Healthcare

CDC: STDs Are A Hidden Health Epidemic

By BARBARA VAN EECHOUT, MD
Los Alamos Medical Center

In your mental file cabinet, it’s easy to place sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) under “problems that affect other people.” But a startling new report from the CDC just may shatter your illusions.

About 20 million new cases of STDs occur each year, meaning your chances of becoming infected are greater than you think. Ignore the risk at your peril—left untreated, some STDs can cause cancer, infertility, and even death. Arming yourself with knowledge about these diseases can help you protect yourself and your loved ones.

Prevent STDs Before


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Luján Legislation Supports Treatment For Pregnant And Postpartum Women Suffering From Substance Abuse

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke Friday Oct. 9, at a Health Subcommittee hearing, “Examining Legislative Proposals to Combat our Nation’s Drug Abuse Crisis.”
 
Luján discussed legislation he introduced earlier this week to enhance treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women who are suffering from substance use disorders. 
 
The Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act reauthorizes a residential treatment program that provides

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Science On Tap At UnQuarked Thursday Oct. 15

 
LACDC News:
 
Thomas Leitner will speak at Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the UnQuarked Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
 
Leitner works in LANL’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group and has been tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. He leads a team of researchers at the Lab who are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus

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Los Alamos Radio Shack NOT Closing Down!

Los Alamos Radio Shack owner Bill Cabral in front of his store in February at 999 Central Ave., Suite 150. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post  
 

Los Alamos Radio Shack owner Bill Cabral has had a heart attack and is scheduled to undergo triple bypass surgery Monday. His biggest concern is his customers.

“I know a number of people have been wondering why the Radio Shack has been closed the last few days. I feel badly for the customers who are coming by wondering what is going on but I am the only one in the store … there’s no


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Los Alamos Dentist To Lecture In China

Dr. Daniel Meyers

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Daniel Meyers of Whole System Minimally Invasive Orthodontics in Los Alamos has made significant advances in the field of orthodontics and will share these strives with the world – literally.

Meyers will present a lecture titled, “The Evolution from Orthodontics to Clinical Orthodontic Medicine” at the BIT’s Second Annual World Congress of Oral and Dental Medicine Nov. 2 in Dalian, China. Specifically, he will discuss contemporary concepts of care in orthodontics with next generation technology.

“To be a part of


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Kent Pegg: Exercising Seniors

By KENT PEGG
Los Alamos
 
We all know that regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy and active. But is it ever too late to start?
 
And, if you’ve been a regular exerciser, do you need to scale back or eliminate exercise as you age?
 
The answer to both of these questions is a definite “No!” Both new exercisers and seasoned experts can benefit from regular exercise in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond.
 
Whatever your age, if you haven’t been exercising, now is the best time to begin.
 
Today, many people are living well into their nineties. This

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LAFRW Features Bernadette Martinez Oct. 8

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will host a special event at nnon Thursday, Oct. 8 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Special guest speaker, Bernadette Martinez, will present “Hidden Heritage of New Mexico: Then and Now – The 400 Year Old Secret.” This documentary, produced by Martinez, sends a life-saving message to its viewers by revealing the genetic danger posed to Hispanic women in Northern New Mexico by the BRCA1 gene.

The BRCA1 gene, which commonly causes breast and gynecologic cancers, appears in unusually high concentration in Hispanic


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Letter To The Editor: Heart Council Expresses Thanks

By PHIL GURSKY, President
Los Alamos Heart Council

The 30th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair, held at Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, Sept. 26, was a tremendous success! We had more than 2,000 attendees. There were more than 70 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations from Los Alamos and surrounding communities.

Approximately 800 flu shots were administered and hundreds of blood draws taken, as well as many other health screenings. With this year’s emphasis on children and families, hundreds more parents and children attended than ever before. More


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Paws To People Awards $10K To Lyme Disease Study

Courtesy/bridgetocures.com

PTOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – What do you say to a research project that will tackle head on a trio of diseases that are escalating in both dogs and humans to better understand their relationships and develop a better diagnostic test?

To a project that will yield results not in decades but in months? One that embodies the essence of translational studies in its ability to benefit animals and humans? If you are the Paws To People Organization, you would say … What are we waiting for – let’s Build A Bridge!

Paws To People Board of Directors awarded $10,000


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Be Inspired And Find Your Power At Public Firewalk

Firewalking at a previous workshop. Courtesy photo

LIFESTYLES News:

A Public Firewalk is taking place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Toolshed in Dixon. The cost is $125.

Firewalking teaches a profound lesson about the power of the mind, and the effect that our thoughts and beliefs have on our experience of reality, organizers said. It is a practical way of confirming our instincts and validating our intuition. 

Firewalking provides an unforgettable visual image to accompany our thoughts and beliefs. It shows us the vastness of human potential. And most importantly, it helps us to shift


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