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MANNM: What Is A Chemical Facial Peel?

Linda Taylor, PAC

MANNM News:

Skin resurfacing procedures have been indicated as part of a healthy skin regime for many decades.

Chemical skin peels have been shown to induce improvement in skin quality, texture and appearance.

The most common indications for a chemical peel would be for actinic keratosis (precancerous lesions), dark spots, wrinkles, acne scars and general photo-aging of the skin.

Peels can stimulate restorative and rejuvenating effects in the skin including the disposition of new collagen and elastin. Skin can look younger, tighter and clearer.

Light and medium skin


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Navajo Social Work Student To Integrate Native Ideology And Western Therapy

Danielle Benally
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Danielle Benally, a Navajo woman and Master of Social Work student at New Mexico Highlands, is determined to become a therapist who integrates Native American ideology with Western therapy methods.
 
Benally drives one and a half hours each way in the evenings from her home in Aneth, Utah to night classes at the Highlands Farmington Center while her husband, Larrin, cares for their children, Tysin, 6, and Sariah, 4.
 
“As I’ve progressed through school, my Navajo heritage has definitely been a motivator,” Benally said. “I have

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Scenes From 3D Imaging Grand Opening At LAMC

Gathered for the ribbon cutting Monday evening on the new, state-of-the-art 3D imaging machine in the Imaging Suite at Los Alamos Medical Center, from left, Medical Imaging Director Susan Cazaux, equipment representative, guest, Loretta Rivera and Maleea Medina. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The tranquil atmosphere patients encounter when they undergo 3D imaging at LAMC. Call LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Mingling with guests and staff in the Imaging Suite during the grand opening and open house Monday evening of the 3D Imaging machine, from left, LAMC Growth


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NMDOH Offers Smokers Quitline Services

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) encourages tobacco users statewide to use its free Quitline services as they join thousands nationwide for the annual Great American Smokeout® today.

Created by the American Cancer Society, the annual Great American Smokeout® happens every year on the third Thursday of November. NMDOH provides the 1.800.QUIT.NOW program that offers free help to quit any type of tobacco product, including vaping products.

In 2018, about 15.2 percent of adult New Mexicans were cigarette smokers, which is down from 17.5 percent in 2017, and an all-time


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Ribbon Officially Cut On CrossFit LA Renovations!

Surrounded by coaches, trainers, athletes, County Councilor Randall Ryti and his wife Wendy Swan, back row center, and Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, middle row second from right, CrossFit Los Alamos owners Suzanne and John Wilcox officially cut the ribbon Saturday at the grand opening of their newly renovated 5,000 square foot gym at 278 A DP Road. The business, also known as Mesa Elite Fitness, has been operating for 10 years in Los Alamos. Recent upgrades have increased training space and include an entire fleet of top of the line Rogue Echo Air bikes as well as new Concept 2 Ski Ergs. CFLA has


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Con Alma Health Foundation Awards $665K In Grants

CAHF News:
 
SANTA FE Con Alma Health Foundation announced Wednesday that it is investing $150,000 in 14 nonprofits that serve people in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and northern Santa Fe counties through a partnership between Con Alma and the Hospital Auxiliary for the Los Alamos Medical Center, called the Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group.
 
Con Alma is awarding an additional $515,000 in grants statewide to improve health in New Mexico.
 
The Angioma Alliance will receive $7,500 to help the Baca Family Historical Project hold a regional conference for rural residents of

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Rotary: Purple Pinkie Polio Eradication Event At Schools

Sierra Morris, a Pinon Elementary School student, takes part in the
recent Purple Pinkie fundraiser to help Rotary International eradicate polio. Photo by Oliver Morris
 
Pinon student Sierra Morris smiles for her father, Rotarian Oliver Morris, as she shows him her Purple Pinkie. Photo by Oliver Morris
 
ROTARY News:
 
Nov. 8, in recognition of The Rotary Foundation, the funding branch of Rotary International, the Los Alamos club hosted a polio eradication event, Purple Pinkie, at all five elementary schools during lunch hour.
 
For a voluntary $1 donation,

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Chamber Celebrates CrossFit LA Renovation Today!

 

CHAMBER News:

 

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the renovation at the CrossFit Los Alamos gym with a ribbon cutting 1-3 p.m. today with the actual ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. at 278 A DP Road.


CrossFit Los Alamos is entering its 8th year as a New Mexico CrossFit affiliate. The business, also known as Mesa Elite Fitness, has been operating for 10 years in Los Alamos. Originally in Central Park Square, the business has continued to grow by leaps and bounds.

 

CrossFit Los Alamos (CFLA) operates in a 5,000 sq. ft. industrial space and has expanded four times


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Local Cancer Support Groups Offer Compassion, Information And Hope

CFNM News:
 
A cancer diagnosis and treatment can physically and emotionally impact the patient as well as their friends, family, and caregivers.
 
