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New Horizons medical personnel provide emergency assistance in mass casualty

Posted September 3, 2015 by Capt. David Murphy

TRUJILLO, Honduras  — U.S. Air Force medical personnel treated mass causality incident victims at the Dr. Salvador Parades Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, Aug. 10. The incident involved 14 Honduran army soldiers from the 15th Battalion who were injured in an explosion at their base said a Honduran army official. The medical personnel, who were in country to…

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Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

Posted May 1, 2015 by Dave Smith

(U.S. Air Force Illustration/Staff Sgt. Miguel Lara III) When it comes to nutritional supplements, specifically fitness supplements designed to make the “Average Joe” into an athletic and more accepted physical specimen, they may not always be the safest choice to achieve their fitness goals. And while the benefits of these products can be long lasting…

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TRICARE Online and MiCare have similarities, differences

Posted August 7, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE Online and MiCare Secure Messaging may seem to offer the same services, but there are important differences to these software tools, which are designed to enhance access to care for all military beneficiaries. “Both programs are endorsed by the Military Heath System, and although they may seem very similar, in actuality…

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The hazards of dietary supplements

Posted March 27, 2015 by Capt. Maggie Coppini

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE- Idaho — How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you been hitting the gym like you wanted to, modified your diet, or restocked your dietary supplement shelf? Before you throw some more money at protein shakes, diet pills, and energy drinks, I encourage you to research the products you’re buying…

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Weight maintenance tips for holiday eating

Posted November 20, 2015 by Senior Airman Leticia Hopkins

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  — Upon walking through the door, the smell of fresh-out-of-the-oven, warm sugar cookies command your attention. To the left is a table full of delectable desserts as your mouth begins to water you look a little farther down and there sits a table set with all of the finest holiday foods imaginable….

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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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Thanksgiving food preparation and safety tips

Posted November 20, 2015 by Staff Sergeant Jennifer Maddox

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass.  — The holiday season is here and the 66th Medical Squadron Public Health office would like to remind base personnel how to safely thaw, prepare and cook a holiday meal. Be mindful that improper storing and cooking may result in food-borne illness that can damper the holidays. Tips when shopping for and…

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Officials encourage precaution with flu symptoms prevalent

Posted January 9, 2015 by Air Force Medical Service

Flu season is in full swing and health care professionals have seen an uptick in the number of patients reporting with flu-like symptoms. There are steps that can be taken to protect you and your family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that normally influenza activity is at its peak during the months…

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TRICARE now provides breast pumps, lactation counseling

Posted July 31, 2015 by Airman First Class Cheyanne Morigeau 

Mothers that choose to breast feed their infants might be surprised to learn that TRICARE updated its coverage to include breast pumps and supplies as of July 1. TRICARE can aid expecting Desert Lightning Team mothers through the process to obtain a breast pump and supplies. There are multiple methods to receive a pump or…

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TRICARE pharmacy copays change Feb. 1

Posted January 8, 2016 by TRICARE.mil Staff

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…

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