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Locals Dress Up To Fight Breast Cancer

on June 19, 2016 - 12:08pm

Local residents Geoffrey Fairchild and Genevieve Salas are participating in the 2016 Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer in New York Oct. 15-16. Each participate is asked to raise at least $1,800 in sponsorships to fight the disease. Fairchild and Salas with friends at Ashley Pond Park Friday use a unique mode of dress to raise funds and call attention to the cause. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

EPA Proposes Thousand-Fold Increase In Radioactivity For Drinking Water Following Emergencies – Public Comments Due July 25

on June 18, 2016 - 7:22am
Courtesy image/CCNS
CCNS News:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety reports that late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly released draft guidance to be used following a radiation contamination incident that would allow radioactivity in drinking water at concentrations vastly greater than allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Under the proposed Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for drinking water, no actions to protect the public would be taken even if the radioactivity in drinking water were dozens or thousands or millions of times higher than Safe Drinking

LAMC's ED Changes Enhance Patient Care

on June 17, 2016 - 7:44am
Director Lori Coffelt of the LAMC Emergency Department

LAMC News:

A native of Los Alamos, Registered Nurse Lori Coffelt has worked at Los Alamos Medical Center for 33 years, and the last 29 years have been spent working in the emergency room.

Now, as Director of the LAMC Emergency Department, she has overseen many changes in the last year. She credits the talented and seasoned nursing staff and their ability to work with the new medical group, Emergent Medical Associates (EMA), with the improvement in services.  

“EMA brings a desire to improve our patient care experience and help with

LAMC Receives Women’s Choice Award®

on June 17, 2016 - 7:17am
LAMC's Emergency Department staff from left, Courtney Thompson, RN, Dr. Paul Mikkelson and Erin Warren, RN. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.

This evidence-based designation is the only Emergency Care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women state that they want from a hospital.

In the list of 360 award winners, LAMC, represents hospitals

Genomics Conference Started When Human Genome Sequencing Finished

on June 16, 2016 - 3:59pm

The 11th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future Meeting June 1-3 had more than 300 people in attendance, a capacity audience in the ballroom at the La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

An annual conference of researchers, technologists and funders in the soaring field of genomics held its 11th event June 1-3 in Santa Fe. The conference has grown from about 70 people when it began in 2006 to more than 300 this year.

Chris Detter, founder and chairman of the organizing committee of the 11th

More Details On Humans, Pets And Tularemia

on June 15, 2016 - 5:50pm


The New Mexico Department of Health offered this supplemental information to share with the community about humans, pets and tularemia:

How long are people contagious?

People are not contagious; a person with tularemia cannot spread it to another person.

Who gets tularemia?

Any person can get tularemia. This includes people from all parts of New Mexico.

What treatment is available for people with tularemia?

Early treatment with an antibiotic is recommended.

Do infected people need to be kept home from school, work or daycare?


Downwinders Compare Themselves To Hiroshima Victims

on June 15, 2016 - 8:49am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Downwinders in Tularosa are making their voices heard this week, during a time when the city of Hiroshima, Japan has been a staple of the news.
A traditional Hispanic town with a population of about 3,000, Tularosa is not far from the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb test took place July 16, 1945.
For several years the people in the south-central part of the state have become increasingly aware of the price their friends and neighbors, families and forebears have paid in the nation’s nuclear saga.

Letter To The Editor: LAMC Exceeds My Expectations

on June 13, 2016 - 5:34pm
Lifelong Los Alamos resident

This letter of thanks and gratitude is addressed to the staff of the Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Room and Medical Surgery Floor. 

Due to an accidental overdose of ibuprofen last week, I was admitted to the emergency room at LAMC for a bleeding duodenal ulcer. I can’t express enough thanks and gratefulness for the kind and professional treatment that I received by the very patient staff and management of the emergency room.

I was then transferred to the second floor medical surgery wing for further care.

Domestic Violence: Bullying, Sexting & Other Hot Topics

on June 10, 2016 - 2:18pm

Los Alamos

What, you may ask, does this have to do with domestic violence? A major component of addressing domestic abuse and violence is the effort to prevent it from happening in the first place. The challenge is to find out where that “first place” resides.

Various aspects of the behavior of middle and high school students have given rise to a considerable body of research. Bullying, one of those aspects, is certainly nothing new.