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Science On Tap: Harnessing Actinium-225 For Cancer Treatment At 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on October 18, 2016 - 12:24pm


This month's Science On Tap features Maryline Ferrier who will talk about harnessing Actinium-225 for cancer treatment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20,  at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Light refreshments will be provided for this event by the Central New Mexico Section of the American Chemical Society.

For this event, Ferrier, with the Lab’s Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chemistry group, will talk about the research taking place at the Lab to better understand actinium-225. This unique and rare radioisotope has tremendous potential for the treatment of

LAPS Seeks 25 Students To Work On Tobacco-Free Campaigns

on October 15, 2016 - 11:50pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office and Evolvement are seeking students who want to decrease the harmful and addictive use of commercial tobacco in New Mexico.

Twenty-five students are invited to a training scheduled for the morning of Oct. 24 at LAHS where students will accomplish the first goal of the program.

The training will include free lunch, the chance to win prizes and is open for youth in 9th through 12th grades.

"Evolvement is a youth-led movement to reduce youth tobacco use," said Alyssa Hedrich, Evolvement Youth Field Organizer.

New Hours, Services At Local Public Health Office

on October 15, 2016 - 5:24pm



SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that it is changing the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.


These changes are effective immediately.


The clinic at 1183 Diamond Dr. # D in Los Alamos, will open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed noon - 1 p.m.), and closed Mondays.


Services provided at this clinic will now include Children’s Medical Services (children and youth with special health care needs), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition

Free Presentation For Alzheimer’s Caregivers

on October 15, 2016 - 8:07am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Middle Stage)” is a FREE educational event presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 2-4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4. The event is hosted by the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center at 1121 Alto St. in Santa Fe.
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a more detailed knowledge of Alzheimer’s

Local Health Office Closes But Expected To Reopen

on October 13, 2016 - 5:20pm
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Los Alamos County Health Office effectively stopped seeing patients Sept. 14 across from Los Alamos High School at 1183 Diamond Dr.

Public Health Nurse Manager Andrea Cunningham staffed the office for two years but was directed to tender her resignation after she asked for three weeks off without pay in September to accompany her husband on a trip to South Africa.

“I wrote them a letter asking them to reconsider but they said if I was going to take three weeks off then I needed to resign,” Cunningham said.

Dr. McClees Mentors Students Interested In Medicine

on October 12, 2016 - 4:53pm

Dr. Robert McClees of Trinity Urgent Care, 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B, is mentoring Los Alamos High School students interested in medicine including Ben Rees and Sarah Shipley. The students are part of the LAHS Mentorship Apprenticeship Partnership Service (M.A.P.S.), which provides hands on experience in a career they are interested in. Courtesy photo

SFCC Offering Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 19

on October 9, 2016 - 7:10am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College is offering a Flu Shot Clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 (or while supplies last).
Pediatric doses also will be available. Free event. SFCC, Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave. Call 505.428.1836 for information.

LAMC Remains In-Network With New Mexico BC/BS

on October 7, 2016 - 8:57am

Los Alamos Medical Center. File photo

LAMC News:

Due to a recent decision by a local medical clinic to terminate its agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Mexico, Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has received numerous inquiries about the hospital’s status with the insurance company.

LAMC wants the community to know that the hospital remains in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

There is absolutely no change to any BCBS insurance coverage as it relates to hospital or emergency room care, hospital stays, or visits to any hospital services such as the lab or

2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded To Yoshinori Ohsumi

on October 6, 2016 - 9:17am


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy

This year's Nobel Laureate discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.  

Yoshinori Ohsumi

The word autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning "self", and phagein, meaning "to eat". Thus,autophagy denotes "self eating". This concept emerged during the 1960's, when researchers first

DEA Reduces Amount Of Opioid Controlled Substances To Be Manufactured In 2017

on October 6, 2016 - 8:27am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reduced the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the United States in 2017 by 25 percent or more, according to a Final Order in the Federal Register, available for public inspection here
A handful of medicines were reduced by more, such as hydrocodone, which will be 66 percent of last year’s level.