Community health forum being presented

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Smoking cessation will be one of the topics addressed at a community health forum scheduled for March 26 at Plains Regional Medical Center. Tonjia Rolan New Mexicans are more unhealthy today than they were three years ago, according to a Presbyterian Healthcare Services survey. If you live in New Mexico, […]

Specialist: Cotton pest, disease solutions on horizon

Alisa Boswell More effective methods for dealing with cotton pests and diseases are on the horizon, according to Texas Agri-Life specialist Monti Vandiver. Before hungry seminar attendees lined up Tuesday for the Portales Rotary Club’s Chuck Wagon Lunch at the Roosevelt County Ag Expo, they listened to a presentation on cotton production. Vandiver told his […]

Alcohol abuse not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote. “In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

Compensation for vets expanded

More than 84,000 Vietnam veterans afflicted with heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia are drawing disability compensation today thanks to a decision by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to expand the list of ailments presumed caused by exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, used during that war. Another 74,000 veterans have claims pending, […]

Area groups involved in effort to address bovine disease

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy cows eat at Alva Carter Jr.’s dairy near Muleshoe, Texas. Researchers around the country are working to find a way to lessen the impact of bovine respiratory disease, which affects dairy and beef operations. Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to […]

Horse virus outbreak raising concerns

Sharna Johnson Eastern New Mexico horse owners are being advised to keep their animals home as concerns grow over an outbreak of a deadly horse virus. While there were no confirmed New Mexico cases of the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1 as of Wednesday, the state livestock board said there are two suspected cases in […]

McGee: ‘The kissing disease’

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Do people ever get “mono” anymore? Or is it that I’m just in the age group that doesn’t know or care about mononucleosis anymore? Surely you’ve heard of mononucleosis, “The Kissing Disease.” Don’t ask me about how it works and that stuff, this isn’t that kind of article. There’s the […]

Retroactive pay: Timely, complex

Tom Philpott Many Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia expected VA compensation for their illnesses to begin soon after a 60-day congressional review period ended Oct. 30. Though the first batch of payments did go out mid-week, the relatively small number — about 1,300 claims worth $8 million — reinforced […]

Bacteria study could help combat digestive problems, disease

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University microbiology master’s student Jody Floyd finishes extracting DNA from the bacteria that causes cholera. ENMU researchers are seeking to learn more about how the dangerous and less-dangerous versions of the bacteria metabolize sugars differently in order to find better ways to fight cholera. Argen Duncan The […]