Support groups can provide connection, community, resources, and personal experience to help one navigate the world of doctors, treatment and the spectrum of emotions that comes with a cancer journey.
 
Both a cancer support group for caregivers and a writing workshop for cancer patients and survivors are now offered in Los Alamos by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico in collaboration with the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.
 

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Mills: Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. DAVID MILLS
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico

Chronic kidney disease affects nearly 11 percent of Americans. Most causes of kidney injury are considered to be preventable; three-quarters of chronic kidney disease can be explained by diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) alone.

Perhaps a more insidious cause is from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Marketed under the generic names ibuprofen and naproxen, NSAIDs are perhaps better known by their brand names Advil, Motrin and Aleve.  These readily available over-the-counter drugs exist in


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Ten Moons Collective Community Birth Care Survey

COMMUNITY News:

Ten Moons Collective invites the community to take the Los Alamos County Community Birth Care Survey. Ten Moons created this survey to foster understanding among community members and stakeholders around local birth preferences and needs.

The information collected from this survey will be reported in aggregate—without personally identifying features—to community stakeholders, such the Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC), BabyNet Subcommittee of the LACHC, Los Alamos Medical Center and any other interested parties.

Results will


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NMDOH: Discover, Prevent, Manage Diabetes

NMDOH urges New Mexicans to take action against diabetes. Courtesy image

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) urges residents learn the risk factors of diabetes, how to prevent it, and, if diagnosed, how to manage it.

“Of the approximately two million people in New Mexico, more than 567,000 of them have prediabetes,” DOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said. “Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, yet over 50 percent of type 2 cases are preventable. Prevention begins with awareness.”

Prediabetes means a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Troy Fernandez Addresses Those Who Provide Emotional Support To Others

On the job in Los Alamos is Troy Fernandez, LISW, left, speaking about self care during a meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos County Fire Administration Office. Fernandez shared practical information with members of the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and Los Alamos National Laboratory Behavioral Health Response Team on how to monitor personal well being and make self care a priority for those who provide emotional support to others through their work or volunteerism. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

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Medical Associates Of Northern New Mexico Earns Echocardiography Re-Accreditation From IAC

MANNM News:

Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, 3917 West Road, Suite A in Los Alamos Medical Center, was granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic.

This latest accreditation awarded to the Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to comply with the published Standards.

Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation


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Marco Serna Releases Health Care Position Paper

Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has released his position statement on Health Care.
 
While highlighting the fact that the country has come a long way since 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt first proposed the idea of national health insurance, and in 2010 Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, Serna said, “I believe everyone can agree that much still has to be done to ensure health care is provided to all Americans”.
 
“If for no other reason, we have allowed our country to be

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NMDOH: New Mexico Is Fourth State To Allow Gender-Neutral Sex Designation On Birth Certificates

NMDOH News:

As of Oct. 29, New Mexicans can take advantage of a new law, which allows people who identify as transgender, nonbinary, intersex and other gender-expansive identities to confirm their correct gender on their birth certificate.

The New Mexico Department of Health promulgated the rules implementing the Vital Records Modernization Act, as signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham earlier this year.

The new legislation and subsequent rule updates the process for correction of sex designation on New Mexico birth certificates, affirming contemporary healthcare standards


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NIST: Getting Food On Our Tables From U.S. And Around The World, Safely And Less Wastefully

Standardized data will connect farmers, inspectors, manufacturers, shippers, and ultimately consumers to ensure the freshest, most high quality food possible. Courtesy/Natasha Hanacek/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
I’m still amazed to see strawberries, avocados and watermelons in my grocery store out of their “normal” season.
 
As amazing as this is, I know it means that my food is arriving from far-flung destinations and may be subjected to poor conditions or handling along the way.
 
So, now, even more so than before, I regularly check where the fresh fruit or produce

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LAMC Honors Employees At Annual Anniversary Event

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside congratulates his longest serving employee Rosalie Maestas who has worked at LAMC for 48 years  Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC Center CEO John Whiteside thanks his employees for their service. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center held its annual anniversary recognition dinner Monday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens.

Twenty seven longtime employees were honored at the special event. Their length of service to


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Luján Introduces Legislation To Improve Diagnostic Research And Save Lives

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 

CONGRESSIONAL News:

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) to bolster diagnostic research in medicine and improve patient outcomes.
 
The Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act makes critical investments to advance research and progress in diagnostic quality, safety, and value in health care. In the United States, diagnostic errors result in between 40,000 and 80,000 preventable deaths and cost the health care system

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NMDOH: Vaping-Related Lung Injury Cases Rise To 20

NMDOH News:
  • Vitamin E Acetate Implicated in Vaping-Related Lung Injury
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports three additional cases of severe lung injury related to use of e-cigarettes for vaping, bringing the total of cases in the state to 20.
 
This is part of the spike in the number of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) reported throughout the United States. Thirteen of New Mexico’s 20 patients have required hospitalization in intensive care units. Of the patients interviewed by the NMDOH, 77 percent reported THC use with

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