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New Mexico Has Lowest Rate Of Workers With Paid Sick Leave In Nation

on February 29, 2016 - 1:54pm
VFC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Nearly 50 percent of workers in New Mexico do not receive paid sick leave benefits at their jobs.
 
This means that these workers cannot stay home or see a doctor when they or a family member are ill without losing wages. This is just one of the many reasons that poverty is so persistent in New Mexico. That’s among the conclusions of the report “Valuing Families at Work: The Case for Paid Sick Leave” being released today by New Mexico Voices for Children.
 
“No parent should ever have to make the terrible choice between paying their bills and caring for a sick child, but

Mental Health Design Team Community Presentation Is Tonight

on February 29, 2016 - 9:29am
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools' Mental Health Design Team is hosting a community presentation to engage the community in dialog around the Healthy School and Community Initiative 5:30-7 p.m. today, Feb. 29, in the Student Center, Building 2 at UNM-LA.
 
The presentation will include an overview of the team’s work in the Fall of 2015 and short and long term recommendations for a path forward. The presentations and recommendations are intended to engage the schools and community in active collaboration around the issues of mental health and the impact on our students and community.
 
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6th Annual Run For Her Life 5K-10K Races April 10

on February 29, 2016 - 6:05am

Runners cross the finish line at the 2013 Run for Her Life Race in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

The 6th Annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10K Races begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 10 at East Park on East Road (M.M. 502).

All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.

Registration forms available at www.atomicrunners.com. For more information, call 505.672.1639.

Hospital Ransomware Plague Growing Worldwide

on February 28, 2016 - 10:27am

HSNW News:

Homeland Security News Wire reports that hackers have attacked several hospitals in Germany with ransomware – locking medical files and demanding ransom payment for releasing the encrypted data.

The blackmailing of hospitals by encrypting their medical file has become a growing problem around the world. In California, for example, a Hollywood hospital earlier this month had to pay about $17,000 in the digital currency bitcoins to hackers in order to regain access to medical files.

Two weeks ago, an employee at the Lukas Hospital in Neuss, a city in western Germany, noticed that

Los Alamos Medical Center's Cardio Rehab Program

on February 26, 2016 - 8:34am
The Los Alamos Medical Center Cardio-Rehab Team from left, Miyuki Coombs, Barbara Blair and Euphrasia Romero. Also on the team is Ivanka Velisavljevic (not pictured). Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. claiming more than 500,000 lives in this country annually.

An additional 1,500,000 Americans suffer heart attacks, often striking individuals in their most productive years.

  • Pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in this nation.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects nearly two million Americans and asthma more than

Learn About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

on February 26, 2016 - 7:51am

LAMC News:

As we conclude our observation of Heart Health Month, let’s take a look at COPD--Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a term used to describe a variety progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

Many people consider a shortness of breath and coughing as part of the aging process, but that is not necessarily so. COPD can sneak up on you, developing for years without problematic breathlessness.

This is an issue because if COPD is identified early, intervention can slow the loss of

Morning Meditation 'Deepening The Heart' Friday

on February 22, 2016 - 10:23am
COMMUNITY News:
 
A morning of Insight Meditation with Abhaya Kopka, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
 
The program includes a guided sitting and walking meditation and finishes with a Dharma Talk and Sharing. Each student will have a one on one meeting with the teacher. A variety of teas will be available. The class is free. Donations are welcome.
 
For more information call 505.579.4072 or abhayasong@hotmail.com.

LAMC And Dr. Miguel Dozier Educate To Save Lives

on February 19, 2016 - 10:15am
As part of LAMC's lunchtime presentation Friday, Lori Coffelt, RN and Director of the LAMC Emergency Department, presented three automated external defibrillators (AED’s) to the senior center, for use in the Los Alamos and White Rock facilities. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC doctors and medical staff members provide lunchtime health and wellness talks at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is pursuing certification as an accredited Chest Pain Center through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

About Automated External Defibrillators

on February 19, 2016 - 9:46am

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION News:

What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.

The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function.

If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation.

Delegation Calls For Probe Into NM HSD Suspending Medicaid Payments To Behavioral Health Providers

on February 19, 2016 - 8:58am

Update: Response from Kyler Nerison, HSD spokesman:

“This is nothing more than the same partisan stunt orchestrated by the same Washington politicians more than a year ago. The Feds have extensively reviewed this matter and found that the state acted in accordance with the anti-fraud regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

The companies in question overbilled the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that should have been used to help those in need. That's a fact, and we've already collected more than $4 million on behalf of taxpayers.

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