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Protect Yourself from Smoke Hazards June 17, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health and Environment Department continue to track the Assayii Lake Fire along the McKinley/San Juan county line in New Mexico. The departments advise residents in areas vulnerable to wildfire to learn how to reduce risk to themselves and their families from smoke expos... « read more »



High School Students Less Likely to Binge Drink June 12, 2014 - Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey - Awareness

In 2013, New Mexico high school students were less likely to binge drink than their counterparts across the United States (17.1% vs. 20.8%), according to results from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today. While New Mexico students wer... « read more »



Take Precautions to Prevent Mosquito Bites June 11, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding New Mexicans to take precautions against mosquito bites. Infected mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus to humans. « read more »



Heat Health Dangers Rise with Temperatures June 4, 2014 - Southwest Public Health Region - Awareness

We’re experiencing temperatures at or near record breaking highs this week. June is historically the hottest month in our part of the country. That mean it’s the time of the year again for us to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke in the... « read more »



Take Caution About the Heat June 3, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Children’s Youth and Families Department advise New Mexico residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke and to be extra vigilant to not leave children in vehicles. Temperatures over the next... « read more »



Raising the Bar on Harm Reduction May 23, 2014 - Southwest Public Health Region - Awareness

It’s a tough thing to read about, but it’s an even harder way to live. Addiction and drug use are complex issues. With them comes a range of behaviors, and the people who use drugs are – like all of us - complex, multi-faceted and much more than just their behavior. « read more »



Teen Childbearing in NM Costs Taxpayers $103 Million Annually May 22, 2014 - Family Planning - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health this National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is continuing its work to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in the state. Since 2000, the teen birth rate in New Mexico for 15-to-17 year olds has declined by 43 percent. That’s comparable to the national declin... « read more »



Teen Pregnancy Prevention a Year-Round Effort May 13, 2014 - Family Planning - Awareness

When we’re teenagers, life is about milestones. We’re finishing one grade then the next, getting our summers off, learning to drive, going to prom, graduating from high school and on and on. But for New Mexico’s teen parents, all of that comes second to 2 a.m. feedings, changing diapers, paren... « read more »



Progress Puts Prescription Drugs to Better Use May 7, 2014 - Opioid Safety - Awareness

There a fine line between prescription drug use and abuse, and the New Mexico Department of Health reports this week progress in reducing the state’s prescription drug abuse problem. The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy announced this week a 10 percent decrease... « read more »



Pain Killer Prescriptions Decrease in 2013 May 7, 2014 - Opioid Safety - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy announce today a 10 percent decrease in the total amount of prescription opioids dispensed by pharmacies in New Mexico from 2012 to 2013. « read more »



Good Reasons to Immunize Children April 30, 2014 - Immunization - Awareness

Thanks to immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two, and the National Immunization Survey consistently shows childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels. « read more »



Big Threats Come in Small Animals April 16, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Awareness

Remember that old saying, “Big things come in small packages”? It’s all about great things like engagement rings, but it turns out big trouble can come in small packages too. While many New Mexicans are aware how mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, there are many lesser known and equally tr... « read more »



Small Bite, Big Threat April 7, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Awareness

While many New Mexicans in our state are aware how mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and fleas potentially are infected with Plague, there are lesser known but potentially deadly diseases in the state where the infectious agent is carried by ticks. « read more »



Steps to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries March 31, 2014 - Injury Prevention - Awareness

A traumatic brain injury is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal functions of the brain. With one-fourth of all injury-related deaths in New Mexico involving traumatic brain injuries, the New Mexico Department of Health encourages everyone... « read more »



Risk of Human Salmonella Infections Return This Easter Season March 26, 2014 - Foodborne Disease Agents - Awareness

Each spring, New Mexico children become infected with Salmonella, a germ that is often found on live baby poultry, such as chicks, ducklings, goslings, and even baby turkeys. It can make a person sick. « read more »



Salmonella Risk in Baby Chicks and Other Young Poultry March 25, 2014 - Foodborne Disease Agents - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Livestock Board are again warning families that plan to purchase baby chicks or other baby birds this spring to use extreme caution in order to avoid Salmonella infection, especially if buying the birds for young children. « read more »



Take the Risk Test on Diabetes Alert Day March 24, 2014 - Diabetes Prevention and Control - Awareness

Governor Susana Martinez, along with the New Mexico Department of Health and the American Diabetes Association urge New Mexicans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This year, Diabetes Alert Day is March 25th. The New Mexico Department of He... « read more »



Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis March 24, 2014 - Public Relations - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is using today, World TB Day, to raise awareness about tuberculosis. Currently, hundreds of people in New Mexico are living with TB infection and could benefit from treatment to prevent activation of their disease. « read more »



Promoting Cancer Prevention Year-Round February 26, 2014 - Comprehensive Cancer Control - Awareness

In recent years, the leading types of new cancer cases among men in New Mexico have been prostate, lung, and colorectal. For women, the leading types of new cancer cases have been breast, lung and colorectal, and it’s lung cancer, overall, that is the leading cancer killer for both men and women... « read more »



National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day February 5, 2014 - HIV Prevention - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is teaming up with the Office of African American Affairs, African American Health and Social Services, and other partners to promote "Two Seven" National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is February 7th. « read more »

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