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DEA Achieves Significant Milestone During 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

on November 4, 2018 - 4:51am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. With the robust participation of Americans nationwide, DEA and its law enforcement partners have now surpassed its 10 million pound goal and collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events.
During the 16 semiannual event, Oct. 27, DEA and federal, state and local partners disposed of more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications collected at nearly 6,000 sites across the country.

Taylor MD: NM's Better Approach To Medical Costs

on November 3, 2018 - 4:56pm
Los Alamos
U.S. healthcare costs have been rising faster than consumer inflation for decades.
Cost slow-downs, like after the 2008 financial meltdown, or when HMOs rationed care in the ‘90s, have been brief. Mainstream “fixes” keep failing. Today, in spite of the vast amount we spend, America's health system still doesn't cover one out of 10 citizens.
Frustrated with Federal inaction, several states, including Maryland and California, have been trying to find an affordable way forward, while also assuring that all their residents have good medical coverage.

Lujan Grisham Calls On NM VA To Implement Inspector General’s Recommendations For Surgical Procedures

on November 3, 2018 - 5:39am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) sent a letter to New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) Director Andrew Welch in response to a VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation which found that the VA had to delay surgical procedures due to a lack of sterile instruments and equipment.  
Lujan Grisham urges Director Welch to immediately implement all of the OIG’s recommendations to fix the problem.
“These issues pose potentially serious health risks to patients that depend on your care and

LAMC’s LifePoint Health Announces Future Leadership Team For Merged Organization

on November 2, 2018 - 8:09am

LifePoint Health News:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Los Alamos Medical Center’s parent corporation, LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT), has announced the incoming executive team that will lead the organization following the completion of its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners.

The transaction is expected to be finalized later this year and will result in LifePoint Health being a privately-held company.

LAMC CEO John Whiteside spoke about the merger late Thursday with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

“This will have absolutely no impact on our hospital.

Udall & Colleagues Urge FDA To Protect Kids From Tobacco Use And Addiction

on November 2, 2018 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of colleagues in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take stronger action to reduce youth use of addictive electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by immediately requiring manufacturers to remove kid-appealing flavored e-cigarettes from the market.
More than two million middle and high-schoolers are using e-cigarettes today, making them the most popular form of tobacco product among youth—with 81 percent of kids who have ever tried an e-cigarette starting with a

NM’s Health Insurance Exchange Shares Plan Selections And Outcomes From Last Year’s Open Enrollment

on October 31, 2018 - 8:35am
ALBUQUERQUE The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2018 Affordable Care Act health insurance Plan Selections and Outcomes of applications for 2018 Open Enrollment.
These reports indicate that 68,259 New Mexicans submitted an application,  and 49,792 selected a plan. The number of enrollees who purchased insurance with the help of the advance premium tax credit (APTC), a subsidy that helps pay for insurance premiums, stood at 43,226, or about 86.8 percent.
Total Plan Selection
Eligible for Financial Assistance
Percentage of Enrollment with Premium

Rotary: Purple Pinky Day At Los Alamos Elementary Schools Seeks To Help Eradicate Polio

on October 31, 2018 - 7:19am
Ty Morris of Pinon Elementary School supports Purple Pinky Day and efforts to eradicate polio. Photo by Oliver Morris
Students at Aspen Elementary School stand in line to dip their little fingers for Purple Pinky Day, a project hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Principal Michele Altherr takes part in the fun. Photo by Linda Hull
In recognition of World Polio Day, Oct. 24, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently acknowledged the continuing efforts of Rotary International, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the U.S.

NM Dept. Of Health Reports 30 Residents Diagnosed With Salmonella Associated With Ground Beef

on October 30, 2018 - 10:15am

  • Proper hygiene prevents Salmonella infection

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a multi-state cluster of Salmonella infections linked to ground beef.

Since late August, NMDOH has identified 30 New Mexico residents diagnosed with Salmonella after preparing ground beef at home. Illness duration has averaged 13 days and 27 percent of patients were hospitalized.

