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Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
 
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
 
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.

Fentanyl Involved In Over Half Of Opioid Overdose Deaths In 10 States

on November 3, 2017 - 7:25am

CDC News:

More athan half of people in 10 states who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 tested positive for fentanyl, according to new data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release.

The report found that out of a total of 5,152 opioid overdose deaths, almost 3,000 tested positive for fentanyl, and over 700 tested positive for drugs that have similar chemical structures to fentanyl (fentanyl analogs) – including the extremely potent fentanyl analog, carfentanil, which is used to sedate large animals.

This is the first report on

Getting Ahead Of Next Pandemic: Is The World Ready?

on November 2, 2017 - 8:29pm
Is the world ready for the next pandemic? Courtesy photo

CDC News:

When a deadly mystery illness was detected in Liberia in April 2017, first responders were on the ground within 24 hours. Through the Ministry of Health’s quick action and collaboration with global partners, the cause of the outbreak was identified as meningococcal disease and contained with only 31 cases and 13 deaths.

In stark contrast, when Ebola struck Liberia just three years ago, it took the country months to mount an effective response; thousands of lives were lost as responders raced to control the growing epidemic.

Massage Like You’ve Never Felt It

on November 2, 2017 - 8:52am

Windgate Healing Arts owner Bethany Bundy at 2101 Suite T Trinity Dr. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bethany Bundy, owner of Windgate Healing Arts, offers body work techniques that may be new to Los Alamos, but have thousands of years of history behind them.

Bundy opened Windgate Healing Arts at 2101 Suite T Trinity Dr., about two months ago. Located near the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, Windgate presents a calm, beautiful atmosphere.

A massage therapist for 20 years, Bundy was drawn to the

Hiking The Grand Canyon Nov. 8

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am

Fifteen New Mexico Hospitals To Receive New Leapfrog Safety Grades

on October 31, 2017 - 7:02pm
SSG News:
 
When you check into the hospital, are you aware of whether the doctors wash their hands? Do you consider the potential risk for infection and what your hospital’s success rate has been in preventing these?
 
Chances are no, but having access to this information could be the difference between life and death. In fact, more than 440,000 people die each year from preventable errors, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
 
Fifteen New Mexico hospitals will receive new Hospital Safety Scores Oct. 31, from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2017 grade.

AG Balderas Expands Massive Generic Drug Price-Fixing Investigation And Lawsuit

on October 31, 2017 - 10:28am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas and 45 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry today asked a federal court for permission to file a new complaint in the states' pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants in the suit from six to 18 and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to 15.
 
For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are

LARSO: From Our Kitchen To Your Door – Home Delivered Meals For Seniors

on October 30, 2017 - 1:36pm

Grilled tuna and vegetables can be delivered hot and ready to eat to the homes of seniors who may not be able to cook for themselves. Courtesy/LARSO

LARSO News:

Many locals know that delicious lunches are served at both the Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers every weekday, but fewer folks know that those same meals can be delivered hot and ready to eat to the homes of seniors who may not be able to cook for themselves.

Sometimes, a senior has been hospitalized or sustained an injury or illness that has them feeling weak, unable to stand at the stove or just not feeling like eating.

Balderas: $18.5 Million Presbyterian Settlement

on October 30, 2017 - 1:28pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

  • Balderas’ recovery exceeds the audit amount identified by nearly $4 million

ALBUQUERQUE – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Presbyterian Healthcare regarding the failure to pay Medicaid premium taxes by the corporation.

The settlement exceeds the amount identified, $14.6 million, in the recently released Examination Resources audit by nearly four million dollars.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 27, 2017 - 9:04pm

Courtesy/DEA

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health has issued details about the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The DEA’s annual Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for

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