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  • NHRC Research Studies Link Between Injury and Fitness
    ​KISSIMMEE, Florida – Dr. Karen Kelly, a physiologist with the Naval Health Research Center’s (NHRC), discussed her recent work examining the relationship between training requirements, fitness and musculoskeletal injuries, during a breakout session at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 30.
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  • NHRC Researchers Use Data to Understand Long-Term Health Outcomes for Combat-Injured Amputees
    ​KISSIMMEE, Florida – During the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 29, researchers from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) shared findings from a recent report that described quality of life outcomes for combat-injured amputees.
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  • NHRC Researchers Investigate Unique Factors Associated with Quality of Life for Combat-Injured Warfighters
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Researchers from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) shared study findings about unique factors associated with combat-injured service members’ long-term quality of life, an emerging area of research, during the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHRSRS) Aug. 28.
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  • Keeping Cool with Science
    On land or at sea, from scorching deserts to sweltering engineering spaces, military operations often require service members to work in environments that make heat safety a constant concern.
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  • Wounded Warrior Recovery Project Reports on Combat Amputees’ Quality of Life
    SAN DIEGO – A recent study by researchers at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) found that participants with combat-related amputations reported poorer health-related quality of life (HRQOL) than non-amputee participants with combat-related injuries.
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  • NHRC Researchers Compare Health Outcomes for Service Members with Combat-Related Amputation and Limb Salvage
    SAN DIEGO – Early amputation in combat-injured service members with severe lower extremity injuries was generally associated with lower or similar prevalence for physical and psychological disorders versus those treated with late amputation or limb salvage primarily during the first several years after injury, according to a new study from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC).
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  • NHRC Researcher Named Junior Officer of the Year for Navy Medicine Research Enterprise
    SAN DIEGO – Lt. Cmdr. Brennan Cox, an aerospace experimental psychologist at Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), has been selected as the 2016 Navy Medicine Research Enterprise and Naval Health Research Center Junior Officer of the Year.
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  • Physical Activity May Diminish Risk of Mood Disorders in Genetically Predisposed Individuals
    SAN DIEGO – Recent research from Naval Health Research Center’s (NHRC) Warfighter Performance Department found that physical activity may diminish the risk of major depressive disorder (MDD) and suicidal ideation (SI) in individuals with a genetic predisposition. Study findings were published online in the January issue of Psychiatry Research.
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  • NHRC Researcher Studies Impact of Operational Postures on Low Back Pain
    Recent research from Naval Health Research Center’s Warfighter Performance Department found that the sitting position was associated with high rates of low back pain (LBP) and disc degeneration among U.S. service members who participated in the study. Research findings were recently published in the January issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
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  • Beyond the Battlefield: Using Research to Improve Wounded Warrior Care and Quality of Life
    Thanks to advances in military medicine and personal protective gear, service members injured in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn have the highest survival rate in modern history.
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  • Study Reveals Two Distinct Stages of Deep Sleep Using Mobile Sleep Monitoring Devices
    SAN DIEGO – A recent study co-authored by a scientist from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) sought to improve methods used to score sleep quality. In doing so, researchers identified two distinct stages of deep sleep based on dominant frequency and concurrent electrodermal activity (EDA). Researchers also found that capturing sleep data using low-profile, in-home monitoring devices provided a powerful and cost-effective technique to quickly assess sleep architecture and, potentially, overall sleep quality. The study was recently published online in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
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  • Lightening the Load: The Science Behind Finding the Balance Between Combat Load, Survivability, Health, and Performance
    SAN DIEGO - How fast can you run 50 yards? Now, add an 80 pound backpack and how fast can you run that same distance? Probably not quite as fast. If you're a warfighter, running across open ground in battle, adding just one second to your time could be the difference between life and death.
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  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research Visits NHRC
    SAN DIEGO – Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, Dr. Melissa Flagg, visited the Naval Health Research Center to learn more about the research being conducted to improve warfighter readiness and health, Oct. 26.
