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Letter to the Editor: New Report On Fort Bayard Medical Center Raises Concern Over Other State Facilities

on April 8, 2016 - 11:25am
By Sen. HOWIE MORALES
D-28-Catron, Grant & Socorro

 

It is no exaggeration to say that the most vulnerable citizens in New Mexico, as in the broader society, are largely invisible and rarely heard. Among these are the elderly and the ill, children from broken homes in the juvenile detention system, and desperate people struggling with severe mental illness and behavioral problems. When such individuals are being abused and neglected, we must, as citizens, extend compassion, and as public officials, act swiftly.

A new report assembled by staff of the New Mexico Legislative Finance

LAMC's Feliciano Jiron Receives National Recognition

on April 7, 2016 - 3:22pm
LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, left, is honored for his national recognition by the Amercan Hospital Association, with a special gathering by staff including Mary Beth Maassen and Steve Winegeart Tuesday at at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC staff celebrates CEO Feliciano Jiron's, left, national recognition Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The American Hospital Association has named Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron its 2016 Grassroots Champion. 

Jiron has received a string

Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

on April 7, 2016 - 1:21pm

By MAYO CLINIC STAFF

Falls put you at risk of serious injury. Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures, from reviewing your medications to hazard-proofing your home.

Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life. Instead, consider six simple fall-prevention strategies.

1.   Make an

Nuclear Workers Challenge DOL’s Proposals For Compensation Program

on April 7, 2016 - 12:20pm
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Labor Department officials announced Tuesday that they would reopen the comment period for a proposed set of rule changes that have not been well received by the community of nuclear workers eligible for a federal compensation program for workers with certain occupational illnesses. DOL’s Office of Workers' Compensation Programs has responsibility for adjudicating and processing employees’ claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, (EEOICPA).

A 60-day comment period, which was already extended an extra 30 days

Domestic Violence: Power And Control

on April 7, 2016 - 9:40am
By MAGGIE SMITH
Los Alamos

The many incarnations of power and control that manifest as domestic discord and violence are generally traceable to a need for by individual in a relationship to be totally in charge of another. Historically, major events and incidents can be attributed to one of two things: need and greed. So it is in the domestic arena as well.

The need for power may emanate from some long-ago experience of helplessness, some occurrence that has demonstrated a notable advantage to the stronger over the weaker partner, a workplace or social situation in which one is reminded of

County Council Proclaims April ‘Donate Life Month’

on April 6, 2016 - 11:33am

Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, right, presents a proclamation on behalf of council Tuesday evening to, front row from left, Linda Boncella who donated a kidney to her brother in 1987 - her sister donated one to the same brother in 2014, Linda Rickel who received a kidney 29 years ago, Sue Conner who received a cornea 15 years ago, Kay Fletcher who received a kidney from her husband Mike in 1998 and later received a second kidney in 2013 and Cathy Walters who received a heart nearly three years ago. Back row from left, Mike Fletcher who donated a kidney to his wife Kay in 1998,

AG: No Fraud Found Among 15 Providers Audited

on April 6, 2016 - 9:06am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From The Office Of The Attorney General

SANTA FE – In a letter sent to legislators this morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared Pathways and TeamBuilders of fraud. They were the final two providers in the Behavioral Health Investigation.
 
Upon taking office in 2015, Balderas released the PCG audit in its entirety with minimal redactions, and made it a priority to complete the 12 pending behavioral health investigations to bring transparency and accountability to the process.
 
The PCG audit and the Human Services Department alleged there was $36 million

SFI: 'Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons' April 12

on April 5, 2016 - 1:22pm
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents "Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons" with Carlos Castillo-Chavez at 7:30 p.m., April 12 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. 
 
Seating for SFI's community lectures is limited and ticket reservations are required. Reserve your free tickets through the Lensic Box Office online or call 505.988.1234.
 
It has been more than two years since confirmation of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa. Now, with the end of the outbreak in sight, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the experience.

Learn About Palliative Care At Free Seminar April 28

on April 5, 2016 - 7:26am

‘Spiritual Care When Mental Illness Strikes’ April 10

on April 4, 2016 - 2:26pm

FUMC News:

Tom Steward, P.A. and Carol Steward will present “Spiritual Care When Mental Illness Strikes” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the First United Methodist-Los Alamos Sanctuary (next to Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive).

The Stephen Ministry team of First United Methodist-Los Alamos (FUMC) welcomes the greater community of Los Alamos to hear from the Stewards as they discuss the impact of mental illness on families.

They will share what we, as a community, can do to encourage and support the family of individuals with mental illness.

In his practice, Tom Steward, P.A.

Don’t Let Osteoarthritis Get The Best Of You

on April 2, 2016 - 9:22am
By DR. CULLEY CHRISTENSEN
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, LAMC

If you have the degenerative joint disease known as osteoarthritis, you’re not alone. The disease affects 27 million Americans. There is no cure, but you can manage the symptoms through treatment and proper self-care.

Do you wonder how you happened to get osteoarthritis? It turns out the answer isn’t always clear. Osteoarthritis has no single known cause, but certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing the disease. They include:

  • Getting older
  • Being overweight—every extra pound adds 3 pounds of pressure to

Call To Walk For Health: National Walking Day April 6

on April 2, 2016 - 9:17am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In support of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day April 6, the New Mexico Alliance of YMCAs would like to encourage everyone in the state to make an intentional effort on that day to safely walk a new neighborhood route or pathway, and encourage continued walking efforts throughout the month in supporting the health initiative.
 
YMCA of Central New Mexico CEO Zizi Fritz said, “Walking is a great way for most Americans to increase their physical activity.

