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Letter To The Editor: Heart Council Expresses Thanks

By PHIL GURSKY, President
Los Alamos Heart Council

The 30th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair, held at Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, Sept. 26, was a tremendous success! We had more than 2,000 attendees. There were more than 70 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations from Los Alamos and surrounding communities.

Approximately 800 flu shots were administered and hundreds of blood draws taken, as well as many other health screenings. With this year’s emphasis on children and families, hundreds more parents and children attended than ever before. More


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Paws To People Awards $10K To Lyme Disease Study

Courtesy/bridgetocures.com

PTOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – What do you say to a research project that will tackle head on a trio of diseases that are escalating in both dogs and humans to better understand their relationships and develop a better diagnostic test?

To a project that will yield results not in decades but in months? One that embodies the essence of translational studies in its ability to benefit animals and humans? If you are the Paws To People Organization, you would say … What are we waiting for – let’s Build A Bridge!

Paws To People Board of Directors awarded $10,000


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Be Inspired And Find Your Power At Public Firewalk

Firewalking at a previous workshop. Courtesy photo

LIFESTYLES News:

A Public Firewalk is taking place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Toolshed in Dixon. The cost is $125.

Firewalking teaches a profound lesson about the power of the mind, and the effect that our thoughts and beliefs have on our experience of reality, organizers said. It is a practical way of confirming our instincts and validating our intuition. 

Firewalking provides an unforgettable visual image to accompany our thoughts and beliefs. It shows us the vastness of human potential. And most importantly, it helps us to shift


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Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Offered

MENTAL HEALTH News:

September is Suicide Prevention Month. An appropriate way to show your support of suicide prevention and improve your knowledge about mental health is to sign up for a Mental Health First Aid Class.

The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church are hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course in Los Alamos Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The class is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other


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30th Annual Heart Council Health Fair Highlights Family And Kids Health

Classic Air Medical Helicopter soars in the sky with Los Alamos National Laboratory in the background. The helicopter will be on display at this year’s Health Fair. Photo by Leslie Bucklin

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council 2015 Health Fair is8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Los Alamos High School Gymnaium. 

As in past years, there will be free flu shots available (for those 18 years and older), courtesy of Los Alamos Medical Center and discounted blood tests. Many of the 70 booths at the Health Fair will have free screenings ranging from blood pressure, blood sugar


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New Mexico Serves More Than 2 Million Meals To Low-Income Children Over Summer Break

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the state served more than 2 million meals to low-income children over the summer.

The Children, Youth, and Families Department, through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides free nutritious meals during the summer months to children age 18 and younger.

“Making sure that New Mexico’s children have food on their plates every day is so important to their health and wellbeing,” Martinez said. “And sadly, when school is out of session, many of our kids no longer have access to the healthy meals they


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Kent Pegg: Ratings Of Perceived Exertion

By KENT PEGG
Los Alamos
 
One of the more difficult decisions to make when exercising is how hard to train to keep fit and get the most out of your workout.
 
Should you exercise at low intensity or high intensity? And what, exactly, does low intensity and high intensity feel like?
 
Fortunately, there are ways to determine just how hard you’re working and what the intensity should be.
 
While exercise intensity can be determined through monitoring your heart rate, that’s not always the easiest or most cost effective method. Heart rate monitoring can be difficult to master and

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Sign Up For Nutrition Fitness Support At Y Express

 
YMCA News:
 
Are you ready to lose weight, reduce stress, exercise smarter and improve your eating habits? Then the Y is here to help! 
 
The Family YMCA is offering two unique 6-week sessions to help YOU become a Healthier You! Attending either session is optional, however it is recommended that both sessions are attended sequentially. There is a discount for registering for both sessions at the same time.
 
Session I, 11 a.m. – noon, Oct. 2 – Nov. 6, Fridays, at the Y Express
 

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Van Andel Research Institute, LANL Developing Detailed Computational Model To Study Lung Cancer

Even the most carefully crafted science projects starts with a rough brainstorm session. This whiteboard is from an early Los Alamos National Laboratory and Van Andel Research Institute team meeting to plan the approach for modeling lung cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists are developing a new tool to better study one of the deadliest types of lung cancer.

A multidisciplinary team, led by Jeffrey MacKeigan, Ph.D., associate professor at Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), in collaboration with William Hlavacek, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory, is designing a mathematical


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Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Thanks Community

By GEORGINA MESIBOV, LPCC
Executive Director, LAVNS

The past year has brought about many changes at LAVNS. 

