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Cancer Caregivers Support Group Starts Wednesday

on February 13, 2018 - 6:17am

Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Diane Hammon announces a new cancer caregivers support group, which kicks off Wednesday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/




Los Alamos Daily Post


On a day when all kinds of love is celebrated throughout the world, a unique love will be recognized 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Valentine’s Day in Los Alamos with the kick-off of a support group for families and friends of cancer patients.


The support group, which will meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, is offered by the Cancer

Facebook, AG To Convene Local Leaders, Experts To Discuss Innovative Ways To Fight Opioid Epidemic

on February 9, 2018 - 6:18pm


New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, local advocates, community leaders, public health professionals and representatives from Facebook will gather to share insights on the state of the opioid epidemic and the role that meaningful communities play in prevention and response to the epidemic.

Balderas and the Facebook team will highlight and brainstorm the ways in which digital tools can complement the work taking place on the ground to combat the epidemic.

The event begins at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4591 Vista Fuente Road Northwest in Albuquerque.

Controlling Asthma In Children

on February 9, 2018 - 5:31pm

CDC News:

Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing and coughing. Over a lifetime, it can cause permanent lung damage.

About 16 percent of black children and 7 percent of white children have asthma.

While we don’t know what causes asthma, we do know how to prevent asthma attacks or at least make them less severe. Today, children with asthma and their caregivers report fewer attacks, missed school days and hospital visits.

More children with asthma are learning to control their asthma using an asthma action plan.

YMCA: Think You Don’t Have High Blood Pressure? Think Again

on February 9, 2018 - 8:20am
New blood pressure guidelines make American Heart Month the perfect time for a check-up. Courtesy photo
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, The Family YMCA urges everyone in Los Alamos to get a blood pressure screening.
Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or

Child: Fending Off Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

on February 8, 2018 - 2:54pm
Medical Director
LAMC Emergency Department
As the flu season kicks into full gear, braving airplanes and winter get togethers can provide germaphobes with a daunting onslaught of fearsome exposures.
So for those who understand that months of isolation can take its own toll, here are some tips for defense against upper respiratory infections.
Flu shots: while flu shots do not provide perfect protection against the flu, the trivalent vaccine for the average population and the quadrivalent vaccine for at- risk populations represent the best protection against

Smoking Is Down, But Almost 38 Million American Adults Still Smoke

on February 7, 2018 - 4:44am

CDC News:

Overall, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults (aged ≥18 years) declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016.

Yet, nearly 38 million American adults smoked cigarettes (“every day” or “some days”) in 2016, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new data, from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), show that among adults who have ever used cigarettes, the percentage who have quit increased from 50.8 percent in 2005 to 59.0 percent in 2016. During 2005–2016, the largest increase in quitting was among adults

Prevent Cervical Cancer With Screenings

on January 30, 2018 - 5:23am

CDC News:

No woman should die of cervical cancer. You can help prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21.

Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care. It also can be cured when found early and treated.

Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.

HPV is very common in the United States and is passed from one person to another during sex.

Protect Yourself And Others From Contracting Norovirus

on January 30, 2018 - 5:17am

CDC News:

Norovirus is a germ that spreads quickly and easily. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that come on suddenly. Millions of people get ill with norovirus each year. You can help protect yourself and others by washing your hands often and following simple tips to stay healthy.

Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that can cause inflammation of the stomach or intestines, also known as gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis). This leads to cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Norovirus Is the Most Common Cause of Gastroenteritis in the U.S.

CDC estimates that each year in the

LAPS Shares NM Department Of Health Guidance To Schools Response To Widespread Influenza Activity

on January 28, 2018 - 8:14am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent's Desk!

Friday, staff from the Los Alamos Public Schools participated in a conference call with Dr. Chad Smeltzer, Sandra Penya and Dr. Michael Landen from the New Mexico Department of Health; copied below is their advisory.

Our staff also are using the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website for information:

  • Every school in Los Alamos has a full-time nurse who is available throughout the day;
  • Staff are providing extra time for student hand washing;
  • Across the district, we

Eight Food Safety Tips For Valentine's Day

on January 27, 2018 - 6:14am
SFI News:
Flowers or chocolate? Dining out or staying in? These are the two biggest Valentine’s Day dilemmas but while flowers and chocolates can help make for a great night, poor dining choices can end the celebration early. 
Stop Foodborne Illness wants you to be aware of how preventing foodborne illness this Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic gestures you can make. Whether you’re headed to a restaurant or preparing a decadent feast at home, make sure your meal is pathogen free.
“Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate.

10th Annual K2 Women’s Weekend Benefit At The Tub

on January 26, 2018 - 10:23am
Courtesy photo
K2WW News:
The 10th annual K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund will go on despite the lack of snow.
In place of events Feb. 9-10, a DJ dance party is at 5 p.m. Feb. 10, at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square. The event will feature the Co-Op’s tasty brews and flavorful food from Los Alamos’ own Secret City Kitchen.
Help fundraise by participating in the auction and raffles for cool prizes and merchandise.

