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Prediabetes can be reversed

Prediabetes is defined as the risk of developing diabetes and is defined by a blood sugar level between 100 and 125, an A1c between...

Runners: Fit feet finish faster

Both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by keeping their feet in top condition and taking steps to control foot problems...

Importance of staying active as you age

It’s inevitable we all age. It seems to happen in the blink of an eye. While you can’t stop the aging process, you can...

Does my liver look fat?

Fatty liver disease is inflammation and fatty deposits in the liver that may lead to liver disease. The majority of patients with a fatty...

Birth control and blood clots — Do you know your risk?

Millions of women each year use birth control pills (BCPs) as their primary form of contraception. For many published studies and literature concur that...

Could your dizziness be solved safely and quickly?

One of the questions I frequently ask my patients at their first visit is if they have any difficulty with everyday tasks. As a...

Dodging the Doctor? Real men get an annual checkup

Research shows that men are four times less likely to consult a doctor when they experience medical problems. As a result, men are much...

Fiber — nature’s way of making you feel regular

Did you know that many people only get half the recommended dietary fiber in their daily diet? Having enough daily fiber in your diet...

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and everyone should know the signs and symptoms of a stroke and what you should do to help...

Annual physicals: Do I really need one?

As a family nurse practitioner, many patients ask me if they should get a physical every year and my answer is always yes. It is...

What is occupational therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) helps people across the lifespan do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities....

Treatment for hiatal hernias

Have you ever been told you have a hiatal hernia or a paraesophageal hernia? These hernias are relatively common and are often diagnosed during...

Celebrating National Healthcare Volunteer Week

As I walk the halls of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, I am regularly struck by the consistent presence and contributions of our hospital...

Five signs your child may have a foot problem

Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can be subtle, and sometimes children can’t explain what’s wrong. But it’s...

HPV and cervical cancer: The facts

Cervical cancer affects over 13,000 women per year resulting in over 4,000 deaths if left untreated. Previously, cervical cancer screening guidelines for cervical cancer...

Screening the key to preventing colorectal cancer

March is colorectal cancer awareness month and here at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center we are urging the communities we serve to not assume...

Five steps to colon health

An easy formula to promote prevention, awareness of common cancer Cancer of the colon is the fourth most common cancer in the United States – and, caught early,...

Measles — a serious respiratory illness

Measles, also called rubeola, is a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It lives in the mucous of the nose and throat and...

Common runners’ injury: stress fractures of the foot

Repetitive impact on feet can increase risk of damage Stress fractures of the foot are becoming more common in runners, especially first-time marathoners. The growing...

Caring for her heart Heart disease is the No. 1 killer...

When most of us think of a heart attack victim, chances are, we picture a man. However, a woman’s risk of having a heart...

Advanced cardiac procedures now available in Roswell

Just several weeks ago, Mr. John Doe was admitted to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center with prolonged chest pain. Cardiac enzymes were elevated consistent...

Take heart!

Heart attacks and heart disease claim countless lives in Roswell, and the surrounding area each year. In fact, more than one million Americans will...

LDL cholesterol particles

As we all know cholesterol is a fat and does not dissolve in water. A blood test for cholesterol samples the water half of...

Washing your hands to stay healthy

Washing your hands is one of the best ways you can help keep yourself healthy all year long and keep from spreading germs to...

Advance Directives provide patients a voice when they can’t speak

Most people don’t like to think about being severely ill or incapable of making decisions about their own health. Yet, accidents can happen to...

Impella cardiac support pump comes to town

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center serves as the receiving facility for patients having acute myocardial infarctions (MI) or “heart attacks,” both for patients in...

Know your numbers: Keeping scores in right range for good health

If you’re beginning the New Year armed with healthy resolutions, it may be a good idea to start off knowing your numbers. Good health,...

Swallowing disorder can affect all ages

A swallowing disorder, known as dysphagia, may occur as a result of various medical conditions and can affect people of all ages, from infancy...

Preventing injuries in young children

Did you know that injuries are the No. 1 cause of death in children younger than 4 years of age? Most of these serious...

Understanding medical care while traveling

Planning a trip outside the United States in the near future? Determining how medical care works in that country you are visiting and whether your...

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