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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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Pegg: Fibromyalgia And Exercise

By KEN PEGG
Los Alamos

Fibromyalgia is a physical condition that causes pain in a person’s muscle tissue and joints. The condition affects between 2 and 4 percen of the population and is seen more often in women than men. Individuals affected by fibromyalgia experience muscle stiffness and pain, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

While there are many mysteries about the causes and treatment of fibromyalgia, exercise is, more and more, becoming one of the most recommended treatment options. Traditionally, light cardiovascular exercise and stretching have been thought to be the best exercise


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Meet Classic Air Medical At Los Alamos Nature Center

Classic Air Medical helicopter in flight. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To live in Northern New Mexico is to be surrounded by rugged beauty. But what happens if you have a medical emergency when you’re out exploring the wilderness?

Luckily Classic Air Medical, a helicopter medical transport service, is ready to help. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, meet pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team to discuss the exciting work of this helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community.

Rodgers is a former Los Alamos County councilor who served


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LAMS Students & Staff Invited To Join Walk Run Club

LAMS runners and walkers are invited to hit the track before school. Courtesy/LAMS

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle Schhol sudents and staff are invitted to bring their friends and come out to the LAMS track 7:30-7:50 a.m. before school and walk or run the track.

It is a fun activity guaranteed to improve your mood and fitness level. The LAMS Walk Run Program kicks off Sept. 2. The program is provided by a Los Alamos Heart Council Grant.

For more information, contact Mrs. Watson at e.watson@laschools.net.


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Community Health Profile Survey Ends Aug. 28

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Community Health Profile Survey ends Aug. 28.

Community members are encouraged to participate in the short survey in order for the Health Council to identify emerging needs. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GJ9XKJW.

This survey will benefit most by reaching a wide range of people, in order to assist in identifying the emerging needs of the local community.  

The Los Alamos Community Health Council is a group of service providers and interested parties who support the development and implementation of health services


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Gov’t. To Stockpile 75 Million Doses Of Anthrax Vaccine

Pfenex is a leading-edge biologics company. Courtesy/pfenex.com

HSNW News:

San Diego, California-based Pfenex Inc. has announced that it has signed a five year, cost plus fixed fee contract valued at up to $143.5 million with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the advanced development of Px563L, a mutant recombinant protective antigen anthrax vaccine.

“This contract for the development of Px563L offers the potential for a dramatic improvement in the rapid production of large amounts of


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Relay For Life Starts At Ashley Pond Park Tonight

Memorial luminarias are placed at the 2014 Relay for life. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

COMMUNITY News:

The long-awaited Los Alamos Relay for Life begins with an Opening Celebration Ceremony recognizing cancer survivors and their caregivers at 6 p.m. tonight at Ashley Pond.

Feliciano Jiron, CEO of Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), and Manuel Luna, community manager for Great West Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) will welcome cancer survivors, caregivers, and everyone who shows up in support of the Los Alamos Relay for Life.

The Los Alamos High School Marching


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Rotary Funds Hearing Loop For Smith Auditorium

During Monday’s assistive hearing system installation at Duane Smith Auditorium, from left, Auditorium Manager Ross Mason, Rotary Vice President Linda Hull, Gary Clark of GWC Looping and LAPS Rental Coordinator Kristy Vigil. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Duane Smith Auditorium Manager Ross Mason and LAPS Rental Coordinator Kristy Vigil. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Watch video here (one minute long), learn more here.
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos has funded an audio loop (assistive hearing


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Free Events Focus On Overcoming Trauma

Adonata Pyaga

MENTAL HEALTH News:

Adonata Pyaga will present four free events at San Ildefonso Pueblo on overcoming trauma.

“Did you know there is a distinct brain state that forms during the experience of an emotionally upsetting event?” Pyaga said. “Cognitive approaches to your mental well-being, that is thinking or talking about your upset in a positive light, are not enough to bring quick and lasting relief. If you are weighed down by changing moods, physical stress symptoms, poor concentration and more, you will enjoy learning more!”

Highlights of Pyaga’s events include:

  • Overview

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Volunteers Gear Up For Relay For Life

RELAY FOR LIFE News:

The last pre-event Relay for Life Volunteer Meeting is 6 p.m. today Large Conference Room (LCR) at Los Alamos Medical Center.

The LCR is located downstairs near the cafeteria and there will be signs providing direction to the meeting. The easiest and most convenient parking is in the back on the canyon-side of LAMC. Pizza and soft drinks will be hosted by LAMC.

 The Los Alamos Relay for Life is Friday and Saturday Aug. 21 and 22 at Ashley Pond. The event begins at 6 p.m. with an Opening Celebration Ceremony recognizing cancer survivors and their caregivers. The Hill Stompers


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Governor To Recognize UNM’s Recent Designation As A National Comprehensive Cancer Center

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will recognize the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center’s recent designation as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

The designation is the highest federal designation a cancer center can receive and will allow it to apply for additional funds to go toward cancer research.


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