Health

Long COVID affects one in five people who contract the virus, CDC study shows

BY: - June 21, 2022

Twenty percent of people who get infected with coronavirus go on to develop serious chronic conditions that can permanently damage organs, even when that initial infection doesn’t result in symptoms or a trip to the hospital, according to a new, large study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though top New […]

COMMENTARY

Looking back a couple of decades to shades of a post-Roe world

BY: - June 21, 2022

I’ve gotten a chance, a couple of times, to tell the story of my entry into journalism. The first time I told it was at a talk in response to a high school student’s question — maybe an obligatory one asked to earn participation points that day.  I was an adolescent when I started what […]

NM state epidemiologist leaving next month

BY: - June 20, 2022

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing, a top infectious disease expert in the New Mexico government is leaving next month. New Mexico State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Ross will leave the Department of Health on July 10, acting Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase told reporters during a news conference last week. “She’s going […]

U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. soldiers deployed to bases in Afghanistan and Iraq often lived and worked alongside large pits where batteries, plastics, rubber, chemicals and other garbage would be lit on fire with jet fuel.  The legacy of those burn pits followed thousands of military members back to the United States, where they have suffered from […]

NM parent of children under 5 frustrated with vaccine rollout so far

BY: - June 16, 2022

An independent advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize two vaccines for children younger than five years old. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee’s vote came as a relief for Justine Fox-Young, an Albuquerque-based attorney and mother of three children aged four, three and 15-months. “I’m […]

As insulin costs soar, diabetics say a $35 cap on co-pays is not enough

BY: - June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Lacy Mason was a 21-year-old graduate student in Atlanta when she started rationing her insulin. As a Type 1 diabetic, she needs to take insulin every day for survival. But when the cost surged to $960 a month, Mason could no longer afford it. She had aged out of Medicaid and her student […]

Bipartisan U.S. Senate deal on gun control met with praise from Biden, Democrats

BY: - June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House and Democratic leaders expressed support Monday for a framework on gun control legislation that 10 Senate Democrats and 10 Senate Republicans agreed to over the weekend.  The second-deadliest school shooting in a decade in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were murdered on May 24, sparked pressure on […]

U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs

BY: - June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON —   Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds and chemicals — the unfortunate harvest of the war in Ukraine, strains on the global supply system, inflation and severe weather.  A panel of the committee heard from agricultural economists Thursday, […]

Biden: Feds will pay all costs from the massive wildfire in northern NM — for now

BY: - June 13, 2022

President Joe Biden on Saturday said the federal government would pay the whole bill for the ongoing Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon fire, including repairs to homes, farms and businesses damaged by fires, and temporary housing. “I’m thinking about what you’re thinking,” he said. “We have a responsibility to help this state recover, to help the families […]

Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?

BY: - June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]

People in the disaster zone have words for Biden ahead of his NM visit

BY: , , , and - June 10, 2022

Voters who may have lost homes or just returned to scorched properties in northern New Mexico went to the polls anyway this week to cast ballots for the next round of local leaders who will help shape the rebuilding process.  As they did, Source New Mexico reporters spread out up north and stayed most of […]

U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill from Georgia Rep. McBath

BY: and - June 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party line vote, the House passed Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s bill, known […]