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The Daily Word in Iraq, JetBlue and Casey Kasem.

Trouble continues in Iraq.

JetBlue made a toddler pee in her seat.

Rest in peace, Casey Kasem.

A bionic pancreas may offer hope to those with diabetes.

Beware the dangers of heavy hoarding.

Pope Francis forgoes the bulletproof Popemobile.

Even parrots have fathers.

James Boyd’s family has suggestions for APD.

A broken water main in downtown ABQ is causing flooding and road closures.

What’s happening in ABQ today?

Happy birthday, Stan Laurel.

V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013

Sonic Reducer

Medicine To The Happy Few · Pop. 1280 Imps of Perversion · Blondes Swisher

This week we listened to new releases from Medicine, Pop. 1280 and Blondes. Now with A/V previews!

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V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013
Tanaya Winder
Douglas Miles (Apache Skateboards)

Arts Profile

Let Poetry Be Thy Medicine

Tanaya Winder’s extraordinarily ordinary journey

For many, the word “medicine” conjures images of pills and syrups distributed by doctors cloaked in white. But for poet and editor Tanaya Winder, medicine takes a different form.

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News

The Daily Word in Mobile explosions, Justin Bieber's alleged pot bust and Santa Fe's Gay Marriage Resolution

Missing Brown student's body has been found.

Two fuel barges light up the Mobile River in Alabama.

So, TMZ apparently got the first wind on Justin Bieber's alleged pot bust, but this is still a developing story, people.

Grants High School students aim to get teacher to resign after they say he ignored a student who suffered a miscarriage in the hallway.

Gay marriage resolution passed!

Apparently Steve Kush did not know people could read his Twitter and Facebook comments.

Impostor Seattle nurse stole meds from patients' IVs. ... What is the world coming to?

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The Daily Word in Judo, Annan and Doctor Who

A smiling tribute to American blubber was stolen from Dairy Queen.

Horse owners like N.M. horse slaughterhouse.

Ex-APD officer who kicked a suspect in the head a bunch of times wants his job back.

Kofi Annan quits gig as Syrian peace envoy because no one's got his back.

Bone marrow transplants eradicate HIV.

What Robyn Lawley—the prestigious plus-size lacy underpants model—eats.

The lady who takes pictures of babies dressed like flowers and peas and things is totally nuts. (Satire)

The Olympic rings as fascinating infographics for nerds like me.

Is being an Olympic gymnast any fun anymore?

Swimmer Ryan Lochte digs one night stands, says his mom.

Kayla Harrison becomes the first American to win the gold in Judo.

How not to write about female musicians.

"Doctor Who" trailer for series 7 features dinosaurs.

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The Daily Word in mini-iPads, Syrian emails and the key to the universe

All of the fireworks in San Diego's big show accidentally went off at once. (This has never happened to the Big Bay Boom before.)

In the Dirt City, plenty of people flipped a sparkly middle finger to fire restrictions.

We've entered monsoon season.

Apple is working on a mini-iPad. No, dummy, not an iPhone.

Government confirms: Mermaids are not real.

Fukushima disaster was the result of collusion, says expert panel.

Did you know Hannah Montana makes a raccoon repellent?

Lifeguard in Florida fired for trying to save a drowning swimmer.

Wikileaks releases 2.5 million emails from Syria.

Physicists find key to the universe.

How to take care of your vinyl in the heat.

India's going to give its citizens free medication.

Mitt Romney may pick a woman to be his running mate.

"Like a Virgin" moves Madonna to tears during a concert.

V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012

News Feature

Last Request

Doctors seek clarity in New Mexico's assisted suicide law

The statute on the books makes it a fourth-degree felony to help someone take his or her life. A lawsuit brought by two doctors argues that the law doesn't apply to a licensed physician providing aid to a dying person who's mentally competent.

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Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
health

New patients 101

This week’s feature examines First Choice Healthcare, celebrating its 40th year of helping underserved areas throughout the state stay in tip-top shape. But while First Choice is accepting new patients, Michelle Melendez says that appointments and routine visits are difficult to schedule right away. Most folks wait several weeks. Here’s a checklist of things to do during that time to ensure your visit runs smoothly.

• If you have insurance, check with them to see if First Choice is in your network. Double-check your policy’s co-pay and deductible. Call and ask how much it’ll cost you if you need lab work or X-rays. That way you have an idea of how much you’ll be paying out of pocket.

• If you don’t have insurance, gather any documents you might need for financial assistance. This might include tax returns, W2 and 1099 forms, pay stubs, bank statements, proof of residence (utility bills), identification documents (social security card, birth certificates, etc.), picture ID (driver’s license), daycare documents, and documents from any other financial assistance or insurance programs you’re enrolled in. Make a file for you, your spouse and your kids.

• Gather a family medical history. Your provider wants to know about the health status of first-degree relatives (parents, siblings and children) as well as any conditions that affect multiple extended family members (for example, if you have three cousins and an aunt affected by lupus).

• Gather your own health history. This includes past diagnoses, current diagnoses, previous surgeries or injuries, immunization status, current medications (including herbs and supplements), and allergy history.

• Be prepared to discuss some personal social issues. Your provider may want to know who you sleep with, if you smoke or drink or use drugs, if you exercise, what your diet is like, where you work, how things are going at home, and if you feel safe and happy. These questions can be uncomfortable but they are not meant to judge. They’re to help your provider select the labs, treatments or referrals you need.

• If a particular symptom is bothering you, keep a diary of that symptom until your appointment. For example, if you have bothersome headaches, write down when they happen, how bad they are, if you have other symptoms, how long they last, what you do to make them go away and what you were doing prior to the headache.

• Make a list of your medications (name of drug, dose, how often you take it), or just toss all your medication bottles in a brown paper bag and bring them with you to your appointment.

• Make a list of every single question or issue you’d like to address during the visit. Now number the first, second and third most important things to you on that list. You need to know your priorities going into that visit. Given time constraints, lesser priorities may have to be addressed at follow-up visits.

• Plan on wearing loose-fitting clothing that’s easily removed. I can’t tell you how many tripled-layer wool turtlenecks, high-waisted skintight pleather pants, and knee-high lace up boots I’ve wasted valuable time wrestling with during the physical exam.

• You may need to authorize your previous health care providers to release your medical records.

• If you have copies of any previous lab or test results, heck, bring ’em with you.

• Try to arrive about 15 minutes early for your visit. I always bring a girlie magazine to flip through or a novel to read in case the clinic is running behind.

•  Answering calls or texting during your visit will slow things down. Let your peeps know you’ve got an important meeting beforehand so they don’t start blowing up your cell phone once you’re in the room with the doctor.

V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

A Picture of Health

At 40 years young, First Choice’s network of community clinics is in tip-top shape

Most 40-year-olds are done growing. But First Choice Community Healthcare—a network of nine clinics across three counties in underserved areas—is more like a gangly teenager at the peak of his growth spurt. “We’ve outgrown our space,” says Patient Services Director Michelle Melendez.

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