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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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PTSD Awareness leads to positive treatment

Posted June 29, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time. Maj. Joel Foster, Chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved dramatically in the last 20 years. “Twenty…

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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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Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster , path of no return

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered “high risk” drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy drinking are glamorized, not publicized, or forgotten altogether, so behaviors don’t change. Here’s a story that illustrates the…

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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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Health literacy key for better health, better care

Posted June 29, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Just as the ability to read, write and be literate is critical to the processing of information in day-to-day life, health care has its own component of literacy. Health literacy is the capacity of individuals to obtain, process and understand health information and services in order to make informed decisions about…

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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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