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Living Well Los Alamos: Pressure Canner Care And Maintenance

on April 30, 2016 - 7:34am
By HELEN IDZOREK
Los Alamos
 
Well maintained equipment is key to a successful canning season. This is especially true for pressure canners. To begin, check any rubber gaskets for cracks.
 
Rubber that has dried out, cracked or broken can result in a loose seal and not being able to reach the appropriate pressure. New gaskets can be purchased from the manufacturer or at our local hardware store. With metal-to-metal canners this is not a concern. Check that all vents and parts are working properly.
 
Tighten any loose handles if necessary.

Martinez Announces Expansion Of Child Care Services

on April 28, 2016 - 8:10am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced that hundreds more low-income families will now have access to child care services through CYFD at an affordable cost. Martinez announced that the Child Care Assistance Program, which serves nearly 18,000 families, will expand its eligibility requirements through the end of May.
 
Now, New Mexico families earning as much as 200 percent of the federal poverty line – an increase from the previous 150 percent – may apply for the child care assistance program.

Books For Babies Project Exceeds Expectations

on April 27, 2016 - 12:43pm
Barranca Elementary School students gather with hospital staff this morning at Los Alamos Medical Center to celebrate the student's success in raising $622 for their ‘Books for Babies’ Service Project. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

LAMC Chief Financial Officer Steve Winegeart congratulates students this morning on the success of their service project. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1st through 4th grade students set a goal of $500 for their “Books for Babies” Service Project.

DPNM Commends Balderas For Working To Protect Access To Health Care Services In Northern New Mexico

on April 27, 2016 - 7:38am
DPNM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) commended Attorney General Hector Balderas for working to protect access to health care services for women in northern New Mexico.

“We are proud that Attorney General Balderas is standing for women who have lost access to services that keep our families healthy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Ensuring all New Mexicans have access to quality health care is the right thing to do, and women in rural New Mexico should not have to jump through hoops to get the care they need.”

Recently, Alta

EPA Must Act Now To Protect Public From Teflon Chemical In Drinking Water

on April 27, 2016 - 7:22am
EPA News:
 
By BILL WALKER
Investigations Editor
 
The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis.
 
Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.
 
Today EWG, which has

LAHS Graduate Dr. Leslie Hayes To Be Recognized At White House As ‘Champion Of Change’ April 29

on April 24, 2016 - 12:16pm

By White House Media Affairs:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House is recognizing 10 individuals from across the country Friday as “White House Champions of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery” including 1982 Los Alamos High School graduate Leslie Hayes, MD.

Dr. Hayes is the daughter of longtime Los Alamos resident Ann Hayes and works for El Centro Family Health in Espanola as a family practitioner. El Centro Family Health is a community health center with clinics located throughout northern New Mexico, a rural, underserved area. While Dr.

Hemorrhoid Removal: THD Procedure Reduces Pain And Recovery Time

on April 21, 2016 - 7:57pm

Drinking plenty of water can help with hemorroids. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Dr. Salim Amrani, MD is now offering 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.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Action On Zika Virus, Call On Congress To Approve Emergency Funding

on April 19, 2016 - 3:07pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have joined Senate Democrats in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran calling for immediate passage of President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request of $1.9 billion for prevention and treatment of the Zika virus outbreak.
 
Specifically, the new letter calls for the Senate Appropriations committee to mark-up the president’s emergency funding request as soon as possible to ensure swift passage by the full Senate and House.
 
“It would be

Allergy Season Is Upon Us: Tips To Keep Your Sniffling And Sneezing In Check

on April 15, 2016 - 11:04am
By KAMEL ABOUDA, MD
Espanola Family Care

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But they also bring pollen, ragweed and a slew of other wheeze-, sneeze-, and sniffle-inducing allergens.

First of all, what causes springtime sniffling and sneezing? According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that does not cause a reaction in most people.

