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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

DEA Reduces Amount Of Opioid Controlled Substances To Be Manufactured In 2017

on October 6, 2016 - 8:27am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reduced the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the United States in 2017 by 25 percent or more, according to a Final Order in the Federal Register, available for public inspection here
A handful of medicines were reduced by more, such as hydrocodone, which will be 66 percent of last year’s level.

White Cane Awareness Week Oct. 15-22

on September 26, 2016 - 8:08am
Los Alamos

What does a white cane mean to the ordinary citizen of Los Alamos? Mostly the answer is, “I don’t know.”

A white cane is a device used by a class of handicapped citizens in order to move about in a sighted world. Not all blind people are totally blind. Many have limited vision such as those who have glaucoma, pigmentosa or macular degeneration. The cane signifies that the person is blind though some persons out of vanity refuse to be identified by using a cane.

The most common cane is a six to seven foot long wand that one uses to sweep in front of themselves to

Dr. Tom Csanadi And Wife Dr. Marvel Harrison Bid Farewell To Los Alamos At Saturday Event

on September 25, 2016 - 10:36am

Dr. Tom Csanadi and his wife Dr. Marvel Harrison bid a sad farewell to their many friends at a special gathering Saturday at their Los Alamos home. The couple closed their practices last week and are moving Friday to California's Central Coast. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Dr. Tom Csanadi and his wife Dr. Marvel Harrison bid a sad farewell to their many friends at a special gathering Saturday at their Los Alamos home.

The couple closed their practices last week and are moving Friday to California's Central Coast.


2016 Los Alamos Health Fair Draws Thousands

on September 25, 2016 - 9:00am
Seventy businesses and organizations participate in the Los Alamos Heart Council's 2016 Los Alamos County Health Fair Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium. Major sponsors include Los Alamos Medical Center and New Mexico Bank & Trust. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Health Fair bustled with activity 8 a.m. to noon Saturday with thousands of visitors in attendance. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A Minion welcomes people to the Los Alamos Children's Dentistry booth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Staffers stand ready to register people for blood tests.

Heart Council Health Fair Underway Until Noon!

on September 24, 2016 - 11:20am

From left, Los Alamos Heart Council President Phil Gursky, County Councilor Pete Sheehey and his wife Naishing Key at the 2016 Los Alamos County Health Fair underway this morning until noon at Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from today's 2016 Los Alamos County Health Fair at Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

2016 Heart Council Health Fair Is Saturday!

on September 23, 2016 - 6:04pm

Crowd checks out the booths at the 2015 Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The Los Alamos Heart Council 2016 Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

The Official 2016 Health Fair Guide, complete with a booth map, is in the Thursday, Sept. 22 print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

As in past years, there will be free flu shots available (for those 18 years and older) and discounted blood tests.

Check Out The Library For Health Help

on September 23, 2016 - 6:01pm


Los Alamos is a place that values education and values good health. Those two aspects of life come together at the Library, where the resources to learn about good health are right here on the shelf.

The Library has more than 3,000 items that relate to your health, whether they be magazines like Consumer Reports Health, research databases like Salem Health, online magazines such as Men’s Health, encyclopedias such as the Women’s Health Encyclopedia and Magill’s Medical Guide, videos such as The Alchemy of Qi Gong or Yogawoman, and books on every health topic under the sun.

Los Alamos Family YMCA: Heart Tips

on September 23, 2016 - 5:55pm

YMCA News:

Saturday, Sept. 24 is the Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Family YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico be heart healthy.

  • Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day.

UNM-LA’s New Personal Care Attendant Course Begins In October

on September 23, 2016 - 5:47pm

Melanie Colgan

UNM-LA News:
UNM-LA is launching a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) course in October which is designed for individuals interested in working as paid care attendants, as well as for family members of patients who need in-home care. Whether for geriatric needs, long term illness, or surgery or injury recovery, there are times when family members find themselves in a position of needing to provide care for a loved one. With so many of our Los Alamos residents choosing to stay in their homes as they age, there is a burgeoning need for non-family care attendants as well.

NMB&T Sponsors Children’s Helmet Give-A-Way At Los Alamos Health Fair 8 a.m. To Noon Saturday

on September 23, 2016 - 7:40am

From left, Los Alamos Heart Council President Phil Gursky, NMB&T Banking Center Manager Lesley Harelson and Los Alamos Medical Center Marketing Director Mary Beth Maassen speak about Saturday's Health Fair during an interview on the 'Voice of Los Alamos' radio show airing at noon today on 101.5 FM. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Bank & Trust (NMB&T) purchased Community Bank in downtown Los Alamos in August 2015 and has become immersed in the local community.

Roger This: Stand, Tread Or Fidget

on September 23, 2016 - 6:28am
Standing desk. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
In recent years, concerns have grown around the country about the widespread health risks associated with our sedentary work lives. Two researchers from the Endocrine Research Unit of the Mayo Clinic looked into the question of “How Much Do We Really Sit?”
Writing in the journal Obesity in 2009, they expressed what may seem like an obvious fact: “Work days are associated with more sitting and less walking/standing time than leisure days.” One of many piece-meal studies that has left open lot of questions from

AG Sends Investigatory Letter To EpiPen Manufacturer

on September 22, 2016 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent an investigatory letter requesting information to the manufacturer of EpiPen, the brand name of an auto-injector used so that synthetic adrenaline can be administered safely and quickly to treat anaphylaxis caused by a severe allergic reaction.
In the past months, the price of EpiPens has risen dramatically, raising alarm that some New Mexico families may not be able to afford this life-saving medication.

