Health Care

China Announces Scheduling Controls Of Carfentanil And Other Fentanyl Compounds

DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s National Narcotics Control Commission last week announced that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances — carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl — will begin March 1, 2017.  
 
This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of China, and reaffirms the shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl.
 
“Fentanyl-related compounds

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Helen Idzorek Presents Healthy Hearts Talk March 9

COMMUNITY News:
 
Aspen Ridge Assisted Living hosts a Healthy Hearts presentation with speaker Helen Idzorek, at 2 p.m., Thursday March 9, in the first floor sun room at Aspen Ridge, 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos.
 
Idzorek is the Family Sciences Agent for the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service.

Los Alamos community members are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt at 505.695.8981.

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Bill Helping Firefighters With PTSD Passes House

STATE News:

  • HB 157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties

HB 157, legislation that establishes 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, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Monday.

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” bill sponsor Rep. Debbie Armstrong said. “We ask so much of them—from running into burning buildings to pulling victims out of mangled cars. It’s time we let them know that


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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Feb. 24 Or 25

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JABB) has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday, Feb. 24 or Saturday, Feb. 25.

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


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Lunch With A Leader: Andrea Cunningham Feb. 21

Andrea Cunningham

LWVLA News:

Lunch with a Leader features Andrea Cunningham this month at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Mesa Public Library.

Cunningham was the nurse at the New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos across the street from Los Alamos High School. She will discuss the role of a public health office in Los Alamos as well what steps might be possible since the services were drastically reduced.

Cunningham graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing and has been a practicing nurse for 27 years. She started her career at the U of M Medical


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LAMC Hosts Special Room For Cancer Patients

Los Alamos Council on Cancer Board Member LeAnne Parsons describes services and items available for cancer patients at Cancer Corner room in the Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tucked away in a quiet hallway at Los Alamos Medical Center, is a small room containing several resources for those dealing with cancer in our community.

The Cancer Corner a joint venture of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, the American Cancer Society and LAMC. Staffed by volunteers, it is open by appointment only and services are


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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Hang In There

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So many people are sick right now. Los Alamos has been hit hard by the flu, which showed up a little late this year, and a very nasty virus is circulating, keeping people in bed for days. It is down-right hazardous to leave the house.

I had that virus a few weeks ago and it knocked me off my feet for nearly a week. Someone asked me how I felt and I said, “I feel like I have been hit by a bus.” And then I thought, “Oh wait, being hit by a bus is nothing like this!”

Several years ago when I was living near Hermosillo, Mexico, I was hit by a bus. It was totally my fault. I thought I was in a parking


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Daffodil Sales Benefit LAVNS Hospice

Award-winning Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, owner of Pig + Fig Bakery and Café, 35 Rover Blvd. Suite G, in White Rock, accepts a display vase of daffodils from Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Social Worker Collette Fordham, in support of the March 9-10 fundraiser for hospice. The community is invited to place orders for daffodils by calling 505.662.2525 or visit www.lavns.com.


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UNM-LA Honors First PCA Class Graduates

UNM-LA’s first class of PCA graduates with their certificates Wednesday morning, from left, Weifeng Fan, Maria Eadie, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Carmen Salazar and Maria ‘Victoria’ Rygh. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gathered for a photo following Wednesday’s PCA graduation ceremony at UNM-LA, from left, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Maria ‘Victoria’ Rygh, Maria Eadie, Weifeng Fan, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, program supporter Barbara Stoddard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Living With Alzheimer’s Talk Offered In Santa Fe

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ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education presentation in Santa Fe, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s – for Caregivers: Late Stage” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 3, at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507.
 
Participants will learn effective ways to communicate, connect with and provide daily care for their loved ones in the later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
 

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Armstrong Bill To Create Public-Private Partnership To Fight Diabetes In New Mexico Passes House

Rep. Debbie Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
The New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 87 Monday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong to help reduce diabetes in New Mexico by creating a public-private partnership to help state agencies develop strategies to combat diabetes among the populations they serve.
 
