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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 27, 2017 - 9:04pm

Courtesy/DEA

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health has issued details about the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The DEA’s annual Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Health Care Choice And Affordability Act

on October 27, 2017 - 8:58am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Care Choice and Affordability Act, which would create a Medicaid buy-in option for individuals in counties with few or no options in the insurance marketplace.
 
Rep. Lujan Grisham’s legislation would address immediate concerns about access to coverage in the ACA marketplace. While more than 20 million additional Americans have access to health insurance under the ACA, many communities do not have the option to choose between competing insurance plans.

Udall Urges Bipartisan Action To Fund CHIP And Health Programs Critical To New Mexico

on October 26, 2017 - 9:53am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Republicans to work with Democrats to fund critical health programs that benefit thousands of N.M. children, low-income families, and Native Americans.
 
Udall also voiced his support for bipartisan efforts in the Senate to stabilize the individual health insurance markets and protect against President Trump's efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 
Last month, while Republicans were trying pass their fourth attempt to repeal Obamacare, they

Judge Orders Settlement Conference In Case Against Los Alamos Medical Center

on October 25, 2017 - 2:43pm
LAMC CEO John Whiteside
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Francis J. Mathew has given the parties in a lawsuit filed by Carrie Adair against Los Alamos Medical Center and Barbara Van Eeckhout, M.D. until January to engage in a settlement conference and report back to the Court.

Adair initially filed the complaint in January 2016 alleging medical negligence and negligent hiring, credentialing, training and supervision against LAMC and Van Eeckhout following her treatment Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, 2014, at LAMC.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Luján In Introducing Bicameral Legislation To Create Health Care Public Option

on October 25, 2017 - 11:16am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) today introduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace, which will provide Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
The bill already has more than 35 cosponsors in both the House and Senate including Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-MN).
 
“Our goal with this bill is simple – to

Community Invited To Falls Prevention Talk Nov. 9

on October 24, 2017 - 7:36am

Rotary: Los Alamos Students Get Pinkies Painted Purple To Eradicate Polio ... Tuesday Is World Polio Day

on October 23, 2017 - 11:34am
Ty Morris of Pinon Elementary School participates in the Purple Pinkie event recently hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to bring awareness to polio and its eradication. Photo by Oliver Morris
Kaya Loy, right, and a friend show their purple pinkies during a special even hosted  by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to bring awareness to polio eradication. Photo by Laura Loy
Aspen Elementary teacher Stacy Martin and Rotarian Alison Pannell support the eradication of polio through a recent Purple Pinkie event. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen

ROTARY News:

In recognition of World Polio Day, Oct.

PEEC Brings Wilderness First Aid Course To Los Alamos Nature Center Nov. 4-5

on October 23, 2017 - 8:56am
SOLO’s two-day WFA courses teach participants to care for someone in need of first aid while in the backcountry. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course at the Los Alamos Nature in early November.
 
The WFA class meets 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5. Registration is open; visit or call the Los Alamos Nature Center 505.662.0460 to sign up. WFA certification is good for two years.
 
This intensive, two-day SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will cover the basics of how to help

Guarding The Guardians: The Challenge Of Protecting The Incapacitated

on October 21, 2017 - 9:17am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Dabney and Griffith Law Office
Community Internship Collaboration Intern
 
New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
 
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

HSD’s Proposed Centennial Care 2.0 Redesign Has Few Strengths And Too Many Flaws

on October 21, 2017 - 7:55am
By BRIAN ETHERIDGE, MD, FAAP
Silver City
 
New Mexico’s Human Services Department (HSD) wants to make changes to its Medicaid program that would not only hurt our state’s children and families, but would also place financial burdens on its healthcare workforce.
 
As both a pediatrician and the president of the New Mexico Pediatric Society, I must voice my concerns. The draft plan open for comments until Nov.

Worried Your Sore Throat May Be Strep?

on October 20, 2017 - 8:18am

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CDC News:

Strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children, but it’s not very common in adults. Healthcare professionals can do a quick test to determine if a sore throat is strep throat. If so, antibiotics can help you feel better faster and prevent spreading it to others.

Many things can cause that unpleasant, scratchy, and sometimes painful condition known as a sore throat. Viruses, bacteria, allergens, environmental irritants (such as cigarette smoke), and chronic postnasal drip can all cause a sore throat.

