Healthcare

SFI: ‘Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons’ April 12

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

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‘Spiritual Care When Mental Illness Strikes’ April 10

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. features private


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Don’t Let Osteoarthritis Get The Best Of You

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

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Call To Walk For Health: National Walking Day April 6

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. It doesn’t require special skills or facilities,

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New Mexico Ranks 32.5 Percent For Health Policies

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. The

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Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

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

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

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

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Contribution Provides Seed Money For New Program At UNM-Los Alamos

Stephen Stoddard has been honored with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The legacy of Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephen Stoddard has been honored once again with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos to provide seed money for the creation of a program that will provide training for individuals who can serve as personal caregivers.

Barbara Stoddard recognized a need for caregivers in our community, people who can provide in-home health care and personal care to individuals. As many Los Alamos residents choose to stay here after retirement, the


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Officer’s Use Of Narcan Rescues Unresponsive Victim

NMSP News:
 
TAOS  At around 11 p.m., March 23, a New Mexico State Police officer in Taos responded to a call of an unresponsive female at a residence on Archuleta Road in Taos County. In assessing the unresponsive female at the scene, the officer noticed what appeared to be signs of recent drug usage.
 
The officer was trained in the administration of Narcan, an opioid antagonist that completely or partially reverses an opioid overdose, and administered a dosage on the female. Moments following, the female regained consciousness. She was subsequently transported for

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