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2017 Los Alamos Health Fair: Saturday Sept. 23

on July 17, 2017 - 9:06am
LAHC News:
 
The Los Alamos Heart Council, in partnership with Los Alamos Medical Center, is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual Los Alamos Health Fair will be 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23, in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School.
 
Applications for organizations and medical providers wishing to exhibit at this year’s Fair will be available the first week of August. If you have previously exhibited or expressed an interest, you will receive the application by email. The application form also will be posted on the LA Heart Council website at losalamosheartcouncil.org.
 

LAVNS: Unavoidable Tough Topic

on July 16, 2017 - 5:14pm
Unavoidable Tough Topic
By LAVNS

No one likes to talk about our own or a loved one’s death. However, as much as we may wish to avoid the conversation, the event is unavoidable.

Planning things ahead of time will grant some peace of mind and lessen the family’s burden of making so many difficult decisions at the time of death.

  • For instance, my husband and I recently talked with our adult daughter to make sure she knew what we both wanted at the time of our deaths, including the location of everything she will need.

Relay For Life Los Alamos Launches Operation Pamper

on July 16, 2017 - 5:14pm
By Tonya Sprouse-Mullins
Relay for Life Los Alamos

As all of you know the Relay for Life Los Alamos event is scheduled for Sept. 30 and the Survivors Dinner is Aug. 12. As this year's event coordinators Rachal and I are "mixing it up a bit" and the event is going to be AMAZING.

We would like to do something special for a survivor or someone going through treatments. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful and every man deserves to feel handsome .

I have local businesses who have donated their time or products for what I am calling "Operation Pamper".

If you know someone who is deserving

Udall, Heinrich Work To Improve Access To Comprehensive Care For Patients With Diabetes

on July 15, 2017 - 5:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to podiatrists in Medicaid and improve care for patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes via Medicare.
 
The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act would recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid as they are defined under Medicare. The bill would bring Medicaid in line with Medicare and a majority of U.S.

State Auditor Tim Keller Moves To Halt Health Insurance Extraordinary Dividends

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller has called on the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) to halt the approval of “extraordinary dividend” payments for health insurance companies until issues involving potential underpayments of premium taxes are resolved.
 
For example, despite current concerns about money that may be owed to the State of New Mexico, companies, including Presbyterian and Lovelace, have had approved dividends of more than $100 million.

Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

Letter To The Editor: Cautions About Hemp/Cannabis

on July 14, 2017 - 8:24am
By DENNIS LITTLE
Los Alamos

Saying it’s legal (hemp) cannabis is at least misleading and may end up getting someone fired and/or arrested (link). It is legal by New Mexico law but is still a federal crime and the current administration has made it clear they will go after users/sellers even if the state says it’s OK with it.

LANL also has a no-tolerance policy for drugs, so first offense can lead to immediate termination.

Salmonella: Make Your Food Safer To Eat

on July 14, 2017 - 4:29am

CDC News:

You may know that Salmonella can contaminate poultry and eggs, but it also sneaks its way into many other foods. It can contaminate ground beef, tuna, pork, tomatoes, sprouts, and even peanut butter. Learn what you can do to make your food safer to eat.

Salmonella is a bacteria that commonly causes foodborne illness, sometimes called “food poisoning.” CDC estimates Salmonella causes 1 million foodborne illnesses every year in the United States.

NMDOH: Avoid Ticks And Tickborne Disease

on July 13, 2017 - 7:26pm

NMDOH News:

While many New Mexicans are aware mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and fleas potentially are infected with Plague, there are lesser known but potentially deadly diseases in the state where the infectious agent is carried by ticks.

“There are usually a few cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever every year in New Mexico and occasional cases of diseases such as relapsing fever and Colorado tick fever,” said Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the Department of Health.

Legal Hemp Comes To Los Alamos

on July 13, 2017 - 5:30am
Linda Casias of Float Los Alamos shows off a wide variety of legal hemp products carried at her business. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Legal hemp has made it to Los Alamos and is being sold at Float Los Alamos. Owners Linda Casias and her husband Carlos began carrying a number of products containing hempabout 10 months ago, she said.

“A client recommended we should be carrying it and we did some research,” she said. “We found out it is perfectly legal in New Mexico.”

Float Los Alamos carries oils, tinctures, capsules and even

DEA Launches Website To Target College Drug Use

on July 12, 2017 - 2:20pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched CampusDrugPrevention.gov, a new website focused on preventing and addressing college drug use.
 
“We must talk to folks about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse, and base those conversations on facts and science,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. “With this website, we put valuable information in the hands of higher education leaders who can use it to enlighten, teach, and change the culture.”
 
This new website is DEA’s latest effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on

AG Files Lawsuit Against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network, Presbyterian Insurance For Fraud

on July 11, 2017 - 10:17pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

SANTA FE - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network and Presbyterian Insurance Co. for fraud based on the systematic, deliberate underpayment of taxes on premiums received or written.

