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Summer Sports to Prevent Injury

Posted June 3, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Winter has ended and many people are headed outdoors to play their favorite sports, but couch potatoes beware. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for sport injuries. Children and adults should properly prepare and ease into summer sports such as basketball, track and field, football, golf or…

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Carbon monoxide: Silent, invisible killer

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The temperature has dropped here in the Sonoran Desert making it necessary to turn on the heater. With that comes an increased risk of carbon monoxide being produced in the home. CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion. It is often called the invisible killer and can have devastating affects on people. Professionals at the…

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Mental health: To go or not to go

Posted July 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) The clinic buildings themselves aren’t scary, but add the words ‘mental health,’ and most people will avoid them like they contain tigers on the loose. That’s why…

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200-plus Health Profession Education Program candidates selected from 20 career fields for 2017

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Kat Bailey

Air Force officials have selected more than 200 officers for the Air Force Medical Service Health Profession Education Program. Development team boards held this summer for the Biomedical Sciences Corps, Medical Service Corps and Nurse Corps selected 216 officers from 20 career fields for the program. The selected officers will attend such programs as Emergency…

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TRICARE pharmacy copays change Feb. 1

Posted January 12, 2016 by

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 its prescription…

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New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

Posted July 24, 2017 by Peter Holstein

Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces…

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Coping with stress through healthy thinking

Posted June 15, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Stress. Even mention of the word can increase anxiety for some. Everyone deals with stress differently, but how you cope with daily stressors can have great impacts on your quality of life and overall health. Stress is actually the body’s response to any demand, including change. According to the National Institute of…

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Behavioral Health Services Employee Assistance and WorkLife Programs

Posted February 2, 2018 by

LIVE WEBINARS | 11 a.m. Feb. 14 Enhancing Your Life with Positive Thinking We know that optimism is beneficial to life satisfaction. But did you know that being positive can also mitigate stress, decrease depression levels, improve coping skills, and even increase your lifespan? This month’s webinar covers the dos and don’ts of common thought…

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Pediatric Clinic Airman aims for success

Posted December 1, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — The U.S. Air Force has been a stepping stone for many Airmen. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the money and medical benefits. Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Straight, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, had a different mindset before committing her life to…

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Spit tobacco smokeless: Can still cause cancer

Posted November 4, 2016 by by Capt. Michael Saxton

Although smokeless tobacco does not come with the danger of breathing hot smoke full of chemicals into the lungs, which is known to cause cancer, emphysema and other chronic, progressive diseases, it can cause cancer in the mouth, pancreas and esophagus, and be just as deadly. Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It…

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