Press release: Hot weather health tips

With the temperatures heating up around the state, the New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses, especially with children and the elderly. The Department of Health is also reminding parents to never leave children unattended in cars because of the potential for heat-related illnesses. “Never under any circumstances […]

Joint health care proposal criticized

The military’s top medical officers are divided over a House-passed mandate to reorganize the health care system under a unified medical command. The plan, in effect, would merge commands that the Army, Navy and Air Force have run with separate staffs and resources for decades. Two of three surgeons general, for Air Force and Navy, […]

Soil health critical for sustainable farming

Soil health is the ability of the soil to produce safe and nutritious crops sustainably without degrading or affecting the environment negatively. An example of a negative effect of an unhealthy soil is water erosion, which removes the fertile surface soil from the farm and deposits it in places where it is unwanted, such as […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

Don’t let bureaucrats set premiums

Freedom New Mexico State legislators are considering yet another unnecessary, counterproductive law to regulate the health care industry. As last year, with legislation passed in California and the Obamacare health law passed by Congress, this year’s Assembly Bill 52 seeks to control health care costs by using government’s heavy regulatory hand. It approaches the problem […]

Group holding meetings for public input on health care

Alisa Boswell With the deadline for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act approaching in January of 2013, state organizations and officials are taking a look at health care possibilities for New Mexico. New Mexico First is holding community meetings in various locations around the state to get public input on whether a Health Insurance Exchange […]

Environment department receiving reports of health inspector impersonator

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department said Tuesday it has received multiple reports from food establishments of individuals impersonating health inspectors and requiring cash payment for inspections and other materials. According to a release from the NMED, the individuals often call the food establishment, provide names and inspector identification numbers and require a […]

Rep. Ryan’s plan could save Medicare

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., last week proposed a dramatic change to nudge us closer to market-based health care’s inherent economic freedom and away from Nanny State entitlements’ inevitable bankruptcy. We will continue to argue for market solutions to America’s health care dilemma, but we find much to admire in Ryan’s proposal. We […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Press release: SE region has poorest health in New Mexico

Santa Fe — In general, the Southeast Region of New Mexico has the poorest health status in the state as a result of lower income levels and educational achievement, a higher adult smoking rate, and higher rates of chronic disease and chronic deaths. Current health status data by region and county can be found in […]

Obama similar in lot of ways to younger Bush

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama may go down as the man who gave us at least four more years of George W. Bush. The two men seem alike. Only one major distinction survives honest scrutiny: Bush gave us anti-abortion Supreme Court nominees; Obama gave us a pro-abortion-rights nominee. Health care? Sure, Obama federalized it. […]

Blood drives being held

CNJ staff United Blood Services of Lubbock is holding two blood drives next week in Curry County. Drives are scheduled for 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Texico Fire Department Administration Building, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday Clovis Community College. Donors must be 16 or older (younger than 18 require parental […]

Health provision’s passage bypassed Congress vote

It’s debatable whether, under Obamacare, “death panels,” perhaps committees of bureaucrats charged with deciding what types of medical care the government will pay for and what it won’t, especially as the costs rise toward the end of life, are a fevered fantasy or a prudent fear, with respectable arguments either way. What now cannot be […]

Year in review: PRMC expands; Melrose breaks ground on clinic

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File photo Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Hoyt Skabelund inspects surgery rooms in a newly opened outpatient surgery center. CNJ staff In 2010, Melrose broke ground on the first health clinic to be located in the Curry County village. Money to build the facility, $500,000, was obtained through a state community development grant. The 1,920 […]

Health officials recommend flu vaccinations

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School fourth grader Jacob Garcia of Clovis said the flu mist felt “funny” but it was better than a flu shot. The flu mist is a live virus and intended for people between the ages of 2 and 49 with no underlying health issues. Liliana Castillo and Alisa […]

Health care repeal good place to begin

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Wednesday was curious, with him shifting from a partial understanding of what he finally acknowledged was a “shellacking” of his party to extended answers couched in theory and speculation that sounded for all the world as if the midterm elections had not happened. When you get hit […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Health care regulations going too far

Freedom New Mexico Within moments of President Barack Obama signing the landmark health care bill in March, lawsuits were filed, in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere. They challenged its constitutionality on the grounds that the U.S. Constitution does not give the central government the power to require every U.S. resident, as a condition of living in […]

Schools administering flu vaccine through nasal spray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks and Curry County Field Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jacquess screen flu vaccination consent forms to make sure students are qualified and forms are filled out correctly. Liliana Castillo Nursing staff will take half the time, and give much less pain, […]

Ground broken on Melrose clinic

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Courtesy photo: Emily Crowe Ground was broken Wednesday for a new healthcare clinic in Melrose. Completion of the building is expected by January. CNJ staff The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, […]