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Birth Rate Declines In United States In 2016

on November 25, 2017 - 6:15am

CDC News:

Key findings from Natonal Vital Statistics System: 

  • The U.S. general fertility rate declined to 62.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2016, down 1% from 2015.
  • Birth rates declined among women under age 30 in 2016, and rose for women aged 30–44.
  • The cesarean delivery rate continued to decline in 2016, down to 31.9% of all births.
  • The preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year to 9.85% in 2016.
  • The 2016 rate of triplet and higher-order multiple births was 48% lower than the 1998 peak.

This report presents several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators

Teen Birth Rate Declines In New Mexico By 60 Percent Over Nine Years

on November 23, 2017 - 10:52am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a decrease in the 2016 teen birth rate in the state, continuing a steep decline that began in 2007. Births to teens in New Mexico are now at their lowest point in many decades:

The birth rate for teens ages 15 to 19 fell 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, and 55 percent over the past nine years. (The teen birth rate for ages 15 to 19 was 29.4 per 1,000 females in 2016.)
Additionally, the birth rate for teens ages 15 to 17 saw a significant drop: down by 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, and nearly a 60 percent decrease since 2007. (The

Only 1 In 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits Or Vegetables

on November 23, 2017 - 10:25am

CDC News:

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published last week in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska.

Scenes From Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-Los Alamos Nov. 17-20

on November 20, 2017 - 5:36am

Scene from the Trauma Trail Challenge Practicum during the three-day Fire & Ice In the Jemez Mountains Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

A training exercise during Fire & Ice used real patients moulaged to represent aspects of traumatic injuries and medical emergencies that providers may encounter at any given multiple casualty incident. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Fire & Ice multiple casualty incident

LAFD Fills The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

on November 19, 2017 - 6:18am

Los Alamos Firefighters collected funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association throughout this week at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD Capt. James Pepe Steps Up For ‘Movember’

on November 19, 2017 - 6:05am

This Los Alamos Fire Department employee sporting a fine mustache for ‘Movember’ claimed to be Deputy Chief Steve Dawalt but is actually Capt. James Pepe. LAPD is raising money throughout this month for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health.  The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any local fire station or contribute online at https://moteam.co/lafd-inter-mo-s. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Birth Defects Provoke Challenges For NM Families

on November 18, 2017 - 9:38pm

NMDH News:

Being a parent is a challenge under any circumstance, but for 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States this year, there are challenges above and beyond the day-to-day raising of the child.

One in 33 is the rate of babies born nationally with birth defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that means about one child in every school classroom in the country might be affected.

Birth defects come in many forms. Here in New Mexico, the Department of Health (NMDOH) tracks the rate of 12 major birth defects.

Drowsy Driving: Don’t Be Asleep At The Wheel

on November 18, 2017 - 7:28am

CDC News:

Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States. The risk, danger, and often tragic results of drowsy driving are alarming. Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.

This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work.

No one knows the exact moment when sleep comes over their body. Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, but being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep.

Drowsiness:

One In Five US Adults Still Using Tobacco Products

on November 18, 2017 - 7:27am

CDC News:

About 1 in 5 U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

This is the first time CDC, in coordination with FDA, has used the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to assess the range of different tobacco products used by U.S. adults. The survey has been used to assess current (“every day” or “some day”) cigarette smoking among U.S.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Del Norte Credit Union

on November 17, 2017 - 7:09am

On the job Thursday in Los Alamos is Marketing Specialist Diego Muñoz at Del Norte Credit Union at 40 Rover Blvd., in White Rock who has worked for the company since March. Muñoz is growing a mustache for ‘#Movember with DNCU’ to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health. The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Account Set Up For Stabbing Victim Cory Kershner

on November 15, 2017 - 11:14am

COMMUNITY News: 

Cory Kershner, a member of this community was severely injured Nov. 3. He was trying to protect his girlfriend when he was stabbed multiple times in a brutal attack.

Kershner was air-lifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital to undergo emergency surgey. His prognosis is good but he is still hospitalized and in need of financial assistance. 

Donations are being accepted at New Mexico Bank & Trust, under "Cory Kershner The Recovery Fund", to help with his financial needs.

He has a long road to recovery. Please consider giving whatever you can to support him.

 

LAFD ‘Movember’ Fundraiser Going Strong

on November 13, 2017 - 6:16am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineers Adrian Carbajal, left, and Matt Muniz show off the stylish ‘Movember’ mustaches they are growing to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health. The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any local fire station or contribute online at https://moteam.co/lafd-inter-mo-s. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scenes From 2017 LAFC Boots And Badges Fall Ball

on November 12, 2017 - 10:36am

Members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC display the colors at the Los Alamos Family Council Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAFC Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAFC Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC Board Member Sherry Willis serves as emcee at this year's Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A.

Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA To Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

on November 12, 2017 - 6:15am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food.
 
In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help the thousands of New Mexicans living in rural communities. 
 
“All

LAMC Celebrates Longtime Staff Members

on November 10, 2017 - 10:48am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside honors the hospital's longest serving staff member, Dianne Vandiver, RN, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the hospital during a ‘Significant Anniversaryappreciation dinner Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
LAMC staff members celebrating 5 to 45 years of service gather for a group photo early Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Jacqui Carroll/LAMC
 
LAMC staff at Tuesday's appreciation event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Chief Nursing

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

LAVNS Among New Mexico Home Health Agencies Receiving 2017 HealthInsight Quality Awards

on November 10, 2017 - 7:00am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Nineteen home health agencies across New Mexico, including Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services, were recognized for their commitment to improving performance and promoting patient-centered care.
 
The HealthInsight Quality Award Program promotes transparency in health care. Since 2004, the program has recognized nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and outpatient medical practices and clinics in Utah and Nevada.
 
This year, HealthInsight New Mexico and the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care partnered to launch the program in New

Nearly 635,000 New Mexican Adults Have Prediabetes: Only One In Five Knows It

on November 9, 2017 - 7:34am

NMDH News:

This test asks you to answer a few quick questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Your results are reported as a score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program encourages residents to both learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease.

Almost 635,000 New Mexican adults have

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

LAFD Fills The Boot For MDA

on November 9, 2017 - 7:07am

The Los Alamos Fire Department is gearing up once again to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 13-18 outside Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock daily. Firefighters Kevin Kamplain, left, and Ernesto Polson ask the community to support the longtime firefighter tradition. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to once again join in the strong firefighter tradition of filling the boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Violence Against Healthcare Workers

on November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Violence against doctors, nurses in public hospitals is common and underreported

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico.

Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

“We’re concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our

Pearce Votes To Extend Vital Healthcare Programs

on November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers (CHC), and other important public health priorities including additional Medicaid Assistance funding.
 
This bill also includes a two-year funding extension for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program.
 
“Passage of this bill today is a vital step to providing essential funding for communities throughout New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against CHIP Cuts

on November 5, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted against legislation that would cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotage the ACA, and raise Medicare premiums for seniors to pay for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers.
 
“Like many others who care deeply about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC), I am appalled by the vote we took in the House today.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
 
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
 
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.

Fentanyl Involved In Over Half Of Opioid Overdose Deaths In 10 States

on November 3, 2017 - 7:25am

CDC News:

More athan half of people in 10 states who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 tested positive for fentanyl, according to new data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release.

The report found that out of a total of 5,152 opioid overdose deaths, almost 3,000 tested positive for fentanyl, and over 700 tested positive for drugs that have similar chemical structures to fentanyl (fentanyl analogs) – including the extremely potent fentanyl analog, carfentanil, which is used to sedate large animals.

This is the first report on

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