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Trinity Urgent Care Opens For Business

Trinity Urgent Care CEO, Chief Medical Officer and owner Dr. Robert McClees outside his new facility Friday at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Dr. Robert McClees, left, with Dr. Edward Grant, P.A. of Oriental Medicine Friday afternoon in the waiting room at Trinity Urgent Care. Photographs by Ski Patroller Jeff Hylok hang on the wall in the waiting room and will be rotated depicting Los Alamos outdoor lifestyles. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Trinity Urgent Care, LLC

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Los Alamos Chiropractors Host Annual Gathering

Los Alamos chiropractors held their annual holiday lunch Wednesday at Blue Window Bistro. From left, Dr. Nancy Savoia of Los Alamos Chiropractic, Dr. Gary Storkan of Storkan Chiropractic and Dr. Merry McIntyre of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness extend to the Los Alamos and White Rock community their wishes for a happy and safe holiday season, vibrant health and peace and goodwill to all. Courtesy photo


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LANL’s Portable MRI Named Top 10 Breakthrough Of 2015 By Physics World Magazine

Michelle Espy, project leader at LANL, in front of the battlefield MRI, which uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images of injured soft tissues, such as the brain. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Innovative technology could be deployed to battlefields and hospitals in developing countries

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s portable MRI was named one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year by Physics World, the member magazine of the Institute of Physics. Portable MRI, also called Battlefield MRI (bMRI), uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images


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LANL Model Predicts Late Start To Flu Season

LANL News:

  • February Most Likely Month For Flu Season To Peak

The flu season will likely peak in February in most parts of the United States, according to a model developed by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Using historical data, a mathematical representation of how flu spreads through a population, and data for the current flu season provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the scientists were able to create a probabilistic model forecasting the flu season.

“There’s no crystal ball when it comes to predicting disease outbreaks,” said Sara Del Valle, the Los


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LANL Researcher Pens Prizewinning Essay On Cancer

Ludmil Alexandrov

LANL News:

  • Research focuses on preventing cancer through mutational signatures

Ludmil Alexandrov, of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, made strong points this week in the journal Science about the basic formation of human cancers, winning a 2015 Science & SciLifeLab Prize, on “Understanding the Origins of Human Cancer.”

“I have always been passionate about solving complex genomics puzzles and applying my skills towards better understanding the mechanism underlying cancer development,” said Alexandrov, Oppenheimer Fellow at Los


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LAMC Earns ‘Top Performer Award’

One of the award-winning LAMC surgical teams: John Howie, Chris Sanchez, Dr. Salim Amrani, David Heft, RN and  Jamie Lavery. Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

LAMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for surgical services.


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NMDOH To Host Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics

NMDH News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Northeast Regional Public Health Offices will be hosting flu shot clinics.
 
No appointments are necessary for the dates, times and locations listed below.
 
There is no charge to those attending the clinics, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   
 
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially people in the following groups because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related

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Christmas Miracle Sought For Lorelei Hayward, 3

Lorelei Hayward and her mom Bethany. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Boomerang Consignment and Resale in Los Alamos declares that from today until Christmas Day they will match all donations up to $500 to help 3-year-old Lorelei Hayward hopefully have a Christmas Miracle.

Lorelei was born with Scoliosis and has had nine special casts to help correct the curvature of her spine – which is crushing her lung and heart. The casts have stopped working so she went in for surgery Dec. 2 to receive a new technology called “Magec Rods” that are surgically inserted alongside her spine to help


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Small Business Profile: In Touch Medical Massage Brings Relief From Pain

Kreig Peterson of In Touch Medical Massage at his office. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Kreig Peterson, owner of In Touch Medical Massage, offers his patients relief from pain.

“I work extremely hard to give my clients the best massage they have ever had,” he said.

Peterson is certified in multiple massage modalities that promote relaxation and pain relief, plus, he is the only certified medical massage therapist in town. Just what is medical massage? Peterson explained, “Many people go through life experiencing muscle pain needlessly.


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Small Business Profile: Pilates Helps People Do Everything Better

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes, left, with trainer Sabrina Svard. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes moved to Los Alamos in 1982. 

