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Council Proclaims Nov. 13 ‘Pancreatic Cancer Day’

on November 4, 2015 - 8:35am

On behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Steven Girrens, right, presents a proclamation to Gloria Cordova with her husband Dan Cordova Tuesday evening proclaiming Nov. 13 ‘Pancreatic Cancer Day’. Cordova was diagnosed with the disease in February, had surgery in March and is beating it. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gloria Cordova speaks about being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and beating it and encourages everyone to live life with a grateful heart. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening proclaimed

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Residential Care Options Vs Overlooked ‘Inbetweeners’

on November 2, 2015 - 2:11pm
By JULIE SMITH
Los Alamos
 
“Los Alamos Retirement Community” sounds like a wide-reaching organization, but do you really know which residents are helped by the live-in facilities available in Los Alamos, and which are not helped, are not eligible, or fall into the “inbetweener” category? You may think you know, but this is my ongoing experience.

Los Alamos Retirement Community’s live-in care options are Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and Sombrillo Rehab and Nursing Home.

New Study: Mammograms Reduce Deaths From Breast Cancer

on October 30, 2015 - 12:09pm

By PATRICK DAWSON, MD

Health experts currently don’t agree on exactly when, and how often, women should have mammograms.

But findings from a new study provide data to help inform each individual’s choices.

The study began when Norway kicked off a breast-cancer screening program in 1995. Health officials invited all women age 50 and older to have a mammogram every other year.

The way they did it, though, offered scientists an interesting chance to assess the effect.

Because women in some counties received invitations before others, it was possible to track not only the effect of having

Understanding Urinary Incontinence

on October 30, 2015 - 12:06pm

By VINCENT FIORICA, MD

What is urinary incontinence (UI)?

UI is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom.

According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. UI can strike at any age. Women over age 50 are the most likely to develop UI although men can be affected as well.

Urinary incontinence may be a temporary condition, resulting from an underlying medical condition.

Los Alamos Medical Center Scores Another Four Stars For Patient Satisfaction

on October 30, 2015 - 9:08am

LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. left, with his staff celebrating high marks from the Joint Commisssion, which reviewed the hospital last week. Courtesy photo

House Supervisor Jennifer DiMarino, RN is one of the many LAMC nurses commended for providing exceptional bedside care. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has once again earned the top spot as the highest-rated hospital in northern New Mexico.

LANL: Novel Targeted Therapy For Stomach Cancer

on October 29, 2015 - 8:46am

New research at LANL and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute shows a molecular fingerprint in stomach cancer that shows it can be treated with platinum drugs and/or molecular inhibitors known as PARP. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Therapy has potential to save lives of thousands of cancer patients each year

New research from a multidisciplinary team shows that a molecular fingerprint, termed “signature 3,” is found in stomach cancer, opening the door to potential treatment with therapies such as platinum drugs.

This finding has the potential to save thousand of lives a year by delivering a

Massage Now Available At The Y

on October 26, 2015 - 3:13pm

Massage Therapist Catherine Andrea Martinez

Y News:

Therapeutic Massage is available at the Y beginning Nov. 1 through a partnership with Massage by Catherine Andrea.

Owner Catherine Andrea Martinez, LMT 8264, will be offering massages out of the White Rock Y location and at the Y Express in downtown Los Alamos. 

“While many think of massage as a luxury, it can be a life-changing, empowering and useful means of correction, and a preventative intervention in regards to muscular dysfunction,” Martinez said.

Rotary Club Hosts Purple Pinky Day

on October 25, 2015 - 11:56am

Rotarian Linda King helps Barranca Mesa Elementary students participating in Friday’s Purple Pinky Project. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

Barranca Mesa Elementary students show off their purple pinkies during Friday’s recognition of Rotary's World Polio Day. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

 

By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of Rotary International's World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteered Friday at local elementary schools to engage students in the Purple Pinky Project. 

 For a $1 donation, roughly the cost of a polio vaccine, students

Finding The Right Family Planning Option

on October 23, 2015 - 7:24am

NNMHC News:

Would you like to be a parent someday? If so, when?

If you already have kids, do you want to have more? These are important decisions. Fortunately, you have some control over if and when to become pregnant. Take a look at your options so you can make the best choice for you and your family.

If you’re not ready for a family now, but might want children someday: There are many types of birth control. There is not one method that is best for everyone. Birth control can be very effective when used correctly.

The right method for you depends on:

  • How often you have sex
  • If and when

How To Cope With Menopause

on October 23, 2015 - 7:19am

By BARBARA VAN EECKHOUT, MD

Hot flashes, insomnia, and night sweats can make menopause miserable. Learning how to find relief can make the transition years easier to bear.

Menopause usually takes place between ages 45 and 55 when a woman’s body stops producing estrogen and progesterone, ending menstruation.

While this transition is a natural event, “the change” can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

• Trouble sleeping
• Night sweats
• Hot flashes
• Mood swings
• Leakage of urine
• Less interest in sex
• Vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse
    
Menopausal symptoms don’t bother some

Education Is Major Goal Of Council On Cancer

on October 19, 2015 - 10:49pm

Sheryl Tynan Nichols speaks about the Council on Cancer during a recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Don Casperson

 

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

Sheryl Tynan Nichols, vice president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, told Kiwanis in a recent talk, “Information is our No. 1 goal.”

“The Los Alamos Council on Cancer was formed by a group of doctors in the 1940s,” she said, and it now includes two doctors and several other volunteers.

The non-profit organization sponsors two events per year. This year, on Sept.

Head And Neck Cancer Seminar Tuesday

on October 17, 2015 - 7:45am

Bill Cabral Returns To Los Alamos Following Quadruple Bypass Surgery Sunday In Albuquerque

on October 16, 2015 - 4:42pm

Los Alamos Radio Shack owner Bill Cabral with his wife Mercy stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office this afternoon to let the community know he is back home and doing well since having quadruple bypass surgery Sunday at Lovelace Heart Hospital in Albuquerque. His store at 999 Central Ave., Suite 150 will open soon. 'I want everyone to know I'm doing really great and will be back at work soon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

CDC: STDs Are A Hidden Health Epidemic

on October 15, 2015 - 8:20pm
By BARBARA VAN EECHOUT, MD
Los Alamos Medical Center

In your mental file cabinet, it’s easy to place sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) under “problems that affect other people.” But a startling new report from the CDC just may shatter your illusions.

About 20 million new cases of STDs occur each year, meaning your chances of becoming infected are greater than you think. Ignore the risk at your peril—left untreated, some STDs can cause cancer, infertility, and even death. Arming yourself with knowledge about these diseases can help you protect yourself and your loved ones.

Prevent STDs

Luján Legislation Supports Treatment For Pregnant And Postpartum Women Suffering From Substance Abuse

on October 14, 2015 - 7:57am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke Friday Oct. 9, at a Health Subcommittee hearing, “Examining Legislative Proposals to Combat our Nation’s Drug Abuse Crisis.”
 
Luján discussed legislation he introduced earlier this week to enhance treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women who are suffering from substance use disorders. 
 
The Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act reauthorizes a residential treatment program that provides a wide range of services designed to help pregnant

Science On Tap At UnQuarked Thursday Oct. 15

on October 14, 2015 - 7:46am
 
LACDC News:
 
Thomas Leitner will speak at Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the UnQuarked Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
 
Leitner works in LANL's Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group and has been tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. He leads a team of researchers at the Lab who are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus (phylogenetics) within each patient’s body.
 
“We have developed novel ways of estimating epidemics

Los Alamos Radio Shack NOT Closing Down!

on October 9, 2015 - 3:16pm

Los Alamos Radio Shack owner Bill Cabral in front of his store in February at 999 Central Ave., Suite 150. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post  
 

Los Alamos Radio Shack owner Bill Cabral has had a heart attack and is scheduled to undergo triple bypass surgery Monday. His biggest concern is his customers.

