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AFMC promotes Depression Awareness Month

Posted September 27, 2013 by

During the month of October, Air Force Materiel Command will promote Depression Awareness. Depression is a common and treatable condition that, if left unrecognized, can lead to behavioral health issues and possibly suicidal thoughts and behaviors. “The primary goals of this mental health awareness campaign are to educate the workforce about the signs and symptoms…

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Things you need to know to stay healthy during flu season

Posted February 14, 2014 by

Influenza (Flu) season is in full swing in the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that most states are experiencing widespread influenza throughout. Flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are being reported in California and locally in Kern County. The flu seems to be hitting young and middle-aged adults the hardest this…

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MHS Leadership July Message – Access to Care

Posted August 8, 2014 by

Military Health System Team, Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment…

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Measles: Don’t wait, vaccinate

Posted February 6, 2015 by

Air Force photograph The 412th Medical Group is urging individuals and parents to vaccinate themselves and their children if they are not immunized. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus and is easily spread through droplets in the air from an infected person’s cough, sneeze, or any direct contact with an infected person’s secretions…

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Watch out for motorcycles!

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Alan Lederman

The weather in Southern California provides an opportunity for motorcyclists to ride year-round, unlike other parts of the country. At Edwards, as the weather gets warmer, more motorcyclists choose to ride. Even then, cars and trucks still…

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Holiday fire safety

Posted December 14, 2012 by Edwards AFB Fire Prevention Office

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative…

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UnitedHealthcare, TRICARE expediting referrals

Posted May 24, 2013 by

UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans began serving the TRICARE West Region April 1, 2013. Since then, some beneficiaries and providers have experienced service problems relating to an increase in the volume and delays in processing referral and care authorizations. UnitedHealthcare apologizes for any delay in services that TRICARE beneficiaries and providers are experiencing as a result…

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OSHA changes: Material Safety Data Sheets going away

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Safety data sheets are coming! Coming to replace Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and improve unit understanding of the hazards associated with chemicals in the workplace. If you currently work in a workplace that uses hazardous chemicals governed by a Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Program, there are changes to the standard you need to be aware of. In March…

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TRICARE recognizes Month of the Military Child

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Each April, the military community pauses to focus on its youngest members, those who don’t deploy or travel to war, but are affected by those events just the same–the military child. Military children are unique in that they face frequent moves and parental deployments, in addition to the typical childhood stressors of learning, maturing and…

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‘Big Shaker’ encourages earthquake preparedness

Posted September 26, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

The world's largest mobile earthquake simulator was shaking things up in the Base Exchange parking lot Sept. 23.

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