Methods To Help Teens Become Safer Drivers

on October 20, 2017 - 8:09am

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CDC News:

Learning to drive is often considered a rite of passage for teenagers. But with the reward of being a new driver comes real risk.

Know the Facts

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens.
  • More than 2,300 teens (ages 16‒19) lost their lives in car crashes in 2015—that’s six teens every day.
  • Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
  • Driver inexperience is a main cause of fatal crashes for teen drivers.
  • The number one threat to teens’ safety is driving or

Family YMCA Gets New Exercise Equipment

on October 19, 2017 - 5:39am

Technicians work on essembling new exercise equipment Wednesday at the Los Alamos YMCA including three new treadmills, two AMT machines and two elliptical machines at the Y on Iris Street. Courtesy photo

One of the new AMT machines now at the Y. Courtesy photo

One of the new elliptical machines now availble for use at the YMCA. Courtesy photo

Two of the new treadmills now at the Y. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Medical Center PINKS IT OUT For October Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

on October 18, 2017 - 6:48pm

Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Brave. Los Alamos Medical Center staff PINKS IT OUT for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month as they support the fighters, celebrate the survivors and honor those who have lost their lives. Every Tuesday during the month of October, LAMC staff wears pink in honor of the men and women who have or have had breast cancer and to remind everyone that early detection is the best protection.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Volunteering at LAMC

on October 17, 2017 - 10:27pm

On the job at Los Alamos Medical Center is Hospital Auxiliary Lobby Shop volunteer Joann Upham who today was spotted delivering a bit of joy to a patient. The LAMC Gift Shop carries flowers, cards and a variety of gift items. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

AGU: Combination Of El Niño And 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Likely Worsened Zika Outbreak

on October 16, 2017 - 6:25am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new study.
 
new research commentary suggests the earthquake left more people exposed to disease-carrying mosquitos, and climate variability associated with the 2014-2016 El Niño event created more favorable mosquito breeding grounds.

Supercuts Clip For The Cure Saturday, Oct. 21

on October 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Supercuts in Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos is hosting a Clip for the Cure event Saturday, Oct. 21, as part of the company's nationwide effort to help fight breast cancer. The store will donate 10 percent of every haircut Oct. 21 to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Gathered for a photo Saturday afternoon, from left, local Supercuts Manager Sarafina Aguino, Mariela Dominguez, Amanda Maestas, Assistant Manager Debra DeLaRosa and Leila Herrera. Supercuts is open seven days a week: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

LAMC Presents Emergency Preparedness Talk Oct. 20

on October 11, 2017 - 11:37am

Key Facts About Flu: Protect Yourself From Influenza

on October 11, 2017 - 6:38am
Down with the flu. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  •  Some people may have vomiting and

Upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

on October 10, 2017 - 2:19pm
 
JJAB News:
 
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training-openings available to the community!
 
The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday OR Saturday, October 27 or 28 at UNM-LA.
 
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.

Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?

on October 10, 2017 - 6:16am
Who should get vaccinated for the flu? Nearly everyone over six months of age. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.

Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of

Common Misconceptions About Flu Vaccines

on October 9, 2017 - 4:45am

CDC News:

Can a flu shot give you the flu?

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness.

Flu vaccines given with a needle are made in two ways:

  • the vaccine is made either with
    • a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious; or
    • b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine).

The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.

In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get

Special Blood Drive Slated For Tuesday

on October 8, 2017 - 9:03am

Staff Report

Although blood supplies in Las Vegas, Nev., have been replenished, United Blood Services is once again sending its Bloodmobile to Los Alamos Tuesday, Oct. 10 in response to the requests and generosity of this community.

The Bloodmobile will be in the Smith's Marketplace and community members can donate blood 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last week's blood drive in the same location, which also was hosted by Smith's received a huge response and members of the community were still offering to donate blood so UBS decided to host a second one.

Appointments may be made by calling 505.246.1457.

Free Legacy Planning Workshop Oct. 21

on October 6, 2017 - 2:12pm
LACF News:
 
Animal Protection of New Mexico, Animal Protection Voters, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and the Los Alamos Community Foundation are teaming up to offer a Practical Legacy Planning Workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. The workshop will be presented by Susan M. Morrison, JD, CFP®, APMA®

RSVP to elizabeth@apnm.org or 505.933.1123.
 
The workshop will offer an opportunity to discover answers to estate planning questions and to begin the process of writing your own last will and testament.
 
Issues to be discussed:
  • Who needs a will?
  • What

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