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Reminder: Cancer Survivors Dinner Saturday!

on August 8, 2017 - 2:40pm

Study: 2017’s Best & Worst States For Health Care

on August 7, 2017 - 5:25am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With several politicians raising concerns about the possible collapse of individual insurance markets while Republicans are back to the drawing board on health care reform, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care.

In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome.

DEA Proposes Reduction To Amount Of Controlled Substances Manufactured In 2018

on August 6, 2017 - 8:13am

Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg

 

DEA News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year by 20 percent as compared to 2017, per the proposed notice being published in the Federal Register Aug. 7, 2017 and available for public inspection today.

The DEA has proposed to reduce more commonly prescribed schedule II opioid painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, codeine, meperidine and fentanyl.

Protect Yourself And Family From Mosquito Bites

on August 6, 2017 - 6:19am

CDC News:

Use Insect Repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients at right. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for Everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies & Children

  • Always follow instructions when applying insect

Udall, Rounds, Heinrich: Bipartisan Bill Allows Military Women To Count Maternity Leave ​Toward Years Of Service​

on August 5, 2017 - 4:45pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan bill to make certain ​that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service.
 
The amendment is also backed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.).
 
The Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, ensures female service members of the reserve component receive creditable military service pay and points during time

Royal Manticoran Navy Raises Funds For Cancer Treatment Of Youngest Midshipman Elijah Dimas

on August 4, 2017 - 4:26pm
Elijah Dimas of Santa Fe, the RMN's youngest midshipman, is battleing cancer. Courtesy photo

Community News:

Elijah Dimas (HMS Implacable the Sante Fe chapter of The Royal Manticoran Navy, the Official Honor Harrington Fan Club) is the RMN's youngest midshipman. Elijah is 9 years old, entering fifth grade grade, and fond of math, science and especially art.

He is an avid fan of science-fiction (especially David Weber's Honor Harrington series), Pokémon, and the Oakland Raiders.

Scenes From Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive

on August 4, 2017 - 6:07am

Donors wait their turn Thursday at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. The blood drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Florence Riebe volunteers at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Nancy Kurnath makes sandwiches for donors and United Blood Services staff at the blood drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

United Blood Services donor recruiter Monica Herrera checks in donors at

Protect Yourself From Dangers Of Skin Cancer

on August 4, 2017 - 5:57am
Be safe in the sun!. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and includes different types. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.

Sun Safety Tips

Plan your sun protection using these tips—

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as

Shari Mills And Granddaughter Maddy Donate For ‘The Blue Side’ In Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive!

on August 3, 2017 - 8:35pm

Maddy Early, who just graduated from Chugiak High School in Eagle River, Alaska accompanied her grandmother Shari Mills of White Rock today to give blood in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. ‘Of course, we donated for the blue side … law enforcement!’ said Mills, a former police detective. The drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and donors can signify their preferance for law enforcement or the fire department in this good-natured competition for an important and worthy cause. Photo by Shari Mills

‘Find the hero in you’ … community members can

Savvy Caregiver Course Offered In Santa Fe

on August 3, 2017 - 8:58am
AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe, NM 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 program designed for family caregivers presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. 
 
The afternoon course option will be held once a week, from 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 22 through Oct.

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate A Better Deal On Prescription Drug Costs

on August 3, 2017 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in cosponsoring legislation led by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs.
 
The legislation would allow for Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.

Chiefs Voice Support For Battle Of Badges Blood Drive

on July 31, 2017 - 5:34pm

 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

In a joint statement today, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Fire Chief Troy Hughes encouraged the community to support the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges blood drive.

The drive is at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos:

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; and
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

“Personnel from our two departments will attend the event and donate blood which will be used to save the lives of patients at medical facilities throughout our area,” the statement

New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week With Events Statewide

on July 31, 2017 - 10:51am
WBW News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Sustaining Breastfeeding Together will take place Aug. 1–7 and is a collaborations of advocates, activists and those with decision-making power to promote and protect breastfeeding for anyone and everyone.
 
In New Mexico, the week will be celebrated with special events hosted by the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force (NMBTF) across the state.
 
“Our goal is to continue to advocate for and raise awareness for breastfeeding to cultivate communities that are supportive, and to protect the rights of New Mexico’s mothers and children,” said Erin Marshall,

U.S. Representatives Lujan Grisham, Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Program

on July 31, 2017 - 6:54am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representaives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced legislation to create a Care Corps demonstration program that is designed to provide support for family caregivers and help meet the growing demand for the care of aging and disabled Americans.
 
The Care Corps Demonstration Act will place volunteers in communities to work with seniors and individuals with disabilities who need extra support to live independently.

Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Caregiver Presentation Aug. 21

on July 29, 2017 - 5:19pm
ALZHEIMER'S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 1-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21; hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos.
 
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a more detailed knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease in its various stages and an

NM American Legion Riders Dedicated To Fisher House

on July 29, 2017 - 7:45am

NM ALR and third from right, Ken Nadeau, ALR chairman and Los Alamos American Legion Post 90’s executive committee member. Courtesy/American Legion

AMERICAN LEGION News:

Across the nation, Fisher Houses provide comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at either a military hospital or Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility.

It’s a mission that for 10 years has been near and dear to the hearts of the Department of New Mexico’s American Legion Riders.

Smith's Marketplace Pharmacist Katherine Fry Nominated For Kroger Community Service Award

on July 29, 2017 - 7:02am
A woman on a mission. Smith's Pharmacist Katherine Fry will visit Haiti in September with the help of Kroger for her 6th mission trip. She was recently nominated for a national award and selected as the highlighted story for District 6. Courtesy photo
 
Mothers in Haiti carry infants far and sometimes wait hours to receive the most basic of care for their children. The life-saving efforts are assisted by local Heroine Dr. Katherine Fry and donations from Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Dr.

Udall To Protect Medicaid For New Mexico Families

on July 28, 2017 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Senate continues to debate the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and drastically cut Medicaid, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will vote for a measure to protect Medicaid coverage in New Mexico and across the country. 
 
“Medicaid is quite simply a lifeline for New Mexico. Across our state, more than 900,000 New Mexicans are able to see a doctor when they get sick, without the fear of going broke, thanks to the coverage they receive under Medicaid.

TOTH Elders Provide Scholarship Funds To UNM-LA

on July 27, 2017 - 4:58pm
Trinity On The Hill Elder Phyllis Bailey presents a scholarship donation to UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney while SUN PATH Coordinator Cindy Leyba, left, and Elder Brad Wright look on. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 
From left, top row: LAFD Operations Battalion Chief /UNM-LA EMS Program Coordinator Joe Candelaria, Cathy Walters, Judy Crocker, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney. Center row: Petr Jandacek, Mary Cunningham, Paul Cunningham, Brad Wright, Jenny Bishop, Phyllis Bailey. Front row: Bo West, Trisha Harlow, Jane Sherwood, Louise Jandacek and Barbara Stoddard. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 

Tips For Healthy Summer Smiles

on July 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Healthy grins. Courtesy photo
 
NMDOH News:
 
New Mexico Department of Health Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:  
 
Stay on a routine
 
Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes.

10 Ways To Love Your Brain

on July 27, 2017 - 8:27am

NMDOH News:

Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.

Break a sweat.
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Hit the books.
Formal education in any stage of life will help

Child Cuddles Rabid Bat

on July 24, 2017 - 9:46pm

A 6-year-old girl holds a bat that a cat brought into her grandmother’s house. She cuddled and kissed it on its head and the bat was later found to be infected with rabies. She is undergoing treatment. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post
 
Staff Report
Valley Daily Post
  •  Cats, Bats and Rabies: What NOT to do When You Find a Bat 

Tiki is a beautiful young cat who lives 15 minutes north of Espanola and loves to go outside. He is colored like a Siamese but his soft hair and broad head make him stand out in the crowd. 

Early Thursday morning, a week ago Tiki went inside after a short time outside and

Local Relay For Life Co-Chairs Share Excitement

on July 24, 2017 - 11:13am

Los Alamos Relay for Life co-chairs Rachal Allen, left, and Tonya Sprouse-Mullins sell luminaria bags Sunday afternoon at Smith's Marketplace. They are recruiting volunteers, teams and sponsors for the Sept. 30 event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rachal Allen, a patient access representative at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, a medical assistant at Bridge Care for Women, are the co-chairs for this year’s American Cancer Society Los Alamos Relay for Life.

The two women have jumped into the

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Trinity Urgent Care

on July 23, 2017 - 7:18am

On the job at Trinity Urgent Care at 15th Street and Trinity Drive is Medical Assistant Jerrica Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Relay For Life Sells Luminaria Bags At Smith's Sunday

on July 22, 2017 - 8:13am

RELAY FOR LIFE News:

Event coordinators for this year's Relay for Life Los Alamos are selling luminaria bags 1-4 p.m., Sunday at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos.

Luminarias honor every life touched by cancer. They can be dedicated to a loved one lost, someone battling cancer or anyone who has overcome the disease. 

The luminarias will be decorated with names and sometimes messages to the people they are dedicated to and placed around Ashley Pond during the upcoming Relay for Life Los Alamos event.

After dark, Relay participants share an emotional moment when each Luminaria is lit in

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