“I know a number of people have been wondering why the Radio Shack has been closed the last few days.

Los Alamos Dentist To Lecture In China

on October 8, 2015 - 9:01am

Dr. Daniel Meyers

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Daniel Meyers of Whole System Minimally Invasive Orthodontics in Los Alamos has made significant advances in the field of orthodontics and will share these strives with the world – literally.

Meyers will present a lecture titled, “The Evolution from Orthodontics to Clinical Orthodontic Medicine” at the BIT’s Second Annual World Congress of Oral and Dental Medicine Nov. 2 in Dalian, China. Specifically, he will discuss contemporary concepts of care in orthodontics with next generation technology.

“To be a part of that I

Kent Pegg: Exercising Seniors

on October 6, 2015 - 4:36pm
By KENT PEGG
Los Alamos
 
We all know that regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy and active. But is it ever too late to start?
 
And, if you’ve been a regular exerciser, do you need to scale back or eliminate exercise as you age?
 
The answer to both of these questions is a definite “No!” Both new exercisers and seasoned experts can benefit from regular exercise in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond.
 
Whatever your age, if you haven’t been exercising, now is the best time to begin.
 
Today, many people are living well into their nineties.

LAFRW Features Bernadette Martinez Oct. 8

on October 4, 2015 - 9:44am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will host a special event at nnon Thursday, Oct. 8 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Special guest speaker, Bernadette Martinez, will present "Hidden Heritage of New Mexico: Then and Now - The 400 Year Old Secret." This documentary, produced by Martinez, sends a life-saving message to its viewers by revealing the genetic danger posed to Hispanic women in Northern New Mexico by the BRCA1 gene.

The BRCA1 gene, which commonly causes breast and gynecologic cancers, appears in unusually high concentration in Hispanic communities and

Letter To The Editor: Heart Council Expresses Thanks

on October 2, 2015 - 7:47am
By PHIL GURSKY, President
Los Alamos Heart Council

The 30th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair, held at Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, Sept. 26, was a tremendous success! We had more than 2,000 attendees. There were more than 70 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations from Los Alamos and surrounding communities.

Approximately 800 flu shots were administered and hundreds of blood draws taken, as well as many other health screenings. With this year’s emphasis on children and families, hundreds more parents and children attended than ever before.

Paws To People Awards $10K To Lyme Disease Study

on September 27, 2015 - 7:05am

Courtesy/bridgetocures.com

PTOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE - What do you say to a research project that will tackle head on a trio of diseases that are escalating in both dogs and humans to better understand their relationships and develop a better diagnostic test?

To a project that will yield results not in decades but in months? One that embodies the essence of translational studies in its ability to benefit animals and humans? If you are the Paws To People Organization, you would say ... What are we waiting for - let’s Build A Bridge!

Paws To People Board of Directors awarded $10,000 to fund a

Be Inspired And Find Your Power At Public Firewalk

on September 26, 2015 - 7:26am
Firewalking at a previous workshop. Courtesy photo

LIFESTYLES News:

A Public Firewalk is taking place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Toolshed in Dixon. The cost is $125.

Firewalking teaches a profound lesson about the power of the mind, and the effect that our thoughts and beliefs have on our experience of reality, organizers said. It is a practical way of confirming our instincts and validating our intuition. 

Firewalking provides an unforgettable visual image to accompany our thoughts and beliefs. It shows us the vastness of human potential.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Offered

on September 25, 2015 - 2:17pm

MENTAL HEALTH News:

September is Suicide Prevention Month. An appropriate way to show your support of suicide prevention and improve your knowledge about mental health is to sign up for a Mental Health First Aid Class.

The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church are hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course in Los Alamos Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The class is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and

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