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  • AF program increases access to behavioral health care

    Nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. However, 80 percent of this population does visit a primary care manager at least once a year. An Air Force program seeks to bridge this gap by providing behavioral health care in a primary care setting.
  • June issue of Airman magazine now available

    In the cover story, titled “The Swat Team,” you’ll go behind the scenes with Air Force entomologists and public health Airmen as they learn more about the Zika virus, carried by Aedes mosquitoes, and how to protect from infection.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leading the next generation of AF medics

    It’s a little after 7:30 a.m. and the stampede has finally cleared the hallways. There’s a moment of silence, the first since arriving to work three hours prior. The five-story building is nearly desolate now, but a multitude of paperwork and tasks remain to be done before the 800-plus military students return from class in the afternoon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Women's history: Honoring WWII AF flight nurse

    During World War II, an American flight nurse was captured, becoming the only female U.S. military member held prisoner of war in the European Theater. Her name was Lt. Reba Z. Whittle.In 1943, Whittle joined the Army Air Forces School of Air Evacuation, where she trained as a flight nurse. It would be just over a year later when Whittle would find
  • Wartime medical innovation saves lives at home

    In January, the Food and Drug Administration approved the REBOA catheter, or resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta. The REBOA is a device that’s inserted into a hemorrhaging vessel and stops or slows blood flow to that injury, while allowing blood flow to continue to other body parts. The idea originated at the 59th Medical Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, the main hub for autopsies performed on combat casualties.
  • MiCare updates process for personal health record

    The Air Force’s secure patient portal, MiCare, also known as RelayHealth, is making changes to the personal health record process March 28.
  • Trauma czar acts as lynchpin of care when patients clinging to life

    With the whirl of activity rushing around her and the advice of nearly 20 specialists being presented, it’s the job of Maj. (Dr.) Valerie Sams to decide the medical treatment to go forward with that could ultimately decide whether the patient lives or dies.
  • AF selects 6 enlisted Airmen for medical prep school

    The Enlisted Medical Degree Preparatory Program, which begins in July, offers enlisted members a chance to attend medical prep school full time for two years while maintaining active-duty status. The program includes coursework in a traditional classroom setting with structured pre-health advising and formal medical college admission test preparation.
  • Mobile ICU improves care for wounded troops being transported

    The mission of the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here is to provide medical care for wounded service members, while flying them to locations where they can receive further treatment.
  • Desperate treatment used at Bagram to breathe life into NATO ally

    A specialized team dispatched from San Antonio Military Medical Center combined efforts with the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group to perform life-saving treatment on a NATO partner Feb. 18.
  • Air Force continues to improve care in the air

    The Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s office and researchers across the Air Force, to include the 711th Human Resource Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, have been working together to improve how the Air Force provides care in the air. The AMC/SG is responsible for clinical oversight of the Air Force aeromedical evacuation (AE) system.
  • Hurlburt combats Zika with knowledge

    Following the World Health Organization declaring an international emergency and Florida Gov. Rick Scott calling a state health emergency, Hurlburt Field, Florida, is taking action to protect Airmen and their families from the Zika virus.
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