Health Care

Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Udall And Others Lead Bill To Protect Young Athletes From Concussions

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From Sen. Tom Udall’s Office:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
 
The Youth Sports Concussion Act would help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, including football helmets, are based on the latest science and curb false advertising claims

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Udall Bill To Childproof E-Cigarettes Signed Into Law

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  Friday Jan. 29, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that a bill he championed to improve e-cigarette safety has been signed into law by the president.
 
The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 requires manufacturers to put childproof caps on the small bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The number of e-cigarette users — especially young users — has soared in recent years, and this is the first piece of national legislation to help regulate the impact on public

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K2 Women’s Weekend Event

The 80’s rock band Chango will perform 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Pajarito Mountain Lodge. Courtesy photo
 
 
MUSIC News:
 

A Very Important Dialogue … an expert panel discussion on cancer. Presented by the K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.

Admission is a part of the K2 Women’s Weekend Participants (register at: http://www.pajaritowomen.org/) and free with donations accepted and benefiting the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation —


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Smart People Are Easy To Teach At EMS Conference

Dr. Mike Hudson presents a talk at the 2016 EMS Conference Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Mike Hudson discusses the latest innovations in patient treatments during Saturday’s conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

First responders and Emergency Management personnel at Saturday’s portion of the 2016 EMS Conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Area first responders and emergency management personnel participated in the 2016 EMS Conference last week at UNM-Los Alamos.

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New Mexico Delegation Welcomes $12.6 Million To Tribes For Diabetes Prevention And Treatment

STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Jan. 22 that several New Mexico Tribes are receiving a total of $12.6 million over five years for diabetes prevention and treatment programs. 
 
Tribes receiving funding include the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Pueblos of Jemez, Taos, Zia, Zuni and Santa Ana, as well as the Indian Health Service Albuquerque Area. The grants are part of the Special Diabetes Program

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Mental Health Design Team Calls On Community To Help Deal With Issues Facing Students

Dr. Marvel Harrison addresses the Jan. 21 Community Leaders Breakfast organized by Los Alamos School Public Schools to present findings of its Mental Health Design Team. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Community leaders discuss mental health issues facing Los Alamos youth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Employing the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, Los Alamos Public Schools is calling on the community to help implement improvements in the mental health of youth.

At a Community Leaders Breakfast


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LAPS: Mental Health Design Team Community Presentations Feb. 1 & Feb. 3

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools’ Mental Health Design Team will be hosting two community presentations to engage the community in dialog around the Healthy School and Community Initiative.

The presentations will include an overview of the team’s work in the Fall of 2015 and short and long term recommendations for a path forward. The presentations and recommendations are intended to engage the schools and community in active collaboration around the issues of mental health and the impact on students and the community. 

“A healthy community is not one without problems.


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WalletHub Study: The True Cost Of Smoking By State

 
WalletHub News:
 
With Tobacco-Free Awareness Week reminding us of the societal and economic costs of smoking, which total more than $320 billion a year and rising, the personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on The True Cost of Smoking by State, which ranks New Mexico number 30 in the nation. 
 
 
To encourage the more than 66 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick the dangerous habit, WalletHub’s analysts calculated the potential monetary losses — including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades, health

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Scenes From Trinity Urgent Care’s Appreciation Event

During Friday’s special event to thank supporters of Trinity Urgent Care, from left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, County Council Chair Rick Reiss, Dr. Robert McClees, Certified Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care Paula Frank and County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher toast Trinity Urgent Care as well as Reiss who recently became council chair. Photo by Terry Salazar

Trinity Urgent Care owner Dr. Robert McClees and his wife Sheila McClees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Robert McClees, center, thanks LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron and his wife Johanna Jiron for


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For Chronic Pain Relief, Consider Physical Therapy

By JESSE KNIGHT MD
AND STEVEN LAUER NP

Millions of people wake up in pain every day. Some major culprits include backache, arthritis, and chronic pain in the knees or shoulders. Pain can stem from illness; inactivity; injury; or repetitive movements, such as typing.

Easing chronic pain often starts with medicine and therapy. If you suffer from chronic pain, the first stop should be your doctor’s office. Your physician may refer you to a physical therapist (PT). PTs use a hands-on approach to help relieve pain.

During Your Therapy Visit

During the first session, the PT will ask you to describe your


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Winter Weather Sports: Ski, Sled and Skate Safely

By CULLY CHRISTIANSON MD

When the thermometer drops, winter sports beckon. Sledding, skiing, and ice-skating can be exhilarating. But with these new activities come opportunities for injury.

Preventing Winter Sports Injuries

Take steps to keep safe anywhere else your cold-weather adventures take you.

Winter sports fun. Courtesy photo

  • Prepare your body. Get in shape to ski or skate—condition muscles before the season starts. Warm up and stretch before each activity. Begin with a slow and easy session.
  • Go to class. Take a lesson or two, especially for skiing or snowboarding. Instructors

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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/ladailypost.com
 
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

By KENT PEGG
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

LAVNS News:

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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