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Living Well Los Alamos: Kidney Health

By HELEN IDZOREK
Los Alamos

In addition to removing waste products from the body our kidneys play an important role in other processes including regulating salt, potassium and blood pressure, producing a form of Vitamin D to keep bones strong, and controlling red blood cell production.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for up to two-thirds of cases of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease affects up to 26 million adults in the US and many more are at risk. Two simple tests – heart and urine, are available to determine if you have kidney disease.

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NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Prevent Suspension Of Medicaid Services Without Thorough Investigation

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act of 2016.

The bill protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure that state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider.

The introduction of the bill comes after the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD)

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LAMC’s Teddy Bear Clinic Draws Kindergarten Crowd

Aspen Elementary kindergartners visit Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Throughout the day, all five elementary schools participated in the clinic. Adults from left, Erin Warren, RN; Courtney Thompson, RN; Teddy Bear Clinic Chair Johanna Giron; her husband LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Dr. Josiah Child and Aspen kindergarten teacher Luci Best. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighter Michael McElyea talks with Mountain Elementary students about the equipment used to fight fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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Los Alamos Family Council More Than A Counseling Center

From left, Jeremy Varela and Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico, Joy Beery and Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council, Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers and Pamela Risley Rogers of the LAFC Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is more than a counseling center. LAFC also operates two Youth Activity Centers.

The Youth Activity Centers are a natural part of LAFC’s mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse. The programming focus of the Activity Centers is on youth resiliency, Read More

YMCA: ‘Closest Thing To A Wonder Drug’

YMCA News:

  • Modest weight loss of 5-7 percent can prevent onset of Type 2 Diabetes

The New Mexico Department of Health estimates that 1 in 3 adult New Mexicans have prediabetes, a step away from diabetes, and a condition in itself that increases cardiovascular disease. But the good news is that a modest weight loss of 5-7 percent (that’s 12 pounds for a person who weighs 230 lbs.), and a modest increase in physical activity of 150 minutes a week (20 minutes a day) can prevent or delay diabetes all together.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) published a study on lifestyle change versus medication Read More

Merry McIntrye, D.C. Treats Clients Naturally At Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness

By Dr. Merry McIntyre
Los Alamos
 
I have been drawn to helping others for as long as I can remember. As a chiropractor, I practice chiropractic alternative medicine and specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on a person’s general health.

Chiropractic is the art and science of restoring and maintaining the integrity of the nervous system, the body’s messenger. Correcting misalignments (nerve impingement) is central to the philosophy of chiropractic.

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Living Healthy The Benefits Of Pilates

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes works with a client at her studio at

2101 Trinity Drive, Suite A in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

By Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT
Owner, Blue Sky Pilates

“My back pain is gone!” “I don’t have sciatica pain for the first time in years.” “I have my life back because of Pilates.” “I am skiing better now than I ever have.” All these statements are actual testimonials from my clients. I call these Pilates moments, and these moments are celebrated every day at Blue Sky Pilates. 

Clients are always coming into the studio exclaiming how Pilates is changing their lives. Entire Read More

Living Healthy Fitness Walking And Racewalking

Courtesy/NMR

New Mexico Racewalkers News:

We live in a sedentary society. More than 60 percent of our population is considered overweight, and over one in three of us is obese! Physical inactivity increases the risk for coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.

Regular aerobic physical activity can help prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

My goal is to get people off the couch and outside for a walk. Walking is as simple as putting one foot in front of Read More

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.7 Million For NM Health Centers To Help Treat Prescription Opioid Abuse

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $1.7 million for five health centers and treatment providers in New Mexico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a particular focus on the treatment of opioid abuse in underserved communities.
 
The grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act and administered by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, will help increase the number of patients screened for substance abuse and connect more patients to treatment,
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Heinrich Cosponsors GMO Food Labeling Legislation

Office Of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

“Providing transparency to consumers will ensure they are able to make informed decisions about the products they buy and feed their families.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is cosponsoring S.2621, the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to ensure that consumers can find genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredient labeling on food packaging, while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements Read More

Santa Fe Doctor Deploying To Syrian Border

Dr. Andrew Lustig assisting arriving refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Courtesy photo
 
GoDOCS News:
 
SANTA FE  Global Outreach Doctors (GoDocs), a humanitarian organization of MDs, RNs, DOMs and other professionals led by Naturopath Dr. Andrew Lustig of Santa Fe is about to deploy a team of 12 March 29 to the Syrian/Jordan border.
 
