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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

Employers Gain Increased Productivity And Engagement With Culture Of Wellness

on February 18, 2016 - 6:39am
HUMANA/EIU News:
 
LOUISVILLE, KY — Employers that establish a defined workplace culture of wellness can achieve widespread positive impact on the health and productivity of their employees while increasing engagement in company mission and goals, according to a study released today by Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
 
The study, entitled “The Wellness Effect: The Impact of Workplace Programs,” explored insight into the scope, reach and impact of workplace wellness programs as well as the challenges and opportunities that continue to shape their development.

Letter To The Editor: Nursing Home From Heaven

on February 17, 2016 - 6:25am
By KEN ROSS
New York
 
I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation to Sombrillo Skilled Nursing Center in Los Alamos.
 
My mom, who just turned 89 last week, has been living at Sombrillio for the last year and a half. During this time I have been so very impressed with every facet of the facility.
 
I live in New York and even though I come to visit as often as possible, I never have to worry about the care mom is getting. In fact, the staff feels like family to me and when I arrive or when I check in on the phone, everyone is so friendly and helpful.
 
My sister visits mom at least once a

LAMC's Dr. Josiah Child, RN Lori Coffelt Share Latest CPR Procedures With Los Alamos Rotarians

on February 15, 2016 - 7:50am

In recognition of February as Heart Health Month, RN Lori Coffelt, director of emergency services at Los Alamos Medical Center, instructs Rotarian Nina Thayer in new CPR procedures while Rotarian Brian Newnam plays the role of a heart attack victim. Cardiac specialist Dr. Josiah Child, not pictured, joined Coffelt to tell Rotarians about recognizing and responding to heart attacks. Child is the medical director for the LAMC emergency department. Photo by Linda Hull

LANL Virus Expert Gave Early Warning On Zika

on February 11, 2016 - 10:24am
ZIKA MAP Source: Created by Congressional Research Service from Pan American Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control maps of Zika cases at http://www.paho.org and http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html, accessed Jan. 2, 2016.  Courtesy photo
 
BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

LANL researcher Brian Foley has worked in bioinformatics since 1984. He has spent 20 years in HIV research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has published 98 papers currently listed on Research Gate, the science networking site

LANL Microbiologist Brian Foley

A specialist in phylogenetics,

A Global Look At Women And Cardiovascular Disease

on February 11, 2016 - 9:33am

By LORI COFFELT, RN
LAMC Emergency Room Director

The World Heart Federation and the World Health Organization tells us that cardiovascular disease (CVD) – heart disease and stroke – is the biggest killer of women globally, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Here are a few remarkable statistics:

Heart disease and stroke cause 8.6 million deaths among women annually-- a third of all deaths in women worldwide.

House Passes Bill To Preserve Access For New Mexico Residents To Out-Of-State Medical Care

on February 10, 2016 - 4:01pm
Rep. Terry McMillan
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The House of Representatives passed legislation to preserve access to out-of-state medical care for New Mexicans on a vote of 34 to 27. The bill, House Bill 270, is sponsored by Rep. Terry McMillan. 
 
“The uncertainty in New Mexico’s law is jeopardizing medical care for thousands of New Mexicans who rely on out-of-state providers for treatment and services,” McMillan said.

Can’t Breathe Right? The Latest On Treating Asthma And COPD Overlap

on February 9, 2016 - 10:00am

HEART COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council is hosting its 2016 Heart Health Month Seminar at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, 2200 Diamond Dr.

Dr. James Sussman, a popular location physician with Allergy Partners of NM, will be addressing the overlap of Asthma and COPD illnesses that affect millions around the country, including many patients right here in Los Alamos. If you or someone you know or care for has Asthma - COPD Overlap Syndrome, this seminar is a must see.

Dr.

Native American Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Panel

on February 8, 2016 - 9:51am
Sen. George K. Muñoz
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. George K. Muñoz, passed the Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee.
 
The bill appropriates $150,000 to fund a clearing house Native American suicide prevention which provides culturally appropriate suicide prevention, intervention and post-event assistance statewide to Native American individuals, families and tribes, nations and pueblos.
 
“Although Indian Health Services is legally responsible to provide healthcare to Native Americans, more needs to be done,” Muñoz said.

An Option To Aging Skin: Clinical Skin Care Makeup

on February 7, 2016 - 7:26am

By JUNE ENGLISH
Los Alamos

Professional quality mineral makeup is a wonderful way to help clients look years younger.

Mineral makeup is the preferred cosmetic recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and skin care professionals. Doctors even use these minerals to camouflage surgical procedures.

As an Esthetician I like to offer my clients, cosmetics after performing procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials. There are virtually no contraindications for wearing this type of makeup.

Minerals are well suited for aging clients.

Minutes Matter: Knowing The Signs Of Heart Disease Can Save A Life

on February 5, 2016 - 12:02pm
 
By TERESA REYNOLDS
MSA, BSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Los Alamos Medical Center

When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient.

According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, we want to make sure everyone in our community knows what signs to look for and understands what to do if you or someone you know experiences a serious heart problem.

