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Get A Flu Shot! Influenza Widespread Across State

on February 20, 2019 - 3:44pm

NMDOH News:

With influenza (flu) activity remaining steady across New Mexico since the beginning of the year, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reminds New Mexicans that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

Since October, NMDOH has investigated six flu outbreaks in facilities around the state. Children age 4 and younger have been hospitalized for influenza at a higher rate than at this time last year, or any year since the 2009 pandemic. There have been 19 influenza related deaths in adults this year with no confirmed pediatric deaths in residents of New Mexico.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Dr. Bradley Rowberry!

on February 20, 2019 - 3:22pm
By KAREN WARTHEN
Los Alamos

I would like to acknowledge Dr. Bradley Rowberry who has served this community for over 25 years!

Dr. Rowberry continues to practice his gastroenterologist specialty at the Endoscopy Center in Los Alamos. He is a highly accomplished doctor and yet remains a humble and kind human being. He has a wonderful, friendly, and skilled staff and leads his team with kind-heartedness.

I hope Dr. Rowberry continues to enjoy the appreciation of his patients and the respect of his colleagues for many more years.

Thank you Dr. Rowberry.

Fatal Flaws Documentary Postponed To Noon Saturday

on February 19, 2019 - 1:39pm

IHM News:

The Fatal Flaws documentary scheduled to be shown this evening has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The community is invited to watch the documentary at noon Saturday in the IHM Parish Hall. Lunch will be served before the showing.

Lichthardt: Diets Debunked

on February 18, 2019 - 4:23pm
By Jordan Lichthardt, MS, RD, LD
Los Alamos

If you are like many Americans, it is likely that you have tried a fad diet or two. As a Registered Dietitian, I face many questions about which diets are safe and which will yield the best results. In this article, I offer detailed insight into three of the most popular diets of today’s age. Read on to find out which diets you need to stay clear of, and which ones may have some surprising health benefits.

Ketogenic diet

How it works:​ The ketogenic diet in essence removes all carbohydrates from the diet, which are your body’s preferred source

Luján, Schatz Reintroduce Legislation To Create Public Health Care Option

on February 18, 2019 - 3:43pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) reintroduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
“Democrats are hard at work developing solutions to strengthen the ACA, expand health coverage, and drive down health care costs for the American people,” Luján said.

Armstrong Bill To Support Firefighters With PTSD Passes House Health And Human Services Committee

on February 17, 2019 - 11:10am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

STATE News:

  • Bill declares PTSD a disease that may result from firefighter duties


HB 324, Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to establish Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, Wednesday unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.

 

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” Armstrong said.

Documentary On Assisted Death 6 p.m. Tuesday

on February 17, 2019 - 6:29am

New Mexico Families Celebrate Senate Committee Passage Of Medicaid Buy-In

on February 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
NMTH News:
 
SANTA FE — After testifying on Thursday before the Senate Public Affairs Committee, dozens of New Mexico families who have been working with the New Mexico Together for Healthcare campaign to support SB 405, The Medicaid Buy-in Act, celebrated the committee’s vote in favor of the bill.
 
The Medicaid Buy-in Act calls on the Human Services Department to create and implement by 2021 a program to allow New Mexicans not currently eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or Affordable Care Act subsidies to pay monthly premiums to “buy-in” to Medicaid.
 
Althea Yazzie of Twin Lakes  told

EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
By BENJAMINE STONE
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

LAVNS Hosts Daffodils For Hospice Fundraiser

on February 13, 2019 - 4:12pm

Central Park Square volunteers, from left, Caesar Perez, Antonio Medina and Raul Ramirez prep daffodils for last year's annual sale to benefit Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

COMMUINITY News:

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program (LAVNS) 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.

New Mexico State Senate Unanimously Confirms Human Services Department Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D.

on February 11, 2019 - 4:49pm

David R. Scrase, M.D.

SANTA FE  – The New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed David R. Scrase, M.D. today as Secretary of the Human Services Department.

“Dr. Scrase is an effective leader, and knows all facets of the Human Services Department, especially the Medicaid program and I am honored to carry his nomination,” Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino said during today’s Senate confirmation. “The Governor has made a terrific nomination in Dr. Scrase to head the Human Services Department.”

Gov.  Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Secretary Scrase Dec. 15, 2018.

“Secretary Scrase is showing

Autism Health Care Access Bill Passes House Committee

on February 11, 2019 - 7:39am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed legislation Thursday to remove age restrictions and ensure parity with treatment for other physical conditions on health insurance for treatment of autism.
 
House Bill 322, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque) and Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque) expands access to health care coverage for New Mexicans with autism.
 
House Bill 322 will prevent discrimination against New Mexico adults living with autism and bring us into compliance with federal law.

Infinity Wellness Helps Patients Find Root Of Problems

on February 10, 2019 - 8:32am
Dr. Carmen Solano at her practice Infinity Wellness Friday at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 8. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Through her practice, Infinity Wellness, Dr. Carmen Solano strives to get to the root of patients’ health issues in order to resolve them.

While she has operated her practice since 2015, Solano will soon be able to take Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial or exchange covered insurance.

Solano said she will be an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield starting Friday.

Health Security Act Passes Key Committee

on February 9, 2019 - 11:27am
STATE News:
 
The House Health and Human Services Committee on Friday passed by a vote of 5-2 Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 295, the Health Security Act, a study bill to gather information on the feasibility of creating a New Mexico-run health insurance cooperative.
 
“The Affordable Care Act has helped many New Mexicans get the care they need,” Armstrong said. “Still, 190,000 New Mexicans don’t have health coverage. Many of them have to choose between paying their heating bill and going to the doctor.

