Health Care

Downwinders Compare Themselves To Hiroshima Victims

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Downwinders in Tularosa are making their voices heard this week, during a time when the city of Hiroshima, Japan has been a staple of the news.
 
A traditional Hispanic town with a population of about 3,000, Tularosa is not far from the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb test took place July 16, 1945.
 
For several years the people in the south-central part of the state have become increasingly aware of the price their friends and neighbors, families and forebears have paid in the nation’s nuclear saga.

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Letter To The Editor: LAMC Exceeds My Expectations

By LELAND S. LEHMAN
Lifelong Los Alamos resident

This letter of thanks and gratitude is addressed to the staff of the Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Room and Medical Surgery Floor. 

Due to an accidental overdose of ibuprofen last week, I was admitted to the emergency room at LAMC for a bleeding duodenal ulcer. I can’t express enough thanks and gratefulness for the kind and professional treatment that I received by the very patient staff and management of the emergency room.

I was then transferred to the second floor medical surgery wing for further care. Again I was treated with the most


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Domestic Violence: Bullying, Sexting & Other Hot Topics

By MAGGIE SMITH
Los Alamos

What, you may ask, does this have to do with domestic violence? A major component of addressing domestic abuse and violence is the effort to prevent it from happening in the first place. The challenge is to find out where that “first place” resides.

Various aspects of the behavior of middle and high school students have given rise to a considerable body of research. Bullying, one of those aspects, is certainly nothing new. Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Charles Dickens, and numerous other authors have included incidents of bullying in many of their widely read works,


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Accidental Falls And Managing Outcomes With Dr. Culley Christensen June 29

Dr. Culley Christensen
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
LARC (Los Alamos Retirement Community) and LAMC present Accidental Falls and Managing Outcomes with Dr. Culley Christensen, Los Alamos Orthopaedics at 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at Aspen Ridge Lodge/Assisted Living; 1010 Sombrillo Court; in the Activities Room/lower level. 
 
Join us for refreshments and learn what actions you can take to increase your chances of minimizing damage and realizing recovery. An accidental fall doesn’t have to end your active

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Save A Life & Restart A Heart – Learn CPR For FREE

LAFD News:

Every person in Los Alamos will have the chance to learn how to be a hero by attending the New Mexico Heart Institute’s 6th annual Project Heart Start event Saturday June 25.

The free event will teach Los Alamos families a “new” form of CPR called Compression‐Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (COCPR).

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 400,000 people in the U.S. every year, and nearly 9,000 of these cases happen in children under the age of 18. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if those close by had been aware of and taken a few simple, lifesaving steps.

If an adult suddenly


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Zika Virus Hits New Mexico

Aedes aegypti in Tanzania. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim/www.micro2macro.net

 

Staff Report:

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Wednesday a second confirmed case of the Zika virus in the state.

The first case was discovered in March  in a 46-year-old Bernallilo County man who was infected while traveling in Central America. The second case, announced Wednesday, involves a 40-year-old Bernalillo County woman who aquired the virus while traveling to the Caribbean.

Zika virus disease has been in the news for several weeks now and has many individuals concerned. Zika


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Luján Introduces Legislative Package To Improve Behavioral Health System In New Mexico

CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District introduced a legislative package today of two bills aimed at rebuilding and strengthening behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the country. 
 
Luján’s legislation comes at a time when New Mexico’s behavioral health system has been thrown into crisis following the unwarranted suspension of payments to 15 providers that has resulted in patients losing access to care, hundreds of New Mexicans losing their jobs, and millions of taxpayer dollars wasted. The

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Friends Of The Shelter Launch Fundraiser For Puppy With Heart Condition

Nova Rey is a brave little shelter puppy who needs the community’s help. Courtesy photo

SHELTER News:

Near the end of April, a small, 8-week-old American bulldog/pitbull terrier mix was surrendered to the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

All the owner wrote on the form was that the puppy had a heart murmur and that they couldn’t afford the medical costs. They also provided a CD with X-rays. Volunteers could feel the murmur with their bare hand.

Nova Rey snuggles with a shelter volunteer. Courtesy photo

In spite of her medical condition, Nova Rey was the most human-loving little girl they


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Luján Named To Conference Committee On Legislation Addressing Opioid Epidemic

CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District has been appointed to a conference committee that will work to complete legislation addressing the opioid crisis that is hurting communities in New Mexico and across the country. 
 
Conference committees are formed after the Senate and House each pass its own bills in order to work out differences between the legislation.
 
“The drug crisis is one that touches communities throughout New Mexico, robbing friends, family, and neighbors of a brighter future. More must

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HHS On New Mexico Health Insurance Rate Changes

HHS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jonathan Gold, press secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, issued the following statement on New Mexico health insurance rate changes.

“Consumers in New Mexico will continue to have affordable coverage options in 2017. Last year, the average Marketplace premium among people with tax credits stayed the same at $127 per month, despite reports based on preliminary rate filings predicting increases of ‘51 percent’.

“People in New Mexico understand how the marketplace works, and they know that they can shop around and find coverage that fits


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McQuiston: About Bodily Injury Liability Protection

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Do I need to buy more than the minimum bodily injury liability protection?

Not if you’re a billionaire and aren’t concerned about forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars if you injure others in a car accident.

For the rest of us, the answer is almost always yes.

Bodily injury protection can be what stands between you and bankruptcy. By paying it, you can lean on your insurance company to cover you in case you get in a wreck that seriously injures one or more people NOT IN YOUR CAR. (The insurance that takes care of you and your passengers is called Medical Payments


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Cabinet Secretary To Address Issues Surrounding Employees Caring For Aging Family Members

New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Aging and Long Term Services Myles Copeland.

CHAMBER News:

New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Aging and Long Term Services Myles Copeland will be the presenter at the Chamber Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 in Room 230, Building 2, at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

Secretary Copeland will be addressing a critical issue for business owners, managers and human resource personnel – employees who are distracted by the demands of also being a caregiver for an aging family member.

Employers across the state are faced with employees whose responsibilities are


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LAMC Hosts 100+ Women Who Care Event

Kristy Ortega, left, draws the name of a nonprofit organization from a container held by Mary Beth Maassen at Los Alamos Medical Center, which hosted a gathering of 100+ Women Who Care May 5 under the tent behind the hospital. JudyGails Place is the organization drawn to recieve more than $12,000 in contributions from the women. JudyGails Place is a local organization that helps women suffering from domestic violence situations. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Marvel Harrison addresses the crowd. Mary Beth Maassen is at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Deb Shelton,


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Los Alamos Medical Center Honors Longtime Employees

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron congratulates his longtime employees during a special celebration Monday at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Kevin Holsapple, center, with his wife Kris Raber who is celebrating five years working at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report
 
Los Alamos Medical Center hosted a celebration Monday evening in honor of employees celebrating their five, 10 and 15 year anniversaries with the hospital.
 
CEO Feliciano congratulated each employee and presented them with a certificate

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United Way Youth Team Invests In Mental Health First Aid

From left, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega at Tuesday’s check presentation with Youth Team Leader Emily Hopkins, Stacey Baker of JJAB and CEO David Woodruff of Zia Credit Union who serves at the UW Youth Team Sponsor. Courtesy/UWNNM
 
UWNNM News:

The money raised by the United Way Youth Team is now invested in programs focused on youth. The last two years the Youth Team fundraising has been invested in behavioral health, LinkCrew, a peer to peer mentoring program and in 2016, the Youth Team has invested in training High School staff on Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).


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