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Keep Holiday Food Safe With Four Safety Steps

on December 24, 2016 - 9:18am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukah all fall within three days of each other this year.
 
As friends and families gather together this season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service has four food safety tips to ensure a healthy and safe holiday.
 
Even on Holidays, Always Follow the Four Steps to Food Safety 
 
Clean hands before food preparation by following these simple steps: wet hands, lather with soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse with clean warm water and dry hands with a clean towel.

Local Chiropractors Host Annual Holiday Luncheon

on December 22, 2016 - 10:18am

From left, local chiropractors Dr. Nancy Savoia, Dr. Merry McIntyre and Dr. Gary Storkan gathered for their annual luncheon Wednesday at the Blue Window Bistro to celebrate the holidays. They expressed their thanks to the Los Alamos/White Rock community for its continued support and extend their blessings of love, peace and vibrant health to all in 2017. Courtesy photo

LANL: DNA Markers Distinguish Between Harmless And Deadly Bacteria

on December 21, 2016 - 8:16am
Scanning electron micrograph of a murine macrophage infected with Francisella tularensis strain LVS. Macrophages were dry-fractured by touching the cell surface with cellophane tape after critical point drying to reveal intracellular bacteria. Bacteria (colorized in blue) are located either in the cytosol or within a membrane-bound vacuole. Courtesy/NIAID
 
LANL News:
 
The virulent pathogen that causes the disease tularemia, or “rabbit fever,” was weaponized during past world wars and is considered a potential bioweapon.
 
Through a new study of the coccobacillus Francisella, Los

New Mexico DOH Announces New Hours Beginning Monday At Los Alamos Health Office

on December 16, 2016 - 6:09pm

DOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that it is changing the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes. These new hours go into effect Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

The local clinic at 1183 Diamond Dr. #D will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed noon to 1 p.m.), but will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Services provided at this clinic will include Children’s Medical Services (children and youth with special health care needs), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

LAMC Hosts Annual Holiday Gathering For Physicians

on December 14, 2016 - 12:37pm

Los Alamos Medical Center hosts a holiday party Tuesday evening at the hospital for its physicians and staff that includes a buffet and music. Photo by Jennifer King

LAMC Interim CEO John Whiteside, center, chats with doctors and staff at Tuesday's holiday party. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Guests are treated to a musical medley at Tuesday's annual event. Photo by Jennifer King

Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO Vicki Martinez chats with doctors and staff at the annual physician's holiday gathering Tuesday evening at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Udall, Heinrich Welcome Critical Funding To Combat Opioid Epidemic In New Mexico

on December 11, 2016 - 6:27am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting 94-5 for a bill that includes critically needed new resources for New Mexico and other states struggling to treat and prevent the growing prescription opioid abuse epidemic.
 
The funding was included in bipartisan health care legislation called the 21st Century Cures Act and now will be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law.
 
The bill sets aside $1 billion for competitive grants to supplement ongoing efforts by states to combat the opioid crisis, giving preference to

Attorney General Congratulates New Mexico Law Enforcement On Successful Movember Results

on December 11, 2016 - 6:22am
Office of the Attorney General’s Movember team. Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas congratulates New Mexico law enforcement on successful Movember event results.

Movember is a movement for men's health. For 30 days in the month formerly known as November, team members rally to support the cause, get people talking and raise funds for men’s health projects. Aside from some amazing mustaches, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Movember team came in third place for funds raised out of 11 teams in the New Mexico Public Safety Network.

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Thousands Of New Mexicans Stand To Gain Financial Help Buying 2017 Health Coverage, But May Not Know It

on December 10, 2016 - 8:56am
DHHS News:
 
Already, about 8.8 million Americans, and 32,703 New Mexicans, who buy health insurance through HealthCare.gov receive tax credits that help make coverage more affordable.
 
But about 12 million more Americans, including 45,700 New Mexicans, may also be eligible for help during this Open Enrollment, but not know it. This group includes:
  • Current HealthCare.gov consumers: 3,700 New Mexico consumers who didn’t get tax credits last year could be eligible for tax credits in 2017, even if their income remains the same, because financial assistance moves along with rates.

Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic Reaches Agreement With Blue Cross Blue Shield!

on December 8, 2016 - 3:00pm

LAMCC News:

Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic (LAMCC) is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield and will be contracted in 2017.

LAMCC thanks the community for its support.

Los Alamos Medical Center, at 3917 West Road #150, provides medical care in Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, Dermatology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Wound Care.

For more information, call 505.662.4351 or visit http://www.lapho.com/clinics/lamcc.php.

DEA Releases 2016 Drug Threat Assessment: Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Rising At An Alarming Rate

on December 7, 2016 - 1:24pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States.
 
Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater amount of overdoses. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning and 61 percent (79) of them are pharmaceutical opioid or heroin related.
 
This opioid epidemic has been

Udall, Heinrich Urge Passage Of Foster Care Reforms

on December 6, 2016 - 12:05pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement.
 
The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number of children in the foster care system whose families are affected by

Reception For Photographer Theodore Greer At Fuller Lodge Art Center Today

on December 3, 2016 - 9:52am

Loco Falls is one of the photographs by Theodore Greer on display in the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Theodore Greer

FLAC News:

Jemez Springs photographer Theodore Greer has a one-man show in the Fuller Lodge Art Center, with a reception 2-4 p.m. today, Dec. 3.

The show is called “The Healing Arts”, and features 14 photographs on canvas that were chosen to be in the new Presbyterian Hospital Rust Medical Center, as well as other facilities, including Presbyterian Main, Anna Kaseman and the New Mexico Cancer Center.

The show includes quotes from some of the many people

Luján Hails Inclusion Of Opioid Funding In 21st Century Cures Act

on December 3, 2016 - 8:34am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District on Wednesday spoke on the House floor in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, which included language Congressman Luján championed that authorizes $1 billion in funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
 
Earlier this year, Luján introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which reflected President Obama’s request for much-needed resources to increase treatment programs that will help address the drug crisis.

Advocacy Group Develops Resources For Mental Health

on December 2, 2016 - 1:46pm

From left, Stephanie Koch, MA, LMHC, Counselor at Mesa Vista Wellness; Sara Pasqualoni, M.D., Medical Director at LANL; Lori Coffelt, RN, Emergency Services at LAMC; Christine Hazard, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist at LAPS; Cate Nickless, coordinator for Los Alamos PHO; Kristine Coblentz, Healthy Schools Program director at LAPS; Tina Goldsmith, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Psychologist at Southwest Center for Child and Family Development; Andrea Cunningham, RN, BSN, program coordinator for JJAB; Patrice Goodkind, LISW, LCSW, Social Worker in Private Practice; and Kristy Ortega, Executive Director

Savvy Caregiver Seven Session Course Jan. 10

on December 2, 2016 - 8:57am
ALZHEIMER'S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. The course will be offered as both an afternoon and evening course.
 
“The Savvy Caregiver” a FREE seven-session course presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The afternoon course option is 1-3 p.m., once a week, beginning each Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Feb. 21. This afternoon option will be held at Brookdale Santa Fe Assisted Living located at 640 Alta Vista in Santa Fe.
 
The

Udall Joins Senate In Passing ECHO Act To Increase Rural Access To Health Care

on December 1, 2016 - 8:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting 97-0 to approve the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act -- a measure based on the University of New Mexico's successful Project ECHO program -- to increase access to high quality health care in rural communities.
 
Udall is a cosponsor of the bill and, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, has been a strong supporter of funding for the program.
 
The ECHO Act would expand the successful Project Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO), a model program founded at the

Heinrich Welcomes Senate Passage Of Bill To Expand Innovative UNM Rural Tele-Health Program

on November 30, 2016 - 10:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the Senate’s passage of S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, a bill to boost access to high-quality health care in hard-to-reach regions.
 
Heinrich is a cosponsor of the bill, which aims to better integrate the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s groundbreaking Project ECHO telehealth model into health systems across the country.
 
