Health Care

’10 Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s’ Class Aug. 19

COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Los Alamos offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter at 12:45-1:45 p.m., Friday Aug. 19. The event is  hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. The class is free and open to all citizens of Los Alamos and surrounding communities.
 
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Los Alamos Computational Scientist Wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award

LANL’s Ludmil Alexandrov wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award.

LANL News:

Ludmil Alexandrov, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, is the winner of the 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award. Given biennially by the journal Carcinogenesis: Integrative Cancer Research, published by Oxford University Press, and the European Association for Cancer Research, the award recognizes a recent significant contribution to carcinogenesis research by an investigator under the age of 40.

“Ludmil’s research uses large-scale computational


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Nancy Partridge Of Los Alamos Honored In Boston As An Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Top Fundraiser

Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos reaches mile 13 Saturday in Boston the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer. Courtesy photo
 
Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos featured in the Rocky Mountain News in 2001 at her first walk to end breast cancer. At that time her last name was Bachlet. Partridge and all the walkers together raised $4.4 million that year. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos is in Boston this weekend participating in the Avon 39  Walk to End Breast Cancer.

She was honored during the opening ceremony at 6:30 a.m Saturday as being


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Keeping Pets Safe In Summer Heat

A trio of dogs ride in a boat. Courtesy photo
 
By ERIN ASKLAND
Dog Training and Behavior Expert

 

Each summer, hundreds of dogs are harmed as a result of being left in hot cars or outside without enough water or protection. Heat waves, like the one most of the country is experiencing, are especially dangerous for pets, as high temperatures can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn and even death in just a few minutes. A few preventative measures can easily protect dogs from heat wave hazards.
Watch for Heatstroke
Dogs can develop heatstroke fairly quickly. Signs of this include excessive

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Udall Votes Against Weak GMO Labeling Bill

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against weak compromise legislation designed to set food labeling standards for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Udall supports clear, concise labeling that allows consumers to easily understand what’s in their food and how it was grown. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-30, and must next be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Udall said that while the compromise bill the Senate approved was an improvement over previous legislation designed purely to gut


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Casting For Recovery New Mexico Provides Recreation For Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients learn fly-fishing with Casting for Recovery New Mexico. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Casting for Recovery New Mexico, led by an all-volunteer team, began in 2010 with a retreat at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron.

Fourteen women are selected via a random lottery to attend each retreat. Any woman who has received a breast cancer diagnosis and resides in New Mexico, the Texas Panhandle or the Colorado San Luis Valley is eligible to apply. 

This year’s retreat is Sept. 23-25 at The Retreat at Angel Fire in Angel Fire. Retreat participants stay in


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Inside Out Recovery Program Comes To Los Alamos

COMMUNITY News:
 
The Inside Out Recovery program has come to Los Alamos with services and support groups to help this community with those struggling with addiction.
 
Abe Gordon is a Peer Support Worker for Inside Out Recovery and knows this community well. He grew up in the Chimayo Valley and moved to Los Alamos when he was just 13.
 
“LA is the place where I experienced most of my drug use for the first time,” Gordon said. “I started at a young age, smoking pot and drinking, after moving to Los Alamos, I was introduced to psychedelics, then in my later teens, to

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Los Alamos Man Finds A Miracle

Tom McHenry with his wife Donna McHenry recently at Fuller Lodge – is walking again following a miraculous surgery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

After an unbearable struggle for nearly a year with a wound that would not heal, Los Alamos resident Tom McHenry lost all hope and asked doctors to amputate his foot.

“I couldn’t take it anymore … I just wanted it to be over,” said McHenry, who moved to Los Alamos from Valparaiso, Ind., with his wife in 2012, just after the Las Conchas Fire.

He had been diagnosed a diabetic in 2010 when doctors


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Remembering When: A Fire And Fall Prevention Program For Older Adults 12:30 p.m. Friday

NMDOH News:

Are you an older adult? Have you fallen recently? Do you have parents who are older adults you are concerned about? Than this presentation is for you!

The Los Alamos Fall Prevention Coalition will present: “Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults” at 12:30 p.m., Friday, July 1 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Everyone is welcome!

This program is especially important as falls are the leading cause of accidental injury death among adults 65 years of age and older in the U.S. and New Mexico.

