Organ donor myths dispelled by transplant leader

SWS Report | October, 2017 | Health

Have you thought about being an organ donor but aren’t sure you would qualify? Here are some organ donor myths and facts to consider from New York Presbyterian Hospital. MYTH: “I can only be an organ donor if I’m deceased.” FACT: In addition to deceased donors, living donors can also save lives. It’s possible for a living person to

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Department of Health says it’s time to get flu shots

SWS Report | October, 2017 | Health

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is reminding New Mexicans that flu season is around the corner and is urging everyone six months and older to get vaccinated. “Getting flu vaccine every year is the first and best way to protect yourself and loved ones against getting the flu,” said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher.

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Arbors of del Rey supports those ‘walking with forgetfulness’

Cheryl Fallstead (SWS Editor) | September, 2017 | Health

When a loved one is diagnosed with a memory related disease such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you want to give them with the best care you can. Providing 24-hour care at home is challenging and physically taxing on the caregiver. Although a caregiver may love the individual dearly, sometimes it's just too much for one person to handle. Ack

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Moderate drinking is linked to cognitive health in old age

SWS Report | August, 2017 | Health

Older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers, according to a University of California San Diego School of Medicine-led study. The findings are published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Previ

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History of gum disease increases cancer risk in older women

SWS Report | August, 2017 | Health

Postmenopausal women who have a history of gum disease also have a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study of more than 65,000 women. The study, led by researchers at the University at Buffalo, is the first national study of its kind involving U.S. women, and the first to focus specifically on older women. It’s also the firs

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Register now for 39th Annual NM Conference on Aging

SWS Report | July, 2017 | Health

Pre-registration is taking place for the 39th annual New Mexico Conference on Aging. Pre-registration will be accepted until Monday, August 7. The event is sponsored by the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) and is scheduled for August 15 – 16, at the Isleta Resort and Casino Conference Center in Albuquerque. The Confer

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Summer heat is here, Department of Health offers tips

David Morgan (NM Dept. of Health) | July, 2017 | Health

The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Department is also reminding New Mexicans to never leave their children or pets inside an unattended vehicle. Anyone regardless of age, sex, or health status may develop heat-related illness

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Yet another healthy reason to indulge in a bit of chocolate

SWS Report | June, 2017 | Health

A new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), in collaboration with researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Aalborg University and Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark, found that consuming moderate amounts of chocolate was associated with significantly lower risk of being diagno

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Dept. of Health offers tips for a fun and safe summer

NM Dept. of Health | June, 2017 | Health

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) offers tips for residents to stay safe and healthy throughout the summer, while enjoying all the outdoor activities New Mexico has to offer. With warmer temperatures, there are increased concerns with heat exposure, hydration, safe food handling when in the outdoors, and the return of mosquito season.

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Events and meetings support healthy lifestyle in Cruces

SWS Report | May, 2017 | Health

• Adult Diabetes Educational Support Group meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at MountainView Senior Circle Association, 3948 E. Lohman Ave, Suite 1, game room (Behind Walgreens on Lohman). The Adult Diabetes Educational Support Group meeting with a healthy cooking demonstration takes place the third Thurs

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