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IRS Opens New Registration For 2017 Advance Monthly Payments Of Health Coverage Tax Credit

on November 16, 2016 - 7:57am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service has opened the new registration and enrollment process for qualified taxpayers to receive the benefit of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) on an advance monthly basis during 2017.
Eligible taxpayers can have 72.5 percent of their qualified health insurance premiums paid in advance directly to their health plan administrator each month. Each payment made on their behalf to the health plan administrator lowers their out-of-pocket premium costs.
Taxpayers may be eligible to elect the HCTC only if they are one of the following:
  • An

LAPS Announces Kristine Coblentz As Healthy Schools Program Director

on November 11, 2016 - 10:10am

Healthy Schools Program Director Kristine Coblentz

LAPS News:

Last week Kristine Coblentz joined Los Alamos Public Schools as director of the new Healthy Schools Program.

The position was created as a result of the work of LAPS' Mental Health Task Force and the Schools Board's Strategic Plan, which prioritizes student and staff well-being as one of its eight focus areas. Coblentz reports to LAPS Superintendent, Dr. Kurt Steinhaus.

Coblentz will be working closely with a team that includes school clinical psychologist Dr.

Fundraiser Underway For Zee Stidham

on November 11, 2016 - 7:32am
Tony and Zandree (Zee) Stidham in October before they left for her bone marrow transplant in Denver. Courtesy photo
Zandree Stidham moments before her bone marrow transplant last month in Denver. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

A local 35-year-old assistant professor of English, wife, mother and aspiring writer has just undergone a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute in Denver. 

Zandree (Zee) Stidham was diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia or ET (a disease in the same family as Leukemia and Lymphoma) in January 2010. After battling with ET for almost six

SFCC Hosts Great American Smokeout Nov. 17

on November 9, 2016 - 11:47am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College Hosts an American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the SFCC Jemez Room at 6401 Richards Ave. .
Make it a smoke-free day. Learn about cessation resources, the dangers of second- and third-hand smoke to non-smokers, the effects on dental health and the truth about e-cigarettes.
Program participants include the American Lung Association, New Mexico Department of Health, SFCC Dental Department, SFCC Respiratory Care Program and Smiles of Santa Fe.
Call 505.428.1665, for information.

Heinrich To Hold Rural Health Care Listening Tour

on November 8, 2016 - 5:04pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be holding a multi-day rural health care listening tour to meet with medical professionals and discuss tele-health for veterans, recruiting and retaining staff, and other issues facing New Mexico's growing health care industry.
Beginning Monday, Nov.

State Auditor Releases Special Audit Of UNMH’s Indigent Care Program

on November 8, 2016 - 7:11am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit Nov. 4 of the Indigent Care Program at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH).
Advocates and policymakers have long sought more transparency about revenues and expenses related to healthcare for economically disadvantaged people. The special audit, conducted by an independent audit firm, examined UNMH’s indigent care costs and funding from fiscal year 2014 to 2016.
The audit found that UNMH had a total funding shortfall of more than $60 million, despite a reduction in

Study Indicates Higher Injury Rates For High School Athletes Who Specialize In One Sport

on November 5, 2016 - 6:09pm

Study reveals that student athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher rates than athletes who do not specialize in one sport. Courtesy/NFHS

NFHS News:

INDIANAPOLIS — A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Foundation revealed that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher rates than athletes who do not specialize in one sport.

The study was

Mutational Signatures Mark Cancer's Smoking Gun

on November 3, 2016 - 12:35pm

Research on mutational signatures in the genome of cancer cells shows that smoking increases the risk of several cancer types by raising the overall number of mutations, even in tissue not directly exposed to smoke. Courtesy/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

LANL News:


A broad computational study of cancer genome sequences identifies telltale mutational signatures associated with smoking tobacco and demonstrates, for the first time, that smoking increases cancer risk by causing somatic mutations in tissues directly and indirectly exposed to tobacco smoke.

Letter To The Editor: A Letter To The Los Alamos Community And My Patients

on November 3, 2016 - 9:06am
By Dr. Phillip Hertzman
After practicing medicine for more than 39 years at Los Alamos Medical Center, I will be closing the Los Alamos office of Los Alamos Family Practice and Vein Care of New Mexico Nov. 29.
I received an impersonal letter from a representative of ‘PHC-Los Alamos Inc d/b/a Los Alamos Medical Center” in Brentwood, Tenn., threatening eviction from my current office 30 days after they purchase the property from Los Alamos National Bank. As of late October Los Alamos Medical Center was not the owner of this property. 
It is astonishing that after having been a

Scenes From LAMC's Annual Halloween Event

on November 2, 2016 - 7:54am

Staff and family gather at Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Halloween event open to the entire community. Staff decorate their departments and give treats to trick-or-treaters. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday's annual Halloween event at Los Alamos Medical Center at which doctors and staff dress up and greet the community. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday's annual Halloween event at Los Alamos Medical Center at which doctors and staff dress up and greet the community. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday's annual Halloween event at Los Alamos

Public Turns In Nearly 366 Tons Of Drugs To DEA

on October 30, 2016 - 1:11pm

Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg

DEA News:

  • Safe disposal of unused medications addresses opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Six years after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Americans continue to turn out in large numbers to rid their homes of unused medications, including controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) such as painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

The public turned in 731,269 pounds—almost 366 tons—of medication to DEA Oct.

