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TRICARE Unchanged by Health Care Ruling, Officials Say

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “has absolutely no impact on our TRICARE program,” a Defense Department spokesperson said, June 29. Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, spokesperson for personnel and readiness, explained TRICARE is governed by different statutes than civilian health care and is unaffected by the…

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The Doctor Is In – Urgent or Emergency?

Posted December 14, 2012 by by Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, M.D.

If you or your child gets sick or injured, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room (ER) right away or call 911. These are good instincts in an emergency, but many people use the ER when it is not an actual emergency. This contributes to long ER wait times, high costs, and…

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The doctor is in: make nutrition work for you

Posted July 5, 2013 by Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Plummer, MD, MPH

Most people have heard the consistent drum beat about how to lose weight and be healthy – eat a balanced diet focused on fruits and vegetables but minimize sodium, sugars and fat. However, it can be hard to apply that basic knowledge to gain a better understanding of the food you eat and apply it…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted January 31, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain…

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New clinical recommendations to treat sleep problems

Posted July 18, 2014 by Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & TBI

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) has released new clinical recommendations and support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of a sleep disturbance occurring in patients after a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The suite of products assists health care providers in the identification of a sleep problem and…

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Electronic health records and you

Posted August 17, 2012 by by Barclay P. Butler, Ph.D.

Health professionals have long known the promise of electronic health records. For more than two decades, DOD and the VA have been working together to apply the benefits of this fast evolving technology. The departments already share more clinical health information than any two health care systems in the world and together will comprise the…

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Preparing to survive: A series on disaster preparation

Posted March 30, 2013 by Robert J. Kaschak

The Eastern and Midwestern regions of the U.S. routinely deal with tornadoes and hurricanes; however, in the West, in particular Southern California, the most likely natural disaster will come from earthquakes. Unlike other disasters, earthquakes are the most unnerving because occurrences cannot be predicted. The primary focus of emergency planners is to analyze disaster scenarios…

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The Wingman concept and the Healthy Base Initiative

Posted September 13, 2013 by

  The Wingman concept and the Healthy Base Initiative are two programs that focus on the most valuable asset we have, our citizen Airmen and their families. With those in mind, Team March members participated in some friendly competitions and enjoyed some healthy food options here Saturday morning. With 19 Wingman Day activities to choose…

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DEOMI releases 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month poster

Posted April 4, 2014 by

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, observed each year during the month of April, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), announce original artwork available for download from the DEOMI public website, www.deomi.org and from the…

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Official says: Tobacco use harms military readiness

Posted August 22, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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