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EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

LAVNS Hosts Daffodils For Hospice Fundraiser

on February 13, 2019 - 4:12pm

Central Park Square volunteers, from left, Caesar Perez, Antonio Medina and Raul Ramirez prep daffodils for last year's annual sale to benefit Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice. Photo by Jennifer Bartram


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program (LAVNS) is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.

Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

New Mexico State Senate Unanimously Confirms Human Services Department Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D.

on February 11, 2019 - 4:49pm

David R. Scrase, M.D.

SANTA FE  – The New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed David R. Scrase, M.D. today as Secretary of the Human Services Department.

“Dr. Scrase is an effective leader, and knows all facets of the Human Services Department, especially the Medicaid program and I am honored to carry his nomination,” Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino said during today’s Senate confirmation. “The Governor has made a terrific nomination in Dr. Scrase to head the Human Services Department.”

Gov.  Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Secretary Scrase Dec. 15, 2018.

“Secretary Scrase is showing

Autism Health Care Access Bill Passes House Committee

on February 11, 2019 - 7:39am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed legislation Thursday to remove age restrictions and ensure parity with treatment for other physical conditions on health insurance for treatment of autism.
House Bill 322, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque) and Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque) expands access to health care coverage for New Mexicans with autism.
House Bill 322 will prevent discrimination against New Mexico adults living with autism and bring us into compliance with federal law.

Infinity Wellness Helps Patients Find Root Of Problems

on February 10, 2019 - 8:32am
Dr. Carmen Solano at her practice Infinity Wellness Friday at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 8. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Through her practice, Infinity Wellness, Dr. Carmen Solano strives to get to the root of patients’ health issues in order to resolve them.

While she has operated her practice since 2015, Solano will soon be able to take Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial or exchange covered insurance.

Solano said she will be an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield starting Friday.

Health Security Act Passes Key Committee

on February 9, 2019 - 11:27am
The House Health and Human Services Committee on Friday passed by a vote of 5-2 Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 295, the Health Security Act, a study bill to gather information on the feasibility of creating a New Mexico-run health insurance cooperative.
“The Affordable Care Act has helped many New Mexicans get the care they need,” Armstrong said. “Still, 190,000 New Mexicans don’t have health coverage. Many of them have to choose between paying their heating bill and going to the doctor.

Los Alamos Chiropractor Dr. Charles Lenz Selected As UNM-LA SBDC Star Client Of The Year

on February 9, 2019 - 8:55am

Dr. Charles Lenz, owner of Los Alamos Chiropractic Center, earned the Small Business Development Center's Star Client of the Year award. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has selected Dr. Charles Lenz, DC as the Small Business Star Client of the Year. Lenz is the new owner of Los Alamos Chiropractic Center.

Lenz purchased Los Alamos Chiropractic Center (LACC) July 1, 2018, which has served the Los Alamos community and surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

Dr. Cook: It’s Heart Month! Give Your Heart The Attention It Deserves To Stay Healthy All Year Long

on February 7, 2019 - 8:57am

By Glendon Cook, MD
Los Alamos Medical Center

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, hearts seem to be everywhere you look this time of year.

That’s why it is especially fitting that February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of heart disease and how we can help prevent it.

 It’s also the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves to take good care of our hearts year-round.

There are a number of things you can do to show your heart how much you care, including eating a healthy diet, taking part in regular physical activity and working to reduce the amount of stress in

House Votes To Repeal Criminal Law On Abortion In New Mexico

on February 7, 2019 - 8:10am
Following three hours of impassioned testimony and debate, the state House of Representatives late Wednesday voted 40-29 to repeal a 50-year-old law that made it a fourth-degree felony to perform an abortion in New Mexico.
Although a 1973 U.S.

Local Pharmacist Prepares 7th Volunteer Trip To Haiti

on February 6, 2019 - 8:43am

Haitian child. Photo by Katherine Fry

Los Alamos

Our beloved local Pharmacist Katherine Fry, also known as Katie, is headed back to Haiti and you have a chance to help.

Fry has volunteered for her seventh trip to do one of the many things she does best, care for her fellow man. Her daily job, as a Smith’s pharmacist comes in handy when she assists those who are ill and caring for the ill, with a path to healing.

On her trip, she will meet many people throughout her short stay and help them with immunizations, medicine and the simple donation of items that fill one’s

Healthcare Commission Bill Sounds Complicated, But Is Simple Way To Understand Care, Access

on February 3, 2019 - 3:22pm
Rep. Debbie Armstrong
Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to create a Healthcare Value & Access Commission and an All-Payers Database in New Mexico, which passed the House Health & Human Services Committee 5-2 Wednesday, may make the eyes of non-policy-wonks glaze over, but it implements a simple plan: To gather and analyze currently uncollected data on healthcare in New Mexico to improve healthcare policy.
“HB 88 creates meaningful, systemic change to the way we track and understand healthcare in New Mexico.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures Multiple Felony Convictions Against Criminal Fraudster

on February 1, 2019 - 7:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday the successful prosecution of Edward Boysel who fraudulently operated a concealed firearms training business while failing to report his income and unlawfully receiving state benefits.
“For many, Medicaid and state benefits mean the difference between life and death," Balderas said. “My office aggressively prosecutes offenders who harm our most vulnerable New Mexicans by taking advantage of the system.”
Boysel pleaded guilty to five felony counts including:
  • Money

Dr. Justin Green Returns Home To LAMC

on January 31, 2019 - 9:37am
Dr. Justin Green, who graduated in 1980 from Los Alamos High School, is back in town and the newest member of the Los Alamos Surgical Associates team. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

While Dr. Justin Green joined Los Alamos Surgical Associates this month; he is certainly not a new face. Far from it, in fact.

