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2017

USARIEM develops virtual X-rays of anatomic avatars
March 24, 2017

Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, have been involved since 2010 in developing a computer program to create full-body, complete-anatomy avatars of individual warfighters, which would make an impact on military medicine throughout the U.S. Army.

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USARIEM featured in new television program "Science Works!"
March 2, 2017

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, whose mission is to optimize warfighter health and performance through military medical research, was featured in the new TV program "Science Works!," which aired at 8 a.m. Feb. 24 on the Science Channel.

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The science behind the Occupational Physical Assessment Test
February 22, 2017

Mention the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, to Soldiers, and most will know about the battery of four physical performance tests that, starting in 2017, the Army administers to all recruits to assess their physical performance capabilities to determine if they should be allowed to join the Army.

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2016

Army researchers study nutrition requirements for high-altitude missions
November 21, 2016

It's old news that warfighters conducting combat operations in mountainous regions like Afghanistan can experience significant loss of weight and muscle mass.

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USARIEM developing algorithm to predict acute mountain sickness in Soldiers
October 24, 2016

Every Soldier is different, and this cannot be more evident when troops deployed to the same mountainous terrain experience symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness.

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Pikes Peak laboratory: USARIEM's proud history of Army Medicine
August 15, 2016

The winding 14,115-foot ascent to the USARIEM's Maher Memorial Altitude Laboratory at the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado is something USARIEM researchers have described as a "time warp."

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USARIEM Researches How To Sustain Acclimatization in Pikes Peak Laboratory
August 10, 2016

What goes up must come down. There has never been a more perfect expression to describe what altitude missions are like for Soldiers.

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USARIEM Welcomes 21st Commander
June 16, 2016

Col. Raymond L. Phua became the 21st commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in a June 13 change of command ceremony.

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USARIEM Soldier receives New Horizon Research Award
June 1, 2016

Maj. Joseph Kardouni, director of the USARIEM's Total Army Injury and Health Outcomes Database team, received the Army Medical Specialist Corps New Horizon Research Award on May 6 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

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Eccles says goodbye to USARIEM
May 27, 2016

On his first day as commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in June 2014, Col. Thomas Eccles III, M.D., was approached by a longtime Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center employee.

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Natick researchers give dietetic interns a taste of military nutrition
May 19, 2016

During Natick Soldier Systems Center's Annual Dietetic Intern Day on May 18, researchers from both the USARIEM's Military Nutrition Division and the Combat Feeding Directorate from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center hosted nearly 80 dietetic interns.

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Army Research Institute develops app for acute mountain sickness
April 20, 2016

When Soldiers are suddenly hit with a wave of Acute Mountain Sickness while operating at high altitude, they might as well be considered casualties.

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Soldier and scientist: making a difference at USARIEM
April 15, 2016

Capt. Laurel Smith was 8 years old when her uncle, now retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, a Black Hawk pilot, was shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993.

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USARIEM opens doors to high school students during National Biomechanics Day
April 11, 2016

High school students from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, toured the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine on April 7 as part of National Biomechanics Day.

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Research Institute of Environmental Medicine creating 3-D Soldier Avatars
April 4, 2016

Since 2010 researchers at the USARIEM have taken on the mission to develop a computer program to create the full-body, complete-anatomy avatar of individual warfighters. Their goal is to create a 3-D full-anatomy avatar for any Soldier regardless of gender, shape or size.

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Army's Research Institute conducts MRE study to improve gut health
March 29, 2016

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's Military Nutrition Division is studying ways to improve gut health and prevent gastrointestinal illness among Soldiers operating in austere environments.

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USARIEM hosts 2016 Women's History Month observance
March 22, 2016

The Natick Soldier Systems Center celebrated Women's History Month at a ceremony held March 16 in Hunter Auditorium.

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Army researches military retirees in ongoing weight-loss study
February 5, 2016

Making healthy New Year's resolutions is easy. Following them is hard. This year for military retirees, however, there's a new option for learning healthier lifestyles.

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2015

What's cooking at USARIEM?
December 11, 2015

Imagine unwrapping a Meal, Ready-to-Eat and digging into nostalgic comfort cuisines, like Parachute Pork, Battalion Brownie Pops and Ranger Red Hot Party Mix. Who in the USARIEM is cooking up these creative concoctions, and where can we get some?

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ComRaD wins Col. Rohland A. Isker Award
November 30, 2015

Tension was high at Research & Development Associates, an organization whose mission is to provide the safest and highest quality food and food service to the U.S. Armed Forces, when judges of the 2015 Colonel Rohland A. Isker Award debated over the winner.

