Health Care

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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LAHS Girls Soccer Kick For The Cure Fundraiser Oct. 19

LAHS goalkeeper Annika Fox. Photo by Nate Limback
 
SPORTS News:

One in eight American women—more than a quarter of a million women and men this year—will likely develop breast cancer.

The Los Alamos High School Girls Soccer Program aims to help halt this deadly disease through their annual Breast Cancer Awareness month fundraiser.

Teams are collecting donations and hosting halftime penalty kick fundraising shootouts at boys’ and girls’ home games Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sullivan Field.

No registration is required for shootout participation—just show up and shoot against our Topper


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Registration Now Open For Parenting University Featuring The Film Screenagers Next Chapter

JJAB News:

Is your elementary aged child begging for a smartphone? Is your tween glued to Snapchat or their endless Instagram feed? Is your teen suffering from sleep deprivation? This movie and discussion may help you and your family navigate the digital age.

Parenting University is a free workshop for parents and caretakers. This session will feature a viewing of the film Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience followed by solution focused discussion and activities.

Schedule:

  • Saturday, Oct. 19
  • UNM-LA Campus, Building 2
  • 8:30-9 a.m. Sign in and light

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Food Products Recalled For Possible Contamination

Courtesy/NMED
 
NMED News:
 
E.A. Sween Company has announced the recall of multiple food products due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.
 
The recall was initiated by Tip Top Poultry, Inc., which provides ingredients to two of E.A. Sween’s suppliers: The Suter Company, Inc., and Baja Foods LLC, which provide chicken salad products and burritos, respectively, to E.A. Sween. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not received any reports of Listeria-related illnesses related to these products.
 
Listeria is an organism that can cause serious

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The Fight Against Breast Cancer Doesn’t End Oct. 31

By DR. NELSON POU
Los Alamos Medical Center Women’s Health Physician

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to review our knowledge of this disease, shine a spotlight on its risks and symptoms, and raise awareness of how we can help fight it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 245,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the U.S., and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. In fact, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women. So, it’s vital that we take the opportunity to focus on


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DNCU Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Employees at the Los Alamos Del Norte Credit Union location are wearing pink on Fridays to raise breast cancer awareness and raise funds for cancer research. Kicking off this effort Friday, from left, Justin Blea, Riza Zamora, Mary Velasquez, Mandi George, Matt Waldschmidt, Priscilla Marquez. Cindy Martinez and Andres Valdez. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Michelle Moleres and Pricilla Marquez behind the counter Friday waiting to serve customers at the Los Alamos Branch of Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON

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New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

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 Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas.
 
Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams

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Council: October Is ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

At the Tuesday Council meeting, from left, Los Alamos residents Carla Valentine and Nancy Partridge accept a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Martin declaring October ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation during its regular meeting Oct. 1 declaring October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.

Councilor Katrina Martin read the proclamation:

WHEREAS: According to the American Cancer Society, this year 271,270 people will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer


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NMDOH, State Immunization Program Provides Families Access To Their Immunization Records

NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), in partnership with the New Mexico Immunization Program announce the launch of VaxViewNM, a new public portal for the New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System (NMSIIS).
 
For the first time, parents and guardians will have access to official immunization records.
 
The website, www.VaxViewNM.org allows families to see, save and print their child’s immunization records without a doctor’s office visit; and eliminates the need to carry multiple or outdated documents. The portal is accessible

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