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AF addresses use of ‘bath salts’ with zero tolerance

Posted August 23, 2012 by Robert Goetz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — A dangerous designer drug with an innocuous name is growing in popularity, causing concern in the military and in the civilian world. Marketed as “bath salts,” these retail products contain chemicals that are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a central nervous system stimulant, and are known to effect users in…

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National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted January 10, 2013 by Maj. Shannen Wright

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M’s 355th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the new changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening. Pap smears now begin at age 21. Many women will be glad to know that they no longer need a pap smear…

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TRICARE: Beneficiaries must sign up for automatic payment by May 31

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check must switch to an electronic form of payment by May 31 to avoid losing coverage. TRICARE will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring electronic funds transfer from a linked bank…

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New bone marrow clinic opens at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center took a step forward in the assistance of bone marrow treatments across the world by opening a bone marrow clinic. Of the 30,000 people in need of a bone marrow transplant each year, 500 are Department of Defense members. “By establishing the program here,…

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Former MTI’s road to recovery transformed tragedy into inspiration

Posted November 26, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) – In the pitch blackness and pre-dawn stillness, his booming voice alone was enough to send several dozen new trainees into a frenzied scramble from the comfort of their bunks. His scowl was enough to keep those trainees frozen into a formation of stone figures. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Zien was…

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New nutrition: MCAHC tips on health

Posted March 20, 2014 by Senior Airman Austin Harvill

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  – In the Department of Defense Total Force Fitness diagram, nutrition represents one of the eight main concepts of fitness. National Nutrition Month takes place during March, and Service members looking to improve their nutritional fitness have options to change their habits in healthy, easy-to-manage ways, said Mary Rewinski, McDonald Army Health Center dietician….

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Heat illness a summer threat to the uninitiated

Posted June 26, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Colbert

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — For Airmen living in Arizona, being told that “the summer is hot here” is akin to being told “the water is wet.” It’s a no-brainer. But ask these same Airmen what injuries can come from the summer heat and many of them may shrug or give the “deer in…

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D-M offers swim lessons

Posted June 21, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin

The American Red Cross offers swimming lessons for children at the outdoor recreation pool for the summer months of 2012. Before attending a swim lesson, parents are encouraged to attend an aquatics orientation and swim lessons informational meeting. The orientation will help parents get the answers to their questions about registration as well as general…

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Fire Prevention Week at Davis-Monthan

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Your home should be a safe haven. But do you regularly check for home fire hazards? The 2012 Fire Prevention Week campaign runs from October 7-13.

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Keep fitness resolution with “Commit to be Fit”

Posted February 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Michael Washburn

February marked the start of the Commit to be Fit incentive program here at the Benko Fitness Center. The cardio centered program is based on points and the goal is to get the required number of points for the months of February, March and April. The individual gets these points by performing exercises like swimming,…

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