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LAPS Seeks 25 Students To Work On Tobacco-Free Campaigns

on October 15, 2016 - 11:50pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office and Evolvement are seeking students who want to decrease the harmful and addictive use of commercial tobacco in New Mexico.

Twenty-five students are invited to a training scheduled for the morning of Oct. 24 at LAHS where students will accomplish the first goal of the program.

The training will include free lunch, the chance to win prizes and is open for youth in 9th through 12th grades.

"Evolvement is a youth-led movement to reduce youth tobacco use," said Alyssa Hedrich, Evolvement Youth Field Organizer.

New Hours, Services At Local Public Health Office

on October 15, 2016 - 5:24pm

NMDOH News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that it is changing the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.

 

These changes are effective immediately.

 

The clinic at 1183 Diamond Dr. # D in Los Alamos, will open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed noon - 1 p.m.), and closed Mondays.

 

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

Free Presentation For Alzheimer’s Caregivers

on October 15, 2016 - 8:07am
ALZHEIMER'S 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 (Middle Stage)” is a FREE educational event presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 2-4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4. The event is hosted by the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center at 1121 Alto St. in Santa Fe.
 
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a more detailed knowledge of Alzheimer’s

Local Health Office Closes But Expected To Reopen

on October 13, 2016 - 5:20pm
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Los Alamos County Health Office effectively stopped seeing patients Sept. 14 across from Los Alamos High School at 1183 Diamond Dr.

Public Health Nurse Manager Andrea Cunningham staffed the office for two years but was directed to tender her resignation after she asked for three weeks off without pay in September to accompany her husband on a trip to South Africa.

“I wrote them a letter asking them to reconsider but they said if I was going to take three weeks off then I needed to resign,” Cunningham said.

Dr. McClees Mentors Students Interested In Medicine

on October 12, 2016 - 4:53pm

Dr. Robert McClees of Trinity Urgent Care, 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B, is mentoring Los Alamos High School students interested in medicine including Ben Rees and Sarah Shipley. The students are part of the LAHS Mentorship Apprenticeship Partnership Service (M.A.P.S.), which provides hands on experience in a career they are interested in. Courtesy photo

SFCC Offering Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 19

on October 9, 2016 - 7:10am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College is offering a Flu Shot Clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 (or while supplies last).
 
Pediatric doses also will be available. Free event. SFCC, Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave. Call 505.428.1836 for information.

LAMC Remains In-Network With New Mexico BC/BS

on October 7, 2016 - 8:57am

Los Alamos Medical Center. File photo

LAMC News:

Due to a recent decision by a local medical clinic to terminate its agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Mexico, Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has received numerous inquiries about the hospital’s status with the insurance company.

LAMC wants the community to know that the hospital remains in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

There is absolutely no change to any BCBS insurance coverage as it relates to hospital or emergency room care, hospital stays, or visits to any hospital services such as the lab or

2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded To Yoshinori Ohsumi

on October 6, 2016 - 9:17am

NOBEL PRIZE News:

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy

This year's Nobel Laureate discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.  

Yoshinori Ohsumi

The word autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning "self", and phagein, meaning "to eat". Thus,autophagy denotes "self eating". This concept emerged during the 1960's, when researchers first

DEA Reduces Amount Of Opioid Controlled Substances To Be Manufactured In 2017

on October 6, 2016 - 8:27am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reduced the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the United States in 2017 by 25 percent or more, according to a Final Order in the Federal Register, available for public inspection here
 
A handful of medicines were reduced by more, such as hydrocodone, which will be 66 percent of last year’s level.

White Cane Awareness Week Oct. 15-22

on September 26, 2016 - 8:08am
By VERNON KERR
Los Alamos

What does a white cane mean to the ordinary citizen of Los Alamos? Mostly the answer is, “I don’t know.”

A white cane is a device used by a class of handicapped citizens in order to move about in a sighted world. Not all blind people are totally blind. Many have limited vision such as those who have glaucoma, pigmentosa or macular degeneration. The cane signifies that the person is blind though some persons out of vanity refuse to be identified by using a cane.

The most common cane is a six to seven foot long wand that one uses to sweep in front of themselves to

Dr. Tom Csanadi And Wife Dr. Marvel Harrison Bid Farewell To Los Alamos At Saturday Event

on September 25, 2016 - 10:36am

Dr. Tom Csanadi and his wife Dr. Marvel Harrison bid a sad farewell to their many friends at a special gathering Saturday at their Los Alamos home. The couple closed their practices last week and are moving Friday to California's Central Coast. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Dr. Tom Csanadi and his wife Dr. Marvel Harrison bid a sad farewell to their many friends at a special gathering Saturday at their Los Alamos home.

The couple closed their practices last week and are moving Friday to California's Central Coast.

Dr.

2016 Los Alamos Health Fair Draws Thousands

on September 25, 2016 - 9:00am
Seventy businesses and organizations participate in the Los Alamos Heart Council's 2016 Los Alamos County Health Fair Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium. Major sponsors include Los Alamos Medical Center and New Mexico Bank & Trust. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Health Fair bustled with activity 8 a.m. to noon Saturday with thousands of visitors in attendance. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A Minion welcomes people to the Los Alamos Children's Dentistry booth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Staffers stand ready to register people for blood tests.

Heart Council Health Fair Underway Until Noon!

on September 24, 2016 - 11:20am

From left, Los Alamos Heart Council President Phil Gursky, County Councilor Pete Sheehey and his wife Naishing Key at the 2016 Los Alamos County Health Fair underway this morning until noon at Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from today's 2016 Los Alamos County Health Fair at Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

2016 Heart Council Health Fair Is Saturday!

on September 23, 2016 - 6:04pm

Crowd checks out the booths at the 2015 Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

HEART COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council 2016 Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

The Official 2016 Health Fair Guide, complete with a booth map, is in the Thursday, Sept. 22 print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

As in past years, there will be free flu shots available (for those 18 years and older) and discounted blood tests.

Check Out The Library For Health Help

on September 23, 2016 - 6:01pm

LIBRARY News:

Los Alamos is a place that values education and values good health. Those two aspects of life come together at the Library, where the resources to learn about good health are right here on the shelf.

The Library has more than 3,000 items that relate to your health, whether they be magazines like Consumer Reports Health, research databases like Salem Health, online magazines such as Men’s Health, encyclopedias such as the Women’s Health Encyclopedia and Magill’s Medical Guide, videos such as The Alchemy of Qi Gong or Yogawoman, and books on every health topic under the sun.

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/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
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
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
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
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
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

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