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Ask a Health Care Professional – Shingles

Ask a Health Care Professional – Shingles

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico One out of three people in the United States are likely to develop shingles in their lifetime. The data show that the rate of older adults getting shingles is also rising,...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Safe Driving

Ask a Health Care Professional – Safe Driving

How to Avoid Impaired Driving and Stay Safe on the Road While Driving By Latha Raja Shankar, chief medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico December is National Impaired Driving Prevention month. It is the most dangerous time of year for impaired...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Diabetes

Ask a Health Care Professional – Diabetes

By Latha Raja Shankar, chief medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico November is National Diabetes Month. It’s time to get educated, understand our risks, connect with resources and engage in prevention. What is prediabetes? The Centers for Disease...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Preventing Falls

Ask a Health Care Professional – Preventing Falls

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Preventing Falls in Older Adults Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related deaths in the United States? Falling is especially problematic...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Keep an Eye on Your Eyes

Ask a Health Care Professional – Keep an Eye on Your Eyes

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Vision problems and eye diseases are often considered a normal part of the aging process, but they don’t have to be. Our risk of developing eye conditions and poor vision...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Alzheimer’s Disease

Ask a Health Care Professional – Alzheimer’s Disease

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico As we age, natural changes in the brain occur. These may result in slower processing speeds and greater difficulty multi-tasking, according to the Centers for Disease Control...

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