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Dangers of opioid pain medications explained

Posted March 23, 2018 by Greg Chadwick

Pain is the most common reason people seek medical treatment. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 1 in 10 Americans have chronic pain or pain every day for the preceding three months. When used as directed by your physician, opioid medications safely help control acute pain, such as pain you experience after…

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AFMC offers professional logistics certification programs

Posted October 16, 2015 by

Air Force Materiel Command has developed the Logistics Professional Development Program for civilian and military employees, working in a logistics career field, who are looking to formulate a career plan, determine job-related continuous learning objectives and enhance their professional credentials. LPDP currently consists of three certification programs targeting specific workforce categories within logistics: * Professional…

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New dental chairs aimed at ‘pampering’ patients

Posted April 15, 2017 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Deliverymen prepare to move one of 15 new dental chairs into the 412th Medical Group Dental Clinic April 6, 2017. The 412th Medical Group Dental Flight at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is excited for its patients due to the arrival of new dental chairs, that were installed April…

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Fire safety guide to spring cleaning

Posted January 19, 2018 by

FEMA photograph Smoke detectors should be tested at least monthly and should have batteries replaced twice a year. A simple way to remember to change smoke detector batteries is to change the battery when changing clocks for daylight saving. A good spring housecleaning can significantly help promote fire safety in your home. Spring cleaning can…

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What’s in your pillowcase? Red Cross talks emergency preparedness with fourth-graders

Posted January 27, 2017 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit American Red Cross volunteers Cecilia Olivas (center) and Simone Delaflor Evangelista talk to fourth graders at Irving L. Branch Elementary Jan. 19, 2017, about the Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project. The project encourages third-fifth-graders to learn about emergency preparedness. The Edwards Office of Emergency Management, 812th Civil Engineering Squadron, invited…

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TRICARE benefit changes

Posted October 9, 2015 by

As of Oct. 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty service members, to get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. Maintenance drugs are…

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Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle

Posted September 8, 2017 by Peter Holstein

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time for Americans to build awareness and help understand suicide in our culture. More than 40,000 Americans lose their life due to suicide each year and research shows that rates in the military and the general population are very close. The loss of any one person to suicide is…

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Even the ‘lazy’ can get into shape with fitness center challenge

Posted March 11, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Have you ever wanted to complete a triathlon but didn't have the time to train or the desire to compete?

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The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

Posted December 30, 2016 by Yolanda R. Arrington

We've all seen them before: the cans, small shots and uniquely packaged drinks that promise to give you an energy boost during the most important parts of your day.

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Shining a light on autism

Posted April 13, 2018 by Maj. (Dr.) Jacob Sheff

A regular part of wellness visits at the pediatrician’s office, particularly in infants and toddlers, is tracking the child’s development. When a child is not developing as expected, especially in communication or social skills, it raises the pediatrician’s concern for an autism spectrum disorder. For nearly 25 years, April has been recognized as National Autism Awareness…

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