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Defying odds: An Airman’s focused journey Defying odds: An Airman’s focused journey
It is 5 a.m. and the sun has yet to rise on a chilly morning where all that can be heard are the crickets chirping at the Main Fitness Center at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Inside, however, the clacking and grunts of those pushing their bodies to their limits fills the room as Staff Sgt. Jaquelynn Madsen, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron Airman dorm leader, walks through the front doors.
0 11/16
2017
The Air Force Medical Service is launching a mobile app that will let users access the news and information available on the AFMS website right from their smartphones. New Air Force health mobile app available for patients
The Air Force Medical Service has launched a new mobile app to connect Airmen and patients to news and information about the AFMS. The new app is a mobile version of the AFMS website, and lets users customize their experience based on the Air Force military treatment facility they use. This way, patients can get information about clinic hours, find phone numbers and get other valuable information about the MTF where they work or get care.
0 7/07
2017
Senior Master Sgt. Robert Clark, a 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, and Staff Sgt. Mikele Long, a 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron member, perform their rendition of “Undescribable” during a Faith Works leadership luncheon, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 4, 2017. The U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps recently rolled out the Faith Works campaign to inform Airmen about the overwhelming evidence regarding the positive relationship between spirituality, religion, and health. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) 386th AEW rolls out Faith Works, boosts spiritual fitness
The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing hosted the first Faith Works leadership forum in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 4, 2017.
0 5/10
2017
Default Air Force Logo Advocacy program provides assistance to reservists, guardsmen
When dealing with life stressors, reservists and their families may not know where to turn to for help and that’s when the Air Force Reserve Command’s Psychological Health Advocacy Program can step in and guide them in the right direction.
0 10/24
2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Macy Benjamin, 355th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, prepares to perform a dead lift at the Haeffner Fitness and Sports Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 25, 2016. Benjamin uses weightlifting as a personal escape from everyday stressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen) Worth the weight: Airman finds solace in gym sessions
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) With her brow furrowed and teeth clenched as muscles in her body tense up, the dissonant sounds of metallic ringing, determined grunting and echoed overhead music constructs the 25-year-old bodybuilder’s place of serenity.
0 8/30
2016
Default Air Force Logo Influenza vaccine update for Airmen, families
This year's influenza vaccine will be different for service members due to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to not use the live attenuated influenza vaccine, commonly known as FluMist.
0 8/30
2016
Default Air Force Logo Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force
Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month.
0 8/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo Know your supplements, it could cost you
Airmen should be careful when taking dietary supplements -- because of the potential health risks, but also because they could lead to a positive urinalysis test result, according to officials with Air Force Reserve Command’s Medical Services Directorate and staff judge advocate’s office.
0 6/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo Health literacy key for better health, better care
At the core of health literacy is communication between patients and their health care providers. In order to make the best decisions about their health, patients need clear information they can understand. Through patient-centered care, the Air Force is working to educate health professionals to become better communicators.
0 6/23
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF continues to monitor Zika, infected mosquitoes could hit US this summer
As the threat of infected mosquitoes reaching the U.S. climbs, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infections to help inform and protect Airmen and their families.
0 6/04
2016
Lt. Col. Christopher Coop is an allergist at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center's Allergy Clinic, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He is with the 59th Medical Specialty Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma) Allergist educates military community about asthma
Asthma is no disease to sneeze at. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 24 million Americans are affected by asthma, a chronic disease that causes airways to become inflamed and makes it hard to breathe. It’s estimated that 10 people die from it per day.
0 5/26
2016
Laura Markuly, a 349th Air Refueling Squadron administration assistant, speaks to an audience about her experience with breast cancer April 21, 2016, in Cheney, Kan. Markuly’s positive outlook and determination has helped her overcome the difficulties of breast cancer, and now she strives to support others during their hardships. (Courtesy photo) In remission, McConnell civilian helps others prevent cancer
Cancer can be a devastating beast. However, one member of the McConnell Air Force Base community managed to get the upper hand and continues to live her life with a positive outlook while helping others.
0 5/25
2016
Default Air Force Logo Air Force applies new EPA guidance
The Air Force will apply new Environmental Protection Agency guidance for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to its ongoing effort to determine if water supplies at its U.S. installations and in local communities are at risk for contamination.
0 5/19
2016
Staff Sgt. Reginald Gilchrist, NCO in charge of the Sustainment for Trauma and Resuscitation Skills Program, lectures Airmen 1st Class Amber Decrane on the anatomy and physiology of the upper airway and the importance of proper insertion and securement of an advanced airway such as the laryngeal mask airway or LMA. April 21, 2016 at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis) Cadaver training prepares AF medics for real-world encounters
The study of human anatomy has helped further medical science since the third century. Often reserved for medical students or researchers, cadaver training at the 59th Medical Wing is helping medical technicians today build confidence and hone critical life-saving skills.
0 5/12
2016
Default Air Force Logo Putting mental health in focus
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.
0 5/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo New electronic health record system receives name
Military Health System (MHS) officials say the new electronic health record (EHR) will be called MHS GENESIS and is set to be launched at the end of 2016. To keep pace with medical advances and innovations in technology, the Defense Department has purchased a state-of-the-art EHR that will continue to provide high quality health care to beneficiaries, as well as an agile, responsive system for health care professionals.
0 4/29
2016
Dawson Stock, pictured here with his parents, Jennifer Stock and Maj. Michael Stock. Dawson was diagnosed with autism weeks before his 3rd birthday. He is currently enrolled in speech therapy, occupational therapy and applied behavior analysis through TRICARE. (Courtesy Photo) AF family shares experience with child’s autism
Four-year-old Dawson Stock loves music and instruments; his mother says he is obsessed with the violin. He knows the alphabet forward and backward and is ready to read. Dawson is teaching himself the sign-language alphabet. He knows his numbers and how to add. Dawson is a high-functioning child. This was not always the case. In the fall of 2014, Dawson’s parents had noticed something was off.
0 4/28
2016
Default Air Force Logo New urgent care pilot program for Prime beneficiaries
To increase access to care, the Defense Department is launching 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.
0 4/27
2016
Members of the 59th Medical Wing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation transport team connect a patient to an ECMO system for transport from Lafayette General Medical Center to San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, April 20. ECMO is a heart-lung bypass system that circulates blood through an external artificial lung and sends it back into the patient’s bloodstream. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma) Specialized team delivers life-saving medical care across the globe
The nature of military operations dictates the need for immediate, professional health care that’s available globally at any time. When that needed care is more extreme, the 59th Medical Wing’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation team stands ready.
0 4/26
2016
Maj. Michael McFall, a 96th Medical Group pathologist, looks through a microscope to study a patient’s tissue April 21, 2016, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Pathologists examine patient tissue to make the patient’s diagnosis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole) Eglin pathology lab probes for answers
On any given day, the pathology and histology lab professionals at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, handle about 125 patient specimens from livers, prostates to tonsils. They evaluate, prepare and transform tissue onto microscope slides studied by pathologists. These doctors study tissues to make a diagnosis or determine the stage of a disease.
0 4/25
2016
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