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LAVNS Hospice Daffodil Sales Begin Thursday

on March 8, 2017 - 5:13pm

Central Park Square volunteers, from left, Caesar Perez, Antonio Medina and Raul Ramirez, are busy prepping daffodils for the annual sale to benefit Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice. Scheduled sales begin Thursday, March 9 and continue through Friday at Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Los Alamos National Bank in Los Alamos, Pig + Fig Bakery and Café in White Rock, but with the enormous community support there has been record breaking daffodil pre-sales so supplies may not last through Friday so buying early is recommended. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

National Puppy Day March 23

on March 8, 2017 - 3:06pm
WELLNESS News:
 
Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to eliminate, adding an animal to your life can help.
  • General Benefits: There's a reason that they say dog is man's best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more.

Eat Wings. Raise Funds. Los Alamos Relay For Life/American Cancer Society Event March 11

on March 7, 2017 - 5:48pm
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos is one of more than 5,200 communities planning a Relay for Life signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society this year. Organizational meetings are already being held and fundraising events are already underway. The Los Alamos event is scheduled for Aug. 18.

Saturday, March 11, Buffalo Wild Wings on Zafarano in Santa Fe, is hosting an “Eat Wings Raise Funds” event. From 11 a.m.

Isolated Confinement Bill Moves To House Floor

on March 4, 2017 - 6:55am

STATE News:

SANTA FE Today in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas’ (D-Albuquerque) House Bill 175 passed by a 7-6 vote. HB 175 bans the use of isolated confinement for pregnant women and minors in New Mexico prisons and jails. It also sets a 48-hour maximum for solitary confinement of inmates with severe mentally illness.

“Isolated confinement is overused and misused in our great state,” Rep. Maestas said. “It is detrimental to public safety. If you put a human being in prolonged isolated confinement, that human will never, ever be the same.

LAVNS Hospice: Last Day To Order Daffodil Delivery

on March 3, 2017 - 8:02am

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Medical Director Dr. Ross Bridge visits recently with a local hospice patient. LAVNS hospice care is supported by proceeds from the anual Daffodil fundraiser campaign in which 100 percent of the proceeds help hospice patients with costs not covered by insurance. To place an order and schedule daffodil deliveries, call LAVNS before 5 p.m., today at 505.662.2525. Daffodil orders will be delivered Saturday, March 11. Booth sales are March 9-10 in Los Alamos and White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Tourniquets For Law Enforcement Passes House

on March 2, 2017 - 4:11pm
Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque). Courtesy photo
 

STATE News:

 
SANTA FE  Feb. 28, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 9, a bill that provides law enforcement with the appropriate tools and training to apply tourniquets – a proven life saving measure.
 
Sponsored by Representative Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), HB 9 gives first responders arriving to an emergency the knowledge necessary to properly use a tourniquet to prevent excessive blood loss, saving lives and reducing the damage that can be done by the improper use of tourniquets.
 
“As a law

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Joins Facebook To Release New Life Saving Tools

on March 2, 2017 - 10:25am
MHA-NYC News:
 
NEW YORK, N.Y.  At the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we are proud of our ongoing relationship with Facebook and our long collaboration to provide innovative suicide prevention resources and support to their digital community.
 
Today’s announcement of Facebook’s latest efforts to expand their tools to help individuals in crisis and their loved ones is the next step in this dedicated work, and the Lifeline, and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), which administers the Lifeline, are excited to embark on this step with them.

Santa Fe Cardiologist Pleads Guilty To Federal Health Care Fraud Charge

on March 1, 2017 - 2:37pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Roy G. Heilbron, 53, a cardiologist practicing in Santa Fe, pleaded guilty Feb. 17 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a health care fraud charge, announced U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.
 
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Heilbron will be sentenced to two years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Heilbron was charged with health care fraud and wire fraud charges in a 24-count indictment that was filed in June 2015. The

House Committee Approves 'Right To Try' Legislation

on March 1, 2017 - 8:23am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved House Bill 228, known as the “Right to Try Act.” 
 
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra). It had been amended by a previous committee to include aspects of House Bill 263, a similar Right to Try bill sponsored by Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-Sandoval).
 
The Right to Try Act would establish a process through which terminally ill patients could access new medications that have not yet been fully approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The bill sets eligibility

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among Hispanics

on February 28, 2017 - 4:22pm

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
Due to limited research, there is no cure for CCM.

Run For Her Life 5K And 10K Races April 9

on February 28, 2017 - 11:21am
COMMUNITY News:
 
The 7th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K Race is 9 a.m. Sunday, April 9, starting at East Park off East Road (NM502) in Los Alamos.
 
All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer research.
 
For more information call 505.672.1639 or visit: www.atomicrunners.com/runforherlife_registration2017.pdf

Heart Council Presents Seminar On Heart Disease In Women March 7

on February 28, 2017 - 11:16am

PAC 8 Recruits Teens To Work On PSA Tuesday

on February 27, 2017 - 10:51am
Students work on a project at PAC 8. Courtesy Photo​
 
PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 is inviting teens to help create a public service announcement (PSA) on suicide prevention.

Students will plan, shoot, edit and create the sound track of the PSA.

PAC 8 received a grant from 100 Women Who Care to create suicide prevention PSAs. Ten students participated in the production of the first PSA made in December.