LAMC Offers Free Monthly Physician Lunch Program At Senior Center

on February 5, 2016 - 11:59am

LAMC Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has started a new community education program designed to help seniors improve and maintain their health and lifestyle.

The LAMC Physician Lunch Program is offered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at noon on the second Friday of the month. The lunch program is free, courtesy of LAMC, and every month physicians will present on important health issues relevant to the senior population. Since February is Healthy Heart month, the first topic will be (drum roll…) heart health!

The presenter for February is Josiah Child, MD, Medical Director for the

‘A Very Important Dialogue’

on February 5, 2016 - 8:06am

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COMMUNITY News:

Please join us for “A Very Important Dialogue” ... an expert panel discussion on cancer. Presented by the K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.

This event, which is open to the public, brings together experts in the field of cancer to discuss being diagnosed, living with, treating, supporting and surviving cancer.

The panelists include: Dr. Anna Voltura - Breast Oncology Surgeon, Dr.

Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Udall And Others Lead Bill To Protect Young Athletes From Concussions

on February 4, 2016 - 10:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From Sen. Tom Udall's Office:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
 
The Youth Sports Concussion Act would help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, including football helmets, are based on the latest science and curb false advertising claims made by manufacturers to

Info Sessions On Medical Degrees At UNM-LA Feb. 4

on February 3, 2016 - 5:33pm

Udall Bill To Childproof E-Cigarettes Signed Into Law

on February 3, 2016 - 9:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  Friday Jan. 29, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that a bill he championed to improve e-cigarette safety has been signed into law by the president.
 
The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 requires manufacturers to put childproof caps on the small bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The number of e-cigarette users — especially young users — has soared in recent years, and this is the first piece of national legislation to help regulate the impact on public health.
 
According to the New Mexico Poison and Drug

K2 Women's Weekend Event

on February 3, 2016 - 8:54am
The 80's rock band Chango will perform 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Pajarito Mountain Lodge. Courtesy photo
 
 
MUSIC News:
 
A Very Important Dialogue ... an expert panel discussion on cancer. Presented by the K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.

Admission is a part of the K2 Women’s Weekend Participants (register at: http://www.pajaritowomen.org/) and free with donations accepted and benefiting the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation -- a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing

Smart People Are Easy To Teach At EMS Conference

on February 1, 2016 - 8:51am

Dr. Mike Hudson presents a talk at the 2016 EMS Conference Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Mike Hudson discusses the latest innovations in patient treatments during Saturday's conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

First responders and Emergency Management personnel at Saturday's portion of the 2016 EMS Conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Area first responders and emergency management personnel participated in the 2016 EMS Conference last week at UNM-Los Alamos.

Classic Air Medical and Los

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes $12.6 Million To Tribes For Diabetes Prevention And Treatment

on February 1, 2016 - 7:05am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Jan. 22 that several New Mexico Tribes are receiving a total of $12.6 million over five years for diabetes prevention and treatment programs. 
 
Tribes receiving funding include the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Pueblos of Jemez, Taos, Zia, Zuni and Santa Ana, as well as the Indian Health Service Albuquerque Area. The grants are part of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) through the U.S.

Mental Health Design Team Calls On Community To Help Deal With Issues Facing Students

on January 31, 2016 - 12:51pm
Dr. Marvel Harrison addresses the Jan. 21 Community Leaders Breakfast organized by Los Alamos School Public Schools to present findings of its Mental Health Design Team. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Community leaders discuss mental health issues facing Los Alamos youth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Employing the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, Los Alamos Public Schools is calling on the community to help implement improvements in the mental health of youth.

At a Community Leaders Breakfast Jan.

Sleep Center Presentation To Topper Students Feb. 5

on January 29, 2016 - 9:52am

Dr. Michael Baten of the Christus St. Vincent Sleep Center will give a free presentation to Los Alamos High School students during lunch Friday, Feb. 5 in the Speech Theater. Direct questions to the LAPS Prevention Office at 505.663.3252. Courtesy photo

LAPS: Mental Health Design Team Community Presentations Feb. 1 & Feb. 3

on January 27, 2016 - 6:10pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools' Mental Health Design Team will be hosting two community presentations to engage the community in dialog around the Healthy School and Community Initiative.

The presentations 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 students and the community. 

"A healthy community is not one without problems.

WalletHub Study: The True Cost Of Smoking By State

on January 25, 2016 - 7:24am
 
WalletHub News:
 
With Tobacco-Free Awareness Week reminding us of the societal and economic costs of smoking, which total more than $320 billion a year and rising, the personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on The True Cost of Smoking by State, which ranks New Mexico number 30 in the nation. 
 
 
To encourage the more than 66 million tobacco users in the U.S.

Scenes From Trinity Urgent Care's Appreciation Event

on January 24, 2016 - 9:49am

During Friday's special event to thank supporters of Trinity Urgent Care, from left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, County Council Chair Rick Reiss, Dr. Robert McClees, Certified Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care Paula Frank and County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher toast Trinity Urgent Care as well as Reiss who recently became council chair. Photo by Terry Salazar

Trinity Urgent Care owner Dr. Robert McClees and his wife Sheila McClees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Robert McClees, center, thanks LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron and his wife Johanna Jiron for their support.

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