Health Care

Los Alamos Physician Provides Aid In Mosul

From left, Paramedic Derrik Ross from Melbourne, Australia; LAMC Physician Dr. Christopher Hammond, Los Alamos Paramedic Tylerr Jones and a first responder. Courtesy photo
 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Medical Center Physician Christopher Hammond works with bullets slicing through the air and bombs exploding all around him. As a member of Global Outreach Doctors, Hammond is serving a three-week deployment in Iraq that includes two weeks in Mosul, a city engulfed in the war between ISIS and Iraqi forces.

He is joined by Tylerr Jones, a RN/EMT from White Rock. The


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Community Encouraged To Wear Blue & Green Friday

Cathy Walters is encouraging local residents to wear blue and green Friday to bring awareness to the issue of organ and tissue donation. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Every April, people are encouraged to wear blue and green to raise awareness of the life-saving potential have as organ and tissue donors. Friday, April 21 is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, Cathy Walters of Los Alamos is asking local community members to wear blue and green, too.

Walters received a donor heart in 2013. At 65, she was diagnosed with a


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Dr. Zee Benefit Concert Features Artist Sasha Scully

Artist Sasha Scully will create a painting during Dr. Zee Benefit Concert 5-8 p.m. Friday at UNM-LA. Courtesy Image

COMMUNITY News:

Sasha Scully, owner and operator of SäshaStylz™ Art, will do a live painting at Dr. Zee Benefit Concert, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday in Building 2 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

 

The concert will raise funds for Dr. Zandree Stidham, who was diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia in 2010.

 

Scully was born and raised in New Mexico. Scully has shared a long history with arts; she said, “I was always experimenting with all types of


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Many Mothers Welcomes Arrival Of Baby Box Program

Infant sleeping in a Baby Box. Courtesy photo
 
Baby Box filled with supplies. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
SANTA FE  Many Mothers is excited to announce the arrival of the Baby Box Program, an initiative that aims to reduce rates of neonatal and infant mortality through distribution of Baby Boxes, safe sleep education, and in-home support.
 
Originally developed in Finland in the 1930s, Baby Boxes have since gained popularity in many U.S. communities. Thanks to the generous contributions of the Life Center Foundation, the Joy

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Luján Introduces Series Of Bills To Help States Improve Behavioral Health Systems; Address Inequities

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has introduced a series of three bills that will help states to address health care inequities, improve services for patients seeking behavioral health treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
 
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency rooms, jails, and homeless shelters. As a result, too many families are hurting, too

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Dr. Zee Fundraiser Underway At LANB

Elena Mesibov, owner of Mesibov Elite Cleaning Service, is selling roses until 1 p.m. today in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the Dr. Zee Benefit Concert. The concert is 5-8 p.m., in Building 2 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo


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Periodic Model Predicts Spread Of Lyme Disease

SIAM News:
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions.
 
Commonly known as deer ticks, blacklegged ticks exhibit two-year life cycles with the following four stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. Larvae primarily attack white-footed mice, then become nymphs upon obtaining a blood meal.

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Free Savvy Caregiver Course In White Rock

COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in White Rock offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Savvy Caregiver Program” is a FREE seven-session course presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The course is 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, May 4 through June 15. The classes will be hosted at the White Rock Senior Center 133 Longview Dr. The classes are open to all citizens of White Rock and surrounding communities.
 
To register or for more information call or email LARSO

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7th Annual Run For Her Life Race Results

Hadassah News:
 
All proceeds in Sunday’s 7th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K Races at East Park in Los Alamos were donated to Breast Cancer research.
 
In the 5K race, the top female finisher was Tammie Nelson with a time of 23:15 and the first male was Scott Valdez recording a 20:12. 
 
Erica Baron had a 40:12 for best female finisher in the 10K distance and Nathan Knapp was top male with a time of 40:12.
 
Race Results

Men 5K, 19 and under:

  • 44:19.30 Emmitt Tibbitts, White Rock
Men 5K, 20-29
  • 33:21 Daniel Livingston, Los Alamos
Men 5K, 30-39
  • 53:55

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Column: Is There A Secret To Grieving?

By Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service

The grieving person will often experience a heightened awareness and sensitivity to the reality that is the world. A person who is unalterably changed by the loss of a loved one may wonder how it is possible for others to be carrying on daily life, expressing joy, laughter, optimism and hope for the future. The grieving person is bereft, often at a loss for words and lacking the energy to get through the day. Is there a secret to grieving in a way that allows you to continue to live life in a meaningful and fulfilling way? How do you reconnect with other people and the


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Pojoaque Pueblo Delivers Surprise Easter Baskets To Children In St. Vincent’s Hospital

The Easter Bunny poses with hospital staff and Pojoaque Pueblo team members outside the children's hospital rooms. Courtesy photo

Easter baskets ready and waiting to be delivered. The Pojoaque Pueblo team filled each basket with age appropriate gifts, selected for each child in St. Vincent’s hospital. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Being sick and stuck in a hospital is never fun. Especially for a child. Especially for a child during Easter or Christmas.