The Office of the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that between 2001 and 2015, Presbyterian routinely filed false claims for premium tax deductions and credits, thereby defrauding the people of New Mexico and evading its legal duty to pay these taxes.

The Presbyterian

State Auditor Responds To Presbyterian Lawsuit

on July 11, 2017 - 5:53pm

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- State Auditor Tim Keller responded to the announcement the Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Presbyterian  over allegations that it falsified deductions and credits through the Medicaid program, thus evading tens of millions in premium taxes and surcharges:

“We are confirming that our office is conducting an ongoing audit of premium tax collection that covers many issues with major New Mexico health insurance providers over multiple years.

Annual Cancer Survivors Dinner Aug. 12

on July 11, 2017 - 4:17pm

COMMUNITY News:

The Annual Cancer Survivor Dinner has been slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Cottonwood On The Greens.

All cancer survivors are invited to attend with a guest. The dinner is being hosted by the American Cancer Society Los Alamos Relay for Life and Los Alamos Medical Center.

The purpose of the dinner is to honor and celebrate those who have fought cancer or are fighting cancer as well as one caregiver or member of their support system. There is no cost for tickets but those who plan to attend should register in advance.

Annual Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive Aug. 3-4

on July 11, 2017 - 2:38pm
Urgent Need: Blood supplies coast-to-coast are dangerously low due to a severe dip in donations leading up to and following the July 4 holiday, prompting a coordinated nationwide call for donors of blood of all types. Forecasting projects a shortfall of 5,700 donations in July and greater shortfalls throughout the summer. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

“Find the hero in you” ... Los Alamos residents have the chance to do just that by joining in the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges community blood drive noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug.

Early Stages Of Alzheimer's Discussion July 17

on July 11, 2017 - 5:56am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
The New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association will offer a one hour session on the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s to include symptoms, coping strategies for caregivers and resources to help families who are challenged with dementia.
 
The session is 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 17 in the lower level classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
 
For more information, contact David Davis 505.473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce Federal Review Of Behavioral Health Access In New Mexico

on July 10, 2017 - 8:36am
NM DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will review the level of access that New Mexicans have to behavioral health services provided through the Medicaid program.
 
The OIG agreed to a request from Rep. Lujan Grisham, along with Sens. Udall and Heinrich and Rep.

CDC: Protect Your Child’s Skin From The Sun

on July 9, 2017 - 6:45am
 
Courtesy photo
 
CDC News:
 
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.
 
Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
 
Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened. Cover up.

LANL: A Universal Biosensor For Infectious Disease

on July 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

LANL News:

With increased travel and globalization, the spread of new diseases has become a threat to global health—and global security. Whether in a rural village or an urban medical clinic, healthcare workers need diagnostics that provide answers then and there, for any disease, in order to effectively treat individual patients or widespread outbreaks.

That’s why Harshini Mukundan and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory are working to develop a universal biosensor.

“If we are able to mimic the body’s immune recognition in the laboratory, we could have a universal strategy for the

Youth Resiliency Committee Meeting Monday

on July 6, 2017 - 7:45am

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution Designating June Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

on July 3, 2017 - 6:26am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C— U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored a bipartisan resolution designating June 2017 as National Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) Awareness Month and June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day.

The intent is to raise awareness about challenges facing servicemembers, veterans and others who experience post-traumatic stress, and to eliminate the stigma sometimes associated with it.

Udall Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

on July 2, 2017 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans.
 
Hoeven and Udall are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Tester and Isakson are the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
 
The legislation, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act would formally authorize a joint Tribal housing initiative between the U.S.

Alzheimer’s 'Warning Signs' Presentation Offered

on July 2, 2017 - 7:03am
Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter 10-11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 4. The event will be hosted by the Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy court, Santa Fe, NM, 87507. 
 
The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities. To register, or for more information, contact David Davis at 505.473.1297 or 

Play It Safe With Fireworks ... Don't Get Burned!

on July 1, 2017 - 10:16am

NMDOH News:

The Independence Day holiday weekend is hear and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is urging residents to celebrate a safe Fourth of July and to use extreme caution with fireworks.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is traditionally the time for parties, barbecues and fireworks, but for emergency rooms in New Mexico, it’s more than that.

It’s a day where the hospital staff knows to expect to see patients arriving suffering burns, bruises, lacerations, even foreign objects in the eye.

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day, yet the day can

DEA Releases 2017 Drugs Of Abuse Resource Guide

on June 29, 2017 - 7:55am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released the 2017 edition ofDrugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide.
 
The Drugs of Abuse guide is released on a periodic basis and designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. The guide provides important science-based information about the harms and consequences of drug use, describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key factors.
 
The 2017 edition updates the 2015 Drugs of Abuse publication with the

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