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New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week With Events Statewide

on July 31, 2017 - 10:51am
WBW News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Sustaining Breastfeeding Together will take place Aug. 1–7 and is a collaborations of advocates, activists and those with decision-making power to promote and protect breastfeeding for anyone and everyone.
 
In New Mexico, the week will be celebrated with special events hosted by the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force (NMBTF) across the state.
 
“Our goal is to continue to advocate for and raise awareness for breastfeeding to cultivate communities that are supportive, and to protect the rights of New Mexico’s mothers and children,” said Erin Marshall,

U.S. Representatives Lujan Grisham, Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Program

on July 31, 2017 - 6:54am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representaives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced legislation to create a Care Corps demonstration program that is designed to provide support for family caregivers and help meet the growing demand for the care of aging and disabled Americans.
 
The Care Corps Demonstration Act will place volunteers in communities to work with seniors and individuals with disabilities who need extra support to live independently.

Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Caregiver Presentation Aug. 21

on July 29, 2017 - 5:19pm
ALZHEIMER'S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 1-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21; hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos.
 
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a more detailed knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease in its various stages and an

NM American Legion Riders Dedicated To Fisher House

on July 29, 2017 - 7:45am

NM ALR and third from right, Ken Nadeau, ALR chairman and Los Alamos American Legion Post 90’s executive committee member. Courtesy/American Legion

AMERICAN LEGION News:

Across the nation, Fisher Houses provide comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at either a military hospital or Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility.

It’s a mission that for 10 years has been near and dear to the hearts of the Department of New Mexico’s American Legion Riders.

Smith's Marketplace Pharmacist Katherine Fry Nominated For Kroger Community Service Award

on July 29, 2017 - 7:02am
A woman on a mission. Smith's Pharmacist Katherine Fry will visit Haiti in September with the help of Kroger for her 6th mission trip. She was recently nominated for a national award and selected as the highlighted story for District 6. Courtesy photo
 
Mothers in Haiti carry infants far and sometimes wait hours to receive the most basic of care for their children. The life-saving efforts are assisted by local Heroine Dr. Katherine Fry and donations from Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Dr.

Udall To Protect Medicaid For New Mexico Families

on July 28, 2017 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Senate continues to debate the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and drastically cut Medicaid, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will vote for a measure to protect Medicaid coverage in New Mexico and across the country. 
 
“Medicaid is quite simply a lifeline for New Mexico. Across our state, more than 900,000 New Mexicans are able to see a doctor when they get sick, without the fear of going broke, thanks to the coverage they receive under Medicaid.

TOTH Elders Provide Scholarship Funds To UNM-LA

on July 27, 2017 - 4:58pm
Trinity On The Hill Elder Phyllis Bailey presents a scholarship donation to UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney while SUN PATH Coordinator Cindy Leyba, left, and Elder Brad Wright look on. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 
From left, top row: LAFD Operations Battalion Chief /UNM-LA EMS Program Coordinator Joe Candelaria, Cathy Walters, Judy Crocker, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney. Center row: Petr Jandacek, Mary Cunningham, Paul Cunningham, Brad Wright, Jenny Bishop, Phyllis Bailey. Front row: Bo West, Trisha Harlow, Jane Sherwood, Louise Jandacek and Barbara Stoddard. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 

Tips For Healthy Summer Smiles

on July 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Healthy grins. Courtesy photo
 
NMDOH News:
 
New Mexico Department of Health Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:  
 
Stay on a routine
 
Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes.

10 Ways To Love Your Brain

on July 27, 2017 - 8:27am

NMDOH News:

Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.

Break a sweat.
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Hit the books.
Formal education in any stage of life will help

Child Cuddles Rabid Bat

on July 24, 2017 - 9:46pm

A 6-year-old girl holds a bat that a cat brought into her grandmother’s house. She cuddled and kissed it on its head and the bat was later found to be infected with rabies. She is undergoing treatment. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post
 
Staff Report
Valley Daily Post
  •  Cats, Bats and Rabies: What NOT to do When You Find a Bat 

Tiki is a beautiful young cat who lives 15 minutes north of Espanola and loves to go outside. He is colored like a Siamese but his soft hair and broad head make him stand out in the crowd. 

Early Thursday morning, a week ago Tiki went inside after a short time outside and

Local Relay For Life Co-Chairs Share Excitement

on July 24, 2017 - 11:13am

Los Alamos Relay for Life co-chairs Rachal Allen, left, and Tonya Sprouse-Mullins sell luminaria bags Sunday afternoon at Smith's Marketplace. They are recruiting volunteers, teams and sponsors for the Sept. 30 event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rachal Allen, a patient access representative at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, a medical assistant at Bridge Care for Women, are the co-chairs for this year’s American Cancer Society Los Alamos Relay for Life.

The two women have jumped into the

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Trinity Urgent Care

on July 23, 2017 - 7:18am

On the job at Trinity Urgent Care at 15th Street and Trinity Drive is Medical Assistant Jerrica Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Relay For Life Sells Luminaria Bags At Smith's Sunday

on July 22, 2017 - 8:13am

RELAY FOR LIFE News:

Event coordinators for this year's Relay for Life Los Alamos are selling luminaria bags 1-4 p.m., Sunday at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos.

Luminarias honor every life touched by cancer. They can be dedicated to a loved one lost, someone battling cancer or anyone who has overcome the disease. 