For months now a group of Pojoaque Pueblo employees have been working on a plan to help those children in the hospital this Easter weekend.


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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Public Health Week

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a resolution in Congress this week to in support of the goals and mission of National Public Health Week, April 3-9, as a part of the efforts to continue working towards a healthier America.

The theme for this year’s National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Associateion (APHA), is “Healthiest Nation 2030”, emphasizing a goal of making America the healthiest nation in one generation. A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives


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State GOP On Governor Signing Naloxone Bill

STATE GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on Gov. Susana Martinez signing HB 370, the legislation sponsored by Republican Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes and Rebecca Dow, which will drastically increase the availability of naloxone, a drug that reverses some of the effects of opioid overdoses:

“We thank Governor Martinez for signing this important legislation,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. “New Mexico has among the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in


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Council Proclaims April As ‘Donate Life Month’

Kathie Walters, an organ donation recipient, accepts a proclamation declaring April ‘Donate Life Month’, from County Councilor Rick Reiss during Tuesday night’s regular County Council. It’s important to acknowledge someone who has benefited from organ donations,’ Reiss said. It is Kathie Walter’s birthday today and we celebrate that day with you, Kathie. Walters said it was the fourth birthday she has celebrated thanks to her organ transplant. She added that Tuesday also was Reiss’ birthday. Photo by Kirsten


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LAVNS: Bereavement Support Services

Bereavement Support Services
By LAVNS
 
Almost all of us have experienced grief in some form. The loss of a loved one is a universally shared experience, yet we live in a culture that does not encourage an open expression of grief.
 
The common misconceptions surrounding grief include the idea that we will, over time, “move on”, “carry on” and “get over it.” The underlying message with these expressions of condolence is that grief is a process which has a beginning, middle and end and that a particular period of time will cure that condition. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Grief


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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Let It Be

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I meditate daily. Usually twice.

I began practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) when I was 16 years old. My older sister took me to hear the message of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and I was hooked. Prior to this event I had not given a thought to inner peace, and quite frankly I was not all that enamored with the benefits of TM. But the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was guru to the Beatles and the Beach Boys and I thought that was very cool.

At the end of my coursework a former DJ from Hawaii conferred my specially chosen mantra, and I was on my own. I practiced TM not because it brought


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Letter To The Editor: Thanks For Daffodil Drive Success!

By ROSEMARY COYNE, MSN, RN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service

 

My name is Rosemary Coyne, MSN, RN. I am the executive director of the Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service (LAVNS) Home Health and Hospice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made our 22nd Annual LAVNS Daffodil Drive such a success again this year. The funds we raise every year are used to help our hospice patients in need.

 

I have been here in Los Alamos just over a year, so this was my second opportunity to see the amazing work done by so many people. Not


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Los Alamos County Named Healthiest In State

Ashley Pond. File photo

COMMUNITY News:

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The full list of rankings is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“Los Alamos County is a great place – a community that offers something for everyone – from young families to retirees,” said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

The County Health Rankings, a collaborative effort


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Take 5 … 5,000 Steps On National Walking Day

Y News:

  • Y and American Heart Association Host April 5 Event

The Family YMCA will host a free walking event, Take 5 With the Y, 5,000-Steps, in celebration of National Walking Day April 5, which is an American Heart Association health awareness promotion. A knapsack and new water bottle will be given to the first 70 registering for the free 5,000-step walk that starts at noon, April 5, at the Y.

The walk will begin on the sidewalk at the Y, 1450 Iris St., and proceed up Central Ave. to Mesa Library then toward the Senior Center, along Spruce Street, 15th Street, Canyon Road and 4th Street to return to the


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Dr. Peter J. Lindberg Memorial Seminar April 13

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer is pleased to invite the general public and local health care professionals to attend the free Dr. Peter J. Lindberg Memorial Seminar presented by Dr. Fabio Almeida, a Board Member and Medical Advisor of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, on current and emerging PET/CT imaging techniques in recurring prostate cancer.  Dr. James Ziomek, a colleague and personal friend of Dr. Lindberg, will provide introductory comments.

The seminar is 6 p.m., April 13, at First Baptist Church, 2200 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Preceding the speaker,


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