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USARIEM Soldier honored as an 'Angel of the Battlefield'
November 12, 2015

When Sgt. 1st Class Adam Morelli learned he had been nominated as the Army's "Angel of the Battlefield" honoree, he was surprised.

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Ruck marching from Boston to New York to prevent veteran suicides
September 2, 2015

Two Soldiers and an Army Reservist who work at the USARIEM at Natick Soldier Systems Center will ruck march Sept. 8-11 from Boston to New York to raise money for a charity seeking to reduce veteran suicides.

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Army researchers continue Physical Demands Study
May 22, 2015

Researchers, from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, traveled to Fort Carson, Colorado, three times this year as they continue to collect data for the Physical Demands Study.

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USARIEM Soldier wins Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence Junior Officer Award
May 19, 2015

Capt. Carrie Quinn, a research physiologist with USARIEM, received the Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence Junior Officer Award during the annual Junior Officer Week gathering in Washington D.C.

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Combat rations database allows Soldiers to learn about meals, ready-to-eat nutrition
March 17, 2015

When Soldiers rip open meals, ready-to-eat, also known as MRE, in a combat zone, most people probably are thinking more about flavor and filling their stomachs than about the nutrition.

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Good chemistry: USARIEM and Harvard team up against PTSD, mTBI
March 12, 2015

Call it good chemistry. Researchers from the Army and Harvard Medical School are collaborating on a Department of Defense-funded study to identify chemical biomarkers that could differentiate between post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.

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Army researchers return to Norway for nutrition, cold-stress study in Arctic extremes
March 3, 2015

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, once again partnered with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment to study nutrition and physiological responses to cold-weather training.

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Army launches weight loss trial program for adult dependents
February 9, 2015

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine launched a collaborative research study with Tufts University to assess the effectiveness of two weight-loss strategies.

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2014

NSSC This Week: Top 10 stories of 2014 highlight NSSC's support for warfighters
December 5, 2014

Over the past three years, we have averaged one story on the front page of Army.mil per week. Considering we are one of the smallest installations in the Army, that is pretty amazing. Natick has more time on the front page than the power-projection platforms of Fort Hood or Fort Drum. Natick has more time on the front page than the training bases of Fort Benning or Fort Leavenworth.

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Army develops app to determine body's water needs
October 20, 2014

Pictured here is the Soldier Water Estimation Tool app main screen. This Android-based smartphone application is a decision aid that translates a complex sweat prediction model into simple user inputs. The user need only estimate the anticipated intensity of the activity (low, medium, high, including example activities), choose from among three categories of military clothing ensemble and input weather conditions (air temperature, relative humidity and cloud cover) to estimate the fluid intake required to maintain optimal hydration.

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Natick remembers 9/11
September 12, 2014

During a Patriot Day ceremony at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Soldiers, first responders and civilians united to observe and reflect on the unforgettable events of 9/11.

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SMA visits Natick on 9/11 anniversary
September 11, 2014

On the 13th anniversary of a day etched in the nation's collective memory, the Army's highest-ranking non-commissioned officer visited the Natick Soldier Systems Center, or NSSC.

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Under secretary sees science behind the Soldier
September 10, 2014

The afternoon started with a fireball, and finished with Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson chatting with senior non-commissioned officers about the science behind the Soldier.

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Natick labs gives kids hands on experience in science through GEMS
August 27, 2014

Oil spills, crime scene investigations and DNA sampling. Usually, these words would send an organization into a tailspin, but this is just another day of summer camp for Massachusetts middle school students.

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International Scientists Discuss Soldier Physical Performance
August 21, 2014

In an era of downsizing and budget cuts, placing the right Soldiers in the right jobs, keeping them healthy and optimizing their physical performance has never been more important.

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USARIEM Completes Exclusive Space for Nursing Moms
July 24, 2014

Recently, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine completed a room exclusively for new mothers. Called "Nursing Mom Room," this space is reserved for any USARIEM employee or guest who needs to lactate for their new baby.

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USARIEM Welcomes New Commander
June 10, 2014

Col. Thomas G. Eccles III, M.D., became the 20th commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in a June 9 change of command ceremony.

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Natick Researchers Developing New System to Help Aircrews 'Keep their cool'
May 29, 2014

Helicopter pilots have for years kept cool by plugging into aircraft-mounted microclimate cooling systems, but their crews have used them less frequently to avoid becoming entangled in the tethers that connected them to the systems.

