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Panel Adds Time Frame To Aid-In-Dying Bill

on January 29, 2019 - 7:47am
A legislative committee decided Monday that medical professionals would have to determine a patient has no more than six months to live before prescribing drugs that would help the patient end his or her own life.
By tweaking the bill to give it a time frame, lawmakers who support the measure hope to add New Mexico to a short list of states that permit medical assistance in dying.
Critics had raised concerns about exactly which patients would qualify under House Bill 90. It was originally written to allow medical aid in dying for patients

Legislation Expanding Access For Developmentally Disabled Passes First Committee

on January 27, 2019 - 7:55am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Wednesday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and co-sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.
House Bill 68 addresses the chronic problem of long waitlists for the developmental disabilities waiver services in New Mexico.
“This bill is so important for New Mexico families who have a family member with a developmental disability. It is unthinkable and unbelievable that families are waiting 13 years for services they desperately need and for which they qualify.

Balderas Announces $120 Million Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Over Marketing Practices

on January 26, 2019 - 1:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he and 45 other Attorneys General reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.
Depuy claimed the devices were much more reliable than they actually were. Contrary to DePuy’s claims of reliability, these hip implants were found to fail at rates more than eight times higher than rates advertised.
“Doctors and patients

THD Procedure Reduces Pain And Recovery Time

on January 26, 2019 - 10:52am

Dr. Salim Amrani

Los Alamos Surgical Associates News:

Dr. Salim Amrani, MD offers a non-excisional surgical technique for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids.

Transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) is a minimally invasive surgery that does not require incisions or removal of the hemorrhoidal tissue. For most patients, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and normal activities can be resumed two to three days post-operatively.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are necessary, normal, vascular veins found in the anal canal.

Tribal Yoga & Wellness Open House 3-5 p.m. Today

on January 26, 2019 - 8:47am

EMS Division Chief Ben Stone: Dangers Of Opioids

on January 25, 2019 - 1:31pm
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

The rate at which Americans are dying from overdoses involving opioids is staggering. The U.S. Center for Disease Control has deemed the opioid crisis as a national epidemic.

Decades of over-prescription, along with wide-spread misconceptions about drug addiction, have led to an astounding rise in overdose deaths. The devastation is pervasive, leaving families of every type and communities of every size grieving and searching for answers in the wake.

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.

House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler Co-sponsors Transparency, Healthcare And Education Bills

on January 25, 2019 - 10:44am

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler on the House floor at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

From the Office of Rep. Christine Chandler:

SANTA FE – House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler has co-sponsored several important bills this legislative session.

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (SD-15) and Rep. Chandler’s bill (SB 11) closing the so-called lobbying “loophole” has successful passed out of committee and onto the Senate. The bill is similar to Sen. Ivey-Soto’s bill from the 2018 session that was vetoed by the former governor. 

According to the Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver,

Department Of Health Reports Steady Improvements In Safer Prescribing

on January 23, 2019 - 4:57pm


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Jan. 14 the release of its latest state quarterly prescribing report that shows a 14.9 percent decrease of prescribing high dose opioids in the state.

The numbers come from the Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database, which is required for use by healthcare providers to check a patient’s prescription history before prescribing opioid and benzo-diazepines. Opioids are a class of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine, all of which can cause addiction.

The latest report

LANL: Scientist Bette Korber To Discuss Her Work Developing HIV Vaccine In Frontiers In Science Lectures

on January 23, 2019 - 6:21am
Bette Korber
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Bette Korber will discuss her work designing a vaccine against HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Jan. 31 in Los Alamos.
“Our immune system precisely targets and eliminates pathogens when we get an infection, and our immune cells have a remarkable capacity to ‘remember’ such an encounter, acquiring protection that can last a lifetime,” said computational biologist Korber, who was named as the 2018 Scientist of the Year by R&D magazine.

Want To Be Healthier? YMCA Coaches Can Help!

on January 21, 2019 - 8:20am
YMCA Health Coaches Tessa Dowell, left, and Emily Schmidt. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

It is simple to say that the key to better health is eating healthy food and exercising but actually achieving a healthier lifestyle is sometimes easier said than done.

The Los Alamos Family YMCA Health Coaches Emily Schmidt and Tessa Dowell are here to assist.

A Health Coach, according to Schmidt, is a wellness professional who works with clients one-on-one or in group settings to help them achieve their personal wellness goals including weight

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

on January 20, 2019 - 8:42am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” Udall said. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line.

GOP On Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:10am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
Many churches across the nation will shed light on the issue of life and the unborn this Sunday, Jan. 20, which is recognized as the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
Few people are aware that New Mexico has become the late term abortion capitol of the country and has become a late term abortion magnet.

Dustin Sutherland Is New Wellness Director At YMCA

on January 19, 2019 - 7:55am

New Y Wellness Director Dustin Sutherland

YMCA News:

The Los Alamos YMCA anounces that Dustin Sutherland has accepted the position of Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; he will begin his new position Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Sutherland has been with the YMCA since 2016 as a wellness coach, small group instructor and personal trainer.

SFCC Offers Flu Vaccine Clinic Jan. 24

on January 18, 2019 - 8:45am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with New Mexico Department of Health, is offering a free Flu Vaccine Clinic for anyone 6 months old or older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 (or while supplies last).
Anyone younger than 18 years old needs a parent’s signature. Flu season is here and it is not too late to get vaccinated. Free event. SFCC, Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave.
Call 505.428.1837 for information.

