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Flu Spreads At Central NM Correctional Facility

STATE News:

Over the course of the last three days, an increase in Influenza symptoms has been detected within the inmate population housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Those diagnosed or presenting symptoms consistent with Influenza Virus are receiving supportive medical treatment. Because 31 patients have presented with influenza symptoms or similar complaints, the New Mexico Corrections Department’s medical provider, Corizon, has partnered with the Department of Health to provide additional support for conducting expedited examinations and Read More

Madhavi Garimella M.D.: Understanding Osteoporosis

By MADHAVI GARIMELLA, M.D.
Medical Associates of Northern NM

What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis which means “porous bone” is a condition of weakening of the structure of the bone leading to an increased risk for fracture. Many people have osteoporosis and do not know about it as they have no symptoms at all.

Osteoporosis does not cause any pain unless you have a fracture.

Why should we worry about osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity in older Americans. A hip fracture can cause quite a setback in terms of costs both in terms of time, money and morale due to surgery and rehabilitation. Read More

Letter To The Editor: Excellence At Sombrillo

By ED EMERSON
Los Alamos
 
I have recently spent about a month in the Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on Sombrillo Court because of a shoulder injury. I am a long-time Quemazon resident.
 
I would like to bring to the Los Alamos community’s attention the excellence of the recently renovated facility. The highly motivated and experienced therapy staff working in a large and beautiful rehabilitation room with cutting edge equipment was central to my healing. I am so appreciative of the physical and occupational therapists – Danielle and Rita. These specialists
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New Mexico Has Lowest Rate Of Workers With Paid Sick Leave In Nation

VFC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Nearly 50 percent of workers in New Mexico do not receive paid sick leave benefits at their jobs.
 
This means that these workers cannot stay home or see a doctor when they or a family member are ill without losing wages. This is just one of the many reasons that poverty is so persistent in New Mexico. That’s among the conclusions of the report “Valuing Families at Work: The Case for Paid Sick Leave” being released today by New Mexico Voices for Children.
 
“No parent should ever have to make the terrible choice between paying their bills and caring for a sick child,
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Mental Health Design Team Community Presentation Is Tonight

LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools’ Mental Health Design Team is hosting a community presentation to engage the community in dialog around the Healthy School and Community Initiative 5:30-7 p.m. today, Feb. 29, in the Student Center, Building 2 at UNM-LA.
 
The presentation will include an overview of the team’s work in the Fall of 2015 and short and long term recommendations for a path forward. The presentations and recommendations are intended to engage the schools and community in active collaboration around the issues
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6th Annual Run For Her Life 5K-10K Races April 10

Runners cross the finish line at the 2013 Run for Her Life Race in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

The 6th Annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10K Races begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 10 at East Park on East Road (M.M. 502).

All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.

Registration forms available at www.atomicrunners.com. For more information, call 505.672.1639. Read More

Hospital Ransomware Plague Growing Worldwide

HSNW News:

Homeland Security News Wire reports that hackers have attacked several hospitals in Germany with ransomware – locking medical files and demanding ransom payment for releasing the encrypted data.

The blackmailing of hospitals by encrypting their medical file has become a growing problem around the world. In California, for example, a Hollywood hospital earlier this month had to pay about $17,000 in the digital currency bitcoins to hackers in order to regain access to medical files.

Two weeks ago, an employee at the Lukas Hospital in Neuss, a city in western Germany, noticed Read More

Los Alamos Medical Center’s Cardio Rehab Program

The Los Alamos Medical Center Cardio-Rehab Team from left, Miyuki Coombs, Barbara Blair and Euphrasia Romero. Also on the team is Ivanka Velisavljevic (not pictured). Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. claiming more than 500,000 lives in this country annually.

An additional 1,500,000 Americans suffer heart attacks, often striking individuals in their most productive years.

  • Pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in this nation.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects nearly two million Americans and asthma more
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Learn About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

LAMC News:

As we conclude our observation of Heart Health Month, let’s take a look at COPD–Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a term used to describe a variety progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

Many people consider a shortness of breath and coughing as part of the aging process, but that is not necessarily so. COPD can sneak up on you, developing for years without problematic breathlessness.

This is an issue because if COPD is identified early, intervention can slow the loss Read More

Morning Meditation ‘Deepening The Heart’ Friday

COMMUNITY News:
 
A morning of Insight Meditation with Abhaya Kopka, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
 
The program includes a guided sitting and walking meditation and finishes with a Dharma Talk and Sharing. Each student will have a one on one meeting with the teacher. A variety of teas will be available. The class is free. Donations are welcome.
 