“Everyone has a reason for coming to Los Alamos. Mine is I ‘married’ into the town,” Lutes said. “I met my first husband at New Mexico State University, we got married and decided to move to Los Alamos because that is where he was from.”

Lutes opened her Blue Sky Pilates studio in April 2011 at 2101 Trinity Dr, Suite A.

“Pilates is the most amazing type of exercise. It strengthens literally


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More Than 10 million Americans Are Without Health Insurance … Are You On The List?

LAMC Certified Application Counselors, Geraldine Keane, Alberta Lopez and Richelle Fry are waiting to assist you in the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange application process in their office inside LAMC. Courtesy photo
 
By FELICIANO JIRON, CEO
Los Alamos Medical Center 

Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and


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Heinrich Urges President To Work With Bipartisan Group To Protect Working Americans From Cadillac Tax

SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) in sending a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a bipartisan, bicameral meeting to discuss a plan to eliminate the “Cadillac Tax,” a 40 percent excise tax on health insurance plans set to take effect in 2018.

Heinrich and Heller introduced bipartisan legislation last month to fully repeal the onerous tax.

 
“If

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Funding For Environmental Health Internships

NEHA News:
 
DENVER — The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in collaboration with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs is accepting applications for 30 summer 2016 environmental health interns sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Local, state and tribal environmental health departments are eligible to host students from accredited universities and colleges for this National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP). 
 
“This is a great opportunity

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LAVNS Celebrates 21 Years Of Hospice Care

Debbie Storms, Dr. Ross Bridge, Sande Cremer, April Cranmore, Collette Fordham, Pam Lee, Pauline Schneider and Deena Streit. Camera Shy: Kristi Bradshaw and Kristi Keffer. Photo by Debbie Weber
 
LAVNS News:
 
November is National Hospice Month. Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is celebrating two decades of compassionate caring for patients.
 
“Several years ago my husband John Ledford was diagnosed with end-stage COPD, lung disease,” Tammy M. Thorn-Ledford said. “As the COPD progressed my husband John asked

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Luján Discusses Need To Improve New Mexico’s Mental And Behavioral Health System

CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation. 
 
New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them. 

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Bouman: What To Look For In A Long-Term Care Policy

By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

November is Long-Term Care awareness month. You may have read my last column on Understanding Long-Term Care. That in mind, I’d like to take you through the basics of what to look for in a Long-Term Care Policy. 

Confronting our own mortality is a difficult task in itself. Add to that the notion that we may need someone else to care for us at some point in our lives and it makes for a very difficult topic to broach.

The sooner the conversation begins the better off you will be. Age makes a difference in the cost of a long-term care policy. Generally, the older


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Know The Signs Of A Gradual Heart Attack

Lori Coffelt, RN, CCCC
Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department Director
 
When you think of a heart attack, you probably imagine what you see in movies: a person suddenly clutching his or her chest in pain. But most heart attacks don’t happen that way, new research says. For more than half of heart attack patients, symptoms come on gradually.

Researchers studied nearly 900 people who had heart attacks. The findings, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, showed only 35 percent of them experienced sudden chest pain. The other 65 percent described symptoms that were mild


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LAMC Welcomes New Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen With Community Reception

Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen, center, with some of his colleages at Tuesday’s reception in his honor. From left, Dr. Miguel Doozier, Dr. Jesse Knight, Dr. Salim Amrani and Dr. Melanie Pickering. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Dr. Culley Christensen talks with LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has expanded medical services to include orthopedics.

Culley Christensen, MD has joined the medical staff and will be offering orthopedic surgical services to patients in Los Alamos and


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Hey What’s That ‘Hitch In My Giddy Up’

By KREIG PETERSON
Los Alamos

This week, let’s talk about strain/counter strain syndrome, its often painful, insidious side effects and what you can do about it.

Normally the human body maintains a homeostatic balance in its numerous complex muscle systems. Muscles are designed to do a job and return to their normal relaxed position. There is a complicated system that allows muscles to do their jobs. All muscles have an antagonist that dampens the desired movement. 

A good example of this is in the forearm. The muscles on the bottom of the arm are flexors and the top extensors. Make a firm fist


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