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It can be frustrating when you are having a conversation with someone, and you find yourself at a loss for words or struggling to remember what you wanted to say. But, did you know that could be a sign of a stroke? Strokes can happen to anyone, at any time, but your risk increases with age.

  • By Marcy Sanchez William Beaumont Army Medical Center
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EL PASO, Texas — From adolescence to beyond menopause, midwives offer a broad scope of practice tailored to women’s preference of care. At William Beaumont Army Medical Center, a team of Certified Nurse-Midwives provide around-the-clock care, the only medical center in El Paso to do so, rang…

  • By Keita Franklin Director, Defense Suicide Prevention Office
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WASHINGTON >> Every loss of a service member, veteran, or family member is a tragedy. There’s no simple reason why suicide occurs, nor a single approach for preventing it. Suicide is a complex issue with biological, cultural, economic, psychological, and social factors.

  • By Douglas H. Stutz Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
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BREMERTON, Wash. >> Whether trying for a quick snooze, occasional siesta, or attempted slumber, Sailors and Marines are continually at risk for the actual health threat of insufficient sleep.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Careful maintenance keeps your car running well year after year. Your body is significantly more complex and much less predictable. Fueling the body with the right mix of nutrients will optimize energy, while practicing good daily health habits will help fight illn…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Beginning Sept. 1, Express Scripts will need annual consent from patients who want to receive automatic refills of their maintenance medications enrolled in Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery. This means that just before one of your prescriptions runs out of refills, E…

  • By Douglas H. Stutz Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
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NAVAL HOSPITAL BREMERTON, Wash. >> The much-anticipated August 21, 2017 total eclipse of the sun – with the sun being completely blocked out by passage of the moon – will be initially visible in Oregon and continue across North America to South Carolina. This will be a spectacular sigh…

  • By Carol Allen Health Educator, NBHC Groton, Health Promotions Division
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GROTON, Conn. >> Following some safety measures during a visit to a petting zoo will help you keep you and your family from getting sick on a fun-for-all ages petting zoo experience.

  • By Ronald W. Wolf Army Medicine
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> It’s the middle of summer now. That means it’s time to revisit smart practices to protect you, your family, and especially your children from exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet – or UV – rays. This is important, as a sunburn can increase your risk – and your c…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> The one-size-fits-all approach to prevent and treat diseases fades as precision – or individualized – medicine moves to the forefront. This approach ensures prevention and treatment fits the patient rather than the other way around.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> When you need information about your Tricare health care benefits, turn to Tricare.mil. In addition to this website, there are a number of resources to help you learn about your coverage and important health issues. Take a look at seven ways to get smart about Tricare:

  • By Carol Allen Educator, NBHC Groton Wellness Dept.
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GROTON, Conn. >> It is important for you to play an active role in you and your family’s health care. Doing this can improve the quality of care received from your health care team, as you are an important person on your health care team.

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FARMINGTON, Conn. >> Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Ticks may be small, but they can spread damaging illnesses through one bite. Knowing what to look out for and how to prevent tick-borne illnesses can help service members and their families enjoy the outdoors all year-round.

  • By Carol Allen NBHC Groton, Health Promotions Dept.
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GROTON, Conn. >> Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton’s Health Promotions Department offers tips on how to have fun and stay safe in the sun.

  • By Uniformed Services University Human Performance Resource Center Staff
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body produces when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but there are ways to get it from foods too. It helps your body absorb calcium and maintains the calcium and phosphate your bones need to form and grow. It also contri…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> During Men’s Health Month, we’re taking a closer look at men’s risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The good news is there are ways to “protect your head” and prevent TBI while you enjoy your favorite summertime activities.

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WASHINGTON >> The Navy announced several changes Tuesday to its Physical Readiness Program in NAVADMIN 141/17, including an incentive for Sailors to validate one physical readiness test (PRT) each year based on their fitness performance.

  • By Uniformed Services University Human Performance Resource Center Staff
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Power your performance with colorful produce! Eating colorful fruits and veggies can help reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers too. They also contain water, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates – all essential nutrien…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Do you know what the top health risks are for men? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death among men in the U.S. include heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory diseases. How can you reduce men’s health r…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Service members and their families relocate a lot, and moving to a new home is hard enough without adding a back injury to the mix. So be mindful of how you’re lifting and moving while you’re packing up and loading up. Try these tips to help reduce your risk of inj…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Seeking help and committing to treatment for a mental health challenge is one of the best investments you can make. Yet treatment is rarely quick or simple. It demands your time, energy and attention, which can be draining or discouraging.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> With the proper screening, you could avoid colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, many people avoid or delay screenings because they are unsure about what to expect or are afraid that the screening might be harsh or painful. The American Cancer Society reports that regu…

  • By Military Health System Communications Office
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> There are 1.7 million children of military parents. Every few years, most of them will pack up their belongings, say goodbye to friends, and move, sometimes halfway across the world. Concern about a deployed parent and worry a parent will return injured can test th…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Beginning May 1, 2017, United Concordia Companies, Inc. (United Concordia) will manage the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP). Beneficiaries don’t need to take any actions to continue their coverage.

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Participants of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department Biggest Loser competition gather for a celebration after completing the weight loss program, March 30. "This year’s competition was a big success," said Becky Brewer, Body Works Fitness director. "We had 112 people sign up, …

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NEWPORT, R.I. >> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers about a nationwide voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan EpiPen and EpiPen Junior (epinephrine injection ) due to the potential that the devices may contain a defective part resulting in the devices failu…