Staying healthy is getting a one-two punch this winter season thanks to widespread cases of the flu followed by a fast-moving stomach bug called norovirus. First reported in Sydney, Australia, last March, this norovirus spread to Europe, then Canada and is now wreaking havoc in the U.S. The bug is especially prevalent in contained spaces like cruise ships, nursing homes and schools. The reason this bug is particularly contagious is because no one is immune to the unique combination of two strains of this year’s norovirus, but there are some ways to protect yourself and your family.
Today’s blog comes to us from Dr. Patrick Dawson, ob-gyn.
1. Why is folic acid during pregnancy important?
2012 was an amazing year for Lovelace Health System. We take a moment to hear from our CEOs on the accomplishments of 2012 and their thoughts on the year ahead.
Lovelace Health System announced today the system has partnered with Miller Development + Architecture on a proposed hospital in Los Lunas. The hospital will serve the needs of citizens and providers throughout Valencia County. As a trusted health care provider for New Mexicans over the past 90 years, Lovelace continues to invest in services, technology and new facilities to meet the needs of our community.
“I was having a panic attack, really,” says 65-year-old Lovelace Medicare Plan member Kathleen Brown of learning she would either need to find a new provider or health plan after ABQ Health Partners ended its contract with Lovelace Health Plan.
“I had just come on as a Senior Medicare Plan member October 1, 2012,” says Brown.
You may think the holiday season is one of the most difficult times of the year to get into shape. From the eggnog and baked ham to pies and spirits, the end of the year is a time marked with festive parties and more opportunities to indulge. Despite media reports declaring that the average American gains between 5 to 10 pounds, new research shows seasonal weight gain is quite modest. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, in reality we may only gain a pound. So if you’ve been putting off going to the gym because you think you’re efforts will be in vain, think again.
Since opening November 8, 2012 on the third floor of the Medical Towers, the Lovelace Anti-Coagulation Clinic has logged 325 patient visits as of November 30. Pharmacist and Anti-Coagulation Clinic Manager Carly Cloud only expects that number to rise.
Saint James Palace announced Monday that Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first child. With worldwide attention on the royal couple, news of the pregnancy quickly spread. In addition to the announcement, the Palace released a statement that said the duchess was admitted to a London hospital with severe morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
While most of the country is experiencing a seasonably warm start to December, the flu season doesn’t take a break with warmer temperatures. In fact, the flu season officially started in October, with every state reporting cases to date. The CDC compiles this information in a weekly flu report on its website. With two new strains expected to hit this season, in addition to getting your flu shot, here are suggestions for other ways you can avoid the flu this season.
There is a never a convenient time to get sick. From work to kids and busy schedules, who has time to be sick? When it comes to interfering with your regular workout routine, do you let illness stop you from hitting the gym? For many, it is hard enough getting in the time for exercise even when we’re feeling great. You’ve carved out the time, but now you’re not feeling up to par. When is it OK and when is it not OK to exercise when you’re sick? Here are some general guidelines to help you make that decision; however, it is always important to listen to your own body.