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FOR YOUR HEALTH - Knowing breast cancer risks can aid prevention

October 22, 2013 — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a killer at its worst, but the more people who are aware of the disease, the more lives that can be saved with early detection and avoidance of controllable risk factors. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, according to the American Cancer MORE

FOR YOUR HEALTH - Lower cholesterol to improve overall health

September 25, 2013 — Story by: Wana Jin, Program Evaluator, USAPHCSeptember marks the end of summer and back-to-school shopping, but did you know it's also National Cholesterol Education Month? Given the start of a new school year, what could be more fitting than a pop quiz?! Don't worry, it's open book, so you'll ace this exam. Can you answer these three questions? 1. MORE

FOR YOUR HEALTH - Obesity on rise, physical activity lowers health risks

September 6, 2013 — Obesity has become a major public health concern in the U.S. during the past few decades. Obesity is a label for a range of body weight that is greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. Obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the body mass index or BMI. A BMI below 25 is MORE

Protect against tick bites this season

July 2, 2013 — Story by: Chanel Weaver, USAPHCCivilian administrative furloughs are not the only side effect of sequestration. Individuals living and working at Installation Management Command installations may notice the grass is a little higher than normal in some areas. Army operation and maintenance accounts have been reduced, and, as a result, mowing MORE

FOR YOUR HEALTH - Ways to manage stress

July 2, 2013 — Story by: Lt. Col. Judith A. Hamrick, USAPHCHassles. Deadlines. Short suspenses. Life today is full of stress. What is stress, and how does one manage it? Stress is anything that makes one feel tense, anxious or excited. This includes good things, too, like vacations and holidays. Lots of things can cause stress – short suspenses, unrealistic MORE

Regular checkups essential for men’s health

June 12, 2013 — Story by: James W. Cartwright, USAPHC Did you know June is Men's Health Month? If you are a male, you have most likely seen a doctor out of necessity, but when confronted with specific questions about men's health, you may have some shortcomings. In searching the wisdom of the Internet on men's health, it turns out men are pretty special when it MORE

FOR YOUR HEALTH - Keep ears from damage, wear hearing protection

June 4, 2013 — By Col. Marjorie Grantham, USAPHCWhile most of us are aware hazardous noise damages hearing, how to protect ourselves in a way that allows us to live and work in a world of sometimes dangerous sounds is just not intuitive. Whether your favorite noisy recreational activity involves shooting, hunting, musical concerts, working out to tunes on your MORE

FOR YOUR HEALTH - Protect vision for lifetime with regular eye exams

May 20, 2013 — Story by: Michael D. Pattison, USAPHCMost people know how important eyes are for quality of life. Even so, it is estimated that millions of people in the U.S. have undetected vision problems, eye diseases and conditions that affect their ability to see clearly and effectively or can result in future permanent damage to the eyes. May has been MORE

IACH patients get new communication tool

May 9, 2013 — Patients at Irwin Army Community Hospital medical homes and Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic have a new way to communicate with their providers through Army Medicine's Secure Messaging System powered by RelayHealth. The new system brings health care teams to patients, wherever they are, any time of day, allowing them to safely send a message to MORE

Avoiding tick bites prevents serious diseases

April 5, 2013 — Story by: Ellen Stromdahl, USAPHCTicks are better at finding you than you are at finding them. Ticks must have a blood meal – you – to live. They are aware of you, so, in order to prevent tick bites, you must learn to be aware of them. Ticks in the U.S. can carry many diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, MORE

Being informed about inhalants may save lives

April 5, 2013 — Inhalants have a devastating effect, said Carrie Jensen, prevention coordinator, Army Substance Abuse Program. Becoming knowledgeable about inhalants may save a life, which is why National Inhalants Awareness Week is March 17 to 23. The word 'inhalants' refers to vapors from toxic substances, which are inhaled to reach a quick high, according to MORE

March is colorectal cancer month

March 12, 2013 — Story by: Dr. John Langley, IACHMarch is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is cancer involving the colon or rectum. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., but it doesn't have to be. If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular MORE

RAISE AWARENESS – Learn 4 risks of cervical cancer you may not know

January 17, 2013 — Story by: Shari Lopatin, TRIWEST HEALTHCARE ALLIANCEYou might know getting regular Pap tests is the number one way to protect against cervical cancer … But are you at high risk? Cervical cancer occurs most often in women older than 30 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It used to be the leading cause of cancer MORE

Protect children from accidental ingestion

December 11, 2012 — A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed more than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines while their caregiver wasn't looking. This can be a very traumatizing event for children, as well as caregivers, said Capt. Michelle O'Neill, Irwin Army Community Hospital MORE

FOR YOUR HEALTH - Dry skin: Public health command offers tips on how to stop itching

December 5, 2012 — Story by: Linda Vo, USAPHCDo you have the sort of dry, itchy skin that makes you feel like you're infested with fleas, that keeps you awake at night and miserably raking your skin with a back scratcher? If the itching weren't bad enough, a dry skin problem can be more than just a superficial issue. You could be giving all sorts of bacteria a way in MORE

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