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Check what’s in your food, supplements

Posted August 23, 2013 by

While in Florida, a military member recently purchased a yogurt cup that included hemp seeds as one of its ingredients. Luckily she looked at all the ingredients before ingesting the snack. Air Force Instruction 44-121 states: “3.2.2. Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of…

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Website teaches coping skills to military community

Posted August 16, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

U.S. Air Force graphic Screengrab of the “Moving Forward” website, designed to help service members find ways to overcome challenges, stress and depression. WASHINGTON, D.C. -†As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop…

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HEALTH ADVISORY: Closures posted for local campgrounds due to plague found in ground squirrel

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and U.S. Forestry Service officials have closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops of the Table Mountain Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest after tests confirmed that one ground squirrel trapped July 16, 2013, during routine surveillance activities tested positive on July 23, 2013, for plague….

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Water safety tips

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Wear flotation devices while boating, water skiing or kayaking just to name a few. Always keep them buckled, snapped or zipped, so if you fall in, they will stay on. Do not mix drinking and swimming or boating at picnics or outings. More than 10 percent of all drowning victims had consumed alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic…

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Built for speed

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Speeding is only one problem when it comes to private motor vehicle-related mishaps. When you take a look at the top six causes, youíll see that the greatest threat to drivers is the drivers themselves. These are the top six, in order, identified by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: driver distraction, driver fatigue, drunk…

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Celebrate July 4th safely!

Posted June 28, 2013 by

As the Fourth of July approaches the Edwards AFB Fire Prevention Office would like to pass on some tips during the holiday.

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TRICARE West Region Blanket Authorization Waiver Letter extended to July 2

Posted June 28, 2013 by

United Healthcare Military & Veterans began serving the TRICARE West region April 1, 2013. Since then, some beneficiaries and providers have experienced service problems related to processing medical referral authorizations. To mitigate delays in patient care, TRICARE Management Activity made an exception to policy and issued a blanket authorization waiver letter allowing TRICARE west region…

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No butts about it, smoking can be deadly to environment too

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit A small but potentially disastrous fire was extinguished by the Edwards AFB Fire Department June 17 in front of the 412th Medical Group’s Main Clinic. The cause of the fire is blamed on an improperly extinguished cigarette butt. Everyone knows that smoking can be hazardous to one’s health, but…

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Have fun safely this summer

Posted June 21, 2013 by Ground Safety Office

Lately the weather has been 72 degrees one day and 95 degrees the next. Summer is here and it arrived overnight, without any warning. Pretty soon we will be saying “Wow, what a scorcher!” You know the days are going to be a hot, some over 108 degrees Fahrenheit. At work, you reach for a…

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TRICARE referral process resumes authorization requirement

Posted June 14, 2013 by

Air Force graphic by Jet Fabara   On April 1, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans began serving as the TRICARE West Region managed care support contractor. Soon after the change to UnitedHealthcare, some beneficiaries and providers experienced service problems related to processing medical referral authorizations. To mitigate those problems and to ensure timely and effective medical…

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