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USARIEM Soldier named Army Medicine's Soldier of the Year
May 13, 2014

A Soldier from the U. S. Army Research institute of Environmental Medicine has been named Army Medicine's Soldier of the Year.

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GEMS for Teachers ignites a passion for science in Natick
May 1, 2014

During the April school vacation week, Massachusetts teachers were treated to a preview of the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science, or GEMS, program at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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USARIEM Soldier Finishes Second Boston Marathon
April 25, 2014

As he crossed the finish line of this year's Boston Marathon race, Capt. Craig Thompson took a moment to look around at the thousands of spectators cheering him on and enjoy the moment.

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Army Lab Teams Up With Boston Marathon to Prevent Heat Injury
April 16, 2014

As runners get ready for the Boston Marathon, many no doubt partake in training programs aimed at helping them to be optimally prepared, whether it be helping them achieve their best time and reduce physical injuries or simply to finish. With all this preparation, many may be surprised to find out about the wild card that April brings - the weather.

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Natick Study Examines Effects of Stress on Soldiers' Immune Systems, Cognitive Ability
March 25, 2014

Training and operations can put such tremendous physical and psychological stresses on warfighters that their immune systems may be compromised.

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USARIEM Researchers Study Soldiers' Running Styles
March 14, 2014

At a time when running barefoot or with so-called minimalist shoes has gained increasing traction, researchers at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center decided to study how Soldiers run during physical training and if running style contributes to training-related injuries.

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USARIEM Soldier Named MRMC EOL of The Year
February 24, 2014

SGT Crystal Meints from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass., was recently selected as the 2013 U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Equal Opportunity Leader of the Year.

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Natick Soldier Reaches Out to 'Home Base'
February 10, 2014

He grew up a Boston Red Sox fan in Warwick, R.I., so Sgt. 1st Class Adam Morelli had long dreamed of touching home plate at Fenway Park.

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Natick researchers developing technology to prevent heat injury in working dogs
January 31, 2014

Last summer, Ken Ballinger, a K-9 officer with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, was conducting a training session with working dogs on a hot and humid New England day.

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'Maj. Clo' feels the heat at Natick
January 15, 2014

If he's a bit of a hot head these days, you'll have to excuse him. "Maj. Clo" is just doing his job.

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Army conducting joint study to improve bone health in military personnel
January 6, 2014

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine have teamed up with the Trainee Health Surveillance Flight 559th Medical Group's Basic Military Training Team at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, to determine whether increased vitamin D and calcium intake can improve bone health in military personnel.

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2013

Army researcher retires after 36 years of service
December 19, 2013

It's been 36 years since Dr. Andrew Young first stepped foot through the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's doors as a young captain, and after a lifetime of contributions to the Army science, Young is preparing to say goodbye.

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Army Chief of Staff Visits USARIEM
November 22, 2013

At the Center for Military Biomechanics Research, USARIEM researchers told Odierno of their work to develop gender- and age-neutral physical performance standards and predictive performance tests for several combat-related military occupational specialties.

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USARIEM Researchers add Scientific Rigor to MOS Study
November 21, 2013

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, has partnered with USARIEM to conduct the Physical Demands Study. The study will be used to determine the physical requirements necessary to perform all combat-type jobs, including infantry, armor, artillery and engineering.

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Army researcher looks for cold facts
October 28, 2013

Now the field investigation team leader for the Injury Prevention Program, Army Institute of Public Health, U.S. Army Public Health Command in Aberdeen, Md., DeGroot actually began his quest to discover why the human body cools down faster under certain circumstances when he was a research physiologist in the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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Natick Soldier exchanges gifts, admiration with patriotic Red Sox player
October 24, 2013

Chacon, in uniform, looked down to see a pair of batting gloves, which he assumed that some fan had tossed down to be signed. A moment later, an usher tapped Chacon on the shoulder and told him that it was Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, known for his unwavering support of the U.S. military, who had thrown them over.

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Natick holds inaugural NCO Induction Ceremony
October 8, 2013

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin B. Stuart of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command served as guest speaker at the ceremony, held at the Lord Community Center. Inductees included Sgt. David A. Gonzalez, Sgt. Matthew C. Lavallee, Sgt. Crystal L. Meints, Staff Sgt. Shaun M. Morand, Sgt. Dennis E. Scofield, and Sgt. Marissa G. Spitz.

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Army surgeon general visits USARIEM
September 25, 2013

Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho toured USARIEM, which is situated at Natick Soldier Systems Center, and received briefings on such subjects as biophysics and biomedical modeling, thermal and mountain medicine, military performance, military nutrition, and the development of gender-neutral physical standards for Army Military Occupational Specialties.

