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Drowsy Driving: Don’t Be Asleep At The Wheel

on November 18, 2017 - 7:28am

CDC News:

Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States. The risk, danger, and often tragic results of drowsy driving are alarming. Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.

This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work.

No one knows the exact moment when sleep comes over their body. Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, but being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep.

Drowsiness:

One In Five US Adults Still Using Tobacco Products

on November 18, 2017 - 7:27am

CDC News:

About 1 in 5 U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

This is the first time CDC, in coordination with FDA, has used the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to assess the range of different tobacco products used by U.S. adults. The survey has been used to assess current (“every day” or “some day”) cigarette smoking among U.S.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Del Norte Credit Union

on November 17, 2017 - 7:09am

On the job Thursday in Los Alamos is Marketing Specialist Diego Muñoz at Del Norte Credit Union at 40 Rover Blvd., in White Rock who has worked for the company since March. Muñoz is growing a mustache for ‘#Movember with DNCU’ to raise funds and awareness of 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. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Account Set Up For Stabbing Victim Cory Kershner

on November 15, 2017 - 11:14am

COMMUNITY News: 

Cory Kershner, a member of this community was severely injured Nov. 3. He was trying to protect his girlfriend when he was stabbed multiple times in a brutal attack.

Kershner was air-lifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital to undergo emergency surgey. His prognosis is good but he is still hospitalized and in need of financial assistance. 

Donations are being accepted at New Mexico Bank & Trust, under "Cory Kershner The Recovery Fund", to help with his financial needs.

He has a long road to recovery. Please consider giving whatever you can to support him.

 

LAFD ‘Movember’ Fundraiser Going Strong

on November 13, 2017 - 6:16am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineers Adrian Carbajal, left, and Matt Muniz show off the stylish ‘Movember’ mustaches they are growing to raise funds and awareness of 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

Scenes From 2017 LAFC Boots And Badges Fall Ball

on November 12, 2017 - 10:36am

Members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC display the colors at the Los Alamos Family Council Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAFC Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAFC Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC Board Member Sherry Willis serves as emcee at this year's Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A.

Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA To Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

on November 12, 2017 - 6:15am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food.
 
In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help the thousands of New Mexicans living in rural communities. 
 
“All

LAMC Celebrates Longtime Staff Members

on November 10, 2017 - 10:48am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside honors the hospital's longest serving staff member, Dianne Vandiver, RN, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the hospital during a ‘Significant Anniversaryappreciation dinner Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
LAMC staff members celebrating 5 to 45 years of service gather for a group photo early Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Jacqui Carroll/LAMC
 
LAMC staff at Tuesday's appreciation event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Chief Nursing

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

LAVNS Among New Mexico Home Health Agencies Receiving 2017 HealthInsight Quality Awards

on November 10, 2017 - 7:00am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Nineteen home health agencies across New Mexico, including Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services, were recognized for their commitment to improving performance and promoting patient-centered care.
 
The HealthInsight Quality Award Program promotes transparency in health care. Since 2004, the program has recognized nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and outpatient medical practices and clinics in Utah and Nevada.
 
This year, HealthInsight New Mexico and the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care partnered to launch the program in New

Nearly 635,000 New Mexican Adults Have Prediabetes: Only One In Five Knows It

on November 9, 2017 - 7:34am

NMDH News:

This test asks you to answer a few quick questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Your results are reported as a score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program encourages residents to both learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease.

Almost 635,000 New Mexican adults have

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

LAFD Fills The Boot For MDA

on November 9, 2017 - 7:07am

The Los Alamos Fire Department is gearing up once again to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 13-18 outside Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock daily. Firefighters Kevin Kamplain, left, and Ernesto Polson ask the community to support the longtime firefighter tradition. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to once again join in the strong firefighter tradition of filling the boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Violence Against Healthcare Workers

on November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Violence against doctors, nurses in public hospitals is common and underreported

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico.

Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

“We’re concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our public

Pearce Votes To Extend Vital Healthcare Programs

on November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers (CHC), and other important public health priorities including additional Medicaid Assistance funding.
 
