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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
 
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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.

New Mexico Suicide Rate Declines In 2016

on September 24, 2017 - 7:02am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a six percent decrease in the number of suicides in the state in 2016. The decrease reverses a trend of rising suicide rates in New Mexico over the last three years.

There were 469 reported suicides in New Mexico last year, down from 498 in 2015.

“The suicide of a loved one, whether it’s a parent, sibling, or friend, impacts the lives of those left behind forever.” said New Mexico Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher, “Suicides are preventable, and this administration is determined to reach more New Mexicans early enough to get

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

on September 24, 2017 - 6:59am

CDC News:

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months.

Teen Bullies And Victims Face Higher Suicide Risk

on September 23, 2017 - 6:08am

NPR HEALTH News:

Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk.

That’s according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that urges pediatricians and family doctors to routinely screen teenagers for suicide risks.

“Pediatricians need to be aware of the problem overall,” says Benjamin Shain, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and lead author of the report published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. “They should be screening for things like mood disorders, substance abuse as well as bullying.”

Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 23, 2017 - 6:04am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department recognized National Falls Prevention Day, Sept. 22, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

McHenry said of all the places where fall-related deaths occurred, the home had the highest rates of occurrence. She suggested that people over 65 assess their homes with the help of a family member or friend if needed and make the usually minor changes needed to reduce their risk of falling.

Los Alamos Health Fair 2017 Saturday!

on September 22, 2017 - 2:01pm

Crowd checks out the booths at the 2016 Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

HEART COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council 2017 Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23  at the Los Alamos High School Gymnasium.

As in past years, there will be free flu shots available (for those 18 years and older) and discounted blood tests.  Many of the dozens of booths at the Health Fair will have free screenings ranging from blood pressure, blood sugar levels and asthma to glaucoma.

For adults and kids alike, there will be an abundance of information about physician

A Community Foundation For The ‘City Upon A Hill’

on September 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, President
Los Alamos Community Foundation

We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.
John Winthrop, “City Upon a Hill”, 1630

A Community What?

Los Alamos residents donate to many worthwhile causes and many local organizations have been the recipients of this generosity.

Los Alamos Heart Council History, Mission And Vision

on September 22, 2017 - 1:58pm

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) was formed in August 1984 to promote heart health and wellness in our communities. It serves Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Council membership is open to anyone who wishes to help in the work as defined by the LAHC mission.   The Los Alamos Heart Council receives funds from Los Alamos Medical Center as it partner in putting Health on the LA Fair and receives sponsorship funds from NM Bank & Trust and the Los Alamos Community Foundation as sponsors of the Health Fair, as well as accepting donations and memorials.

A nine member Board of

Los Alamos Council On Cancer Free Seminar Oct. 5

on September 22, 2017 - 6:31am

LAFD: Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 22, 2017 - 6:27am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is recognizing Sept. 22, National Falls Prevention Day, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

Adult falls are the leading cause of death and hospitalization for New Mexico residents over the age of 65. In fact, New Mexico has the ninth highest death rate from falls in the country and the alarming rate of adult falls is one of the state’s health priorities.

YMCA: Don’t Let Fear Of Falls Hold You Back

on September 22, 2017 - 6:06am
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
Each year on the first day of fall, national organizations from the Falls Free Coalition and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) join together for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a day of action to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in Los Alamos County.
 
Friday, Sept. 22, The Family YMCA is asking older adults, caregivers, family members and health care professionals in Los Alamos to unite to raise awareness to prevent falls among older adults.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S.

Los Alamos Health Fair This Weekend ... And So Much More ... Don’t Leave Town!

on September 18, 2017 - 3:48pm

LAHC News:

The 32nd edition of the Los Alamos Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Griffith Gymnasium. The Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center partner to bring one of the County’s largest informative and entertaining events.

There are free flu shots, low cost blood tests, the New Mexico Bank & Trust Kids’ Free Bike Helmet Giveaway and lots of giveaways and information for kids and adults alike. Everyone in town is invited to start their day at this year’s Health Fair.

But this year there is so much more going on in town, so after starting at

LAHS Girls Soccer Hosts ‘Kick For The Cure’

on September 16, 2017 - 7:06am
SPORTS News:
 
The Los Alamos Girls High school soccer team will be raising money to help fund breast cancer research their annual “Kick for the Cure” game Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Sullivan Field.
 
The home games start at 3:30 p.m. and the team will collect donations during both the JV and Varsity games. Varsity starts at 5 p.m. and the community is encouraged to turn out and supportt the team as they “Kick for the Cure” Tuesday.
 

Alzheimer’s 'Legal And Financial Planning' Presentation

on September 15, 2017 - 6:49am
ALZHEIMER’S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families dealing with the multitude of issues that come with Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a FREE presentation in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The presentation, “Living with Alzhiemers: Legal and Financial Planning” will help explain the basics of legal and financial planning for families facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The event will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and will be hosted by Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe, NM 87507. 
 
Contact David

CDC Finds Link Between Teen Health And Grades

on September 15, 2017 - 6:07am

CDC News:

As millions of students across the United States head back to school, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new data confirming the close connection between student health and academic performance.

The data published in the Sept. 8 issue of The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest that regardless of sex, race/ethnicity and grade-level, high school students reporting lower academic marks also reported greater health risk behaviors associated with substance use, violence, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and sex.

Behavior Therapy Can Help ADHD Treatment For Kids

on September 15, 2017 - 5:58am

CIC News:

About half of young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not receiving psychological services, including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

The report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends healthcare providers first refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before trying

Progress In Preventing Death From Strokes Slows

on September 15, 2017 - 5:57am
Exercise helps prevent stroke. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

After decades of decline, progress has slowed in preventing stroke deaths. Not only has progress in preventing deaths slowed, but there has also been an increase in stroke death rates among Hispanics and among people living in the South, while blacks continue to be the hardest hit by stroke.

This Vital Signs examines trends in stroke deaths in the U.S. from 2000-2015 by age, sex, race/ethnicity and geographic area.  

Although this report does not specifically address the reasons behind the slowdown in progress, other studies point to

Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Meetings For Sandia, LANL And Uranium Workers, Sept. 25-28

on September 14, 2017 - 8:10am
CWP News:
 
DENVER, CO  Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource advocacy group that helps nuclear weapons and uranium workers and their families get the recognition, compensation and healthcare they have earned, will host free town hall meetings for former and current Sandia, LANL and uranium workers in Espanola, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Sept. 25-28. Refreshments will be served. 
 
Espanola Event                                  
 
10 a.m. or 2 p.m. 
Monday, Sept. 25                                
Santa Claran Hotel Casino                   
Mountain View Room    

Alzheimer’s Presentation Offered In White Rock Oct. 11

on September 14, 2017 - 6:50am
ALZHEIMER’S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational event in White Rock offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. The event will be hosted at The White Rock Senior Center, 137 Longview Dr. in White Rock. The class is free and open to all citizens of White Rock and surrounding communities.

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is designed primarily as an introduction for new, non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a basic knowledge

Udall Proposes Amendments To Benefit New Mexico & Nation In Major Defense Bill

on September 13, 2017 - 2:53pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Measures would strengthen mission & safety of NM’s labs, help military families, and modernize government IT systems & save taxpayers money

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico’s national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money.

The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the

Heinrich Backs Medicare For All

on September 13, 2017 - 8:48am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on cosponsoring U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All bill:
 
“America is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet despite our health care progress in recent years, we still spend far too much of our GDP on health care and some New Mexicans still find themselves without any coverage at all.
 
“It is time to recognize that health care is a human right and I believe that the best way to make that a reality in our nation is to build on what we all

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