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Shore duty means more time with your family, sure, but it can also mean more time on your rear end. Health researchers have been publishing study after study lately on the health dangers of sitting at a desk all day, but fear not! There’s a workout you can do while you’re answering emails — and it’s 51 years old. All Hands magazine published a nine-step fitness routine for sailors to complete at their desk, which is demonstrated in illustrations by a recruit, apprentice, seaman, petty officer 1st class, petty officer 2nd class and a master chief. Hat tip to TIME magazine, which used…

Calling all San Diego sailors: If you’ve got some free time Tuesday evening, TV network TNT is holding an open casting call for extras for its Navy-themed show “The Last Ship,” according to a Monday post on the Naval Base San Diego Facebook page. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., sailors are invited to drop in to Building 45 at the Recreation Center NBSD, in the Blue and Gold Conference rooms. Applicants must bring an I-9 form (downloadable here) and written permission from their chain of command to participate. Also, you have to be on authorized leave or liberty, so don’t…

In an effort to shape up the force and get sailors off the frozen/microwave/fast-food train, the Navy Bureau of Medicine has released a handy chart to help you add some zest to your adventures in home cooking. The list of herbs and spices includes the usual suspects, like cinnamon, pepper and mint, but if you feel like branching out, there’s also cardamom, turmeric and wasabi. The alphabetized chart breaks down each seasoning by their health benefits, their forms (seed, ground, whole, leaves), what they taste like, and what they’re used for. Many of them include a link to a recipe…

Dogs have a long history of combat service in the military — they were first officially used by the U.S. in World War II. The military’s working dogs are trained at their own school at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The dogs have been trained as sentries, to sniff for drugs, or simply catch bad guys while working with military police. And you can’t forget the military working dogs sniffing out bombs with Navy explosive ordnance disposal teams. So it comes as no surprise that the dog pictured at right is serving sailors off the battlefield. “Admiral” is not a…

The rising popularity of designer drugs like marijuana-like “spice” and so-called “bath salts” concocted with chemical combinations meant to give users an illegal high has emergency medical responders grappling with users who risk losing their lives – or minds – for a cheap fleeting euphoria. Worse, using bath salts could make your life seem like it is a real nightmare and cause hallucinations and paranoia so you believe your roommate and your girlfriend have turned into crazy demons. That’s the gist of a video that Navy Medicine created last month as a public service announcement to deter sailors and Marines from…

Two sailors assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego were enjoying an off-duty day at the zoo Nov. 23 when their lifesaving skills were put to the test. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Stephanie Moor saw a group of people standing around an unresponsive man who was about 65-years old, according to a Navy press release. “I informed [the bystanders] that I was a corpsman from the Cardiac Rehab Clinic at NMCSD and asked if they wanted help,” Moor said in the release. Ens. Janean Wujek, a registered nurse in the mental health department, was at the zoo with her family…

For the second year in a row, the flight deck of the USS Yorktown will shine pink every night in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Live 5 News in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. reported. The retired aircraft carrier-turned-museum, also known as the “Fighting Lady,” is docked at Patriots Point. It has been fitted with pink lights to illuminate the flight deck. “As a part of the greater Charleston family, Patriots Point is proud to support this important initiative, which shines light on a disease that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will develop over the course of…

Apparently it’s not just the Navy that has a sleep problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41 million American workers aren’t getting enough Zzzzs. That’s nearly one in three workers. “Not surprisingly, workers who work the night shift are more likely to not get enough sleep,” according to Dr. Sara Luckhaupt of the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, who authored the study. Those workers pulling more than 40 hours on the job each week also are more apt to get less sleep than what medical experts say is needed to stay alert, avoid…

The Navy has developed one of the most realistic prosthetic limbs ever. Creepily realistic. The picture appeared on the Navy’s Facebook page but it didn’t include many details. What is clear is that it’s part of the Navy’s ongoing work to make wounded service members as whole as possible. Needless to say, this is an amazing piece of equipment that will hopefully improve somebody’s life in immeasurable ways. But until then, it seems unnaturally lifelike and kind of reminds the Scoop Deck of this:

The Naval Health Research Center is looking to enroll more than 10,000 military spouses in a new study of military family health. The Department of Defense Millennium Cohort Family Study aims for a more comprehensive understanding of how military families are coping with military life after nearly a decade at war. The new study is the fourth part of the ongoing Millennium Cohort Study, being conducted by the Deployment Health Research Department at the Naval Health Research Center.  Officials say the study, which began in 2001, is the largest prospective health project in military history. It’s not open to everyone. The…

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