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Overcoming the shadow of death: An Airman’s fight against depression

Posted March 24, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

Air Force photograph Staff Sgt. Srun Sookmeewiriya, 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of reports, holds up a picture of him and his younger brother, Thana, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 16, 2017. Sookmeewiriya, who attempted to commit suicide twice, draws inspiration from his brother to remain resilient and encourages Airmen to…

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Early prevention leads to lifetime of smiles

Posted February 3, 2017 by

Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month. The aim of Children’s Dental Health Month is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health for children. Developing good dental hygiene habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of…

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Protect those pearly whites

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman David Evans

Sports activities are a common hobby that many Airmen enjoy. Unfortunately, many sports carry some risk of injury. A commonly overlooked area prone to injury is the mouth, including the teeth and gums. Basketball, for instance, is fun until a stray pass hits a player in the face leaving one less tooth with which to…

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The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

Posted December 30, 2016 by Yolanda R. Arrington

We've all seen them before: the cans, small shots and uniquely packaged drinks that promise to give you an energy boost during the most important parts of your day.

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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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Spit tobacco smokeless: Can still cause cancer

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Capt. Michael Saxton

Although smokeless tobacco does not come with the danger of breathing hot smoke full of chemicals into the lungs, which is known to cause cancer, emphysema and other chronic, progressive diseases, it can cause cancer in the mouth, pancreas and esophagus, and be just as deadly. Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It…

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200-plus Health Profession Education Program candidates selected from 20 career fields for 2017

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Kat Bailey

Air Force officials have selected more than 200 officers for the Air Force Medical Service Health Profession Education Program. Development team boards held this summer for the Biomedical Sciences Corps, Medical Service Corps and Nurse Corps selected 216 officers from 20 career fields for the program. The selected officers will attend such programs as Emergency…

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Women can prolong their lives by taking these steps

Posted October 7, 2016 by J.D. Levite

Everyone — children and adults and men and women — should take charge of their own health to ensure they’re able to live a long and healthy life. One of the most important things women can do to maintain good health is schedule an annual Well Woman visit with their healthcare provider.  Well Woman exams…

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Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force

Posted August 2, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals, communities and specific populations to help groups reduce their risk…

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New Urgent Care Pilot Program for Prime Beneficiaries

Posted August 1, 2016 by

To increase access to care, the Department of Defense launched an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program is for: • Active-duty service members, including National Guard or Reserve…

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