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Annual Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive Aug. 3-4

on July 11, 2017 - 2:38pm
Urgent Need: Blood supplies coast-to-coast are dangerously low due to a severe dip in donations leading up to and following the July 4 holiday, prompting a coordinated nationwide call for donors of blood of all types. Forecasting projects a shortfall of 5,700 donations in July and greater shortfalls throughout the summer. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

“Find the hero in you” ... Los Alamos residents have the chance to do just that by joining in the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges community blood drive noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug.

Early Stages Of Alzheimer's Discussion July 17

on July 11, 2017 - 5:56am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
The New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association will offer a one hour session on the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s to include symptoms, coping strategies for caregivers and resources to help families who are challenged with dementia.
 
The session is 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 17 in the lower level classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
 
For more information, contact David Davis 505.473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce Federal Review Of Behavioral Health Access In New Mexico

on July 10, 2017 - 8:36am
NM DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will review the level of access that New Mexicans have to behavioral health services provided through the Medicaid program.
 
The OIG agreed to a request from Rep. Lujan Grisham, along with Sens. Udall and Heinrich and Rep.

CDC: Protect Your Child’s Skin From The Sun

on July 9, 2017 - 6:45am
 
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CDC News:
 
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.
 
Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
 
Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened. Cover up.

LANL: A Universal Biosensor For Infectious Disease

on July 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

LANL News:

With increased travel and globalization, the spread of new diseases has become a threat to global health—and global security. Whether in a rural village or an urban medical clinic, healthcare workers need diagnostics that provide answers then and there, for any disease, in order to effectively treat individual patients or widespread outbreaks.

That’s why Harshini Mukundan and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory are working to develop a universal biosensor.

“If we are able to mimic the body’s immune recognition in the laboratory, we could have a universal strategy for the

Youth Resiliency Committee Meeting Monday

on July 6, 2017 - 7:45am

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution Designating June Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

on July 3, 2017 - 6:26am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C— U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored a bipartisan resolution designating June 2017 as National Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) Awareness Month and June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day.

The intent is to raise awareness about challenges facing servicemembers, veterans and others who experience post-traumatic stress, and to eliminate the stigma sometimes associated with it.

Udall Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

on July 2, 2017 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans.
 
Hoeven and Udall are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Tester and Isakson are the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
 
The legislation, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act would formally authorize a joint Tribal housing initiative between the U.S.

Alzheimer’s 'Warning Signs' Presentation Offered

on July 2, 2017 - 7:03am
Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter 10-11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 4. The event will be hosted by the Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy court, Santa Fe, NM, 87507. 
 
The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities. To register, or for more information, contact David Davis at 505.473.1297 or 

Play It Safe With Fireworks ... Don't Get Burned!

on July 1, 2017 - 10:16am

NMDOH News:

The Independence Day holiday weekend is hear and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is urging residents to celebrate a safe Fourth of July and to use extreme caution with fireworks.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is traditionally the time for parties, barbecues and fireworks, but for emergency rooms in New Mexico, it’s more than that.

It’s a day where the hospital staff knows to expect to see patients arriving suffering burns, bruises, lacerations, even foreign objects in the eye.

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day, yet the day can

DEA Releases 2017 Drugs Of Abuse Resource Guide

on June 29, 2017 - 7:55am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released the 2017 edition ofDrugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide.
 
The Drugs of Abuse guide is released on a periodic basis and designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. The guide provides important science-based information about the harms and consequences of drug use, describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key factors.
 
The 2017 edition updates the 2015 Drugs of Abuse publication with the

Collected Works Hosts Benefit For Accident Victims

on June 28, 2017 - 6:56am
Charlie and Debbie Carrillo. Courtesy photo
 
RGB News:
 
Gracias is a new show during the month of July at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe.
 
Charlie and Debbie Carrillo were victims of a terrible car accident in February. Charlie and Debbie were unable to work for several months, had tremendous hospital bills, and their car was totaled. To help with the expenses, Collected Works Bookstore and LPD Press/Rio Grande Books have sponsored a benefit with art and books of Charlie and Debbie. Gracias is a “thank you” to the community for helping the Carrillos.
 
Retablos, pottery,

Forty Percent Of Travelers Contract Infectious Disease On Vacation ... Tips To Help Return Unscathed

on June 27, 2017 - 6:04am
Dr. Brent W. Laartz
 
HEALTHCARE News:
 
Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.
 
Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases (www.drlaartz.com) –  failed to take some of the precautions necessary to avoid becoming one of the 40 percent of travelers every year who bring back an unwanted souvenir of a major illness from their trip.
 
“While on vacation it becomes entirely necessary to be more

Luján Bill To Help Enroll More Kids In Health Insurance

on June 26, 2017 - 8:53am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation June 22 that will help states enroll more children in healthcare coverage by expanding the outreach and enrollment grant program.
 
