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AGU: Combination Of El Niño And 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Likely Worsened Zika Outbreak

on October 16, 2017 - 6:25am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new study.
 
new research commentary suggests the earthquake left more people exposed to disease-carrying mosquitos, and climate variability associated with the 2014-2016 El Niño event created more favorable mosquito breeding grounds.

Supercuts Clip For The Cure Saturday, Oct. 21

on October 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Supercuts in Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos is hosting a Clip for the Cure event Saturday, Oct. 21, as part of the company's nationwide effort to help fight breast cancer. The store will donate 10 percent of every haircut Oct. 21 to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Gathered for a photo Saturday afternoon, from left, local Supercuts Manager Sarafina Aguino, Mariela Dominguez, Amanda Maestas, Assistant Manager Debra DeLaRosa and Leila Herrera. Supercuts is open seven days a week: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

LAMC Presents Emergency Preparedness Talk Oct. 20

on October 11, 2017 - 11:37am

Key Facts About Flu: Protect Yourself From Influenza

on October 11, 2017 - 6:38am
Down with the flu. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  •  Some people may have vomiting and

Upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

on October 10, 2017 - 2:19pm
 
JJAB News:
 
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training-openings available to the community!
 
The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday OR Saturday, October 27 or 28 at UNM-LA.
 
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.

Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?

on October 10, 2017 - 6:16am
Who should get vaccinated for the flu? Nearly everyone over six months of age. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.

Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of

Common Misconceptions About Flu Vaccines

on October 9, 2017 - 4:45am

CDC News:

Can a flu shot give you the flu?

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness.

Flu vaccines given with a needle are made in two ways:

  • the vaccine is made either with
    • a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious; or
    • b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine).

The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.

In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get

Special Blood Drive Slated For Tuesday

on October 8, 2017 - 9:03am

Staff Report

Although blood supplies in Las Vegas, Nev., have been replenished, United Blood Services is once again sending its Bloodmobile to Los Alamos Tuesday, Oct. 10 in response to the requests and generosity of this community.

The Bloodmobile will be in the Smith's Marketplace and community members can donate blood 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last week's blood drive in the same location, which also was hosted by Smith's received a huge response and members of the community were still offering to donate blood so UBS decided to host a second one.

Appointments may be made by calling 505.246.1457.

Free Legacy Planning Workshop Oct. 21

on October 6, 2017 - 2:12pm
LACF News:
 
Animal Protection of New Mexico, Animal Protection Voters, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and the Los Alamos Community Foundation are teaming up to offer a Practical Legacy Planning Workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. The workshop will be presented by Susan M. Morrison, JD, CFP®, APMA®

RSVP to elizabeth@apnm.org or 505.933.1123.
 
The workshop will offer an opportunity to discover answers to estate planning questions and to begin the process of writing your own last will and testament.
 
Issues to be discussed:
  • Who needs a will?
  • What

LAMC Launches ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ Campaign To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on October 3, 2017 - 6:18pm

Los Alamos Medical Center launched its first ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ campaign today to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To honor those whose lives have been touched by this disease, not only are staff and officials wearing pink each Tuesday but they also painted all the speed bumps pink in the parking lot. Courtesy/LAMC

Dressed in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from left, Los Alamos Medical Center CFO Steve Winegeart, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace and CEO John Whiteside. Courtesy/LAMC

STDs At Record High

on October 2, 2017 - 6:30am

CDC News:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease.

More Scenes From Saturday’s Relay For Life

on October 1, 2017 - 2:05pm

A special team joined their friend Jan Sander at the Relay for Life event Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

Cancer Survivors Jan Sander and Nancy Lemons at Saturday's event. Photo by Nina Thayer

Some of the 25 members of Jan Sander's Happiness Team participate in the rain in the Relay for Life event at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

Kathy Bjorklund and Lori Elton partcipate Saturday in the Relay for Life event. Photo by Nina Thayer

The Survivors Lap begins Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

The Hillstompers entertain the relay participants.

Scenes From Los Alamos Relay For Life

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am

Scene from the Los Alamos Relay for Life annual event Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo

Scene from Los Alamos Relay for Life. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The 2017 Los Alamos Relay for Life Saturday at Ashley Pond Park raises money for the American Cancer Society.

The community was invited to participate in a number of ways. In former years, Los Alamos Relay for Life teams have walked throughout the night, however, this year participants began at 10 a.m. and walked for whatever amount of time they wished until the 9 p.m. closing ceremony.

