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Laboratory Open Enrollment Q&A Sessions Nov. 4-5

COMMUNITY News:
 
Laboratory retirees and dependents, with and without Medicare, can have Open Enrollment questions answered at two upcoming Q&A sessions:
  • Session 1) Monday, Nov. 4, 12 noon, at White Rock Senior Center in the lunchroom; and
  • Session 2) Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12 noon at the Ehart Senior Center/Los Alamos, in the lunch room.
Sessions will include one or more representatives from the Laboratory’s Benefits Group.
 
The Senior Centers serve lunch at 11:30 a.m. but call by 10 a.m. if you would like to have lunch before a Q&A session.

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Khalsa Acupuncture Joyfully Returns To Los Alamos

Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac. and his wife Seva-Simran-Siri Kaur stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon to announce that Khalsa Acupuncture is reopening Friday at Gateway Medical Care, 118 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. Dr. Khalsa specializes in relieving pain and restoring movement by ‘treating the whole person’. Khalsa Acupuncture will be open Tuesdays and Fridays. For information, call 505.747.7944  or 310.738.0588 (phone and text) or email SSSS77@windstream.net or KhalsaAcu@gmail.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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DNCU: Highlights ‘Melanie’s’ Courageous Survival Story

DNCU News:

  • DNCU is honored to share breast cancer survivor stories with its communities

 SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) reached out to its communities for inspirational accounts from Breast Cancer Survivors willing to share their stories and help spread awareness for the month of October.

DNCU said it is humbled to share “Melanie’s” journey, as she stands strong with the honest truth about the reality of battling and overcoming this disease:

Melanie, 53 years old, has been Breast Cancer free for 14 years.

Her journey began back in 2005. Due to her higher risk factors that included


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NM Delegation Hails $3 Million For UNM Program Focused On Improving Autonomous Technology

 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of New Mexico (UNM) $3,254,834 for its Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into Experts program.
 
This program will help develop improvements to make autonomous technology more adaptable to real-life behavior while also preparing underrepresented

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Los Alamos Medical Center Acquires State Of The Art 3D Mammography Machine

The staff of Los Alamos Medical Center forms a breast cancer ribbon Oct. 17 in front of the hospital for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. LAFD Division Chief of Wildland Kelly Sterna flew the drone that took the picture. Photo by Kelly Sterna courtesy of LAFD.
 
LAMC Medical Imaging Director Susan Cazaux with the new GE Senographe Pristina 3D mammography machine. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Medical Imaging Department at Los Alamos Medical Center


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DEA Announces Additional Regulatory Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Drug Enforcement Administration announced proposed regulations to improve DEA’s ability to oversee the production of dangerous drugs at the height of the national opioid crisis.
 
This proposed regulation would further limit excess quantities of medications that might be vulnerable to diversion for illicit distribution and use.
 
The proposal published today in the Federal Register incorporates important and necessary changes to DEA’s quota regulations resulting from comprehensive legislation passed by Congress last year to address

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LANL AI Model Wins CDC Flu Forecasting Challenge

Dave Osthus, a statistician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed Dante, a predictive computer model that won the CDC’s FluSight Challenge for the 2018-2019 flu season. Courtesy/LANL
 
Influenza-like illness (ILI) activity is highly spatially variable, with higher than typical levels of flu activity (pink) concentrated around the Gulf of Mexico, and typical (white) to below typical (green) ILI levels seen throughout the rest of the country. The spatial variability illustrates the challenge and importance of jointly modeling ILI for forecasting. Courtesy/LANL
 

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Dr. Madhavi Garimella Discusses Osteoporosis

By Dr. Madhavi Garimella
Los Alamos

Sunday marked World Osteoporosis Day and presents an opportunity to discuss this bone disease.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone” is a condition of weakening of the structure of the bone leading to an increased risk of fracture. Many people have osteoporosis and do not know about it as they have no symptoms at all. Osteoporosis does​ not​ cause any pain unless you have a fracture.

Why should we worry about osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity in older Americans. A hip fracture can cause quite a setback in terms


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‘Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease’ In Taos Nov. 20

Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Taos, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is an educational program designed as a general overview for those families who may be facing Alzheimer’s disease, or anyone else interested in learning more about the subject. 
 
This free, one-hour program explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, examines what happens in a brain affected by the disease,

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DEA Encourages Communities Nationwide To Go Red

DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the successful launch of the 2019 National Red Ribbon Campaign earlier this month with First Lady Melania Trump at the annual Red Ribbon Rally, DEA is encouraging communities nationwide to Go Red for Red Ribbon – an effort to continue the momentum and promote awareness of the need to prevent drug misuse and abuse. 
 
Go Red for Red Ribbon brings awareness to living a drug-free life by lighting up buildings, landmarks, businesses and bridges in red during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. Communities are also invited to expand upon Go Red for Red

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Mullein Leaf Massage

On the job in Los Alamos today is Certified LaStone Therapist Ellen Weber, with 15 years of experience, helping people restore wellness at Mullein Leaf massage 3250 Trinity Dr. Suite B-2. LaStone Therapy uses both hot and cold stones to reduce inflammation and tension. Learn more at www.mulleinleafinstitute.com or call 505.695.2095. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

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Spotlight On Acting Chief Nursing Officer Lori Coffelt Of Los Alamos Medical Center

Acting CNO Lori Coffelt in her office Tuesday at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Lori Coffelt, RN, CPPS, has been appointed Acting Chief Nursing Officer at Los Alamos Medical Center. She replaces Sharon Radcliffe who moved out of town.

Coffelt was born at LAMC and began working there while attending Los Alamos High School. She graduated in 1979 and returned to work at LAMC after college, where she has remained for 37.5 years.

Coffelt follows a long line of family members who spent careers


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LAHS Student Leaders Target Teen Suicide

The LAHS RAPS Leadership Team. Courtesy photo
 
Members of LAHS Natural Helpers and RAPS Leadership team Oct. 3 presenting to the Community Health Council. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos High School Risk and Resiliency Assessment Project for Students (RAPS) Team Leaders and Natural Helpers led a Community Conversation to address the signs of sadness, self-harm and suicide in youth, Sept. 24 at UNM-Los Alamos and gave a presentation Oct. 3 to the Los Alamos Community Health Council.

“The Community Conversation


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Alzheimer’s Association Free Program In Santa Fe: ‘Know The 10 Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease’

AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The presentation, titled, “Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease,” will help participants differentiate between normal age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s disease indicators. This FREE class is recommended for anyone who is interested in learning more about the early detection of Alzheimer’s and related dementias; and how to care for loved ones who may

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Los Alamos Family Eyecare Invites Community To Day Of Eye Health Lectures Friday Oct. 25

 

Los Alamos Family Eyecare News:

Los Alamos Family Eyecare invites the community to a day of education and information, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at 800 Trinity Dr. Ste B … RSVP to 505.662.9681.  

“Preserving Vision for a Lifetime through Nutrition” is a day of eye health lectures by Stephen Porpora from Eyepromise. He will discuss ways to enhance and protect vision for a lifetime.

There will be door prizes, free gifts and refreshments during the event.

Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) by QuantifEye has become the industry standard for assessing the


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NMMNHS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31

NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week.
 
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs in our community.
 
The Museum is inviting children of all ages to draw or write a message about the dangers of drug use. Children can also create an ofrenda (memorial display) for family members whose lives have been lost due to substance abuse. The children can work on the ofrendas at the Museum any day during Red Ribbon Week, which

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