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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Be honest with your provider about erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is very common with up to 40% of men over the age of 40 being affected. It is when a man can’t...

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...

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...

Early diagnosis in breast cancer is important

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. The development of breast cancer is a multi-step process involving multiple cell...

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...

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....

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...

Occupational therapists’ role in handwriting

Most people think of handwriting as a basic skill taught in school. Students commonly use handwriting skills to take notes, answer test questions and...

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...

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...

Misconceptions and facts about the flu shot

Getting a flu vaccine each year is one way of protecting yourself and your loved ones against the influenza virus. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus and may...

Tried and true ways of avoiding the flu

As doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing, flu season is active and on the increase. Flu is one of the nation’s...

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...

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...

Eat, drink, wash hands and be merry!

Good habits help prevent foodborne illnesses During the holidays, many celebratory gatherings involve food. For good cheer and good health, it’s important to observe safe food handling and sanitation practices. Foodborne illnesses are a common, but...

It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week

Talk to your teen about the importance of driving safety National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 20-26 and it’s a great time to help...

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...

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...

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...

Non-celiac related gluten sensitivity can be overlooked

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is sensitivity to gluten where some people tolerate gluten and experience symptoms similar to those with celiac disease but do not...

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...

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