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72-year-old man battling chronic health issues finds success with lifestyle changes

Twenty years ago, Wesley Jones, Ph.D., was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Jones was told at the time that it was not reversible.

As the years passed, Wesley’s health plummeted.

“I had chronic internal inflammation, significant kidney damage, two heart attacks with multiple stents and a bowel resection because of a blood flow blockage,” Jones explained. He was also suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic inflammatory lung disease.

Preventing sports-related injuries

And just like that, we are just about to enter the fall sports season. All parents feel the need to protect their children— even more so while watching their child compete from the stands or sidelines. We all know sports-related injuries happen, but is there a way parents can intervene? According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. Below are tips and steps parents can take to reduce the risk of injury:

Treatment Options for Alzheimer's & Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are becoming more prevalent by the day. It is estimated that there are approximately 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia.

The medical team at Lovelace Neuroscience Center is committed to providing New Mexicans with the most advanced options available to help manage symptoms and extend life expectancy.

When to seek help

Breastfeeding Highs and Hurdles

Breastfeeding can be a great experience for both mom and baby, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard work that comes with a set of big difficulties. Every mom is bombarded with articles that explain the benefits of breastfeeding and, while they are largely correct, it can put more pressure on a very personal situation. We want all mothers and families to feel they are supported and that they can come to us with any questions or concerns.

When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider

Back to school germs, injuries and illnesses are on the horizon and it may be hard to determine when you should give your pediatrician a call. Susan Myzer, CPNP- PC, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with Lovelace Medical Group, outlines the general guidelines of when to consult your pediatrician.

Fever

If you are concerned or worried about your child’s fever, always call your pediatrician or seek medical attention.

Healthy Back-to-School Tips

It’s that time of year again! Schools will soon be back in session. Lovelace would like to remind parents that encouraging healthy habits is a great way to support your child’s health in preparation for the new school year. Susan Myzer, CPNP- PC is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with Lovelace Medical Group. She has over 27 years of experience, and shares her top back-to-school tips for parents to help prepare children:

Stay or Go? When to Keep Your Child Home from School

It’s a decision every parent faces regularly: whether or not to keep a sick child home from school. It can be a complicated decision, especially if you are not sure what qualifies as “too sick for school.” If your child is not feeling well, your physician is the best person to consult about whether he or she can go to school. In general, parents should keep children home if they have any of the following symptoms or illnesses:

Lifesaving Habits for Child Car Safety

Every year children around the country are put in dangerous situations when they are left inside a vehicle. An average of 38 children die from heat related illnesses after being left inside a vehicle every year. This is usually due to adults forgetting their child, children finding their own way into a car or children being intentionally left in the car.

Hernias happen- and Lovelace can help!

A hernia is a common problem for both men and women, and is much more than a simple muscle pull. A hernia occurs when there is a weakness or hole in the muscle wall, allowing a bulge of tissue to protrude through the muscle.

The symptoms of a hernia may include a dull ache, feeling of weakness, heaviness, pressure or a burning sensation in your abdomen, groin or scrotum.

“You want to see your doctor before your symptoms worsen,” explained Mario Leyba, M.D., a board-certified general surgeon with Lovelace Medical Group.

Lovelace Medical Center Sets Record-Breaking Time for Successful Stroke Treatment

During a stroke, every minute counts. Every minute a stroke is left untreated, up to two million brain cells die.

Earlier this year, Lovelace Medical Center set a record-breaking time of administering tPA, a medication used to treat ischemic strokes, within 12 minutes of the patient arriving at the facility.

The 62-year-old patient was experiencing facial droop, left sided weakness and slurred speech, and was transported to Lovelace Medical Center by Albuquerque EMS.