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Substantial Improvement in National Ranking for Overdose Deaths December 29, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that the state’s drug overdose death rate improved from 49th worst in the nation to 42nd. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico also saw a 7 percent decline in overdose deaths from 2014 to 2015. « read more »

Top New Mexico Baby Names of 2016 December 28, 2016 - Vital Records and Health Statistics - Information

Here is the list of top ten baby names in New Mexico in 2016 as compiled by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. « read more »

Changes to Hours at Los Alamos Public Health Office December 19, 2016 - Public Relations - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that it is changing the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes. « read more »

New Recommendations on Physical Activity for People with Diabetes November 15, 2016 - Diabetes Prevention and Control - Information

The guidelines, recently announced by the American Diabetes Association, suggest short periods of movement every 30 minutes – that’s more frequent from previous recommendations of physical movement every 90 minutes. The new guidelines are published in the November 2016 issue of the journal Diabe... « read more »

Department of Health Urges Moderation this Halloween October 26, 2016 - Dental and Oral Health - Information

Halloween is a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children about eating healthy and promoting good oral hygiene that will lead to healthy teeth. The message isn’t that candy is bad, but that candy and other sweets in excess can lead to cavities. « read more »

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 21, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Prescription pills for disposal can be brought to collection sites in dozens of communities in New Mexico staffed by state and local police and county sheriff’s departments. The service is free and anonymous. « read more »

Mammograms a Must for New Mexico Women October 19, 2016 - Breast and Cervical Cancer - Information

Friday, October 21st is National Mammography Day. It’s a day scheduled in the month of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month where women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment – with good reason. « read more »

Recent Drug Overdose Deaths Likely Caused by Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyl October 6, 2016 - Harm Reduction - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator are investigating 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico in 2016 likely caused by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. « read more »

Older Adults Have the Power to Prevent a Fall September 21, 2016 - Older Adult Falls - Information

The National Council on Aging estimates every 11 seconds in America, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. That’s scary stuff if you’re 65 and over, or know and love someone who is. « read more »

Overdose Deaths Decline in Nearly Two-Thirds of New Mexico’s 33 Counties September 20, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that nearly two-thirds of New Mexico counties saw a decline in overdose deaths last year. The department released county-by-county data, which shows overdose deaths decreased in 20 of 33 counties. Earlier this year, the Department of Health report... « read more »

Fort Bayard State Veterans Home Enjoying the Gift of Music August 1, 2016 - Public Relations - Information

Music fills the hearts and minds of veterans at Fort Bayard State Veterans Home – and not just any music. Personalized therapeutic music. « read more »

Talking to Your Kids About Zika July 22, 2016 - Zoonotic Diseases - Information

By now, anybody who follows the news daily knows about Zika virus, the virus that has recently made its way into the United States from other countries. Zika is mainly spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Only certain kinds of mosquitoes are able to transmit the virus that can... « read more »

Confirmed Case of Wound Botulism July 13, 2016 - Foodborne Disease Agents - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of wound botulism in a 33-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County. The patient is a heroin user and the suspected source of infection is either a soiled skin injection site, contaminated injection devices or contaminated heroin. The... « read more »

Department of Health Urges New Mexicans to Celebrate Safely June 29, 2016 - Public Relations - Information

As the Independence Day holiday weekend approaches, the New Mexico Department of Health urges residents to celebrate a safe Fourth of July and to use extreme caution with fireworks. « read more »

Medical Cannabis Patient Services Program Relocating June 28, 2016 - Medical Cannabis Educational Materials, Resources, Publications and Archives - Information

Beginning July 5, the Medical Cannabis Patient Services Program will be operating out of a new location, 1474 Rodeo Rd., Suite 200, Santa Fe, NM 87505. The program is relocating to a larger space, which will have room for additional employees and infrastructure to keep up with the increase in patien... « read more »

A Lifetime of Risk June 22, 2016 - Public Relations - Information

It’s National Safety Month. Each June, the National Safety Council, the New Mexico Department of Health and partners around the country work to raise awareness on preventing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities. « read more »

Ways to Be Safe in Very Hot Weather June 17, 2016 - Public Relations - Information

As temperatures are rising statewide, reaching over 100 degrees in some areas, the New Mexico Department of Health reminds residents to protect themselves from the risk of heat stress and heat-related illness by taking precautions such as staying hydrated and staying out of the sun during days with... « read more »

The Dog Head Fire Impacts WIC Services in Torrance County June 17, 2016 - Women, Infants and Children - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that Women Infants and Children services will not be available in Moriarty Friday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 21, 2016 due to the Dog Head Fire. « read more »

Cataract Symptoms to Look For June 15, 2016 - Public Relations - Information

Cataract surgery is so common these days that if you haven’t had the surgery, you probably know someone who does. « read more »

Decrease in Drug Overdose Deaths in 2015 June 8, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that drug overdose deaths in the state decreased by 9 percent last year. Preliminary mortality data from 2015 shows that the number of drug overdose deaths among New Mexicans dropped from 540 in 2014 to 492 in 2015. « read more »

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