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Santa Fe Doctor Deploying To Syrian Border

on March 15, 2016 - 3:32am
Dr. Andrew Lustig assisting arriving refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Courtesy photo
 
GoDOCS News:
 
SANTA FE  Global Outreach Doctors (GoDocs), a humanitarian organization of MDs, RNs, DOMs and other professionals led by Naturopath Dr. Andrew Lustig of Santa Fe is about to deploy a team of 12 March 29 to the Syrian/Jordan border.
 
The Zataari Refugee Camp just passed its third anniversary and shelters more than 120,000 men, women and children.

ProgressNow NM Responds To Proposed Takeover At UNM Health Sciences Center

on March 12, 2016 - 10:22am

ProgressNow NM Managing Director Alex Curtas

ProgressNow NM  News:

ALBUQUERQUE – After the New Mexico Political Report published a story early Friday morning detailing a proposal by Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointees on the UNM Board of Regents to dissolve the UNM Health Sciences Center Board, ProgressNow NM Managing Director Alex Curtas released this statement:

“It’s an incredible affront to this community, and an indication of how politicized Gov. Martinez has made the UNM Board of Regents, that there’s a proposal on the table to strip the UNM Health Sciences Center of its independence.

Los Alamos Fire Department Forms EMS Bike Team

on March 12, 2016 - 9:43am
Courtesy photo
 
By DYLAN MAHONEY and BEN STONE
Los Alamos Fire Department

The Los Alamos Fire Department has formed an EMS Bike Team. This new team will enable our EMTs to quickly reach patients who may be located in an area not easily accessible by our ambulances. 

LAFD first got the idea for the team by observing the police bike team working the July 4 celebration at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Udall At VA Budget Hearing: Improve Access To Care For Rural Veterans

on March 11, 2016 - 7:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Also presses VA Secretary on restoring trust in VA, continuing burn pit exposure research 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing Thursday about the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Sen. Tom Udall continued his call for the VA to improve care for veterans living in rural New Mexico and rural communities across the country.  
 
Udall has championed the need to improve access to rural veterans' health care through expanded use of telehealth technology, increasing transportation options and by

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Openings Available To Community

on March 10, 2016 - 8:58am

Courtesy/JJAB

Courtesy/JJAB

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place this weekend.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness.

As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis. Trainees learn how to assess the person for risk of harm or suicide, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance, and encourage the person to seek professional help.

Learn About Parkinson's Disease April 2

on March 10, 2016 - 8:06am

Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy photo

LARSO News:

Lori Erickson, physical therapist at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Dr. Miles Nelson, president of A Nurse in the Family, will lead a discussion about Parkinson’s Disease 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

People facing this disease as well as caregivers and family members are invited. Erickson will demonstrate exercises that help maintain function. Dr. Nelson will discuss particulars of the disease as well as how to help caregivers.

Los Alamos Health Council Gathers For Meeting

on March 10, 2016 - 7:52am

Members of the Los Alamos Community Health Council gathered last Thursday for its monthly meeting in the third floor conference room at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The LACHC is the designated health planning body for Los Alamos County. It has been designated as such through the New Mexico Legislature and the Los Alamos County Council. The LACHC works collaboratively with other county offices, collaboratives and networks in its planning activity. Core Services include health research and monitoring of health needs.

Dr. Marvel Harris Presents Findings Of LAPS Mental Health Design Team To Rotary Club

on March 10, 2016 - 7:23am

Dr. Marvel Harrison, local mental health specialist and counselor, spoke Tuesday to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the findings of the Los Alamos Public Schools Mental Health Design Team. Questions from the audience sparked concerned conversation about the mental health of local students and the anxiety and stress they experience. Photo by Hal Davis

Learn Infant And Child CPR At FSN

on March 9, 2016 - 11:06am

FSN News:

Learn basic infant and child CPR at Family Strengths Network 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22

Instructor, Steve Bond will help people remain calm and prepared in the event of an emergency.

The course cost $40 per individual and $55 if certification is desired. FSN also is offering babysitting, the cost is $5 per family and those needing babysitting should request one week in advance.  

Registration is online at www.lafsn.org or call 505.662.4515 from more information. FSN is a United Way Community Partner.

Los Alamos Medical Center Unveils New CT Scanner

on March 7, 2016 - 12:24pm
From left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Melanie Pickering and CT Technologist Charlie Trujillo prepare to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the long-awaited, much-anticipated Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC's Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker discusses the new CT scanner during a gathering Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC Marketing Diector Mary Bath Maassen listens to Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker's

Flu Spreads At Central NM Correctional Facility

on March 4, 2016 - 7:26am

STATE News:

Over the course of the last three days, an increase in Influenza symptoms has been detected within the inmate population housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Those diagnosed or presenting symptoms consistent with Influenza Virus are receiving supportive medical treatment.

Madhavi Garimella M.D.: Understanding Osteoporosis

on March 4, 2016 - 6:02am

By MADHAVI GARIMELLA, M.D.
Medical Associates of Northern NM

What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis which means “porous bone” is a condition of weakening of the structure of the bone leading to an increased risk for fracture. Many people have osteoporosis and do not know about it as they have no symptoms at all.

Osteoporosis does not cause any pain unless you have a fracture.

Why should we worry about osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity in older Americans.

Letter To The Editor: Excellence At Sombrillo

on March 2, 2016 - 10:10am
By ED EMERSON
Los Alamos
 
I have recently spent about a month in the Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on Sombrillo Court because of a shoulder injury. I am a long-time Quemazon resident.
 
