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Put safety first during holiday season

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

The holiday season is known for being a time of giving and cheer, but it can also be one of the most dangerous times of year if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. “Each year there are approximately 350 driving fatalities during Christmas and 350 driving fatalities on New Year’s Day,” said Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter…

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RIDGE SHAN
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Flu season in full swing — get vaccinated

Posted October 16, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

  Cooler weather and browning leaves harken the onset of autumn, but so too does a runny nose and sore throat. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. It spreads…

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Med tech satisfies ‘need for speed’

Posted January 14, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

She runs the 1.5-mile run in 9:15, and she’s placed first in all the 5-kilometer runs she’s attended. Like a machine, she zones out and focuses on the task at hand — running. “I’ve been running for 15 years,” said Senior Airman Melissa Franks, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine medical technician. “I started running…

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PEOPLE FIRST November 13, 2015

Posted November 12, 2015 by

Securing future by bending cost curve Bending the Cost Curve, one of the 13 Make Every Dollar Count cost initiatives launched by the Air Force, includes a growing and evolving set of more than 20 acquisition reform activities. These activities are focused on finding ways the Air Force can be more effective at how it spends…

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Study for TRICARE users helps smokers kick habit

Posted March 24, 2016 by

Have you tried everything to quit smoking? TRICARE Beneficiaries now have a new resource to help them called the The Freedom Smoking Quitline. If qualified, participants will have a two-times better chance at quitting smoking. The Freedom Smoking Quitline is a National Institutes of Health-funded research study, co-sponsored by the 59th Medical Wing and University…

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Be informed, plan, prepare for disasters

Posted September 11, 2015 by by Airman PEDRO MOTA

While the greater Phoenix area is considered a low-risk area for natural disasters, according to national disaster databases, it is wise to be prepared for longer than expected power outages due to monsoons. National Preparedness Month is a month dedicated to increasing the number of individuals that understand how to prepare and perform possible actions…

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DOD Safe Helpline gives sexual assault victims additional resource

Posted October 22, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The Defense Department has given sexual assault victims a resource that helps them take control of their recovery process. Established in 2011, the DOD Safe Helpline is a crisis support service for members of the DOD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and information…

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Bio-med folks get props

Posted January 21, 2016 by by Senior Airman KIANI STEPHENS

Jan. 25 through 29 is Biomedical Sciences Corps Appreciation Week. This week we recognize the achievements of the men and women who support our members with their medical service. BSC was formed more than 50 years ago on March 15, 1965. It was originally comprised of mostly scientists, dieticians and occupational therapists; however, over the…

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Around Luke: Complete blood count …

Posted November 19, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Angelica Lyons, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory technician, analyzes a blood sample Nov. 9 at Luke Air Force Base. Lyons counts red and white blood cells and platelets. On an average day, medical laboratory technicians will examine 60 specimens.

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Parents can’t be in the trunk

Posted March 24, 2016 by by JAMES YANG-HELLEWELL

April is focused on the child; Month of the Military Child and abuse prevention. It is also a good time to focus on the goal of good parenting. Several questions parents might ask are: Into what sort of adult do I want my child to grow? Is parenting just about good behavior? Or, do I…

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