Special Section 2019: The Start Of A New Journey

on January 17, 2019 - 3:25pm

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Fresh Year, Fresh Start: Give Your Health A Jumpstart In 2019

on January 17, 2019 - 10:40am

Los Alamos Family Care

Ask anyone what their New Year’s resolution is and chances are they’ll mention a determination to eat healthier.

While many of us may consider a renewed focus on healthy eating as a way to make up for the rich indulgences of the holiday season or as a pathway to fit more comfortably into that favorite pair of jeans, healthy eating comes with even greater rewards.

It can reduce our risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and it can help boost our energy, sharpen our memories and stabilize our mood, leading to a noticeable

Health Security Act Being Introduced At Legislature Today To Ensure Coverage For All New Mexicans

on January 17, 2019 - 7:53am
Senators Carlos Cisneros, Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Bill Soules are set to introduce the Health Security Act today in the New Mexico State Senate.
The first phase of the Act will be a fiscal analysis to make certain that it is financially feasible.
According to Cisneros, vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, “Passage of the Health Security Act this year will initially result in a prudent fiscal analysis of the details of the plan. No other steps will be taken until we are certain that the finances will work and that it will be revenue neutral.”
Ortiz y Pino,

Human Services Dept. Working Overtime To Ensure All Eligible SNAP Families Receive February Benefits

on January 15, 2019 - 6:16am
HSD News:
SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department is urging all SNAP recipients who are due for renewal of benefits in January to submit their renewal form no later than today, Jan. 15, in order to receive their February benefit.
There are more than 25,000 SNAP households that are due for renewal, of which 14,500 are still outstanding.
“HSD wants to ensure every eligible family maintains their benefit and is working overtime to get that done,” HSD Secretary-Designate David R. Scrase, MD, said.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Dr. Martin

on January 15, 2019 - 5:09am
Los Alamos
Dear Dr. Martin,
We want to thank you for the care you gave to your patient, Stanley Hall, and his family.
The time you took with different family members to patiently answer questions and explain your diagnosis was appreciated. Your time and patience exceeded our expectations and didn’t go unnoticed.
Los Alamos is fortunate to have a doctor of your caliber in their community.

House Leadership: New ‘Nursing Lounge’ Makes Roundhouse More Accessible For Moms, Parents

on January 15, 2019 - 5:08am
Nursing Lounge’ for new moms and parents inside the State Capitol. Courtesy/NMHD

New Mexico House Democrats News:

SANTA FE New Mexico House of Representatives Leadership announced Monday the creation of a “Nursing Lounge” for new moms and parents inside the State Capitol.
Joining other state legislatures across the country, House Leadership is working to create a more inclusive and safer environment for new parents to privately breastfeed or pump breastmilk for their children at the State Capitol.
Door to the new Nursing Lounge’ for new moms and parents inside the State

Congress Introduces Bill To Expand Chiropractic Access To Military Retirees, National Guard And Reserves

on January 14, 2019 - 6:56am
ACA News:
ARLINGTON, VA The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that Congress yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program.
The legislation--S. 30, introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and H.R. 344, introduced by Rep.

New Speakers, Free Transportation Announced For ‘Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day’ At State Legislature

on January 14, 2019 - 6:53am
AA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announced new, additional details regarding its “Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day” event at the State Capitol during the upcoming legislative session.
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter will host legislators, caregivers, and people diagnosed with the disease, along with concerned members of the community, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building, aka “The Roundhouse.”
A Press Conference, beginning at 10 a.m., will feature remarks from distinguished members of the

A Gift That Keeps Giving: Consider The Life-Saving Gift Of Blood This January

on January 14, 2019 - 6:51am
Chief Nursing Office
Los Alamos Medical Center

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – but only about 10 percent of those who are eligible to give actually make a blood donation each year.

Donated blood is a necessary part of helping patients cope with a wide variety of conditions, including burns, trauma, heart surgery, cancer, organ transplants and more. And a little goes a long way, as a one-time blood donation can save the lives of up to three people.

It’s one of the best ways to give back to others and help improve the health of our community.

Cuban Lovelorn Crickets, Not A Sonic Weapon, Made U.S. Diplomats Ill: Study

on January 14, 2019 - 6:42am
HSNW News:
In late 2016, U.S. diplomats in Havana began to report ear pain, dizziness, confusion – and some showed symptoms of mysterious brain injury.
The diplomats said that their symptoms occurred after they repeatedly heard a high-frequency noise. The State Department withdrew half its embassy staff, and several studies concluded that the high-frequency noise was generated by a sonic weapon. A new study argues that the high-frequency noise was created by local crickets.


In late 2016, U.S.

Cancer Foundation For New Mexico Hosts 14th Annual Sweetheart Auction Fundraiser Feb. 9

on January 13, 2019 - 7:12am
Bidders at sweetheart auction. Courtesy photo
Sweetheart Auction Honor Wall. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE — Saturday, Feb. 9, the Sweetheart Auction returns for its 14th year—promising excitement, fascinating Live and Silent auction items, and a night dedicated to helping save lives.
The Sweetheart Auction raises essential funds for the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico (CFFNM), a local, independent nonprofit that helps cancer patients in northern New Mexico access treatment in Santa Fe.
All money raised stays in New Mexico to fund patient services for New