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Today’s The Day That Quitters Win…

Courtesy/ACS

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY News:

Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco.

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there also were 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and more than 2.3 million who smoke tobacco


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Community Invited To Reception For New Orthopaedic Surgeon Culley Christensen At LAMC Tuesday

Culley Christensen, MD

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center is pleased to announce they are expanding their medical services to include orthopaedics.

Culley Christensen, MD has joined the medical staff and will be offering orthopaedic surgical services to patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding area.  Dr. Christensen and his family are relocating from Scottsdale to New Mexico. Dr. Christensen is the second surgeon to join LAMC this year as the hospital continues to grow its surgical services.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Christensen to practice at Los Alamos Medical Center,” LA


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100+ Women Who Care Honor LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Fund Nine Behavioral Health Initiatives

From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Debbie Shelton, Johanna Jiron, Marvel Harrison, Feliciano Jiron, Mary Beth Maasson and Kristy Orgeta. Los Alamos Medical Center and its CEO Feliciano Jiron are honored at a special gathering Thursday at Unquarked for assisting 100+ Women Who Care to fund nine behavioral health initiatives within the Los Alamos community. The women raised $20,000 to fund the programs with the help of a $10,000 match from United Way of Northern New Mexico and about $2,000 from LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The only man in a room full of women at


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New Report Shows Significant Improvement For Mental Health In New Mexico

NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE — Today, New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced that New Mexico has improved ten spots in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, The State of Mental Health in America.
 
New Mexico showed significant improvement across the board in these rankings, including overall, adult, youth, need, and access categories.
 
“We’re continuing to make it a priority to provide much-needed care and treatment to our most vulnerable fellow New Mexicans,” Earnest said. “This encouraging news only strengthens our commitment

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Bouman: Understanding Long-Term Care

By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Planners

Addressing the potential threat of long-term care expenses may be one of the biggest financial challenges for individuals who are developing a retirement strategy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of people over age 65 can expect to need long-term care services at some point in their lives.  Understanding the various types of long-term care services and what those services may cost is critical as you consider your retirement approach.

Long-term care is not a single activity. It refers to a variety of medical


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How Frequent And Proper Handwashing Can Help Beat Cold And Flu Season

By TERESA REYNOLDS
Chief Nursing Officer, LAMC

As fall is upon us, so is flu season – a time of year when between five and 20 percent of people living in the United States suffer from the contagious disease.

This means now is the time to:

  • Get your flu vaccine; and
  • Recommit to good health habits, like frequent and proper handwashing.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each and every year. This is especially true for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or


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WALKER: Discovering The Inside Story

A technologist prepares a patient for an MRI. Courtesy photo
 
 
By FREDERICK WALKER, M.A, RT (R)(N)
LAMC

The week of Nov. 8-14 is National Radiology Technology Week. This week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging plays in patient care and health care safety.

This week is especially important to the imaging field as it commemorates the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen Nov. 8, 1895.

Los Alamos Medical Center is home to a multi-disciplinary group of Radiologic Technologists. The imaging capabilities at LAMC include routine Radiology,


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Just For Grins Pediatric Dentistry Grand Opening And Candy Buy-Back Event Saturday

Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry at 2101 Trinity Dr., Ste. P. in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
BUSINESS News:
 
Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry invites the community to a Grand Opening and Candy Buy-Back Event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2101 Trinity Dr., Ste. P.
 
The event will feature music, face painting, give-aways and a strolling magician.
 
This is an opportunity for the kids of our community to make a few dollars, spare their teeth the added sugar, and to support our troops! Just for Grins is teaming up with First National Santa Fe bank and giving kids $1 per

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LAVNS Hosts 20th Annual Hospice Memorial Service

Community members gather at Sunday’s LAVNS Hospice Memorial Service at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
Roaring Jelly, a local Irish band provided music Sunday’s memorial event. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
LAVNS News:
 
Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice hosted its 20th Annual Hospice Memorial Service Sunday, Nov. 1 at Fuller Lodge. 
 
The memorial brings together family, friends and staff members to remember those whom we have loved and lost over the past year. Family members are given a rose to place in vases when their

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LACC Recognizes Los Alamos Girls Soccer Teams

Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Amy Woods presents a certificate of appreciation to the Los Alamos Girls Soccer Varsity and Jr. Varsity teams Oct. 27 at Sullivan Field in Los Alamos. The athletes have raised $1,440 over the last two years during the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ Campaign in which they collected contributions from people in the bleachers during games. The donations will be used in communicating support services and programs directed at aiding cancer victims. The organization is actively looking for ways to increase awareness in young people particularly


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Council Proclaims Nov. 13 ‘Pancreatic Cancer Day’

On behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Steven Girrens, right, presents a proclamation to Gloria Cordova with her husband Dan Cordova Tuesday evening proclaiming Nov. 13 ‘Pancreatic Cancer Day’. Cordova was diagnosed with the disease in February, had surgery in March and is beating it. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gloria Cordova speaks about being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and beating it and encourages everyone to live life with a grateful heart. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening proclaimed


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Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Residential Care Options Vs Overlooked ‘Inbetweeners’

By JULIE SMITH
Los Alamos
 
“Los Alamos Retirement Community” sounds like a wide-reaching organization, but do you really know which residents are helped by the live-in facilities available in Los Alamos, and which are not helped, are not eligible, or fall into the “inbetweener” category? You may think you know, but this is my ongoing experience.

