Health Care

Rosemary Coyne Tapped To Lead Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service

LAVNS President Rick Reiss, new Executive Director Rosemary Coyne, center, and Vice President Joyce Davidson stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday to discuss Coyne’s recent hiring. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rosemary Coyne, RN, MSN, of Gallup has been hired to fill the role of executive director of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. The position has been vacant since the departure of Georgina Mesibov several months ago.

“I am very excited to take on this new adventure,” Coyne said during an interview Saturday at

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Pegg: New Year’s Exercise Program

Los Alamos

Another new year is upon us and that means that many of you will be resolving to get fit, lose weight, or improve your health this coming year. Good for you! There is no time like the present to start out on your path to a healthier, fitter life.

But often that’s easier said than done. If you don’t have a significant workout history it can be challenging to find the right exercise program and stick with it long term. Fear not because there are some things you can do to significantly improve your chances of succeeding with your resolutions this year.

First, be careful, take it slow and

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LAVNS Taking Pre-orders For ‘Daffodils For Hospice’ Through Feb. 26

LAVNS ‘Daffodils for Hospice’ sale is underway. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale, the proceeds of which support the LAVNS Hospice Program for terminally ill individuals.

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through Feb. 26 and include a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.

Flowers will be delivered Saturday, March 5 or may be picked

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Paustenbach Makes $1 Million Gift To Jackson Lab

Jackson Laboratory News:
Dennis J. Paustenbach, Ph.D., a pioneer in the health and environmental risk assessment industry, has made a $1 million planned gift to The Jackson Laboratory to support cancer and immunology research.
The gift will establish an endowment called the Paustenbach Family Cancer and Immunology Research Fund.
“I concluded JAX was the best equipped to take its eight decades of work with mice to make dramatic improvements in the way we treat or cure cancers,” Paustenbach said. “JAX can use the mouse to give us insights into diseases that other

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New Mexico ACOs Serve 12,604 Medicare Beneficiaries

HHS News:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that in 2016, a total of 12,604 Medicare beneficiaries will be served by Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in New Mexico.
ACOs are groups of doctors and hospitals that join together to develop and execute a plan for a patient’s care and share information, putting the patient at the center of the health care delivery system.
The ACOs are paid not based on how many tests or procedures are performed but by the success of the treatment administered. ACOs were created to change the incentives

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Seniors Rally Against TPP Trade Deal

ARA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Retirees and concerned citizens will join a rally at 6 p.m., today, Jan. 12, at the Federation of Labor in Albuquerque (2300 Buena Vista Dr SE #126) to demonstrate their opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. 
President Obama is expected to push for passage of the TPP during his State of the Union Address tonight. 
Nationally, seniors will hold more than 20 rallies today to draw attention to the fact that the TPP will lock in high prices for prescription drugs. 

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Heart Disease And Diabetes—Is There A Connection?

Espanola Family Care Clinic

Sometimes trouble comes in twos—like heart disease and diabetes. And these two diseases are actually linked in three ways.

  1. Unhealthy lifestyle habits. Obesity, lack of physical activity and an unhealthy diet can set the stage for developing both heart disease and diabetes. High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and smoking also raise the risk for both diseases.
  2.  Having diabetes can lead to heart disease. A man’s risk for heart disease is doubled if he has diabetes, whereas a woman’s risk is tripled. That’s partly because

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Reward Yourself For Healthy Choices

Chief Nursing Officer,
Los Alamos Medical Center

Healthy lifestyle habits are your best defense against heart disease, but changing habits isn’t easy.

Whether you’re trying to eat a heart-healthy diet, get more exercise to strengthen your heart, lose a few pounds or make another healthy change in your life, it can be tough to stay motivated as the weeks go by. That’s where rewards can keep you inspired and motivated to reach your long-term goal.

Set a specific short-term goal that you have to reach to get a reward. For example, your goal is to lose 10 pounds in the next six

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Sitting Qigong Classes Begin Jan. 19

Instructor KokHeong McNaughton is offering Sitting Qigong classes 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 19, at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Ch’i Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong literally means “work”. Qigong is therefore

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DaVita Dialysis Center Breaks Ground At LAMC

The DaVita Dialysis Center will be on the canyon side of LAMC with designated parking and a separate entrance. Courtesy photo
Staff Report

Partnering with DaVita Kidney Care, Los Alamos Medical Center has broken ground on a six-chair dialysis center. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, treating patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease.

DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient

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Diabetes Mellitus – A Problem Sneaking Up On Us

By Toshi Shiina, James Ziomek, MD, Mary Beugelsdijk, RN
We are facing a diabetes epidemic. The CDC reported that, in 2014, more than 29 million Americans (about one in 11 people) had diabetes – a 10 percent increase from 2010.
The concerning fact is that one in four people with diabetes do not know that they have it.
[1] While scientific research is still in progress, we know that certain groups of people are known to be at higher risk of having diabetes. The known risk factors for diabetes which we cannot control are: age, genetics, race,

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Santa’s Veterinarian Clears Reindeer For Flight

Santa’s veterinarian has cleared Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer to travel the world Christmas Eve with Santa. Courtesy/
AVMA News:
SCHAUMBURG, IL — Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa’s veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve.
Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole today to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to

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Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry Officially Opens

Dentist Bill Nichols cuts the ribbon to officially open his clinic, Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry at 751 Trinity Dr., Suite 305 in the Smith’s Marketplace business park. He is assisted from left, Daniel Hemphill who is helping to set up the practice, Chamber Manager Nancy Partride, County Councilor David Izraelevitz, Santa and Elsa (Megan Hemphill) and Anna (Louisa Bellian) from ‘Frozen.’ Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Community members celebrate the Grand Opening of Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

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Creating A Healthier Holiday Meal

LAMC Nutrition Services

A Holiday Menu Tune-Up

Holidays bring joy … and food anxiety. How to cook, how to serve, and, finally, how much? In an era when we all seem to be on a diet, do you give in and make everything Grandma did?

Today’s goal is not to re-create a Norman Rockwell painting, but to produce a festive meal you will be happy to serve. The biggest change: If you don’t need to present the whole turkey for carving at the table, cook a turkey breast instead.

Cooking Times

If you start with a fresh turkey breast, you don’t have to worry about thawing it in time to cook for dinner.

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Los Alamos Hidden Treasure: Holiday Gifts That Give Back

LAMC Auxiliary volunteers AKA ‘Pink Ladies’ provide a wide variety of services. From left, Shirley Litten, Charlene Montegue and Board President Carole Watanabe help shoppers find just the right gift! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Lobby Shop is also one of the few places in Los Alamos where you can find items of an inspirational or religious nature to give as gifts. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Staff Report

Looking for that ideal gift?  While everyone loves giving and receiving gifts at the holidays, selecting the perfect gift can be challenging especially

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School Board Approves Mental Health Design Team’s Recommendations

Members of the Design Team, from left, Ellen Ben Naim, Diane Katzenmeyer-Delgado, Michelangelo Lobato and Marvel Harrison. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Public School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to implement the recommendations of the LAPS Mental Health Design Team.

Speaking to a full house at the meeting, a stunning report by the LAPS Mental Health Design Team initiated their presentation by expressing how, “A health community is not one without problems. A health community has problems and mobilizes resources to navigate through

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