Health Care

Ronald McDonald Visits Local Eatery

Ronald McDonald greets patrons as he makes a grand entrance this afternoon at the new McDonald’s Restaurant in Smith’s Marketplace Shopping Center on Trinity Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lance Metcalf, right and his younger brother Lane show Ronald McDonald their skills at the hockey game table. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Ronald McDonald paid a visit to the Los Alamos McDonald’s this afternoon to the delight of all that were there.

He entertained the children with magic tricks and jokes. Even the older crowd enjoyed the big handshakes


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End Of Life Options Bill Moves Forward In Statehouse

From left, Rep. Bill McCamley of Las Cruces and Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque, sponsors of the End of Life Options Act, look on during Friday’s public comment on the bill at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Katherine T. Morris, right, an Albuquerque oncologist was a plaintiff in the2014 case that affirmed the principle of the law but was overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2016. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos resident Carl Newton addresses the committee in support of the bill. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS

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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

You know it was bound to happen. I have written about eating less sugar (a daily struggle), drinking more water (easier than eating less sugar), and getting more restful sleep (dream away), but now we have to talk about exercise. Of course, talking about exercise is the easy part.

Actually doing exercise is the hard part.

I have boxes of DVDs showcasing various belly-busting, butt-firming and thigh-slimming workouts. I found them again just this last weekend. I have not watched them in years, maybe decades, and some of the DVDs have never even been opened. Did I drop


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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Relief For Victims Of Radiation Exposure

SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have renewed efforts to expand restitution for New Mexicans and others who have been affected by exposure to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons in the Cold War by reintroducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).  
 
Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall and Heinrich in introducing the bill that would expand compensation eligibility to more areas of

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UNMLA: Benefit Concert For Dr. Stidham April 19

UNM-LA News:
 
Students Daniel Wierl and Kaylen Pocaterra are hosting a benefit concert in support of Dr. Zandree Stidham, diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia in 2010.
 
The concert is 4-7 p.m., in Building 2 at UNM-LA, April 19. In preparation for the concert, they are looking for musicians interested in playing. For more information, contact Kaylen at kpocaterra1@gmail.com.
 
The students also are starting a # for Dr. Zee, reference #teamzee to donate. To donate to Dr. Zee’s Crowd Rise page, visit here.

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Gessing: Medicaid Reform Can Save New Mexico

By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation

Recently, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham joined supporters of Obamacare in protesting the possibility that President Donald Trump will repeal or dramatically alter the law. She is not alone. Liberals are hoping to defend Obamacare, despite public-opinion polls, which continue to reflect majority opposition.

There are many (and often, conflicting) aspects to Obamacare, but if Lujan-Grisham truly represented the best interests of New Mexico, she’d be working as hard as possible to at very least reform the Medicaid portion of the law – which will


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Los Alamos Relay For Life Meets Jan. 31

COMMUNITY News:
 
Los Alamos Relay For Life is hosting its first volunteer meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the large conference room at Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about the annual event is encouraged to attend.

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Los Alamos Medical Center Names John Whiteside CEO

LAMC CEO John Whiteside

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) announced today that John Whiteside has been named permanent chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Whiteside has served as interim CEO since August.

“Since joining the team in August, John has provided exemplary leadership and has quickly immersed himself into the community,” said Brad Owens, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health’s Western Group, of which LAMC is a part. “I am confident that John is the right person to lead the hospital forward, and I look forward to seeing the continued success


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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Share Your Story

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I recently attended one of the Los Alamos County Brand Action Plan presentations.

Los Alamos – Where Discoveries Are Made was a great presentation and I think holds a lot of promise for moving our community forward. One of the participants mentioned the difficult stigma the community of Los Alamos has with some people. I certainly understood this because once upon a time I was one of those “some people.”

I met my now-husband, then a geologist with LANL, 26 years ago at the Midsummer Music Festival in Telluride. I was there with singer/songwriter and social activist


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Panel Focuses On Real Life Teen Problems Discussed In LALT Play

Elisa Enriquez, left, moderates a panel discussion Sunday on problems facing teens  following a performance of the play ‘Dog Sees God’ at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre hosted a panel discussion for the community on issues facing teens Sunday, following a performance of the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”. The play dealt with suicide, violence, bullying, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face. 

