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News from the NN/LM South Central Region

Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:30:25 +0000


Asthma Can Be More Serious for African-Americans; New Research Suggests Why

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:30:25 +0000

Asthma, a chronic respiratory condition in which a person’s airways are always inflamed that can make it difficult to breathe, can be a much more serious condition for people who are black than those that are white. In fact, people who are black are 2 to 3 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma […]

New Mexico Sees Four Cases of Whooping Cough

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:30:04 +0000

New Mexico is seeing its largest cluster of whooping cough cases in infants since 2013. So far, four infants from Eddy, Curry, Rio Arriba and San Juan have a confirmed case. The cases have all been reported in infants under six months old. “Whooping cough is very contagious and can cause serious cough illness―especially in […]

Big Data and e-Science Basics

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:29 +0000

The terms Big Data and e-Science are increasingly used in a multitude of forums. Many of us are inundated with these terms at work and they are increasingly talked about in the media. But what do they mean? The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative has been featured here before and the ongoing webinar series […]

Consumer Health & Tech Roundup

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:15:07 +0000

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of all that’s going on. Here are some of the headlines you may have missed this past month: Sushi Lovers, Beware: Tapeworm Now Found in U.S. Salmon [MedlinePlus] Smartwatches could soon tell you when you’re getting sick [TechCrunch] Quick fact sheets on key trends in digital technology […]

SCR Regional Highlight: Texas Colonias See Increased Health Problems

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:30:43 +0000

Colonias. If you’re from a border state, you may be quite familiar with this word, as it is generally used to describe unsanitary or unsafe housing located along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. In Texas, colonias date back to at least the 1950s; developed as unincorporated subdivisions because the land was agriculturally worthless, […]

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:30:27 +0000

Did you know more than 3 million people in the U.S. are affected by glaucoma? Do you know what glaucoma is? Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve, the part of the eye that connects it’s to the brain. When damaged, it can cause vision loss, and in fact, […]

Tracking Fitness and Change

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:54 +0000

According to a 2013 Pew report, 60% of U.S. adults ages 18 and over nationally track their weight, diet, or exercise routine, and 21% of all adults surveyed use technology to do so.  Fitness and activity trackers such as Fitbit or Nike+ can certainly help with setting goals or finding extra motivation. But how effective […]

Tuberculosis Diagnoses Increase for First Time in 23 Years

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:30:51 +0000

While you may not think tuberculosis (TB) is a concern for yourself and your family, many people in the U.S. suffer with it, and for the first time in 23 years, the U.S. saw an increase in diagnosed cases in 2015. There were 9,557 cases total and it affected 27 states and the District of […]

Curbing Overdose Deaths is a Priority for New Mexico

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:30:37 +0000

Last year, the opioid epidemic was brought to the forefront of health issues facing Americans. It was announced that in 2014, more people died of drug overdoses than in any other year on record. In 2016, the Surgeon General also released a landmark report regarding addiction in America—it is the first of its kind. In […]

Locating the preferred imaging modality

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:30:55 +0000

Extensive radiologic tools exist to aid clinicians in the diagnostic process. The AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse allows clinicians to search the American College of Radiology ACR Appropriateness Criteria® to locate suggested criteria for ordering radiologic exams. Guidelines provide the suggested radiologic procedure that may be ordered for each presenting condition with a rating scale to […]