Luján’s bill also allows for the inclusion of parent mentors in the grants program. Outreach and enrollment grants help to identify and enroll children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 
Luján noted that Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible

Relay For Life Planning Team Meets Tuesday

on June 26, 2017 - 8:40am

RELAY FOR LIFE News:

The Relay for Life Los Alamos Planning Team is looking for additional members. Volunteers are needed for the American Cancer Society event scheduled this year for September.

The next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 in the downstairs conference room at Los Alamos Medical Center near the cafeteria entrance.

Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they would like. All kinds of help is needed, including recruiting volunteers, recruiting sponsors and selling luminaria bags.

For more information, call Rachal Allan, 505.709.8618.

Los Alamos To Host Free Caregiver Presentation July 17

on June 25, 2017 - 6:25am
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Early Stage” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 17. It will be hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center on 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
 
To register, or for more information, contact David Davis (505).473.1297 or at dldavis@alz.org. The class is free and open to all citizens of Los

Los Alamos Medical Society Offers Medical School Scholarships

on June 22, 2017 - 4:29pm

LOS ALAMOS MEDICAL SOCIETY News:

Students who will be enrolled in medical school in the fall this year are invited to apply for scholarshiop funds. Scholarship funds are available through the generosity of the John and Willie Mae Helm Scholarship Fund and the Los Alamos Medical Society

Students are eligible to apply if they are residents of Los Alamos County or have spent the majority of their lives as residents of Los Alamos County.

LAMC: AHCA And The Negative Impact It Will Have On Our Community

on June 22, 2017 - 4:13pm

LAMC News:

Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue to provide the high-quality care that we know each of you have come to expect from our physicians, nurses and staff.

As you may be aware, politicians in Washington, D.C.

NMDOH Warns Of Heat And Smoke Related Illness

on June 22, 2017 - 4:04pm

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat and smoke-related illnesses.

Temperatures over the next several days are expected be the warmest days of the year so far in several parts of New Mexico, and because of the El Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains, smoke is being released into the air, degrading air quality.

Extreme Heat                                                                                                                        
Anyone regardless of age, sex, or health status may develop heat-related

Bake Sale Supports LAHS Teacher Joy Handsberry

on June 22, 2017 - 7:51am
Los Alamos Middle School teacher Laura Parkison and her 12-week-old daughter Rachel Parkison sell cherry scones at a benefit bake sale Monday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. The fundraiser is for Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry who has had a recurrence of her cancer and continues chemotherapy treatments this summer. Mondays benefit bake sale raised $592.55 for Handsberry and rumor has it that two White Rock angels later dropped off a $1,000 check to support her fight. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Devine Fellers And Erica Keevama Awarded Irene Boone Memorial Scholarship

on June 22, 2017 - 7:38am

Devine Fellers, left, and Erica Keevama, winners of the Irene Boone Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Jessica Booton Photography/www.jessicabootonphotography.com/ 

 

LAPSF News:

 

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that Devine Fellers and Erica Keevama were chosen to receive the 2017 Irene Boone Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of long-time resident and pediatrician, Dr. Irene Boone and her husband, Zanas “Slim” Boone.

 

Fellers and Keevama were selected among 20 qualified applicants for their good citizenship and ability to

On The Job In Los Alamos: Local Chiropractors

on June 21, 2017 - 10:02am
On the Job in Los Alamos and taking a break from their work, from left, local chiropractors Drs. Nancy Savoia, Gary Storkan and Merry McIntyre gather at the Blue Window Bistro to celebrate their friendship and the Summer Solstice. They are grateful to serve the community of Los Alamos and White Rock and would like to wish a happy, healthy and safe summer to everyone. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On New Mexicans To Share Health Care Stories

on June 21, 2017 - 7:21am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #AmericaSpeaksOut to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ health care bill.
 
“President Trump and Republicans in the House rushed through a disastrous plan that would leave New Mexicans paying more for less health coverage and would throw our health care system into chaos,” Heinrich said.

United Way Of Northern New Mexico Announces 2017 Funded Partners

on June 20, 2017 - 2:39pm

UWNNM News:

More than $1 million was requested by 47 nonprofit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba residents. United Way of Northern New Mexico’s (UWNNM) Community Action Fund Grant Cycle concluded with the funding of $628,420 to 29 local nonprofits. United Way’s funding will reach residents that are to be born this year to those needing assistance in the last stages of life.

UWNNM’s Grant Committee consists of Community Action Fund Investors, Cornerstone Partners, Community and Board Members who work tirelessly over the course of about a month helping decide where funds are

Udall Introduces Bill To Prevent Skyrocketing Costs of Prescription Drugs; Hold Companies Accountable For Price Gouging

on June 20, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for large price increases in prescription drugs. 
 
The Stop Price Gouging Act would penalize drug companies that engage in price gouging without cause, leading to price spikes for patients who rely on medication to treat diseases ranging from cancer to opioid addiction.
 
Nearly 28 million

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