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News from the NN/LM South Central Region

Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:06:22 +0000


Arkansas Sees Flu Cases Rise

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:58:32 +0000

In the midst of flu season, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has announced the flu has become “widespread” in the state, meaning the disease has been reported in all areas of the state. As of Feb. 17, 19 people had died from flu-related illnesses, 11 more than the 2015-2016 flu season. ADH is urging […]

SCR Regional Highlight: University of Arkansas assists displaced Marshall Islands community

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:51:07 +0000

In the Pacific Ocean near the equator and just west of the international dateline, there is a small country known as the Marshall Islands, which has a population of 53,000 inhabitants. Somewhat similarly, if you head to Springdale, Arkansas, located in the northwest corner of the state, you will find not only the Consulate of […]

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month; New Mexico Proclaims February is Children’s Oral Health Month

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:30:52 +0000

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, raising awareness for parents and children about how to keep their smiles white and their teeth clean. Recognizing the importance of oral health, especially among children who need to create good habits, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed February 2017 as Children’s Oral Health Month for the state. […]

Drinking and Painkillers Can Be a Dangerous Combo, Especially Among Seniors

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:30:20 +0000

You may often see a warning not to drink on a painkiller’s prescription label—but what exactly can happen if you do drink alcohol while taking painkillers? Well when strong opioid painkillers are mixed with alcohol, it can cause a serious, potentially deadly respiratory response. One common side effect, that can be fatal, of opioids is […]

All of Us Research Program Funding Opportunity for Community Groups

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:06:50 +0000

The All of Us Research Program is a large part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) from the NIH. While many of the research and engagement grants have already been awarded, a new funding opportunity have been opened for community groups to assist with outreach efforts. This opportunity allows nonprofits, other community- and faith-based organizations, […]

Observe American Heart Month this February

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:59:41 +0000

A heart means more than just love this February—this month, the United States recognizes American Heart Month, shedding light on heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.; heart disease affects 1 in 4 Americans, and 1 in 3 American women. The New Mexico Department of Health is just […]

Don’t Fat Shame: You’re Doing More Harm Than Good

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:30:25 +0000

Making fun of a person’s weight, often called “fat shaming,” is probably not going to motivate a person to lose weight. In fact, it will most likely raise their risk of heart disease and other health problems. Rebecca Pearl, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and study leader, […]

New Research Shows Breast Cancer Precursor Treatment Causes Women to Live Longer

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:30:25 +0000

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common form of non-invasive breast cancer and is non-life-threatening. However, DCIS can actually be a precursor to worse breast cancer later on. It can increase the risk of developing invasive breast cancer; patients are at a higher risk of developing a new breast cancer than a patient […]

NNLM SCR Introduces Our Consumer Health Coordinator: Debbie Montenegro

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:00:38 +0000

The NNLM SCR is pleased to welcome Debbie Montenegro to the RML. Debbie will serve as the Consumer Health Coordinator and liaison to the State of Texas. Prior to this position, Debbie worked as a Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Analyst for Baylor Scott & White Health, Library Manager for a nursing school, and Chemistry teacher. Debbie […]

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:35:05 +0000

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month and several states in our region want to inform residents about what can be done. In the U.S., birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies and cause 1 in 5 infant deaths every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network […]