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NMDOH To Host Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics

NMDH News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Northeast Regional Public Health Offices will be hosting flu shot clinics.
 
No appointments are necessary for the dates, times and locations listed below.
 
There is no charge to those attending the clinics, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   
 
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially people in the following groups because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related
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Christmas Miracle Sought For Lorelei Hayward, 3

Lorelei Hayward and her mom Bethany. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Boomerang Consignment and Resale in Los Alamos declares that from today until Christmas Day they will match all donations up to $500 to help 3-year-old Lorelei Hayward hopefully have a Christmas Miracle.

Lorelei was born with Scoliosis and has had nine special casts to help correct the curvature of her spine – which is crushing her lung and heart. The casts have stopped working so she went in for surgery Dec. 2 to receive a new technology called “Magec Rods” that are surgically inserted alongside her spine to help Read More

Small Business Profile: In Touch Medical Massage Brings Relief From Pain

Kreig Peterson of In Touch Medical Massage at his office. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Kreig Peterson, owner of In Touch Medical Massage, offers his patients relief from pain.

“I work extremely hard to give my clients the best massage they have ever had,” he said.

Peterson is certified in multiple massage modalities that promote relaxation and pain relief, plus, he is the only certified medical massage therapist in town. Just what is medical massage? Peterson explained, “Many people go through life experiencing muscle pain needlessly. Read More

Small Business Profile: Pilates Helps People Do Everything Better

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes, left, with trainer Sabrina Svard. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes moved to Los Alamos in 1982. 

“Everyone has a reason for coming to Los Alamos. Mine is I ‘married’ into the town,” Lutes said. “I met my first husband at New Mexico State University, we got married and decided to move to Los Alamos because that is where he was from.”

Lutes opened her Blue Sky Pilates studio in April 2011 at 2101 Trinity Dr, Suite A.

“Pilates is the most amazing type of exercise. It strengthens literally Read More

More Than 10 million Americans Are Without Health Insurance … Are You On The List?

LAMC Certified Application Counselors, Geraldine Keane, Alberta Lopez and Richelle Fry are waiting to assist you in the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange application process in their office inside LAMC. Courtesy photo
 
By FELICIANO JIRON, CEO
Los Alamos Medical Center 

Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and Read More

Heinrich Urges President To Work With Bipartisan Group To Protect Working Americans From Cadillac Tax

SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) in sending a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a bipartisan, bicameral meeting to discuss a plan to eliminate the “Cadillac Tax,” a 40 percent excise tax on health insurance plans set to take effect in 2018.

Heinrich and Heller introduced bipartisan legislation last month to fully repeal the onerous tax.

 
“If
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Funding For Environmental Health Internships

NEHA News:
 
DENVER — The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in collaboration with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs is accepting applications for 30 summer 2016 environmental health interns sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Local, state and tribal environmental health departments are eligible to host students from accredited universities and colleges for this National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP). 
 
“This is a great opportunity
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LAVNS Celebrates 21 Years Of Hospice Care

Debbie Storms, Dr. Ross Bridge, Sande Cremer, April Cranmore, Collette Fordham, Pam Lee, Pauline Schneider and Deena Streit. Camera Shy: Kristi Bradshaw and Kristi Keffer. Photo by Debbie Weber
 
LAVNS News:
 
November is National Hospice Month. Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is celebrating two decades of compassionate caring for patients.
 
“Several years ago my husband John Ledford was diagnosed with end-stage COPD, lung disease,” Tammy M. Thorn-Ledford said. “As the COPD progressed my husband John asked
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Luján Discusses Need To Improve New Mexico’s Mental And Behavioral Health System

CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation. 
 
New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them. 
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Bouman: What To Look For In A Long-Term Care Policy

By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

November is Long-Term Care awareness month. You may have read my last column on Understanding Long-Term Care. That in mind, I’d like to take you through the basics of what to look for in a Long-Term Care Policy. 

Confronting our own mortality is a difficult task in itself. Add to that the notion that we may need someone else to care for us at some point in our lives and it makes for a very difficult topic to broach.

