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Heinrich Urges President To Work With Bipartisan Group To Protect Working Americans From Cadillac Tax

on November 26, 2015 - 10:07am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) in sending a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a bipartisan, bicameral meeting to discuss a plan to eliminate the "Cadillac Tax," a 40 percent excise tax on health insurance plans set to take effect in 2018.

Heinrich and Heller introduced bipartisan legislation last month to fully repeal the onerous tax.
 
"If we do not act to eliminate this harmful tax, it is inevitable that more health

Funding For Environmental Health Internships

on November 25, 2015 - 6:39am
NEHA News:
 
DENVER — The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in collaboration with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs is accepting applications for 30 summer 2016 environmental health interns sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Local, state and tribal environmental health departments are eligible to host students from accredited universities and colleges for this National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP). 
 
“This is a great opportunity for small, local health departments who may not have existing

LAVNS Celebrates 21 Years Of Hospice Care

on November 21, 2015 - 7:40am
Debbie Storms, Dr. Ross Bridge, Sande Cremer, April Cranmore, Collette Fordham, Pam Lee, Pauline Schneider and Deena Streit. Camera Shy: Kristi Bradshaw and Kristi Keffer. Photo by Debbie Weber
 
LAVNS News:
 
November is National Hospice Month. Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is celebrating two decades of compassionate caring for patients.
 
“Several years ago my husband John Ledford was diagnosed with end-stage COPD, lung disease," Tammy M. Thorn-Ledford said. "As the COPD progressed my husband John asked if he could die at home.

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.

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