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Mosquitoes Capable Of Transmitting Zika Virus Found In New Mexico

on August 10, 2017 - 4:38pm

NMDOH News:
  • Best Way to Prevent Zika Virus is to Prevent Mosquito Bites

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced this week that Aedes aegypti, has been identified in Otero and Hidalgo Counties. This is the first time a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus has been found in this part of the state. There have been no identified human cases of Zika virus in either county to date.

Zika virus can be transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

United Way of Northern New Mexico Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training For Public Safety

on August 8, 2017 - 4:51pm

UWNNM News:

​As a part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico's Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative, United Way of Northern New Mexico hosted a training, facilitated New Mexico State Police Sergeant​ Kiersten Harzewski for local law enforcement and public safety officials.

"United Way continues to look for ways to help our communities by providing services and resources pertaining to mental and behavioral health," said Kristy Ortega, Executive Director of United Way of Northern New Mexico.

Reminder: Cancer Survivors Dinner Saturday!

on August 8, 2017 - 2:40pm

Study: 2017’s Best & Worst States For Health Care

on August 7, 2017 - 5:25am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With several politicians raising concerns about the possible collapse of individual insurance markets while Republicans are back to the drawing board on health care reform, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care.

In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome.

DEA Proposes Reduction To Amount Of Controlled Substances Manufactured In 2018

on August 6, 2017 - 8:13am

Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg

 

DEA News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year by 20 percent as compared to 2017, per the proposed notice being published in the Federal Register Aug. 7, 2017 and available for public inspection today.

The DEA has proposed to reduce more commonly prescribed schedule II opioid painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, codeine, meperidine and fentanyl.

Protect Yourself And Family From Mosquito Bites

on August 6, 2017 - 6:19am

CDC News:

Use Insect Repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients at right. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for Everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies & Children

  • Always follow instructions when applying insect

Udall, Rounds, Heinrich: Bipartisan Bill Allows Military Women To Count Maternity Leave ​Toward Years Of Service​

on August 5, 2017 - 4:45pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan bill to make certain ​that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service.
 
The amendment is also backed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.).
 
The Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, ensures female service members of the reserve component receive creditable military service pay and points during time

Royal Manticoran Navy Raises Funds For Cancer Treatment Of Youngest Midshipman Elijah Dimas

on August 4, 2017 - 4:26pm
Elijah Dimas of Santa Fe, the RMN's youngest midshipman, is battleing cancer. Courtesy photo

Community News:

Elijah Dimas (HMS Implacable the Sante Fe chapter of The Royal Manticoran Navy, the Official Honor Harrington Fan Club) is the RMN's youngest midshipman. Elijah is 9 years old, entering fifth grade grade, and fond of math, science and especially art.

He is an avid fan of science-fiction (especially David Weber's Honor Harrington series), Pokémon, and the Oakland Raiders.

Scenes From Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive

on August 4, 2017 - 6:07am

Donors wait their turn Thursday at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. The blood drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Florence Riebe volunteers at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Nancy Kurnath makes sandwiches for donors and United Blood Services staff at the blood drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

United Blood Services donor recruiter Monica Herrera checks in donors at

Protect Yourself From Dangers Of Skin Cancer

on August 4, 2017 - 5:57am
Be safe in the sun!. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and includes different types. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.

Sun Safety Tips

Plan your sun protection using these tips—

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as

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