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  • Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force

    Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals, communities and specific populations to help groups reduce their risk
  • Air Force begins study on noise exposures

    An Air Force Surgeon General initiative called Total Exposure Health will soon advance from a concept to a real-world demonstration at an operational base. Total Exposure Health focuses on primary prevention, which includes exposures in the workplace, the environment, and lifestyles in order to prevent disease and injury from occurring.“We’re
  • AFMS Innovations team creates portal for new ideas

    In September, Airmen will be able to submit innovative health care ideas and existing health care system challenges to the Innovations Knowledge Exchange Web Portal, a new way for the Air Force Medical Service Innovations team to capture potential ideas. The AFMS Innovations office already collaborates with medical institutes and universities to
  • Family Residency Program serves military, civilian personnel at Scott

    The Military Family Care Residency Program brings together military and civilian medical personnel, while building a partnership of collaboration and a well-rounded learning environment for program participants, which strengthens their abilities to take care of their patients.“There are six platforms in the Air Force for this residency training,”
  • Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites this Summer

    The American Mosquito Control Association reports that over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. This summer, TRICARE wants to help you avoid their bites, which are not only irritating, but can also carry diseases that make both people and pets very ill. Mosquito bites can cause severe skin irritation because of
  • Call Your Regional Contractor First when Getting Specialty Care

    TRICARE beneficiaries with special needs or a serious illness or injury have several resources available for help. Your care is best coordinated through your regional contractor.TRICARE rules require that if the care you need is available at a military hospital or clinic near you, and there is space available, you will be referred there first.
  • Helping Battlefield Airmen beat the heat

    Of all the threats facing Battlefield Airmen and other special operations forces, heat doesn't typically come to mind. However, heat-related illness is a critical factor for personnel operating in extreme temperatures.Dr. Reginald O'Hara and his Exercise Physiology Research Team at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, part of
  • Changing Air Force healthcare through innovation

    Innovation is a buzzword often associated with new technology platforms or successful sports teams, but in reality innovation can apply anywhere someone comes up with a new idea or way of doing something.When it comes to health innovation and research, it’s all about finding new solutions to improve healthcare throughout the Air Force.“There’s
  • Make sure your military kid has access to care

    If you have a new baby or have adopted a child, take the necessary steps to give your child access to health care when they need it. Step one; register your child, newborn or adoptee, in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). You don’t have to wait the 2-6 months it may take for a formal state department birth certificate.
  • Coping with stress through healthy thinking

    Stress. Even mention of the word can increase anxiety for some. Everyone deals with stress differently, but how you cope with daily stressors can have great impacts on your quality of life and overall health.Stress is actually the body’s response to any demand, including change. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are at
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