The luminarias will be decorated with names and sometimes messages to the people they are dedicated to and placed around Ashley Pond during the upcoming Relay for Life Los Alamos event.

After dark, Relay participants share an emotional moment when each Luminaria is lit in

Walk To End Alzheimer's Comes To Santa Fe Aug. 26

on July 22, 2017 - 7:46am
AA News:
 
ALBUBQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce Santa Fe will host the Northern NM Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s, at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at Santa Fe Plaza, 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
 
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event for raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. All citizens and media in Santa Fe and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this colorful and touching event.
 
For more information contact Ashley Martinez, (505).266.4473

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tours LAMC

on July 21, 2017 - 9:59am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace, center, greet U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the entrance to the hospital and guide her on a tour of the facility. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside guides U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on a tour of the hospital Saturday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside continues his tour for U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

U.S. Rep.

CDC: Protecting Babies From Group B Strep

on July 21, 2017 - 8:21am
CDC: Pregnant women should get a group B strep test. Courtesy photo
 
CDC News:
 
All pregnant women should get a group B strep test when they are 35–37 weeks pregnant. Babies can get very sick and even die if their mothers pass group B strep bacteria to them during childbirth.
 
If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor or midwife about getting a group B strep (GBS) test. CDC recommends getting it when you are 35–37 weeks pregnant. The test shows if you are carrying group B streptococcal bacteria, which you can pass to your baby during childbirth.

Making An Informed Vaccine Decision

on July 21, 2017 - 8:06am
CDC: Vaccinations can help prevent dangerous and even deadly diseases in children. Courtesy Image
 
CDC News:
 
As a parent, you may wish to know more about how vaccines work, vaccine risks/side effects, vaccine ingredients, and vaccine safety before deciding to vaccinate your child.
 
How Vaccines Prevent Diseases

The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease.
 
When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and

CCNS: Luján Champions RECA For New Mexicans

on July 21, 2017 - 7:38am
Concerned Citizens For Nuclear Safety News:
After nearly 600 luminarias were lit on the Tularosa Little League field, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed his apologies to those who are suffering from or have died of illnesses caused by exposure to the first atomic bomb test July 16, 1945, at the Trinity Site.
The bomb contained 13 pounds of plutonium, but only three pounds fissioned. The remaining plutonium and toxic ash fell out over fields, gardens, houses and mountains, eventually flowing into cisterns and waterways.

Relay For Life Los Alamos Needs Nine More Teams!

on July 20, 2017 - 9:34pm

RELAY FOR LIFE LOS ALAMOS News:

The annual Relay for Life Los Alamos event is 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Ashley Pond Park.

The event includes the walk, 5k run, luminaria ceremony at dark and many other activities to be announced in the coming weeks.

This year the goal is to have 15 teams, but to date just six have signed up. The community is invited to gather friends, co-workers and family to come out and support the American Cancer Society. The goal for each team member is to raise $100 and this can be done by donations or fundraising.

For more information, contact Relay for Life

LAPD Dispatchers Are The Thin Gold Line

on July 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Consolidated Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain goes through medical instructions Tuesday morning during a 911 call. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Dispatcher Ruben Garcia sends emergency responders to the home of a 911 caller. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • “There’s the thin blue line for police officers and the thin red line for firefighters ... dispatchers are the thin gold line …” –CDC Supervisor Kate Stoddard

 

When visitors stand in front of the small dark window in the foyer of the Los

Top Colleges Listed For Medical Assisting Programs

on July 20, 2017 - 9:54am
RWM News:
 
FOSTER CITY, Calif.  Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus has been named the No. 2 best school for medical assisting, according to the data-driven rankings by RWM.org, a resource hub for students.
 
Medical assistants work various roles within the healthcare industry which majorly includes greeting the patients, arranging the appointment, noting the vital signs, sending the samples to labs, recording medical data and even in some cases in medical billing.
 
To help students narrow down their choice of schools for Medical assistance, RWM.org has released its list of 

FREE ‘Savvy Caregiver’ For Alzheimer’s Program

on July 20, 2017 - 8:23am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Los Alamos offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The “Savvy Caregiver Program,” course is each Saturday from Aug. 19 through Oct. 7 (except on Labor Day weekend) at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Each class is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The course is free and open to all.
 
This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for

Lujan Grisham Urges Colleagues To Shift Priorities To Job Creation, Working Families, Child Nutrition

on July 20, 2017 - 7:52am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a member of the House Budget Committee, helped to kick off today’s hearing on the Republican budget plan. She delivered the following remarks:
 
“What you've heard from all of my colleagues is while our job is to figure out a balanced approach to a federal budget that is meaningful and makes the most sense for all Americans, what we have again is a budget that is imbalanced and, frankly, inappropriate.

2017’s Most And Least Stressed Cities In America

on July 19, 2017 - 6:28am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With U.S. stress levels increasing for the first time in 10 years due mainly to the current political climate and workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an indepth analysis to determine 2017's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.

In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 30 key metrics.
 
The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

 
 
Most

Attorney General Balderas Sues Six Generic Drug-Makers For Putting Profits Over New Mexico Patients

on July 18, 2017 - 5:58am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that New Mexico has joined with four other states in filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs.
 
“I will continue to hold big out-of-state corporations accountable when then they rip off New Mexico consumers, and when companies put profits over patients, they will

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