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Los Alamos Family YMCA: Heart Tips

on September 23, 2016 - 5:55pm

YMCA News:

Saturday, Sept. 24 is the Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Family YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico be heart healthy.

  • Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day.

UNM-LA’s New Personal Care Attendant Course Begins In October

on September 23, 2016 - 5:47pm

Melanie Colgan

UNM-LA News:
UNM-LA is launching a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) course in October which is designed for individuals interested in working as paid care attendants, as well as for family members of patients who need in-home care. Whether for geriatric needs, long term illness, or surgery or injury recovery, there are times when family members find themselves in a position of needing to provide care for a loved one. With so many of our Los Alamos residents choosing to stay in their homes as they age, there is a burgeoning need for non-family care attendants as well.

NMB&T Sponsors Children’s Helmet Give-A-Way At Los Alamos Health Fair 8 a.m. To Noon Saturday

on September 23, 2016 - 7:40am

From left, Los Alamos Heart Council President Phil Gursky, NMB&T Banking Center Manager Lesley Harelson and Los Alamos Medical Center Marketing Director Mary Beth Maassen speak about Saturday's Health Fair during an interview on the 'Voice of Los Alamos' radio show airing at noon today on 101.5 FM. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Bank & Trust (NMB&T) purchased Community Bank in downtown Los Alamos in August 2015 and has become immersed in the local community.

Roger This: Stand, Tread Or Fidget

on September 23, 2016 - 6:28am
Standing desk. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
In recent years, concerns have grown around the country about the widespread health risks associated with our sedentary work lives. Two researchers from the Endocrine Research Unit of the Mayo Clinic looked into the question of “How Much Do We Really Sit?”
Writing in the journal Obesity in 2009, they expressed what may seem like an obvious fact: “Work days are associated with more sitting and less walking/standing time than leisure days.” One of many piece-meal studies that has left open lot of questions from

AG Sends Investigatory Letter To EpiPen Manufacturer

on September 22, 2016 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent an investigatory letter requesting information to the manufacturer of EpiPen, the brand name of an auto-injector used so that synthetic adrenaline can be administered safely and quickly to treat anaphylaxis caused by a severe allergic reaction.
In the past months, the price of EpiPens has risen dramatically, raising alarm that some New Mexico families may not be able to afford this life-saving medication.

HHS Awards $1 Million For NM Health Centers

on September 17, 2016 - 6:58am
HRSA News:
Sept. 15, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $1,092,012 in funding for 16 health centers in New Mexico for health information technology enhancements.
In total, Thursday's announcement includes $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
“Health centers across the country are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” Burwell said.

Luján Amendment To Help Fix Shortage Of VA Doctors Passes Unanimously

on September 16, 2016 - 8:46am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District offered an amendment on the House floor to veterans legislation that addresses the need to fix a doctor shortage at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in New Mexico and across the country.
Luján’s amendment passed by voice vote with unanimous support. Below are his remarks as delivered. Click here to watch Luján’s speech.
“Thank you Mr. Chairman.

Attorney General Balderas Sues Bristol-Myers Squibb For False & Deceptive Marketing

on September 16, 2016 - 8:34am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Meyers Squibb for false and deceptive marketing of the prescription drug Plavix.
The complaint alleges that the drug company knew that its drug was ineffective in a percentage of the population and may have increased a patient’s risk of internal bleeding, but the company failed to disclose that to prescribing doctors and the public.
“My office will continue to protect vulnerable New Mexican families and consumers through

New Mental Health Access Project In Los Alamos

on September 14, 2016 - 2:18pm
MHAP News:
Collaboration is in the air as the United Way of Northern New Mexico and Self Help recently launched a their new mental health website to educate community members about issues, resources and highlight local providers.
The project came about as a result of the growing concern about mental health issues, suicide, and misconceptions about seeking help in the community of Los Alamos. The website offers a broad spectrum of resources for elementary aged students, youth, millennials, and LANL employees.
“The United Way of Northern New Mexico stepped forward to offer

New Mexico Human Services Department Announces Nearly 25 Percent Decrease In Uninsured Rate

on September 14, 2016 - 9:54am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Human Services Department announced that the number of New Mexicans without health insurance coverage dropped by nearly 25 percent last year. Since Gov. Susana Martinez took office in 2011, New Mexico’s uninsured rate has plummeted by nearly half.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States” report, the uninsured rate in New Mexico dropped from 14.5 percent in 2014 to 10.9 percent in 2015.
“We’ve expanded and reformed Medicaid to make it more patient-centered and provide basic health care for

YMCA Heart Smart Poster Contest

on September 14, 2016 - 8:30am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA and the Los Alamos Heart Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. 
The theme of this contest is “Be Heart Smart." Posters/pictures may be in any medium (crayon, paint, etc.) Be sure to include name, address, phone number, school and grade. There will be two age categories: K-3 and 4-6. 4 Prizes in each category; 1st prize: $30, 2nd prize: $20, 3rd prize: $10, 4th prize: $5. Posters must be brought to the Y by September 21. 
Winners will be notified Sept.

Look For Official 31st Annual Los Alamos Health Fair Guide In LA Daily Post Sept. 22

on September 13, 2016 - 1:37pm


Save the date for the highly popular 21st annual Los Alamos Health Fair – 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Gymnasium.

Entrance to the event is free and offers free flu shots, health screenings, educational exhibits, blood profiles at reduced rates and more.  

