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, […]

Press release: Wanted Clovis man with medical condition turns self in

On February 15, 2012, at approximately 10:00 AM, Robert Gutierrez, on his own accord, went to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment. On January 27, 2012, the New Mexico Department of Health was granted a Temporary Order of Protection by District Court requiring that Mr. Gutierrez be isolated at a medical facility due to an […]

Public invited to discussion on terminal illness

Freedom New mexico Patricia Trevino, community education representative for Vistacare Hospice, will be a featured speaker at Tuesday’s Friendship Rebekah Lodge meeting. The public is invited to the 2 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Odd Fellow Hall on 405 Main, where Trevino will discuss options for people with terminal illnesses. Information: Vicky Howard, 762-4843.

Clovis resident honored as honorary firefighter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brooke Hankins of Clovis embraces Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman after she was named an honorary fire fighter Saturday at the Department’s Station 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Fire Department made their biggest fan an honorary firefighter Saturday. Clovis resident Brooke Hankins, 20, suffers from an […]

Health care individual obligation

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

H1N1 Weekly Media Update

The Disease The severity of illness due to H1N1 influenza has not changed nationally or in New Mexico from the spring. The illness has been mostly mild in New Mexico. Influenza-Like Illness The Department of Health will not know about or report every flu case in the state because not all cases are reported to […]

Feb. 15, 2009 On the shelves

The following book are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope by Richard Cohen was given by Kappa Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in memory of Marc Hayes. The remarkable story of five ordinary people trapped in the complex world of serious chronic […]

E. coli illness contracted by local youth

Staff and wire reports Three children in Curry County are recovering from a bacterial gastrointestinal illness caused by E. coli bacteria, according to a state Department of Health press release. The cases are linked to a multistate outbreak traced to ground beef, according to the release. The children became ill last month. The department did […]

Police: Tucumcari suspect has history of violence, illness

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — The man arrested Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a Tucumcari motel worker has a history of violence and mental illness, a state police officer said. James Benuska, 39, being held in the Quay County Detention Center, is charged with an open count of murder in […]

Don’t shy away from change

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist What happens when you really stop to count your blessings, your opportunities, your values in terms of time and what you may hope or dream of accomplishing? What happens, in short, when you come face to face with your own mortality and limits — not in a negative way, but […]

Hereford restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than 2,600 shots to prevent hepatitis A have been administered this week in Hereford, Texas, following the diagnosis of a Hereford Sonic Drive-In employee with the virus, according to officials. The Texas Department of State Health Services began administering free shots Monday afternoon to anyone who patronized the […]

Summer camps hold special place

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist For many kids, summer camp is a formative experience. For some, it can be so formative that it — well, let’s put it this way. The summer after fourth grade, I went to summer camp for the first time. Two other boys and I were so happy there we decided […]

Cancer center keeps patients close to home

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Registered nurse Kim Adams draws blood from Maria Enriquez of Portales on Thursday at the Plains Regional Cancer Center. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Until Maria Enriquez was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, she never really paid attention to the disease. Since that time, the 29-year-old Portales resident […]

Officials: flu season normal

CNJ staff State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in Curry County to see if each illness was spawned by influenza. “It’s not abnormally high (number of cases) … (but) the reason we’re monitoring it is because it’s related to the lung and there may be a viral connection and possibly related to […]

President could put two justices on the high court

Freedom Newspapers The hospitalization of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist for thyroid cancer suddenly spotlighted one issue that has received too little attention in this campaign. The next president could put at least two, but perhaps as many as four, new justices on the high court, changing the course of U.S. lawmaking and […]

Deadly illness redefines singer’s faith

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Kevin Mark Gardels has played in local bands and recorded music for years, but his upcoming album, “God’s Hands,” will have a different focus from much of his previous work. A year ago, Gardels was on the verge of death from myelofibrosis, a rare cancer for which the […]

Bipolar disorder can wreak havoc if untreated

By Tom DiFrancesca III Mental illness — those two words immediately render disturbing images in most people’s minds; images of hospital wards populated with “crazy” people, images of people doing strange things like talking to themselves (or to a nearby lamppost, etc.), or acting in an obsessive or compulsive manner. Bipolar disorder (formerly known as […]