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Nuclear Care Partners Expands Service To New Mexico For Former Atomic Workers

on May 7, 2019 - 7:54am
NCP News:
ALBUQUERQUE Nuclear Care Partners, an organization that provides benefits guidance and in-home care to former atomic workers, is bringing its superior care for former workers into New Mexico to provide for local communities in need.
Many residents in north-central New Mexico worked at the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Hundreds of former workers have since developed debilitating and life-threatening illnesses as a result of workplace exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals.
Nuclear Care Partners is an approved medical provider under the U.S.

Jazzercise Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

on May 5, 2019 - 8:08am

Now that’s a plank! A mother and daughter demonstrate a super plank during the 50th anniversary of Jazzercise and its national theme ‘Strong as a Mother’. Local Jazzercise programs offer a free week of classes during May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Fifty is looking good in White Rock and Espanola, as the local Jazzercise programs nationally celebrate a 50th anniversary and a theme for May called, “Strong as a Mother.” The fun phrase can be seen on t-shirts, tanks and other apparel.

To celebrate, the White Rock program is offering a free week of Jazzercise May 1-31 for

Udall, Haaland, Luján Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Nutritious Meals For Native Students

on May 5, 2019 - 6:18am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation Thursday to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs.
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long.
Udall also introduced the legislation

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Local Blood Drive

on May 4, 2019 - 1:10pm

On the job in Los Alamos Friday is Danielle Chase of Vitalant drawing blood from local resident Steve Koch. United Blood Services is now Vitalant … the same company with the same mission … all that has changed is the name. Vitalant representatives explain that summer months are when blood donations are lowest and the need for blood is highest. Visit to find the nearest mobile blood drive to donate. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost

Udall Fights For Action To Help New Mexico Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits In Iraq And Afghanistan

on May 2, 2019 - 11:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. At two events Tuesday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) continued his push to improve care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and at the 2019 Congressional Burn Pits Briefing.
During the hearing, Udall questioned Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on his commitment to

Wheeler Brings Holistic Healing Practice To Los Alamos

on May 2, 2019 - 9:47am

Laurie Wheeler

Los Alamos Daily Post

Holistic Practitioner Laurie Wheeler is bringing her practice, Wellness Within, to Los Alamos. She will share office space with Chiropractor Gary Storken at 2610 Trinity Dr. and is in Los Alamos on Wednesdays at present.

Wheeler has been a classical homeopathic practitioner for more than 25 years. She is certified through the California College of Natural Medicine and the British Institute of Homeopathy.

Holistic medicine considers the whole person—body, mind, emotions and spirit— to gain balance in life,”

Scenes From YMCA Red, Black And Disco Ball

on April 30, 2019 - 6:50pm

Members of the Los Alamos Family YMCA Chairman’s Roundtable are honored for their ongoing support of the nonprofit organization at the 2019 YMCA Red and Black and Disco Ball fundraiser March 16 at Buffalo Thunder. Chairman’s Roundtable members from left, Roger Waterman of TRK, Lou Santoro of State Farm, LANL Community Programs Office Director Kathy Keith, Elizabeth Bailey of LANB, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Centerra - Los Alamos General Manager Lennie Upshaw. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

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LAMC Sponsors 100+ Women Who Care Thursday

on April 29, 2019 - 11:17am

Free Legal Workshop For Local Seniors May 16

on April 29, 2019 - 9:47am
LREP News:
The Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) is a joint project of the NM Aging and Long Term Services Department and the State Bar of New Mexico.
LREP is presenting a Free Legal Workshop for Seniors Thursday, May 16 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
The presentation includes:
  • Power of Attorney’s;
  • Advance Health Care Directives;
  • Probate;
  • Estate Planning;
  • Transfer on Death Deeds; and
  • Institutional Medicaid.
After the presentation, an attorney will be available to prepare/execute Power of Attorneys and Advance Health Care Directives for free. Advance

Most Job Openings In Healthcare In New Mexico

on April 29, 2019 - 9:38am
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ Economic Research & Analysis Bureau reported that there were more than 11,000 job openings advertised on the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System ( in March 2019 for Healthcare Practitioners and Healthcare Support Occupations.
More than one-third of those advertised job openings were for registered nurses, with more than 3,800 advertised job postings.
“Our New Mexico Workforce Connection staff are working diligently with both job seekers and employers to fill these job

AGU: Dust Toll In Africa Exceeds Deaths From HIV

on April 29, 2019 - 9:19am
AGU News:
In Africa, air pollution causes the premature deaths of about 780,000 people each year, potentially more than HIV infection, a new study estimates.
Mineral dust from the Sahara desert is the largest contributor to air quality-related mortality on the continent overall according to the new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
“It’s just the sheer amount of material and also how it co-locates with the densely populated parts of Western Africa.

Volunteers Sought For State Medical Reserve Corps

on April 29, 2019 - 9:19am


In times of emergency or disasters, the need for volunteers to assist in providing aid to victims, families and first responders becomes critical.

The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps (NMMRC) maintains New Mexico’s statewide registry of volunteer healthcare providers and support personnel. It is part of the Emergency Systems for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP).  

NMMRC Serves has more than 2,100 volunteers across the State both medical and non-medical, and averages 6,500 volunteer hours per year that has served between 50,000 and 60,000 New

Nearly Two Of Three New Mexicans Know Someone Addicted To Opioids

on April 29, 2019 - 8:47am


A New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) survey finds 85 percent of adults in the state recognize prescription opioid abuse to be an extremely serious public health problem in our state, with nearly two-thirds of those surveyed reporting they know someone who is or has been addicted to opioids.

