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Articles by Janet A. Aker, MHS Communications

Top Medical Workplace Injuries – And Some Tips to Prevent Them

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10/15/2021
Military personnel getting an N95

Occupational Hazards for Health Care Workers: Advice from the Experts

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Flu Shots are Available Now And Are More Important than Ever

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10/13/2021
Military personnel getting their flu shot

It’s flu season. Get vaccinated. COVID-19 concerns should redouble desire to get vaccinated against the flu.

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Mask Mouth Does Not Exist, Dentists Say

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10/6/2021
A bunch of children wearing face masks walk on a city street.

Mask mouth doesn’t exist, Internet chatter to the contrary, dentists say.

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COVID-19 Booster Shots are Now Available – What You Need to Know

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9/30/2021
Containers of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Each vial contains six doses for vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.

Booster shots are now recommended for millions of people – but many others will have to wait for additional approvals.

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New Opioid Antidote Prescriptions are Making Pain Management Safer

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9/29/2021
Airman holding a box of Narcan, an opioid overdose antidote called naloxone, in her hands.

Opioid antidote naloxone available in MHS

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Opioid Prescriptions Decline Across the Military Health System

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9/28/2021
Graph about Opioids

Opioid prescriptions have declined in MHS since 2017

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Suicide is Preventable and Should Be Treated Like a Health Problem

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9/20/2021
Drunk man sits on sofa with his head in his hands. He is in mental pain.

Suicide is a preventable health crisis and should be treated like other health crises, such as heart attacks.

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Deadlines Set for All Service Members' Vaccinations Against COVID

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9/20/2021
A female airman being injected into her arm with her first COVID-19  vaccination at Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, Louisiana Sept. 9, 2021.

Army, Air Force, and Navy have each set their deadlines for their COVID-19 mandatory vaccinations

Your Pain on a Scale of 1-10? Check Out a New DOD Way to Evaluate Pain

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9/17/2021
Graphic of a bar graph

The Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale provides more and better ways to assess pain levels.

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Suicide Prevention and Connectedness with Others are Intertwined

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9/2/2021
The DOD theme for this year’s National Suicide Prevention Month is “Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach,” emphasizing connectedness even during a pandemic.

September is Suicide Prevention Month: Help is Within Reach

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As Fitness Tests Resume, Troops Seek Post-COVID Exercise Routines

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8/31/2021
Military personnel physically training

Keeping fit during pandemic proves hard for some.

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Canine blood transfusions can save wounded military working dogs

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8/27/2021
Army Capt. Gabrielle Montone, Ft. Benning, Georgia, Veterinary Clinic intern, instructs 908th Airlift Wing Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Amy Sanderson in canine CPR techniques at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, March 7, 2021. Montone and her team conducted canine-specific medical training designed to prepare 908 AES members to provide proper care to Military Working Dogs who are injured in the line of duty. Montone is using a training mannequin.

Military Working Dogs’ best bet for survival is fresh canine blood.

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PCOS is a common condition for women, but it's often undiagnosed

Article
8/20/2021
A certified nurse midwife performs an ultrasound on a patient

The NIH describes PCOS as under-recognized, underdiagnosed, and understudied

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Gen. George Washington Ordered Smallpox Inoculations for All Troops

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8/16/2021
Old photo of George Washington in battle

George Washington’s tactics included directing the first mass military inoculations

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Don't Hesitate: Vaccinate Today for School

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8/13/2021
A boy gets the COVID-19 vaccine

Back to School Means Vaccine Time

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