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Flu Shots: Your Questions Answered

 

Even though it is only September, it is time to start thinking about getting a flu shot. Did you know flu outbreaks begin as early as October, though the height of flu season typically does not occur until February? If you have concerns about the flu shot, here are some common questions we have answered for you. Consult with your physician about your specific needs this flu season.  Every one older than 6 months old should consider receiving the flu vaccine.  

Should Pregnant Women Get a Flu Shot?

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Obesity in New Mexico

 

Did you know that more than half of adults in New Mexico will be obese by 2030?  This prediction is according to a new report by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), up from 26.3 percent in 2011. With this increase, New Mexico will rank as the 32nd fattest state in the nation.

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iPhone 5 Release and Our Smartphone Addiction

 

One of the biggest news stories today is the release of the iPhone 5. Apple is calling it “the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.” While some fans across the country have been waiting outside stores since earlier this week, we thought we would look into our dependence on our smartphone devices and how this is really affecting our lives.

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Millions of Americans with Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

 

Take a look at the people around you at work, when you’re waiting in traffic or the next time you eat out.  It is likely a hidden danger is lurking. According to a new report from the CDC, one out of three Americans has high blood pressure and only half of those have it under control. That means more than 30 million Americans are at an increased risk for potentially fatal heart attacks and strokes.  

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NICU Reunion at Lovelace Women’s Hospital – One Mother’s Two-Year Journey

 

For first-time expectant mothers, the journey of pregnancy is filled with excitement, from time to time a few anxious thoughts of what’s ahead and the realization that life is about to change. For Laura Huval, a typical pregnancy took a dramatic turn at 26 weeks.  


“My blood pressure was extremely high, and my platelets were very low,” Huval recalls. “I was in danger of my liver failing and going into renal failure.”

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Lovelace Health Plan Employee Loses 101 Pounds

 

Arleen Posnansky, a Lovelace Health Plan employee has lost 101 lbs in the past 3 ½ years. She credits her success to Weight Watcher's, Herbalife and Zumba. She first joined Weight Watcher's and began learning portion control, and a new way of eating and tracking your food. Arleen also realized she needed to be more active. She began by walking more and riding her bike. One day she was introduced to Zumba and this quickly became her passion.

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A Diagnosis with a Team Approach: Lovelace Tumor Boards

 

A cancer diagnosis can not only be a life-changing event, but a time of great uncertainty, stress and overwhelming emotion. At Lovelace Cancer Care, our integrated program and approach is designed to fight cancer with the latest technology, skilled physicians and belief that you are more than your diagnosis. In fact, our patients have a team of physicians who meet weekly to discuss treatment plans for patients on an individual basis. In the words of one of our patients, "Whereas I walked in as a one-man army, I walked out with a whole team behind me."

 

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Spotting the Warnings Signs of Stroke Critical for Successful Treatment

 

Do you know the warning signs for a stroke? Would you recognize them in someone else? What about yourself? We often think if something like a stroke has occurred, we would realize it immediately, right? As it turns out, nearly 70 percent of people who have suffered a minor stroke don’t recognize the symptoms at all. Seeking medical treatment within the first three hours is critical to successful treatment.

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Lovelace Health System Kicks Off United Way Campaign

 

The Lovelace United Way campaign kicks of August 20. Here are five questions with Lovelace United Way Campaign Chairman, Ron Prager.

What is the goal for Lovelace’s contribution to the United Way campaign?
 
This year’s goal is to exceed last year’s total by 5%.   Last year Lovelace Health System contributed $439,598.00.

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Shark Week Returns: What We Can Learn from a Shark's Diet

 

This is the 25th anniversary of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The popular show has become a viewing frenzy for fans who have an up-close look at one of the most feared animals in their natural habitat. From the comfort of living rooms, 20+ million viewers peer into the daily lives of sharks. There are more than 400 types of sharks of all sizes and colors. However, when we think of sharks, typically our next thought is what they eat.

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