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Los Alamos Medical Center Unveils New CT Scanner

on March 7, 2016 - 12:24pm
From left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Melanie Pickering and CT Technologist Charlie Trujillo prepare to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the long-awaited, much-anticipated Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC's Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker discusses the new CT scanner during a gathering Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC Marketing Diector Mary Bath Maassen listens to Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker's

Flu Spreads At Central NM Correctional Facility

on March 4, 2016 - 7:26am

STATE News:

Over the course of the last three days, an increase in Influenza symptoms has been detected within the inmate population housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Those diagnosed or presenting symptoms consistent with Influenza Virus are receiving supportive medical treatment.

Madhavi Garimella M.D.: Understanding Osteoporosis

on March 4, 2016 - 6:02am

By MADHAVI GARIMELLA, M.D.
Medical Associates of Northern NM

What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis which means “porous bone” is a condition of weakening of the structure of the bone leading to an increased risk for fracture. Many people have osteoporosis and do not know about it as they have no symptoms at all.

Osteoporosis does not cause any pain unless you have a fracture.

Why should we worry about osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity in older Americans.

Letter To The Editor: Excellence At Sombrillo

on March 2, 2016 - 10:10am
By ED EMERSON
Los Alamos
 
I have recently spent about a month in the Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on Sombrillo Court because of a shoulder injury. I am a long-time Quemazon resident.
 
I would like to bring to the Los Alamos community's attention the excellence of the recently renovated facility. The highly motivated and experienced therapy staff working in a large and beautiful rehabilitation room with cutting edge equipment was central to my healing. I am so appreciative of the physical and occupational therapists - Danielle and Rita.

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

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