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County Council Proclaims April ‘Donate Life Month’

on April 6, 2016 - 11:33am

Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, right, presents a proclamation on behalf of council Tuesday evening to, front row from left, Linda Boncella who donated a kidney to her brother in 1987 - her sister donated one to the same brother in 2014, Linda Rickel who received a kidney 29 years ago, Sue Conner who received a cornea 15 years ago, Kay Fletcher who received a kidney from her husband Mike in 1998 and later received a second kidney in 2013 and Cathy Walters who received a heart nearly three years ago. Back row from left, Mike Fletcher who donated a kidney to his wife Kay in 1998,

AG: No Fraud Found Among 15 Providers Audited

on April 6, 2016 - 9:06am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From The Office Of The Attorney General

SANTA FE – In a letter sent to legislators this morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared Pathways and TeamBuilders of fraud. They were the final two providers in the Behavioral Health Investigation.
 
Upon taking office in 2015, Balderas released the PCG audit in its entirety with minimal redactions, and made it a priority to complete the 12 pending behavioral health investigations to bring transparency and accountability to the process.
 
The PCG audit and the Human Services Department alleged there was $36 million

SFI: 'Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons' April 12

on April 5, 2016 - 1:22pm
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents "Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons" with Carlos Castillo-Chavez at 7:30 p.m., April 12 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. 
 
Seating for SFI's community lectures is limited and ticket reservations are required. Reserve your free tickets through the Lensic Box Office online or call 505.988.1234.
 
It has been more than two years since confirmation of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa. Now, with the end of the outbreak in sight, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the experience.

Learn About Palliative Care At Free Seminar April 28

on April 5, 2016 - 7:26am

‘Spiritual Care When Mental Illness Strikes’ April 10

on April 4, 2016 - 2:26pm

FUMC News:

Tom Steward, P.A. and Carol Steward will present “Spiritual Care When Mental Illness Strikes” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the First United Methodist-Los Alamos Sanctuary (next to Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive).

The Stephen Ministry team of First United Methodist-Los Alamos (FUMC) welcomes the greater community of Los Alamos to hear from the Stewards as they discuss the impact of mental illness on families.

They will share what we, as a community, can do to encourage and support the family of individuals with mental illness.

In his practice, Tom Steward, P.A.

Don’t Let Osteoarthritis Get The Best Of You

on April 2, 2016 - 9:22am
By DR. CULLEY CHRISTENSEN
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, LAMC

If you have the degenerative joint disease known as osteoarthritis, you’re not alone. The disease affects 27 million Americans. There is no cure, but you can manage the symptoms through treatment and proper self-care.

Do you wonder how you happened to get osteoarthritis? It turns out the answer isn’t always clear. Osteoarthritis has no single known cause, but certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing the disease. They include:

  • Getting older
  • Being overweight—every extra pound adds 3 pounds of pressure to

Call To Walk For Health: National Walking Day April 6

on April 2, 2016 - 9:17am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In support of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day April 6, the New Mexico Alliance of YMCAs would like to encourage everyone in the state to make an intentional effort on that day to safely walk a new neighborhood route or pathway, and encourage continued walking efforts throughout the month in supporting the health initiative.
 
YMCA of Central New Mexico CEO Zizi Fritz said, “Walking is a great way for most Americans to increase their physical activity.

New Mexico Ranks 32.5 Percent For Health Policies

on April 2, 2016 - 9:11am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico garnered 65 out of 200 points, or a 32.5 percent, in a report card issued by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that was released today. The report graded all states on its policies that support physical activity.
 
The nonprofit Safe Routes to School National Partnership reviewed each state on policies that support walking, bicycling, active kids and active communities, which includes “Complete Street” design and National Association of City Transportation Officials standards.

Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

on April 1, 2016 - 11:36am

From The Office Of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
  • Department of Labor should delay new rule that could jeopardize benefits for those who worked at Cold War-era sites
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this week urged the U.S. Department of Labor to delay a new rule that could make it more difficult for sick nuclear workers who served at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Y-12 and other Cold War-era nuclear sites to get benefits they deserve under the department’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.
 
“It’s shameful that so many Americans

Is There A Link Between Oral Health And The Rate Of Cognitive Decline?

on March 31, 2016 - 2:06pm
WILEY News:
 
Better oral hygiene and regular dental visits may play a role in slowing cognitive decline as people age, although evidence is not definitive enough to suggest that one causes the other.
 
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, come from the first systematic review of studies focused on oral health and cognition—two important areas of research as the older adult population continues to grow, with some 36 percent of people over age 70 already living with cognitive impairments.
 
Researchers have questioned whether an association exists between oral

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