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Drs. Aimee Price & Erika Bittner Change Practice Location

Dr. Aimee Price and Dr. Erika Bittner move practice to 557 Oppenheimer Drive. Courtesy photo

ACUPUNCTURE News:

Dr. Aimee Price and Dr. Erika Bittner, whom are both Doctors of Oriental Medicine at The Acupuncture Center of Los Alamos have announced that they have changed locations.

They are now at 557 Oppenheimer Drive and share offices with Los Alamos Chiropractic Center and Sage Integrated Health.

Dr. Price (DOM) has worked at the Acupuncture Center of Los Alamos since 2015 and recently took over ownership in 2021. She has treated everything from back pain, migraines, hot flashes, digestive Read More

Barranca Mesa Healthy Schools Team To Host Strategies For Managing & Resolving Conflict

Circle time in Aleandra Holcomb’s 4th grade class. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

In the schools and in the community we continue to experience the negative effects of the pandemic. Many people, children and adults alike, are struggling with rebuilding connections and managing conflict when it arises.

The Barranca Mesa Elementary Healthy Schools Team would like to invite parents and caregivers of elementary aged students to an opportunity to connect and discuss strategies for managing and resolving conflict.

The vision for Barranca School is that all students will develop positive relationships Read More

NNMC: Introduction To Medical Cannabis For Health Care Professionals March 20-May 12, 2023

NNMC Nursing and Health Sciences Chair Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA, — Studies suggest that cannabis can be effective in treating HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, sleep, anxiety, trauma and other conditions. Research also supports the use of cannabis for reducing pain without the harmful side effects of substances such as opioids. Yet published studies indicate that healthcare professionals lack formal education related to medical cannabis.

Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN, chair of Nursing and Health Sciences at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), wants Read More

Rep. Stansbury, Sen. Heinrich Highlight Millions In Funding Secured For New Mexico’s First Medical Sobering Center

Jan. 18, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) met with City of Albuquerque officials to discuss how over $4.2 million in direct federal investments that they secured is developing the Gateway Center at Gibson Health Hub, the first medical sobering center in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.) met with City of Albuquerque officials recently to discuss how more than $4.2 million in direct federal investments that they secured Read More

Two GOP Lawmakers Seek Increased Fentanyl Possession Penalties … Which Some Opponents Call Wrong Move

Rep. Bill Rehm

By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD
The Santa Fe New Mexican

Stronger, more addictive and cheaper to manufacture than many other drugs, the synthetic opioid fentanyl has ravaged the country in recent years — becoming one of leading causes of death among adults ages 18 to 45.

New Mexico is no exception.

The rate of fentanyl overdose deaths in the state has increased nearly sevenfold since 2016, according to state Department of Health data, jumping from 2.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016 to 16 deaths per 100,000 people in 2020. The drug has caused the death of nearly 600 people in New Mexico since 2016. Read More

Simple Introduction To Energy Work Saturday Feb. 4

By SAM MCRAE
Los Alamos

In June 2019, I received my 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Evolutionary Education in Carrollton, Ga. Prior to this training, I had heard of energy and energy work, mostly in the way of “chi” in Aikido and grounding by walking barefoot on the earth.

I had read about chakras and different vibes people would get in certain places, but the concept was never truly clear to me. Through the practice of yoga, learning to turn inward, tune into the sensations happening within my body, I was better able to understand that I had actually been working with energy my whole life. Read More

Michelle Wilde Offers ‘Gottman Institute’s Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work’ Program

By MICHELLE WILDE LPCC, LMT
Los Alamos

Over the past six months or so I’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of calls I receive for people interested in couples counseling.

When I speak to them, one thing consistently mentioned is the relationship strain brought about by COVID and the associated restrictions and change in how daily life is/was lived.

The situation of the past couple of years seems to have either drawn couples closer together or exacerbated the difficulties present.

Far too often in couples counseling, people show up when they are already on the brink of divorce and counseling Read More

Leonard: Key To Finding Happiness In Retirement

By LAURA LEONARD
Doctor of Chiropractic
Los Alamos

When we think about retirement our focus tends to center on financial fitness and checking off the bucket list.

This is the honeymoon phase and once it ends there needs to be a plan for what comes next.

What roadblocks will there be? Several months back, I wrote an article on life purpose and mentioned a widely viewed TED Talk that I came across in my research, ‘The Four Phases of Retirement’ by Dr. Riley Moynes.

Fortunately for me, my article found its way through the information highway to Dr. Moynes and I received a signed copy of his book, The Four Read More

Gruninger: Feeling Tired? Try Yoga For Better Sleep

By JACCI GRUNINGER, MS, C-IAYT
Los Alamos

Ahhh … the elusive 8 hours. Isn’t that what many of us dream of when we aren’t tossing and turning and trying to sleep? The study of sleep is a relative newcomer to the health and wellbeing arena, but studies show that adequate sleep can lower our risk of certain cancers, dementia, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and even the common cold. You might also feel less motivated and of course lack energy when you don’t get enough sleep.

Research also shows that people who get better sleep suffer less from anxiety and are more creative. No longer the late night high achievers Read More

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury Votes For Reproductive Rights

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) voted Wednesday to defend reproductive rights against House Republicans’ systematic efforts to criminalize abortion and abortion providers.

