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American Association of Poison Control Centers encourages support of local poison centers on "Giving Tuesday"

American Association of Poison Control Centers encourages support of local poison centers on "Giving Tuesday"

December 01, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) encourages people across the U.S. to support their local poison centers through donations on Dec. 2, 2014: Giving Tuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, since 2012 the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has been known as Giving Tuesday; a day when “charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.” The nation’s 55 poison centers receive millions of calls each year from the public, law enforcement, and health care providers. Operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and serving all 50 states and U.S. territories, poison center experts are ready to answer questions and help treat people of all ages who have been exposed to poisons at no cost to the caller or healthcare system. In addition to answering calls from individuals, poison centers have played critical roles in public health ranging from the outlawing of synthetic drugs in 2012 (Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act), to alerting the public about the dangers of single-dose laundry packets in 2013, and recently in the West Virginia chemical spill on Jan. 9, 2014. Additionally, for every dollar invested in the poison center system, an estimate of $13.39 is saved in medical costs totaling more than $1.8 billion in savings every year. Unfortunately, government funding has decreased (36 percent since 2010) which has forced six poison centers to shut their doors since 2010. "Giving Tuesday is a fantastic initiative and AAPCC is proud to align itself with this movement on this global day of giving,” said AAPCC executive director Stephen T. Kaminski, J.D. “It is our hope that people recognize the important role poison centers play by donating to this worthy endeavor.” AAPCC encourages the public to call their local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 to find out how to donate, or visit http://www.aapcc.org/about/poison-center-donations/. For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, AAPCC associate manager, Public Relations and Member Services, at 703.894.1865 or schuster@aapcc.org.
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UNM HSC faculty honored for research achievements

UNM HSC faculty honored for research achievements

By Cindy Foster | November 04, 2014
Four UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) faculty members have been recognized by their peers for their research achievements. Robin Ohls, MD, Vallebh Shah, PhD, Laurie Hudson, PhD and Ellen Beswick, PhD all received the Excellence in Clinical Science Research Award, handed out Oct. 31 during the HSC's annual Research Day.
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GO Bond C to help state address shortage of health care professionals

GO Bond C to help state address shortage of health care professionals

By Cindy Foster | October 20, 2014
At a time when the state is facing a severe shortage of health care professionals, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has run out of classroom space. The General Obligation Bond (GO Bond) election on Nov. 4 seeks to address the crisis by asking New Mexico voters to approve bonds for the expansion of a health education complex that could help accommodate more students.
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2014 UNM United Way campaign gears up for a home run

2014 UNM United Way campaign gears up for a home run

By Mara Kerkez | October 15, 2014
The gauntlet has been thrown down. Presbyterian Health Systems has challenged the University of New Mexico to a friendly United Way “fun”draising competition. The team who gets the highest percentage increase in giving over last year wins.
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Roth elected to AAHC board

Roth elected to AAHC board

September 23, 2014
Paul B. Roth, MD, the University of New Mexico’s chancellor for health sciences, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC). Roth, who is also dean of the School of ...
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 New Mexico Poison Center offers summer safety tips

New Mexico Poison Center offers summer safety tips

By Luke Frank | July 01, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center would like to offer a few tips on how to avoid poisonings that commonly occur during the summer season: Do not let food poisoning spoil your summer picnic or camping trips.  Keep ...
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Poison center stresses Fourth of July safety

Poison center stresses Fourth of July safety

By Luke Frank | July 01, 2014
Glow sticks and fireworks may be great ways to celebrate the July Fourth holiday, but the New Mexico Poison Center is reminding parents to keep a close eye on their children when using them.
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