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Luján Discusses Need To Improve New Mexico’s Mental And Behavioral Health System

on November 21, 2015 - 6:41am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation. 
 
New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them. 
 
Luján offered an amendment to

Bouman: What To Look For In A Long-Term Care Policy

on November 20, 2015 - 2:53pm
By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

November is Long-Term Care awareness month. You may have read my last column on Understanding Long-Term Care. That in mind, I’d like to take you through the basics of what to look for in a Long-Term Care Policy. 

Confronting our own mortality is a difficult task in itself. Add to that the notion that we may need someone else to care for us at some point in our lives and it makes for a very difficult topic to broach.

The sooner the conversation begins the better off you will be. Age makes a difference in the cost of a long-term care policy.

Know The Signs Of A Gradual Heart Attack

on November 20, 2015 - 10:27am
Lori Coffelt, RN, CCCC
Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department Director
 
When you think of a heart attack, you probably imagine what you see in movies: a person suddenly clutching his or her chest in pain. But most heart attacks don’t happen that way, new research says. For more than half of heart attack patients, symptoms come on gradually.

Researchers studied nearly 900 people who had heart attacks. The findings, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, showed only 35 percent of them experienced sudden chest pain.

LAMC Welcomes New Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen With Community Reception

on November 20, 2015 - 10:10am
Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen, center, with some of his colleages at Tuesday’s reception in his honor. From left, Dr. Miguel Doozier, Dr. Jesse Knight, Dr. Salim Amrani and Dr. Melanie Pickering. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Dr. Culley Christensen talks with LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has expanded medical services to include orthopedics.

Culley Christensen, MD has joined the medical staff and will be offering orthopedic surgical services to patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding

Hey What’s That ‘Hitch In My Giddy Up’

on November 19, 2015 - 11:18am
By KREIG PETERSON
Los Alamos

This week, let’s talk about strain/counter strain syndrome, its often painful, insidious side effects and what you can do about it.

Normally the human body maintains a homeostatic balance in its numerous complex muscle systems. Muscles are designed to do a job and return to their normal relaxed position. There is a complicated system that allows muscles to do their jobs. All muscles have an antagonist that dampens the desired movement. 

A good example of this is in the forearm. The muscles on the bottom of the arm are flexors and the top extensors.

Today's The Day That Quitters Win...

on November 19, 2015 - 9:26am

Courtesy/ACS

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY News:

Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco.

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.

Community Invited To Reception For New Orthopaedic Surgeon Culley Christensen At LAMC Tuesday

on November 16, 2015 - 3:35pm

Culley Christensen, MD

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center is pleased to announce they are expanding their medical services to include orthopaedics.

Culley Christensen, MD has joined the medical staff and will be offering orthopaedic surgical services to patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding area.  Dr. Christensen and his family are relocating from Scottsdale to New Mexico. Dr. Christensen is the second surgeon to join LAMC this year as the hospital continues to grow its surgical services.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr.

100+ Women Who Care Honor LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Fund Nine Behavioral Health Initiatives

on November 15, 2015 - 1:25pm

From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Debbie Shelton, Johanna Jiron, Marvel Harrison, Feliciano Jiron, Mary Beth Maasson and Kristy Orgeta. Los Alamos Medical Center and its CEO Feliciano Jiron are honored at a special gathering Thursday at Unquarked for assisting 100+ Women Who Care to fund nine behavioral health initiatives within the Los Alamos community. The women raised $20,000 to fund the programs with the help of a $10,000 match from United Way of Northern New Mexico and about $2,000 from LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The only man in a room full of women

New Report Shows Significant Improvement For Mental Health In New Mexico

on November 11, 2015 - 10:34am
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE — Today, New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced that New Mexico has improved ten spots in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, The State of Mental Health in America.
 
New Mexico showed significant improvement across the board in these rankings, including overall, adult, youth, need, and access categories.
 
“We’re continuing to make it a priority to provide much-needed care and treatment to our most vulnerable fellow New Mexicans,” Earnest said.

Bouman: Understanding Long-Term Care

on November 8, 2015 - 7:56am
By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Planners

Addressing the potential threat of long-term care expenses may be one of the biggest financial challenges for individuals who are developing a retirement strategy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of people over age 65 can expect to need long-term care services at some point in their lives.  Understanding the various types of long-term care services and what those services may cost is critical as you consider your retirement approach.

Long-term care is not a single activity.

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