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Free Events Focus On Overcoming Trauma

Adonata Pyaga

MENTAL HEALTH News:

Adonata Pyaga will present four free events at San Ildefonso Pueblo on overcoming trauma.

“Did you know there is a distinct brain state that forms during the experience of an emotionally upsetting event?” Pyaga said. “Cognitive approaches to your mental well-being, that is thinking or talking about your upset in a positive light, are not enough to bring quick and lasting relief. If you are weighed down by changing moods, physical stress symptoms, poor concentration and more, you will enjoy learning more!”

Highlights of Pyaga’s events include:

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Volunteers Gear Up For Relay For Life

RELAY FOR LIFE News:

The last pre-event Relay for Life Volunteer Meeting is 6 p.m. today Large Conference Room (LCR) at Los Alamos Medical Center.

The LCR is located downstairs near the cafeteria and there will be signs providing direction to the meeting. The easiest and most convenient parking is in the back on the canyon-side of LAMC. Pizza and soft drinks will be hosted by LAMC.

 The Los Alamos Relay for Life is Friday and Saturday Aug. 21 and 22 at Ashley Pond. The event begins at 6 p.m. with an Opening Celebration Ceremony recognizing cancer survivors and their caregivers. The Hill Stompers Read More

Governor To Recognize UNM’s Recent Designation As A National Comprehensive Cancer Center

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will recognize the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center’s recent designation as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

The designation is the highest federal designation a cancer center can receive and will allow it to apply for additional funds to go toward cancer research. Read More

Local Blue Sky Pilates Studio Has Classes For Everyone

A class underway at Blue Sky Pilates. Courtesy photo
 
BUSINESS News:
 
“I had no idea that there was a Pilates studio in Los Alamos.” Up until recently, Pilates classes were difficult to find. The same could have been said for Los Alamos, but not anymore. Now, there is a dedicated Pilates studio here – Blue Sky Pilates is at 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite A, across from Ashley Pond.
 
Blue Sky Pilates holds 22 classes per week to accommodate any schedule and skill level. Classes include Mat, Reformer, Pilates for Seniors, Chair, TRX, Stick, and MOTRTM.
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LAMC Gift Shop Returns All Profits To Community

LAMC Gift Shop volunteer Wendy Schamann. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

LAMC Gift Shop volunteer Wendy Schamann surrounded by items for sale in the shop. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com 

COMMUNITY News:

Just a reminder to people that the Los Alamos Medical Center Gift Shop is a non-profit, tax free shop that returns all the profits back to the community. 

The organization has a Community & Welfare Committee that reviews requests for funds and doles the money out. They support the nurses by buying their books needed for classes; have an indigent pharmacy program, Read More

Udall Votes To Protect Women’s Health Care Funding

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against an effort to cut off life-saving health care services for women in New Mexico by de-funding Planned Parenthood.

Udall issued the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood provides critical health care and preventive services, such as cancer screenings and tests, for women and men, many of whom do not have access to services elsewhere. I’m not going to allow this life-saving care to be cut off for thousands in New Mexico.

“Exploiting women’s health care for political gain does Read More

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Earns 4-Star Rating

LAVNS Executive Director Georgina Mesibov, center, with her staff and United Way Executive Director Kristy Orgtega, right. Courtesy/UWNNM

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

As of July 16, the Centers for Medicare Services updates Home Health Compare with 5-Star Rating system to give consumers the opportunity to see how agencies performed against each other.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service received four out of five stars, which places them above both the New Mexico and national averages in comparison to other agencies.

“I was not surprised by the four-star rating, I would expect Read More

Los Alamos Children’s Clinic Earns National Recognition

HEALTHCARE News:

Children’s Clinic, PA in Los Alamos was recently awarded level 3 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, collaborative relationships. 

Children’s Clinic is the first practice in Los Alamos County to achieve such recognition.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience Read More

Lujan On 21st Century Cures Act

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan legislation that encourages biomedical innovation and the development of new treatment and cures. 
 
The bill increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting awards to academic researchers at institutions across the country.
 
“This legislation is a victory for both patients and scientists. By providing a dedicated
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IRS Offers Affordable Care Act Webinars

IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  If you’re an employer or health coverage provider, you can attend a series of educational webinars this summer to help you understand the Affordable Care Act’s employer provisions and related requirements.
 
