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Thank you all for joining us for a fun and informative April. This past month we appreciated Occupational Therapy, Podia...
04/30/2021

Thank you all for joining us for a fun and informative April. This past month we appreciated Occupational Therapy, Podiatric Services, Public Health, and Laboratory Professionals. As you saw, AFMS Biomedical Sciences Corps is extremely diverse and we have a hand in all levels of keeping servicemembers, families, and the local community healthy.

Thank you all for joining us for a fun and informative April. This past month we appreciated Occupational Therapy, Podiatric Services, Public Health, and Laboratory Professionals. As you saw, AFMS Biomedical Sciences Corps is extremely diverse and we have a hand in all levels of keeping servicemembers, families, and the local community healthy.

Our final topic to round out Foot Health Awareness month is Flat/Low Arch aka “Flat Feet” vs Pronated Feet. There is a h...
04/29/2021

Our final topic to round out Foot Health Awareness month is Flat/Low Arch aka “Flat Feet” vs Pronated Feet. There is a historical stigma around “Flat Feet.” It is incorrect to assume that someone with flat/low arches or no arch will be a slower runner, poor runner, or unable to do physically demanding jobs. The true problem lies in the alignment of a person’s leg-to-heel to ground. Alignment issues can vary in all arch types including flat arched, normal arched, and even high-arched individuals (although less common in high arch). The stigma is more properly placed on the word PRONATION in its relation to one’s foot alignment. Prolonged pronation malalignment un-treated can lead to overpronation which leads to pain and problems to the tendons and ligaments within the inside ankle and arch of the foot. If having symptoms, one could attempt early conservative care by changing running shoes and/or seek OTC orthotics which when used routinely may help to prevent symptoms. If you have a question about the alignment of your feet, contact your PCM for an initial appointment.

Our final topic to round out Foot Health Awareness month is Flat/Low Arch aka “Flat Feet” vs Pronated Feet. There is a historical stigma around “Flat Feet.” It is incorrect to assume that someone with flat/low arches or no arch will be a slower runner, poor runner, or unable to do physically demanding jobs. The true problem lies in the alignment of a person’s leg-to-heel to ground. Alignment issues can vary in all arch types including flat arched, normal arched, and even high-arched individuals (although less common in high arch). The stigma is more properly placed on the word PRONATION in its relation to one’s foot alignment. Prolonged pronation malalignment un-treated can lead to overpronation which leads to pain and problems to the tendons and ligaments within the inside ankle and arch of the foot. If having symptoms, one could attempt early conservative care by changing running shoes and/or seek OTC orthotics which when used routinely may help to prevent symptoms. If you have a question about the alignment of your feet, contact your PCM for an initial appointment.

Achilles tendinitis is our next topic in our Foot Health Awareness Month series. Achilles tendinitis is characterized by...
04/27/2021

Achilles tendinitis is our next topic in our Foot Health Awareness Month series. Achilles tendinitis is characterized by pain and inflammatory symptoms to the heel cord either at the location where the tendon inserts to the heel bone or somewhere between the calf muscle and the back of the heel bone. Acute symptoms are usually treated with routine and repetitive stretching, topical and oral NSAIDs, and icing. However, if acute symptoms are insufficiently and/or poorly treated or ignored, the problem leads to microtearing within the tendon, prolonged pain, degeneration and thickening of the tendon (which is usually present itself as a tender, firm bulge within the tendon). Symptoms are usually the worst right after a period of rest and getting up and then slowly improves with more movement. Depending on the severity or stage of the problem, treatments should start with pain control, stretching, reducing activity/immobilization, and Physical Therapy. As always, contact your PCM for an initial exam.

Achilles tendinitis is our next topic in our Foot Health Awareness Month series. Achilles tendinitis is characterized by pain and inflammatory symptoms to the heel cord either at the location where the tendon inserts to the heel bone or somewhere between the calf muscle and the back of the heel bone. Acute symptoms are usually treated with routine and repetitive stretching, topical and oral NSAIDs, and icing. However, if acute symptoms are insufficiently and/or poorly treated or ignored, the problem leads to microtearing within the tendon, prolonged pain, degeneration and thickening of the tendon (which is usually present itself as a tender, firm bulge within the tendon). Symptoms are usually the worst right after a period of rest and getting up and then slowly improves with more movement. Depending on the severity or stage of the problem, treatments should start with pain control, stretching, reducing activity/immobilization, and Physical Therapy. As always, contact your PCM for an initial exam.