Salmonella infection can be a very serious and sometimes deadly illness,”

Proposed Medicaid Cuts Violate Federal Law

on October 30, 2018 - 7:57am
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s Human Services Department proposed cuts to Medicaid would hurt families and violate federal law, said the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty in comments submitted Monday on the department’s Centennial Care 2.0 waiver proposal.
“Everyone needs access to healthcare coverage,” said William Townley, an attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. “But HSD’s proposed cuts to Medicaid would force many New Mexican families to go into debt or simply drop coverage. That’s bad news for all of us.

Halloween Party Supports Make-A-Wish® New Mexico

on October 28, 2018 - 8:34am

Make-A-Wish® New Mexico News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Garcia Subaru North will host a Halloween Party to support Make-A-Wish® New Mexico.

The event is 6-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 and includes Halloween activities, costumes, and of course trick-or-treating for Wish kids and children from the community.

The party is open to the public. Garcia Subaru North is at 6401 San Mateo Blvd NE.  

The Halloween Party will generate excitement and kick-off the 11th annual Subaru Share the Love® Event which runs Nov. 15 through Jan.

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Continues Path To State-Based Platform, Names 2019 Vendor Contracts

on October 27, 2018 - 10:59am

  • Waite Company, UNM, REDW Among 2019 Contracts

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange approved a number of contracts important to its operations and key to beWellnm’s future transition to a state-based exchange during a special board meeting earlier today. 

A 2019 data-sharing partnership with the Office of the Superintendent (OSI), the University of New Mexico and two exchange carriers was approved Friday. The agreement was among the contract decisions passed at the Oct. 26, 2018, board meeting at the Marriott Pyramid North.

The data from the carriers

Lujan Grisham Announces Healthcare Action Plan

on October 27, 2018 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to build a Healthcare System that Works for all New Mexicans.
The action plan details the nine steps she will immediately take as governor to make healthcare more accessible to New Mexico families.
“Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege,” Lujan Grisham said. “Too many New Mexicans suffer from a healthcare system that is understaffed, hard to understand, and not affordable.

Medical Associates Of Northern New Mexico Thanks Community For 1st Walk/Run For Diabetes Participation

on October 26, 2018 - 2:31am

The Los Alamos Fire Department offering blood sugar checks at the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Participants lining up at the start of the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Ian Alexander getting ahead of the pack to win the fastest time among the males. Photo by Andrea Villareal


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico ( MANNM) would like to extend its gratitude to the participants and the community for coming out to support the 1st Run/ Walk for Diabetes Oct. 6 at Rover Park in WHite Rock.

MANNM plans for the event to be held annually

Heinrich Joins Advocates To Highlight Importance Of Health Care & Social Security In Midterm Election

on October 24, 2018 - 1:26pm
Dr. Mark Epstein, left, Melanie Stansbury, Elva Santos and Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy photo

From the Martin Heinrich for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined volunteers and community advocates Monday for a Protect Our Health Care & Social Security Phone Bank to highlight what's at stake in the midterm election.
Speakers at the event included Heinrich, candidate for U.S. Senate, as well as candidate for House Dist. 28 Melanie Stansbury, Chief Medical Officer at True Health New Mexico Dr.

LANL: Clues To Creating An HIV Vaccine: HIV Sugars Are Key For Effective Immune Responses

on October 24, 2018 - 9:42am

Artistic rendition of antibodies targeting ‘gaps’ in the HIV virus’s sugar shield. Blue protein is antibody, and the HIV surface protein called Env is depicted using the predicted sugar shield – dark blue are sites where sugars are attached, green is the predicted sugar shield, and magenta/pink are uncommon gaps in the sugar shield. Study author Kshitij Wagh et al. show that the completeness of sugar shield of the infecting virus is key to developing effective antibody responses in HIV infected individuals. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The search for a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes

LAMC Hosts Annual ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ Campaign

on October 23, 2018 - 2:14pm

Dressed in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, center, and his staff gather today for a group photo in the hospital lobby. Photo by John McHale/

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Medical Center gathers today for its second annual ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ campaign to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Child Advocates Offer Voters Information On Candidate Positions For New Mexico Races

on October 23, 2018 - 10:33am
By JAMES JIMENEZ, NM Voices for Children
BRIAN ETHERIDGE, MD, NM Pediatric Society
Democracy is “a system of government by the whole population.” By that definition, everyone’s participation is needed in order to keep a democracy alive and well. There is no act of democracy more foundational than voting. Casting a vote is more than exercising your right as a citizen. It’s about accepting the responsibility of citizenship. It’s about affirming that you are a part of something larger than yourself.
In much the same way, elections are about more than sending new or returning leaders

