Health Care

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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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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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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