Health Care

Donors Help Support Dr. Zee Benefit Concert

​Morning Glory Bakery Company donates weekly donuts as an auction item for the Dr. Zee Benefit Concert. Courtesy Photo

COMMUNITY News:

 

Dr. Zee Benefit Concert organizers are looking for donors who want to be part of the event’s silent auction.

Organizers are excited by what they have received so far from businesses and independent donors in the community including two gift certificates for a dozen donuts a week for six months from Morning Glory Bakery Company. Other donated items have been shared on the Facebook page, @zeebenefit.

Zandree (Zee) Stidham, 35, is a local assistant


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Letter To The Editor: A Better Health Care Payment System

By TED TRUSKE
Albuquerque

It’s strange that a five second sound bite, “I will kill Obamacare” can drive national policies. Finally President Trump admits, “health care is complicated”. So GOP members contort themselves to make magic happen, so far unsuccessfully. They dispute the CBO’s numbers because they’re not happily magical.

Why doesn’t the public have whatever health plan Congress has? If it’s good enough for Congress we in the public could live with it.

In 2010 T.R. Reid wrote a best seller called “The Healing of America”, one would expect that members


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Luján On Postponed House Vote On Trumpcare

CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after House Republicans delayed a high profile vote on the Republican health care repeal bill when the legislation failed to gain sufficient support to pass the House:
 
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans hatched a bill in a back room and tried to slip it through the House with no hearings before anyone – even members of their own party – were able to understand the details,” Lujan said. “And when those details did come out – the fact that this bill strips

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Letter To The Editor: LAMC Exceeds Expectations!

By MARCUS HALL
Los Alamos
 
This is just a short public “thank you” to the Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
I am a single dad with an 8-year-old son. A short time ago I had to go the ER with severe stomach pains and was admitted overnight into the ICU for observation. My parents were out of the country. Friends picked my son up from school and took care of him that afternoon, but he had no familiar place to stay overnight.
 
The staff at LAMC set up a bed in my room in the ICU, arranged for his supper, and he was able to spend the night with me in my room. In the morning they arranged

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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Get Out

The fabulous fruit hat. Mary Beth Maasseen at the Red and Black Ball. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So, I wore a fruit hat.

It was made of artificial fruit and I was going for that Carmen Miranda look, and folks at the party were kind enough to humor me in that regard. I wore the fruit hat to the Family YMCA Red and Black Ball last Saturday night, so there are lots of witnesses and I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.

The theme for the event was “Havana Nights” and for some reason I thought, “Carmen Miranda!” Although as it turns out, Carmen was born in Portugal and was


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Raffle Benefits Hope Pregnancy Center’s Mobile Ultrasound Services

Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Fla. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The winning ticket in a Hope Pregnancy Center raffle will get the lucky ticket holder a seven-night stay at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Fla., according to Interim Executive Director Deborah Goodwin.

Tickets are $10 each and only 400 are being sold for the April 19 raffle.

“The best part is that check-in is March 24, 2018, which is during the Los Alamos Schools spring break,” Goodwin said.

The condo raffle only includes living accommodations in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that sleeps eight people, so the winner


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On The Job In Los Alamos: TriState Care-Flight Helicopter Pilot Charles Smith

TriState Care-Flight EMS helicopter pilot Charles Smith is on the job Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center were he is waiting to transport paramedics and a patient. A retired 19-year US Army veteran, Smith has worked as a relief pilot for TriState for more than two years covering all bases in New Mexico. He and his wife are permanent RVers here in New Mexico. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

TriState Care-Flight EMS helicopter arrives Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center to pick up a patient. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com


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Heinrich Launches #KeepMeCovered Campaign

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) launched “Keep Me Covered,” a social media campaign calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #KeepMeCovered to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and congressional Republicans’ health care plan. 
 