Participating in the panel discussion were


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ScienceDaily: Link Between Concussions – Alzheimer’s

SCIENCEDAILY News:
 
New research has found concussions accelerate Alzheimer’s disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition.
 
The findings, which appear in the journal Brain, show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.
 
Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is one of the strongest environmental risk factors for developing neurodegenerative diseases such as late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, although it is unclear whether mild traumatic brain injury

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LALT Hosts 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion Following 2 p.m. Performance Of ‘Dog Sees God’ Today

The cast of ‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’, perform at 2 p.m. today and will participate in panel discussion at 3:45 p.m. following today’s performance. Photo by Larry Gibbons

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a panel discussion open to the community at 3:45 p.m. today, Jan. 22. The discussion will address suicide, violence, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face as evidenced in the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” and also as manifest in the local community.

The panel discussion will follow today’s


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Daffodils Are Starting To Bloom For LAVNS Hospice

From left, LAVNS volunteer Debbie Baca, Lead Certified Nursing Assistant Lindsay Baca and Office Manager Debbie Weber. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

LAVNS News:

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS) Hospice Program is hosting its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. Proceeds from the sale support the LAVNS Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3:

  • Single bunch (10 stems) is $5;
  • Small glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) is $15; and
  • Large glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) $20.

Delivery is free with any $10 minimum


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Panel Discussion Following ‘Dog Sees God’ Sunday

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a panel discussion open to the community at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. The discussion will address suicide, violence, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face as evidenced in the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” and also as manifest in the local community.

The panel discussion will follow a matinee performance of Dog Sees God, but the discussion is open to anyone interested in attending. The event will be held at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos.

Participating in the panel discussion will be Brian


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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Sleep Better

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I can think of very few things that are more rewarding than a deep, undisturbed, restful night’s sleep. The kind of profound slumber where you lay your head on the pillow, fall instantly to sleep and wake up eight hours later filled with energy and ready for the day.

There is nothing worse than tossing and turning all night, looking at the alarm clock every 10 minutes, counting down the amount of sleep you are NOT getting and wondering how you are going to make it through the day.

Research, as well as our own life experience, tells us that inadequate sleep affects our mood


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Rio Grande Foundation: Experiences From Other States Show Merit Of Dental Therapy

Courtesy photo
 
Rio Grande Foundation News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — With Santa Fe deeply divided between a Democrat-controlled legislature and a Republican-led executive branch, the potential for stagnation and stalemate is high as lawmakers convene for the 2017 session.

One issue that has generated support from across the political spectrum, won’t break the bank, and will result in both jobs and improved lives for thousands of New Mexicans is dental therapy.

The Rio Grande Foundation and Health Action New Mexico rarely see eye-to-eye, but on the issue of mid-level dental providers,


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¿Dónde Le Duele? Where Does It Hurt? Spanish For Medical Professionals Begins Wednesday Jan. 18

UNM-LA Instructor Patty Moore. Photo by Nancy Coombs

 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is offering the class Spanish for Medical Professionals I and II beginning Jan. 18.

Each one hour credit session will meet from 7-7:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with Part I meeting Jan. 18-March 10, and Part II meeting March 20-May 12. This course will give health professionals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn medical Spanish in order to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients more effectively.

Instructor Patty Moore has been teaching Spanish at UNM-LA


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Letter To The Editor: I Have Never Been So Disappointed In Los Alamos

By PAIGE RAMSEY
Los Alamos

I have never been so disappointed in Los Alamos as I am now. Dog Sees God is not a play about promoting bullying. This play brings insight into what high schoolers and even adults have to deal with when it comes to bullying.

It is a sad story of a boy who is coming to terms with who he is and how brutal high school can be.

As a cast member I am frustrated with mental health professionals in this town who are acting like we are “giving teenagers ideas”. The hard truth is that this type of bullying, drug use, rebellion, eating disorders, etc. IS prevalent at Los Alamos High School without


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Letter To The Editor: Thank You From Nancy & Annette

By NANCY & ANNETTE
Los Alamos
 
Thank you to our dear neighbors, friends and family for all your help during Nancys bout with cancer. Thank you for taking care of our house, for the food, cards, calls and your very generous and kind gestures.
 
Thank you to the wonderful medical poersonnel in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico Hospital for your knowledge, experience, patience and caring.
 
Thank you to the anonymous Angels who contributed to the cost of the excellent care and medical needs our cats Luigi and Fellini received during their stay at

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