For an estimated 40 million Americans, that “something” is often one of Mother Nature’s

Today Marks Final Winter Farmers Market

on April 14, 2016 - 6:35am
LAFM News:
 
Today is the final winter market of the season before moving outside to the Mesa Library parking lot starting in May. The community is invited to check out the products available 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Crossroads Church 97 E. Road. 
 
Market includes:
 
Salad greens, jams, pork, beef, apples and apple products, tortillas, locally raised honey, cheese spreads and cow cheeses, plants, certified organic seeds, baked goods, jellies, lavender body products, eggs, market baskets, aprons, market bags and more.
 
Los Alamos Farmers Market also will be at Earth Day April 23 at the Los Alamos

Sunday’s Run For Her Life Race Results

on April 11, 2016 - 9:28am

Sunday's Run For Her Life race winners, from left, Tammie Nelson, 5K female winner; Daniel Santistevan, 5K male winner; Erica Baron, 10K female winner and Mike Engelhardt, 10K male winner. Courtesy photo

The race is on to help find a cure for breast cancer. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

The 6th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K Run was held Sunday at East Park to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

Daniel Santistevan was the top male in the 5K with a time of 20:24. Tammie Nelson was the first 5K female finisher recording a 22:33.

Erica Baron was the top female finisher in the 10K at

Letter to the Editor: New Report On Fort Bayard Medical Center Raises Concern Over Other State Facilities

on April 8, 2016 - 11:25am
By Sen. HOWIE MORALES
D-28-Catron, Grant & Socorro

 

It is no exaggeration to say that the most vulnerable citizens in New Mexico, as in the broader society, are largely invisible and rarely heard. Among these are the elderly and the ill, children from broken homes in the juvenile detention system, and desperate people struggling with severe mental illness and behavioral problems. When such individuals are being abused and neglected, we must, as citizens, extend compassion, and as public officials, act swiftly.

A new report assembled by staff of the New Mexico Legislative Finance

LAMC's Feliciano Jiron Receives National Recognition

on April 7, 2016 - 3:22pm
LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, left, is honored for his national recognition by the Amercan Hospital Association, with a special gathering by staff including Mary Beth Maassen and Steve Winegeart Tuesday at at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC staff celebrates CEO Feliciano Jiron's, left, national recognition Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The American Hospital Association has named Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron its 2016 Grassroots Champion. 

Jiron has received a string

Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

on April 7, 2016 - 1:21pm

By MAYO CLINIC STAFF

Falls put you at risk of serious injury. Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures, from reviewing your medications to hazard-proofing your home.

Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life. Instead, consider six simple fall-prevention strategies.

1.   Make an

Nuclear Workers Challenge DOL’s Proposals For Compensation Program

on April 7, 2016 - 12:20pm
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Labor Department officials announced Tuesday that they would reopen the comment period for a proposed set of rule changes that have not been well received by the community of nuclear workers eligible for a federal compensation program for workers with certain occupational illnesses. DOL’s Office of Workers' Compensation Programs has responsibility for adjudicating and processing employees’ claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, (EEOICPA).

A 60-day comment period, which was already extended an extra 30 days

Domestic Violence: Power And Control

on April 7, 2016 - 9:40am
By MAGGIE SMITH
Los Alamos

The many incarnations of power and control that manifest as domestic discord and violence are generally traceable to a need for by individual in a relationship to be totally in charge of another. Historically, major events and incidents can be attributed to one of two things: need and greed. So it is in the domestic arena as well.

