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Pediatric Clinic Airman aims for success

Posted December 1, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — The U.S. Air Force has been a stepping stone for many Airmen. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the money and medical benefits. Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Straight, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, had a different mindset before committing her life to…

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Save your smile, your health and your money: Enroll in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program

Posted March 2, 2016 by 75th Medical Group

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Do you see your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups? If so, you have an excellent chance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a very long time. Because your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, maintaining good oral health is important–but even…

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This year’s flu season: What you need to know

Posted October 13, 2015 by Doug Pierson

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Each year, scientists use laboratory samples and global surveillance to identify what types and strains of influenza virus are likely to circulate the following influenza season. Last year, surveillance data showed that 52 percent of the predominant A strain (H3N2) virus, collected and analyzed in the United States had drifted. What…

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June is Men’s Health Month

Posted June 19, 2015 by Senior Airman Harry Brexel

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — Each June, a congressional health education program is promoted to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education activities are held to raise awareness for male health…

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Posted March 14, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., — What you eat matters, especially if you want to perform your best. Food and nutrition play an important role in military capability. Appropriate food, in terms of both quality and quantity, and adequate hydration are required to ensure that the physical capability and mental performance of military personnel remain at…

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AF health officials stress need for breast cancer screenings

Posted October 15, 2015 by Lt. Col. Theresa Murphy

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Additionally, the ACS estimates that one in eight women, or 12 percent, in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. About one in 36 women, or 3…

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Critical days of summer upon us

Posted June 12, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland  

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With the beginning of the Critical Days of Summer, we are reminded to make safe decisions this summer. “The Air Force has been focused on additional mishap vulnerabilities during the summer months since 1964,” said Col. James Fisher, Air and Education Training Command director of safety. “We recognize the summer months…

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MiCare updates process for personal health record

Posted March 29, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force’s secure patient portal, MiCare, also known as RelayHealth, is making changes to the personal health record process March 28. Automatic updates to MiCare PHR will be discontinued; however, electronic health records will continue to be available through the Blue Button feature on TRICARE Online (TOL). Beneficiaries can…

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Flu season in full swing – get vaccinated

Posted October 27, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Cooler weather and browning leaves harken the onset of autumn, but so too does a runny nose and sore throat. Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, typically between the months of October and May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The…

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Enroll newborns in TRICARE within 60 days of birth

Posted May 15, 2015 by Master Sgt. Carolyn Stewart

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses. Members who want their…

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