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Memorial Day weekend safety tips

Posted May 21, 2015 by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Chief Master Sgt. Brian Morgan wishes departing Airmen and their family members a happy Memorial Day weekend at the Craycroft Gate at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Memorial Day weekend is coming up, for most service members that means getting on the road and traveling for…

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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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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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TRICARE pharmacy copays change Feb. 1

Posted January 12, 2016 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Military pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest cost pharmacy option for TRICARE beneficiaries when some TRICARE pharmacy copays change Feb. 1. Most copays for prescription drugs in the home delivery program and retail network pharmacies will increase slightly. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to change its prescription…

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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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Tobacco: Pledge to quit, win teeth whitening kit

Posted November 3, 2017 by

Many health benefits go along with quitting tobacco. An often-overlooked benefit is the positive effect on oral health. Davis-Monthan Dental Clinic is sponsoring a drawing for a custom teeth-whitening kit for those who pledge to quit using tobacco Nov. 16 for the American Cancer Association’s “Great American Smokeout.” The kits include lab-fabricated custom bleaching trays…

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

Posted April 1, 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…

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Brush, floss, repeat daily for good dental health

Posted February 13, 2015 by Capt. Benjamin Werner

Each February, the American Dental Association, or ADA, sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Regular dental visits should happen every…

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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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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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