Specifically, under HB 87, the Secretary of Health would convene a Diabetes Committee of state agencies including:
  • The Department of Health,
  • The Corrections Department,
  • The Human Services Department,
  • The Aging and Long-term Services Department

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Help Sought For Care Of Injured Red-tailed Hawks

Red-tailed hawks. Courtesy/LEWF

LEWF News:

Cottonwood Rehab is in need of help from the Los Alamos community for the care of four injured red-tailed hawks that arrived at Cottonwood Rehab in the last three weeks.

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is caring for two of the hawks at her home under intensive care. The other two hawks have graduated to outdoor cages. The cost of rehabbing these raptors is around $15/day for food and medication. With a normal rehab time table of about three months, Cottonwood Rehab needs $1,000 to $1,500 to get these hawks back into the wild.

To help, visit www.landofenchantment.org


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Khalsa Acupuncture Office Closes In Los Alamos

Dr. Khalsa explains a wellness concept to visitors to his booth during the 2016 Health Fair in September at Griffth Gymnasium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Well this is certainly not the email we had hoped to send out…

As it turns out, Dr. Khalsa’s pneumonia was only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. After several weeks of his health and strength continuing to decline he has now been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that is attacking his kidneys, and the treatment for it is kidney dialysis! If he is very lucky and blessed he will be on dialysis “short-term”


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Bill For Firefighters With PTSD Heads To House Floor

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos participates in a Labor Committee meeting Monday voting in support of HB157 to provide support for firefighters suffering from PTSD. Photo by Michael Redondo

STATE News:

  • HB157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties

After passing the House Labor and Economic Development Committee Monday, House Bill 157, legislation that establishes 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,


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DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation

DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed factually inaccurate information from its website.
 
The change comes after Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a legal request with the Department of Justice last year demanding that the DEA immediately update and remove factually inaccurate information about cannabis from their website and materials.
 
Americans for Safe

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Los Alamos Residents Support Cancer Foundation

Los Alamos residents attend Saturday night’s Cancer Foundation of New Mexico’s 12 Annual Sweetheart Auction at the Convention Center in Santa Fe, from left, Liz Cavasos of New Mexico Bank & Trust, DonTaylor of Don Taylor Photography, Mary Beth Maassen of Los Alamos Medical Center, Scott Wallace and Lisa Wallace of LAMC, Jim Streits of Los Alamos Public Schools, Kristy Ortega of United Way, Jacque Carroll of LAMC and Chris Ortega of ReMax of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Medical Canabis Reform

STATE News:

SANTA FE – With solid bipartisan support, the Senate today passed by a vote of 29-11 legislation that strongly reforms New Mexico’s medical cannabis laws for the first time in 10 years. 

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-16-Bernalillo), who also was the sponsor of the original medical cannabis law in New Mexico. Last-minute changes to SB 177 were made on the Senate floor including requiring that veterans be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition to enroll in the program, like any other patient or applicant, and mandating that patient renewals occur annually,


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Gourmet Dinner Benefits Anita Salas Memorial Fund

Pig +Fig in White Rock Cafe hosted a five course wine dinner Thursday to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. The event was part of the 8th annual K2 Women’s Weekend. Learn more at www.pajaritowomen.org. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Amy Bauer, event coordinator and Southwest Region K2 Women’s Alliance member thanks diners for attending the fundraiser. This annual nonprofit event has raised more than $70,000 over the past eight years in financial assistance

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Legislation To Require State Government To Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, and State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces have introduced legislation that could save taxpayers millions of dollars. 
 
Senate Bill 354, ‘Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council’, would require that all state agencies and state benefit providers who purchase prescription drugs to work together to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. 
 
In fiscal year 2016 the combined state agencies spent over $670 million on prescription drugs, a staggering 54% increase in

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Los Alamos Research On Cancer’s Origins Key Part Of Huge Grant

Ludmil Alexandrov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, part of a team seeking to build a much deeper understanding of DNA damage – what causes it and how it leads to cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • $25 million from Cancer Research UK funds Big Data analysis identifying mutational signatures of cancer​

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge,” which seeks to revolutionize the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.


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