The need for power may emanate from some long-ago experience of helplessness, some occurrence that has demonstrated a notable advantage to the stronger over the weaker partner, a workplace or social situation in which one is reminded of

County Council Proclaims April ‘Donate Life Month’

on April 6, 2016 - 11:33am

Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, right, presents a proclamation on behalf of council Tuesday evening to, front row from left, Linda Boncella who donated a kidney to her brother in 1987 - her sister donated one to the same brother in 2014, Linda Rickel who received a kidney 29 years ago, Sue Conner who received a cornea 15 years ago, Kay Fletcher who received a kidney from her husband Mike in 1998 and later received a second kidney in 2013 and Cathy Walters who received a heart nearly three years ago. Back row from left, Mike Fletcher who donated a kidney to his wife Kay in 1998,

AG: No Fraud Found Among 15 Providers Audited

on April 6, 2016 - 9:06am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From The Office Of The Attorney General

SANTA FE – In a letter sent to legislators this morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared Pathways and TeamBuilders of fraud. They were the final two providers in the Behavioral Health Investigation.
 
Upon taking office in 2015, Balderas released the PCG audit in its entirety with minimal redactions, and made it a priority to complete the 12 pending behavioral health investigations to bring transparency and accountability to the process.
 
The PCG audit and the Human Services Department alleged there was $36 million

SFI: 'Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons' April 12

on April 5, 2016 - 1:22pm
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents "Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons" with Carlos Castillo-Chavez at 7:30 p.m., April 12 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. 
 
Seating for SFI's community lectures is limited and ticket reservations are required. Reserve your free tickets through the Lensic Box Office online or call 505.988.1234.
 
It has been more than two years since confirmation of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa. Now, with the end of the outbreak in sight, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the experience.

Learn About Palliative Care At Free Seminar April 28

on April 5, 2016 - 7:26am

‘Spiritual Care When Mental Illness Strikes’ April 10

on April 4, 2016 - 2:26pm

FUMC News:

Tom Steward, P.A. and Carol Steward will present “Spiritual Care When Mental Illness Strikes” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the First United Methodist-Los Alamos Sanctuary (next to Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive).

The Stephen Ministry team of First United Methodist-Los Alamos (FUMC) welcomes the greater community of Los Alamos to hear from the Stewards as they discuss the impact of mental illness on families.

They will share what we, as a community, can do to encourage and support the family of individuals with mental illness.

In his practice, Tom Steward, P.A.

Don’t Let Osteoarthritis Get The Best Of You

on April 2, 2016 - 9:22am
By DR. CULLEY CHRISTENSEN
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, LAMC

If you have the degenerative joint disease known as osteoarthritis, you’re not alone. The disease affects 27 million Americans. There is no cure, but you can manage the symptoms through treatment and proper self-care.

Do you wonder how you happened to get osteoarthritis? It turns out the answer isn’t always clear. Osteoarthritis has no single known cause, but certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing the disease. They include:

  • Getting older
  • Being overweight—every extra pound adds 3 pounds of pressure to

Call To Walk For Health: National Walking Day April 6

on April 2, 2016 - 9:17am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In support of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day April 6, the New Mexico Alliance of YMCAs would like to encourage everyone in the state to make an intentional effort on that day to safely walk a new neighborhood route or pathway, and encourage continued walking efforts throughout the month in supporting the health initiative.
 
YMCA of Central New Mexico CEO Zizi Fritz said, “Walking is a great way for most Americans to increase their physical activity.

New Mexico Ranks 32.5 Percent For Health Policies

on April 2, 2016 - 9:11am
YMCA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico garnered 65 out of 200 points, or a 32.5 percent, in a report card issued by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that was released today. The report graded all states on its policies that support physical activity.
 
The nonprofit Safe Routes to School National Partnership reviewed each state on policies that support walking, bicycling, active kids and active communities, which includes “Complete Street” design and National Association of City Transportation Officials standards.

Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

on April 1, 2016 - 11:36am

From The Office Of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
  • Department of Labor should delay new rule that could jeopardize benefits for those who worked at Cold War-era sites
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this week urged the U.S. Department of Labor to delay a new rule that could make it more difficult for sick nuclear workers who served at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Y-12 and other Cold War-era nuclear sites to get benefits they deserve under the department’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.
 
“It’s shameful that so many Americans

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