Los Alamos Chiropractor Dr. Charles Lenz Selected As UNM-LA SBDC Star Client Of The Year

on February 9, 2019 - 8:55am

Dr. Charles Lenz, owner of Los Alamos Chiropractic Center, earned the Small Business Development Center's Star Client of the Year award. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has selected Dr. Charles Lenz, DC as the Small Business Star Client of the Year. Lenz is the new owner of Los Alamos Chiropractic Center.

Lenz purchased Los Alamos Chiropractic Center (LACC) July 1, 2018, which has served the Los Alamos community and surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

Dr. Cook: It’s Heart Month! Give Your Heart The Attention It Deserves To Stay Healthy All Year Long

on February 7, 2019 - 8:57am

By Glendon Cook, MD
Los Alamos Medical Center

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, hearts seem to be everywhere you look this time of year.

That’s why it is especially fitting that February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of heart disease and how we can help prevent it.

 It’s also the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves to take good care of our hearts year-round.

There are a number of things you can do to show your heart how much you care, including eating a healthy diet, taking part in regular physical activity and working to reduce the amount of stress in

House Votes To Repeal Criminal Law On Abortion In New Mexico

on February 7, 2019 - 8:10am
By ROBERT NOTT
 
Following three hours of impassioned testimony and debate, the state House of Representatives late Wednesday voted 40-29 to repeal a 50-year-old law that made it a fourth-degree felony to perform an abortion in New Mexico.
 
Although a 1973 U.S.

Local Pharmacist Prepares 7th Volunteer Trip To Haiti

on February 6, 2019 - 8:43am

Haitian child. Photo by Katherine Fry

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Our beloved local Pharmacist Katherine Fry, also known as Katie, is headed back to Haiti and you have a chance to help.

Fry has volunteered for her seventh trip to do one of the many things she does best, care for her fellow man. Her daily job, as a Smith’s pharmacist comes in handy when she assists those who are ill and caring for the ill, with a path to healing.

On her trip, she will meet many people throughout her short stay and help them with immunizations, medicine and the simple donation of items that fill one’s

Healthcare Commission Bill Sounds Complicated, But Is Simple Way To Understand Care, Access

on February 3, 2019 - 3:22pm
Rep. Debbie Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to create a Healthcare Value & Access Commission and an All-Payers Database in New Mexico, which passed the House Health & Human Services Committee 5-2 Wednesday, may make the eyes of non-policy-wonks glaze over, but it implements a simple plan: To gather and analyze currently uncollected data on healthcare in New Mexico to improve healthcare policy.
 
“HB 88 creates meaningful, systemic change to the way we track and understand healthcare in New Mexico.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures Multiple Felony Convictions Against Criminal Fraudster

on February 1, 2019 - 7:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday the successful prosecution of Edward Boysel who fraudulently operated a concealed firearms training business while failing to report his income and unlawfully receiving state benefits.
 
“For many, Medicaid and state benefits mean the difference between life and death," Balderas said. “My office aggressively prosecutes offenders who harm our most vulnerable New Mexicans by taking advantage of the system.”
 
Boysel pleaded guilty to five felony counts including:
 
  • Money

Dr. Justin Green Returns Home To LAMC

on January 31, 2019 - 9:37am
Dr. Justin Green, who graduated in 1980 from Los Alamos High School, is back in town and the newest member of the Los Alamos Surgical Associates team. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

While Dr. Justin Green joined Los Alamos Surgical Associates this month; he is certainly not a new face. Far from it, in fact.

Dr. Green grew up in Los Alamos. His parents arrived in 1964 and Dr.

Bill To Ensure Sustainability Of New Mexico’s Health Care System Advances

on January 31, 2019 - 8:30am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, a bill to create the Health Care Value and Access Commission advanced in the House Health and Human Services Committee.
 
House Bill 88, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), would provide oversight and implement recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the health care system in New Mexico through the Commission.
 
The Health Care Value and Access Commission would collect and report on state health data and make policy recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of

60+ Mile Run Aims At Drawing Attention To SB 135, Licensing Naturopathic Doctors In New Mexico

on January 30, 2019 - 3:23pm
HEALTH News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — A legislative bill which would allow Naturopathic doctors to be licensed and regulated in New Mexico is the catalyst behind a 60+ mile run, led by the New Mexico Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NMANP) who want to draw attention for the need to license Naturopathic doctors.
 
“The Run” takes place Feb. 10-12 beginning in Albuquerque with the Sweetheart Run - consists of a 5K, 10K and kid’s 1K run - and continuing from Bernalillo to Jemez Springs, then finishing at the State Capitol steps in Santa Fe.
 
Currently, Naturopathic doctors are licensed

Armstrong Introduces Bill To Establish Medicaid Buy-in

on January 29, 2019 - 2:26pm

Rep. Debbie Armstrong

STATE News:

Rep. Debbie Armstrong, chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, today introduced legislation to establish a Medicaid Buy-in plan in New Mexico that would allow certain New Mexicans to purchase Medicaid coverage starting in 2021.

 

“Medicaid is a trusted health insurance provider that has been taking care of New Mexico families for more than 50 years,” Armstrong said.

Day Out Program Available At Senior Center

on January 29, 2019 - 7:47am
Linda Boncella, the new executive director of the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers, spoke recently at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, describing the many services, programs and activities offered, including transportation, meals on-site and delivered, movies, tax preparation, exercise and dance classes, and so much more. The centers are designed for seniors 50 and older to socialize, learn, share meals, have fun, and support each other.

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