Their view: School lunch guidelines won’t make much difference

Susan Levin director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, shares her view on new guidelines for school lunches:

Their view: Obamacare must be stopped in 2012

Richard E. Ralston, executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, offers his view on President Barack Obama’s national health care package.

Their view: Research facility not place for chimpanzees

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian is director of the Research Policy Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Portales past: Feb. 25, 1941

Feb. 25, 1941: Portales Daily News: Tiny twin boys who were born early yesterday to Mr. and Mrs. Jack L . Smith of Portales are reported as doing nicely. The babies were fed with a medicine dropper by the attending nurse.

Time to welcome foreign large animal vets

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Typically smaller, more rural communities have no veterinarian, or at least none that will take a calving call or a horse colic emergency. Veterinary schools, veterinary associations, concerned farmers and isolated ranchers continue their search for new veterinarians interested in practicing Food Animal and Equine medicine. While we are searching […]

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

Hospital board briefed on swine flu preparations

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board heard about receiving medicine to treat the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu and Influenza A, during their regular meeting on Wednesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said state health officials told him they’re sending a supply of medicine to treat people who […]

Doctor back at work after arrest

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By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico A Portales doctor is back to practicing medicine following Thursday’s narcotics trafficking arrest in Belen. Patricia Green, 54, was working Tuesday at the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic at 1500 South Ave. D in Portales. She is accused of trafficking a controlled substance, methadone, in Roosevelt County. Green is charged […]

Military medical coverage frustrating lately

By Anita Doberman I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and frustrated with […]

Easing government regulation is best medicine for trade

Editorial With national election campaigns shifting into high gear, one subject voters aren’t hearing much about is trade. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the domestic economy on the front burners, international trade is shunted aside, to be trotted out when a candidate needs to score points by pointing out how he or […]

Sports medicine clinic on its way

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer This April, injured area athletes could be on the mend at a full-service, state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic in downtown Portales owned by Dr. Joel Sievers. As part of the Portales downtown revitalization plan, Sievers recently received $65,000 direct economic development grant funds from the city. Sievers told city officials […]

Denial of medical marijuana by FDA short on science

Editorial Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked […]

Medical Board pulls former CAFB physician’s license

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Santa Fe physician who once practiced at Cannon Air Force Base has hadhis license to practice medicine in New Mexico revoked by the state Medical Board, effective April 7. The board concluded Thursday that George Schwartz, 64, violated the Medical Practice Act multiple times. “If he continues to […]

Anti-meth bill restricting cold medicines advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday after lawmakers forged a compromise protecting state prerogatives. The legislation would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine only from behind the pharmacy […]

Former Portales resident earns award from Texas Tech

By Angela Peacock Outstanding patient care and excellence in the art of medicine has won former Portales resident Laurie Marbas one of Texas Tech University’s more prestigious awards. The Gold Headed Cane Award was presented to Marbas on May 18 by the Texas Tech School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as […]