HHS Awards $1 Million For NM Health Centers

on September 17, 2016 - 6:58am
HRSA News:
Sept. 15, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $1,092,012 in funding for 16 health centers in New Mexico for health information technology enhancements.
In total, Thursday's announcement includes $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
“Health centers across the country are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” Burwell said.

Luján Amendment To Help Fix Shortage Of VA Doctors Passes Unanimously

on September 16, 2016 - 8:46am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District offered an amendment on the House floor to veterans legislation that addresses the need to fix a doctor shortage at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in New Mexico and across the country.
Luján’s amendment passed by voice vote with unanimous support. Below are his remarks as delivered. Click here to watch Luján’s speech.
“Thank you Mr. Chairman.

Attorney General Balderas Sues Bristol-Myers Squibb For False & Deceptive Marketing

on September 16, 2016 - 8:34am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Meyers Squibb for false and deceptive marketing of the prescription drug Plavix.
The complaint alleges that the drug company knew that its drug was ineffective in a percentage of the population and may have increased a patient’s risk of internal bleeding, but the company failed to disclose that to prescribing doctors and the public.
“My office will continue to protect vulnerable New Mexican families and consumers through

New Mental Health Access Project In Los Alamos

on September 14, 2016 - 2:18pm
MHAP News:
Collaboration is in the air as the United Way of Northern New Mexico and Self Help recently launched a their new mental health website to educate community members about issues, resources and highlight local providers.
The project came about as a result of the growing concern about mental health issues, suicide, and misconceptions about seeking help in the community of Los Alamos. The website offers a broad spectrum of resources for elementary aged students, youth, millennials, and LANL employees.
“The United Way of Northern New Mexico stepped forward to offer

New Mexico Human Services Department Announces Nearly 25 Percent Decrease In Uninsured Rate

on September 14, 2016 - 9:54am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Human Services Department announced that the number of New Mexicans without health insurance coverage dropped by nearly 25 percent last year. Since Gov. Susana Martinez took office in 2011, New Mexico’s uninsured rate has plummeted by nearly half.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States” report, the uninsured rate in New Mexico dropped from 14.5 percent in 2014 to 10.9 percent in 2015.
“We’ve expanded and reformed Medicaid to make it more patient-centered and provide basic health care for

YMCA Heart Smart Poster Contest

on September 14, 2016 - 8:30am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA and the Los Alamos Heart Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. 
The theme of this contest is “Be Heart Smart." Posters/pictures may be in any medium (crayon, paint, etc.) Be sure to include name, address, phone number, school and grade. There will be two age categories: K-3 and 4-6. 4 Prizes in each category; 1st prize: $30, 2nd prize: $20, 3rd prize: $10, 4th prize: $5. Posters must be brought to the Y by September 21. 
Winners will be notified Sept.

Look For Official 31st Annual Los Alamos Health Fair Guide In LA Daily Post Sept. 22

on September 13, 2016 - 1:37pm


Save the date for the highly popular 21st annual Los Alamos Health Fair – 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Gymnasium.

Entrance to the event is free and offers free flu shots, health screenings, educational exhibits, blood profiles at reduced rates and more.  

NOTE: Look for the official Health Fair Guide in the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday, Sept. 22 ... filled with wellness tips, booth location map and all the details needed to get the most out of this year's Health Fair. 

LAMC Sponsors Talk On End Of Life Issues

on September 10, 2016 - 8:14am
Barak Wolff, MPH, presents 'End of Life Issues/Aid in Dying: A High Level Overview Discussion' at a lunchtime talk sponsored by Los Alamos Medical Center Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Barak Wolff discusses end of life issues during his talk sponsored by LAMC Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Barak Wolff discusses health care decisions and choices related to end of life issues during his talk sponsored by LAMC Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/

Dr. Bob Fuselier Donates Kidney To Stranger

on September 8, 2016 - 12:17pm
Los Alamos Veterinarian Dr. Bob Fuselier donated his left kidney earlier this year to a man he never met. The man had been on daily dialysis for more than five years and now has a new lease on life. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Veterinarian Dr. Bob Fuselier changed the life of a man he never met when he gave him his left kidney earlier this year. The man had been on daily dialysis for more than five years.

Fuselier decided to go public about his kidney donation knowing it will likely lead to helping many men and women live more freely.

“I have yet

Allergy Season Is Here!

on September 5, 2016 - 8:02am
Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

Health News:

If you are like many of our patients, and suffer from allergies, then you know the miserable side effects: itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, congestion, a runny nose or postnasal drip down the back of your throat.

The allergic reaction you experience is your body’s response to the allergen, which it sees as harmful, even though it really isn’t. Your immune system responds by creating inflammation in your sinuses, skin, airways or digestive system.

Your environment has a lot to do with allergy symptoms.