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Don’t Let Osteoarthritis Get The Best Of You

on April 2, 2016 - 9:22am
By DR. CULLEY CHRISTENSEN
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, LAMC

If you have the degenerative joint disease known as osteoarthritis, you’re not alone. The disease affects 27 million Americans. There is no cure, but you can manage the symptoms through treatment and proper self-care.

Do you wonder how you happened to get osteoarthritis? It turns out the answer isn’t always clear. Osteoarthritis has no single known cause, but certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing the disease. They include:

  • Getting older
  • Being overweight—every extra pound adds 3 pounds of pressure to

Call To Walk For Health: National Walking Day April 6

on April 2, 2016 - 9:17am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In support of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day April 6, the New Mexico Alliance of YMCAs would like to encourage everyone in the state to make an intentional effort on that day to safely walk a new neighborhood route or pathway, and encourage continued walking efforts throughout the month in supporting the health initiative.
 
YMCA of Central New Mexico CEO Zizi Fritz said, “Walking is a great way for most Americans to increase their physical activity.

New Mexico Ranks 32.5 Percent For Health Policies

on April 2, 2016 - 9:11am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico garnered 65 out of 200 points, or a 32.5 percent, in a report card issued by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that was released today. The report graded all states on its policies that support physical activity.
 
The nonprofit Safe Routes to School National Partnership reviewed each state on policies that support walking, bicycling, active kids and active communities, which includes “Complete Street” design and National Association of City Transportation Officials standards.

Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

on April 1, 2016 - 11:36am

From The Office Of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
  • Department of Labor should delay new rule that could jeopardize benefits for those who worked at Cold War-era sites
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this week urged the U.S. Department of Labor to delay a new rule that could make it more difficult for sick nuclear workers who served at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Y-12 and other Cold War-era nuclear sites to get benefits they deserve under the department’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.
 
“It’s shameful that so many Americans

Is There A Link Between Oral Health And The Rate Of Cognitive Decline?

on March 31, 2016 - 2:06pm
WILEY News:
 
Better oral hygiene and regular dental visits may play a role in slowing cognitive decline as people age, although evidence is not definitive enough to suggest that one causes the other.
 
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, come from the first systematic review of studies focused on oral health and cognition—two important areas of research as the older adult population continues to grow, with some 36 percent of people over age 70 already living with cognitive impairments.
 
Researchers have questioned whether an association exists between oral

Contribution Provides Seed Money For New Program At UNM-Los Alamos

on March 29, 2016 - 7:20pm

Stephen Stoddard has been honored with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The legacy of Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephen Stoddard has been honored once again with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos to provide seed money for the creation of a program that will provide training for individuals who can serve as personal caregivers.

Barbara Stoddard recognized a need for caregivers in our community, people who can provide in-home health care and personal care to individuals.

Officer's Use Of Narcan Rescues Unresponsive Victim

on March 29, 2016 - 7:37am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS  At around 11 p.m., March 23, a New Mexico State Police officer in Taos responded to a call of an unresponsive female at a residence on Archuleta Road in Taos County. In assessing the unresponsive female at the scene, the officer noticed what appeared to be signs of recent drug usage.
 
The officer was trained in the administration of Narcan, an opioid antagonist that completely or partially reverses an opioid overdose, and administered a dosage on the female. Moments following, the female regained consciousness. She was subsequently transported for medical treatment.
 
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Importance Of Healthy Sleeping Habits

on March 26, 2016 - 6:05am

Suffering with a snorer in your bed. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

The days are getting longer - a sign that spring is here – and some of us are still groggy from the hour of sleep we lost when the clocks bounced forward an hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time.

 “Many people do not realize the importance of healthy sleeping habits to their overall wellness,” said Dr. Frank Ralls of Quality Sleep Solutions and Medical Director of the Los Alamos Medical Center sleep clinic. “Most adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain good health.

Float Your Cares (Pains) Away At Float Los Alamos

on March 26, 2016 - 5:04am
Carlos and Linda Casias with one of their flotation tanks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Carlos and Linda Casias opened Float Los Alamos in November at 927 Central Ave., near the DMV and Rose Chocolatier.

The new business provides floatation therapy or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom salt water solution.

The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve

Correction To Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic Address In Physician Listing

on March 24, 2016 - 4:01pm

ADDRESS CORRECTION:

Dr. Jacqueline Krohn of Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is located at 3917 West Road, Ste 136, Los Alamos, NM  87544. The address in the physician listing published last week in the Living Healthy in Northern New Mexico Tab is incorrect. The telephone number to the Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is 505.662.9620. http://drkrohnpediatrics.com http://dr.krohn.blogspot.com.

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