NOTE: Look for the official Health Fair Guide in the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday, Sept. 22 ... filled with wellness tips, booth location map and all the details needed to get the most out of this year's Health Fair. 

LAMC Sponsors Talk On End Of Life Issues

on September 10, 2016 - 8:14am
Barak Wolff, MPH, presents 'End of Life Issues/Aid in Dying: A High Level Overview Discussion' at a lunchtime talk sponsored by Los Alamos Medical Center Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Barak Wolff discusses end of life issues during his talk sponsored by LAMC Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Barak Wolff discusses health care decisions and choices related to end of life issues during his talk sponsored by LAMC Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/

Dr. Bob Fuselier Donates Kidney To Stranger

on September 8, 2016 - 12:17pm
Los Alamos Veterinarian Dr. Bob Fuselier donated his left kidney earlier this year to a man he never met. The man had been on daily dialysis for more than five years and now has a new lease on life. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Veterinarian Dr. Bob Fuselier changed the life of a man he never met when he gave him his left kidney earlier this year. The man had been on daily dialysis for more than five years.

Fuselier decided to go public about his kidney donation knowing it will likely lead to helping many men and women live more freely.

“I have yet

Allergy Season Is Here!

on September 5, 2016 - 8:02am
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Courtesy photo

Health News:

If you are like many of our patients, and suffer from allergies, then you know the miserable side effects: itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, congestion, a runny nose or postnasal drip down the back of your throat.

The allergic reaction you experience is your body’s response to the allergen, which it sees as harmful, even though it really isn’t. Your immune system responds by creating inflammation in your sinuses, skin, airways or digestive system.

Your environment has a lot to do with allergy symptoms.

Luján Highlights $2.6 Million To Combat New Mexico’s Opioid Epidemic

on September 4, 2016 - 1:23pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District applauded the announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell that New Mexico will receive $2,604,223 to help combat the drug crisis.
He also reiterated his call for Congress to take further action to provide robust resources that help turn the tide against the opioid epidemic. Luján has led the effort in the House of Representatives to introduce legislation that reflects President Obama’s budget request of $1.1 billion

Udall Addresses Exorbitant Price Hike For EpiPen

on August 31, 2016 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Mylan has increased cost of life-saving EpiPen more than 480 percent in seven years

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a  letter sent Tuesday to the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Mylan, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) joined 19 senators in expressing his serious concerns about the company’s recent significant price hikes for the EpiPen Auto-Injector. 

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch

Many children and adults who suffer from severe allergies use the EpiPen product to deliver a life-saving dose of epinephrine in the event of a life-threatening allergic

Ribbon Officially Cut At Infinity Wellness

on August 30, 2016 - 7:55am

Infinity Wellness owners Dr. Carmen Solano and Mike Solano, center, with from left, Arlene Meyrayo, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Chamber Director Nancy Partridge and Ann Perkins, cut the red ribbon to officially mark the grand opening of their new business Thursday at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suite 8. Photo by LeAnne Parsons

LARC, Sombrillo And Aspen Ridge Celebrate National Appreciation Events Sept. 11-17

on August 29, 2016 - 6:37pm

Community Liaison

The Los Alamos Retirement Community/LARC, Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Community and Aspen Ridge Assisted Living are celebrating Sept. 11-17, both National Assisted Living Week, and National Appreciation Week for Housekeeping, Laundry and Maintenance Employees.

Events throughout the week will be a special opportunity to bring together our residents, families and employees to recognize the unique individuals that reside at Aspen Ridge Lodge, Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Community and the staff members that deliver care every day.


Local Helicopter Slashes Time To Albuquerque

on August 28, 2016 - 12:21pm
Pilot Geoff Rodgers spoke at Kiwanis recently, describing the history and operations of Classic Air, the medical flight company that serves Los Alamos. Photo by Charmian Schaller 
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

There was a time, not too long ago, when patients who had to be transported from Los Alamos to hospitals in Albuquerque took an hour and 29 minutes to get there.

Now, with Classic Air Medical providing helicopter service to the area, the same trip takes just 26 minutes. That reduction in time can be a life-saver.

Geoff Rodgers—a veteran of Army flight training,

'A Matter Of Balance' Class Begins Sept. 12

on August 28, 2016 - 9:12am


The next “Matter of Balance” fall prevention class begins at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in the lower level classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. “Matter of Balance” is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, exercise to increase strength and balance. All participants will receive a workbook to keep.

New Analysis: New Mexico Consumers Wil Still Have Affordable Health Coverage Options Next Year

on August 27, 2016 - 11:33am

HHS News:

An estimated 53 percent of New Mexico consumers could still purchase a plan for less than $75 per month, even if all final rates were to increase by double digits

Since the Affordable Care Act became law, health care prices have risen at the lowest rate in 50 years, and premiums for the 150 million Americans with employer-sponsored insurance have grown at some of the slowest rates on record.

Today, a new HHS analysis finds that consumers would continue to have affordable coverage options, even if all Marketplace final health insurance premium rates

Los Alamos County Concludes Emergency Exercise

on August 26, 2016 - 4:53pm


Los Alamos County's portion of today's multi-agency emergency exercise has concluded.

Today's Emergency Exercise At LAMC Has Concluded

on August 26, 2016 - 3:16pm

Los Alamos Medical Center. Courtesy Photo

LAMC News:

The multi-agency Emergency Exercise today at Los Alamos Medical Center has concluded.

All hospital activities have returned to normal procedures.

We appreciate the assistance and understanding of our patients and visitors during the event.