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Paustenbach Makes $1 Million Gift To Jackson Lab

on January 13, 2016 - 7:01am
Jackson Laboratory News:
Dennis J. Paustenbach, Ph.D., a pioneer in the health and environmental risk assessment industry, has made a $1 million planned gift to The Jackson Laboratory to support cancer and immunology research.
The gift will establish an endowment called the Paustenbach Family Cancer and Immunology Research Fund.
“I concluded JAX was the best equipped to take its eight decades of work with mice to make dramatic improvements in the way we treat or cure cancers,” Paustenbach said. “JAX can use the mouse to give us insights into diseases that other places can’t do.

New Mexico ACOs Serve 12,604 Medicare Beneficiaries

on January 12, 2016 - 8:51am
HHS News:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that in 2016, a total of 12,604 Medicare beneficiaries will be served by Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in New Mexico.
ACOs are groups of doctors and hospitals that join together to develop and execute a plan for a patient’s care and share information, putting the patient at the center of the health care delivery system.
The ACOs are paid not based on how many tests or procedures are performed but by the success of the treatment administered.

Seniors Rally Against TPP Trade Deal

on January 12, 2016 - 8:37am
ARA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Retirees and concerned citizens will join a rally at 6 p.m., today, Jan. 12, at the Federation of Labor in Albuquerque (2300 Buena Vista Dr SE #126) to demonstrate their opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. 
President Obama is expected to push for passage of the TPP during his State of the Union Address tonight. 
Nationally, seniors will hold more than 20 rallies today to draw attention to the fact that the TPP will lock in high prices for prescription drugs. 
“The TPP will be bad for jobs and bad for consumers who rely on prescription

Classic Air Medical Conference In Los Alamos Jan. 30

on January 11, 2016 - 1:49pm

Heart Disease And Diabetes—Is There A Connection?

on January 10, 2016 - 7:36am

Espanola Family Care Clinic

Sometimes trouble comes in twos—like heart disease and diabetes. And these two diseases are actually linked in three ways.

  1. Unhealthy lifestyle habits. Obesity, lack of physical activity and an unhealthy diet can set the stage for developing both heart disease and diabetes. High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and smoking also raise the risk for both diseases.
  2.  Having diabetes can lead to heart disease. A man’s risk for heart disease is doubled if he has diabetes, whereas a woman’s risk is tripled.

Reward Yourself For Healthy Choices

on January 10, 2016 - 7:31am

Chief Nursing Officer,
Los Alamos Medical Center

Healthy lifestyle habits are your best defense against heart disease, but changing habits isn’t easy.

Whether you’re trying to eat a heart-healthy diet, get more exercise to strengthen your heart, lose a few pounds or make another healthy change in your life, it can be tough to stay motivated as the weeks go by. That’s where rewards can keep you inspired and motivated to reach your long-term goal.

Set a specific short-term goal that you have to reach to get a reward.

Sitting Qigong Classes Begin Jan. 19

on January 5, 2016 - 5:52am
Instructor KokHeong McNaughton is offering Sitting Qigong classes 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 19, at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Ch’i Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.

LAMC Rated Among Top New Mexico Hospitals

on January 3, 2016 - 7:46am

Los Alamos Medical Center at 3917 West Road in Los Alamos is ranked among the top four hospitals in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

DaVita Dialysis Center Breaks Ground At LAMC

on January 2, 2016 - 11:25am
The DaVita Dialysis Center will be on the canyon side of LAMC with designated parking and a separate entrance. Courtesy photo
Staff Report

Partnering with DaVita Kidney Care, Los Alamos Medical Center has broken ground on a six-chair dialysis center. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, treating patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease.

DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient