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Lunch With A Leader: Andrea Cunningham Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am
Andrea Cunningham

LWVLA News:

Lunch with a Leader features Andrea Cunningham this month at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Mesa Public Library.

Cunningham was the nurse at the New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos across the street from Los Alamos High School. She will discuss the role of a public health office in Los Alamos as well what steps might be possible since the services were drastically reduced.

Cunningham graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing and has been a practicing nurse for 27 years.

LAMC Hosts Special Room For Cancer Patients

on February 18, 2017 - 8:28am

Los Alamos Council on Cancer Board Member LeAnne Parsons describes services and items available for cancer patients at Cancer Corner room in the Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tucked away in a quiet hallway at Los Alamos Medical Center, is a small room containing several resources for those dealing with cancer in our community.

The Cancer Corner a joint venture of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, the American Cancer Society and LAMC.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Hang In There

on February 18, 2017 - 7:24am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So many people are sick right now. Los Alamos has been hit hard by the flu, which showed up a little late this year, and a very nasty virus is circulating, keeping people in bed for days. It is down-right hazardous to leave the house.

I had that virus a few weeks ago and it knocked me off my feet for nearly a week. Someone asked me how I felt and I said, “I feel like I have been hit by a bus.” And then I thought, “Oh wait, being hit by a bus is nothing like this!”

Several years ago when I was living near Hermosillo, Mexico, I was hit by a bus.

Daffodil Sales Benefit LAVNS Hospice

on February 16, 2017 - 8:49pm

Award-winning Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, owner of Pig + Fig Bakery and Café, 35 Rover Blvd. Suite G, in White Rock, accepts a display vase of daffodils from Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Social Worker Collette Fordham, in support of the March 9-10 fundraiser for hospice. The community is invited to place orders for daffodils by calling 505.662.2525 or visit www.lavns.com.

UNM-LA Honors First PCA Class Graduates

on February 16, 2017 - 8:37am

UNM-LA's first class of PCA graduates with their certificates Wednesday morning, from left, Weifeng Fan, Maria Eadie, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Carmen Salazar and Maria 'Victoria' Rygh. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gathered for a photo following Wednesday's PCA graduation ceremony at UNM-LA, from left, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Maria 'Victoria' Rygh, Maria Eadie, Weifeng Fan, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, program supporter Barbara Stoddard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Living With Alzheimer’s Talk Offered In Santa Fe

on February 16, 2017 - 8:08am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education presentation in Santa Fe, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s - for Caregivers: Late Stage” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 3, at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507.
 
Participants will learn effective ways to communicate, connect with and provide daily care for their loved ones in the later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
 
To register or for more information on either

Armstrong Bill To Create Public-Private Partnership To Fight Diabetes In New Mexico Passes House

on February 16, 2017 - 7:31am
Rep. Debbie Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
The New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 87 Monday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong to help reduce diabetes in New Mexico by creating a public-private partnership to help state agencies develop strategies to combat diabetes among the populations they serve.
 
Specifically, under HB 87, the Secretary of Health would convene a Diabetes Committee of state agencies including:
  • The Department of Health,
  • The Corrections Department,
  • The Human Services Department,
  • The Aging and Long-term Services Department
  • The Indian Affairs

Help Sought For Care Of Injured Red-tailed Hawks

on February 16, 2017 - 6:48am

Red-tailed hawks. Courtesy/LEWF

LEWF News:

Cottonwood Rehab is in need of help from the Los Alamos community for the care of four injured red-tailed hawks that arrived at Cottonwood Rehab in the last three weeks.

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is caring for two of the hawks at her home under intensive care. The other two hawks have graduated to outdoor cages. The cost of rehabbing these raptors is around $15/day for food and medication. With a normal rehab time table of about three months, Cottonwood Rehab needs $1,000 to $1,500 to get these hawks back into the wild.

To help, visit

Khalsa Acupuncture Office Closes In Los Alamos

on February 15, 2017 - 7:23am

Dr. Khalsa explains a wellness concept to visitors to his booth during the 2016 Health Fair in September at Griffth Gymnasium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Well this is certainly not the email we had hoped to send out...

As it turns out, Dr. Khalsa's pneumonia was only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. After several weeks of his health and strength continuing to decline he has now been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that is attacking his kidneys, and the treatment for it is kidney dialysis!

Bill For Firefighters With PTSD Heads To House Floor

on February 14, 2017 - 8:03am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos participates in a Labor Committee meeting Monday voting in support of HB157 to provide support for firefighters suffering from PTSD. Photo by Michael Redondo

STATE News:

  • HB157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties

After passing the House Labor and Economic Development Committee Monday, House Bill 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, now heads to

DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation

on February 13, 2017 - 8:15pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed factually inaccurate information from its website.
 
The change comes after Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a legal request with the Department of Justice last year demanding that the DEA immediately update and remove factually inaccurate information about cannabis from their website and materials.
 
Americans for Safe Access argued that the more than

Los Alamos Residents Support Cancer Foundation

on February 13, 2017 - 8:11pm

Los Alamos residents attend Saturday night's Cancer Foundation of New Mexico's 12 Annual Sweetheart Auction at the Convention Center in Santa Fe, from left, Liz Cavasos of New Mexico Bank & Trust, DonTaylor of Don Taylor Photography, Mary Beth Maassen of Los Alamos Medical Center, Scott Wallace and Lisa Wallace of LAMC, Jim Streits of Los Alamos Public Schools, Kristy Ortega of United Way, Jacque Carroll of LAMC and Chris Ortega of ReMax of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Actress Ali MacGraw,

Senate Passes Bipartisan Medical Canabis Reform

on February 13, 2017 - 4:22pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – With solid bipartisan support, the Senate today passed by a vote of 29-11 legislation that strongly reforms New Mexico’s medical cannabis laws for the first time in 10 years. 

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-16-Bernalillo), who also was the sponsor of the original medical cannabis law in New Mexico.

Gourmet Dinner Benefits Anita Salas Memorial Fund

on February 12, 2017 - 7:22am
Pig +Fig in White Rock Cafe hosted a five course wine dinner Thursday to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. The event was part of the 8th annual K2 Women’s Weekend. Learn more at www.pajaritowomen.org. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Amy
Bauer, event coordinator and Southwest Region K2 Women's Alliance member thanks diners for attending the fundraiser.

Legislation To Require State Government To Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices

on February 11, 2017 - 8:43am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, and State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces have introduced legislation that could save taxpayers millions of dollars. 
 
Senate Bill 354, ‘Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council’, would require that all state agencies and state benefit providers who purchase prescription drugs to work together to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. 
 
In fiscal year 2016 the combined state agencies spent over $670 million on prescription drugs, a staggering 54% increase in two years.

Los Alamos Research On Cancer’s Origins Key Part Of Huge Grant

on February 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Ludmil Alexandrov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, part of a team seeking to build a much deeper understanding of DNA damage – what causes it and how it leads to cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • $25 million from Cancer Research UK funds Big Data analysis identifying mutational signatures of cancer​

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge,” which seeks to revolutionize the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The

Professional Skin Care Choices Now Offering Osmosis Cosmetics

on February 9, 2017 - 9:00pm
June English, owner of Professional Skin Care Choices with a poster advertising her new line of Osmosis cosmetics. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

June English of Professional Skin Care Choices is excited about adding Osmosis cosmetics to the skincare and beauty products she offers to her customers.

Founded by Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, Osmosis products are gluten and fragrance free, and safe for use by oncology patients. Dr. Johnson wanted to bring a holistic approach to the skin care and beauty industry, English said.

Ronald McDonald Visits Local Eatery

on February 5, 2017 - 9:34pm

Ronald McDonald greets patrons as he makes a grand entrance this afternoon at the new McDonald's Restaurant in Smith's Marketplace Shopping Center on Trinity Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lance Metcalf, right and his younger brother Lane show Ronald McDonald their skills at the hockey game table. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Ronald McDonald paid a visit to the Los Alamos McDonald’s this afternoon to the delight of all that were there.

He entertained the children with magic tricks and jokes.

End Of Life Options Bill Moves Forward In Statehouse

on February 5, 2017 - 12:31pm

From left, Rep. Bill McCamley of Las Cruces and Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque, sponsors of the End of Life Options Act, look on during Friday's public comment on the bill at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Katherine T. Morris, right, an Albuquerque oncologist was a plaintiff in the2014 case that affirmed the principle of the law but was overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2016. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos resident Carl Newton addresses the committee in support of the bill. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise

on February 3, 2017 - 7:43am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

You know it was bound to happen. I have written about eating less sugar (a daily struggle), drinking more water (easier than eating less sugar), and getting more restful sleep (dream away), but now we have to talk about exercise. Of course, talking about exercise is the easy part.

Actually doing exercise is the hard part.

I have boxes of DVDs showcasing various belly-busting, butt-firming and thigh-slimming workouts. I found them again just this last weekend. I have not watched them in years, maybe decades, and some of the DVDs have never even been opened.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Relief For Victims Of Radiation Exposure

on January 30, 2017 - 11:17am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have renewed efforts to expand restitution for New Mexicans and others who have been affected by exposure to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons in the Cold War by reintroducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).  
 
Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall and Heinrich in introducing the bill that would expand compensation eligibility to more areas of New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Montana,

UNMLA: Benefit Concert For Dr. Stidham April 19

on January 30, 2017 - 10:29am
UNM-LA News:
 
Students Daniel Wierl and Kaylen Pocaterra are hosting a benefit concert in support of Dr. Zandree Stidham, diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia in 2010.
 
The concert is 4-7 p.m., in Building 2 at UNM-LA, April 19. In preparation for the concert, they are looking for musicians interested in playing. For more information, contact Kaylen at kpocaterra1@gmail.com.
 
The students also are starting a # for Dr. Zee, reference #teamzee to donate. To donate to Dr. Zee’s Crowd Rise page, visit here.

Gessing: Medicaid Reform Can Save New Mexico

on January 30, 2017 - 6:03am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation

Recently, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham joined supporters of Obamacare in protesting the possibility that President Donald Trump will repeal or dramatically alter the law. She is not alone. Liberals are hoping to defend Obamacare, despite public-opinion polls, which continue to reflect majority opposition.

There are many (and often, conflicting) aspects to Obamacare, but if Lujan-Grisham truly represented the best interests of New Mexico, she’d be working as hard as possible to at very least reform the Medicaid portion of the law – which will

Los Alamos Relay For Life Meets Jan. 31

on January 29, 2017 - 8:30am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Los Alamos Relay For Life is hosting its first volunteer meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the large conference room at Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about the annual event is encouraged to attend.

Los Alamos Medical Center Names John Whiteside CEO

on January 27, 2017 - 12:30pm

LAMC CEO John Whiteside

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) announced today that John Whiteside has been named permanent chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Whiteside has served as interim CEO since August.

“Since joining the team in August, John has provided exemplary leadership and has quickly immersed himself into the community,” said Brad Owens, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health’s Western Group, of which LAMC is a part.

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