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Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Fox In Fort Sumner Tests Positive For Rabies

on August 16, 2018 - 10:55am
NMGF News:
DE BACA COUNTY A landowner near Fort Sumner who killed a fox July 17 that was exhibiting behaviors common with rabies, contacted Conservation Officer Jacob Laobato.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish submitted the fox for testing at the State Laboratory Division. Results came back positive for rabies.
“The public should be vigilant and stay away from any animals behaving strangely,” said Dr. Kerry Mower, wildlife disease specialist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “People should ensure their pets’ vaccinations are current.”
According to the

Udall Statement On EPA’s Proposed Asbestos Rule

on August 16, 2018 - 8:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the EPA’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Asbestos Problem Formulation document and Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos:
“I’m always troubled when I learn that EPA has ignored its own expert staff, but what most alarms me is that the EPA is proposing to conduct a risk evaluation that excludes among the most common exposures to the known carcinogen asbestos.

Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Meetings For Sandia, LANL And Uranium Workers Aug. 14-16

on August 12, 2018 - 10:36am
CWP News:
DENVER, Colo. Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host free town hall meetings for nuclear weapons and uranium workers in New Mexico at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 14, 15 and 16.
With a new format this year, CWP is making it easier for workers to get the specific information they need about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) or the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
The morning sessions, starting at 10 a.m.,

Luján Sends Bi-Partisan Letter Calling For House Hearing On Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

on August 11, 2018 - 5:04pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03) sent a bi-partisan letter calling on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to examine the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
Earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.” Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Tina Cordova with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, and Jonathan Nez, Vice President of the Navajo Nation,

Get In Immunization Routine: Vaccinations Support Individual And Community Health

on August 10, 2018 - 7:51am

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Courtesy image

LAMC News:

With summer drawing to a close, it will soon be time to focus on getting back into more “normal” routines. After-school practices, homework, carpool duties and the like become the order of the day once more.

But there’s another routine that shouldn’t be ignored amid all of the excitement of a new school year – immunizations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a great reminder of the important role that regular immunizations play in making communities healthier.

Immunizations are

Partridge: Cow Man Offers Support To Cancer Walkers

on August 9, 2018 - 12:15am

Nancy Patridge and Cow Man in Charlotte, NC. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I had to look twice, actually three times, at the black-and-white lawn ornament the first time I walked past it.

It stands out among the plethora of eclectic lawn ornaments dotting the yards in White Rock. There are big and small pink flamencos, white swans, Kokopellis, lizards, pinwheels, minions, gnomes, pots pouring glass stones, stone benches and all manner of birdbaths. There are turkeys, bears, deer, cattle and ram skulls, metal cats and ceramic dogs and bike chain rattlesnakes.

But this one

On 3rd Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill, Udall, Heinrich And Luján Denounce EPA’s Continued Failure To Compensate Victims

on August 5, 2018 - 2:35pm

The Gold King Mine toxic spill as it looked three years ago. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 3rd anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (all D-N.M.) denounced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ongoing failure to compensate victims in the Navajo Nation and New Mexico – despite repeated promises to do so from former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The New Mexico lawmakers have successfully secured millions in funding for a long-term water monitoring plan for

Local Allergist Gives Talk At Aspen Allergy Conference

on August 4, 2018 - 2:33pm

Cliff Han presents a talk during the Aspen Allergy Conference. Courtesy photo


ASPEN, Colo.,- Allergists attending last week’s Aspen Allergy Conference had the opportunity to review evidence showing too much oral hygiene and antibiotic usage could be the culprit behind rising allergy rates-and that prebiotics may be the answer to permanent, drug-free allergy relief.

Cliff Han, Ph.D., founder of Knoze Jr.

Luján, Kennedy Introduce Bill To Strengthen Kids’ Access To Health Care

on August 3, 2018 - 10:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation July 26 to streamline the reimbursement process for care provided to children outside the state where they are enrolled in a Medicaid program.
The “Accelerating Kids’ Access to Care Act” would create an enhanced screening and enrollment process for Medicaid’s pediatric providers and suppliers when there is a low risk for fraud, waste, and abuse.
“Medicaid coverage is integral to keeping