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In Fond Remembrance Of Cancer Patient Deanna Held

on July 26, 2018 - 3:31pm

The 3-Day Trippers participate in a walk in 2001. Both Nancy Partridge and Deanna Held were a part of the group, which walked 60 miles from Ft. Collins to Boulder, Colo. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I knew her name.

She sat in a green plastic lawn chair, tightly wrapped in a pink patterned blanket, watching as thousands of women walked past her house. It was over 90-degrees outside and the sky was a brilliant blue.

Her bald head reflected the sunlight, silent tears flowed from her dark eyes. In her hands a small cardboard sign simply said “Thank You.”

The year prior,

Ellen Ben-Naim Takes Helm At First Born Program

on July 26, 2018 - 9:38am
Ellen Ben-Naim, new program manager of the First Born Program of Los Alamos recently visited the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss her new position. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Being a first-time parent can be a scary ride, especially if family and close friends are not on the scene to help out, as is the case for many Los Alamos first-timers.

Enter the First Born Program of Los Alamos. First Born is a unique home visiting program designed to meet the needs of first-time families.

Governor Announces ‘There Is Another Way’ Campaign

on July 26, 2018 - 8:48am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) have announced the launch of a new campaign to combat prescription opioid abuse and misuse in New Mexico – the campaign is called “There Is Another Way”.
The statewide, multifaceted campaign aims to educate patients and caregivers about safer pain management options and alternative pain management strategies. It is available online here.
“We’ve taken a number of steps to fight opioid abuse in New Mexico and I’m proud of our progress, but there is still more work to

Los Alamos Medical Center Owner LifePoint Health Enters Into Merger With Apollo Global Management

on July 23, 2018 - 9:15am

Los Alamos Medical Center at 3917 West Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LifePoint Health News:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) (“LifePoint”) and RCCH HealthCare Partners (“RCCH”), which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge.

LifePoint Health, Inc., owns Los Alamos Medical Center.

  • LifePoint Health to Merge with RCCH HealthCare Partners;
  • LifePoint Shareholders to

2018 Los Alamos Relay For Life Slated For Aug. 25

on July 20, 2018 - 8:18am


The Los Alamos Relay for Life event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25 at Smith’s Marketplace. The theme for this year’s Relay is “Attacking From Every Angle”.

The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with a 5K fun run/walk to be followed by opening ceremonies and a survivor lap. The Relay itself is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Canyon Rim Trail, starting and finishing in the Smith’s Marketplace parking lot.

Plans are underway for the annual Survivor Dinner held the week before the Relay. For more information, call Rachal Allen at 505.709.8618 or email

Event co-chairs

AllerPops Encourages Users To Share Experiences

on July 20, 2018 - 6:49am

Knoze Jr. participated in last weekend's ScieneFest event. Courtesy photo


Cliff Han, maker and founder of AllerPops, recently announced a call to gather feedback from customers of his unique allergy-fighting prebiotic lollipops at To connect new customers with the user experiences of past customers, AllerPops initiated #iTuneMyAllergiesUsingAllerPops.

Customers are invited to use the hashtag to create and post text messages and video selfies using AllerPops, all while receiving an Amazon gift card or a People Pay award of $5 as a

Wearing Pink Wings To Remember And Honor Ruth

on July 20, 2018 - 6:45am

Nancy Partridge’s pink wings and teddy bear named Ruth. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I wear pink wings.

The wings amuse the other breast cancer walkers as they guess whether I’m a butterfly or an angel or a fairy. As far as I’m concerned, I’m whatever they need me to be.

Pink ribbons bearing the names of survivors and those who have been lost are pinned like dust to the fluttering wings while in the center is a small bear wearing a bead necklace. The bear’s name is Ruth. Ruth was my mother-in-law.

Los Alamos Resident Rows In Bathtub For Good Cause

on July 19, 2018 - 11:25am
Malcolm Burns sits in Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op's signature tub along with Co-op Assistant Manager Ashley D'Anna. Burns will spend some quality time in a bathtub when he rows the entire length of Scotland's longest lake, Loch Lomond, to raise money for Alzheimer's Scotland. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Many people have pedaled, swam, raced and walked for noble causes.

