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Seasonal Flu Death Estimate Increases Worldwide

on December 22, 2017 - 5:38am

CDC News:

According to new estimates published this week, between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.

The new estimate, from a collaborative study by CDC and global health partners, appears this week in The Lancet. The estimate excludes deaths during pandemics.

“These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority,” said Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global

Just Say No To Raw Dough!

on December 21, 2017 - 1:42pm

CDC News:

For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough.

When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked. But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.

Navajo Midwife Seeks To Better Women’s Health

on December 15, 2017 - 7:49am

The Changing Woman Initiative team. Courtesy photo 


A rendering of the reproductive wellness and birth center in Pojoaque. Courtesy image 

Changing Woman Initiative News:

POJOAQUE—Because of modern medicine and insurance, women have less control of their birth experiences, especially in sterile and highly regulated hospital environments. But having a baby doesn’t have to be that way, according to Nicolle Gonzales, a Navajo midwife and founder of the Changing Woman Initiative, a nonprofit that aims to revolutionize how people—particularly Native women—think about reproductive health.

'Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day' At Legislature Jan. 18

on December 8, 2017 - 7:05am
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is inviting all caregivers, supporters and concerned community members to join them for a day of advocacy and awareness-building with New Mexico’s policy-makers at the Santa Fe Capitol Building for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day.
Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Legislature. There will be a Press Conference at 11 a.m. The Capitol Building (aka “The Roundhouse”) is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

CDC: Keep Active This Holiday Season

on December 8, 2017 - 6:48am

CDC News:

The holidays are here again! Not only does this festive season bring egg nog, cookies, candy canes and stuffing with extra gravy, in many areas it also means cooler temperatures.

Although being physically active can help you avoid some holiday weight gain, what should you do if it is too cold or icy outside? Why not beat holiday shoppers to your nearest mall for a morning walk?

Although mall walking can be done by almost anyone, it tends to be most popular among people middle-aged and older.

NMPHA Health Policy Legislative Forum Friday

on December 7, 2017 - 9:03am
The New Mexico Public Health Association will hold its 14th Annual Health Policy Legislative Forum this Friday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel. 
Registration is still open with just a few spaces left, please see link below. 
Learn the latest health policy issues, network with people, and influence health policy decisions in New Mexico.

New Mexico Mental Health Rankings Rise

on December 7, 2017 - 8:06am
SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest has announced that New Mexico has once again improved in Mental Health America’s “The State of Mental Health in America 2018” report.
Since 2015, New Mexico has improved from 46th to 21st in the overall category. 
“One of our priorities is to continue working with our partners to improve the state’s behavioral health system,” Earnest said. “And we’re seeing results from our work. Putting the patient first and more effectively coordinating care is essential to improving outcomes.

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Computer Simulations Reveal Roots Of Drug Resistance

on December 6, 2017 - 11:43am
Bacterial efflux pumps, such as the P. aeruginosa MexAB-OprM pump shown here, are one of the dominant molecular mechanisms available to Gram-negative pathogens for removing toxins, including antibiotics. Inactivation of the pump assembly and function would be a major step for reducing bacterial multidrug resistance. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
New supercomputer simulations have revealed the role of transport proteins called efflux pumps in creating drug-resistance in bacteria, research that could lead to improving the drugs’ effectiveness against life-threatening diseases and restoring

Letter To The Editor: Government Should Fund Development Of New Antibiotics

on December 6, 2017 - 8:06am
Los Alamos

This is a response to the Post’s recent article (link) from NMDOH concerning antibiotic use, as well as an earlier article that was run concerning sepsis.

About two and a half years ago, I went into the ER with a sore throat and a low-grade fever. I was concerned that I might have strep and they gave me the standard test. It came back negative. The doctor said that it must be viral, so he sent me home with no medication. He suggested that I take some Tylenol for the fever.

Three days later, I went back to the ER.

NMDOH Urges New Mexicans To Be Antibiotics Aware

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in participating in Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational campaign that encourages patients, families and healthcare professionals to be aware of antibiotics by learning about safe antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics are a key tool in preventing, treating and eliminating bacterial diseases in both humans and animals. They are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections, such as the cold or flu.