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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting For LAVNS

Members of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (LAVNS) team at their new home at 109 Central Park Square. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

CHAMBER News:

The Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the new location of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service with a ribbon cutting noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The new location is 109 Central Park Square, between to UPEX and Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance Agency.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service moved to its new location the weekend of Aug. 10 and opened for business Aug. 12. They are ecstatic to be more accessible and more centrally located


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NM Congressional Delegation: $2 Million To Combat Substance Abuse; Improve Mental Health Services

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION New:

 

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.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded more than $2 million to combat substance abuse and to promote mental health and well-being in communities across New Mexico, including several New Mexico Tribal communities.

 

The funding will go toward prevention,


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Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Highlighting Some Partners

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

This week, we look to highlight the work of some of our community partners.

Saturday, you can help Mesa To Mesa, an organization that offers free, minor home repairs for low-income individuals and families. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a sale of 300 plants and tree saplings from perennials, herbs, pond plants, iris, cactus and indoor plants, to ornamental grasses and shrubs.

The funds raised will assist projects like ramp construction, window repair and the purchase of heaters, before the season begins to change.

The hearty sale


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WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) Meets Tuesday

WW News:

WW (formerly Weight Watchers), meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday a the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St. in Los Alamos.

New members are always welcome and should arrive at 5:30 p.m. to allow time for set-up.


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Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Sept. 17

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The guest speaker is Cathy Hadley, RHIT of Los Alamos Medical Center.

Hadley has been in the health care industry since 1979. Starting as a transcriptionist, she worked her way to director of Health Information Management (Medical Records) in Linton, Ind. During her time there she was a part of the planning team forming the hospital’s first Emergency Operations Plan.

Hadley moved in June of 2016 to Los Alamos to serve as director of Health Information Management at LAMC. Shortly thereafter she was asked


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YMCA Taps Emily Schmidt Health & Wellness Director

Emily Schmidt is new Y Health & Wellness director. Courtesy/YMCA

 

YMCA News:

 

We are pleased to announce that Emily Schmidt has accepted the position of Health and Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; she will begin her new position on October 7. 

 

Schmidt is energetic and outgoing and has been with the YMCA since 2006 as a senior wellness instructor, group fitness instructor, personal trainer and health coach. 

 

She has been involved in the wellness industry for more than 15 years developing and executing exercise and wellness programs and holds professional


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Dr. Cook: Lower Your Cholesterol, Lower Your Risk

By Glendon Cook, MD,
Los Alamos Family Care, Los Alamos Medical Center

“Cholesterol” is probably one of the most common words you hear when it comes to heart disease, what and what not to eat, and general health and well-being.

And while the more one hears about something, the easier it can be to become desensitized to it, it’s important to stay aware of the critical effect that cholesterol can have on your overall health – and especially your heart.

While your body certainly needs cholesterol to make hormones and digest fatty foods, high levels of it become a case of “too much of a good thing.”

“Too


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Parkinson’s And Movement Disorders Action Group Meets At Los Alamos Senior Center Sept. 18

LARSO News:

The Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

Jordan Sykes of Abbott/St. Jude Medical, will discuss a new product for Deep Brain Stimulation.

The answer lies deep in the brain.

Think of the human brain as a billion-person orchestra with every neuron playing in harmony to coordinate the body’s movement. Now, imagine some of these neurons playing out of tune, resulting in uncontrollable tremors, making even simple, everyday activities difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible.  It’s a daily battle faced by more than 10 million people with Parkinson’s.&n


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Community Invited To Re-Opening Of Rio Grande Orthodontics Underway Until 4:30 P.M. Today

The community is invited to the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Michael Kellet samples the food at the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Dr. Ryan Gardiner and Dental Assistant Karina Tavarez with patient Hannah Gartz today at the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Dr. Ryan Gardiner with assistant Maria Roybal


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Toxic Blue-Green Algae In Cochiti Lake: Santa Cruz Day-Use Area Closed To Swimming Effective Immediately

Army Corps of Engineers News:
 
COCHITI LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Santa Cruz day-use area is closed to swimming due to the presence of toxic blue-green algae in Cochiti Lake.
 
The Cochiti Swim Beach remains closed.
 
“The safety of our visitors is our top priority, so we are monitoring conditions at the lake closely with visual spot checks and water sampling,” said Trevor Wallin, USACE-Albuquerque District Cochiti Lake project office manager. “While blue-green algae is found naturally

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Vitalant Blood Drive

On the job in Los Alamos are recruits from the Los Alamos Fire Department Recruit Academy #28 donating blood today for the Battle of Badges blood drive at the First Baptist Church. As the board behind them shows, it has been a close battle as Los Alamos community members show their appreciation for the First Responders by donating blood and voting for their favorite team. Photo by Ana Martinez/LAFD


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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks Congressional Support For Autism Services

Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019.
 
This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.
 
“We must protect vulnerable New Mexicans and provide them all of the services possible to ensure their safety and well being,” Balderas said. “I am calling on Congress

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Closure Notice: DaVita Los Alamos Dialysis

CLOSURE NOTICE:

DaVita Los Alamos Dialysis at 3917 West Road Suite G-02, behind Los Alamos Medical Center, is withdrawing its participation in the Medicare program and permanently closing its doors effective Sept. 30, 2019.

Direct all medical record inquiries to:

  • Del Norte Dialysis at 5201 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109; or
  • Sandia Peak Dialysis at 10410 Copper Pointe Way NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.

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NMED Seeks Information About Illegal Dumping

Aug. 23 Rio Pueblo sewage spill. Courtesy/NMED
 
NMED News:
 
PICURIS PUEBLO — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) needs the public’s help in reporting and identifying illegal dumping into water bodies.
 
Last week, Picuris Pueblo found evidence of raw sewage in the Rio Pueblo, including toilet paper and other solids.
 
Within an hour, the Pueblo restricted access to the river as a precautionary measure. After the Pueblo contacted NMED, Surface Water Quality Bureau and Pueblo staff jointly sampled the river at the Pueblo and several miles downstream.
 

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New Mexico Human Services Department Reaches Settlement With Two More Behavioral Health Providers

HSD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department has reached settlement agreements with two more behavioral health organizations to whom Medicaid payments were frozen in 2013 by the Martinez administration. Settlement agreements were reached with:
  • TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • Counseling Associates, Inc.
 
Last month HSD announced it had settled with:
  • Hogares, Inc;
  • Valencia Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • The Counseling Center, Inc.
 
HSD has now settled half of these agreements, which were made in the interest of amicably resolving all

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NMDOH Warns Of Vaping-Associated Lung Disease

NMDOH News:

 

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating possible cases of lung disease that are associated with vaping.
 
A 29-year old male from Bernalillo County was determined to have vaping-associated lung disease and three additional cases are under investigation. All have reported use of vape cartridges, possibly containing Tetra hydro cannabinol (THC). There have been similar cases reported in at least 14 other states.
 
All cases under investigation have been hospitalized with severe breathing problems after vaping including cough,

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