Southwest Life

A shocking overdose photo exposed her addiction – and may have saved her life

Erika Hurt had become the face of drug addiction. The young mother was captured in a photograph by police, passed out in the driver’s seat of her car outside a Dollar General store in Hope, Indiana...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Dollars targeting opioids hit hurdles as impatience builds

Nearly a year after Congress approved an extraordinary $1 billion to tackle the opioid crisis, the money that poured into all 50 states is gradually reaching places where it can do some good, but...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. vaccine panel to discuss waning effectiveness, new shots

NEW YORK – Two years ago, George Green got stabbing pain and bad blisters around his right arm. It was the worst case of shingles his doctor had ever seen. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I had the...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

SAN DIEGO – Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork....

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Regional Medical Center to offer free flu shots

San Juan Regional Medical Center will offer free influenza vaccination clinics in October and November at five locations in northwestern New Mexico: Oct. 28: 9 a.m.-noon, San Juan Regional Medical...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

A dietitian’s four favorite foods that are high in good fats

Remember when we used to think that dietary fat was bad? We believed that “fat makes you fat,” but now know that obesity is more complex than just overeating a single nutrient. It’s amazing how...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Gynecology museum’s 4,500 items tell an interesting and odd medical tale

WASHINGTON – ‘What are those?” I asked, pointing to an instrument that appeared to be a fork and a spoon joined with handles. “Those are salad tongs,” deadpanned Mary Hyde, my guide through the...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Karen Pence: ‘All of us could benefit from art therapy’

WASHINGTON – Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, said Wednesday that art therapy, a little-known mental health profession that she has championed for years, is the issue she will highlight...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Should women older than 18 get the HPV vaccine?

About half of American teenagers have been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Should adult women follow suit?...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Book’s challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

WASHINGTON – Personal trainer Bryant Johnson hears it all the time: Four more years. That’s how long fans of his client, 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tell him he has to...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Got 10 minutes? You can do this workout

We often get derailed in our exercise routines because we can’t fit the perfect workout into our day. We think we must go to a gym, or a certain class, or use a particular technique. And we end up...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health