Dr. Green grew up in Los Alamos. His parents arrived in 1964 and Dr.

Bill To Ensure Sustainability Of New Mexico’s Health Care System Advances

on January 31, 2019 - 8:30am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Wednesday, a bill to create the Health Care Value and Access Commission advanced in the House Health and Human Services Committee.
House Bill 88, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), would provide oversight and implement recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the health care system in New Mexico through the Commission.
The Health Care Value and Access Commission would collect and report on state health data and make policy recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of

60+ Mile Run Aims At Drawing Attention To SB 135, Licensing Naturopathic Doctors In New Mexico

on January 30, 2019 - 3:23pm
JEMEZ SPRINGS — A legislative bill which would allow Naturopathic doctors to be licensed and regulated in New Mexico is the catalyst behind a 60+ mile run, led by the New Mexico Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NMANP) who want to draw attention for the need to license Naturopathic doctors.
“The Run” takes place Feb. 10-12 beginning in Albuquerque with the Sweetheart Run - consists of a 5K, 10K and kid’s 1K run - and continuing from Bernalillo to Jemez Springs, then finishing at the State Capitol steps in Santa Fe.
Currently, Naturopathic doctors are licensed

Armstrong Introduces Bill To Establish Medicaid Buy-in

on January 29, 2019 - 2:26pm

Rep. Debbie Armstrong


Rep. Debbie Armstrong, chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, today introduced legislation to establish a Medicaid Buy-in plan in New Mexico that would allow certain New Mexicans to purchase Medicaid coverage starting in 2021.


“Medicaid is a trusted health insurance provider that has been taking care of New Mexico families for more than 50 years,” Armstrong said.

Day Out Program Available At Senior Center

on January 29, 2019 - 7:47am
Linda Boncella, the new executive director of the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers, spoke recently at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, describing the many services, programs and activities offered, including transportation, meals on-site and delivered, movies, tax preparation, exercise and dance classes, and so much more. The centers are designed for seniors 50 and older to socialize, learn, share meals, have fun, and support each other.

Panel Adds Time Frame To Aid-In-Dying Bill

on January 29, 2019 - 7:47am
A legislative committee decided Monday that medical professionals would have to determine a patient has no more than six months to live before prescribing drugs that would help the patient end his or her own life.
By tweaking the bill to give it a time frame, lawmakers who support the measure hope to add New Mexico to a short list of states that permit medical assistance in dying.
Critics had raised concerns about exactly which patients would qualify under House Bill 90. It was originally written to allow medical aid in dying for patients

Legislation Expanding Access For Developmentally Disabled Passes First Committee

on January 27, 2019 - 7:55am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Wednesday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and co-sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.
House Bill 68 addresses the chronic problem of long waitlists for the developmental disabilities waiver services in New Mexico.
“This bill is so important for New Mexico families who have a family member with a developmental disability. It is unthinkable and unbelievable that families are waiting 13 years for services they desperately need and for which they qualify.

Balderas Announces $120 Million Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Over Marketing Practices

on January 26, 2019 - 1:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he and 45 other Attorneys General reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.
Depuy claimed the devices were much more reliable than they actually were. Contrary to DePuy’s claims of reliability, these hip implants were found to fail at rates more than eight times higher than rates advertised.
“Doctors and patients

THD Procedure Reduces Pain And Recovery Time

on January 26, 2019 - 10:52am

Dr. Salim Amrani

Los Alamos Surgical Associates News:

Dr. Salim Amrani, MD offers a non-excisional surgical technique for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids.

Transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) is a minimally invasive surgery that does not require incisions or removal of the hemorrhoidal tissue. For most patients, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and normal activities can be resumed two to three days post-operatively.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are necessary, normal, vascular veins found in the anal canal.

Tribal Yoga & Wellness Open House 3-5 p.m. Today

on January 26, 2019 - 8:47am

EMS Division Chief Ben Stone: Dangers Of Opioids

on January 25, 2019 - 1:31pm
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

The rate at which Americans are dying from overdoses involving opioids is staggering. The U.S. Center for Disease Control has deemed the opioid crisis as a national epidemic.

Decades of over-prescription, along with wide-spread misconceptions about drug addiction, have led to an astounding rise in overdose deaths. The devastation is pervasive, leaving families of every type and communities of every size grieving and searching for answers in the wake.

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.

House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler Co-sponsors Transparency, Healthcare And Education Bills

on January 25, 2019 - 10:44am

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler on the House floor at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

From the Office of Rep. Christine Chandler:

SANTA FE – House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler has co-sponsored several important bills this legislative session.

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (SD-15) and Rep. Chandler’s bill (SB 11) closing the so-called lobbying “loophole” has successful passed out of committee and onto the Senate. The bill is similar to Sen. Ivey-Soto’s bill from the 2018 session that was vetoed by the former governor. 

According to the Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver,

Department Of Health Reports Steady Improvements In Safer Prescribing

on January 23, 2019 - 4:57pm


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Jan. 14 the release of its latest state quarterly prescribing report that shows a 14.9 percent decrease of prescribing high dose opioids in the state.

The numbers come from the Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database, which is required for use by healthcare providers to check a patient’s prescription history before prescribing opioid and benzo-diazepines. Opioids are a class of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine, all of which can cause addiction.

The latest report