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Prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing meds changing

Posted September 12, 2014 by 412th Medical Group Pharmacy

On Aug. 22, the Drug Enforcement Agency changed all hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule II, a tightly-controlled classification that will change how it is prescribed and dispensed. Products that contain hydrocodone include medications such as Vicodin and Norco, and many generic formulations. The change becomes effective across the United States Oct. 6. What does this mean…

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Travel safely, sign up for STEP

Posted September 12, 2014 by 412th Test Wing Antiterrorism Office

The 412th Test Wing Antiterrorism Office highly concurs with the State Department that all personnel traveling abroad should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The STEP makes it possible to contact a traveler if necessary, whether because of a family emergency in the United States or because of a crisis in the place the…

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It’s High Desert monsoon, thunderstorm season

Posted September 12, 2014 by Gary Davis

The threat of monsoon thunderstorms becomes a major concern for the 412th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight in the summer months. During this period, the wind flow in Southern California can shift to a southeast to southerly directional flow. This flow brings tropical moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Ocean, near…

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‘Be Food Safe,’ Commissaries remind patrons to handle groceries safely

Posted September 12, 2014 by Kevin L. Robinson

FORT LEE, Va. – Food safety is a group hug, when you consider everyone who has a role in protecting consumers from foodborne illnesses.  For the Defense Commissary Agency, that process begins where the food originates and continues all the way to the store shelf. However, during September, National Food Safety Education Month, DeCA is reminding its…

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Being prepared in earthquake country

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Air Force graphic by Rebecca Amber For National Preparedness Month, this September, the Edwards AFB Office of Emergency Management is focusing on Califorina’s most prominent natural disaster – earthquakes. Throughout the month, Emergency Management will provide resources teaching how to be prepared for an earthquake, before, during and after the shaking begins. Edwards AFB Emergency…

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Danger: Electronic cigarettes can blow more than smoke

Posted August 22, 2014 by Timothy Johnson

According to a 2014 Center for Disease Control report, cigarette smoking in our nation has reportedly been the cause of nearly 480,000 deaths, with more than 41,000 of these deaths caused by secondhand smoke. In an attempt to lower or eliminate the death tolls involving cigarette use, electronic companies have invented smokeless cigarettes and vaporizers…

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Tobacco cessation in-person group classes

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Quitting tobacco use can be an uphill battle, but fortunately there are resources to help you overcome this battle. The Health and Wellness Center at Edwards AFB offers confidential small group cessation classes based on the American Cancer Society’s “Freshstart” program. The program runs for three consecutive weeks and is facilitated by a former tobacco…

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TRICARE Nurse Advice Line offers health care guidance

Posted August 15, 2014 by

TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii can now access the Nurse Advice Line to receive health care guidance and advice. The service, launched in April 2014, offers professional help by phone at a moment’s notice, officials said. “Our mission at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is to provide patient-friendly access to…

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CHPS offers InBody Test

Posted August 15, 2014 by timchisham

Are you on a diet, looking to get in shape, or trying to maximize performance? Or maybe concerned about your weight? Edwards Civilian Health Promotion Services invites DOD civilians to experience the InBody Test. The InBody is a convenient and accurate way to measure and monitor your body composition. The InBody measures and reports the…

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Edwards defender helps teach self-defense down range

Posted August 8, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock Right: Staff Sgt. Cameron Cochran (dark shirt), 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron assistant flight chief, demonstrates one way to push away an attacker during a self-defense class July 26 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The class was designed to better prepare Airmen if they are…

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