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Luján Questions UnitedHealth Group CEO Over Refusal To Cover Emergency Room Visits For Some Patients

on February 24, 2018 - 2:48pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) this week sent a letter to the CEO of one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, UnitedHealth Group, to inquire about his company’s policy of declining to cover emergency room visits that UnitedHealth determines to be “non-emergent” after the fact.

Health advocates have expressed concern about the policy that UnitedHealth and other insures have adopted regarding emergency room visits.

Heinrich, Balderas Partner With New Mexicans On Frontlines To Combat Opioid Epidemic

on February 24, 2018 - 6:18am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas at an event Friday to highlight the existing funding gaps and need for resources on the ground to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas at an event Friday to highlight the existing funding gaps to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

SANTA FE – At an event Friday at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, U.S. Sen.

Students Should Travel Safely On Spring Break 2018

on February 23, 2018 - 6:58am

Teens on spring break. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Wherever your travels take you this spring break, stay healthy and safe with these tips from CDC Travelers’ Health.

As March approaches, many spring breakers will be looking forward to sunny destinations and a long week of relaxation. Some may travel to tropical hot spots, like Cancun or islands in the Caribbean, while others may opt for bustling cities, like Amsterdam or Bangkok. Not all spring break destinations are created equal: Some have specific health risks that you should be aware of.

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines needed and

Share Family Health History Of Heart Disease

on February 22, 2018 - 3:17pm

CDC News:

Each year in the United States, over 610,000 people die from heart disease. Some medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, and lifestyle factors, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and smoking, can make you more likely to develop heart disease. In addition, having close blood relatives with heart disease can make you more likely to get heart disease.

If you have a family health history of heart disease, collect information on your relatives with heart disease, including what age they were diagnosed.

Crowd Packs UnQuarked To Hear About ATHENA

on February 22, 2018 - 7:35am

LANL scientist Jennifer Harris discusses the ATHENA project during Wednesday evening's Science on Tap event at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

A crowd packs Unquarked in Central Park Square Wendesday evening the hear about the ATHENA project underway at LANL. Courtesy photo

LANL's ATHENA is designed to simulate organ systems such as liver, heart, lung and kidney. Courtesy photo

Creative District News:

Despite snowy weather conditions Wednesday night, more than 50 people attended the Science On Tap to hear Jennifer Harris talk about the ATHENA project underway at Los

Free Community Seminar For Heart Month March 6

on February 19, 2018 - 8:15am


In honor of Heart Month, the Los Alamos Heart Council is hosting a free community seminar by Dr. Kayvan Ellini of the Presbyterian Heart Group.

The seminar is 5:30 p.m., March 6 at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

The objectives of the seminar, Fantastic Journey Through Your Heart: New ways to Treat Heart Disease include:

  • Innovations in devices for treatment of heart disease;
  • Advances in medicines and minimally invasive procedures; and
  • Outlook for improved cardiac treatment outcomes.

A complimentary dinner will be served.

Science On Tap: ATHENA & Surrogate Human Organs

on February 17, 2018 - 10:20am

Creative District News:

New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems (such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney) and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs.

LAPS Celebrates ‘Amazing’ Guidance Counselors

on February 16, 2018 - 11:27am

A balloon toss was one activity that counselors used as a ‘Brain Break’ to relieve stress during finals week at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAPS
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Stenhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools is brimming with amazing and dedicated employees, but school guidance counselors and clinical counselors have an especially important role in helping LAPS students grow and succeed.

In order to help the Los Alamos community better understand their unique contribution, LAPS wants to honor and recognize those who work tirelessly to support students,

Cold Versus Flu: Questions & Answers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:27am

CDC News:

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu.

People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Indoor Safety During Winter Storms

on February 16, 2018 - 10:22am

CDC News:

When using a wood stove, fireplace or space heater during the winter months, be extremely careful.

Heat Homes Safely

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.