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CDC Tips For Staying Safe Inside And Out This Winter

Tips for staying warm during a winter storm. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

Winter storms are dangerous. They can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services and icy roads.

This can make being outside dangerous, so you should limit your time outside. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face hazards inside your home.

Stay Safe Indoors:

Protect yourself and your loved ones during a winter storm. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.

Heat your


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Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for your physician,

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Highlights From County Council Meeting Dec. 17

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Dec. 17 was the final meeting for the Los Alamos County Council in 2019. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

 

Public Voices Concern For LAMC OBGYN Services

During public comment, several individuals expressed concern that Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is at risk of losing its obstetrics and gynecology services.

Community Health Council Vice Chair and Chair of Baby Net Carie Fanning said she thought that after decades of continuous use, LAMC’s mother/baby unit is in jeopardy of closing. “Continuous local


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SafeWise: New Mexico Ranks #5 In The Nation For Impaired Driving Deaths On New Year’s Eve

SafeWise News:

Next to Mardi Gras, people consume the most drinks on average during the New Year’s holiday, with an average of 43.5percent of the population binge drinking.

SafeWise wants to help people ring in the New Year with class and grace, helping them get home safe. SafeWise  is giving away $10 Lyft vouchers to the first 100 people who register for the Safe Rides Home campaign.

Even those who don’t qualify for the voucher can still save the $6,500 or more they’d spend on a DUI by instead hailing a ride from companies like Lyft, taking public transport, or asking a friend to be the designated


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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living – More Fictitious Causes

By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

Understanding, and being able to spot, a range of fictional explanations for behavior provides a skill. The use of this skill prevents analysis errors when trying to understand the causes of behaviors, including problem behaviors, from local to global. So here we consider some more types of explanatory


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American Geophysical Union: Scientists Use Satellites And Social Media To Detect Potential Famines

Oxfam delivers food aid to Turkana, Kenya during an ongoing food crisis fueled by drought. This year, below-average rains caused crop production to fall nearly 50 percent. Courtesy/Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam under Creative Commons 2
 
AGU News:
 
Deaths due to famine have fallen precipitously in recent decades, but undernutrition, which affects one in five children worldwide, remains rampant. Now, researchers are using satellite imagery and social media to detect food-scarce regions before they become full-blown crises.
 
Molly Brown of the University of Maryland conducts

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EPA Finalizes List Of Next 20 Chemicals To Undergo Risk Evaluation Under Toxic Substances Control Act

EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reviewing input from stakeholders and the public, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
 
Finalizing this list of high-priority chemicals for risk evaluation represents the final step in the prioritization process outlined in TSCA and marks another major TSCA milestone for EPA in its efforts to ensure the safety of existing chemicals in the marketplace.
 
“Today we are continuing to deliver on the promise

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American Psychological Association Commends Congress For Funding Gun Violence Research

APA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. American Psychological Association (APA) President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, released the following statement in response to the passage of legislation that provides federal funding for gun violence research.
 
“The American Psychological Association commends Congress for providing historic, long overdue funding for research on gun violence prevention. Reducing gun violence is a top priority of APA and we are greatly encouraged by this action.
 
“The support from Congress is a key step in allowing agencies such as the Centers for Disease

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DEA, FDA Shut Down 44 Websites Advertising Illegal Vaping Cartridges Containing Adulterated Substances

DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the seizure of 44 website domains offering to sell illicit vaping cartridges containing THC and other adulterated substances.
 
This enforcement effort – part of Operation Vapor Lock – is a result of DEA’s continued coordination with interagency and law enforcement partners to address the evolving health hazard caused by illicit vaping products.
 
“In the wake of recent injuries and deaths caused by vaping products, these seizures send a message

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Heinrich, Rounds On Passage Of Cadillac Tax Repeal

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to repeal a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as the “Cadillac Tax”, which taxes high-cost health insurance plans and impacts middle-class health benefits.
 
The Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, was included as an amendment to the appropriations package, H.R. 1865, that passed the Senate today by a vote of 71-23. On July 17, the House version of

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Assisting First Responders

On the job Monday at Fire Station 3 in White Rock is Carl Russell, DMin, MA, LPCC a volunteer from the New Mexico Crisis Support Team (NMCST). Russell offered to facilitate a critical incident debriefing for local first responders involved in the recent tragedies in Los Alamos and White Rock. The NMCST is comprised of 15 volunteer mental health professionals, clergy and peer support personnel who have received special training to intervene with individuals who have experienced a critical incident or traumatic event. Learn more here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

 


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EPA: $44 Million To Reduce Diesel Engines Emissions

EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines.
 
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants.
 
“Modernizing our nation’s aging fleet of diesel-powered vehicles is an important part of the Trump Administration’s plan to further reduce harmful emissions and guide counties and States from nonattainment,

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Skolnik Donates Global Health 101 To Local Libraries

Book Cover of Global Health 101, 4th Edition. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Author Richard Skolnik of White Rock recently donated copies of his college textbook Global Health 101, 4th edition, to the Mesa Public Library and the Los Alamos High School Library.

This new edition of Skolnik’s book, the most widely used global health textbook worldwide, was published in October of this year.

‘The health of anyone, anywhere, is the health of everyone, everywhere,’ Skolnik said, adding that he hopes, therefore, that Los Alamos County residents will find value in the book.

He said he also hopes the


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Luján Statement On Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act:
 
“I often hear from families that the cost of prescription drugs is a burden threatening their economic stability and their health. That is unacceptable. New Mexico families shouldn’t have to choose between making ends meet and affording their prescriptions
 
“I am deeply proud that the House passed the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now

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LAPS Issues Invitation To Crisis Support For LAPS Parents And Community Members

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools would like to invite parents and community members to hear a short presentation and have an opportunity to share and discuss how we can support each other and our children during this time of grief and loss at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 in the Chamisa Elementary School Gymnasium.

In times of unexpected, untimely tragedy, it is normal to feel shocked and afraid, to want to lash out, to try to regain a sense of control, and to search for ways to keep our children safe. As our community reels from a series of recent losses, LAPS would like to offer parents and community


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New Report Finds 13.8 Percent Of Working Adults Suffered Food Insecurity In 2016-2018 In New Mexico

HFA News:

More than 25 percent of all children in New Mexico lived in households that couldn’t always afford enough food from 2016-2018, according to a new report by Hunger Free America, based on an analysis of federal data.

That means 121,719 children in the state lived in households that did not always know where their next meal was coming from during the three-year time period.

The total number of food insecure individuals in New Mexico from 2016-2018 was 374,105 (18.3 percent of the state population), making it the most food insecure state in the country.

The report, titled “The Affordability


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Open House, Luminaria Dinner, Entertainment, Tour Of Aspen Ridge Lodge And Sombrillo Nursing Rehab

COMMUNITY News:

The community is invited to attend a free event 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Rehab.

The event includes an open house, luminaria Dinner, entertainment and a tour of Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Rehab.

Direct questions about this event to 505.662.4300.


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Rotary: Scientist Ryan Toma Shares Viome Research

At the Dec. 3 Rotary Club meeting, research scientist Ryan Toma of Viome described the three-year-old company’s research and success as it uses a systems biology approach, an individual’s microbiome (‘gut’) and metabolism, to reduce and prevent chronic disease, which now accounts for roughly 90 percent of today’s healthcare services. Viome is a spin-off from Los Alamos National Laboratory; its testing leads to personalized recommendations for nutrition and lifestyle. Viome offers tests in gut intelligence, food sensitivity, gene expression intelligence and saliva intelligence,


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