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Army developing tool to reduce altitude sickness in deployed Soldiers
September 17, 2013

Many Soldiers who have deployed to high altitudes without the proper time to adjust have learned the hard way that they are probably going to get sick.

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Female flag detail honors Women's Equality Day
August 28, 2013

"An all-female flag honors team raised the installation flag during reveille," said Spc. Marissa Spitz, a biological research assistant with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, who took part in the detail. "I am excited to be a part of this to give tribute to female warfighters who served before me and have paved the way for me to be where I am today."

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Let's get nerdy: GEMS summer science program inspires kids in math and science
August 14, 2013

For the third year in a row, the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science, an extracurricular summer science education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting, was hosted at USARIEM. "Our main objective was to take science and math out of the classroom and put it in a real-world setting," Capt. Carrie Quinn, a research physiologist for USARIEM's Thermal and Mountain Medicine, said. "The kids got to see things here that they wouldn't be able to experience anywhere else. They get to truly see how science and math are everywhere -- even in the Army."

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Finding Their Way Through The Woods
July 31, 2013

With this in mind, the Soldiers and officers of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, went to the woods of Fort Devens to brush up on their skills July 26.

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A Moveable Feast
July 17, 2013

Over the past 17 years, however, the Haleys have lived in many locations together as Haley moved up through the ranks as an Army officer. Over the past four years, they have made Weston, Mass., their home while they both worked at the Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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Researcher from Natick Receives Prestigious Citation for a Lifetime of Stellar Science
June 19, 2013

Young received The Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine at ACSM's annual conference in Indianapolis on May 28.

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Natick Soldier Makes Impressive Marathon Debut in Tribute to Boston Victims
May 15, 2013

Hill, deputy chief of the Military Performance Division, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center, ran the 2013 Cox Sports Marathon in Providence, R.I., in an impressive 3 hours, 34 minutes, 34 seconds.

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Soldiers participate in 'Run-Walk to Home Base' at Fenway Park
May 7, 2013

In fall 2009, the Red Sox Foundation, in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, established the Home Base Program to help improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Through the Home Base Program, veterans and family members have access to clinical care, the community as a whole can become educated about the challenges military families face on a daily basis, and research is conducted to improve understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI.

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On guard against traumatic brain injuries
May 6, 2013

What's missing is a reference data set specific to the National Guard so that its members may be compared to their peers. Heaton and other USARIEM researchers aim to correct that by collecting data from a total of 3,000 Guard members from eight states, three different age groups, males and females, in combat support and combat arms units.

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Natick Soldier plans 'quiet little tribute' to Boston victims
May 3, 2013

"I just said, 'All right, I'm running it for everybody who can't,'" Hill said. "I just pictured those individuals who lost their limbs lying in a hospital bed. What would they give to run a marathon, just run, just get out there and run and have that freedom?"

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Natick researchers team up with Norwegian Army to measure nutritional needs during Arctic ski march
March 27, 2013

Norwegian soldiers and U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's, or USARIEM's, researchers braved whiteout conditions and intense March winter weather -- sometimes with temperatures that were as low as minus 22 degrees -- during the Garnisonen i Sør-Varanger's, or GSV's, three-day ski march exercise along the Norwegian-Russian border in an effort that took more than a year of collaboration and planning.

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Heading for home to help veterans
March 5, 2013

The answer is once a year, during the Run-Walk to Home Base presented by New Balance. The fourth annual event will take place Saturday, May 4 to raise funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which since 2009 has helped veterans and families coping with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

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The invisible enemy of the Afghanistan mountains
February 26, 2013

At heights exceeding 8,200 feet, they must worry about the effects of altitude on their mental performance and about their susceptibilities to Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS. As acting chief of the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick Soldier Systems Center, Stephen R. Muza, Ph.D., devotes a great deal of time to studying those problems.

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Army studying special operators' nutritional needs
January 24, 2013

Crombie, who works for the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass., is leading a team that has been studying special operations forces at training venues around the country to discover that. Results will be used to adjust the Basic Daily Food Allowance, or BDFA, for dining facilities that serve their meals.

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After 32 years of service, Natick researcher says farewell
January 3, 2013

Dr. Michael N. Sawka began his career at U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine as a research physiologist in 1980. He then became chief of the Thermal Physiology and Medicine Division in 1990 and chief of the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division in 1996. Sawka served as division chief of Thermal and Mountain Medicine until retirement.

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