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Letter To The Editor: Thank You From Visiting Nurses

on March 22, 2016 - 6:26am
Two Key Club members who delivered daffodils this year. Courtesy photo
 
By ROSEMARY COYNE
Los Alamos
 
My name is Rosemary Coyne, MSN, RN. I am the newly appointed executive director of the Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service (LAVNS).
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made our 21st annual LAVNS Daffodil Drive such a success again this year. The funds we raise every year are used to help our hospice patients in need.
 
I am glad that I arrived here on Feb. 29, Monday of “Daffodil Week”. Otherwise, I would have missed seeing the amazing work done by so many people.

Living Well Los Alamos: Kidney Health

on March 20, 2016 - 12:30pm
By HELEN IDZOREK
Los Alamos

In addition to removing waste products from the body our kidneys play an important role in other processes including regulating salt, potassium and blood pressure, producing a form of Vitamin D to keep bones strong, and controlling red blood cell production.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for up to two-thirds of cases of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease affects up to 26 million adults in the US and many more are at risk. Two simple tests - heart and urine, are available to determine if you have kidney disease.

Many kidney

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Prevent Suspension Of Medicaid Services Without Thorough Investigation

on March 19, 2016 - 12:47pm

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act of 2016.

The bill protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure that state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider.

The introduction of the bill comes after the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) unnecessarily

LAMC’s Teddy Bear Clinic Draws Kindergarten Crowd

on March 17, 2016 - 5:50pm

Aspen Elementary kindergartners visit Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Throughout the day, all five elementary schools participated in the clinic. Adults from left, Erin Warren, RN; Courtney Thompson, RN; Teddy Bear Clinic Chair Johanna Giron; her husband LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Dr. Josiah Child and Aspen kindergarten teacher Luci Best. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighter Michael McElyea talks with Mountain Elementary students about the equipment used to fight fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los

Los Alamos Family Council More Than A Counseling Center

on March 17, 2016 - 5:38pm

From left, Jeremy Varela and Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico, Joy Beery and Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council, Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers and Pamela Risley Rogers of the LAFC Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is more than a counseling center. LAFC also operates two Youth Activity Centers.

The Youth Activity Centers are a natural part of LAFC's mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse.

YMCA: ‘Closest Thing To A Wonder Drug’

on March 17, 2016 - 5:37pm

YMCA News:
  • Modest weight loss of 5-7 percent can prevent onset of Type 2 Diabetes

The New Mexico Department of Health estimates that 1 in 3 adult New Mexicans have prediabetes, a step away from diabetes, and a condition in itself that increases cardiovascular disease. But the good news is that a modest weight loss of 5-7 percent (that’s 12 pounds for a person who weighs 230 lbs.), and a modest increase in physical activity of 150 minutes a week (20 minutes a day) can prevent or delay diabetes all together.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) published a study on lifestyle change versus

Merry McIntrye, D.C. Treats Clients Naturally At Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness

on March 17, 2016 - 5:35pm
By Dr. Merry McIntyre
Los Alamos
 
I have been drawn to helping others for as long as I can remember. As a chiropractor, I practice chiropractic alternative medicine and specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on a person's general health.

Chiropractic is the art and science of restoring and maintaining the integrity of the nervous system, the body’s messenger. Correcting misalignments (nerve impingement) is central to the philosophy of chiropractic.

We are expanding our view of the human

Living Healthy The Benefits Of Pilates

on March 17, 2016 - 5:34pm

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes works with a client at her studio at

2101 Trinity Drive, Suite A in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

By Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT
Owner, Blue Sky Pilates

“My back pain is gone!” “I don’t have sciatica pain for the first time in years.” “I have my life back because of Pilates.” “I am skiing better now than I ever have.” All these statements are actual testimonials from my clients. I call these Pilates moments, and these moments are celebrated every day at Blue Sky Pilates. 

Clients are always coming into the studio exclaiming how Pilates is changing their lives.

Living Healthy Fitness Walking And Racewalking

on March 17, 2016 - 5:34pm

Courtesy/NMR

New Mexico Racewalkers News:

We live in a sedentary society. More than 60 percent of our population is considered overweight, and over one in three of us is obese! Physical inactivity increases the risk for coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.

Regular aerobic physical activity can help prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

My goal is to get people off the couch and outside for a walk.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.7 Million For NM Health Centers To Help Treat Prescription Opioid Abuse

on March 16, 2016 - 8:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $1.7 million for five health centers and treatment providers in New Mexico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a particular focus on the treatment of opioid abuse in underserved communities.
 
The grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act and administered by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, will help increase the number of patients screened for substance abuse and connect more patients to treatment, increase

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