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LAFD: Learn To Save A Life During CPR/AED Training

on February 21, 2019 - 8:20am

LAFD News:

February is American Heart Health Month. Each year more than 790,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 15 percent will die as a result.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.

Time is a critical component to surviving a cardiac event, with every moment that passes, the chances of survival diminish tremendously. Moments count during a cardiac event.

The amount of heart muscle damaged is directly proportionate to the amount of

Get A Flu Shot! Influenza Widespread Across State

on February 20, 2019 - 3:44pm

NMDOH News:

With influenza (flu) activity remaining steady across New Mexico since the beginning of the year, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reminds New Mexicans that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

Since October, NMDOH has investigated six flu outbreaks in facilities around the state. Children age 4 and younger have been hospitalized for influenza at a higher rate than at this time last year, or any year since the 2009 pandemic. There have been 19 influenza related deaths in adults this year with no confirmed pediatric deaths in residents of New Mexico.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Dr. Bradley Rowberry!

on February 20, 2019 - 3:22pm
By KAREN WARTHEN
Los Alamos

I would like to acknowledge Dr. Bradley Rowberry who has served this community for over 25 years!

Dr. Rowberry continues to practice his gastroenterologist specialty at the Endoscopy Center in Los Alamos. He is a highly accomplished doctor and yet remains a humble and kind human being. He has a wonderful, friendly, and skilled staff and leads his team with kind-heartedness.

I hope Dr. Rowberry continues to enjoy the appreciation of his patients and the respect of his colleagues for many more years.

Thank you Dr. Rowberry.

Fatal Flaws Documentary Postponed To Noon Saturday

on February 19, 2019 - 1:39pm

IHM News:

The Fatal Flaws documentary scheduled to be shown this evening has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The community is invited to watch the documentary at noon Saturday in the IHM Parish Hall. Lunch will be served before the showing.

Lichthardt: Diets Debunked

on February 18, 2019 - 4:23pm
By Jordan Lichthardt, MS, RD, LD
Los Alamos

If you are like many Americans, it is likely that you have tried a fad diet or two. As a Registered Dietitian, I face many questions about which diets are safe and which will yield the best results. In this article, I offer detailed insight into three of the most popular diets of today’s age. Read on to find out which diets you need to stay clear of, and which ones may have some surprising health benefits.

Ketogenic diet

How it works:​ The ketogenic diet in essence removes all carbohydrates from the diet, which are your body’s preferred source

Luján, Schatz Reintroduce Legislation To Create Public Health Care Option

on February 18, 2019 - 3:43pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) reintroduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
“Democrats are hard at work developing solutions to strengthen the ACA, expand health coverage, and drive down health care costs for the American people,” Luján said.

Armstrong Bill To Support Firefighters With PTSD Passes House Health And Human Services Committee

on February 17, 2019 - 11:10am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

STATE News:

  • Bill declares PTSD a disease that may result from firefighter duties


HB 324, Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to establish Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, Wednesday unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.

 

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” Armstrong said.

Documentary On Assisted Death 6 p.m. Tuesday

on February 17, 2019 - 6:29am

New Mexico Families Celebrate Senate Committee Passage Of Medicaid Buy-In

on February 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
NMTH News:
 
SANTA FE — After testifying on Thursday before the Senate Public Affairs Committee, dozens of New Mexico families who have been working with the New Mexico Together for Healthcare campaign to support SB 405, The Medicaid Buy-in Act, celebrated the committee’s vote in favor of the bill.
 
The Medicaid Buy-in Act calls on the Human Services Department to create and implement by 2021 a program to allow New Mexicans not currently eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or Affordable Care Act subsidies to pay monthly premiums to “buy-in” to Medicaid.
 
Althea Yazzie of Twin Lakes  told

EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
By BENJAMINE STONE
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

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