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'Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day' At Legislature Jan. 18

on December 8, 2017 - 7:05am
ALZHEIMER'S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is inviting all caregivers, supporters and concerned community members to join them for a day of advocacy and awareness-building with New Mexico’s policy-makers at the Santa Fe Capitol Building for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day.
 
Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Legislature. There will be a Press Conference at 11 a.m. The Capitol Building (aka “The Roundhouse”) is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

CDC: Keep Active This Holiday Season

on December 8, 2017 - 6:48am

CDC News:

The holidays are here again! Not only does this festive season bring egg nog, cookies, candy canes and stuffing with extra gravy, in many areas it also means cooler temperatures.

Although being physically active can help you avoid some holiday weight gain, what should you do if it is too cold or icy outside? Why not beat holiday shoppers to your nearest mall for a morning walk?

Although mall walking can be done by almost anyone, it tends to be most popular among people middle-aged and older.

NMPHA Health Policy Legislative Forum Friday

on December 7, 2017 - 9:03am
NMPHA News:
 
The New Mexico Public Health Association will hold its 14th Annual Health Policy Legislative Forum this Friday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel. 
 
Registration is still open with just a few spaces left, please see link below. 
 
Learn the latest health policy issues, network with people, and influence health policy decisions in New Mexico.
 

New Mexico Mental Health Rankings Rise

on December 7, 2017 - 8:06am
NMHSD News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest has announced that New Mexico has once again improved in Mental Health America’s “The State of Mental Health in America 2018” report.
 
Since 2015, New Mexico has improved from 46th to 21st in the overall category. 
 
“One of our priorities is to continue working with our partners to improve the state’s behavioral health system,” Earnest said. “And we’re seeing results from our work. Putting the patient first and more effectively coordinating care is essential to improving outcomes.

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Computer Simulations Reveal Roots Of Drug Resistance

on December 6, 2017 - 11:43am
Bacterial efflux pumps, such as the P. aeruginosa MexAB-OprM pump shown here, are one of the dominant molecular mechanisms available to Gram-negative pathogens for removing toxins, including antibiotics. Inactivation of the pump assembly and function would be a major step for reducing bacterial multidrug resistance. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
New supercomputer simulations have revealed the role of transport proteins called efflux pumps in creating drug-resistance in bacteria, research that could lead to improving the drugs’ effectiveness against life-threatening diseases and restoring

Letter To The Editor: Government Should Fund Development Of New Antibiotics

on December 6, 2017 - 8:06am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is a response to the Post’s recent article (link) from NMDOH concerning antibiotic use, as well as an earlier article that was run concerning sepsis.

About two and a half years ago, I went into the ER with a sore throat and a low-grade fever. I was concerned that I might have strep and they gave me the standard test. It came back negative. The doctor said that it must be viral, so he sent me home with no medication. He suggested that I take some Tylenol for the fever.

Three days later, I went back to the ER.

NMDOH Urges New Mexicans To Be Antibiotics Aware

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in participating in Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational campaign that encourages patients, families and healthcare professionals to be aware of antibiotics by learning about safe antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics are a key tool in preventing, treating and eliminating bacterial diseases in both humans and animals. They are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections, such as the cold or flu.

LANL: First Efficacy Study Announced For HIV-1 Preventive ‘Mosaic’ Vaccine

on December 4, 2017 - 9:24am
LANL theoretical biologist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
International partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.
 
The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.
 

Luján Pushes Funding For Opioid Treatment

on December 4, 2017 - 8:09am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Nov. 30 sent a letter to the leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee urging continued investment to combat the opioid epidemic.
 
Earlier this year, Lujan introduced legislation that would provide $2.5 billion in additional funding for five years at the rate of $500 million a year.
 
More than 64,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdoses in 2016, the deadliest year on record.

Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising Stamp Dedicated

on December 3, 2017 - 6:17am
USPS News:
 
BALTIMORE, MD — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan dedicated a stamp Thursday to fund research to help find a cure for one of the top 10 leading causes of death — Alzheimer’s.
 
The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising stamp took place at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. Please share the news on social media using the hashtag #AlzheimersStamp.
 
The price of the stamp includes the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research.

LAMC’s Rachel Allen Earns 2017 Mercy Award

on December 1, 2017 - 10:55am

From left, LAMC Human Resource Director Jacqui Carroll, 2017 Mercy Award recipient Rachel Allen and CEO John Whiteside at Thursday's special recognition event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Medical Center Patient Access Representative Rachel Allen was selected to receive this year’s Mercy Award from LifePoint, the hospital’s parent company.

At a special gathering Thursday at LAMC, Human Resource Director Jacqui Carroll said Allen has been employed at the hospital just a little more than a year and

LAVNS Earns HealthInsight New Mexico Award

on December 1, 2017 - 9:49am

LAVNS staff celebrates receiving the HealthInsight New Mexico recognition award. Courtesy photo

LAVNS News:

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. staff celebrates receiving the HealthInsight New Mexico recognition award for ranking in the top 25 percent nationally on Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. LAVNS is the only agency to receive this award in Northern New Mexico.

