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When Springtime Allergies Strike: What To Do When You Can’t Stop And Smell The Roses

on April 11, 2019 - 7:41am

By Sharon Radcliffe, CNO
Los Alamos Medical Center

April showers might bring May flowers, but many of us are well aware that they can also bring tree and grass pollen and other allergens that can cause us to wheeze, sneeze and sniffle our way through spring.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is Making Communities Healthier®, and that includes helping you manage seasonal allergies.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), springtime allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to an environmental side effect of seasonal plant pollination.

CHI St. Joseph’s Children: Call For Vigilance In Response To Recent Child Neglect And Abuse Cases

on April 10, 2019 - 2:29pm

CHI St. Joseph’s Children News:

  • After Three High Profile Child Abuse Cases In Five Day ... CHI St. Joseph’s Children Calls For Vigilance

ALBUQUERQUE – The Largest Home Visiting Program in the state, CHI St. Joseph’s Children, calls upon all New Mexicans for vigilance and action to prevent child abuse.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and tragedies over the last several days have heightened the urgency to truly make our state a safe place for our children.

The cases of 5-year-old, Sarah, who was beaten to death; the 8-year-old girl critically wounded by a gunshot; and

LAFD Presents Station 4 With Phoenix Award

on April 10, 2019 - 9:47am

These Los Alamos Firefighters from Station 4 are honored this morning for saving the life of a person suffering a heart attack: Capt. Gerard Coriz, Driver Paramedic Van Leimer, Firefighter Paramedic Dylan Mahoney, Firefighter Paramedic Dustin Rogers, Firefighter Randall Robles, Firefighter Joshua Urban and Firefighter Shannon Evans. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

This morning, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) was proud to present Station 4-B Shift with a Phoenix Award.

The Phoenix Award, which began in January of 2017, is awarded to personnel who have been involved in calls where the

Los Alamos Council On Cancer Hosts Community Seminar April 18

on April 9, 2019 - 10:40am

Scenes From Business After Hours At LAMC

on April 6, 2019 - 1:44pm

Community members gathered at Los Alamos Medical Center Thursday evening for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. Community members had the opportunity to meet and chat with doctor and staff and enjoy snacks and beverages. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAMC CEO John Whiteside and Dr. Jacqueline Krohn welcome the community to Business After Hours Thursday at the hospital. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, Layne Kalbfeisch of 2E Consultants (R) LLC, Los Alamos Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Los Alamos National Bank Private Banker Elizabeth

Michelle Harkey-Wilde, LMT, LMHC Offers New Modality Following Advanced Certification In Belize

on April 5, 2019 - 9:05am
Michelle Harkey-Wilde has completed her Advanced Certification training in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy ®. She is pleased to offer this unique modality to the residents of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Health News:
Michelle Harkey-Wilde, LMT, LMHC, of Los Alamos traveled to Belize in February to complete her Advanced Certification training in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy ®. She is pleased to offer this unique modality to the residents of Los Alamos. Here is a link to the potential benefits:
“I’ve been

SFCC: Consider Career In Respiratory Care April 12

on April 5, 2019 - 8:18am
SFCC News:
Anyone considering a career in respiratory care is encouraged to attend the Respiratory Care Program “Meet the Department” event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 12 in Room 433 in the Santa Fe Community College Health and Sciences Center, 6401 Richards Ave.
Get information, advising and assistance with an application.
Respiratory therapists who earn a degree find good jobs with excellent salaries in hospitals, emergency rooms and more. If possible, bring a copy of unofficial transcripts. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1.
For more information, visit

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces National Public Health Week Resolution April 1-7

on April 3, 2019 - 6:02am
 U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution in Congress to designate this week, April 1 through 7, as National Public Health Week, as a part of his efforts to continue working toward a healthier New Mexico and healthier America.
A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.).
“National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we have done to create healthier communities and to recognize the invaluable work done by public health

‘Pharmaceuticals Purchasing Council’ Bill Signed

on April 2, 2019 - 10:27am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed Senate Bill 131 into law that will establish an “Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council.”
The Council will be comprised of nine departments and entities that purchase pharmaceutical drugs for state beneficiaries, and task them to evaluate a range of cost containment strategies to try and get a better deal for taxpayers and recipients.

April Is National Donate Life Month

on April 2, 2019 - 10:17am
Los Alamos
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003.
Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
NDLM honors the compassion and generosity of registered donors, donor families, and living donors.

Local GOP Hosts Monthly Meeting 6 p.m. Thursday

on April 2, 2019 - 8:42am

RPLA News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA.

All registered Republicans are invited to attend the Central Committee Meeting 6-6:50 p.m., followed by a break for refreshments.

Starting at 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend a special presentation: “Fatal Flaws:  Legalizing Assisted Death” Part 2. Physician-Assisted Suicide legislation, HB 90 and SB 153, failed to pass in the 2019 Legislative Session.

Grant: Stop The Madness Of Negative Self-Talk

on April 1, 2019 - 8:00am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” –Mahatma Ghandi

If you had a friend that said you’re not smart enough, good enough or lovable, would you keep this friend? I would hope not, and yet people often give themselves free reign to routinely employ such negative self-talk.

