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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise

on February 3, 2017 - 7:43am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

You know it was bound to happen. I have written about eating less sugar (a daily struggle), drinking more water (easier than eating less sugar), and getting more restful sleep (dream away), but now we have to talk about exercise. Of course, talking about exercise is the easy part.

Actually doing exercise is the hard part.

I have boxes of DVDs showcasing various belly-busting, butt-firming and thigh-slimming workouts. I found them again just this last weekend. I have not watched them in years, maybe decades, and some of the DVDs have never even been opened.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Relief For Victims Of Radiation Exposure

on January 30, 2017 - 11:17am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have renewed efforts to expand restitution for New Mexicans and others who have been affected by exposure to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons in the Cold War by reintroducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).  
 
Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall and Heinrich in introducing the bill that would expand compensation eligibility to more areas of New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Montana,

UNMLA: Benefit Concert For Dr. Stidham April 19

on January 30, 2017 - 10:29am
UNM-LA News:
 
Students Daniel Wierl and Kaylen Pocaterra are hosting a benefit concert in support of Dr. Zandree Stidham, diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia in 2010.
 
The concert is 4-7 p.m., in Building 2 at UNM-LA, April 19. In preparation for the concert, they are looking for musicians interested in playing. For more information, contact Kaylen at kpocaterra1@gmail.com.
 
The students also are starting a # for Dr. Zee, reference #teamzee to donate. To donate to Dr. Zee’s Crowd Rise page, visit here.

Gessing: Medicaid Reform Can Save New Mexico

on January 30, 2017 - 6:03am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation

Recently, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham joined supporters of Obamacare in protesting the possibility that President Donald Trump will repeal or dramatically alter the law. She is not alone. Liberals are hoping to defend Obamacare, despite public-opinion polls, which continue to reflect majority opposition.

There are many (and often, conflicting) aspects to Obamacare, but if Lujan-Grisham truly represented the best interests of New Mexico, she’d be working as hard as possible to at very least reform the Medicaid portion of the law – which will

Los Alamos Relay For Life Meets Jan. 31

on January 29, 2017 - 8:30am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Los Alamos Relay For Life is hosting its first volunteer meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the large conference room at Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about the annual event is encouraged to attend.

Los Alamos Medical Center Names John Whiteside CEO

on January 27, 2017 - 12:30pm

LAMC CEO John Whiteside

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) announced today that John Whiteside has been named permanent chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Whiteside has served as interim CEO since August.

“Since joining the team in August, John has provided exemplary leadership and has quickly immersed himself into the community,” said Brad Owens, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health’s Western Group, of which LAMC is a part.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Share Your Story

on January 26, 2017 - 4:14pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I recently attended one of the Los Alamos County Brand Action Plan presentations.

Los Alamos - Where Discoveries Are Made was a great presentation and I think holds a lot of promise for moving our community forward. One of the participants mentioned the difficult stigma the community of Los Alamos has with some people. I certainly understood this because once upon a time I was one of those “some people.”

I met my now-husband, then a geologist with LANL, 26 years ago at the Midsummer Music Festival in Telluride.

Panel Focuses On Real Life Teen Problems Discussed In LALT Play

on January 26, 2017 - 3:50pm
Elisa Enriquez, left, moderates a panel discussion Sunday on problems facing teens  following a performance of the play ‘Dog Sees God’ at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre hosted a panel discussion for the community on issues facing teens Sunday, following a performance of the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”. The play dealt with suicide, violence, bullying, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face. 

Participating in the panel discussion were Brian Haigh, a

ScienceDaily: Link Between Concussions - Alzheimer's

on January 26, 2017 - 7:42am
SCIENCEDAILY News:
 
New research has found concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition.
 
The findings, which appear in the journal Brain, show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.
 
Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is one of the strongest environmental risk factors for developing neurodegenerative diseases such as late-onset Alzheimer's disease, although it is unclear whether mild traumatic brain injury or concussion also increases this risk.
 

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