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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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DUI wrought with hidden costs, pain

Posted August 4, 2017 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class LAUREN SPRUNK

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Airman A epitomized what every stellar Airman should be. He passed every test with flying colors, volunteered during his free time, and went above and beyond during his everyday job. He had just received Senior Airman Below-the-Zone, a promotion given six months early, and went out to celebrate. Before…

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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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Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle

Posted September 8, 2017 by Peter Holstein

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time for Americans to build awareness and help understand suicide in our culture. More than 40,000 Americans lose their life due to suicide each year and research shows that rates in the military and the general population are very close. The loss of any one person to suicide is…

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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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