Healthcare

Keeping Pets Safe In Summer Heat

A trio of dogs ride in a boat. Courtesy photo
 
By ERIN ASKLAND
Dog Training and Behavior Expert

 

Each summer, hundreds of dogs are harmed as a result of being left in hot cars or outside without enough water or protection. Heat waves, like the one most of the country is experiencing, are especially dangerous for pets, as high temperatures can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn and even death in just a few minutes. A few preventative measures can easily protect dogs from heat wave hazards.
Watch for Heatstroke
Dogs can develop heatstroke fairly quickly. Signs of this include excessive

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Udall Votes Against Weak GMO Labeling Bill

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against weak compromise legislation designed to set food labeling standards for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Udall supports clear, concise labeling that allows consumers to easily understand what’s in their food and how it was grown. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-30, and must next be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Udall said that while the compromise bill the Senate approved was an improvement over previous legislation designed purely to gut


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Casting For Recovery New Mexico Provides Recreation For Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients learn fly-fishing with Casting for Recovery New Mexico. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Casting for Recovery New Mexico, led by an all-volunteer team, began in 2010 with a retreat at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron.

Fourteen women are selected via a random lottery to attend each retreat. Any woman who has received a breast cancer diagnosis and resides in New Mexico, the Texas Panhandle or the Colorado San Luis Valley is eligible to apply. 

This year’s retreat is Sept. 23-25 at The Retreat at Angel Fire in Angel Fire. Retreat participants stay in


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Inside Out Recovery Program Comes To Los Alamos

COMMUNITY News:
 
The Inside Out Recovery program has come to Los Alamos with services and support groups to help this community with those struggling with addiction.
 
Abe Gordon is a Peer Support Worker for Inside Out Recovery and knows this community well. He grew up in the Chimayo Valley and moved to Los Alamos when he was just 13.
 
“LA is the place where I experienced most of my drug use for the first time,” Gordon said. “I started at a young age, smoking pot and drinking, after moving to Los Alamos, I was introduced to psychedelics, then in my later teens, to

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Los Alamos Man Finds A Miracle

Tom McHenry with his wife Donna McHenry recently at Fuller Lodge – is walking again following a miraculous surgery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

After an unbearable struggle for nearly a year with a wound that would not heal, Los Alamos resident Tom McHenry lost all hope and asked doctors to amputate his foot.

“I couldn’t take it anymore … I just wanted it to be over,” said McHenry, who moved to Los Alamos from Valparaiso, Ind., with his wife in 2012, just after the Las Conchas Fire.

He had been diagnosed a diabetic in 2010 when doctors


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Remembering When: A Fire And Fall Prevention Program For Older Adults 12:30 p.m. Friday

NMDOH News:

Are you an older adult? Have you fallen recently? Do you have parents who are older adults you are concerned about? Than this presentation is for you!

The Los Alamos Fall Prevention Coalition will present: “Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults” at 12:30 p.m., Friday, July 1 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Everyone is welcome!

This program is especially important as falls are the leading cause of accidental injury death among adults 65 years of age and older in the U.S. and New Mexico.

During 2010-2014 Los Alamos residents


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State Auditor Tim Keller Calls On DOH To Comply With Lynn And Erin Compassionate Use Act

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to comply with the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) received reports from multiple sources that DOH has not processed applications for medical cannabis patient cards within 30 days as required by state law. The OSA received reports that patients have experienced processing times up to 90 days.
 
“For patients with debilitating medical conditions, the difference between 30 days and 60 days to get the help they

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LAMC Advisory Board Elects New Officers

Members of the Los Alamos Medical Center Advisory Board elected new officers during Thursday’s monthly meeting at the hospital. Front row from left, Dr. Monica Snowden and Dr. Jesse Knight. Back row from left, Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout, outgoing chair Kendra Henning, new chair John Bretzke, new vice chair Chuck McCullough, Kelly Myers, Geoff Rodgers and not pictured, Carol Clark. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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HHS Awards $1,749,783 To Health Centers In New Mexico To Expand Oral Health Services

HHS News:
 
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $1,749,783 in funding to support four health centers in New Mexico.
 
The funding will increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients. Nationwide, Thursdays announcement includes nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients

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