The PSA is playing at the Reel Deal Theater. Students who participate in the production will attend a wrap party at the Reel Deal Theater. They will get free movie passes, pizza and popcorn.

New Date For Dr. Zee Benefit Concert April 21

on February 27, 2017 - 10:22am

Zandree (Zee) Stidham

COMMUNITY News:

Dr. Zee’s Benefit Concert has been rescheduled for 5-8 p.m., April 21 at UNM-LA, Building 2.

Zandree (Zee) Stidham, 35, is a local assistant professor battling a form of bone marrow cancer. She and husband Tony have four children.

The concert is a fundraiser to help with her medical costs and other costs for her family during her treatment. For more information on the concert, click here.

To donate before the event, click here and donate with #teamzee.

Bill To Make Drug Companies Negotiate Lower Prices Passes Key Committee On Bipartisan, Unanimous Vote

on February 25, 2017 - 8:04am

STATE News:
  • SB 354 Could Save State $100 Million

SANTA FE – Legislation to save taxpayers millions of dollars by requiring the State to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee by a bipartisan, unanimous vote. 

Senate Bill 354, ‘Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council’, would require that all state agencies and state benefit providers who purchase prescription drugs negotiate for bulk purchasing discounts.

February Is American Heart Month

on February 25, 2017 - 6:41am
By the American Heart Association, and
Donna McHenry, MS,
Los Alamos Fire Department
 
There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2017 Update.
 
According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in 2015 is estimated to be 356,500. Estimates also suggest 7,037 children suffer OHCA each year.
 
The American Heart Association wants to help everyone

Sleep Matters/Sleep Apnea & Treatment Talk April 3

on February 24, 2017 - 7:23am
HEALTH News:
 
A Sleep Matters/Sleep Apnea and Treatment presentation is 2 p.m. Monday, April 3 on the 3rd floor at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living; 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos. 
 
Dr. Roger Wiggins and Patricia Donahue, respiratory therapist of the SW Sleep Center will conduct the presentation.
 
The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served and no RSVP is necessary.
 
Contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt for information at 505.695.8981.

Agencies Collaborate To Promote Brain Health

on February 24, 2017 - 7:11am
 
HEALTH News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division and the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter have announced they are collaborating to educate New Mexicans on maintaining a healthy brain. 
 
The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter and the NM Department of Health, now agree that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes.
 
“The research on cognitive decline with aging, and how it relates to Alzheimer's Disease, is ongoing.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Breathe

on February 23, 2017 - 4:40pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

There are two Mary Beths.

Mary Beth One is calm and professional and well-organized (and all my friends reading this are thinking, “Really?!? I have never met her!”).

Mary Beth Two is easily overcome by angst and remarkably unproductive (“Ah!” my friends now say, “that’s the Mary Beth I know!”).

The only way Mary Beth Two can feel like she is moving forward is to watch just a very minutes of “Hoarders” or “My 600-Pound Life”. Only a few minutes or I am overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and sickness.

I am glad I am not the people on the show--and why-oh-why

Experience A New You At ‘A New Day Pilates’

on February 23, 2017 - 8:58am

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, left, and Christine Gurrola-Gal co-operate A New Day Pilates, which opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. Courtesy photo

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, standing, assists Christine Gurrola-Gal at their boutique studio, A New Day Pilates. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

There is a new Pilates studio in Los Alamos. A New Day Pilates opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. This boutique studio is co-operated by Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT and Christine Gurrola-Gal.

A New Day Pilates offers a small, safe environment where the main focus is the individual

The Power Of Prayer…

on February 23, 2017 - 7:11am

Fr. Scott McKee survives a near death experience. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA – Doctors placed Pastor Scott McKee on life support last week at Presbyterian Española Hospital. He was battling a grave lung infection and lay near death. Just 24 hours later, the Roman Catholic priest recovered, and perplexed doctors released him Sunday from the hospital.

Fr. Scott McKee, 56, serves three Northern New Mexico parishes: St. Patrick in Chama, San José in Los Ojos and Santo Niño in Tierra Amarilla.

China Announces Scheduling Controls Of Carfentanil And Other Fentanyl Compounds

on February 22, 2017 - 2:12pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s National Narcotics Control Commission last week announced that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances -- carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl -- will begin March 1, 2017.  
 
This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of China, and reaffirms the shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl.
 
"Fentanyl-related compounds represent a significant and deadly component of the current opioid crisis.

Helen Idzorek Presents Healthy Hearts Talk March 9

on February 22, 2017 - 7:41am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Aspen Ridge Assisted Living hosts a Healthy Hearts presentation with speaker Helen Idzorek, at 2 p.m., Thursday March 9, in the first floor sun room at Aspen Ridge, 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos.
 
Idzorek is the Family Sciences Agent for the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service.

Los Alamos community members are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt at 505.695.8981.

Bill Helping Firefighters With PTSD Passes House

on February 21, 2017 - 7:43am

STATE News:
  • HB 157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties


HB 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, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Monday.

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” bill sponsor Rep. Debbie Armstrong said. “We ask so much of them—from running into burning buildings to pulling victims out of mangled cars.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Feb. 24 Or 25

on February 20, 2017 - 4:02pm

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JABB) has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday, Feb. 24 or Saturday, Feb. 25.

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.

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