04/24/2021

You know you are a Lab Professional when...no one understands what you do.

This week was an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the hard work Laboratory Professionals do on a daily basis to support both direct and indirect patient care. Next time you pass a Lab Professional, give them an air high-five, coffee, home-baked goods, or all of the above.

Thank you Laboratory Professionals, we appreciate you!

Everyone: How do you get those muscles?Lab Professionals: PipettingRounding out our Laboratory Professional Appreciation...
04/23/2021

Everyone: How do you get those muscles?
Lab Professionals: Pipetting

Rounding out our Laboratory Professional Appreciation week is 2d Lt Britny Connella. She is the Chief of Laboratory Services at Beale AFB, CA. In this picture, Lt Connella is validating pooled testing for COVID-19 PCR test to minimize supply usage and increase result throughput. As the Chief of Laboratory Services, she serves as the laboratory's technical supervisor and manager; responsible for making sure each lab section is operating in compliance with different accrediting agencies like The College of American Pathologist (CAP) and The Joint Commission (TJC).

Our hats go off to all the Lab Professionals out there, working tirelessly to ensure providers have all the information needed to provide quality care to patients!

Everyone: How do you get those muscles?
Lab Professionals: Pipetting

Rounding out our Laboratory Professional Appreciation week is 2d Lt Britny Connella. She is the Chief of Laboratory Services at Beale AFB, CA. In this picture, Lt Connella is validating pooled testing for COVID-19 PCR test to minimize supply usage and increase result throughput. As the Chief of Laboratory Services, she serves as the laboratory's technical supervisor and manager; responsible for making sure each lab section is operating in compliance with different accrediting agencies like The College of American Pathologist (CAP) and The Joint Commission (TJC).

Our hats go off to all the Lab Professionals out there, working tirelessly to ensure providers have all the information needed to provide quality care to patients!

Who is really doing all those COVID-19 tests?Identification of SARS-CoV-2 virus is the job of Medical Laboratory Profess...
04/22/2021

Who is really doing all those COVID-19 tests?

Identification of SARS-CoV-2 virus is the job of Medical Laboratory Professionals. "COVID-19 Testing" is often confused as "Swabbing" or "Sample Collection". Without the help of our laboratorians, it is almost impossible to identify who has COVID-19. Diagnostic testing happens in the laboratory.

Today we highlight the Medical Laboratory Team. Laboratorians do not just press buttons, they operate and maintain highly complexed and automated equipment and are required to study courses in chemistry, microbiology, hematology, parasitology, immunology, virology, coagulation, transfusion medicine, molecular diagnostics, and urinalysis to name a few. Laboratory professionals may work in places such as hospital laboratories and clinics, forensic labs, research labs, etc.

The Laboratory Technical School for 4T is 13 months long and is one of the longest in the Air Force. It is a very challenging and demanding course. Medical laboratory technicians work with Laboratory Officers along with oversight from Pathologists.

Laboratory professionals work behind the scenes and are unsung heroes of patient diagnoses. They help detect the presence or absence of health conditions. They perform thousands of "COVID-19 Testing" in this time of pandemic and make contact tracing possible to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In this picture, we feature the Misawa Laboratory Team as we highlight the Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2021.

Who is really doing all those COVID-19 tests?

Identification of SARS-CoV-2 virus is the job of Medical Laboratory Professionals. "COVID-19 Testing" is often confused as "Swabbing" or "Sample Collection". Without the help of our laboratorians, it is almost impossible to identify who has COVID-19. Diagnostic testing happens in the laboratory.

Today we highlight the Medical Laboratory Team. Laboratorians do not just press buttons, they operate and maintain highly complexed and automated equipment and are required to study courses in chemistry, microbiology, hematology, parasitology, immunology, virology, coagulation, transfusion medicine, molecular diagnostics, and urinalysis to name a few. Laboratory professionals may work in places such as hospital laboratories and clinics, forensic labs, research labs, etc.

The Laboratory Technical School for 4T is 13 months long and is one of the longest in the Air Force. It is a very challenging and demanding course. Medical laboratory technicians work with Laboratory Officers along with oversight from Pathologists.

Laboratory professionals work behind the scenes and are unsung heroes of patient diagnoses. They help detect the presence or absence of health conditions. They perform thousands of "COVID-19 Testing" in this time of pandemic and make contact tracing possible to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In this picture, we feature the Misawa Laboratory Team as we highlight the Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2021.

