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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Prostate cancer screening: Know your risks

Prostate cancer is the third common type of cancer in men. About 27,000 men in the United States die from prostate cancer yearly. The...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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