Patient safety is hot topic in healthcare

Ensuring safe care for patients who require care in the hospital setting has always been an important issue for healthcare providers and institutions, but it has become a front-and-center topic of...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Keep children healthy this winter season

Flu season is off to an earlier than usual start this year with large numbers of cases being reported around the country. The flu is not prevalent in unusually high numbers in Montezuma County, but...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Arthritis: Management and treatment options

If you're a baby boomer or beyond, experiencing aching joints and temporary stiffness when you get out of bed in the mornings, you're likely experiencing symptoms of arthritis. The word arthritis...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Managing low back pain

If you’ve never suffered from low back pain, count yourself as one of a lucky minority. It’s estimated that 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain at some point during their lives. In...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Symptoms you should not ignore

It’s true that a “tincture of time” cures many ills. While you might take a wait-and-see approach to the occasional headache, a muscle strain, a head cold, or a mild bellyache, there are some...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Keeping sodium intake in check important for chronic conditions

Chips and salsa; A smoked turkey sandwich; cheese and crackers; a slice (or two, or three) of pizza. Is your mouth watering as you read this list? If so, you’re typical in that — like most of us —...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

What should you expect in the emergency room?

No one wakes up in the morning anticipating that a trip to the hospital emergency department will become the feature event of their day, but when such a visit becomes necessary, it’s comforting to...

DATE: July 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Treatments available for female health issues

For most women, the approximately four decade time span during which they menstruate each month, the experience is — if perhaps a bit of a nuisance — a relatively uneventful feature of the...

DATE: June 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Pathologists help patients communicate

Most of us go through our days working, running errands, tending to children, doing chores, and enjoying our hobbies and leisure time, all with little thought to how fortunate we are to be able to...

DATE: May 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

How to have a healthy pregnancy

A woman who is pregnant or considering starting or expanding her family is always concerned about one thing: having a healthy baby. Healthy babies are the result of healthy pregnancies. There are...

DATE: April 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Occupational therapists help people move

Many people are aware of the benefits of physical therapy, in part because it’s so widely used to help patients recover from a variety of injuries and many surgeries, including knee and hip...

DATE: March 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

When the answer is ‘it depends’

When it comes to questions about health and healthcare, sometimes the answers are perfectly clear. What should I do if I’m having severe chest pain? Call 911 immediately. Is smoking really harmful...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

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