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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

Is There A Link Between Oral Health And The Rate Of Cognitive Decline?

on March 31, 2016 - 2:06pm
WILEY News:
 
Better oral hygiene and regular dental visits may play a role in slowing cognitive decline as people age, although evidence is not definitive enough to suggest that one causes the other.
 
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, come from the first systematic review of studies focused on oral health and cognition—two important areas of research as the older adult population continues to grow, with some 36 percent of people over age 70 already living with cognitive impairments.
 
Researchers have questioned whether an association exists between oral

Contribution Provides Seed Money For New Program At UNM-Los Alamos

on March 29, 2016 - 7:20pm

Stephen Stoddard has been honored with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The legacy of Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephen Stoddard has been honored once again with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos to provide seed money for the creation of a program that will provide training for individuals who can serve as personal caregivers.

Barbara Stoddard recognized a need for caregivers in our community, people who can provide in-home health care and personal care to individuals.

Officer's Use Of Narcan Rescues Unresponsive Victim

on March 29, 2016 - 7:37am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS  At around 11 p.m., March 23, a New Mexico State Police officer in Taos responded to a call of an unresponsive female at a residence on Archuleta Road in Taos County. In assessing the unresponsive female at the scene, the officer noticed what appeared to be signs of recent drug usage.
 
The officer was trained in the administration of Narcan, an opioid antagonist that completely or partially reverses an opioid overdose, and administered a dosage on the female. Moments following, the female regained consciousness. She was subsequently transported for medical treatment.
 
Last

Importance Of Healthy Sleeping Habits

on March 26, 2016 - 6:05am

Suffering with a snorer in your bed. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

The days are getting longer - a sign that spring is here – and some of us are still groggy from the hour of sleep we lost when the clocks bounced forward an hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time.

 “Many people do not realize the importance of healthy sleeping habits to their overall wellness,” said Dr. Frank Ralls of Quality Sleep Solutions and Medical Director of the Los Alamos Medical Center sleep clinic. “Most adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain good health.

Float Your Cares (Pains) Away At Float Los Alamos

on March 26, 2016 - 5:04am
Carlos and Linda Casias with one of their flotation tanks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Carlos and Linda Casias opened Float Los Alamos in November at 927 Central Ave., near the DMV and Rose Chocolatier.

The new business provides floatation therapy or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom salt water solution.

The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve

Correction To Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic Address In Physician Listing

on March 24, 2016 - 4:01pm

ADDRESS CORRECTION:

Dr. Jacqueline Krohn of Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is located at 3917 West Road, Ste 136, Los Alamos, NM  87544. The address in the physician listing published last week in the Living Healthy in Northern New Mexico Tab is incorrect. The telephone number to the Los Alamos Pediatric Clinic is 505.662.9620. http://drkrohnpediatrics.com http://dr.krohn.blogspot.com.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You From Visiting Nurses

on March 22, 2016 - 6:26am
Two Key Club members who delivered daffodils this year. Courtesy photo
 
By ROSEMARY COYNE
Los Alamos
 
My name is Rosemary Coyne, MSN, RN. I am the newly appointed executive director of the Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service (LAVNS).
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made our 21st annual LAVNS Daffodil Drive such a success again this year. The funds we raise every year are used to help our hospice patients in need.
 
I am glad that I arrived here on Feb. 29, Monday of “Daffodil Week”. Otherwise, I would have missed seeing the amazing work done by so many people.

Living Well Los Alamos: Kidney Health

on March 20, 2016 - 12:30pm
By HELEN IDZOREK
Los Alamos

In addition to removing waste products from the body our kidneys play an important role in other processes including regulating salt, potassium and blood pressure, producing a form of Vitamin D to keep bones strong, and controlling red blood cell production.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for up to two-thirds of cases of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease affects up to 26 million adults in the US and many more are at risk. Two simple tests - heart and urine, are available to determine if you have kidney disease.