HSD To Hold Hearing On Medicaid Cuts Wednesday

on October 23, 2018 - 10:27am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department will hold a hearing on the serious cuts the Medicaid program faces in the Centennial Care 2.0 waiver proposal 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday at in the Rio Grande Conference Room of the Toney Anaya Building at 2550 Cerillos Road in Santa Fe.
The waiver proposal imposes new excessive patient premiums on low-income adults living just above the poverty line. These fees will cause thousands of New Mexicans to lose healthcare coverage.
The proposal would also phase out retroactive coverage, which is a protection that pays for a

DEA & Museum Work With Team Of Local Partners

on October 23, 2018 - 9:34am
DEA Task Force meeting Sept. 13 at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Mary Ann Hatchitt
DEA Museum exhibition: Drug Costs & Consequences. Courtesy/DEA Museum
DEA Museum exhibition: Drug Costs & Consequences. Courtesy/DEA Museum
ALBUQUERQUE An impressive panel of federal and local law enforcement, state agencies, justice, school system, medical fields, behavioral health, addiction and aftercare treatment organizations, faith-based groups, involved community sponsors like Blake’s LotaBurger, and a representative of the funeral industry have

Luján Convenes Roundtable In Rio Arriba County On Opioids Epidemic

on October 23, 2018 - 8:33am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) convened a roundtable last week with health care providers, local law enforcement, community leaders and stakeholders to discuss a path forward to continue the fight against the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
Congress recently passed an opioids package that included ten of Congressman Luján’s pieces of legislation. Attendees at the roundtable in Española discussed how this legislative package is a step forward in what needs to be a sustained effort to combat the opioid epidemic in local communities.

DEA Holds Nat’l. Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 27 ... Expects To Collect 10 Million Pounds Of Pills

on October 22, 2018 - 5:12pm

  • DEA aims to dispose of 10 million pounds of unused pills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After collecting a total of more than 9.9 million pounds (nearly 5,000 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during 15 previous events over the past eight years, the Drug Enforcement Administration expects to reach a total of 10 million pounds collected following the upcoming fall 2018 Take back event.

DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country on Saturday, Oct.

JJAB Thanks Donors From Health Fair

on October 22, 2018 - 5:05pm

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) would like to thank its very special donors from this year’s Health Fair. First, thanks much to Phil Gursky and the Heart Council for the excellent job they do in putting on the fair every year. JJAB also thanks them for their donation of bike helmets to the JJAB school distribution program. In addition, JJAB thanks the generous donors for a gift basket that was raffled off during the Fair: CB FOX, Pig and Fig, Ruby K’s and Smiths.

New Lensic Arts Education Program: Magic In SFPS Special Education Classrooms Nov. 5-9

on October 21, 2018 - 8:20pm
SANTA FE — Educator and illusionist Kevin Spencer, an authority on using magic to teach students with special needs, will present his Hocus Focus learning workshops Nov. 5-9 in Santa Fe public schools.
Spencer comes to Santa Fe through a Lensic Artist Residency and The Lensic’s Performing Arts Education program.
Spencer will teach 50-minute sessions in more than 21 special education and inclusive classrooms at 14 Santa Fe schools.

It’s More Than A Month: Fight Breast Cancer And Get Peace Of Mind With An Annual Mammogram

on October 21, 2018 - 7:03am

By Daniel Marancenbaum,
MD FACOG Board Certified OB/GYN

According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women, and about 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS – non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) will have been diagnosed.

With these estimates in mind, a woman currently has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. These statistics continue to make breast cancer the most common cancer among women, second only to skin cancer.

As October ushers in

Kick For The Cure: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on October 20, 2018 - 7:17am
LAHS Girls Soccer contributes to the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign through their annual Kick for the Cure event. Courtesy photo
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the LAHS Girls Soccer Program will contribute to this campaign through their annual Kick for the Cure event.
The varsity and JV girls' soccer teams will wear pink jerseys throughout the month and will distribute pledge forms to generate donations to increase breast cancer awareness and fund research and treatment.