During 2010-2014 Los Alamos residents


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State Auditor Tim Keller Calls On DOH To Comply With Lynn And Erin Compassionate Use Act

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to comply with the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) received reports from multiple sources that DOH has not processed applications for medical cannabis patient cards within 30 days as required by state law. The OSA received reports that patients have experienced processing times up to 90 days.
 
“For patients with debilitating medical conditions, the difference between 30 days and 60 days to get the help they

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LAMC Advisory Board Elects New Officers

Members of the Los Alamos Medical Center Advisory Board elected new officers during Thursday’s monthly meeting at the hospital. Front row from left, Dr. Monica Snowden and Dr. Jesse Knight. Back row from left, Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout, outgoing chair Kendra Henning, new chair John Bretzke, new vice chair Chuck McCullough, Kelly Myers, Geoff Rodgers and not pictured, Carol Clark. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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HHS Awards $1,749,783 To Health Centers In New Mexico To Expand Oral Health Services

HHS News:
 
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $1,749,783 in funding to support four health centers in New Mexico.
 
The funding will increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients. Nationwide, Thursdays announcement includes nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients

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Luján And Lujan Grisham Participate In White House Meeting On Opioid Crisis

U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1) participated in a meeting at the White House June 15 with members of the President’s Cabinet to discuss the opioid crisis that hurts communities across New Mexico and the need to take action to invest resources in treatment and prevention. 
 
The New Mexico Representatives joined Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council; Shawn Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and

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Locals Dress Up To Fight Breast Cancer

Local residents Geoffrey Fairchild and Genevieve Salas are participating in the 2016 Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer in New York Oct. 15-16. Each participate is asked to raise at least $1,800 in sponsorships to fight the disease. Fairchild and Salas with friends at Ashley Pond Park Friday use a unique mode of dress to raise funds and call attention to the cause. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com


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EPA Proposes Thousand-Fold Increase In Radioactivity For Drinking Water Following Emergencies – Public Comments Due July 25

Courtesy image/CCNS
CCNS News:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety reports that late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly released draft guidance to be used following a radiation contamination incident that would allow radioactivity in drinking water at concentrations vastly greater than allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Under the proposed Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for drinking water, no actions to protect the public would be taken even if the radioactivity in drinking water were dozens or thousands or millions of times higher than Safe Drinking

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LAMC’s ED Changes Enhance Patient Care

Director Lori Coffelt of the LAMC Emergency Department

LAMC News:

A native of Los Alamos, Registered Nurse Lori Coffelt has worked at Los Alamos Medical Center for 33 years, and the last 29 years have been spent working in the emergency room.

Now, as Director of the LAMC Emergency Department, she has overseen many changes in the last year. She credits the talented and seasoned nursing staff and their ability to work with the new medical group, Emergent Medical Associates (EMA), with the improvement in services.  

“EMA brings a desire to improve our patient care experience and help with staff


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LAMC Receives Women’s Choice Award®

LAMC’s Emergency Department staff from left, Courtney Thompson, RN, Dr. Paul Mikkelson and Erin Warren, RN. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.

This evidence-based designation is the only Emergency Care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women state that they want from a hospital.

In the list of 360 award winners, LAMC, represents


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Genomics Conference Started When Human Genome Sequencing Finished

The 11th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future Meeting June 1-3 had more than 300 people in attendance, a capacity audience in the ballroom at the La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An annual conference of researchers, technologists and funders in the soaring field of genomics held its 11th event June 1-3 in Santa Fe. The conference has grown from about 70 people when it began in 2006 to more than 300 this year.

Chris Detter, founder and chairman of the organizing committee of the 11th Annual


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More Details On Humans, Pets And Tularemia

COUNTY News:

The New Mexico Department of Health offered this supplemental information to share with the community about humans, pets and tularemia:

How long are people contagious?

People are not contagious; a person with tularemia cannot spread it to another person.

Who gets tularemia?

Any person can get tularemia. This includes people from all parts of New Mexico.

What treatment is available for people with tularemia?

Early treatment with an antibiotic is recommended.

Do infected people need to be kept home from school, work or daycare?

No. Persons with tularemia cannot spread it to other


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