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Ask a Health Care Professional – Mental Illness

Ask a Health Care Professional – Mental Illness

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to stay informed about mental health, advocate for mental well-being and support those with mental illness. Mental health problems are...

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Minority Health Month

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Minority Health Month

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico April is National Minority Health Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about disparities in health care that disproportionately affect minorities. This year’s theme for National...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Colon Cancer

Ask a Health Care Professional – Colon Cancer

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 890 new cases of colon and rectal cancer in New Mexico in 2022 and 330 New Mexicans will die of colorectal cancer this year. The...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Heart Health

Ask a Health Care Professional – Heart Health

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is all about hearts. It is fitting that February is also American Heart Month, making this a good time to reflect on how the activities we...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Eye Health

Ask a Health Care Professional – Eye Health

By Wei-Ann Bay, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico As we age, our vision changes. The changes can affect our ability to do daily things like read the newspaper or, more significantly, drive safely. Eye diseases are common and can...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Obesity

Ask a Health Care Professional – Obesity

By Wei-Ann Bay, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Obesity is a serious chronic disease, and many have labeled it as an epidemic. The prevalence of obesity has greatly increased since the 1970s. While recent studies show the overall...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Alcohol

Ask a Health Care Professional – Alcohol

By Wei-Ann Bay, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico There is a greater need to pay more attention to mental health and substance use problems among older adults. Problems with alcohol use are not uncommon for older adults and tend to...

Ask a Health Care Pro – Prediabetes

Ask a Health Care Pro – Prediabetes

By Wei-Ann Bay, M.D., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Happy new year to you and your family! The new year always brings hope and many opportunities for a fresh a start. I ended 2021 with two articles on diabetes complications and would like to start the new...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Hearing Loss

Ask a Health Care Professional – Hearing Loss

By Wei-Ann Bay, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico My mother is 80 years old and my father is 82, and they’ve been married for 56 years. Just like most couples they engage in the back-and-forth banter that my siblings and I listen to...

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