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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Breathe

on February 23, 2017 - 4:40pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

There are two Mary Beths.

Mary Beth One is calm and professional and well-organized (and all my friends reading this are thinking, “Really?!? I have never met her!”).

Mary Beth Two is easily overcome by angst and remarkably unproductive (“Ah!” my friends now say, “that’s the Mary Beth I know!”).

The only way Mary Beth Two can feel like she is moving forward is to watch just a very minutes of “Hoarders” or “My 600-Pound Life”. Only a few minutes or I am overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and sickness.

I am glad I am not the people on the show--and why-oh-why

Experience A New You At ‘A New Day Pilates’

on February 23, 2017 - 8:58am

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, left, and Christine Gurrola-Gal co-operate A New Day Pilates, which opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. Courtesy photo

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, standing, assists Christine Gurrola-Gal at their boutique studio, A New Day Pilates. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

There is a new Pilates studio in Los Alamos. A New Day Pilates opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. This boutique studio is co-operated by Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT and Christine Gurrola-Gal.

A New Day Pilates offers a small, safe environment where the main focus is the individual

The Power Of Prayer…

on February 23, 2017 - 7:11am

Fr. Scott McKee survives a near death experience. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA – Doctors placed Pastor Scott McKee on life support last week at Presbyterian Española Hospital. He was battling a grave lung infection and lay near death. Just 24 hours later, the Roman Catholic priest recovered, and perplexed doctors released him Sunday from the hospital.

Fr. Scott McKee, 56, serves three Northern New Mexico parishes: St. Patrick in Chama, San José in Los Ojos and Santo Niño in Tierra Amarilla.

China Announces Scheduling Controls Of Carfentanil And Other Fentanyl Compounds

on February 22, 2017 - 2:12pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s National Narcotics Control Commission last week announced that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances -- carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl -- will begin March 1, 2017.  
 
This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of China, and reaffirms the shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl.
 
"Fentanyl-related compounds represent a significant and deadly component of the current opioid crisis.

Helen Idzorek Presents Healthy Hearts Talk March 9

on February 22, 2017 - 7:41am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Aspen Ridge Assisted Living hosts a Healthy Hearts presentation with speaker Helen Idzorek, at 2 p.m., Thursday March 9, in the first floor sun room at Aspen Ridge, 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos.
 
Idzorek is the Family Sciences Agent for the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service.

Los Alamos community members are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt at 505.695.8981.

Bill Helping Firefighters With PTSD Passes House

on February 21, 2017 - 7:43am

STATE News:
  • HB 157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties


HB 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Monday.

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” bill sponsor Rep. Debbie Armstrong said. “We ask so much of them—from running into burning buildings to pulling victims out of mangled cars.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Feb. 24 Or 25

on February 20, 2017 - 4:02pm

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JABB) has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday, Feb. 24 or Saturday, Feb. 25.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.

Lunch With A Leader: Andrea Cunningham Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am
Andrea Cunningham

LWVLA News:

Lunch with a Leader features Andrea Cunningham this month at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Mesa Public Library.

Cunningham was the nurse at the New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos across the street from Los Alamos High School. She will discuss the role of a public health office in Los Alamos as well what steps might be possible since the services were drastically reduced.

Cunningham graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing and has been a practicing nurse for 27 years.

LAMC Hosts Special Room For Cancer Patients

on February 18, 2017 - 8:28am

Los Alamos Council on Cancer Board Member LeAnne Parsons describes services and items available for cancer patients at Cancer Corner room in the Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tucked away in a quiet hallway at Los Alamos Medical Center, is a small room containing several resources for those dealing with cancer in our community.

The Cancer Corner a joint venture of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, the American Cancer Society and LAMC.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Hang In There

on February 18, 2017 - 7:24am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So many people are sick right now. Los Alamos has been hit hard by the flu, which showed up a little late this year, and a very nasty virus is circulating, keeping people in bed for days. It is down-right hazardous to leave the house.

I had that virus a few weeks ago and it knocked me off my feet for nearly a week. Someone asked me how I felt and I said, “I feel like I have been hit by a bus.” And then I thought, “Oh wait, being hit by a bus is nothing like this!”

Several years ago when I was living near Hermosillo, Mexico, I was hit by a bus.

Daffodil Sales Benefit LAVNS Hospice

on February 16, 2017 - 8:49pm

Award-winning Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, owner of Pig + Fig Bakery and Café, 35 Rover Blvd. Suite G, in White Rock, accepts a display vase of daffodils from Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Social Worker Collette Fordham, in support of the March 9-10 fundraiser for hospice. The community is invited to place orders for daffodils by calling 505.662.2525 or visit www.lavns.com.

UNM-LA Honors First PCA Class Graduates

on February 16, 2017 - 8:37am

UNM-LA's first class of PCA graduates with their certificates Wednesday morning, from left, Weifeng Fan, Maria Eadie, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Carmen Salazar and Maria 'Victoria' Rygh. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gathered for a photo following Wednesday's PCA graduation ceremony at UNM-LA, from left, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Maria 'Victoria' Rygh, Maria Eadie, Weifeng Fan, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, program supporter Barbara Stoddard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Living With Alzheimer’s Talk Offered In Santa Fe

on February 16, 2017 - 8:08am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education presentation in Santa Fe, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s - for Caregivers: Late Stage” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 3, at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507.
 