New Mexico Ranks 32.5 Percent For Health Policies

on April 2, 2016 - 9:11am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico garnered 65 out of 200 points, or a 32.5 percent, in a report card issued by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that was released today. The report graded all states on its policies that support physical activity.
 
The nonprofit Safe Routes to School National Partnership reviewed each state on policies that support walking, bicycling, active kids and active communities, which includes “Complete Street” design and National Association of City Transportation Officials standards.

Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

on April 1, 2016 - 11:36am

From The Office Of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
  • Department of Labor should delay new rule that could jeopardize benefits for those who worked at Cold War-era sites
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this week urged the U.S. Department of Labor to delay a new rule that could make it more difficult for sick nuclear workers who served at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Y-12 and other Cold War-era nuclear sites to get benefits they deserve under the department’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.
 
“It’s shameful that so many Americans —

Is There A Link Between Oral Health And The Rate Of Cognitive Decline?

on March 31, 2016 - 2:06pm
WILEY News:
 
Better oral hygiene and regular dental visits may play a role in slowing cognitive decline as people age, although evidence is not definitive enough to suggest that one causes the other.
 
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, come from the first systematic review of studies focused on oral health and cognition—two important areas of research as the older adult population continues to grow, with some 36 percent of people over age 70 already living with cognitive impairments.
 
Researchers have questioned whether an association exists between oral

Contribution Provides Seed Money For New Program At UNM-Los Alamos

on March 29, 2016 - 7:20pm

Stephen Stoddard has been honored with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The legacy of Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephen Stoddard has been honored once again with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos to provide seed money for the creation of a program that will provide training for individuals who can serve as personal caregivers.

Barbara Stoddard recognized a need for caregivers in our community, people who can provide in-home health care and personal care to individuals.

Officer's Use Of Narcan Rescues Unresponsive Victim

on March 29, 2016 - 7:37am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS  At around 11 p.m., March 23, a New Mexico State Police officer in Taos responded to a call of an unresponsive female at a residence on Archuleta Road in Taos County. In assessing the unresponsive female at the scene, the officer noticed what appeared to be signs of recent drug usage.
 
The officer was trained in the administration of Narcan, an opioid antagonist that completely or partially reverses an opioid overdose, and administered a dosage on the female. Moments following, the female regained consciousness. She was subsequently transported for medical treatment.
 
Last

Importance Of Healthy Sleeping Habits

on March 26, 2016 - 6:05am

Suffering with a snorer in your bed. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

The days are getting longer - a sign that spring is here – and some of us are still groggy from the hour of sleep we lost when the clocks bounced forward an hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time.

 “Many people do not realize the importance of healthy sleeping habits to their overall wellness,” said Dr. Frank Ralls of Quality Sleep Solutions and Medical Director of the Los Alamos Medical Center sleep clinic. “Most adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain good health.

Float Your Cares (Pains) Away At Float Los Alamos

on March 26, 2016 - 5:04am
Carlos and Linda Casias with one of their flotation tanks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Carlos and Linda Casias opened Float Los Alamos in November at 927 Central Ave., near the DMV and Rose Chocolatier.

The new business provides floatation therapy or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom salt water solution.

The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve

Correction To Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic Address In Physician Listing

on March 24, 2016 - 4:01pm

ADDRESS CORRECTION:

Dr. Jacqueline Krohn of Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is located at 3917 West Road, Ste 136, Los Alamos, NM  87544. The address in the physician listing published last week in the Living Healthy in Northern New Mexico Tab is incorrect. The telephone number to the Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is 505.662.9620. http://drkrohnpediatrics.com http://dr.krohn.blogspot.com.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You From Visiting Nurses

on March 22, 2016 - 6:26am
Two Key Club members who delivered daffodils this year. Courtesy photo
 
By ROSEMARY COYNE
Los Alamos
 
My name is Rosemary Coyne, MSN, RN. I am the newly appointed executive director of the Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service (LAVNS).
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made our 21st annual LAVNS Daffodil Drive such a success again this year. The funds we raise every year are used to help our hospice patients in need.
 
I am glad that I arrived here on Feb. 29, Monday of “Daffodil Week”. Otherwise, I would have missed seeing the amazing work done by so many people.

Living Well Los Alamos: Kidney Health

on March 20, 2016 - 12:30pm
By HELEN IDZOREK
Los Alamos

In addition to removing waste products from the body our kidneys play an important role in other processes including regulating salt, potassium and blood pressure, producing a form of Vitamin D to keep bones strong, and controlling red blood cell production.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for up to two-thirds of cases of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease affects up to 26 million adults in the US and many more are at risk. Two simple tests - heart and urine, are available to determine if you have kidney disease.

Many kidney

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Prevent Suspension Of Medicaid Services Without Thorough Investigation

on March 19, 2016 - 12:47pm

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act of 2016.

The bill protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure that state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider.

The introduction of the bill comes after the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) unnecessarily

LAMC’s Teddy Bear Clinic Draws Kindergarten Crowd

on March 17, 2016 - 5:50pm

Aspen Elementary kindergartners visit Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Throughout the day, all five elementary schools participated in the clinic. Adults from left, Erin Warren, RN; Courtney Thompson, RN; Teddy Bear Clinic Chair Johanna Giron; her husband LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Dr. Josiah Child and Aspen kindergarten teacher Luci Best. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighter Michael McElyea talks with Mountain Elementary students about the equipment used to fight fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los

Los Alamos Family Council More Than A Counseling Center

on March 17, 2016 - 5:38pm

From left, Jeremy Varela and Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico, Joy Beery and Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council, Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers and Pamela Risley Rogers of the LAFC Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is more than a counseling center. LAFC also operates two Youth Activity Centers.

The Youth Activity Centers are a natural part of LAFC's mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse.

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