Health Care

UWNNM: Mental Health Awareness Initiatives Continue

Separating fact from myth as part of the series running in the Los Alamos Daily Post throughout May from the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative. Courtesy image

Local meeting information as part of the series running in the Los Alamos Daily Post throughout May from the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative. Courtesy image


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It’s OK To Ask: Hand Hygiene As A Frontline Defense Against Infection

By JOYCE RICHINS, RN, Infection Control Specialist
Los Alamos Medical Center

Wash your hands. How many times have we heard that oft-repeated refrain over our lifetimes? Since we were children, we’ve been encouraged to wash our hands after playing outside, before eating, after using the restroom and any one of a number of other occasions.

And not without reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80 percent of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. And the simplest, most effective way that we can combat the spread of germs is via the same missive


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Screenagers Draws Capacity Crowd … Replays Today

Parents and youth fill the lobby Thurday evening at the Reel Deal Theater for the showing of the Screenagers documentary. Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative and JJAB provided the showing for free to parents and youth. The documentary explores the impact of screen technology on teens and adults. Plans are being made to show the film again in the fall. A showing will be available for teens at 4:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Teen Center on 20th Street and Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

The Screenagers documentary drew capacity attendance Thursday evening for the showing at the


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Los Alamos Doctor And Paramedic Return From Mosul

The KOB Channel 4 news truck rolled into town Wednesday to interview Los Alamos physician Dr. Christopher Hammond and paramedic Tylerr Jones at Los Alamos Medical Center. Hammond and Jones just returned from serving a three-week deployment in Iraq that included two weeks in Mosul, a city engulfed in the war between ISIS and Iraqi forces. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com


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Dr. Zee Benefit Concert: Thank You To Community

Dr. Zee speaking at her recent fundraising event concert to help with her medical expenses. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Hosting Dr. Zee Benefit Concert was truly a gift and the organizers are grateful for the opportunity to serve a wonderful cause.  Dr. Zee has touched many students with her gift of teaching and as students, we had the opportunity to take one of her classes. When we heard that Dr. Zee was going into treatment, we tried to think of small ways to show our support for her. Thanks to the whole community, our hope for a small

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New Mexico Second Best State For Nurses

WALLETHUB News:
 
With National Nurses Week kicking off May 6, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Nurses.   

In order to help newly minted nurses find the best markets for their profession, WalletHub’s analysts compared the relative attractiveness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics. The data set ranges from monthly average starting salary for nurses to health-care facilities per capita to nursing-job openings per capita.
 
The Nursing Market in New Mexico (1=Best;


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Letter To The Editor: Thank You County Council For Recognizing Donate Life Month

By CATHY WALTERS
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank the County Council for proclaiming April as DONATE LIFE MONTH in the county, following the proclamation of Governor Martinez in New Mexico. This month is set aside to highlight the dire need for more available organs, tissues, and corneas for transplants, to encourage all citizens, regardless of age or medical history to register as organ donors, and to honor all deceased donors, living donors, and their families.
 
Thanks also to the Los Alamos Daily Post for their articles, which brought about more awareness. Through my involvement

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County Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

Accepting the ‘May Is Mental Health Awareness Month’ proclamation at Tuesday’s Council meeting, from left, John Whiteside, LAMC; Deni Fell, County; Carole Rutten, LANL; Christine Hazard, LAPS; Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA; Kim Gabaldon, County;  Mary Beth Maassen, LAMC; Olivia Ortega and Kristy Ortega, UWNNM; Fire Chief Troy Hughes; County Councilor Rick Reiss, Police CHief Dino Sgambellone and  Stephanie Koch, Mesa Vista Wellness. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
 
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks on behalf of the mental health awareness

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Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

Courtesy/UWNNM

UWNNM News:

United Way of Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory Partner to Make a Difference in Northern New Mexico

  • This is part of a series that will run throughout the month of May as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential


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Scenes From Annual Teddy Bear Clinic At LAMC

The X-Ray lab nurse at LAMC introduces her assistant to students from Mandy Ferran’s class at Pinon Elementary School during the annual Teddy Bear Clinic this morning at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Students from Pinon Elementary School with their teacher Karen Forsyth check out the emergency room this morning as part of the Teddy Bear Clinic at LAMC. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The LAMC nurse shows students what bones look like inside the body through an xray. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Classic Air Medical Pilot Brandon Saver discusses


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May Is Mental Health Month: Spotlight On Stigma – Doctors And Suicide

MENTAL HEALTH News:
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to encourage people to talk to their doctor about mental illness.
 
But what if a doctor is struggling with their own mental health? According to Michael F. Myers, MD—known as “the doctors’ doctor—that struggle is more common than we think, and at least once a day, it ends in suicide.
 
“Doctors are killing themselves at an alarming rate, due to a multitude of triggers—such as burnout, depression, bipolar illness and PTSD,” Dr. Myers said. “At the core of this epidemic is a dangerous stigma related

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Trinity Urgent Care

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon is Edward Grant, PA-C, D.O.M. at Trinity Urgent Care, LLC. The medical practice at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suite A & B is open seven days a week with no appointment necessary. Trinity Urgent Care provides treatment to adults and children from Board Certified providers offering the highest standards of Care. X-Ray and Lab services are available at Trinity Urgent Care. For more information, call 505.412.6033 or visit www.trinityurgentcare.net. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision


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LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative And JJAB Host SCREENAGERS: Growing Up In The Digital Age

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools’ Healthy Schools Initiative and JJAB are excited to bring the film SCREENAGERS to the community during the first week of May to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month.

SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work. One of the goals of the Healthy Schools Initiative is to raise awareness about the challenges families face and to offer opportunities for community members and school staff to discuss ways to support the well-being of our youth.

The public


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Free Presentation Of ‘Basics of Alzheimer’s’

AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Los Alamos, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and will be held Monday, May 22, from 1-2 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos NM, 87544. The class is free and open to all citizens of Los Alamos and surrounding communities.
 
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Study Examines Mortality Burden Of Modifiable Behavioral Risk Factors

SGIM News:
 
A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine have found that based on 2014 data, obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.
 
Preliminary work presented by Cleveland Clinic today at the 2017 Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting analyzed the contribution of modifiable behavioral risk factors to causes-of-death in the US population.
 
Based on this preliminary work, the team found the greatest

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