Health Beat


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Joint Base Lewis-McChord family member Sean dela Pena undergoes corneal cross-linking at Madigan Army Medical Center Feb. 2. The procedure, new to Madigan Army Medical Center, exposes the eye to riboflavin — vitamin B2 — and ultra-violet light to create collagen fibers to strengthen the cornea.

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Madigan Public Affairs

According to the National Eye Institute, keratoconus is the most common corneal dystrophy — degeneration of tissue of the cornea — in the U.S., affecting one in every 2,000 Americans. Now, with corneal cross-linking, Madigan Army Medical Center is treating the disease successfully.

Regional Health Command-Pacific

Published: 12:19PM March 2nd, 2018

When a fellow passenger lost oxygen and experienced chest pains last summer while flying at 35,000 feet in the air, Dr. Curtis Hobbs, of Madigan Army Medical Center, stepped up to stabilize him and make sure he landed safely.

Georgian Ministry of Defense

Published: 02:07PM February 1st, 2018

Stepping into the role of senior medical adviser for the Georgian Ministry of Defense in February, Frank Bannister is nearing completion of a yearlong deployment.

Fitness Trackers

Published: 02:06PM February 1st, 2018

These heat maps from fitness trackers can show military bases and may be used to target individuals.


Published: 02:05PM February 1st, 2018

The key to good nutrition is eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, diary, lean meats and fish.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 01:24PM January 4th, 2018

Among the 14 courses to the Career Skills Program on JBLM is the only roofing education program in the Department of Defense.

Clinical Nutrition Services

Published: 01:23PM January 4th, 2018

Doing some meal preparation ahead of time, like on the weekend, can work. Also, involve the whole family in choosing and using new recipes.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 01:42PM December 7th, 2017

Hosted by Madigan Army Medical Center’s Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care, this year’s event featured songs of both the Christian and Jewish faiths, details on the meaning of the Christmas tree and menorah, treats and a visit from Santa.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 01:41PM December 7th, 2017

For their work supporting and leading these Soldiers through their recoveries and transitions, three WTB staff members earned the 2017 Cadre Excellence Awards from the Warrior Care and Transition Program. Mary Ball and Bob Malm received their awards at a ceremony Nov. 22 at the WTB; Sgt. 1st Class Maria Guerra, a former WTB platoon sergeant, was unable to attend.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 12:05PM November 22nd, 2017

Madigan is the first Army military treatment facility and first major military medical center to field MHS GENESIS.

Neural Analytics

Published: 12:04PM November 22nd, 2017

Army funding development of battlefield devices to assess moderate, severe brain injury

Military Family Month

Published: 12:03PM November 22nd, 2017

November, Military Family Month, as designated by the Department of Defense, is a time to thank those who support service members for sacrifices that come with serving our country.

Wilderness Medicine

Published: 02:43PM November 9th, 2017

Both the Northwest Adventure Center ’s instructors and Madigan’s wilderness medicine specialists advise following the guidance contained in the 10 essentials list, which includes what to bring on winter adventures.

Army Medicine

Published: 02:42PM November 9th, 2017

If you have a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes, you have prediabetes. The potential is there that you will develop Type 2 diabetes and all the serious health problems associated with diabetes.

Andersen Simulation Center

Published: 02:01PM October 26th, 2017

Every year, a new graduating class of residents participate in the capstone field training exercise prior to graduation. It ensures the new doctors, who have spent most of their time in college, graduate medical education and a hospital setting get out of the classroom and the clinic to see medicine through a medic’s eyes.

Defense Health Agency

Published: 02:00PM October 26th, 2017

With the TRICARE benefit set to undergo some of the biggest improvements in more than two decades, beneficiaries will be able to take command of their health care through expanded choices.

Army Medical Department Center and School

Published: 03:15PM October 12th, 2017

With more than 200 advanced individual training students on site at any given time and 100 program graduates a year, students are integral to all that Madigan does.

Expert Field Medical Badge

Published: 03:14PM October 12th, 2017

More than 200 candidates from JBLM and other parts of the western United States began testing Sept. 16. Only 29 Soldiers made it to the final event, the 12-mile foot march, which began at 5 a.m. Sept. 28 along East Gate Road and ended at Cowan Stadium three hours later. Twenty-six Soldiers finished in time, earning the coveted badge.

Army Medicine

Published: 03:13PM October 12th, 2017

To combat bad eating habits and promote a healthier lifestyle for Soldiers on the go, several years ago, Army Medicine introduced the performance triad, an educational campaign promoting the values of exercise, nutrition and sleep to build resiliency and increase troop readiness.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 02:44PM September 28th, 2017

The job shadowing started six months ago to build camaraderie and improve communication between surgical residents and nurses; just recently, family medicine residents joined in, too.

Deean Marsh Great Friend to Children Award

Published: 02:41PM September 28th, 2017

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma recognized Madigan’s stalwart support of children and families by awarding it the 2017 Deean Marsh Great Friend to Children Award at this year’s Power of Play Lunch Tuesday at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma.


Published: 02:40PM September 28th, 2017

Suicide prevention is a complex challenge. A long series of decisions and interventions are required where each decision and intervention influence the subsequent decisions.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 05:04PM September 14th, 2017

Madigan is a part of the first wave of military treatment facilities to begin using this new system, joining other military bases in the state — Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor and Naval Hospital Bremerton — as the pilot sites for MHS GENESIS.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Published: 05:03PM September 14th, 2017

The 5210 rule is fairly universal but his clinic has added nine to the rule to represent the nine hours of recommended sleep per night because when people are properly rested they make better decisions and tend to avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Suicide Prevention Month

Published: 05:01PM September 14th, 2017

Making progress toward this goal requires buy in from everyone in the Air Force, and the other branches in the Department of Defense, from its most senior leaders to junior enlisted. Everyone has a role to play in prevention.

Regional Health Command-Pacific

Published: 12:57PM August 31st, 2017

The competition was designed to physically and mentally challenge each Soldier and test their readiness, tactical medical proficiency and leadership skills. Competitors faced a demanding, continuous and realistic simulated operational environment.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 12:56PM August 31st, 2017

The automated laboratory equipment has a price tag of $700,000; Madigan is only one of eight facilities in the country with this new capability — not even Johns Hopkins or the Mayo Clinic has this level of automation yet, said Col. Michael Place, Madigan commander.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Published: 12:55PM August 31st, 2017

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinations from birth through adulthood to provide a lifetime of protection.

Published: 02:16PM August 25th, 2017

As students and parents get ready for the new school year, Madigan Army Medical Center kids can get both immunizations and school physicals at their Madigan clinics and at participating area schools.

Published: 02:09PM August 25th, 2017

Healthy school lunches can be a struggle, especially for military families stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Anthony Arambula, a clinical dietician for Madigan Army Medical Center, has tips for planning and preparing healthy, nutritious lunches for students.