This bill also includes a two-year funding extension for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program.
 
“Passage of this bill today is a vital step to providing essential funding for communities throughout New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against CHIP Cuts

on November 5, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted against legislation that would cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotage the ACA, and raise Medicare premiums for seniors to pay for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers.
 
“Like many others who care deeply about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC), I am appalled by the vote we took in the House today.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
 
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
 
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.

Fentanyl Involved In Over Half Of Opioid Overdose Deaths In 10 States

on November 3, 2017 - 7:25am

CDC News:

More athan half of people in 10 states who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 tested positive for fentanyl, according to new data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release.

The report found that out of a total of 5,152 opioid overdose deaths, almost 3,000 tested positive for fentanyl, and over 700 tested positive for drugs that have similar chemical structures to fentanyl (fentanyl analogs) – including the extremely potent fentanyl analog, carfentanil, which is used to sedate large animals.

This is the first report on

Getting Ahead Of Next Pandemic: Is The World Ready?

on November 2, 2017 - 8:29pm
Is the world ready for the next pandemic? Courtesy photo

CDC News:

When a deadly mystery illness was detected in Liberia in April 2017, first responders were on the ground within 24 hours. Through the Ministry of Health’s quick action and collaboration with global partners, the cause of the outbreak was identified as meningococcal disease and contained with only 31 cases and 13 deaths.

In stark contrast, when Ebola struck Liberia just three years ago, it took the country months to mount an effective response; thousands of lives were lost as responders raced to control the growing epidemic.

Massage Like You’ve Never Felt It

on November 2, 2017 - 8:52am

Windgate Healing Arts owner Bethany Bundy at 2101 Suite T Trinity Dr. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bethany Bundy, owner of Windgate Healing Arts, offers body work techniques that may be new to Los Alamos, but have thousands of years of history behind them.

Bundy opened Windgate Healing Arts at 2101 Suite T Trinity Dr., about two months ago. Located near the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, Windgate presents a calm, beautiful atmosphere.

A massage therapist for 20 years, Bundy was drawn to the

Hiking The Grand Canyon Nov. 8

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am

Fifteen New Mexico Hospitals To Receive New Leapfrog Safety Grades

on October 31, 2017 - 7:02pm
SSG News:
 
When you check into the hospital, are you aware of whether the doctors wash their hands? Do you consider the potential risk for infection and what your hospital’s success rate has been in preventing these?
 
Chances are no, but having access to this information could be the difference between life and death. In fact, more than 440,000 people die each year from preventable errors, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
 
Fifteen New Mexico hospitals will receive new Hospital Safety Scores Oct. 31, from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2017 grade.

AG Balderas Expands Massive Generic Drug Price-Fixing Investigation And Lawsuit

on October 31, 2017 - 10:28am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas and 45 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry today asked a federal court for permission to file a new complaint in the states' pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants in the suit from six to 18 and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to 15.
 
For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are

LARSO: From Our Kitchen To Your Door – Home Delivered Meals For Seniors

on October 30, 2017 - 1:36pm

Grilled tuna and vegetables can be delivered hot and ready to eat to the homes of seniors who may not be able to cook for themselves. Courtesy/LARSO

LARSO News:

Many locals know that delicious lunches are served at both the Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers every weekday, but fewer folks know that those same meals can be delivered hot and ready to eat to the homes of seniors who may not be able to cook for themselves.

Sometimes, a senior has been hospitalized or sustained an injury or illness that has them feeling weak, unable to stand at the stove or just not feeling like eating.

Balderas: $18.5 Million Presbyterian Settlement

on October 30, 2017 - 1:28pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

  • Balderas’ recovery exceeds the audit amount identified by nearly $4 million

ALBUQUERQUE – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Presbyterian Healthcare regarding the failure to pay Medicaid premium taxes by the corporation.

The settlement exceeds the amount identified, $14.6 million, in the recently released Examination Resources audit by nearly four million dollars.

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