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Immunizations protect stages of life

Posted September 1, 2016 by Courtesy of Tricare.mi

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Immunization typically starts at birth, but the protection they provide lasts a lifetime. At 2-months old, infants begin receiving a series of six primary immunizations that protect against disease. These diseases can spread in a variety of ways. Flu and other diseases spread through the air or on surfaces….

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Protect baby’s skin before exposure

Posted August 24, 2016 by Courtesy of skincancer.org

NEW YORK — Some babies are being exposed to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays in the first six months of life, when their skin is most vulnerable. The practice can have life-long negative consequences. A research team at the University of Miami found that as many as one-third of local parents actively increased their infant’s…

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Zika: Spread of disease preventable

Posted August 4, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. LILY GONZALEZ

Chikungunya, dengue and Ebola are not names of exotic cuisine but rather diseases. Joining the array of names at the forefront is the Zika virus. Taking a closer look at what the virus is and how it is transmitted will help Arizona residents assist in preventing the spread of Zika. Zika is not a new…

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Battlefield Airmen use science to beat heat

Posted August 4, 2016 by by KIM BOWDEN

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 U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, part of the Air Force Research…

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New urgent care pilot program for prime beneficiaries

Posted July 30, 2016 by

To increase access to care, the Department of Defense launched an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program is for: • Active-duty service members, including National Guard or Reserve…

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Changing Air Force healthcare through innovation

Posted July 9, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va.– 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…

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TBIs result from jolt, strike to head

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. SCOTT LYLES

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Most people associate traumatic brain injuries with military combat operations or football injuries. In reality, any jolt or strike to the head that may cause the brain to shake violently can result in a TBI. Events resulting in a TBI can include a bicycle incident, a slip and fall…

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EOD Airmen provide combat support anytime, anywhere

Posted June 30, 2016 by Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “Our primary mission at Luke is to support the pilot training mission,” said Senior Airman Kyle Lyon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Squadron team member. “Whether it is a hung gun or a hung flair, we take care of it.” In addition to supporting the flightline, EOD Airmen…

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PTSD awareness leads to positive treatment

Posted June 30, 2016 by by J.D. LEVITE

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time. Maj. Joel Foster, Chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved dramatically in the last 20 years….

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Base makes strides toward awareness

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Building awareness of the impact that sexual assault has on victims, survivors and their families is an important issue for the U.S. Air Force and Luke AFB community. This year’s Defense Department theme was, “Know Your Part! Do Your Part!” In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month a Walk a Mile in Their Shoes contest…

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