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U.S. life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

NEW YORK – U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americ...

Comfort Keepers offers support, resources for older adults

Comfort Keepers reminds community members that as the community opens up and life begins to look a little more like it used to, older adults may have a harder time adjusting. According to r...

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

NEW YORK – Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,...

San Juan Basin Public Health to host virtual resource fair

San Juan Basin Public Health will host a virtual resource fair from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 23,July 23 on Zoom. The fair will allow client-based services to introduce their organizati...

FDA adds warning about rare reaction to J&J COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON – U.S. regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction, but said it’s not en...

Public health officials confirm plague death; coroner identifies girl who died

Kinley Mitchell, 10, attended Sunnyside Elementary School and raised hogs in 4-H

Cold weather virus in summer baffles docs, worries parents

The recent emergence of a virus that typically sickens children in colder months has baffled U.S. pediatricians and put many infants in the hospital with troublesome coughs and breathing tro...

Centura Health-Mercy’s new surgical system expands minimally-invasive surgical options

Surgeons at Centura Health-Mercy Regional Medical Center are now able to offer a new level of robotic-assisted operations to patients. The new surgical system allows surgeons to operate robo...

Masks required at San Juan Regional Medical Center

New Mexico removed remaining pandemic restrictions and officially opened up as of Thursday July 1. To protect vulnerable patient populations and each other from COVID-19, San Juan Regional ...

Health department promotes precautions to prevent spread of animal-borne diseases this summer

San Juan Basin Public Health reminds residents that the risk of contracting certain animal-borne diseases increases as residents spend more time outdoors. Zoonotic diseases are more common ...

WHO: Delta variant is 'most transmissible' identified so far

LONDON – The head of the World Health Organization said the COVID-19 delta variant, first seen in India, is “the most transmissible of the variants identified so far,” and warned it is now s...

Experts: Benefits of COVID vaccine outweigh small heart risk

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday they plan to strengthen cautions about a rare side effect of some COVID-19 vaccines — chest pain and heart inflammation, mostly among teenagers and young adults.
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