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June is Men’s Health Month

Posted June 19, 2015 by Senior Airman Harry Brexel

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — Each June, a congressional health education program is promoted to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education activities are held to raise awareness for male health…

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Posted March 14, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., — What you eat matters, especially if you want to perform your best. Food and nutrition play an important role in military capability. Appropriate food, in terms of both quality and quantity, and adequate hydration are required to ensure that the physical capability and mental performance of military personnel remain at…

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AF health officials stress need for breast cancer screenings

Posted October 15, 2015 by Lt. Col. Theresa Murphy

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Additionally, the ACS estimates that one in eight women, or 12 percent, in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. About one in 36 women, or 3…

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Health literacy key for better health, better care

Posted June 29, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Just as the ability to read, write and be literate is critical to the processing of information in day-to-day life, health care has its own component of literacy. Health literacy is the capacity of individuals to obtain, process and understand health information and services in order to make informed decisions about…

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Critical days of summer upon us

Posted June 12, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland  

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With the beginning of the Critical Days of Summer, we are reminded to make safe decisions this summer. “The Air Force has been focused on additional mishap vulnerabilities during the summer months since 1964,” said Col. James Fisher, Air and Education Training Command director of safety. “We recognize the summer months…

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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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Flu season in full swing – get vaccinated

Posted October 27, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Cooler weather and browning leaves harken the onset of autumn, but so too does a runny nose and sore throat. Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, typically between the months of October and May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The…

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Students learn public health, zombie style

Posted July 8, 2016 by Sarah Marshall

BETHESDA, Md., — A course at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences here is teaching students global health care delivery in a unique way that’s sure to be a “thriller.” Students in USU’s family nurse practitioner doctorate of nursing practice program must take a population health course as part of their degree requirements. This online class…

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Enroll newborns in TRICARE within 60 days of birth

Posted May 15, 2015 by Master Sgt. Carolyn Stewart

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses. Members who want their…

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TRICARE offers relief for spring allergies

Posted April 1, 2016 by TRICARE

The weather is finally warming and we can spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately for some, warm weather brings suffering from seasonal allergies. However, there is hope. TRICARE covers proven services and supplies needed to diagnose and treat allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic…

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