Our accomplishments have aligned with our mission statement, which states we are, “dedicated to a continued tradition of quality, responsiveness, integrity and cost efficiency in the delivery of Home Care and Hospice Services.

LAVNS also has experienced tremendous growth. Our community outreach has given us the opportunity to build bridges and reach those who many not have otherwise been familiar with our services. This past year we have increased our referral sources and


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Science On Tap At Unquarked Sept. 17 – Understanding HIV and Infectious Diseases

LACDC News:

Since the beginning of the current pandemic, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has infected more than 78 million people, and 39 million have died.

Currently there are still more than 35 million people living with HIV in the world. These grim numbers make this one of the most devastating infectious diseases in memory.

However, very significant steps have been made in our understanding and combating this disease. We know a lot about the mechanisms of viral propagation and pathogenesis, there are many approved medications and a vaccine, although still not available, is ever closer.


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Los Alamos Citizens Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Los Alamos Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants hike along the trail behind East Park Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Family in purple show their support for ending Alzheimer’s. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Team UNM-LA: Community Education Program Coordinator Lisa Caldwell, Bill Massengale, former Dean of Education Kate Massengale and UNM-LA Interim Executive Director Cindy Rooney. The flower colors represent walkers connections to the disease. Purple is for those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s, blue is

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Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry Opening In October

Workers install a sign Friday for Children’s Dentistry, a new practice opening next month in the business park near Smith’s Marketplace on Trinity Drive. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Workers install a new sign Friday for the Children’s Dentistry practice opening in October near Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Julie Habiger

Staff Report

The signs went up Friday for Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry at 751 Trinity Dr., Suite 305 in the Smith’s Marketplace business park.

Dr. Bill Nichols is excited to announce Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry will


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Exercise Buffs Circle Ashley Pond

Since Curves has closed, the women who exercised there during early morning decided to meet for walking exercise at various places around town at 6:30 a.m. Here they are Wednesday morning circling Ashley Pond. One of the women estimated that six times around would equal one mile. Other venues they’ve visited include the Canyon Rim Trail, East Park Trail Head, Smith’s Marketplace, and the Los Alamos High School track. Photo by Inez Ross

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What Is Fecal Incontinence?

By Salim Amrani, MD
LAMC

Fecal or bowel incontinence is a term that describes the inability to control wind or feces. In other words passing stool or gas at the wrong place and time.

It is a common condition especially in the elderly. Many patients feel too embarrassed to discuss the symptoms with a physician. Although it might not be life threatening, it causes a significant diminution in one’s quality of life.

It is the second most common cause of placement in a nursing home in the elderly.

There are many reasons to develop fecal incontinence some of them are related to increased intestinal propulsion


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Parade Of Pink Surrounds Sherri Bublitz At LAMS

Los Alamos Middle School staff member Sherri Bublitz knew something was awry when she entered the office Thursday to find a staff member adorned in a pink tutu and tiara. The LAMS crew decided to show their support in color as Bublitz, center, battles breast cancer. She is doing fine and hopes to be back to work soon. Those wishing to make donations to offset medical costs can send them to the school in care of the prevention office. Checks can be made out to LAMS at 2101 Hawk Dr. with Bublitz written in the subject line. Photo Bernadette Lauritzen

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Los Alamos Walk To End Alzheimer’s Saturday

Community members of all ages took part in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s ®. The group is shown marching across Central Avenue to Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos will host the annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® Saturday, Sept. 12 at East Park and Aspen Ridge Lodge, 300 E. Road.

Hundreds of residents from Los Alamos and surrounding communities are expected to participate. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit www.alz.org to sign up or for more information.

Registration at the event begins at 9 a.m. An Opening


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Expert Speaks On Alzheimer’s Sept. 17

HEALTH News:

Nicole (Nikki) Maphis will speak on “What is Alzheimer’s Disease? The Biology Behind the Epidemic” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Many people are familiar with the clinical changes of Alzheimer’s disease, such as progressive memory loss and difficulty with writing, reading, speaking, and performing daily tasks. What people don’t see is what is happening on the inside.  

This presentation will go through the perfect storm happening inside of the brain of those with Alzheimer’s disease in a way everyone can understand. It also will explain


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