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Mental Notes with Hilary Valdez: Stimulus response

The brain has at least 100 billion neurons. Neurons carry and process information.

Photo Of Virtual group therapy—gathering regularly online with fellow group members to discuss mental health challenges—is an effective, and convenient, alternative to in-person group therapy or even one-on-one therapy.

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Virtual group therapy is convenient, effective in treating mental health challenges

Virtual group therapy—gathering regularly online with fellow group members to discuss mental health challenges—is an effective, and convenient, alternative to in-person group therapy or even one-on-one therapy.

Photo Of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 500,000 people in the U.S. have a serious allergic condition called alpha-gal syndrome, or AGS, also known as the red-meat allergy or tick-bite meat allergy. AGS should be managed under the care of an allergist or other health care provider. Proper dietary changes allow those who have AGS to live normal lives, although medication for allergic reactions may be advised.

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Military Health experts warn about potentially life-threatening meat allergy from tick bite

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 500,000 people in the U.S. have a serious allergic condition called alpha-gal syndrome, or AGS, also known as the red-meat allergy or tick-bite meat allergy

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The tailbone: Small but significant

Misalignment of the coccyx – sometimes called the tailbone – is a common but often overlooked cause of many health problems. Women and adolescent girls are more likely than men to be afflicted with coccyx-related problems, which commonly include:

Photo Of Total Force Mobility Air Force leaders pose for a group photo during the 2024 Spring Phoenix Rally at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 29, 2024. The rally brought together more than 300 Total Force Mobility Air Force leaders and spouses to discuss Warrior Heart, Air Mobility Command’s strategy and priorities, and how to work together to ensure the mobility Air Force is ready to deliver rapid global mobility across the Joint Force.

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Air Force updates mental healthcare policies, lowers barriers

Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command, tweeted, “Warrior Heart. No Stigma.” with a screenshot of his calendar revealing an upcoming mental health appointment, thus beginning a movement within AMC to eliminate stigma, lower barriers and increase access and options to support Airmen mind, body and craft.

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Mental Notes with Hilary Valdez: An attitude of gratitude on Mothers’ Day

Men are what their mothers made them.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photo Of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa is Using State-of the-Art Space Age Equipment to Get our Sailors and Marines Back in the Fight Faster than Ever Before!

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U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa is using state-of the-art space age equipment to get our Sailors and Marines back in the fight faster than ever before!

Dr. Robert Eberly, Department Head and Family and Sports Medicine Physician recently took the time to talk about some of the new technology he is using to get our fighting force back in the fight and rehabilitated sooner.

Photo Of Nurses make a difference—every day, anytime, anywhere, always—is the message from the Defense Health Agency as National Nurses Week is celebrated, May 6-12, 2024.

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Honoring the practice of nursing is the focus of National Nurses Week

Nurses make a difference—every day, anytime, anywhere, always—is the message from the Defense Health Agency as National Nurses Week is celebrated, May 6-12, 2024.

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Ask the Doc: Every Child can Benefit from Immunization

U.S. Public Health Service Capt. John Iskander, chief of Defense Health Agency Public Health’s Immunization Healthcare Division and a board-certified pediatrician, addresses some of the common concerns parents have with childhood vaccines.

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Mental Notes with Hilary Valdez: Secondhand stress

Stress is the body’s natural response to a perceived challenge or threat, whether real or imagined. When we observe someone experiencing an emotion, certain neurons in our brain are activated. As a result, we can  emulate their stress and emotions.

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Veteran see the beauty in helping veterans and families

In the vibrant tapestry of Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 12, 1979, Mihyon Cha embarked on her life’s journey. In a nation pulsating with the zeal for advancement, her mother stood out not just as a figure of maternal care but as a pioneering force in the male-dominated echelon of corporate leadership.

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Mental Notes with Hilary Valdez: Gambling addiction

When I was in high school, I remember my cousin was so happy to travel to Las Vegas and gamble. With a big smile he carried a large camera and a bag filled with expensive photography equipment. I thought he was on a photo expedition.

Photo Of Pregnancy and hormones play a role in women’s increased risk of heart disease and life expectancy.

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Women’s heart attacks rising, particularly among those 30–50 years old

Pregnancy and the hormonal life cycle can have significant impacts on women’s cardiovascular health and life expectancy. However, the research behind how women are negatively affected is incomplete and largely limited.

Photo Of Lakeita Parmes, supervisor of the distro team of the Veterans Inquiry Branch, responds to a customer request at her workstation in the Maude Complex.

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New ‘DHA Academy’ will centralize workforce training, professional development

The Defense Health Agency is launching the “DHA Academy” on April 1, 2024, to offer training resources in a centralized online location for staff members throughout the agency to access training and professional development opportunities.

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