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‘No-shows’ affect mission, everyone

Posted January 14, 2016 by by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

The 56th Medical Group provides medical care to more than 90,000 members (active-duty, retirees and their families) in the immediate area. Some people miss scheduled appointments and don’t think it affects anyone, but it takes a huge chunk of resources from MDG. Patients who fail to show up for their medical appointments cost real time…

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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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Great American Smokeout observed

Posted November 12, 2015 by Courtesy of USAF Pentagon

The Military Health System has designated November as Smoking Cessation Month as an opportunity to increase awareness of service members, family members and employees of the benefits of tobacco-free living. Tobacco-free living is avoiding use of all types of tobacco products — including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes and hookahs — and also living free…

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T-bolt receives perfect fitness score

Posted March 10, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Physical fitness is one of the four dimension of Air Force wellness. One Airman displayed his mastery of this dimension by earning 100 percent on his fitness assessment test earlier last month and shared his story on what it took to get there. “It’s an amazing feeling scoring 100 percent on the FA,” said Maj….

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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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Help offered for state of mind

Posted May 5, 2016 by by PRERANA KORPE

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nearly one in five adults, or 43 million Americans, has a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time of year to bring awareness to mental health…

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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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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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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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