The not-for-profit Home Health and Hospice Agency provides intermittent skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, medical social

On The Job In Los Alamos: LAMC Advisory Board

on December 1, 2017 - 8:29am

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Los Alamos Medical Center Advisory Board who met with senior management and medical staff Thursday evening at the hospital. From left, Advisory Board members Geoff Rodgers and Ben Stone, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace, Interim Chief Financial Officer Jim McGonnell, Board Chair Chuck McCullough, LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Senior Executive Assistant Vicki Martinez, Human Resource Director Jacqui Carroll, board member Patricia Ensberg and Dr. Monica Snowden. Not pictured, Dr. Josiah Child (attended by phone), board members Carol A.

Lead Hazards In Some Holiday Toys And Jewelry

on December 1, 2017 - 8:17am

CDC News:

Protect children from exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry.

Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.

Children may be exposed to lead by simply handling toys normally. It is normal for toddlers and infants to put toys, fingers and other objects in their mouths. They may also be exposed to lead this way.

Lead in Toys

Toys imported into the United States and antique toys and collectibles often

Increase Lung Cancer Awareness

on December 1, 2017 - 7:30am

CDC News:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

For help quitting, visit smokefree.gov, call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text “QUIT” to 47848 from your cell phone.

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following ways—

  • Don’t smoke.

Udall, Luján Introduce Legislation On Health Disparities For Native Americans Living In Urban Areas

on November 28, 2017 - 8:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act also is cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.
 
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run

Alzheimer’s Association Applauds Grand Opening Of UNM Memory & Aging Center

on November 26, 2017 - 7:53am
ALZHEIMER"S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter is pleased to announce a Grand Opening event for its partner in the battle to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease, the UNM Memory and Aging Center.
 
The UNM Memory and Aging Center is the only center devoted to Alzheimer’s and dementia research and treatment in New Mexico or the Mountain West region. It is part of UNM’s Health Sciences Center.
 
The center was created under the direction of Gary Rosenberg, MD, to specifically help patients with various types of neurologic conditions that affect cognition and behavior,

Bastone Appointed CEO St. Vincent Hospital Support

on November 26, 2017 - 7:44am
Peter F. Bastone, MPH, MACHM
 
HOSPITAL News:
 
SANTA FE  St. Vincent Hospital Support (SVHsupport), a nonprofit charity and support organization that is a 50 percent owner with CHRISTUS Health of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Center and supports the health and wellness of the Santa Fe Community and Northern New Mexico, has appointed Peter F. Bastone, MPH, MACHM as its new president and chief executive officer. Bastone replaces David Delgado who will continue as Chair of Impact Investment Committee of SVHsupport.
 
Bastone is an innovative, future-focused leader who transforms health

Birth Rate Declines In United States In 2016

on November 25, 2017 - 6:15am

CDC News:

Key findings from Natonal Vital Statistics System: 

  • The U.S. general fertility rate declined to 62.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2016, down 1% from 2015.
  • Birth rates declined among women under age 30 in 2016, and rose for women aged 30–44.
  • The cesarean delivery rate continued to decline in 2016, down to 31.9% of all births.
  • The preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year to 9.85% in 2016.
  • The 2016 rate of triplet and higher-order multiple births was 48% lower than the 1998 peak.

This report presents several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators

Teen Birth Rate Declines In New Mexico By 60 Percent Over Nine Years

on November 23, 2017 - 10:52am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a decrease in the 2016 teen birth rate in the state, continuing a steep decline that began in 2007. Births to teens in New Mexico are now at their lowest point in many decades:

The birth rate for teens ages 15 to 19 fell 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, and 55 percent over the past nine years. (The teen birth rate for ages 15 to 19 was 29.4 per 1,000 females in 2016.)
Additionally, the birth rate for teens ages 15 to 17 saw a significant drop: down by 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, and nearly a 60 percent decrease since 2007. (The

Only 1 In 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits Or Vegetables

on November 23, 2017 - 10:25am

CDC News:

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published last week in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska.

Scenes From Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-Los Alamos Nov. 17-20

on November 20, 2017 - 5:36am

Scene from the Trauma Trail Challenge Practicum during the three-day Fire & Ice In the Jemez Mountains Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

A training exercise during Fire & Ice used real patients moulaged to represent aspects of traumatic injuries and medical emergencies that providers may encounter at any given multiple casualty incident. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Fire & Ice multiple casualty incident

LAFD Fills The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

on November 19, 2017 - 6:18am

Los Alamos Firefighters collected funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association throughout this week at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD Capt. James Pepe Steps Up For ‘Movember’

on November 19, 2017 - 6:05am

This Los Alamos Fire Department employee sporting a fine mustache for ‘Movember’ claimed to be Deputy Chief Steve Dawalt but is actually Capt. James Pepe. LAPD is raising money throughout this month for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health.  The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any local fire station or contribute online at https://moteam.co/lafd-inter-mo-s. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Birth Defects Provoke Challenges For NM Families

on November 18, 2017 - 9:38pm

NMDH News:

Being a parent is a challenge under any circumstance, but for 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States this year, there are challenges above and beyond the day-to-day raising of the child.

One in 33 is the rate of babies born nationally with birth defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that means about one child in every school classroom in the country might be affected.

Birth defects come in many forms. Here in New Mexico, the Department of Health (NMDOH) tracks the rate of 12 major birth defects.

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