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MDSS delivers diagnostics

Posted October 29, 2015 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

Specimens are ready to be spun inside a Beckman Coulter Allegra X-30 Centrifuge. Photos by Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett Airman 1st Class Samuel Lockard, 56th Medical Support Squadron laboratory technician, puts blood vials into the Beckman Coulter Allegra X-30 Centrifuge Oct. 19 at Luke Air Force Base. The Beckman Coulter Allegra X-30 Centrifuge spins…

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RIDGE SHAN
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Thunderbolt has job of mending bones

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

In the course of the military lifestyle, through rigorous physical training, heavy stress on bones and muscles, and fast-paced movements with the force of strength to back them, injuries can and do occur. Bones break and ligaments tear, and for some Airmen at Luke, this is a reality that occurs despite the finest safety measures…

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Going out on Halloween?

Posted October 29, 2015 by

If driving, stay aware of the surroundings. Watch for children wearing dark clothing or crossing streets, medians or parking lots. Parents should ensure children are properly clothed and visible when walking the streets. Choose light-colored fabrics for greater visibility. If costumes include darker colors, make sure to use reflective tape or wear a reflective belt….

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JAMES HENSLEY
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Airmen, bot refills meds for TRICARE recipients

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photos by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

The Arizona Refilling Center is a little known unit located behind the Block House and 56th Medical Group. “At the ARC we handle all beneficiaries’ prescriptions that come to Luke,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Munoz-Case, 56th Medical Support Squadron ARC acting NCO in charge. “With the changes in TRICARE, our work load has increased along…

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Understanding love language aids communication

Posted October 22, 2015 by by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

According to most relationship experts, communication is the key to developing a long-lasting, healthy relationship. Imagine what it would be like if you didn’t speak the same language as your partner? How could you ever know what he or she expects and needs from you or vice versa? With October being Domestic Violence Prevention month,…

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Keep kids happy, safe on Halloween

Posted October 22, 2015 by by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT

With Halloween looming on the horizon, children and adults will soon be donning costumes and out in the streets trick-or-treating. Halloween is on a Saturday this year, and as is true every year, it comes with a responsibility to make sure everyone stays safe. While children and adults eagerly await the night to be here,…

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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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Cyberbullying: What can parents do?

Posted October 22, 2015 by

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — According to the Pew Research Center, in 2000, about half of adults in the U.S. were online and only 3 percent of American households were using broadband for Internet access at home. That number increased and in 2014, Pew reported 87 percent of American adults use the Internet. Today,…

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Cybersecurity: Are you safe?

Posted October 22, 2015 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month when Airmen need to refresh themselves on safety tips for keeping personal and work information safe. “Cybersecurity Awareness Month is about getting the word out to Airmen reminding them to be aware of what they are putting out there,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Scheel, 56th Communications Squadron cybersecurity technician. “Airmen…

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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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