Tips When Exercising In The Heat

on July 17, 2018 - 12:35pm

By Stacey Castille

Wellness Director

The Family YMCA


The “hot” dog days of summer have arrived! We at The Family YMCA would like to remind you to take appropriate steps to stay safe while being active in these high temperatures. Our bodies have to work much harder to stay cool in hot weather so you might not be able to run or bike as fast or as far as you might in cooler temperatures. Make sure you listen to your body and follow these steps to avoid heat related illnesses.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your day, not just when you are exercising.

A.B.L.E. At Full Body Health And Fitness July 20

on July 17, 2018 - 12:08pm

Sarah Downs and Nik Allen are brand ambassadors for A.B.L.E New Mexico. Courtesy photo


One portable fitness tool and you are A.B.L.E to do anything. Sarah Downs and Nik Allen have brought a revolutionary product, A.B.L.E, to Los Alamos that is sure to peak the interest of many fitness gurus.

Downs will share tips about Fitness and the A.B.L.E product 4-7 p.m., July 20 at UNM-LA during the Full Body Health and Fitness Event. At the event guests will have a chance to win a package of gifts from Sarah Downs and Nik Allen.

BeWellnm Provides Millennials With Insurance Options

on July 17, 2018 - 12:08pm


ALBUQUERQUE– Between finishing college, starting a career and sorting out personal finances, people in their 20s are living through a time replete with complex planning and logistics.

One especially important milestone to consider comes at the age of 26 - the age people may no longer be covered under a parent’s health plan.

Navigating the world of health insurance can be challenging, but beWellnm is here to help 26-year-olds (and everyone else for that matter) figure out their options.

FBI: Santa Fe Cardiologist Gets 51 Months In Prison

on July 17, 2018 - 10:16am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Chief U.S. District Judge William P. “Chip” Johnson sentenced Roy G. Heilbron last week in Federal Court in Albuquerque to 51 months of imprisonment for his convictions on health care fraud and obstruction of justice charges.
The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Acting Special Agent in Charge Maxwell D. Marker of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division and U.S. Marshal Sonya K. Chavez.
Heilbron, 54, a cardiologist residing in Santa Fe, was sentenced to 24 months for his conviction on a health care fraud charge, and 27 months for his

DOJ: Regulatory Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

on July 16, 2018 - 8:02am
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice Wednesday announced the finalization of an April proposal to improve the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to control the diversion of dangerous drugs in the midst of the national opioid crisis.
Announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the final rule sent for publication today in the Federal Register establishes that DEA will take into consideration the extent that a drug is diverted for abuse when it sets its annual opioid production limits.
If DEA believes that that a particular opioid or a particular company’s

Scenes From YMCA Science Of Fitness Class

on July 14, 2018 - 8:41pm

Family YMCA instructors Carrie Garcia, left, and Warapha Prime lead a group of individuals in a warm up during a PiYo class today at Ashley Pond Park. The class, which combines pilates and yoga, was part of ScienceFest and educated participants on the science behind fitness. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

A group of participants warm up at the start of the PiYo class today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

YMCA Instructor Emily Christiansen demonstrates an exercise routine during today's PiYo class. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

YMCA Instructor

On The Job In Los Alamos: LAMC Auxiliary Members

on July 14, 2018 - 6:55am

On the job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos Medical Center Lobby Shop Manager Teri Nixon, left, Assistant Manager Wendy Schamaun and LAMC Auxiliary member Jo-Ellen Brown keeping busy during the Black Friday sale held on the infamous Friday the 13th. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center gave shoppers a little bit of luck on what is often thought to be the unluckiest day of the year: Friday the 13th.

Friday, the hospital's lobby shop hosted a Black Friday sale, which featured 20 to 75 percent off sale items.

Lobby Shop Black Friday Sale At LAMC Today

on July 13, 2018 - 7:38am

Tobacco Use Among New Mexico High School Students At All-Time Low

on July 12, 2018 - 7:58am


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that rates of cigarette smoking by New Mexico high school students are lower than ever before - dropping by more than 50 percent over the last decade.

