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Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising Stamp Dedicated

on December 3, 2017 - 6:17am
USPS News:
 
BALTIMORE, MD — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan dedicated a stamp Thursday to fund research to help find a cure for one of the top 10 leading causes of death — Alzheimer’s.
 
The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising stamp took place at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. Please share the news on social media using the hashtag #AlzheimersStamp.
 
The price of the stamp includes the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research.

LAMC’s Rachel Allen Earns 2017 Mercy Award

on December 1, 2017 - 10:55am

From left, LAMC Human Resource Director Jacqui Carroll, 2017 Mercy Award recipient Rachel Allen and CEO John Whiteside at Thursday's special recognition event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Medical Center Patient Access Representative Rachel Allen was selected to receive this year’s Mercy Award from LifePoint, the hospital’s parent company.

At a special gathering Thursday at LAMC, Human Resource Director Jacqui Carroll said Allen has been employed at the hospital just a little more than a year and

LAVNS Earns HealthInsight New Mexico Award

on December 1, 2017 - 9:49am

LAVNS staff celebrates receiving the HealthInsight New Mexico recognition award. Courtesy photo

LAVNS News:

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. staff celebrates receiving the HealthInsight New Mexico recognition award for ranking in the top 25 percent nationally on Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. LAVNS is the only agency to receive this award in Northern New Mexico.

The not-for-profit Home Health and Hospice Agency provides intermittent skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, medical social

On The Job In Los Alamos: LAMC Advisory Board

on December 1, 2017 - 8:29am

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Los Alamos Medical Center Advisory Board who met with senior management and medical staff Thursday evening at the hospital. From left, Advisory Board members Geoff Rodgers and Ben Stone, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace, Interim Chief Financial Officer Jim McGonnell, Board Chair Chuck McCullough, LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Senior Executive Assistant Vicki Martinez, Human Resource Director Jacqui Carroll, board member Patricia Ensberg and Dr. Monica Snowden. Not pictured, Dr. Josiah Child (attended by phone), board members Carol A.

Lead Hazards In Some Holiday Toys And Jewelry

on December 1, 2017 - 8:17am

CDC News:

Protect children from exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry.

Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.

Children may be exposed to lead by simply handling toys normally. It is normal for toddlers and infants to put toys, fingers and other objects in their mouths. They may also be exposed to lead this way.

Lead in Toys

Toys imported into the United States and antique toys and collectibles often

Increase Lung Cancer Awareness

on December 1, 2017 - 7:30am

CDC News:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

For help quitting, visit smokefree.gov, call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text “QUIT” to 47848 from your cell phone.

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following ways—

  • Don’t smoke.

Udall, Luján Introduce Legislation On Health Disparities For Native Americans Living In Urban Areas

on November 28, 2017 - 8:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act also is cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.
 
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run

Alzheimer’s Association Applauds Grand Opening Of UNM Memory & Aging Center

on November 26, 2017 - 7:53am
ALZHEIMER"S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter is pleased to announce a Grand Opening event for its partner in the battle to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease, the UNM Memory and Aging Center.
 
The UNM Memory and Aging Center is the only center devoted to Alzheimer’s and dementia research and treatment in New Mexico or the Mountain West region. It is part of UNM’s Health Sciences Center.
 
The center was created under the direction of Gary Rosenberg, MD, to specifically help patients with various types of neurologic conditions that affect cognition and behavior,

Bastone Appointed CEO St. Vincent Hospital Support

on November 26, 2017 - 7:44am
Peter F. Bastone, MPH, MACHM
 
HOSPITAL News:
 
SANTA FE  St. Vincent Hospital Support (SVHsupport), a nonprofit charity and support organization that is a 50 percent owner with CHRISTUS Health of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Center and supports the health and wellness of the Santa Fe Community and Northern New Mexico, has appointed Peter F. Bastone, MPH, MACHM as its new president and chief executive officer. Bastone replaces David Delgado who will continue as Chair of Impact Investment Committee of SVHsupport.
 
Bastone is an innovative, future-focused leader who transforms health

Birth Rate Declines In United States In 2016

on November 25, 2017 - 6:15am

CDC News:

Key findings from Natonal Vital Statistics System: 

  • The U.S. general fertility rate declined to 62.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2016, down 1% from 2015.
  • Birth rates declined among women under age 30 in 2016, and rose for women aged 30–44.
  • The cesarean delivery rate continued to decline in 2016, down to 31.9% of all births.
  • The preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year to 9.85% in 2016.
  • The 2016 rate of triplet and higher-order multiple births was 48% lower than the 1998 peak.

This report presents several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators

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