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House Democrats Pass Measure To Protect New Mexicans With Pre-Existing Health Conditions

on March 8, 2019 - 9:44am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to protect health care coverage for New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions.
 
House Bill 436, sponsored by Reps. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), William B. Pratt (D-Albuquerque), Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) and Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla) would add core pre-existing conditions protections into New Mexico law.
 
Currently, 332,000 New Mexicans under the age of 65 live with pre-existing conditions, including asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart

NMDOH: Flu Activity In New Mexico Higher Than National Average

on March 6, 2019 - 4:16pm
NMDOH:

Rates of children hospitalized high; still not too late for flu vaccination

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that flu activity remains high across the state with the rate of flu-related hospitalizations in New Mexico being the second highest among states that participate in CDC’s influenza hospitalization tracking.

 

 

The rate of hospital admissions among children aged four and younger is particularly high.

Report: Alzheimer’s Disease Rising In New Mexico

on March 6, 2019 - 1:33pm
Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Disturbing news for New Mexicans is indicated by the 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Each year, the Facts and Figures report provides a look at the latest national statistics and information on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and morbidity, costs of care and caregiving.
 
Nationally, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are now living with Alzheimer’s disease, which has no prevention, proven treatment or cure.
 
Here in New Mexico, the numbers are on the rise.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Will Replace Old Computers With Donation From 100+ Women Who Care

on March 5, 2019 - 3:30pm

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Executive Director Wendi Wolf, left, receives a check for $3,250 from UWNNM Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen this afternoon as they gathered with 100+ Women Who Care Co-founder and UWNNM Board Vice President Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post. LAVNS was selected at a meeting last Thursday by 100+ Women Who Care to receive the donation, which Wolf said will be used to replace her organization's office computers that were purchased back in 2003. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Measure To Prevent Surprise Health Care Billing Passes New Mexico House Of Representatives

on March 5, 2019 - 8:23am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― The House of Representatives unanimously has passed House Bill 207 to protect New Mexicans from surprise billing costs.
 
House Bill 207, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), protects people with health insurance from out of network and unexpected billing costs.
 
Surprise billing occurs when a patient goes for care to a hospital or clinic in their insurance network. But, if they are cared for by an out of network provider, the patient can receive a balance bill far above their regular deductible.

Letter To The Editor: End Of Life Options Act Shows True Compassion

on March 3, 2019 - 6:22am
By CARL A. NEWTON
Los Alamos

The now dying Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh admonished us for decades to be mindful and compassionate and I struggle to practice that. While listening to the just presented CON remarks, I’m aware that the compassion that I avow is different from their sense of compassion.

My daughter is the minister of a Massachusetts Federated Church, the First Parish Church of Berlin, and the parishioners are United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist worshipping together.

Former Lobo To Run Boston Marathon To Raise Money For New Mexico Chapter Of Alzheimer’s Association

on March 2, 2019 - 1:45pm
Former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert
 
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque resident and former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert has announced he will run the Boston Marathon April 15 as a fundraiser to benefit the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
After losing a family member to Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, Mummert says he will use this opportunity to raise money and awareness to combat the devastating disease.
 
For Mummert, a youth football coach and former offensive lineman for the UNM Lobos, his wife Brandi and teenage sons William and

New Mexico Senate Passes SB 131: Interagency Pharmacies Purchasing Council

on March 2, 2019 - 1:12pm
NM SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico has an opportunity to save millions of dollars a year in prescription drug costs for state agencies and its employees and retirees.  
 
Senate Bill 131, which passed Friday on the Senate floor, would create an interagency pharmaceutical council to coordinate prescription drug and pharmacy services for state agencies who purchase pharmaceutical drugs. The council would also look for cost savings opportunities for all New Mexicans who purchase prescription drugs.
 
“Using state buying power and bulk purchasing to negotiate for cheaper prescription

Update On LAVNS Annual Daffodil Sale

on March 1, 2019 - 4:23pm
LAVNS daffodil delivery is March 6. Courtesy photo
 
LAVNS News:
 
Due to freezing weather conditions at the daffodil farms, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Service (LAVNS) will receive approximately one third of its usual daffodil order.
 
If interested in supporting the local hospice, daffodils can be purchased March 7-8 at Smith’s in White Rock and Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Bank and Uli’s. With so few daffodils to sell it is likely LAVNS will sell out quickly.
 
Also, the daffodils will be shipped earlier than expected, so delivery has been changed to Wednesday, March 6.
 

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100+ Women Who Care Donate Funds To LAVNS

on March 1, 2019 - 8:15am
Jennifer Bartram speaks on behalf of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, chosen by 100+ Women Who Care to receive donations raised at it's quarterly meeting Thursday night at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos Daily Post co-sponsored the event in partnership with the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Learn more about 100+ Women Who Care at www.unitedwaynnm.org and LAVNS at www.lavns.com. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
100+ Women Who Care gather Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge.

Tigers Eye Healing Aids Personal Transformations

on February 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

Victoria LeDuc
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Feeling stuck in a rut, stressed, anxious and desiring a change? Tigers Eye Healing owner Victoria LeDus said she can help at her alternative healing business in White Rock.

LeDuc, a Los Alamos native, is certified in Reiki as well as in meditation. She is pursuing certification to become a Law of Attraction coach through the Quantum Success Coaching Academy. She will be a certified Law of Attraction coach by the end of the year.
 
She has been a Reiki Master for almost two years.

LAVNS: When Is It Time To Call Hospice?

on February 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

LAVNS News:

How do you know when your loved one is ready for Hospice? Most families think it is the last days or month of the family member’s life. This is incorrect.