According to data from the 2017 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), youth cigarette smoking has dropped from 24.2 percent in 2007 to nearly one in 10 (10.6 percent) New Mexico high school students in 2017.

Usage rates for other tobacco products including cigars, chew/spit tobacco, and hookah (a large water pipe used to smoke tobacco) have also fallen to historic

UNM-LA EMS And Science Faculty At ScienceFest

on July 11, 2018 - 6:58pm
UNM-LA Instructor Leslie Dendy, right, offered a pH testing activity, which drew participants of all ages during ScienceFest 2017. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
EMS Instructor and LAFD Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria talks to community members during an open house in August 2016. EMS Instructor/LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dewald looks on from the simulated ER/hospital room. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA


The community is invited to participate in University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Sciencefest activities.

Cancer Foundation For New Mexico’s Support Groups – Free Community Resource

on July 10, 2018 - 4:02am
SANTA FE — The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico (CFFNM) is a local non-profit organization that provides life-critical services to northern New Mexican cancer patients and their families. Founded in 2003, CFFNM offers mileage reimbursement, overnight lodging and grocery cards to in-need northern New Mexican cancer patients to ensure access to their treatment in Santa Fe.
One of its vital services is a comprehensive schedule of support groups to offer healing and hope for cancer patients as well as caregivers and family members.
“Our support groups are available to all

Local Clinician Recognized As IFM Certified Practitioner

on July 2, 2018 - 9:28am
Dr. Kristen L. Biggs
IFM News:
The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine, has announced Kristen L. Biggs, MD, RPVI, RPhS, FACS of Los Alamos as a member of the May 2018 graduating class of IFM Certified Practiitioners.
As an IFM Certified Practitioner of The Intitute for Functional Medicine's Certification Program (IFMCP), Dr. Biggs is uniquely trained in the Functional Medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease. In order to achieve the designation of IFM Certified Practitioner, Dr.

Functional Medicine May Be Key To Optimal Health

on June 30, 2018 - 5:47am
Dr. Carmen Solano in front of her office at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suite 8.
Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

No matter where our summer adventures take place, we don’t want to be slowed down by dis-ease. No energy, brain fog, weakness, low mood, anxiety and a myriad of other symptoms can leave us feeling … well, simply bad.

This is where Functional Medicine can help. It is what is known as lifestyle medicine since the focus is not only about addressing the symptoms, but finding the reason for those symptoms and then restoring functions that are out of balance.

As an example,

Lujan Grisham Calls For House Hearings On Expanding Radiation Exposure Compensation Program

on June 30, 2018 - 5:40am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement Wednesday after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.”
Under current law, New Mexicans who were impacted by radiation exposure from atomic bomb testing and worked in uranium mines during the Cold War do not have access to compensation.
“I am encouraged that the Senate Judiciary

Nancy Partridge Walks To Find Cure For Breast Cancer

on June 30, 2018 - 5:29am

Nancy Partridge participating  in a fundraising 60-mile endurance walk to raise funds for breast cancer research, education and treatment in 2001 in Colorado. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos
  • Part one in a series

Stage III fire restrictions closed the trails in Los Alamos County. This is a good thing; because, there are people out there who do stupid things that make life harder for the dedicated men and women who protect our community during wildfires. I count myself among them.

At the time of the Cerro Grande Fire I was a news reporter in Colorado.

Health IG Launches Inquiry After Senators Demand Investigation Of Health Department’s Treatment Of Children Separated From Parents

on June 29, 2018 - 5:52pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would conduct a comprehensive review of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program after U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the Office of Inspector General requesting they look into the issue.
The request for an investigation follows weeks of uncertainty about the Health Department’s ability to appropriately care for children placed in its custody as a result of President Trump’s

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Fight Opioid Epidemic In New Mexico

on June 29, 2018 - 9:37am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE ― U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to tackle the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
“Fighting the opioid epidemic will be one of my first priorities as governor. Opioid addiction is ruining lives and communities across New Mexico. It destroys families, contributes to child neglect and abuse, increases crime, and hurts our economy,” Lujan Grisham said.