Health Care

Living Healthy The Benefits Of Pilates

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes works with a client at her studio at

2101 Trinity Drive, Suite A in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

By Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT
Owner, Blue Sky Pilates

“My back pain is gone!” “I don’t have sciatica pain for the first time in years.” “I have my life back because of Pilates.” “I am skiing better now than I ever have.” All these statements are actual testimonials from my clients. I call these Pilates moments, and these moments are celebrated every day at Blue Sky Pilates. 

Clients are always coming into the studio exclaiming how Pilates is changing their lives. Entire


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Living Healthy Fitness Walking And Racewalking

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New Mexico Racewalkers News:

We live in a sedentary society. More than 60 percent of our population is considered overweight, and over one in three of us is obese! Physical inactivity increases the risk for coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.

Regular aerobic physical activity can help prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

My goal is to get people off the couch and outside for a walk. Walking is as simple as putting one foot in front of


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Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.7 Million For NM Health Centers To Help Treat Prescription Opioid Abuse

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $1.7 million for five health centers and treatment providers in New Mexico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a particular focus on the treatment of opioid abuse in underserved communities.
 
The grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act and administered by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, will help increase the number of patients screened for substance abuse and connect more patients to treatment,

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Heinrich Cosponsors GMO Food Labeling Legislation

Office Of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

“Providing transparency to consumers will ensure they are able to make informed decisions about the products they buy and feed their families.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is cosponsoring S.2621, the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to ensure that consumers can find genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredient labeling on food packaging, while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements


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Santa Fe Doctor Deploying To Syrian Border

Dr. Andrew Lustig assisting arriving refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Courtesy photo
 
GoDOCS News:
 
SANTA FE  Global Outreach Doctors (GoDocs), a humanitarian organization of MDs, RNs, DOMs and other professionals led by Naturopath Dr. Andrew Lustig of Santa Fe is about to deploy a team of 12 March 29 to the Syrian/Jordan border.
 
The Zataari Refugee Camp just passed its third anniversary and shelters more than 120,000 men, women and children. GoDocs along with its partner, Syrian American Medical Society, will bring aid and supplies to more than 1000 refugees each day

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ProgressNow NM Responds To Proposed Takeover At UNM Health Sciences Center

ProgressNow NM Managing Director Alex Curtas

ProgressNow NM  News:

ALBUQUERQUE – After the New Mexico Political Report published a story early Friday morning detailing a proposal by Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointees on the UNM Board of Regents to dissolve the UNM Health Sciences Center Board, ProgressNow NM Managing Director Alex Curtas released this statement:

“It’s an incredible affront to this community, and an indication of how politicized Gov. Martinez has made the UNM Board of Regents, that there’s a proposal on the table to strip the UNM Health Sciences Center of its


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Los Alamos Fire Department Forms EMS Bike Team

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By DYLAN MAHONEY and BEN STONE
Los Alamos Fire Department

The Los Alamos Fire Department has formed an EMS Bike Team. This new team will enable our EMTs to quickly reach patients who may be located in an area not easily accessible by our ambulances. 

LAFD first got the idea for the team by observing the police bike team working the July 4 celebration at Overlook Park in White Rock. While we faced delays and access issues getting to patients due to the crowds, the Los Alamos Police Department was able to quickly and safely maneuver throughout the event area and respond where


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Udall At VA Budget Hearing: Improve Access To Care For Rural Veterans

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Also presses VA Secretary on restoring trust in VA, continuing burn pit exposure research 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing Thursday about the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Sen. Tom Udall continued his call for the VA to improve care for veterans living in rural New Mexico and rural communities across the country.  
 
Udall has championed the need to improve access to rural veterans’ health care through expanded use of telehealth technology, increasing transportation

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Openings Available To Community

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JJAB News:

The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place this weekend.

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 seek professional help.

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Learn About Parkinson’s Disease April 2

Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy photo

LARSO News:

Lori Erickson, physical therapist at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Dr. Miles Nelson, president of A Nurse in the Family, will lead a discussion about Parkinson’s Disease 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

People facing this disease as well as caregivers and family members are invited. Erickson will demonstrate exercises that help maintain function. Dr. Nelson will discuss particulars of the disease as well as how to help caregivers. A question and answer period will


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Los Alamos Health Council Gathers For Meeting

Members of the Los Alamos Community Health Council gathered last Thursday for its monthly meeting in the third floor conference room at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The LACHC is the designated health planning body for Los Alamos County. It has been designated as such through the New Mexico Legislature and the Los Alamos County Council. The LACHC works collaboratively with other county offices, collaboratives and networks in its planning activity. Core Services include health research and monitoring of health needs. The Health Council is open to Los Alamos County organizations,


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Dr. Marvel Harris Presents Findings Of LAPS Mental Health Design Team To Rotary Club

Dr. Marvel Harrison, local mental health specialist and counselor, spoke Tuesday to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the findings of the Los Alamos Public Schools Mental Health Design Team. Questions from the audience sparked concerned conversation about the mental health of local students and the anxiety and stress they experience. Photo by Hal Davis


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Learn Infant And Child CPR At FSN

FSN News:

Learn basic infant and child CPR at Family Strengths Network 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22

Instructor, Steve Bond will help people remain calm and prepared in the event of an emergency.

The course cost $40 per individual and $55 if certification is desired. FSN also is offering babysitting, the cost is $5 per family and those needing babysitting should request one week in advance.  

Registration is online at www.lafsn.org or call 505.662.4515 from more information. FSN is a United Way Community Partner.


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Los Alamos Medical Center Unveils New CT Scanner

From left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Melanie Pickering and CT Technologist Charlie Trujillo prepare to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the long-awaited, much-anticipated Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC’s Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker discusses the new CT scanner during a gathering Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC Marketing Diector Mary Bath Maassen listens to Director of Diagnostic

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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


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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.


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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.


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