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Roger This: Stand, Tread Or Fidget

on September 23, 2016 - 6:28am
Standing desk. Courtesy photo
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
In recent years, concerns have grown around the country about the widespread health risks associated with our sedentary work lives. Two researchers from the Endocrine Research Unit of the Mayo Clinic looked into the question of “How Much Do We Really Sit?”
 
Writing in the journal Obesity in 2009, they expressed what may seem like an obvious fact: “Work days are associated with more sitting and less walking/standing time than leisure days.” One of many piece-meal studies that has left open lot of questions from

AG Sends Investigatory Letter To EpiPen Manufacturer

on September 22, 2016 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent an investigatory letter requesting information to the manufacturer of EpiPen, the brand name of an auto-injector used so that synthetic adrenaline can be administered safely and quickly to treat anaphylaxis caused by a severe allergic reaction.
 
In the past months, the price of EpiPens has risen dramatically, raising alarm that some New Mexico families may not be able to afford this life-saving medication.

HHS Awards $1 Million For NM Health Centers

on September 17, 2016 - 6:58am
HRSA News:
 
Sept. 15, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $1,092,012 in funding for 16 health centers in New Mexico for health information technology enhancements.
 
In total, Thursday's announcement includes $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
 
“Health centers across the country are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” Burwell said.

Luján Amendment To Help Fix Shortage Of VA Doctors Passes Unanimously

on September 16, 2016 - 8:46am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District offered an amendment on the House floor to veterans legislation that addresses the need to fix a doctor shortage at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Luján’s amendment passed by voice vote with unanimous support. Below are his remarks as delivered. Click here to watch Luján’s speech.
 
“Thank you Mr. Chairman.

Attorney General Balderas Sues Bristol-Myers Squibb For False & Deceptive Marketing

on September 16, 2016 - 8:34am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Meyers Squibb for false and deceptive marketing of the prescription drug Plavix.
 
The complaint alleges that the drug company knew that its drug was ineffective in a percentage of the population and may have increased a patient’s risk of internal bleeding, but the company failed to disclose that to prescribing doctors and the public.
 
“My office will continue to protect vulnerable New Mexican families and consumers through

New Mental Health Access Project In Los Alamos

on September 14, 2016 - 2:18pm
 
MHAP News:
 
Collaboration is in the air as the United Way of Northern New Mexico and Self Help recently launched a their new mental health website to educate community members about issues, resources and highlight local providers.
 
The project came about as a result of the growing concern about mental health issues, suicide, and misconceptions about seeking help in the community of Los Alamos. The website offers a broad spectrum of resources for elementary aged students, youth, millennials, and LANL employees.
 
“The United Way of Northern New Mexico stepped forward to offer

New Mexico Human Services Department Announces Nearly 25 Percent Decrease In Uninsured Rate

on September 14, 2016 - 9:54am
NMHSD News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Human Services Department announced that the number of New Mexicans without health insurance coverage dropped by nearly 25 percent last year. Since Gov. Susana Martinez took office in 2011, New Mexico’s uninsured rate has plummeted by nearly half.
 
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States” report, the uninsured rate in New Mexico dropped from 14.5 percent in 2014 to 10.9 percent in 2015.
 
“We’ve expanded and reformed Medicaid to make it more patient-centered and provide basic health care for

YMCA Heart Smart Poster Contest

on September 14, 2016 - 8:30am
 
YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA and the Los Alamos Heart Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. 
 
The theme of this contest is “Be Heart Smart." Posters/pictures may be in any medium (crayon, paint, etc.) Be sure to include name, address, phone number, school and grade. There will be two age categories: K-3 and 4-6. 4 Prizes in each category; 1st prize: $30, 2nd prize: $20, 3rd prize: $10, 4th prize: $5. Posters must be brought to the Y by September 21. 
 
Winners will be notified Sept.

Look For Official 31st Annual Los Alamos Health Fair Guide In LA Daily Post Sept. 22

on September 13, 2016 - 1:37pm

HEART COUNCIL News:

Save the date for the highly popular 21st annual Los Alamos Health Fair – 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Gymnasium.

Entrance to the event is free and offers free flu shots, health screenings, educational exhibits, blood profiles at reduced rates and more.  

NOTE: Look for the official Health Fair Guide in the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday, Sept. 22 ... filled with wellness tips, booth location map and all the details needed to get the most out of this year's Health Fair. 

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