina Lowcountry, alarm clocks ring for me and nine other Navy corpsmen, beginning our preparation for the final fifty-four hours of United States Marine recruit training, known simply as “The Crucible.” Designed in 1996 …

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Navy Medicine Embraces Power of Social Media for Navy Medical Officer Applicants

By Lt. Kevin Bernstein, M.D., M.M.S., Family Medicine Resident at Naval Hospital Pensacola As the Graduate Medical Education (GME) application cycle for future Navy physicians comes to a close Sept. 30, those continuing in or entering the program now have a useful tool to aid in communcation.  In response to the growing use of social media by many future Navy …

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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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Naval Hospital Bands with Regional Health Care Agencies to Reduce Pain Medication Abuse

By Navy Capt. Lynn Welling, commanding officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla. Collaboration has long played a critical role at driving innovation and positive change around the world to enhance the way we live, learn and play. In health care, a big priority right now is banding together world leaders in the fight against non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes, …

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