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New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

LAMC Presents Emergency Preparedness Talk Oct. 20

on October 11, 2017 - 11:37am

Key Facts About Flu: Protect Yourself From Influenza

on October 11, 2017 - 6:38am
Down with the flu. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  •  Some people may have vomiting and

Upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

on October 10, 2017 - 2:19pm
 
JJAB News:
 
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training-openings available to the community!
 
The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday OR Saturday, October 27 or 28 at UNM-LA.
 
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.

Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?

on October 10, 2017 - 6:16am
Who should get vaccinated for the flu? Nearly everyone over six months of age. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.

Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of

Common Misconceptions About Flu Vaccines

on October 9, 2017 - 4:45am

CDC News:

Can a flu shot give you the flu?

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness.

Flu vaccines given with a needle are made in two ways:

  • the vaccine is made either with
    • a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious; or
    • b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine).

The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.

In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get

Special Blood Drive Slated For Tuesday

on October 8, 2017 - 9:03am

Staff Report

Although blood supplies in Las Vegas, Nev., have been replenished, United Blood Services is once again sending its Bloodmobile to Los Alamos Tuesday, Oct. 10 in response to the requests and generosity of this community.

The Bloodmobile will be in the Smith's Marketplace and community members can donate blood 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last week's blood drive in the same location, which also was hosted by Smith's received a huge response and members of the community were still offering to donate blood so UBS decided to host a second one.

Appointments may be made by calling 505.246.1457.

Free Legacy Planning Workshop Oct. 21

on October 6, 2017 - 2:12pm
LACF News:
 
Animal Protection of New Mexico, Animal Protection Voters, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and the Los Alamos Community Foundation are teaming up to offer a Practical Legacy Planning Workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. The workshop will be presented by Susan M. Morrison, JD, CFP®, APMA®

RSVP to elizabeth@apnm.org or 505.933.1123.
 
The workshop will offer an opportunity to discover answers to estate planning questions and to begin the process of writing your own last will and testament.
 
Issues to be discussed:
  • Who needs a will?
  • What

LAMC Launches ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ Campaign To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on October 3, 2017 - 6:18pm

Los Alamos Medical Center launched its first ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ campaign today to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To honor those whose lives have been touched by this disease, not only are staff and officials wearing pink each Tuesday but they also painted all the speed bumps pink in the parking lot. Courtesy/LAMC

Dressed in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from left, Los Alamos Medical Center CFO Steve Winegeart, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace and CEO John Whiteside. Courtesy/LAMC

STDs At Record High

on October 2, 2017 - 6:30am

CDC News:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease.

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