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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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LAMC Open House For 3D Imaging Machine Nov. 18

LAMC News:

The community is invited to attend the Grand Opening and Open House for the new state-of-the-art 3D Imaging machine at Los Alamos Medical Center.

The event is 5-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Imaging suite. Light refreshments will be served.


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100+ Women Who Care Donates To First Born Program

First Born Program® of Los Alamos Executive Director Ellen Ben-Naim addresses the quarterly gathering of 100+ Women Who Care – Los Alamos Thursday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. The women raised $3,725 for the First Born Program® to help purchase baby items for new mothers in need. Centerra Los Alamos and Manager Lennie Upshaw sponsored the dinner for the charitable group. Centerra handles protective force responsibilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the quarterly gathering of 100+ Women Who Care –


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Del Norte Credit Union Challenges Team Members To Shave For A Good Cause

DNCU Movember participants Dave Weidauer, Kristi Salazar, Anthony Lopez, Brian Lee Gonzalez, Diego Muñoz, Anthony Mitchell, Jesus Perez and Kevin Southwick. Courtesy/DNCU

DNCU News:

  • As part of Movember, a campaign to bring awareness to men’s health issues, DNCU pledges a $1,000 donation to a men’s health organization

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union, Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial institution, challenged its team to a Movember shave that will bring awareness to several men’s health issues.

According to the official Movember campaign, men die on average six years younger than


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Physical Therapy Plus Changes Ownership

Physical Therapy Plus, Inc., new owner Petra Pirc, left, celebrates the change in ownership with former owner Annette Weyrauch Friday at the clinic at 1350 Central Ave., Suite 105. Weyrauch founded Physical Therapy Plus 31 years ago. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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

After 31 years of owning and operating Physical Therapy Plus, Inc., Annette Weyrauch decided to pass the keys and ownership onto Petra Pirc.

Petra Pirc began working in August 2018 as a physical therapist at Physical Therapy Plus. Weyrauch said


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Free Presentation On ‘The Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease’ In Dixon 6-7 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 11

Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Dixon, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” presentation is 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The event will be hosted at the Embudo Valley Library, 215 NM-75, Dixon, NM 87527. The class is free and open to all citizens of Dixon and surrounding communities.
 
For more information, call 800.272.3900 or contact Regional Manager Beth Hamilton at behamilton@alz.org. For directions call 505.473.1297.
 
“The Basics

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McQuiston: It MAY Have Been Covered … But HOW?

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
amcquiston@thejemezagency.com

If you’ve watched any college football over the past several years, you’ve probably seen multiple commercials from a certain insurance company that likes to show an imaginary college professor walking an individual through a building containing exhibits that represent different claim situations.

The commercials show what happened while the professor narrates, then at the end of the story he states, “we covered it”.

Although many of these claim scenarios appear to be unusual, they would likely be covered by any personal


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LAMC Imaging Staff Offers 3D Mammograms Nov. 7

From left, mammographers Maleea Medina, Loretta Rivera and Medical Imaging Director Susan Cazaux show off the new 3D imaging machine Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center. This state-of-the-art imaging machine will be available to the public starting Nov. 7. Photo by Carol A. Clark /ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the busiest time of the year for the Mammography Department of Los Alamos Medical Center, according to the mammography staff.

But this year, they expect to be even busier in the


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Hampton On Sombrillo & Aspen Ridge Sustainability

By DAVID HAMPTON
Board Member
Los Alamos Retirement Community

I have recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC), which comprises the Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge facilities in Los Alamos.

Our management company informed us at our September meeting that annual liability insurance costs rose 77 percent in July, and the corresponding deductibles rose 900 percent, and that these increases are unsustainable. 

These increases seem to be attributable to the high degree of litigation occurring in New Mexico. While steps are being undertaken


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