The IRS is presenting three different webinars in July that will each be repeated in August and September.
 
The IRS designed these webinars for business owners, tax managers, employee benefits managers and health coverage providers. All time listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.
 
Employer Shared Responsibility and Information
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¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Raising Funds To House Parents Of Hospitalized Children

A mother sits by her son’s bedside recently in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/Rotary STARS
 
Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, along with their counterparts from the El Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso, in front of Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/Rotary STARS
 

ROTARY STARS News:

No parent should ever have to sleep on the street, but that’s exactly what some of them do, while their sick and injured children are being cared for in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico.

The first annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at Fuller Read More

Skin Care Column: Minimizing Aging Factors

Skin Care Colum
By JUNE ENGLISH and JENNIFER LINDER, M.D. (PCA)
 
Minimizing Aging Factors

Although we can’t stop the hands of time, the factors thought to be responsible for 85 percent of visible aging are largely preventable.

One of the primary offenders is UV exposure. Other forces responsible for extrinsic aging are less frequently discussed, such as pollution, sleep deprivation and smoking.

By addressing these extrinsic factors, our fight against skin aging can be more successful:

  • Pollution – Car exhaust produces copious amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are
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Longtime Sombrillo Nurse Anita Maes Retires

Sombrillo staff and board members celebrate the retirement of Anita Maes, center, after more than 21 years at Sombrillo. Photo by Mary Yamada

By MARY YAMADA
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Retirement Community celebrated the retirement of longtime nurse Anita Maes at a party June 30.

LARC board members and Sombrillo staff gathered together to wish her a happy retirement and thank her for her hard work. Maes began her career as an LPN in November of 1972. She has been working at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehab since April 15, 1994.

As a dedicated, hardworking nurse, she epitomized the Practical Nurse Pledge: Read More

Santa Fe Physician Arraigned On Federal Indictment Alleging Scheme To Defraud Programs

FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a cardiologist in Santa Fe, was arraigned in federal court in Albuquerque on a 24-count indictment charging him with health care fraud and wire fraud.
 
Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, announced that Heilbron entered a not guilty plea and was released on his own recognizance.
 
The indictment alleges that Heilbron, a physician licensed to practice medicine in New Mexico who specializes in cardiology, executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit
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Chief Stone: How The Los Alamos County Ambulance Service Works

Los Alamos County ambulance fleet. Courtesy/LAFD
 
By BENJAMIN S. STONE, NRP
Division Chief  Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department
 
When someone calls 911 for a medical emergency, emergency medical technicians and paramedics respond to your call. Often, this results in an ambulance transport to the emergency room.

Such a transport raises many questions for the patient and the family. Who is in charge of determining whether the emergency trip to the hospital was necessary? Who pays for the ambulance, the crew, and the equipment during the trip to the Read More

Save A Life With CPR/First Aid Class At UNM-LA

Students perform CPR on dummies. Courtesy/UNM-LA
 

UNM-LA News:

There’s no better time than the present to learn to save a life.

UNM-LA Community Education is offering a one-day certification course on CPR and basic first aid called EMS 193 AED/CPR/First Aid Training, taught by Joe Candelaria, 9:30-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in room 612 at UNM-LA.

Candelaria is director of the UNM-LA Fire Science Program and a Los Alamos Fire Department certified instructor. The class fee is $95 and may be taken for one hour of credit.

Cardiac arrest strikes more than 300,000 people every year in the Read More

Brain Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Carries Hope With Her In Today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races

From left, marathon runners Michelle Hall, BethAnn Telford and Sarah Domnarski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about the need to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The trio is running in today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Like hundreds of other competitors in today’s 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races, BethAnn Telford got up this morning, put on her running shoes and hit the trail with a couple close friends. But there’s something special about Telford. She’s
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Zia Credit Union Scholarship Winners Announced

ZCU News:

Zia Credit Union is very pleased to announce the winners of the Zia Credit Union Education Foundation Scholarship program for 2015. This year, $25,500 has been provided in scholarships to 28 members who are graduating high school from the Española, Los Alamos, Pojoaque, and surrounding communities. 

“For the past two years, we have presented the majority of our Scholarship award recipients to our members at our Annual Business Meeting. This is an exciting time for the graduates as well as their families,” Zia Credit Union President/CEO David Woodruff said, “and we hope this Read More

CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop scheduled Read More

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