Health

‘Young enough to not die from smoking’

By Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Hawaii is making it easier for smokers to quit. Beginning January 1, 2016 it will be against the law in this state for anyone under 21 to buy or use tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery devices. Quitting tobacco is one of the best things …

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Finding Your Motivation to Quit Tobacco

By Lt. James Jones, Family Medicine Physician Assistant, Tobacco Cessation Clinical Guidelines Champion, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Quitting tobacco is hard, but it’s not impossible. Anyone can do it. The first step is making a personal choice and finding your reason for quitting, because no matter how many medications or nicotine replacement therapies you try, you have to really want …

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Fall is back, so is flu season; Navy Medicine is ready, are you?

Let’s face it, getting the flu isn’t fun. The fever, aches, chills, cough and cold symptoms are unpleasant to say the least. Navy Medicine wants to urge everyone to be ready for flu season this year. The actions you take now can help prevent you from getting this dangerous disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) influenza is …

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Women’s Health Month: Pink, Pink and More Pink

By: Lt. Cheryl Castro & Lt. Jenique Keys, certified nurse midwives, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Pink bows, pink tutus, and pink ribbons are all signs that breast cancer awareness month is here. We wear the pink ribbons, we buy the pink soccer socks, but do we really know what we should be “aware” of this month? After skin cancer, the …

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Women’s Health Month: Focus on Family Planning Resources

By Capt. Richard Biggs, director of surgical services, U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy Family planning … birth control, contraception, pregnancy prevention, or however you refer to it, is a personal choice — one that Navy Medicine can help inform and support. It’s hard to plan everything in life, but when a pregnancy is unanticipated it can create a great deal …

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