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Officer's Use Of Narcan Rescues Unresponsive Victim

on March 29, 2016 - 7:37am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS  At around 11 p.m., March 23, a New Mexico State Police officer in Taos responded to a call of an unresponsive female at a residence on Archuleta Road in Taos County. In assessing the unresponsive female at the scene, the officer noticed what appeared to be signs of recent drug usage.
 
The officer was trained in the administration of Narcan, an opioid antagonist that completely or partially reverses an opioid overdose, and administered a dosage on the female. Moments following, the female regained consciousness. She was subsequently transported for medical treatment.
 
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Importance Of Healthy Sleeping Habits

on March 26, 2016 - 6:05am

Suffering with a snorer in your bed. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

The days are getting longer - a sign that spring is here – and some of us are still groggy from the hour of sleep we lost when the clocks bounced forward an hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time.

 “Many people do not realize the importance of healthy sleeping habits to their overall wellness,” said Dr. Frank Ralls of Quality Sleep Solutions and Medical Director of the Los Alamos Medical Center sleep clinic. “Most adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain good health.

Float Your Cares (Pains) Away At Float Los Alamos

on March 26, 2016 - 5:04am
Carlos and Linda Casias with one of their flotation tanks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Carlos and Linda Casias opened Float Los Alamos in November at 927 Central Ave., near the DMV and Rose Chocolatier.

The new business provides floatation therapy or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom salt water solution.

The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve

Correction To Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic Address In Physician Listing

on March 24, 2016 - 4:01pm

ADDRESS CORRECTION:

Dr. Jacqueline Krohn of Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is located at 3917 West Road, Ste 136, Los Alamos, NM  87544. The address in the physician listing published last week in the Living Healthy in Northern New Mexico Tab is incorrect. The telephone number to the Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is 505.662.9620. http://drkrohnpediatrics.com http://dr.krohn.blogspot.com.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You From Visiting Nurses

on March 22, 2016 - 6:26am
Two Key Club members who delivered daffodils this year. Courtesy photo
 
By ROSEMARY COYNE
Los Alamos
 
My name is Rosemary Coyne, MSN, RN. I am the newly appointed executive director of the Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service (LAVNS).
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made our 21st annual LAVNS Daffodil Drive such a success again this year. The funds we raise every year are used to help our hospice patients in need.
 
I am glad that I arrived here on Feb. 29, Monday of “Daffodil Week”. Otherwise, I would have missed seeing the amazing work done by so many people.

Living Well Los Alamos: Kidney Health

on March 20, 2016 - 12:30pm
By HELEN IDZOREK
Los Alamos

In addition to removing waste products from the body our kidneys play an important role in other processes including regulating salt, potassium and blood pressure, producing a form of Vitamin D to keep bones strong, and controlling red blood cell production.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for up to two-thirds of cases of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease affects up to 26 million adults in the US and many more are at risk. Two simple tests - heart and urine, are available to determine if you have kidney disease.

Many kidney

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Prevent Suspension Of Medicaid Services Without Thorough Investigation

on March 19, 2016 - 12:47pm

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act of 2016.

The bill protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure that state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider.

The introduction of the bill comes after the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) unnecessarily

LAMC’s Teddy Bear Clinic Draws Kindergarten Crowd

on March 17, 2016 - 5:50pm

Aspen Elementary kindergartners visit Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Throughout the day, all five elementary schools participated in the clinic. Adults from left, Erin Warren, RN; Courtney Thompson, RN; Teddy Bear Clinic Chair Johanna Giron; her husband LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Dr. Josiah Child and Aspen kindergarten teacher Luci Best. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighter Michael McElyea talks with Mountain Elementary students about the equipment used to fight fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los

Los Alamos Family Council More Than A Counseling Center

on March 17, 2016 - 5:38pm

From left, Jeremy Varela and Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico, Joy Beery and Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council, Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers and Pamela Risley Rogers of the LAFC Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is more than a counseling center. LAFC also operates two Youth Activity Centers.

The Youth Activity Centers are a natural part of LAFC's mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse.

YMCA: ‘Closest Thing To A Wonder Drug’

on March 17, 2016 - 5:37pm

YMCA News:
  • Modest weight loss of 5-7 percent can prevent onset of Type 2 Diabetes

The New Mexico Department of Health estimates that 1 in 3 adult New Mexicans have prediabetes, a step away from diabetes, and a condition in itself that increases cardiovascular disease. But the good news is that a modest weight loss of 5-7 percent (that’s 12 pounds for a person who weighs 230 lbs.), and a modest increase in physical activity of 150 minutes a week (20 minutes a day) can prevent or delay diabetes all together.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) published a study on lifestyle change versus

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