The sooner the conversation begins the better off you will be. Age makes a difference in the cost of a long-term care policy. Generally, the older Read More

Know The Signs Of A Gradual Heart Attack

Lori Coffelt, RN, CCCC
Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department Director
 
When you think of a heart attack, you probably imagine what you see in movies: a person suddenly clutching his or her chest in pain. But most heart attacks don’t happen that way, new research says. For more than half of heart attack patients, symptoms come on gradually.

Researchers studied nearly 900 people who had heart attacks. The findings, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, showed only 35 percent of them experienced sudden chest pain. The other 65 percent described symptoms that were mild Read More

LAMC Welcomes New Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen With Community Reception

Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen, center, with some of his colleages at Tuesday’s reception in his honor. From left, Dr. Miguel Doozier, Dr. Jesse Knight, Dr. Salim Amrani and Dr. Melanie Pickering. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Dr. Culley Christensen talks with LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has expanded medical services to include orthopedics.

Culley Christensen, MD has joined the medical staff and will be offering orthopedic surgical services to patients in Los Alamos and Read More

Hey What’s That ‘Hitch In My Giddy Up’

By KREIG PETERSON
Los Alamos

This week, let’s talk about strain/counter strain syndrome, its often painful, insidious side effects and what you can do about it.

Normally the human body maintains a homeostatic balance in its numerous complex muscle systems. Muscles are designed to do a job and return to their normal relaxed position. There is a complicated system that allows muscles to do their jobs. All muscles have an antagonist that dampens the desired movement. 

A good example of this is in the forearm. The muscles on the bottom of the arm are flexors and the top extensors. Make a firm fist Read More

Today’s The Day That Quitters Win…

Courtesy/ACS

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY News:

Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco.

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there also were 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and more than 2.3 million who smoke tobacco

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Community Invited To Reception For New Orthopaedic Surgeon Culley Christensen At LAMC Tuesday

Culley Christensen, MD

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center is pleased to announce they are expanding their medical services to include orthopaedics.

Culley Christensen, MD has joined the medical staff and will be offering orthopaedic surgical services to patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding area.  Dr. Christensen and his family are relocating from Scottsdale to New Mexico. Dr. Christensen is the second surgeon to join LAMC this year as the hospital continues to grow its surgical services.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Christensen to practice at Los Alamos Medical Center,” LAMC Read More

100+ Women Who Care Honor LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Fund Nine Behavioral Health Initiatives

From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Debbie Shelton, Johanna Jiron, Marvel Harrison, Feliciano Jiron, Mary Beth Maasson and Kristy Orgeta. Los Alamos Medical Center and its CEO Feliciano Jiron are honored at a special gathering Thursday at Unquarked for assisting 100+ Women Who Care to fund nine behavioral health initiatives within the Los Alamos community. The women raised $20,000 to fund the programs with the help of a $10,000 match from United Way of Northern New Mexico and about $2,000 from LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The only man in a room full of women at Read More

New Report Shows Significant Improvement For Mental Health In New Mexico

NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE — Today, New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced that New Mexico has improved ten spots in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, The State of Mental Health in America.
 
New Mexico showed significant improvement across the board in these rankings, including overall, adult, youth, need, and access categories.
 
“We’re continuing to make it a priority to provide much-needed care and treatment to our most vulnerable fellow New Mexicans,” Earnest said. “This encouraging news only strengthens our commitment
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Bouman: Understanding Long-Term Care

By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Planners

Addressing the potential threat of long-term care expenses may be one of the biggest financial challenges for individuals who are developing a retirement strategy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of people over age 65 can expect to need long-term care services at some point in their lives.  Understanding the various types of long-term care services and what those services may cost is critical as you consider your retirement approach.

Long-term care is not a single activity. It refers to a variety of medical Read More

How Frequent And Proper Handwashing Can Help Beat Cold And Flu Season

By TERESA REYNOLDS
Chief Nursing Officer, LAMC

As fall is upon us, so is flu season – a time of year when between five and 20 percent of people living in the United States suffer from the contagious disease.

This means now is the time to:

  • Get your flu vaccine; and
  • Recommit to good health habits, like frequent and proper handwashing.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each and every year. This is especially true for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or Read More

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