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Most Teen Contact Lens Wearers Report Risky Habits

on August 25, 2017 - 10:59am

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CDC  News:

More than 6 in 7 adolescents (85 percent) who wear contact lenses report at least one habit that increases the chance of an eye infection, according to a report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Eye infections can lead to serious problems, including blindness. All contact lens wearers can help prevent serious eye infections by correctly wearing and caring for their contact lenses.

These are the first CDC data on the wear and care habits of the estimated 3 million U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 17 years who use contact lenses.

DNA Detectives Crack Case On Biothreat Look-alikes

on August 24, 2017 - 4:51pm

Principal investigator Jean Challacombe, left, assisted by Cheryl Gleasner who runs the sequencing machines, and who participated in the sequencing of most, if not all, of the Francisella genomes sequenced at Los Alamos. The device shown is an Illumina NextSeq 500, used in high-throughput sequencing in the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Distinguishing virulent from harmless bacteria could aid biological surveillance

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are improving the identification of the bacterium that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”) and considered a “Category A”

LAFD Emergency Medical Calls On The Rise

on August 24, 2017 - 8:01am

LAFD EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone stands next to a machine that dispenses medication to LAFD personnel to replenish those administered during their shift. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department has responded to 1,046 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) so far this year, up 144 from the same period last year.

EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone said he has carefully documented each one of those calls and is proud of LAFD’s response to them.

'Living With Alzheimer's: Early Stage' Sept. 15

on August 24, 2017 - 7:58am
AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers, Early Stage” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15. The event will be hosted by Vista Grande Library in Eldorado, 14 Ave Torreon, Santa Fe, NM 87508. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
 
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family

NMED Confirms Santa Fe County-West Sector Water Is Lifting Precautionary ‘Boil Water Advisory’

on August 24, 2017 - 6:15am

NMED News:
  • 2,690 Customers are no Longer Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that the precautionary “boil water advisory” for the Santa Fe County West Sector Water System is being lifted.

Santa Fe County West Sector Water System issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday after a 16.0-inch transmission line was ruptured causing water delivery to the affected area to be disrupted. Repairs have been completed, the system was adequately flushed, and water service has been restored to customers.

LAFD Holds Resuscitation Academies Sept. 29-30

on August 23, 2017 - 6:30am

LAFD News: 

 

The Los Alamos Fire Department and The Maryland Resuscitation Academy (RA) will present two consecutive one-day resuscitation academies 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

The Maryland RA is a one-day, intensive course dedicated to improving survival rates of patients suffering pre-hospital cardiac arrest and is suitable for emergency medical services (EMS) supervisors, medical directors, fire/EMS chiefs, EMS personnel of all levels and hospital and emergency department staffs across New Mexico and surrounding

UNM-LA Health And Safety Programs Meet Local Community Needs

on August 19, 2017 - 8:03am

UNM-LA News:

UNM- Los Alamos has a history of responding to the needs of Los Alamos and the surrounding communities. In 2013, because of internal encouragement to increase the educational training of its employees, the Los Alamos Fire Department(LAFD) teamed up with UNM Los Alamos and created the curriculum that would meet the standards set forth by the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians.

Student feedback instantly confirmed how valuable this training could be for those whose jobs required EMT training for career retainment or advancement.

Udall, Heinrich: G.I. Bill Reforms For NM Veterans And Families Becomes Law

on August 18, 2017 - 3:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill became law Thursday.
 
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 further invests in the proven educational success of our veterans and helps propel them toward becoming our nation’s civic, business, and public leaders. 
 
“New Mexico’s men and women in uniform sign up willing to risk everything for our country, and they deserve a modern post 9/11 G.I.

NPS Action Provides Park Visitors Better Access To Safe, Healthy Water

on August 18, 2017 - 8:28am
NPS News:
 
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visitors to all of America’s national parks will have better access to the healthiest packaged beverage now that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has rescinded a policy that allowed individual national parks to ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve plastic containers.
 
“The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds this action, which recognizes the importance of making safe, healthy, convenient bottled water available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,” IBWA

Kids Want To Sleep In? They May Be On To Something

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. Courtesy image​
 
CDC News:
 
Starting school later can help adolescents get enough sleep and improve their health, academic performance, and quality of life.
 
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance.
 
One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times.
 
The American Academy

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