Opioids are a class of drugs such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine heroin and fentanyl, all of which can cause addiction. The survey, implemented by Research & Polling, Inc., was supported by  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among the survey findings:

  • 63 percent of

Rabies Confirmed In Five Skunks In New Mexico

on April 27, 2019 - 7:50am
NMDOH reports that rabies have been confirmed in five skunks so far this year in New Mexico and warn pet owners to get their pets and livestock vaccinated against rabies. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that rabies have been confirmed in five skunks this year discovered in De Baca, Curry, Quay and Colfax counties.


The NMDOH is warning pet owners throughout New Mexico to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other livestock get vaccinated against rabies.

Residents and visitors are reminded to be aware of strangely

Measles Cases Hit New High; AAP Urges Vaccination

on April 27, 2019 - 7:47am
ALBUQUERQUE — Measles cases this year have climbed to 695, the highest number since the virus was eliminated almost two decades ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging families to vaccinate their children and lawmakers to make it harder to opt out of vaccine requirements for school entry.
"It is frustrating to see so many children suffering unnecessarily from a preventable disease.

Luján Receives School-Based Health Care Award

on April 25, 2019 - 2:38pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
SANTA FE Tuesday evening, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, received the “School-Based Health Care Champion” award from the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care organization at their 20th Anniversary Award Ceremony.
This award recognizes leaders in the advancement of health care programs and services for students in their school environments, and highlights Congressman Luján’s efforts to expand health care access and improve health care services for New Mexicans.
“The health of our

LANL: Scientists Create First Billion-Atom Biomolecular Simulation Of Entire Gene Of DNA

on April 23, 2019 - 9:24am
A Los Alamos-led team created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer.
“It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural

Health Report Compares New Mexico With Nation

on April 22, 2019 - 12:47pm


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) releases a new report showing how New Mexico ranks among the 50 U.S. States on 40 key health status measures.

One of the highlights of the 2019 How New Mexico Compares report is our state’s low rates in 2017 for five leading causes of death: cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart disease and pneumonia and influenza. New Mexico ranks among the top 20 states with the lowest rates in each important category.

Storkan Chiropractic Hosts 35th Anniversary Celebration

on April 22, 2019 - 12:14pm

State Auditor: Warning For Vulnerable Populations

on April 22, 2019 - 10:32am
State Auditor Brian Colón
On the heels of a national $1.2 Billion Medicare scheme, State Auditor Brian Colón is calling for vigilance in ensuring New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations are protected.
Health care fraud results in higher health care costs for New Mexicans and takes away from funding intended to support those who need it most. The OSA is committed to identifying fraud, waste, and abuse to save taxpayer money by cracking down on fraudulent schemes and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
“Trust is broken.

NMDOH: Opioid Use Disorder As Qualifying Condition Petition Approved For Medical Cannabis Program

on April 22, 2019 - 9:55am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has approved the petition to add opioid use disorder as a qualifying condition for the department’s Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) at its March 29 public meeting.

The board voted unanimously 4-0 to support adding the qualifying condition. It is the third time the panel has approved the petition, and the first time it’s voted for the petition since Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took office in January.

With today’s vote the board is expected to put its recommendations in writing

Suicide Prevention Presentation Tuesday April 30

on April 22, 2019 - 9:28am
Champions of Youth Ambitions

As the school year begins to come to an end, stress, anxiety and depression are occasionally on the rise, right in our community.

To provide valuable information and plenty of resources, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is hosting a suicide prevention session in collaboration with the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line Tuesday, April 30, starting with a brief gathering time at 5 p.m., with the presentation followed by a question and answer period.

The presentation is at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road and will be

Psychotherapist Michelle George Uses Body's Power To Heal ... Releasing Unresolved Stress, Trauma, Tension

on April 21, 2019 - 7:17am
Psychotherapist Michelle George
Los Alamos Daily Post

Psychotherapist Michelle George knows that talking is not always enough. George is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Her own experience of chronic body pain led her to explore the realms of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) where for the first time in years she found relief.

She is a trained Somatic Experiencing Educator and Certified Trauma Releasing Exercise Practitioner.

Barry Cooney Ph.D. Brings Transformative Coaching To Los Alamos

on April 21, 2019 - 7:16am
Barry Cooney Ph.D. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Barry Cooney, Ph.D., has many accomplishments. At age 29 he was appointed Clinical Instructor in Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He also co-produced a Chamber Orchestra in New York City. More recently, he served as director of UNM-Gallup. His experience working with veterans suffering from PTSD and observing the turmoil experienced by his students at UNM-Gallup led him to search for new methods of healing.

A trip to India to study

Rotary Members Participate In Holi Festival

on April 20, 2019 - 9:31am

Rotarians Laura Gonzales, Jessie Conrad and Jim Nesmith celebrate Holi Day, a communal celebration of colors, during Sunday festivities at Fuller Lodge. The event was sponsored by Sirphey owner Prashant Jain. Members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos were on hand to tell participants about Rotary International's impressive success in eradicating polio worldwide with small exceptions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria where war and distrust of Western medicine limit vaccination programs. Polio is a contagious virus that causes muscle wasting and paralysis. It is easily preventable. In the