Laboratory Professionals be like, "Without me, your provider is just guessing."We continue our spotlight with SrA Leidy ...
04/21/2021

Laboratory Professionals be like, "Without me, your provider is just guessing."

We continue our spotlight with SrA Leidy Ruiz and Ms. Diana McKinley of McConnell AFB Laboratory. They are operating the chemistry analyzer, capable of numerous tests such as lipid panel and basic metabolic panel.

The Laboratory Professionals highlighted these two days are only some of the Lab Professionals around the world who work diligently every day to provide critical information needed for patients’ health management.

Laboratory Professionals be like, "Without me, your provider is just guessing."

We continue our spotlight with SrA Leidy Ruiz and Ms. Diana McKinley of McConnell AFB Laboratory. They are operating the chemistry analyzer, capable of numerous tests such as lipid panel and basic metabolic panel.

The Laboratory Professionals highlighted these two days are only some of the Lab Professionals around the world who work diligently every day to provide critical information needed for patients’ health management.

Why should you hang out with a microbiologist? Because they are well cultured! Ba dum tss...Today and tomorrow, we shine...
04/20/2021

Why should you hang out with a microbiologist? Because they are well cultured! Ba dum tss...

Today and tomorrow, we shine our Laboratory Professionals Week spotlight on the laboratory technicians who keep the show rolling. 4T0X1s are the subject matter experts when it comes to running tests, troubleshooting, and maintaining equipment. They process hundreds of samples for shipping to outside testing centers, test hundreds of COVID antigens per month, and actively engage with public health and medical providers to report test results promptly.

In this picture, SrA Shannon Sanders is performing daily quality control for McConnell AFB Laboratory. Quality control of different tests are essential in ensuring that the laboratory is reporting reliable results to medical providers.

Why should you hang out with a microbiologist? Because they are well cultured! Ba dum tss...

Today and tomorrow, we shine our Laboratory Professionals Week spotlight on the laboratory technicians who keep the show rolling. 4T0X1s are the subject matter experts when it comes to running tests, troubleshooting, and maintaining equipment. They process hundreds of samples for shipping to outside testing centers, test hundreds of COVID antigens per month, and actively engage with public health and medical providers to report test results promptly.

In this picture, SrA Shannon Sanders is performing daily quality control for McConnell AFB Laboratory. Quality control of different tests are essential in ensuring that the laboratory is reporting reliable results to medical providers.

I recently toured one of the USAF's amazing lab facilities and saw first-hand, along with the state-of-the-art lab equip...
04/19/2021

I recently toured one of the USAF's amazing lab facilities and saw first-hand, along with the state-of-the-art lab equipment and hard-working people, the sense of humor Lab Professionals have. In honor of Lab Professionals and the fun they have with their work, I give you, Lab Memes. - Admin

04/18/2021

What did the thermometer say to the graduated cylinder? You may have graduated but I've got many degrees! Ba dum tss...

This week is Laboratory professionals week! We will be celebrating our Laboratory staff and everything they do to support day-to-day (and not so day-to-day) medical missions. Stay tuned for Lab spotlights and hilarious jokes!

In honor of Foot Health Awareness Month, today we learn about Bunion Deformity. Essential an “out-knuckling” skeletal de...
04/15/2021

In honor of Foot Health Awareness Month, today we learn about Bunion Deformity. Essential an “out-knuckling” skeletal deformity and NOT an overgrowth of bone or bone spur. This is a gradual, progressive deformity that is linked to a multitude of possible causes: genetics, certain autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, persons with hypermobility in joints, chronic narrow shoe gear uses, etc. Symptoms of joint pain at the big toe joint is a result of faculty mechanical and asymmetrical wear and tear of the joint leading to inflammation and pain with activity. Non-surgical treatment is always the first line of treatment which usually may resolve mild to early moderate forms of bunions: wider shoes, bunion padding, splinting, icing, topical and oral NSAIDs, and avoiding narrow shoes; this most always resolves the “bump” pain problem. However, if there is joint pain with activity such as hiking, running, or especially with low impact walking, you should see your PCM for an initial exam.

