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Public News Service - NM: Health Issues

Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including the kind that bear the dangerous Zika virus. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health says a species of mosquitoes that can transmit the Zika virus has been identified in Doña Ana County. It's the first time this season - and the second year in a row - that these specific species have been found in the southern part of

Worries are increasing for family health care advocates with the addition of a new amendment to the GOP health care proposal. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- President Trump and GOP members of Congress have a new twist in their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and family advocates are more concerned than ever about the effect it would have on New Mexicans. The "MacArthur Amendment," named for the New Jersey Republican who negotia

It can be hard to ensure that kids get the dental care they need when many states, including New Mexico, don't have enough dentists. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- With all the debate surrounding medical care in the U.S., the topic of oral health isn't often part of the discussion - and in New Mexico, a setback in the Legislature means dental care needs for many will continue to go unmet. The Dental Therapy Bill, House Bill 264, passed t

Air quality in New Mexico is an increasing concern, with seven towns or cities measuring elevated smog pollution levels for more than 50 days during 2015. (Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new report released by Environment New Mexico shows a continuing health threat from air pollution. The report said Albuquerque had 113 days of elevated smog pollution in 2015, ranking that city 22nd-highest in the nation for the number of smoggy days. Farmington and Las Cru

Part of the burden of New Mexico's budget problems could fall to Medicaid patients unless solutions are agreed on in the State Legislature. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The state budget deficit has the New Mexico Human Services Department trying to implement new fees for people who rely on Medicaid for their health care. A sharp reduction in federal matching funds is the primary reason for the shortfall that's causing anxiety, both for heal

A push to expand compensation for more New Mexicans affected by radiation exposure from mining and nuclear testing is under way. (Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A rally held this week in the state Capitol Rotunda has brought new attention to the needs of New Mexico residents who have been exposed to health hazards from uranium mining and nuclear testing in past decades. New Mexico lawmakers are being asked to support amendments to the Radi

New Mexico has made progress getting more children insured, but poverty rates remain high, according to a new report. (Kathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SANTE FE, N.M. – Children in New Mexico struggle against endemic poverty, but there are some positive signs, according to the KidsCount 2016 Databook being released today. The report says 141,000 New Mexico children live in poverty. That is 29 percent of kids statewide, a figure that has got

Nuclear watchdogs are criticizing the reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM. (Wikimedia Commons)

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Nuclear watchdog groups are criticizing the decision to reopen the underground storage areas of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, also known as WIPP, which closed after an accidental release of radioactive particles in February of 2014. In that incident, a drum of n

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