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New Mexico

New Mexico (pronunciation: /nuː ˈmɛksɪkoʊ/) is a state located in the Southwestern United States. It is not directly related to medical terminology, but it is significant in the field of public health, epidemiology, and medical research due to its unique demographic and geographic characteristics.


The name "New Mexico" was first used by the Spanish, who hoped the region would have wealth like that of the Mexica (Aztec) Empire in Mexico. The name was later adopted by the United States when it acquired the territory after the Mexican-American War.

Related Terms

  • Public Health: The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.
  • Epidemiology: The study and analysis of the distribution, patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations.
  • Medical Research: The study of health conditions to discover new treatments, improve existing treatments, and increase understanding of diseases.

Health in New Mexico

New Mexico's unique demographic and geographic characteristics have implications for public health and medical research. The state has a high proportion of Native American and Hispanic populations, which are often underrepresented in medical research. Additionally, the state's rural nature and high poverty rate present unique challenges for healthcare delivery and public health.

New Mexico is home to several prominent research institutions, including the University of New Mexico and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which conduct research on a variety of health-related topics.

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