In honor of Foot Health Awareness Month, today we learn about Bunion Deformity. Essential an “out-knuckling” skeletal deformity and NOT an overgrowth of bone or bone spur. This is a gradual, progressive deformity that is linked to a multitude of possible causes: genetics, certain autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, persons with hypermobility in joints, chronic narrow shoe gear uses, etc. Symptoms of joint pain at the big toe joint is a result of faculty mechanical and asymmetrical wear and tear of the joint leading to inflammation and pain with activity. Non-surgical treatment is always the first line of treatment which usually may resolve mild to early moderate forms of bunions: wider shoes, bunion padding, splinting, icing, topical and oral NSAIDs, and avoiding narrow shoes; this most always resolves the “bump” pain problem. However, if there is joint pain with activity such as hiking, running, or especially with low impact walking, you should see your PCM for an initial exam.

Foot Health Awareness Month continues on with highlights of common conditions. Today we focus on Plantar Fasciitis; the ...
04/12/2021

Foot Health Awareness Month continues on with highlights of common conditions. Today we focus on Plantar Fasciitis; the dreaded “Heel” or “Arch” pain caused by overuse and the extensive overbearing, high impact activities sustained by our bodyweight, gravity and activities. All the above-mentioned lead to the ligament/Fascia failure to sustain our bodyweight and to hold up its structural integrity as our “internal orthotic.” Because this special ligament is connected to the same bone as our Achilles Tendon/Calf muscles, stretching our calves is integral to the process of healing. Increasing the flexibility and pliability of our Achilles tendon/calves may help ease the symptoms along with acquiring an OTC (over-the-counter) orthotics device/“EXTERNAL” orthotic device that can hold up the arch of the foot. If you have questions, contact your PCM for an initial exam.

Foot Health Awareness Month continues on with highlights of common conditions. Today we focus on Plantar Fasciitis; the dreaded “Heel” or “Arch” pain caused by overuse and the extensive overbearing, high impact activities sustained by our bodyweight, gravity and activities. All the above-mentioned lead to the ligament/Fascia failure to sustain our bodyweight and to hold up its structural integrity as our “internal orthotic.” Because this special ligament is connected to the same bone as our Achilles Tendon/Calf muscles, stretching our calves is integral to the process of healing. Increasing the flexibility and pliability of our Achilles tendon/calves may help ease the symptoms along with acquiring an OTC (over-the-counter) orthotics device/“EXTERNAL” orthotic device that can hold up the arch of the foot. If you have questions, contact your PCM for an initial exam.

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Hello fellow BSCs. Hoping to get some support (signatures) for this White House petition. Bottom line, it will help PAs gain traction with becoming independent practitioners. Signature process takes about a minute (need to enter your email address) and then go into email to confirm your signature.
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Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! Air Force Dietitians Fuel Warfighter Readiness through Nutrition . In order to keep performing at peak capacity, our Airmen need to be in peak mental and physical condition. Responsible for advancing healthy living practices, DIETITIANS help warfighters make positive lifestyle changes. From conducting personal assessments to implementing unique nutrition plans, these food and nutrition experts enable our Airmen to make decisions that keep them healthy, focused and active. . Dietitians . 🍎 Serve as advisers to commanders in matters of nutrition and dietetics . 🍎 Provide sound nutrition practices and supportive environments for deployed military operations that optimize human performance . 🍎 Perform a variety of inpatient and outpatient duties, including nutrition assessment and patient education and menu planning . History . Although the US Air Force was established in 1947, the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) was not established until 1949. Effective 1 July 1949 thirty-eight dietitians on active duty in the United States Army Women's Medical Specialist Corps (WMSC) were transferred at their own request to the WMSC of the United States Air Force. . On Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day we are proud to recognize our AF dietitians! . #RDNDay #MarchIsNutritionMonth #AFMS #BiomedicalScienceCorps #DisruptiveInnovators #ReadinessRelevanceResearch
Major Michael Salyer, a Bioenvironmental Engineer serving as the Defense Fellow to Congressman Austin Scott (GA-8), had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of the Air Force Barrett and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Goldfein to discuss warfighting command and control capabilities and moving toward Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). Robins and Moody Air Force Bases are in Congressman Scott's District and the Secretary and Chief came in to talk about the future of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) and JSTARS missions at Robins AFB.
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30th MDG BSC officers, enlisted, and civilian/contractor support at Vandenberg AFB
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30th MDG BSC Week Ice Cream Social at Vandenberg AFB
30th MDG BSC Ice Cream Social at Vandenberg AFB
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BSCs offering career mentoring to our enlisted at Dyess AFB, TX!
The BSCs at Dyess AFB offering career mentoring to our enlisted personnel today!