For more information call 505.579.4072 or abhayasong@hotmail.com.
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LAMC And Dr. Miguel Dozier Educate To Save Lives

As part of LAMC’s lunchtime presentation Friday, Lori Coffelt, RN and Director of the LAMC Emergency Department, presented three automated external defibrillators (AED’s) to the senior center, for use in the Los Alamos and White Rock facilities. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC doctors and medical staff members provide lunchtime health and wellness talks at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is pursuing certification as an accredited Chest Pain Center through the Society

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About Automated External Defibrillators

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION News:

What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.

The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function.

If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation. This is a rapid and unsynchronized heart rhythm starting in the heart’s lower pumping chambers (the ventricles). Read More

Delegation Calls For Probe Into NM HSD Suspending Medicaid Payments To Behavioral Health Providers

Update: Response from Kyler Nerison, HSD spokesman:

“This is nothing more than the same partisan stunt orchestrated by the same Washington politicians more than a year ago. The Feds have extensively reviewed this matter and found that the state acted in accordance with the anti-fraud regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

The companies in question overbilled the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that should have been used to help those in need. That’s a fact, and we’ve already collected more than $4 million on behalf of taxpayers. The Attorney Read More

Community Resilience Committee Meets Feb. 29

COMMUNITY News:
 
The Community Resilience Committee will host a quarterly meeting 10-11 a.m., Feb. 29, in meeting room 1 at Mesa Public Library.
 
The Community Resilience Committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos Community Health Council.
 
For additional information, to provide input or request minutes, call 505.470.0841.
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Blue Sky Pilates Offers Four New Classes

Courtesy photo
 
BSP News:
 
Blue Sky Pilates is increasing the number of classes beginning in March. 
 
My goal is to offer a wide variety of classes that can satisfy any one’s fitness goal at Blue Sky Pilates,” said Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, owner of Blue Sky Pilates. This March will bring FOUR more classes to the already large list of classes being offered at the studio.  
 
Get ready for the upcoming golf season by taking the Pilates Golf Prep Class. This class will be offered 5-6 p.m., every Monday, and also 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday. 
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Employers Gain Increased Productivity And Engagement With Culture Of Wellness

HUMANA/EIU News:
 
LOUISVILLE, KY — Employers that establish a defined workplace culture of wellness can achieve widespread positive impact on the health and productivity of their employees while increasing engagement in company mission and goals, according to a study released today by Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
 
The study, entitled “The Wellness Effect: The Impact of Workplace Programs,” explored insight into the scope, reach and impact of workplace wellness programs as well as the challenges and opportunities
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Letter To The Editor: Nursing Home From Heaven

By KEN ROSS
New York
 
I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation to Sombrillo Skilled Nursing Center in Los Alamos.
 
My mom, who just turned 89 last week, has been living at Sombrillio for the last year and a half. During this time I have been so very impressed with every facet of the facility.
 
I live in New York and even though I come to visit as often as possible, I never have to worry about the care mom is getting. In fact, the staff feels like family to me and when I arrive or when I check in on the phone, everyone is so friendly and helpful.
 
My sister visits mom at least once
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LAMC’s Dr. Josiah Child, RN Lori Coffelt Share Latest CPR Procedures With Los Alamos Rotarians

In recognition of February as Heart Health Month, RN Lori Coffelt, director of emergency services at Los Alamos Medical Center, instructs Rotarian Nina Thayer in new CPR procedures while Rotarian Brian Newnam plays the role of a heart attack victim. Cardiac specialist Dr. Josiah Child, not pictured, joined Coffelt to tell Rotarians about recognizing and responding to heart attacks. Child is the medical director for the LAMC emergency department. Photo by Linda Hull Read More

LANL Virus Expert Gave Early Warning On Zika

ZIKA MAP Source: Created by Congressional Research Service from Pan American Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control maps of Zika cases at http://www.paho.org and http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html, accessed Jan. 2, 2016.  Courtesy photo
 
BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

LANL researcher Brian Foley has worked in bioinformatics since 1984. He has spent 20 years in HIV research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has published 98 papers currently listed on Research Gate, the science networking site

LANL Microbiologist Brian Foley

A specialist Read More

A Global Look At Women And Cardiovascular Disease

By LORI COFFELT, RN
LAMC Emergency Room Director

The World Heart Federation and the World Health Organization tells us that cardiovascular disease (CVD) – heart disease and stroke – is the biggest killer of women globally, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Here are a few remarkable statistics:

Heart disease and stroke cause 8.6 million deaths among women annually– a third of all deaths in women worldwide. Of this:  3.4 million women die of ischemic heart disease; 3 million women die from stroke each year; the remainder 2.2 million Read More

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