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Playing the Lottery with Your Health

 

It seems everyone is abuzz today with hopes of hitting it big. With a record $550 million (or more) Powerball payout, lottery fever is reaching a peak in 42 states across the country. While we all know our chances of winning are slim, lottery officials expect hourly ticket sales today to top $6 million an hour. In fact, jackpots of this size tend to bring in new players, who do not regularly buy lottery tickets. Today is a day most people, it appears, are willing to gamble. We may think we don’t gamble on a regular basis, but when it comes to your health, can you say the same?

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Grapefruit and Prescription Drugs: A Potentially Dangerous Combination

 

Pharmacists have known of the potential dangerous interaction grapefruit and grapefruit juice have with certain prescription drugs for at least 20 years. However, a new Canadian study published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds the number of commonly used prescription drugs with this possible dangerous interaction with grapefruit is on the rise. The potential side effects are escalating as well, according to researchers, and can include death. 

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Improving Your Health with Cyber Monday Deals of 2012

 

Cyber Monday is quickly becoming the new Black Friday. With an estimated 50% of Americans expected to shop online today for deals spending a projected $1.5 billion, Cyber Monday is a great opportunity for many to take advantage of the variety of products and the convenience of shopping online, all while scoring big deals. Cyber Monday is also an opportunity to take advantage of healthy deals for you and your family.

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Do You Know How to Safely Thaw a Turkey?

 

While Thanksgiving is all about food, family, fun and some football, lurking among the managed chaos in the kitchen is something called “The Danger Zone”. To help keep your family safe and healthy this holiday, the temperature of food should always stay either above or below “The Danger Zone”, 40 to 140 degrees. When thawing a turkey, it is especially important to do so correctly, or any bacteria that were on the frozen turkey prior to freezing could begin to grow again if the temperature reaches above 40 degrees.

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How to Safely Fry a Turkey

 

Once considered a Southern tradition, the deep-fried turkey has grown in popularity all over the country in recent years with celebrity chef endorsements, availability of gas and electric fryers and as a time-efficient cooking method on Thanksgiving Day. Some families’ long-standing traditions of oven roasted turkeys are finding themselves slowly replaced by the crispy skin and moist meat of the deep-fried turkey. However, the reward is not without risk.

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Staying Safe at Your Thanksgiving Gathering

 

For many, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. The focus is on food, family, friends and officially welcoming the holiday season. Prior to bustling through the anxious shoppers and long lines of Black Friday, Thanksgiving offers a nearly worry- and stress-free holiday for all to enjoy the company of one another among the savory and sweet concoctions of a big holiday meal. However, before sitting down to the feast, there are safety considerations we need to heed to ensure a happy and healthy holiday.

Fire Safety

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Lovelace Recognized for Quality

 

Lovelace Westside Hospital has received the 2012 Zia Award from New Mexico Quality Awards for demonstrating the highest level of performance excellence and being considered the “Best in Class” and a role model in New Mexico. The New Mexico Quality Awards, modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, provides participating organizations with feedback on their strengths and their opportunities for improvement. The winners will be recognized at an award ceremony in April 2013.

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Movember Grows in Popularity with Focus on Men’s Health

 

What started in 2003 as clever campaign to bring the mustache back, quickly became a global phenomenon when the creators from Australia teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia the following year to dovetail the focus on fashion to a focus on men’s health.  Today, the campaign raises awareness and money for men’s charities targeting prostate and testicular cancer. In 2011, the viral campaign raised more than 120 million dollars during the month of November.

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Two Women, One Diagnosis: Breast Cancer

 

34 is young. 32 even younger. Two women in the middle of raising young families felt the sudden abandonment of their health during what should have been one of their strongest and most energetic decades of their lives. Neither Susan Pompeo nor Andrea Contreras knew their seemingly parallel yet independent lives would take the course 1 in 8 women in the United States find themselves on every year. Entry is abrupt and the journey unknown when standing before the words, “It’s breast cancer.”

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Lovelace Recognized as Best Place to Work: NMBW/Modern Healthcare

 

Congratulations to Lovelace Women’s Hospital for being selected as a finalist in the Large Company Category for New Mexico Business Weekly’s Best Places to Work. Scores are determined by the results of employee surveys. New Mexico Business Weekly will recognize the finalists and the reveal the top scorers in each category at the Best Places to Work luncheon in December.

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