Health Care

Heart Disease And Diabetes—Is There A Connection?

By KAMEL ABOUDA, MD   
Espanola Family Care Clinic

Sometimes trouble comes in twos—like heart disease and diabetes. And these two diseases are actually linked in three ways.

  1. Unhealthy lifestyle habits. Obesity, lack of physical activity and an unhealthy diet can set the stage for developing both heart disease and diabetes. High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and smoking also raise the risk for both diseases.
  2.  Having diabetes can lead to heart disease. A man’s risk for heart disease is doubled if he has diabetes, whereas a woman’s risk is tripled. That’s partly because

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Reward Yourself For Healthy Choices

By TERESA REYNOLDS, MSA, RN
Chief Nursing Officer,
Los Alamos Medical Center

Healthy lifestyle habits are your best defense against heart disease, but changing habits isn’t easy.

Whether you’re trying to eat a heart-healthy diet, get more exercise to strengthen your heart, lose a few pounds or make another healthy change in your life, it can be tough to stay motivated as the weeks go by. That’s where rewards can keep you inspired and motivated to reach your long-term goal.

Set a specific short-term goal that you have to reach to get a reward. For example, your goal is to lose 10 pounds in the next six


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Sitting Qigong Classes Begin Jan. 19

COMMUNITY News:
 
Instructor KokHeong McNaughton is offering Sitting Qigong classes 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 19, at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
 
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Ch’i Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong literally means “work”. Qigong is therefore

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DaVita Dialysis Center Breaks Ground At LAMC

The DaVita Dialysis Center will be on the canyon side of LAMC with designated parking and a separate entrance. Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report

Partnering with DaVita Kidney Care, Los Alamos Medical Center has broken ground on a six-chair dialysis center. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, treating patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease.

DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient


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Diabetes Mellitus – A Problem Sneaking Up On Us

 
By Toshi Shiina, James Ziomek, MD, Mary Beugelsdijk, RN
 
We are facing a diabetes epidemic. The CDC reported that, in 2014, more than 29 million Americans (about one in 11 people) had diabetes – a 10 percent increase from 2010.
 
The concerning fact is that one in four people with diabetes do not know that they have it.
 
[1] While scientific research is still in progress, we know that certain groups of people are known to be at higher risk of having diabetes. The known risk factors for diabetes which we cannot control are: age, genetics, race,

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Santa’s Veterinarian Clears Reindeer For Flight

Santa’s veterinarian has cleared Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer to travel the world Christmas Eve with Santa. Courtesy/sciencemag.org
 
AVMA News:
 
SCHAUMBURG, IL — Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa’s veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve.
 
Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole today to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to

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Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry Officially Opens

Dentist Bill Nichols cuts the ribbon to officially open his clinic, Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry at 751 Trinity Dr., Suite 305 in the Smith’s Marketplace business park. He is assisted from left, Daniel Hemphill who is helping to set up the practice, Chamber Manager Nancy Partride, County Councilor David Izraelevitz, Santa and Elsa (Megan Hemphill) and Anna (Louisa Bellian) from ‘Frozen.’ Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Community members celebrate the Grand Opening of Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

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Creating A Healthier Holiday Meal

By DEBORAH JAUS, Director
LAMC Nutrition Services

A Holiday Menu Tune-Up

Holidays bring joy … and food anxiety. How to cook, how to serve, and, finally, how much? In an era when we all seem to be on a diet, do you give in and make everything Grandma did?

Today’s goal is not to re-create a Norman Rockwell painting, but to produce a festive meal you will be happy to serve. The biggest change: If you don’t need to present the whole turkey for carving at the table, cook a turkey breast instead.

Cooking Times

If you start with a fresh turkey breast, you don’t have to worry about thawing it in time to cook for dinner.


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Los Alamos Hidden Treasure: Holiday Gifts That Give Back

LAMC Auxiliary volunteers AKA ‘Pink Ladies’ provide a wide variety of services. From left, Shirley Litten, Charlene Montegue and Board President Carole Watanabe help shoppers find just the right gift! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Lobby Shop is also one of the few places in Los Alamos where you can find items of an inspirational or religious nature to give as gifts. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon
 

Staff Report

Looking for that ideal gift?  While everyone loves giving and receiving gifts at the holidays, selecting the perfect gift can be challenging especially


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School Board Approves Mental Health Design Team’s Recommendations

Members of the Design Team, from left, Ellen Ben Naim, Diane Katzenmeyer-Delgado, Michelangelo Lobato and Marvel Harrison. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Public School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to implement the recommendations of the LAPS Mental Health Design Team.

Speaking to a full house at the meeting, a stunning report by the LAPS Mental Health Design Team initiated their presentation by expressing how, “A health community is not one without problems. A health community has problems and mobilizes resources to navigate through


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Trinity Urgent Care Opens For Business

Trinity Urgent Care CEO, Chief Medical Officer and owner Dr. Robert McClees outside his new facility Friday at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Dr. Robert McClees, left, with Dr. Edward Grant, P.A. of Oriental Medicine Friday afternoon in the waiting room at Trinity Urgent Care. Photographs by Ski Patroller Jeff Hylok hang on the wall in the waiting room and will be rotated depicting Los Alamos outdoor lifestyles. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Trinity Urgent Care, LLC

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Los Alamos Chiropractors Host Annual Gathering

Los Alamos chiropractors held their annual holiday lunch Wednesday at Blue Window Bistro. From left, Dr. Nancy Savoia of Los Alamos Chiropractic, Dr. Gary Storkan of Storkan Chiropractic and Dr. Merry McIntyre of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness extend to the Los Alamos and White Rock community their wishes for a happy and safe holiday season, vibrant health and peace and goodwill to all. Courtesy photo


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LANL’s Portable MRI Named Top 10 Breakthrough Of 2015 By Physics World Magazine

Michelle Espy, project leader at LANL, in front of the battlefield MRI, which uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images of injured soft tissues, such as the brain. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Innovative technology could be deployed to battlefields and hospitals in developing countries

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s portable MRI was named one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year by Physics World, the member magazine of the Institute of Physics. Portable MRI, also called Battlefield MRI (bMRI), uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images


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LANL Model Predicts Late Start To Flu Season

LANL News:

  • February Most Likely Month For Flu Season To Peak

The flu season will likely peak in February in most parts of the United States, according to a model developed by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Using historical data, a mathematical representation of how flu spreads through a population, and data for the current flu season provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the scientists were able to create a probabilistic model forecasting the flu season.

“There’s no crystal ball when it comes to predicting disease outbreaks,” said Sara Del Valle, the Los


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LANL Researcher Pens Prizewinning Essay On Cancer

Ludmil Alexandrov

LANL News:

  • Research focuses on preventing cancer through mutational signatures

Ludmil Alexandrov, of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, made strong points this week in the journal Science about the basic formation of human cancers, winning a 2015 Science & SciLifeLab Prize, on “Understanding the Origins of Human Cancer.”

“I have always been passionate about solving complex genomics puzzles and applying my skills towards better understanding the mechanism underlying cancer development,” said Alexandrov, Oppenheimer Fellow at Los


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LAMC Earns ‘Top Performer Award’

One of the award-winning LAMC surgical teams: John Howie, Chris Sanchez, Dr. Salim Amrani, David Heft, RN and  Jamie Lavery. Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

LAMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for surgical services.


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NMDOH To Host Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics

NMDH News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Northeast Regional Public Health Offices will be hosting flu shot clinics.
 
No appointments are necessary for the dates, times and locations listed below.
 
There is no charge to those attending the clinics, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   
 
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially people in the following groups because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related

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