Resident credits longevity to picking cotton, avoiding doctors

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Courtesy photo Grace Helen Bowen at age 18. Benna Sayyed Grace Helen Bowen is nonchalant about turning 100 years old today. “Turning 100? I don’t feel anything one way or another. It’s just another birthday, just another day on the calendar. How do you feel about yours?” said Bowen with a sweet smile. Bowen’s health […]

Immigrant doctors could ease shortage

Freedom New Mexico We will get immigration reform — the kind that allows far more immigrants into our country — whether it is politically popular or not. Politicians are no match for the kind of raw, pro-immigration economic forces that lie ahead. For the past two decades, immigrants flooded into this country to do jobs […]

Americans have right to discriminate

Freedom New Mexico The war on obesity has come to this: Some doctors refuse to treat fat people. This latest twist in the war on obesity — which some characterize as a war on fat people — provides a counter to the odd assertion that health care is a right. It is not. We have […]

Luke provided window into Jesus’ early life

Beloved doctors … we all have had them or we all know of them. Any one my age who grew up in Clovis remembers Dr. George Prothro as a beloved doctor. When my sister and I were sick, Dr. Prothro would even make house calls. My mother would feel better about us just knowing Dr. […]

Cell regeneration benefits wounded

Sometime this year, at the Army Institute of Surgical Research on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, more severely burned service members will benefit directly from the emerging science of cell regeneration. In a new clinical trial, doctors will remove a small patch of a patient’s undamaged skin. The patch, no bigger than a small Post-It note, […]

Obamacare will cause economic heart attack

Freedom Newspapers Less than a month old, Obamacare already is loaded into an ambulance on its way to the ER. The first crisis for the health care overhaul plan is a shortage of doctors. “At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next […]

4/15/09 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. April 2 an officer responded to a school in the 400 block of Davis Street for a forgery report. A school administrator said a parent of a fifth grader had turned in three doctors notes to the nurse but […]

March 17, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: four Electronic medical records bill heads to governor The House has approved a measure that would allow patients and doctors to chose to use electronic medical records. Under the measure (SB 278), which is now headed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk, patients would re-consent annually to have their information available electronically. […]

Council offering transportation services

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Wellness Council is offering transportation services for mothers 18 years old or older, their children, the elderly and disabled. The service provides rides Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to doctors offices, area grocery stores to use WIC checks, pharmacies, Children Youth and Families Department, Social […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Auxiliaries tackle tasks in colorful way

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Ruby Goforth has been a member of the Pink Ladies for five years. She said Goforth said she enjoys volunteering at a hospital because she can provide comfort for people who need it. The women are known as Pink Ladies. The men Red Coats. They volunteer to man the gift […]

Police investigate forged doctors’ notes

CNJ staff A Clovis woman is being investigated for forging doctors’ notes to explain her child’s absences from school. Clovis Municipal Schools officials contacted police about a week ago and turned over 14 doctors’ notes the suspect had sent to her daughter’s Clovis elementary school to explain her absences, according to a police report released […]

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]

Isler undergoing tests to determine cause of collapse

By CNJ Staff Clovis High senior Jaden Isler is in Dallas as doctors continue to search for clues regarding his collapse Thursday at a softball game in Canyon, Texas. J.D. Isler, Jaden’s father and coach at CHS, said staff at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo haven’t identified what caused the senior’s heart to stop. […]

Informed doctors should be judge of new drugs

By Freedom Newspapers One of the most wondrous things about our world is how a single drug or chemical often can speed healing or recovery of the human body in a variety of ways. A drug might be developed and marketed for one condition, headaches for example, but also happen to have the ability to […]

Local health care offered online

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com The Internet is making it possible to visit the doctor’s office without leaving your home. Using the newly launched “Pres-e-Care” Web system, patients of Plains Regional Medical Center doctors can check lab results, refill prescriptions, schedule appointments and even consult with their […]

March 12, 1924

Police were giving up on catching the thieves who took more than $1,500 worth of merchandise from J.C. Penney earlier in the month. The suspects, “two men and two girls,” were believed to have escaped to Mexico, The Clovis Journal reported. … A 2 1/2-year-old boy was recovering after Clovis doctors removed a bronze badge […]

Relay for Life: Clovis 10-year-old battling cancer

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Jeffrey Pierson, 10, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February after suffering for three years from migraine headaches, according to his mother, Becky Pierson. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer At first glance, Jeffrey Pierson looks strong and healthy, but closer inspection reveals the heart-breaking signs of a young boy […]

First doctors in Clovis deserve credit for their services

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The first doctor of Clovis, Dr. J. Foster Scott, came from a prominent Tennessee family. He was a city physician and head of a general hospital in Knoxville. In 1906, he and his wife traveled to Texico. By the spring of 1907, the doctor had settled in Clovis, his first office […]

City councilor undergoes cancer surgery

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A Portales city councilor is hospitalized following surgery Wednesday to remove cancerous tumors in his colon, officials said. Alfred Bachicha, 79, was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday and taken to the Amarillo Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, City Manager Debi Lee said. “Our family has always been faith driven,” […]