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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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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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Research, technology aid effort to help TBI patients

Posted July 22, 2016 by Shannon Collins

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Since the Vietnam War, doctors have seen an increase in service members returning from combat with traumatic brain injuries from blasts. At the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a directorate of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, doctors and therapists use research and technology to help service members with…

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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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Overcoming the shadow of death: An Airman’s fight against depression

Posted March 24, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

Air Force photograph Staff Sgt. Srun Sookmeewiriya, 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of reports, holds up a picture of him and his younger brother, Thana, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 16, 2017. Sookmeewiriya, who attempted to commit suicide twice, draws inspiration from his brother to remain resilient and encourages Airmen to…

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Mental maintenance: Tools to keep the mind fit

Posted April 1, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) — Airmen often go to the fitness center; some spend several hours a week toning their bodies, while others go to simply maintain their physique. But what about strengthening the mind? What’s going on in between the ears is just as important, if not more, than trying to build…

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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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New urgent care pilot program for prime beneficiaries

Posted July 30, 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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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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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Posted April 7, 2016 by

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has sponsored Alcohol awareness month to reduce the stigma that is often coupled with alcoholism. Founded and sponsored by the NCADD, the month reaches out to American communities across the country to spread information about alcohol, alcoholism…

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