I would like to bring to the Los Alamos community's attention the excellence of the recently renovated facility. The highly motivated and experienced therapy staff working in a large and beautiful rehabilitation room with cutting edge equipment was central to my healing. I am so appreciative of the physical and occupational therapists - Danielle and Rita.

New Mexico Has Lowest Rate Of Workers With Paid Sick Leave In Nation

on February 29, 2016 - 1:54pm
VFC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Nearly 50 percent of workers in New Mexico do not receive paid sick leave benefits at their jobs.
 
This means that these workers cannot stay home or see a doctor when they or a family member are ill without losing wages. This is just one of the many reasons that poverty is so persistent in New Mexico. That’s among the conclusions of the report “Valuing Families at Work: The Case for Paid Sick Leave” being released today by New Mexico Voices for Children.
 
“No parent should ever have to make the terrible choice between paying their bills and caring for a sick child, but

Mental Health Design Team Community Presentation Is Tonight

on February 29, 2016 - 9:29am
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools' Mental Health Design Team is hosting a community presentation to engage the community in dialog around the Healthy School and Community Initiative 5:30-7 p.m. today, Feb. 29, in the Student Center, Building 2 at UNM-LA.
 
The presentation will include an overview of the team’s work in the Fall of 2015 and short and long term recommendations for a path forward. The presentations and recommendations are intended to engage the schools and community in active collaboration around the issues of mental health and the impact on our students and community.
 
There

6th Annual Run For Her Life 5K-10K Races April 10

on February 29, 2016 - 6:05am

Runners cross the finish line at the 2013 Run for Her Life Race in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

The 6th Annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10K Races begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 10 at East Park on East Road (M.M. 502).

All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.

Registration forms available at www.atomicrunners.com. For more information, call 505.672.1639.

Hospital Ransomware Plague Growing Worldwide

on February 28, 2016 - 10:27am

HSNW News:

Homeland Security News Wire reports that hackers have attacked several hospitals in Germany with ransomware – locking medical files and demanding ransom payment for releasing the encrypted data.

The blackmailing of hospitals by encrypting their medical file has become a growing problem around the world. In California, for example, a Hollywood hospital earlier this month had to pay about $17,000 in the digital currency bitcoins to hackers in order to regain access to medical files.

Two weeks ago, an employee at the Lukas Hospital in Neuss, a city in western Germany, noticed that

Los Alamos Medical Center's Cardio Rehab Program

on February 26, 2016 - 8:34am
The Los Alamos Medical Center Cardio-Rehab Team from left, Miyuki Coombs, Barbara Blair and Euphrasia Romero. Also on the team is Ivanka Velisavljevic (not pictured). Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. claiming more than 500,000 lives in this country annually.

An additional 1,500,000 Americans suffer heart attacks, often striking individuals in their most productive years.

  • Pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in this nation.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects nearly two million Americans and asthma more than

Learn About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

on February 26, 2016 - 7:51am

LAMC News:

As we conclude our observation of Heart Health Month, let’s take a look at COPD--Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a term used to describe a variety progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

Many people consider a shortness of breath and coughing as part of the aging process, but that is not necessarily so. COPD can sneak up on you, developing for years without problematic breathlessness.

This is an issue because if COPD is identified early, intervention can slow the loss of

Morning Meditation 'Deepening The Heart' Friday

on February 22, 2016 - 10:23am
COMMUNITY News:
 
A morning of Insight Meditation with Abhaya Kopka, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
 
The program includes a guided sitting and walking meditation and finishes with a Dharma Talk and Sharing. Each student will have a one on one meeting with the teacher. A variety of teas will be available. The class is free. Donations are welcome.
 
For more information call 505.579.4072 or abhayasong@hotmail.com.

LAMC And Dr. Miguel Dozier Educate To Save Lives

on February 19, 2016 - 10:15am
As part of LAMC's lunchtime presentation Friday, Lori Coffelt, RN and Director of the LAMC Emergency Department, presented three automated external defibrillators (AED’s) to the senior center, for use in the Los Alamos and White Rock facilities. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC doctors and medical staff members provide lunchtime health and wellness talks at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is pursuing certification as an accredited Chest Pain Center through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

About Automated External Defibrillators

on February 19, 2016 - 9:46am

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION News:

What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.

The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function.

If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation.

Delegation Calls For Probe Into NM HSD Suspending Medicaid Payments To Behavioral Health Providers

on February 19, 2016 - 8:58am

Update: Response from Kyler Nerison, HSD spokesman:

“This is nothing more than the same partisan stunt orchestrated by the same Washington politicians more than a year ago. The Feds have extensively reviewed this matter and found that the state acted in accordance with the anti-fraud regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

The companies in question overbilled the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that should have been used to help those in need. That's a fact, and we've already collected more than $4 million on behalf of taxpayers.

Community Resilience Committee Meets Feb. 29

on February 19, 2016 - 7:12am
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Community Resilience Committee will host a quarterly meeting 10-11 a.m., Feb. 29, in meeting room 1 at Mesa Public Library.
 
The Community Resilience Committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos Community Health Council.
 
For additional information, to provide input or request minutes, call 505.470.0841.

Blue Sky Pilates Offers Four New Classes

on February 18, 2016 - 12:17pm
Courtesy photo
 
BSP News:
 
Blue Sky Pilates is increasing the number of classes beginning in March. 
 
My goal is to offer a wide variety of classes that can satisfy any one's fitness goal at Blue Sky Pilates,” said Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, owner of Blue Sky Pilates. This March will bring FOUR more classes to the already large list of classes being offered at the studio.  
 
Get ready for the upcoming golf season by taking the Pilates Golf Prep Class. This class will be offered 5-6 p.m., every Monday, and also 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday. 
 
The class will run the entire month of March, for a total of

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