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  • Enhancing Warfighter Readiness in a Virtual Environment
    Innovation in military medicine is about saving lives on the battlefield, preventing or mitigating injuries in our warfighters, and ensuring that we have a fit and ready force. Innovation is also vital to medical research, which ensures our military leaders and medical providers have the latest information, tools, and techniques available to support the health and readiness of our service members.
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  • Navy Medicine Researchers Find Risk of Delayed Amputation Highest in Combat-Related Foot Fractures
    KISSIMMEE, Florida – During the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 16, Navy Medicine researchers shared findings from a recent study that examined the odds of delayed amputation after lower limb trauma sustained during combat.
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  • Navy Researchers Study Urogenital Health in Deployed Service Members
    KISSIMMEE, Florida – With nearly 275,000 women having deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and now being allowed into combat roles, researchers discussed current efforts to understand the health needs of female service members in a deployed environment at the Military Health System Research Symposium, Aug. 15.
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  • Marine Corps Science Advisors Tour NHRC’s Warfighter Performance Department
    SAN DIEGO—Staff at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) provided a tour and overview of the center’s research capabilities and physical assets to the science advisors from U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM), II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), and III MEF, Aug. 3.
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  • Harnessing the Power of Big Data for Medical Informatics
    “Big data” is a popular buzz phrase these days—a term used to describe large volumes of data that can be mined and analyzed for information and insights. The term “big data” may be new, but the concept isn’t, and at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), we’ve being doing a lot with big data for over 35 years.
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  • WWRP Receives Endorsement from Office of Warrior Care Policy
    SAN DIEGO – The Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP), a longitudinal study led by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) to examine the long-term impact of service-related injuries on quality of life, received an endorsement from the Office of Warrior Care Policy March 29.
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  • NHRC Standardizes Equipment Lists for Hospital Ships
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- If you're a provider deployed aboard a hospital ship, making sure you have the right equipment for the mission at hand is vital. The Naval Health Research Center completed a year-long project to optimize and standardize combat support Authorized Medical Allowance Lists, April 5.
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  • BLOG - Armed with Sleep: The Importance of Sleep on Warfighter Performance
    By Rachel Markwald, Ph.D., Sleep Research Physiologist, Naval Health Research Center San Diego – Sleep disruption is common among military personnel; often unavoidable during deployments, up-tempo operations, and other evolutions critical to mission success. Several studies indicate a large portion of military members do not routinely get the recommended seven or more hours of sleep each night. This increases the risk of developing insomnia and other sleep disorders.
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  • NHRC Scientist Awarded for Work in Aviation Selection Research
    Lt. Cox receives award for his work in aviation selection and aircrew survivability.SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Lt. Brennan Cox, aerospace experimental psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), was awarded for his work in aviation selection and aircrew survivability Jan. 14.
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  • NHRC Scientists Receive Award for Transforming a Rehabilitation Tool to Prevent Injury, Promote Resilience
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) recognized scientists from Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) with the Outstanding Achievement in Modeling and Simulation (Cross-Function) award Dec. 1.
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  • NHRC's Wounded Warrior Recovery Project Seeks to Better Understand the Impact of Injury on Quality of Life
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP), a longitudinal study led by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), added two new assessments about pain and social support to surveys aimed at understanding injury-related quality of life issues, Dec. 8.
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  • NHRC Participates in JTAPIC Annual Meeting
    SAN DIEGO – Staff from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) participated in the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) annual meeting, held in San Diego Dec. 8-10.
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  • NHRC Sleep Lab Hosts Insomnia Workshop
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) hosted its first insomnia workshop to bring researchers and clinicians together to discuss collaborative opportunities for addressing insomnia and sleep-related problems in service members, Nov. 20.
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  • NHRC Assesses Warfighter Performance With Virtual Reality
    NHRC's Physical and Cognitive Operational Research Environment (PhyCORE) uses virtual reality to provide researchers and clinicians with the capability to conduct training and validate rehab training programs.
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  • NHRC Team Begins Sleep Screen Study Using Wearable Smart Shirt Technology
    Researchers and neuroscientists from Naval Health Research Center headquarters San Diego began a sleep screen pilot study using a smart textile shirt, March 20, hoping to identify a cost-efficient, objective tool that can improve the health and readiness of active duty service members. 
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