Called the most important event of the

Scenes From LAFD Resuscitation Academy

on September 30, 2017 - 7:13am

Representatives of EMS agencies from throughout the state attend the classroom portion of the Resuscitation Academy hosted by Los Alamos Fire Department Friday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, left, and LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry chat with Chief James Brothers of Maryland Resuscitation Academy at the LAFD-sponsored Resuscitation Academy Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Capt. James Benson of Abiquiu Volunteer Fire Department, left, and

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Community

on September 29, 2017 - 8:25am
By CATHERINE FRY, RPh
Los Alamos
 
I wish to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful people of the Los Alamos community who donated money and items for Elizabeth Hargreaves and I to take to the Friends of The Children of Haiti medical clinic in Cyvadier, Haiti this past week. 
 
Our trip was delayed due to Hurricane Irma but we eventually made it to our destination Sunday, Sept.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Honor Your Bette

on September 29, 2017 - 8:09am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

For many, many years Bette was my best friend. We were together during a particularly drama-filled era of our lives.

We were going through angst-filled ups and downs, as both of our marriages fell to pieces while we were trying to meet the never-ending demands of raising children. We took turns holding each other up and holding each other together when necessary. On the day Bette’s divorce was final she found out she had advanced-stage breast cancer.

I was at home with her when the doctor’s office called wanting her to come in so they could discuss her biopsy

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor ... ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care For Indian Country

on September 29, 2017 - 7:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country.
 
In remarks Sept. 26 on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality health care.

CDC: Why Global Health Security Is Essential To U.S. National Security

on September 29, 2017 - 6:44am

CDC News:

How does CDC fulfill its mission to keep America safe from health threats? The first-ever special supplement to CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal details progress made in preventing, detecting, and responding to disease threats around the world.

The threats keep coming: SARS in 2003; pandemic influenza in 2009; the largest Ebola outbreak in history in 2014; Zika in 2015. Since then we’ve had regional outbreaks of chikungunya, yellow fever, and H7N9 influenza, among hundreds of others.

Become An EMT, CNA Or PCA At UNM-LA

on September 29, 2017 - 6:17am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) offers programs that train students to meet specific needs in our community, including the fields of emergency medicine and health care.

In 2013, UNM-LA developed an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. In 2016, the college began offering the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program, and then in the Spring of 2017 the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program was added. Transfer programs in Pre-Professional Health are also available.

The EMS, CNA and PCA programs prepare students to work in fields that have a very high employment potential.

Hope Pregnancy Center Guarantees Privacy And Confidentiality, Education And Support

on September 27, 2017 - 5:39pm

Client Services Administrator Joanne Lestone at Hope Pregnancy Center at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite 3, has been involved with the Center for eight years. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Hope Pregnancy Center Director Kim Ferguson. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When you step in the doorway at Hope Pregnancy Center on Diamond Drive across from Los Alamos High School, you will immediately be struck by the cheerful serenity of the office.

Heinrich: Preliminary CBO Score Of Graham-Cassidy

on September 27, 2017 - 7:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement Sept. 25 after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of Graham-Cassidy.
 
Although not able to provide point estimates on health insurance coverage and premium increases at this time, the CBO concluded that millions fewer people will have insurance that covers high-cost medical events and Medicaid will be cut by $1 trillion over a decade:
 
“Republicans’ latest attempt to rush

Los Alamos Relay For Life Slated For Saturday

on September 26, 2017 - 5:55am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Twelve teams have registered to participate in the 2017 Los Alamos Relay for Life, which kicks off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

The event raises money for the American Cancer Society and the community is invited to participate in a number of ways. In former years, Los Alamos Relay for Life teams have walked throughout the night, however, this year participants may begin to walk at 10 a.m. and can walk for whatever amount of time they wish between 10 a.m. and the 9 p.m. closing ceremony.

There

Crowd Swarms 2017 Los Alamos Health Fair!

on September 24, 2017 - 7:54am
A large crowd swarms over Griffith Gymnasium Saturday for the Los Alamos Heart Council's 2017 Health Fair. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Flu shot! Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Medical Center has a big presence at the annual Health Fair. In addition to free flu shots, the hospital dispensed all kinds of information. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A youngster is fitted for a free bicycle helmet courtesy of New Mexico Bank & Trust. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
MANNM volunteers sign people up for blood tests. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Shiny

Whiteside: Protecting Yourself, Community From Flu

on September 24, 2017 - 7:34am

By JOHN WHITESIDE
Los Alamos Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer

For many of us, September is a time for getting back into the routines and looking forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Unfortunately, September also means that flu season is right around the corner.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is “Making Communities Healthier”. That means we want to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this serious illness and help you stay healthy for the busy months ahead.

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