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that the bill will cancel health care for 14 million people in just one year, with 24 million

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Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Our Teachers…

By ELENA E. GIORGI
A concerned mother grateful for her children’s teachers

Dear Governor and dear Representatives who voted against the resolution that would’ve allowed teachers to take more than 3 sick days without penalty, let me ask you: how many times did you take a sick day this past year? How many times did you have to assist a sick family member, whether a child, a spouse, or an elderly parent? And all this when you hold a position that doesn’t keep you inside a classroom five days a week. Along with train stations and public places, schools are the primary route for the spread of infectious diseases


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Study Suggests Brain Injury Effects Last Seven Years

HEALTH News:
 
A new study that was presented Feb. 10 to the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, suggests brain injury long-term effects in children may still be present as long as seven years after the injury is sustained.
 
Furthermore, researchers found that children who sustain brain injuries are at increased risk to develop other functioning issues. The research highlights the importance of protecting children from brain injuries, especially children involved in high-risk sports or activities linked to traumatic brain injury.
 

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Statement On Attempted Override Of Governor’s Veto Of HB 241 – Attendance Component In Teacher Evaluations

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) released the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of House Bill 241:
 
“In her veto message, Gov. Martinez stated that she would be willing to consider changes to attendance measures as part of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system. Attendance measures account for just five percent of a teacher’s overall evaluation. House Bill 241 sought to address only the attendance component in teacher evaluations, and we respect

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LAHS Students Participate In Kick Butts Day

Los Alamos High School students Emily Jones, left, and Katey Green hold up Jones’ poster of a cigarette pack for the high school robotics class’ robot to demolish Wednesday  morning. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos High School students Aaron Laurtizen, left, and John Caparone manuever their robot to take down a model of a cigarette. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School students participating in the school’s Evolvement program kicked some major butt …


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Itching To Travel For Spring Break? Learn How To Get Prepared For A Safe And Healthy Journey

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LAMC News:

As winter’s hold weakens, hopeful spring breakers will make their way to balmy beach resorts, rugged rain forests and coastal cruise ship destinations.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants you to be informed and make smart choices wherever your spring break plans take you.

The CDC Travelers’ Health website is a great first stop to make sure that you are proactive, prepared and protected when it comes to your health while traveling:

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines and any health concerns at your destination.
  • Pack smart and

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Bill Moves To House Floor

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Health and Human Services Committee has passed legislation to prevent opioid drug overdoses in New Mexico. House Bill 370, sponsored by Reps. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) and Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra), passed by a vote of 6 to 0.
 
The bill aims to increase awareness and access to naloxone. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, blocks the effects of opioids and is used to treat suspected opioid overdoses. House Bill 370 would require federally-certified opioid treatment centers to provide patients with overdose education,

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Bill To Help Workers Care For Sick, Elderly Relatives Heads To Senate Floor

STATE News:

  • Caregiver Leave Act Allows Employees to Use Already-Provided Sick Leave for Caregiving

Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s Caregiver Leave Act, HB 86, is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote after it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, moving the widely supported bill, which would allow workers to also use sick leave that is already provided by their employers to cover absences for caregiving, one step closer to the governor’s desk.

“Too many New Mexicans are in the Sandwich Generation,” Armstrong said. “My kids are grown, but my 88-year-old mother lives with me. We need to


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Heinrich: GOP Healthcare Plan Disastrous As Expected

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the GOP healthcare plan.
 
According to CBO estimates, 14 million would be uninsured by 2018 and 26 million by 2026.
 
“The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican healthcare bill will be as disastrous as we expected. 14 million will be uninsured by next year, and 24 million by 2026. The Republican plan would

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Bill To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense Interchangeable Biosimilar Medicines Passes Senate

NM SENATE News:
 
The New Mexico Senate on Monday unanimously passed Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 260, which will allow pharmacists in the state, when filling a prescription for a biologic medicine, to dispense less-expensive biosimilar medicines once the Federal Drug Administration has determined that the medicine is interchangeable with an existing biologic treatment.
 
“With biological products becoming increasingly important in treating medical conditions from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis, and with the FDA currently considering

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