Thoughts and beliefs are the operating systems that navigate our lives. If we don’t monitor these thoughts and beliefs, we can unconsciously create undesirable life consequences. 

Negative self-talk makes us tentative and

Thank You Los Alamos From Haiti!

on March 31, 2019 - 8:03am
Katie Fry of Los Alamos holding a Haitian baby during her recent mission trip. Courtesy photo
Friends of the Children of Haiti Founder Richard Hammond talking to a patient who was overjoyed to see him. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
Dear Los Alamos community,
Thank you so much for your support! Your financial donations went a long way in funding our March clinic with Friends of the Children of Haiti,  
Your physical donations helped me bring needed supplies for the March clinic and future clinics.

Udall Presses FDA Commissioner For Strong Protections To Address Epidemic Of Youth E-Cigarette Use

on March 30, 2019 - 11:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questioned U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the alarming national increase of high school students using e-cigarettes and pressed the commissioner to take meaningful action to address the epidemic.
“I am pleased that this budget gives additional funding to help evaluate e-cigarettes – but I remain deeply concerned about the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes by our nation’s youth.

Global Health Expert Richard Skolnik Evaluates U.S. Healthcare For Cost, Coverage, Fairness

on March 30, 2019 - 9:35am

Global health expert Richard Skolnik. Library. Courtesy photo

Richard Skolnik, an expert on global health, spoke to the League of Women Voters at a recent “Lunch with a Leader” talk at Mesa Public Library. 

His topic was “56 Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the United States”.

Skolnik has nearly 40 years of experience at the World Bank and has lectured at George Washington and Yale universities. 

Skolnik explained that the goal of a health system is to maximize the health of the population, in fairly distributed ways, and at the least

State Shows Desire To Enhance Public Health Office

on March 28, 2019 - 9:41am

LAHS students Sophia Vandenkieboom, Gracie Swensen and Isabella Hodges speak to council about the need to extend hours at the local health office. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County may once again have a fully-functioning Public Health Office.

County Manager Harry Burgess provided an update on the state funding of the public health office during the March 19 Los Alamos County Council meeting.

He said Rep.

School Board Work Session Update: March 21

on March 25, 2019 - 12:43pm

Bailey McVay, a 5th grader at Mountain Elementary School, is pictured with her parents, Troy and Tina McVay, and Mountain Principal Jennifer Kieltyka, left, at the School Board work session. Bailey recently had her head shaved to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She was recognized by the School Board for being an inspiration to her classmates and the community. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a work session Thursday, March 21 in the library at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

This was the first work session

LAMC Releases Community Benefit Report

on March 21, 2019 - 7:42am

Con Alma Invites Nonprofits Improving Health To Apply For Grants Through April 24

on March 21, 2019 - 7:28am
CAHF News:
SANTA FE Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits that improve health in New Mexico to apply for grants that support their work toward sustainable solutions to their communities’ health challenges.
Con Alma, the state’s largest private foundation dedicated solely to health, opened its annual grant cycle today.
Nonprofits can apply for grants starting March 20 until 5 p.m. April 24. Last year Con Alma awarded $665,000 to nonprofits working toward a healthier New Mexico.
Nonprofits can apply for grants online at This year applicants need to select from a

Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day Of Action Advocating Tobacco-Free Schools

on March 20, 2019 - 8:32am


ALBUQUERQUE Today, youth leaders at 15 schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies.

Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," said

NMMNHS: 2019 Workshops For Adults And Families

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story and the exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs: Costs and Consequences the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting a series of workshops for adults and families. Associated programming also includes the Curator’s Coffees, and Lecture series.
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Regarding Help For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits...

on March 19, 2019 - 5:07am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.
Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need.

Lunch With A Leader: Skolnik Presents ‘Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective On Healthcare In The US’

on March 17, 2019 - 9:54am

Richard Skolnik


The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader event for the community is 11:45 a.m., March 19 at Mesa Public Library.

Featured speaker Richard Skolnik, who moved to Los Alamos a few years ago, will present “Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the US”.

During his presentation, Skolnik will address the fact that although the United States spends 50 percent more of its national income on health than any other country, its citizens are not living longer or healthier.

Skolnik has given scores of guest lectures and in 2011was the

LARC Endowment Fund Created To Support Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center And Aspen Ridge Lodge

on March 11, 2019 - 11:35am

Los Alamos Retirement Community Board President Gillian Sutton presents LACF Board Chair David Izraelevitz with an initial check for $10,000 to establish the LARC Endowment Fund. LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz and LARC Treasurer Tom Alexander join Sutton and Izraelevitz at the check presentation. Courtesy/LACF

LACF News:

Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) and the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) have teamed to initiate a permanent endowment fund to support the long-term financial health of nursing and assisted living options in Los Alamos.

LARC is an independent,

Grant: Depression - How To Sit With Someone Who’s Suffering

on March 11, 2019 - 9:57am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

It is socially acceptable to be physically ill; it happens to everyone and there’s no real reason to hide your sniffles from others.

Depression on the other hand holds a stigma that can cause people to hide their suffering. This hiding can energize pain and exacerbate depressive symptoms.

If you’re close to someone who’s suffering with depression, there are several ways that you can help transform their depression into an illness of connection rather than an illness of isolation.

First of all, one must understand depression