LANL Scientists Conduct Study To Help Predict Diseases ... Seek Volunteers In Los Alamos County

on January 26, 2018 - 7:39am

Researchers are looking for volunteers in Los Alamos County to participate in a respiratory pathogen study and provide information and swab samples. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico are looking for volunteers in Los Alamos County to participate in a respiratory pathogen study and provide information and swab samples.

“The goal of this study is to develop a system that can predict future emergence of infections, propose the best public health

Los Alamos Has Viome!

on January 25, 2018 - 10:59am
From left, Viome’s Head of Project Management Miranda Intrator, President Deepak Savadatti, Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich and Research Associate Andy Hatch at the lab Monday afternoon at 81 Camino Entrada in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Viome employees gather with Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich, seated third from right, to celebrate the company’s first year anniversary Saturday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
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LAVNS Hosts Annual ‘Daffodils For Hospice’ Sale

on January 24, 2018 - 3:56pm

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services volunteers selling daffodils in Los Alamos and White Rock. From left, Patricia Rathbone, Allene Lindstrom, Ruth Lier, Beth Riker and customer Virginia Burgess. Photos by Jennifer Bartram


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.

Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through March 2. A glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) of daffodils is $20, glass vase with two

Holistic Health Fair At Family Strengths Network Friday

on January 23, 2018 - 9:35am

SFCC Give Kids A Smile Dental Day Feb. 1

on January 23, 2018 - 6:22am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) Dental Day, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at SFCC, Room 454, 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.
Free dental screenings and referrals, food, goodies and dental education. Open to the public; all ages welcome. First come first served. Free event. Sponsored by American Dental Association (ADA) and SFCC Dental Department. 
Call 505.428.1258, for information.

Preventing Abusive Head Trauma In Children

on January 23, 2018 - 6:20am

CDC News:

Abusive head trauma (AHT), which includes shaken baby syndrome, is a preventable and severe form of physical child abuse that results in an injury to the brain of an infant or child.

AHT is most common in children under age five, with children under one year of age at most risk. It is caused by violent shaking and/or with blunt impact. The resulting injury can cause bleeding around the brain or on the inside back layer of the eyes.

Nearly all victims of AHT suffer serious, long-term health consequences such as vision problems, developmental delays, physical disabilities, and

Skills For Dementia Caregiving 101 Feb. 6

on January 23, 2018 - 6:14am

About Three In Ten US Veterans Use Tobacco Products

on January 23, 2018 - 6:13am

CIC News:

About three in 10 U.S. military veterans used some form of tobacco product during 2010–2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Tobacco product use was higher among veterans than among non-veterans for males and females across all age groups, except males ages 50 years and older.

CDC used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to assess the different tobacco products currently used (in the past 30 days) by U.S. veterans and non-veterans.

Nearly Half World’s Busiest Airports Now Smoke Free

on January 22, 2018 - 5:36am

CIC News:

Among the 50 busiest airports in the world, 23 have smoke-free indoor policies. This means air travelers and employees at 46 percent of the world’s busiest airports are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke. The other 27 busiest airports allow smoking in designated or ventilated indoor areas.

The report published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s first assessment of smoke-free policies in the world’s airports. More than 2.7 billion passengers annually pass through the airports included in the study.

Governor Signs Bipartisan Legislation To Keep New Mexico In Interstate Nursing Compact

on January 19, 2018 - 9:41am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez was joined by legislative leaders from both parties and the bill’s sponsors as she signed bipartisan legislation to ensure that nurses certified in other states can continue to work in New Mexico.
“The efficient passage of this bill shows what is possible when the Legislature has the desire to move forward,” Martinez said.

Fall Risk Screening & Assessment Feb. 10

on January 19, 2018 - 7:36am

Dementia Caregiving Course Offered To Families

on January 17, 2018 - 6:55am
Alzheimer's Association News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, education course in Pojoaque offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Skills for Dementia Caregiving 101” (aka The Savvy Caregiver Program) is a FREE seven-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.
The course will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. once a week, Tuesdays, from Feb.

Posture Alignment Therapy, Another Local Resource

on January 16, 2018 - 8:03am
Sandra West offers posture alignment therapy classes and personalized sessions. Courtesy photo
PRI News:
Los Alamos has many options for supporting health and wellness, including a posture alignment coach, Sandra West, who uses exercises to retrain the body, align joints, and regain functional movements.
What is the result? Posture therapy reduces pain, improves mobility, and builds the body’s strength and resilience to injury. West teaches group classes and offers personalized sessions.
West teaches three classes each Wednesday:
  • Balance Posture meets 11-11:45 a.m.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Jan. 27

on January 16, 2018 - 5:59am
JJAB News:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training-openings available to the community!
The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Saturday, Jan. 27.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.