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First responders are keeping service members wounded on the battlefield alive with medical advancements.
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Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Edward Lopez performs a test to determine if a Togolese villager has malaria at a Medical Civic Action Program Health Fair. Medical personnel have embarked from High Speed Vessel Swift as part of an Africa Partnership Station visit. PS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Donald Allen/4th Combat Camera Squadron/U.S. Air Force)

Malaria has had a greater impact on manpower than enemy fire in all of the conflicts that have occurred in tropical regions in the 20th century. The Navy is working to change that.
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Surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center implant the leadless pacemaker. (Photo courtesy: WRNMMC)

Walter Reed is the only DoD hospital to implant the new FDA approved leadless pacemaker.
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MAYPORT, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2016) – Petty Officer 1st Class Andres Caceres transfers a patient’s blood for testing at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport’s laboratory. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville’s six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. It provides primary care for about 22,000 enrolled patients at Naval Station Mayport. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs/Released).

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are studying how to stop the spread of infection.
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Charles Drew, ca. 1949-1950. (Photo courtesy: U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Dr. Charles Drew revolutionized blood banking in the face of racism and segregation.
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Spc. Kyle Lauth, of Calverton, N.Y., sips an energy drink in preparation for a dismounted patrol through the Hussaniyah town of the Istaqlal Qada, Dec. 29, 2008. Lauth is an infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, currently attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad.

Six reasons to stay away from the sugary beverages.
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A U.S. Military HIV Research Program scientist at work. (Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs photo)

Since the days of Gen. George Washington, the U.S. military has led the charge in combating infectious diseases.
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Airman 1st Class Brendan Rapp, 673d Aerospace Medical Squadron public health technician, counts frozen mosquitoes at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 8, 2016. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are the greatest menace when it comes to disease-transmitting insects. They are responsible for several million deaths and hundreds of millions of cases every year involving malaria, dengue and yellow fever. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Monroy)

Public health experts are applying the principles of One Health to predict, and ideally mitigate, disease outbreaks to have a broader impact on the health of humans and animals worldwide.
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