DaVita Dialysis Center Opens In Los Alamos

on October 27, 2016 - 11:43am

From left, DaVita Dialysis Center Medical Director and Los Alamos board-certified nephrologist David Mills, MD, Regional Coordinator Kat Reher, RN Gloria Diaz and Facility Administrator Sammy Benavidez in front of the new facility during Monday’s open house. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Joe Vigil, center, is the first patient at DaVita Dialysis Center. he attended Monday's open house and is shown here with RN Gloria Diaz and Facility Administrator Sammy Benavidez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DaVita Dialysis Center front lobby. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local Students Support Purple Pinky/Polio Eradication

on October 27, 2016 - 8:57am
Rotarian Steve Ciddio, Rotary friend Debbie Claytor, Rotarians Jane Phillips and Sarah Rochester salute Purple Pinky Day with little fingers raised at Chamisa Elementary School as they wait for students to  participate in Rotary Club's Purple Pinky project. Rotarians not shown include Rob Metcalf, Alison Pannell, Linda King, Mary Burns, Nancy Cerutti, Ed Van Eeckhout, Antonya Sanders, Chuck Tallman and Kim Selvage. Photo by Nancy Cerutti
To commemorate World Polio Day, Oct.

Report: NM Strengthens Mental Health Care System

on October 25, 2016 - 5:19pm
SANTA FE  New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced that New Mexico improved 14 spots, from 36 to 22, in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, “The State of Mental Health in America 2017.”
The state’s vastly improved overall rank shows a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to mental health care in New Mexico.
“The Human Services Department continues to strengthen our state’s behavioral health system as we prioritize providing care and treatment to the most vulnerable New Mexicans,” Earnest said.

LAVNS Holds Community Memorial Service Nov. 6

on October 24, 2016 - 3:48pm
Each year the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service holds a Community Memorial Service to honor those we have loved and those who have died in the last year.
We would like to invite everyone in the community to this, our 20th Annual Memorial program.
A simple non-denominational service is held with a ceremony of flowers during which family members and friends have an opportunity to briefly remember their loved ones and place a flower into our memorial vase. (Flowers provided by Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service).
This year our memorial is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov.

DaVita Dialysis Clinic Open House 5-7 p.m. Monday

on October 19, 2016 - 7:06am

Science On Tap: Harnessing Actinium-225 For Cancer Treatment At 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on October 18, 2016 - 12:24pm


This month's Science On Tap features Maryline Ferrier who will talk about harnessing Actinium-225 for cancer treatment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20,  at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Light refreshments will be provided for this event by the Central New Mexico Section of the American Chemical Society.

For this event, Ferrier, with the Lab’s Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chemistry group, will talk about the research taking place at the Lab to better understand actinium-225. This unique and rare radioisotope has tremendous potential for the treatment of

LAPS Seeks 25 Students To Work On Tobacco-Free Campaigns

on October 15, 2016 - 11:50pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office and Evolvement are seeking students who want to decrease the harmful and addictive use of commercial tobacco in New Mexico.

Twenty-five students are invited to a training scheduled for the morning of Oct. 24 at LAHS where students will accomplish the first goal of the program.

The training will include free lunch, the chance to win prizes and is open for youth in 9th through 12th grades.

"Evolvement is a youth-led movement to reduce youth tobacco use," said Alyssa Hedrich, Evolvement Youth Field Organizer.

New Hours, Services At Local Public Health Office

on October 15, 2016 - 5:24pm



SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that it is changing the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.


These changes are effective immediately.


The clinic at 1183 Diamond Dr. # D in Los Alamos, will open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed noon - 1 p.m.), and closed Mondays.


Services provided at this clinic will now include Children’s Medical Services (children and youth with special health care needs), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition

Free Presentation For Alzheimer’s Caregivers

on October 15, 2016 - 8:07am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Middle Stage)” is a FREE educational event presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 2-4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4. The event is hosted by the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center at 1121 Alto St. in Santa Fe.
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a more detailed knowledge of Alzheimer’s

Local Health Office Closes But Expected To Reopen

on October 13, 2016 - 5:20pm
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Los Alamos County Health Office effectively stopped seeing patients Sept. 14 across from Los Alamos High School at 1183 Diamond Dr.

Public Health Nurse Manager Andrea Cunningham staffed the office for two years but was directed to tender her resignation after she asked for three weeks off without pay in September to accompany her husband on a trip to South Africa.

“I wrote them a letter asking them to reconsider but they said if I was going to take three weeks off then I needed to resign,” Cunningham said.

Dr. McClees Mentors Students Interested In Medicine

on October 12, 2016 - 4:53pm

Dr. Robert McClees of Trinity Urgent Care, 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B, is mentoring Los Alamos High School students interested in medicine including Ben Rees and Sarah Shipley. The students are part of the LAHS Mentorship Apprenticeship Partnership Service (M.A.P.S.), which provides hands on experience in a career they are interested in. Courtesy photo

SFCC Offering Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 19

on October 9, 2016 - 7:10am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College is offering a Flu Shot Clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 (or while supplies last).
Pediatric doses also will be available. Free event. SFCC, Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave. Call 505.428.1836 for information.

LAMC Remains In-Network With New Mexico BC/BS

on October 7, 2016 - 8:57am

Los Alamos Medical Center. File photo

LAMC News:

Due to a recent decision by a local medical clinic to terminate its agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Mexico, Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has received numerous inquiries about the hospital’s status with the insurance company.

LAMC wants the community to know that the hospital remains in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

There is absolutely no change to any BCBS insurance coverage as it relates to hospital or emergency room care, hospital stays, or visits to any hospital services such as the lab or

2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded To Yoshinori Ohsumi

on October 6, 2016 - 9:17am


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy

This year's Nobel Laureate discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.  

Yoshinori Ohsumi

The word autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning "self", and phagein, meaning "to eat". Thus,autophagy denotes "self eating". This concept emerged during the 1960's, when researchers first