Participants will learn effective ways to communicate, connect with and provide daily care for their loved ones in the later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
 
To register or for more information on either

Armstrong Bill To Create Public-Private Partnership To Fight Diabetes In New Mexico Passes House

on February 16, 2017 - 7:31am
Rep. Debbie Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
The New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 87 Monday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong to help reduce diabetes in New Mexico by creating a public-private partnership to help state agencies develop strategies to combat diabetes among the populations they serve.
 
Specifically, under HB 87, the Secretary of Health would convene a Diabetes Committee of state agencies including:
  • The Department of Health,
  • The Corrections Department,
  • The Human Services Department,
  • The Aging and Long-term Services Department
  • The Indian Affairs

Help Sought For Care Of Injured Red-tailed Hawks

on February 16, 2017 - 6:48am

Red-tailed hawks. Courtesy/LEWF

LEWF News:

Cottonwood Rehab is in need of help from the Los Alamos community for the care of four injured red-tailed hawks that arrived at Cottonwood Rehab in the last three weeks.

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is caring for two of the hawks at her home under intensive care. The other two hawks have graduated to outdoor cages. The cost of rehabbing these raptors is around $15/day for food and medication. With a normal rehab time table of about three months, Cottonwood Rehab needs $1,000 to $1,500 to get these hawks back into the wild.

To help, visit

Khalsa Acupuncture Office Closes In Los Alamos

on February 15, 2017 - 7:23am

Dr. Khalsa explains a wellness concept to visitors to his booth during the 2016 Health Fair in September at Griffth Gymnasium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Well this is certainly not the email we had hoped to send out...

As it turns out, Dr. Khalsa's pneumonia was only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. After several weeks of his health and strength continuing to decline he has now been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that is attacking his kidneys, and the treatment for it is kidney dialysis!

Bill For Firefighters With PTSD Heads To House Floor

on February 14, 2017 - 8:03am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos participates in a Labor Committee meeting Monday voting in support of HB157 to provide support for firefighters suffering from PTSD. Photo by Michael Redondo

STATE News:

  • HB157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties

After passing the House Labor and Economic Development Committee Monday, House Bill 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, now heads to

DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation

on February 13, 2017 - 8:15pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed factually inaccurate information from its website.
 
The change comes after Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a legal request with the Department of Justice last year demanding that the DEA immediately update and remove factually inaccurate information about cannabis from their website and materials.
 
Americans for Safe Access argued that the more than

Los Alamos Residents Support Cancer Foundation

on February 13, 2017 - 8:11pm

Los Alamos residents attend Saturday night's Cancer Foundation of New Mexico's 12 Annual Sweetheart Auction at the Convention Center in Santa Fe, from left, Liz Cavasos of New Mexico Bank & Trust, DonTaylor of Don Taylor Photography, Mary Beth Maassen of Los Alamos Medical Center, Scott Wallace and Lisa Wallace of LAMC, Jim Streits of Los Alamos Public Schools, Kristy Ortega of United Way, Jacque Carroll of LAMC and Chris Ortega of ReMax of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Actress Ali MacGraw,

Senate Passes Bipartisan Medical Canabis Reform

on February 13, 2017 - 4:22pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – With solid bipartisan support, the Senate today passed by a vote of 29-11 legislation that strongly reforms New Mexico’s medical cannabis laws for the first time in 10 years. 

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-16-Bernalillo), who also was the sponsor of the original medical cannabis law in New Mexico.

Gourmet Dinner Benefits Anita Salas Memorial Fund

on February 12, 2017 - 7:22am
Pig +Fig in White Rock Cafe hosted a five course wine dinner Thursday to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. The event was part of the 8th annual K2 Women’s Weekend. Learn more at www.pajaritowomen.org. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Amy
Bauer, event coordinator and Southwest Region K2 Women's Alliance member thanks diners for attending the fundraiser.

Legislation To Require State Government To Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices

on February 11, 2017 - 8:43am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, and State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces have introduced legislation that could save taxpayers millions of dollars. 
 
Senate Bill 354, ‘Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council’, would require that all state agencies and state benefit providers who purchase prescription drugs to work together to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. 
 
In fiscal year 2016 the combined state agencies spent over $670 million on prescription drugs, a staggering 54% increase in two years.

Los Alamos Research On Cancer’s Origins Key Part Of Huge Grant

on February 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Ludmil Alexandrov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, part of a team seeking to build a much deeper understanding of DNA damage – what causes it and how it leads to cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • $25 million from Cancer Research UK funds Big Data analysis identifying mutational signatures of cancer​

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge,” which seeks to revolutionize the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The

Professional Skin Care Choices Now Offering Osmosis Cosmetics

on February 9, 2017 - 9:00pm
June English, owner of Professional Skin Care Choices with a poster advertising her new line of Osmosis cosmetics. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

June English of Professional Skin Care Choices is excited about adding Osmosis cosmetics to the skincare and beauty products she offers to her customers.

Founded by Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, Osmosis products are gluten and fragrance free, and safe for use by oncology patients. Dr. Johnson wanted to bring a holistic approach to the skin care and beauty industry, English said.

Ronald McDonald Visits Local Eatery

on February 5, 2017 - 9:34pm

Ronald McDonald greets patrons as he makes a grand entrance this afternoon at the new McDonald's Restaurant in Smith's Marketplace Shopping Center on Trinity Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lance Metcalf, right and his younger brother Lane show Ronald McDonald their skills at the hockey game table. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Ronald McDonald paid a visit to the Los Alamos McDonald’s this afternoon to the delight of all that were there.

He entertained the children with magic tricks and jokes.

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