Start preparing for back-to-school vaccinations, now

Robert Jacobson, M.D., Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician and vaccine specialist, advises parents to ensure their child has recommended vaccinations and be aware of changes to those recommendations. For example, children can now be vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV), at age 11, rather than having to wait until they are 16 years of age. This […]

Brain injury sufferers find benefits in music therapy program

Past and present service members and family members suffering from traumatic brain injury can now take part in a Creative Forces music therapy program here, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Defense Department that’s designed to help them recover and rehabilitate. According to the American Music Therapy Association website, music therapy is the […]

Let’s talk about sex, occupational therapist says

Even under the best circumstances, talking about sex can be difficult. Imagine, then, how service members who’ve experienced a physical or psychological injury might feel about the topic. Helping wounded warriors address sex and intimacy is the mission and – pardon the expression – the passion of Kathryn Ellis. “The cultural stigma that it’s not […]

Cancer vaccine for youth is effective, safe

The HPV vaccine is safe and nearly 100-percent effective, health care experts say. But only about half of the target youth population – in either the civilian sector or among Military Health System beneficiaries – have received it. “Health care providers need to help parents understand the value of the vaccine,” said Air Force Lt. […]