Los Alamos Retirement Community’s live-in care options are Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and Sombrillo Rehab and Nursing Home. There are vast differences in the life-stages and/or financial abilities of folks who are eligible and able to live


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New Study: Mammograms Reduce Deaths From Breast Cancer

By PATRICK DAWSON, MD

Health experts currently don’t agree on exactly when, and how often, women should have mammograms.

But findings from a new study provide data to help inform each individual’s choices.

The study began when Norway kicked off a breast-cancer screening program in 1995. Health officials invited all women age 50 and older to have a mammogram every other year.

The way they did it, though, offered scientists an interesting chance to assess the effect.

Because women in some counties received invitations before others, it was possible to track not only the effect of having the screening,


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Understanding Urinary Incontinence

By VINCENT FIORICA, MD

What is urinary incontinence (UI)?

UI is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom.

According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. UI can strike at any age. Women over age 50 are the most likely to develop UI although men can be affected as well.

Urinary incontinence may be a temporary condition, resulting from an underlying medical condition. It can range from the discomfort of slight losses of urine to severe, frequent


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Los Alamos Medical Center Scores Another Four Stars For Patient Satisfaction

LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. left, with his staff celebrating high marks from the Joint Commisssion, which reviewed the hospital last week. Courtesy photo

House Supervisor Jennifer DiMarino, RN is one of the many LAMC nurses commended for providing exceptional bedside care. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has once again earned the top spot as the highest-rated hospital in northern New Mexico. It is the outcomeof a nationwide rating system the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced April 16. The stars are awarded quarterly and LAMC has received


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LANL: Novel Targeted Therapy For Stomach Cancer

New research at LANL and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute shows a molecular fingerprint in stomach cancer that shows it can be treated with platinum drugs and/or molecular inhibitors known as PARP. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Therapy has potential to save lives of thousands of cancer patients each year

New research from a multidisciplinary team shows that a molecular fingerprint, termed “signature 3,” is found in stomach cancer, opening the door to potential treatment with therapies such as platinum drugs.

This finding has the potential to save thousand of lives a year by delivering a more


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Massage Now Available At The Y

Massage Therapist Catherine Andrea Martinez

Y News:

Therapeutic Massage is available at the Y beginning Nov. 1 through a partnership with Massage by Catherine Andrea.

Owner Catherine Andrea Martinez, LMT 8264, will be offering massages out of the White Rock Y location and at the Y Express in downtown Los Alamos. 

“While many think of massage as a luxury, it can be a life-changing, empowering and useful means of correction, and a preventative intervention in regards to muscular dysfunction,” Martinez said. “Poor posture, incorrect body mechanics in repetitive movement and strange


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Rotary Club Hosts Purple Pinky Day

Rotarian Linda King helps Barranca Mesa Elementary students participating in Friday’s Purple Pinky Project. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

Barranca Mesa Elementary students show off their purple pinkies during Friday’s recognition of Rotary’s World Polio Day. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

 

By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of Rotary International’s World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteered Friday at local elementary schools to engage students in the Purple Pinky Project. 

 For a $1 donation, roughly the cost


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Finding The Right Family Planning Option

NNMHC News:

Would you like to be a parent someday? If so, when?

If you already have kids, do you want to have more? These are important decisions. Fortunately, you have some control over if and when to become pregnant. Take a look at your options so you can make the best choice for you and your family.

If you’re not ready for a family now, but might want children someday: There are many types of birth control. There is not one method that is best for everyone. Birth control can be very effective when used correctly.

The right method for you depends on:

  • How often you have sex
  • If and when you want children
  • Your

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How To Cope With Menopause

By BARBARA VAN EECKHOUT, MD

Hot flashes, insomnia, and night sweats can make menopause miserable. Learning how to find relief can make the transition years easier to bear.

Menopause usually takes place between ages 45 and 55 when a woman’s body stops producing estrogen and progesterone, ending menstruation.

While this transition is a natural event, “the change” can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

• Trouble sleeping
• Night sweats
• Hot flashes
• Mood swings
• Leakage of urine
• Less interest in sex
• Vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse
    
Menopausal symptoms


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