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Tips for Better Sleep When Traveling

Traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but adapting to new surroundings can be challenging for those who have ongoing sleep issues. When we are away from home, we usually skip the first REM (rapid eye movement) episode, leading us to have a less deep sleep and causing us to wake up more often than we would at home.

If you have some upcoming travels on your calendar, keep these recommendations in mind:

Stick to your normal routine.

Lovelace Medical Center Now Performing Interventional Stroke Procedure

Lovelace Medical Center’s comprehensive Stroke Center is transforming stroke care while utilizing state-of-the-art surgical intervention to treat strokes and save lives.

Lovelace Westside Hospital earns “A” scoring from Leapfrog

ALBUQUERQUE, May 15, 2019 — Lovelace Westside Hospital earned an “A” grade from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2019, making it the only hospital in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho to earn an “A.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only independent ratings program that focuses exclusively on how effectively hospitals keep their patients safe, making it the gold standard measure of patient safety focusing on patient infections, including falls and trauma, and preventable complications from surgery.

Mother and baby saved by efforts of two Lovelace hospitals

“Talk about getting a second chance,” explained Tina Saenz, 43, when she found out she was pregnant with her miracle baby.

Saenz had previously gone through fertility treatments to get pregnant with her now 15-year-old son. News of her pregnancy was a dream come true: “I never thought I would have kids again. Just being pregnant then was a miracle.”

Top Things to Know about Measles

You may be hearing a lot about measles lately, and all of this news on TV, social media, Internet, newspapers and magazines may leave you wondering what you as a parent really need to know about this disease. CDC has put together a list of the most important facts about measles for parents like you.

Not My Child

“Not my child.”

That’s usually the first thought that runs through every parent’s mind at the thought that his or her child would do the worst and use an illegal substance. We start from day-one protecting them and trying to educate them and keep them from anything harmful. However, if asked, most people struggling with substance abuse disorder will tell you they never started out with an intention of hurting themselves, let alone their family.

Patient Navigation, a Pathway to Better Health Outcomes

Patient Navigators, also known as Community Health Workers (CHW) are in more places than you might think; helping patients just like you navigate the sometimes overwhelming world of healthcare. The potential benefits of patient navigators include improved health outcomes, increased patient satisfaction, decreased no-show rates and reduced disparities in care.

Stages of Parkinson’s

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that effects movement. While everyone with Parkinson's experiences the disease differently, there are common patterns of progression in the disease that are defined in stages. Identifying an individual’s stage can help doctors and caretakers control and improve symptoms:

Stage One

In the earliest stage of Parkinson’s, the person may experience mild symptoms that usually affect one side of the body. This includes tremor and changes in posture, movement (walking) and facial expressions.

Pregnancy Aches and Pains

Pregnancy is a time of tremendous change for the female body. Some of those changes can come with a bit of discomfort. There will be changes to your skin, breasts, muscles, uterus (a very large muscle), pelvis, digestive system, circulatory system, weight, genital area, and your sleep patterns, just to name a few. Women feel these aches and pains due to a hormone called relaxin which causes the ligaments to relax in preparation for delivery.

Mindfulness and Pain

I think I am on the tail-end of my midlife crisis. It has been an excruciating few years as I experienced my existential crisis and it will most definitely leave its mark. Recent experience however, has me healing and viewing pain, my mental pain, in a much healthier way. It has helped me so much that I sometimes feel like I am cheating or simply using avoidance as a defense mechanism. The magic cure, at this point in time is simple: be content. When I first heard my inner vessel provide that suggestion, I scoffed. What? No way!