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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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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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SERE teaches SPEAR: Airmen learn primal defense tactics

Posted October 6, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer

For the first time since learning the course themselves, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists hosted a two-hour-long introductory course in the combative system of Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 28.

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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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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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MiCare updates process for personal health record

Posted March 29, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force’s secure patient portal, MiCare, also known as RelayHealth, is making changes to the personal health record process March 28. Automatic updates to MiCare PHR will be discontinued; however, electronic health records will continue to be available through the Blue Button feature on TRICARE Online (TOL). Beneficiaries can…

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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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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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Indirect child abuse common

Posted April 6, 2018 by by JAMES YANG-HELLEWELL

I hear couples claim their chronic arguing, and even occasional throwing of objects or physical altercations, do not affect their children. They assert the children are not usually in the room, or they make a deliberate effort to remove the children from the scene. Unfortunately there is plenty of research claiming this opinion to be…

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Army nurse gains insight on cancer battle

Posted May 5, 2017 by Story and photo by Marcy Sanchez

FORT BLISS, Texas — Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, a military nurse and cancer survivor, shared a story of resilience and recovery April 6 during her battle with cancer with William Beaumont Army Medical Center nurses. Elmlinger said she was always athletic. She participated in various high school sports and was even awarded a scholarship based…

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