Many kidney

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Prevent Suspension Of Medicaid Services Without Thorough Investigation

on March 19, 2016 - 12:47pm

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act of 2016.

The bill protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure that state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider.

The introduction of the bill comes after the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) unnecessarily

LAMC’s Teddy Bear Clinic Draws Kindergarten Crowd

on March 17, 2016 - 5:50pm

Aspen Elementary kindergartners visit Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Throughout the day, all five elementary schools participated in the clinic. Adults from left, Erin Warren, RN; Courtney Thompson, RN; Teddy Bear Clinic Chair Johanna Giron; her husband LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Dr. Josiah Child and Aspen kindergarten teacher Luci Best. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighter Michael McElyea talks with Mountain Elementary students about the equipment used to fight fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los

Los Alamos Family Council More Than A Counseling Center

on March 17, 2016 - 5:38pm

From left, Jeremy Varela and Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico, Joy Beery and Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council, Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers and Pamela Risley Rogers of the LAFC Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is more than a counseling center. LAFC also operates two Youth Activity Centers.

The Youth Activity Centers are a natural part of LAFC's mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse.

YMCA: ‘Closest Thing To A Wonder Drug’

on March 17, 2016 - 5:37pm

YMCA News:
  • Modest weight loss of 5-7 percent can prevent onset of Type 2 Diabetes

The New Mexico Department of Health estimates that 1 in 3 adult New Mexicans have prediabetes, a step away from diabetes, and a condition in itself that increases cardiovascular disease. But the good news is that a modest weight loss of 5-7 percent (that’s 12 pounds for a person who weighs 230 lbs.), and a modest increase in physical activity of 150 minutes a week (20 minutes a day) can prevent or delay diabetes all together.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) published a study on lifestyle change versus

Merry McIntrye, D.C. Treats Clients Naturally At Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness

on March 17, 2016 - 5:35pm
By Dr. Merry McIntyre
Los Alamos
 
I have been drawn to helping others for as long as I can remember. As a chiropractor, I practice chiropractic alternative medicine and specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on a person's general health.

Chiropractic is the art and science of restoring and maintaining the integrity of the nervous system, the body’s messenger. Correcting misalignments (nerve impingement) is central to the philosophy of chiropractic.

We are expanding our view of the human

Living Healthy The Benefits Of Pilates

on March 17, 2016 - 5:34pm

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes works with a client at her studio at

2101 Trinity Drive, Suite A in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

By Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT
Owner, Blue Sky Pilates

“My back pain is gone!” “I don’t have sciatica pain for the first time in years.” “I have my life back because of Pilates.” “I am skiing better now than I ever have.” All these statements are actual testimonials from my clients. I call these Pilates moments, and these moments are celebrated every day at Blue Sky Pilates. 

Clients are always coming into the studio exclaiming how Pilates is changing their lives.

Living Healthy Fitness Walking And Racewalking

on March 17, 2016 - 5:34pm

Courtesy/NMR

New Mexico Racewalkers News:

We live in a sedentary society. More than 60 percent of our population is considered overweight, and over one in three of us is obese! Physical inactivity increases the risk for coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.

Regular aerobic physical activity can help prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

My goal is to get people off the couch and outside for a walk.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.7 Million For NM Health Centers To Help Treat Prescription Opioid Abuse

on March 16, 2016 - 8:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $1.7 million for five health centers and treatment providers in New Mexico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a particular focus on the treatment of opioid abuse in underserved communities.
 
The grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act and administered by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, will help increase the number of patients screened for substance abuse and connect more patients to treatment, increase

Heinrich Cosponsors GMO Food Labeling Legislation

on March 15, 2016 - 3:47am

Office Of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

"Providing transparency to consumers will ensure they are able to make informed decisions about the products they buy and feed their families."

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is cosponsoring S.2621, the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to ensure that consumers can find genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredient labeling on food packaging, while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements in different locations.

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