Rep. Stansbury joined other House Democrats to cosponsor an alternative resolution condemning violence and attacks on health care facilities, personnel, and patients and voted in favor of a Democratic motion to protect reproductive rights and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. 

Following the Supreme Court’s Read More

LAPD Investigates Crash At Grand Canyon & Pajarito Road

LAPD is investigating this crash that occurred this morning at the intersection of Grand Canyon and Pajarito Road on N.M. 4 in White Rock. LAFD transported one person from the scene with minor injuries to LAMC. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) is investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred this morning at the intersection of Grand Canyon and Pajarito Road on N.M. 4 in White Rock. 

The Los Alamos Fire Department transported one person with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center.

LAPD advises motorists to exercise caution when traveling near this crash Read More

Skolnik: Governmental Silence Is NOT Good Emergency Preparedness And Response

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
White Rock

One month ago, Los Alamos faced a major outage of telephone and internet services. That outage raised a number of issues related to the health and well-being of the community, including:

          • How could community members reach 911 in an emergency?
          • Where was information about the outage being broadcast?
          • Were there sites within the county at which we could use the internet or make telephone calls, despite the outage?

I was exceptionally disappointed that the County was silent on these matters during the outage, since the provision of such information to the community should Read More

Local Senior Centers Offering Free COVID-19 Test Kits

Courtesy/LARSO

LARSO News:

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) has announced that the local senior centers have free COVID-19 test kits for those residents 60 years of age and over.

LARSO will provide one test kit box per household.

The senior centers are open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and residents may call the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 505.662.8920 or the White Rock Senior Center at 505.672.2034.  Read More

Lauritzen: An Open Letter To New Mexico

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization

My name is Bernadette Lauritzen and I am the Executive Director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization. This month we will celebrate 25 years, providing services to the Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers.

While I certainly don’t speak for all senior centers, I implore the residents of New Mexico who know, use or value their senior centers to call or email your legislators and ask them to support during this session all senior centers.

Senior centers have been assisting our community elders Read More

COVID-19 Community Newsletter For Jan. 7, 2023

Los Alamos County is LOW, but the XBB.1.5 variant is ramping up and the post-holiday spike in cases is starting to show – especially among our seniors. What should you do to stay healthy and safe as we head into the new year? Check out this week’s COVID-19 Community Newsletter for information and resources to help you navigate the latest concerns. Click here: https://conta.cc/3jZOcAF Courtesy/LAC

Courtesy/LAC Read More

New Year, New You: Four Tips For Healthy Start To 2023

Courtesy/Glendon Cook

By GLENDON COOK, MD
Los Alamos Family Care
Los Alamos Medical Center

The beginning of a new year symbolizes a fresh start and, for many of us, it provides a renewed focus on our overall health and wellbeing.

That’s why so many of us set New Year’s resolutions intended to improve our wellness. Turning the page on the calendar gives us a chance to turn the page on old unhealthy habits, commit to being better, healthier versions of ourselves and look to the future with hope for what’s to come. Living a healthier life can reduce your risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, Read More

Smith’s To Continue Filling Express Script Prescriptions Through Feb. 15

Customers waiting last summer to have prescriptions filled at Smith’s Pharmacy in Los Alamos. Post file photo

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

According to pharmacy employees at Smith’s in White Rock and Los Alamos, Smith’s will continue to fill Express Scripts prescriptions as an in-network pharmacy through Feb. 15, 2023.

Previously, Kroger, the parent company of Smith’s Pharmacy announced that prescriptions would no longer be filled at their pharmacies after Dec. 31, 2022 due to an impasse in contract negotiations between Express Scripts and Kroger’s. Read More

Governor To Travel To Washington, D.C. For Knee Surgery

From the Office of the Governor:
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will travel to Washington, D.C. today where she is scheduled to undergo a total knee replacement of her right knee.
The total knee replacement will be performed by an orthopedic surgeon from whom the governor has previously received treatment and with whom she had a consultation in September following the re-aggravation of an injury.
The governor is scheduled to return to New Mexico next week.
Read More

January Is National Blood Donor Month

COTA Kid Annabelle Williams Lung Transplant Recipient. Courtesy/COTA

COTA News:

January is designated as National Volunteer Blood Donor Month by The American Red Cross.

During this month, blood donations typically drop off due to holiday breaks from schools, inclement weather and winter illnesses. However, January is a month of great need for blood donations partially due to holiday-postponed surgeries and holiday schedules that preclude donors from giving blood. Each day, the Red Cross must collect 13,000 pints of blood across the country to meet the needs of patients. This and every Read More

Centene Charitable Foundation & Western Sky Community Care Donate $3M For Gateway Project In Albuquerque

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Centene Charitable Foundation and Western Sky Community Care have announced  that they have committed funds of $3 million to the One Albuquerque Fund for “The Gateway” project.

The Gateway focuses on key service gaps for the homeless including providing a new center for emergency overnight beds with wrap-around services such as case management, a 24/7 receiving area for first responders, medical sobering, and medical respite. 

According to the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, more than 1,300 people in Albuquerque sleep in shelters or on the streets each Read More

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