The Zataari Refugee Camp just passed its third anniversary and shelters more than 120,000 men, women and children. GoDocs along with its partner, Syrian American Medical Society, will bring aid and supplies to more than 1000 refugees each day
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ProgressNow NM Responds To Proposed Takeover At UNM Health Sciences Center

ProgressNow NM Managing Director Alex Curtas

ProgressNow NM  News:

ALBUQUERQUE – After the New Mexico Political Report published a story early Friday morning detailing a proposal by Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointees on the UNM Board of Regents to dissolve the UNM Health Sciences Center Board, ProgressNow NM Managing Director Alex Curtas released this statement:

“It’s an incredible affront to this community, and an indication of how politicized Gov. Martinez has made the UNM Board of Regents, that there’s a proposal on the table to strip the UNM Health Sciences Center of its Read More

Los Alamos Fire Department Forms EMS Bike Team

Courtesy photo
 
By DYLAN MAHONEY and BEN STONE
Los Alamos Fire Department

The Los Alamos Fire Department has formed an EMS Bike Team. This new team will enable our EMTs to quickly reach patients who may be located in an area not easily accessible by our ambulances. 

LAFD first got the idea for the team by observing the police bike team working the July 4 celebration at Overlook Park in White Rock. While we faced delays and access issues getting to patients due to the crowds, the Los Alamos Police Department was able to quickly and safely maneuver throughout the event area and respond where Read More

Udall At VA Budget Hearing: Improve Access To Care For Rural Veterans

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Also presses VA Secretary on restoring trust in VA, continuing burn pit exposure research 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing Thursday about the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Sen. Tom Udall continued his call for the VA to improve care for veterans living in rural New Mexico and rural communities across the country.  
 
Udall has championed the need to improve access to rural veterans’ health care through expanded use of telehealth technology, increasing transportation
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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Openings Available To Community

Courtesy/JJAB

Courtesy/JJAB

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place this weekend.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness.

As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis. Trainees learn how to assess the person for risk of harm or suicide, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance, and encourage the person to seek professional help.

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Learn About Parkinson’s Disease April 2

Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy photo

LARSO News:

Lori Erickson, physical therapist at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Dr. Miles Nelson, president of A Nurse in the Family, will lead a discussion about Parkinson’s Disease 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

People facing this disease as well as caregivers and family members are invited. Erickson will demonstrate exercises that help maintain function. Dr. Nelson will discuss particulars of the disease as well as how to help caregivers. A question and answer period will Read More

Los Alamos Health Council Gathers For Meeting

Members of the Los Alamos Community Health Council gathered last Thursday for its monthly meeting in the third floor conference room at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The LACHC is the designated health planning body for Los Alamos County. It has been designated as such through the New Mexico Legislature and the Los Alamos County Council. The LACHC works collaboratively with other county offices, collaboratives and networks in its planning activity. Core Services include health research and monitoring of health needs. The Health Council is open to Los Alamos County organizations, Read More

Dr. Marvel Harris Presents Findings Of LAPS Mental Health Design Team To Rotary Club

Dr. Marvel Harrison, local mental health specialist and counselor, spoke Tuesday to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the findings of the Los Alamos Public Schools Mental Health Design Team. Questions from the audience sparked concerned conversation about the mental health of local students and the anxiety and stress they experience. Photo by Hal Davis Read More

Learn Infant And Child CPR At FSN

FSN News:

Learn basic infant and child CPR at Family Strengths Network 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22

Instructor, Steve Bond will help people remain calm and prepared in the event of an emergency.

The course cost $40 per individual and $55 if certification is desired. FSN also is offering babysitting, the cost is $5 per family and those needing babysitting should request one week in advance.  

Registration is online at www.lafsn.org or call 505.662.4515 from more information. FSN is a United Way Community Partner. Read More

Los Alamos Medical Center Unveils New CT Scanner

From left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Melanie Pickering and CT Technologist Charlie Trujillo prepare to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the long-awaited, much-anticipated Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC’s Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker discusses the new CT scanner during a gathering Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC Marketing Diector Mary Bath Maassen listens to Director of Diagnostic
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