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Lichthardt: Children And Diet – Dealing With The Selective And Stubborn Eater

Courtesy photo
 
By JORDAN LICHTHARDT, RD
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico
 
Picky eaters can be a parent’s worst nightmare. My mom still tells stories of when my brother was young. He LIVED on cow’s milk from the time he was weaned, until about 3 years old. I am talking no solid food whatsoever. I cannot even imagine all the concern that caused my parents.
 
The pediatrician reassured them that everything was okay, to hold out until my brother pulled through his nutritional “rut.” My parents undoubtedly wanted their son to be healthy, but there is no way to rationalize with

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Vendors Sign Up Now For Los Alamos Health Fair!

HEALTH News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center are pleased to announce this year’s Los Alamos County Health Fair to be held Sept. 28 in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

Any party interested in becoming a vendor at this year’s fair may obtain information, instructions and an application form by clicking here.


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Six Reasons To Avoid Restaurant Pepper Shakers

Tabletop condiments, such as the pepper shaker, can have a bacterial count as high as 11,600 microbes. Courtesy/HealthiGuide
 
By K. GROSSMAN
HealthiGuide
www.healthiguide.com

With so much to fear in life, who would suspect that the unassuming-looking pepper shaker sitting on every restaurant table is a haven for germs?

The fact is that the pepper shaker, along with the salt shaker, Parmesan cheese dispenser, and napkin holder, may be laden with germs. It can be so much a part of the backdrop of the table that it can cease to register with restaurant patrons and workers alike.

Here are several


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Balderas Urges FDA To Partner With States To Protect New Mexican Consumers Of Cannabis-Derived Products

Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joins a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).
 
In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level

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Lauritzen: Life After 50 … CEO Carolyn Moore Of Nurses With Heart

CEO Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is happy to connect with another community partner, for an educational event.
 
Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart asked us to work together to host a Parkinson & Movement Disorder organizational meeting July 29. The meeting is a chance to collect some feedback and provide direction for future gatherings.
 
The meeting is 2-3 p.m., Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Karen St. Clair will facilitate the inaugural event. St.

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UbiQD Announces Novel Quantum Dot Optical Fiber Technology That Delivers Extra Light To The Lower Canopy Of Plants

Fiber-coupled luminescent concentrators, using UbiQD quantum dots, deployed over a row of tomatoes in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Inset: Close-up of the fiber tips, where light is delivered to the lower canopy. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Representation of spectral tissue sensing utilizing the quantum dot-enabled fiber-coupled broadband medical light-source. The reflected spectrum can be a disease diagnostic. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • Wide-ranging applications include greenhouse agriculture, medical diagnostics, and telecommunications

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based


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Following House Passage, Heinrich And Rounds Urge Swift Senate Action To Permanently Repeal Cadillac Tax

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), the bipartisan leads of Senate legislation to permanently repeal the ‘Cadillac Tax,’ applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the measure.
 
They also called on the Senate to quickly take up their bill so it can be signed into law.
 
“Eliminating this onerous tax on employees’ health coverage will protect important benefits for workers and ensure that businesses and families get a fair deal,” Heinrich said. “I look forward to working with Senate Leadership

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Alert: Department Of Health Cautions People To Take Precautions To Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE With temperatures rising to the high 90s in most parts of the state, triple digits in many areas, and with temperatures predicted to remain high over the weekend, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) cautions New Mexicans and visitors to be aware of weather conditions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
 
“It is very important to take precautions to avoid going to the hospital for heat-related illness,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said. “This weekend, limit your time outdoors, drink a lot of water, and never leave anyone, especially babies or

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LAMC Executive Team Washes Contest Winner’s Truck

During Hospital Week this year Los Alamos Medical Center held a trivia contest for staff with the winner receiving a car or truck wash from the LAMC Executive Team. IT Director Rob Mullikin won the contest. To fulfill their commitment, Chief Executive Officer John Whiteside, left, Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Radcliffe and Chief Financial Officer Jim McGonnell spent a portion of Wednesday morning washing and shining Mullikin’s truck. Courtesy photo

CNO Sharon Radcliffe makes sure CEO John Whiteside keeps cool under the hot sun and a rubber froggy keeps him safe from any possibilty


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Free Hot Lunches At Aspen Elementary Through Aug. 2

The Summer Food Service Program at Aspen Elementary School provides children under the age of 18 with a free hot lunch and healthy snack 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Aspen Elementary School is still the home of free food for children under the age of 18 through Aug. 2.

The Summer Food Service Program is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provides a free hot lunch and healthy snack. This free lunch is extended to any youth visiting the community during the summer.

Meals are served Monday through Friday, with an option for parents to purchase a meal for just $5.

The SFSP


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Lauritzen: Life After 50 … The Incredible Ken Hendricks

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN

Executive Director
LARSO
This week, I will highlight another community partner. This time, I have selected Home Instead. When picking any type of provider, obviously you must pick the best for you, your family and your situation. My opinions today are based on a number of years of working with Home Instead, on community committees, as a recipient of services, as a viewer from afar, and now as a senior serving agency.
 
Caution, personal opinions just ahead! The reason Home Instead is successful, in our community is as simple as two words, Ken Hendricks. By title, he

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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from

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Udall Calls For Action On PFAS In Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination Of Peter Wright To EPA

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke Thursday on the Senate floor to call for action for New Mexico farmers, businesses, and families affected by exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.
 
Udall outlined his opposition to the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), which oversees the Superfund program that is responsible

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LAFD Hosts EMS Facility Tour At UNM-Los Alamos

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone chats with Bonnie Olsen during the EMS Training Facility Tour today at UNM-Los Alamos. The tour, which is part of ScienceFest, highlighted the training facility, comprised of areas for scenario-based training with high tech mannequins, including an emergency room and ambulance simulator. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


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New Mexico Environment Department Holds Public Meetings Ahead Of Hemp Rulemaking Process

NMED News:

…Environment Department’s emergency rule will take effect Aug. 1

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will host a series of informational meetings for those interested in transporting, processing and manufacturing products from hemp.  

The meetings are being held ahead of an emergency rule that will go into effect Aug. 1, the same day the Hemp Manufacturing Act passed by the legislature earlier this year goes into effect. In the meantime, NMED will start the process toward putting a permanent rule in place. The rulemaking process will include robust


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Two Navajo Women Awarded Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarships

Chantell Yazzie
 
JHMS News:
 
Presleigh Smiley has a 10-year plan to become one of the first Navajo clinical psychologists to serve her people. Chantell Yazzie is equally determined to serve the Navajo Nation as a registered nurse, specializing in labor and delivery.
 
Both young women are receiving scholarship aid from the Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, administered through White Rock Presbyterian Church.
 
Presleigh Smiley
 
The scholarship honors the memory of Julie Meadows, a young mother and LANL employee who died of a brain tumor

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Lauritzen: Life After 50 … So Many Events This Week

Lauren Sherwood is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

Jane Mackenzie McConnell is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

 

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

This month is flying by already, and so many great new things are happening locally, that I thought I would share a few.

On Wednesday, the White Rock Senior Center will host a presentation by Kendra Henning,


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Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019 Is Underway!

SCIENCEFEST News:
 
Los Alamos ScienceFest began Tuesday and continues for six days in a row, with a variety of highlights throughout the week.
 
Friday is themed, “Health Day,” as the events will include many based on, “Fitness in the Great Outdoors”. Several local instructors, of a variety of different backgrounds, have teamed up to teach free outdoor classes that will pop up at different spots around town.
 
The entire schedule is posted on the website, www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com and on the ScienceFest Facebook page. Los Alamos is delighted to highlight

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