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Many unregulated nutritional supplements could be harmful

Posted April 17, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

With the summer season season fast approaching, many people are trying to get into shape. In addition to regular exercise, many Airmen take supplements to help speed up the process. However, there are no regulations determining what manufacturers can and cannot put into these supplements. Some of the many types of supplements that individuals take…

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TRICARE Nurse Advice Line offers health care guidance

Posted July 24, 2014 by

BETHESDA, Md. – TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can now access the Nurse Advice Line to receive health care guidance and advice. The service, launched in April, offers professional help by phone at a moment’s notice, officials said. “Our mission at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is to provide…

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Posted October 23, 2014 by 355 Security Forces Squadron

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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D-M rescue group sits down with civilian search and rescue

Posted May 3, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Members from the 563rd Rescue Group met with civilian search and rescue factions in Silver City, N.M. April 20. The meeting was a means to inform local groups of D-M’s search and rescue capabilities and how to request assistance if needed. “This meeting is about opening up a...

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AFSEC clarifies use of electronic devices for pedestrians on roadways

Posted July 19, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Mike Meares

(U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) The use of portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, digital music players or other listening and entertainment devices, other than hearing aids, are prohibited while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating or skate boarding on roadways for the sake of ensuring good situational awareness resulting in a lower possibility of…

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30-Day Inspection ensures functionality, saves lives

Posted October 25, 2012 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

It takes an entire village to raise a child, and it takes an entire squadron to get an aircraft in the air, keep it there, and make sure the personnel on board are safe. The 563rd Operations Support Squadron is one such squadron, but there is more than just aircraft maintenance involved. There are also…

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TRICARE offers new prescription coverage to help kick tobacco

Posted April 12, 2013 by TRICARE Management Activity

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE beneficiaries living in the U.S. now have a new weapon in their fight to kick the tobacco habit. Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. The medications are available to beneficiaries with a prescription who are 18 years or older, but not eligible for Medicare. Though a…

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Mobile app helps iPhone users ‘Be Ready’

Posted July 25, 2013 by John Burt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, is now available for download on most Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Previously offered for Motorola Android products only, this app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division, as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource. “This app provides…

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted October 10, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents…

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Detecting spice: research continues at the Academy

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amy Gillentine

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The Navy has a promotional campaign warning against spice; the Army has allowed commanders to order mandatory drug-testing for the first time; and Airmen at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory are working to find ways to detect the substance in service members. Spice is a synthetic compound created…

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