When is it time to call Hospice? As early as possible, so you and your family member can have a team of Hospice professionals surrounding you—the medical director, skilled nurses; the health care aide, the chaplain, the medical social worker and bereavement services.

NMDOH: Petition To Add Opiate Disorder As Qualifying Condition

on February 28, 2019 - 1:39pm

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has published the date for the next meeting of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. The advisory board will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, in the Harold Runnels Building Auditorium (on the first floor at 1190 S. St. Francis Dr. in Santa Fe).

The board is expected to review a petition at the March meeting to add Opiate Use Disorder as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in New Mexico.

In her State of the State address last month, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham directed NMDOH to include opioid addiction as a qualifying

Los Alamos High School Graduate Dr. Nora Lamartine Provides Health Care To Legislators In Santa Fe

on February 28, 2019 - 7:53am
LAHS 2006 graduate Dr. Nora Lamartine works her shift Tuesday as Doctor of the Day at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Dr. Nora Lamartine is doing her shift at the New Mexico Roundhouse as the Doctor of the Day.

During the legislative session, doctors from the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians take turns staffing an office at the Capitol that provides free medical care to legislators 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in case of an emergency, to anyone at the Roundhouse.

The New Mexico

Udall Fights To Improve VA Outreach, Health Care And Benefits For Native American Veterans

on February 25, 2019 - 7:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs.
 
The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American veterans face when accessing VA services.
 

Letter To The Editor: Measles ... Highly Infectious; Potentially Very Dangerous

on February 25, 2019 - 7:02am
By RICHARD SKOLNIK
White Rock
 
I thank the Post for running an article reminding people to get vaccinated against influenza (link).
 
It is also important to remind people to vaccinate their young on schedule against measles, especially since many people do not know how infectious and dangerous measles is.
 
In fact, measles is among the most infectious of all diseases. About 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to the virus will become infected. By contrast, the recommended two doses of measles vaccine are 97 percent effective in preventing infection.
 
Measles is also

LAFD: Learn To Save A Life During CPR/AED Training

on February 21, 2019 - 8:20am

LAFD News:

February is American Heart Health Month. Each year more than 790,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 15 percent will die as a result.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.

Time is a critical component to surviving a cardiac event, with every moment that passes, the chances of survival diminish tremendously. Moments count during a cardiac event.

The amount of heart muscle damaged is directly proportionate to the amount of

Get A Flu Shot! Influenza Widespread Across State

on February 20, 2019 - 3:44pm

NMDOH News:

With influenza (flu) activity remaining steady across New Mexico since the beginning of the year, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reminds New Mexicans that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

Since October, NMDOH has investigated six flu outbreaks in facilities around the state. Children age 4 and younger have been hospitalized for influenza at a higher rate than at this time last year, or any year since the 2009 pandemic. There have been 19 influenza related deaths in adults this year with no confirmed pediatric deaths in residents of New Mexico.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Dr. Bradley Rowberry!

on February 20, 2019 - 3:22pm
By KAREN WARTHEN
Los Alamos

I would like to acknowledge Dr. Bradley Rowberry who has served this community for over 25 years!

Dr. Rowberry continues to practice his gastroenterologist specialty at the Endoscopy Center in Los Alamos. He is a highly accomplished doctor and yet remains a humble and kind human being. He has a wonderful, friendly, and skilled staff and leads his team with kind-heartedness.

I hope Dr. Rowberry continues to enjoy the appreciation of his patients and the respect of his colleagues for many more years.

Thank you Dr. Rowberry.

Fatal Flaws Documentary Postponed To Noon Saturday

on February 19, 2019 - 1:39pm

IHM News:

The Fatal Flaws documentary scheduled to be shown this evening has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The community is invited to watch the documentary at noon Saturday in the IHM Parish Hall. Lunch will be served before the showing.

Lichthardt: Diets Debunked

on February 18, 2019 - 4:23pm
By Jordan Lichthardt, MS, RD, LD
Los Alamos

If you are like many Americans, it is likely that you have tried a fad diet or two. As a Registered Dietitian, I face many questions about which diets are safe and which will yield the best results. In this article, I offer detailed insight into three of the most popular diets of today’s age. Read on to find out which diets you need to stay clear of, and which ones may have some surprising health benefits.

Ketogenic diet

How it works:​ The ketogenic diet in essence removes all carbohydrates from the diet, which are your body’s preferred source

Luján, Schatz Reintroduce Legislation To Create Public Health Care Option

on February 18, 2019 - 3:43pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) reintroduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
“Democrats are hard at work developing solutions to strengthen the ACA, expand health coverage, and drive down health care costs for the American people,” Luján said.

Armstrong Bill To Support Firefighters With PTSD Passes House Health And Human Services Committee

on February 17, 2019 - 11:10am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

STATE News:

  • Bill declares PTSD a disease that may result from firefighter duties


HB 324, Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to establish Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, Wednesday unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.

 

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” Armstrong said.

Documentary On Assisted Death 6 p.m. Tuesday

on February 17, 2019 - 6:29am

New Mexico Families Celebrate Senate Committee Passage Of Medicaid Buy-In

on February 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
NMTH News:
 
SANTA FE — After testifying on Thursday before the Senate Public Affairs Committee, dozens of New Mexico families who have been working with the New Mexico Together for Healthcare campaign to support SB 405, The Medicaid Buy-in Act, celebrated the committee’s vote in favor of the bill.
 
The Medicaid Buy-in Act calls on the Human Services Department to create and implement by 2021 a program to allow New Mexicans not currently eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or Affordable Care Act subsidies to pay monthly premiums to “buy-in” to Medicaid.
 
Althea Yazzie of Twin Lakes  told

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