“Families across New Mexico, including in our rural and tribal communities, deserve access to high-quality

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Invited To Free Presentation

on November 30, 2016 - 8:57am
HEALTH News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. 
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Early Stage)” is a FREE educational event presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The event will be hosted by the Kingston Residence at 2400 Legacy Court in Santa Fe.
 
To register or for more information, contact Tina De La Luz, 505.473.1297 or tdelaluz@alz.org

These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or

English: An Ounce Of Skincare Prevention

on November 20, 2016 - 7:27am
JUNE ENGLISH, LE
Los Alamos

Clients normally visit Estheticians to correct a skin problem rather than to prevent issues from occurring. Prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to skin Health and slowing down the aging process, but many are missing this step.

Clients too often wait until their skin appearance and health get severe, at which point they wind up in their esthetician’s treatment room expecting 15 years of damage to be removed in one session.

The good news is it might not always be like this moving forward.

What Impact Do Medication Errors Have On Nursing Home Residents?

on November 19, 2016 - 7:02am
WILEY News:
 
A new analysis points to surprisingly low rates of serious impacts from medication errors affecting nursing home residents, despite the fact that these errors remain fairly common.
 
The investigators noted that it’s unclear whether medication errors resulting in serious outcomes are truly infrequent or are under-reported due to the difficulty in ascertaining them. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
 
Medication errors can cause considerable harm, and older adults in nursing homes may be especially vulnerable.

Health Action New Mexico Commends Governor Martinez For Vowing To Protect Health Coverage Gains

on November 18, 2016 - 9:35pm
HANM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Gov. Susana Martinez made clear that health coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act must be protected. According to the Associated Press, the Governor “has offered assurances that people won't be left without health insurance as President-elect Donald Trump and fellow Republicans seek to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.”
 
More than 300,000 New Mexicans have gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, causing the uninsured rate to drop to historic lows.
 
 “We commend Governor Martinez for her commitment to people in New Mexico who finally have

Cancer Comes In Colors Other Than Pink ... November Is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

on November 18, 2016 - 7:23am
CANCER News:
 
October has now left us and we have gone through a blizzard of pink on the playing fields of the NFL.
 
Celebrities have spoken of breast cancer awareness and pink t-shirts and ribbons seem to be everywhere. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has done a fantastic job of building awareness and fundraising for research. So much so that the survival rate for breast cancer is now at 89%.
 
Other colors and cancers have not done so well. Pearl is the color for lung cancer and November is Lung Cancer awareness month.

IRS Opens New Registration For 2017 Advance Monthly Payments Of Health Coverage Tax Credit

on November 16, 2016 - 7:57am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service has opened the new registration and enrollment process for qualified taxpayers to receive the benefit of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) on an advance monthly basis during 2017.
 
Eligible taxpayers can have 72.5 percent of their qualified health insurance premiums paid in advance directly to their health plan administrator each month. Each payment made on their behalf to the health plan administrator lowers their out-of-pocket premium costs.
 
Taxpayers may be eligible to elect the HCTC only if they are one of the following:
  • An

LAPS Announces Kristine Coblentz As Healthy Schools Program Director

on November 11, 2016 - 10:10am

Healthy Schools Program Director Kristine Coblentz

LAPS News:

Last week Kristine Coblentz joined Los Alamos Public Schools as director of the new Healthy Schools Program.

The position was created as a result of the work of LAPS' Mental Health Task Force and the Schools Board's Strategic Plan, which prioritizes student and staff well-being as one of its eight focus areas. Coblentz reports to LAPS Superintendent, Dr. Kurt Steinhaus.

Coblentz will be working closely with a team that includes school clinical psychologist Dr.

Fundraiser Underway For Zee Stidham

on November 11, 2016 - 7:32am
Tony and Zandree (Zee) Stidham in October before they left for her bone marrow transplant in Denver. Courtesy photo
 
Zandree Stidham moments before her bone marrow transplant last month in Denver. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

A local 35-year-old assistant professor of English, wife, mother and aspiring writer has just undergone a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute in Denver. 

Zandree (Zee) Stidham was diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia or ET (a disease in the same family as Leukemia and Lymphoma) in January 2010. After battling with ET for almost six

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