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Birth Defects Provoke Challenges For NM Families

on November 18, 2017 - 9:38pm

NMDH News:

Being a parent is a challenge under any circumstance, but for 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States this year, there are challenges above and beyond the day-to-day raising of the child.

One in 33 is the rate of babies born nationally with birth defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that means about one child in every school classroom in the country might be affected.

Birth defects come in many forms. Here in New Mexico, the Department of Health (NMDOH) tracks the rate of 12 major birth defects.

Drowsy Driving: Don’t Be Asleep At The Wheel

on November 18, 2017 - 7:28am

CDC News:

Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States. The risk, danger, and often tragic results of drowsy driving are alarming. Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.

This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work.

No one knows the exact moment when sleep comes over their body. Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, but being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep.

Drowsiness:

One In Five US Adults Still Using Tobacco Products

on November 18, 2017 - 7:27am

CDC News:

About 1 in 5 U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

This is the first time CDC, in coordination with FDA, has used the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to assess the range of different tobacco products used by U.S. adults. The survey has been used to assess current (“every day” or “some day”) cigarette smoking among U.S.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Del Norte Credit Union

on November 17, 2017 - 7:09am

On the job Thursday in Los Alamos is Marketing Specialist Diego Muñoz at Del Norte Credit Union at 40 Rover Blvd., in White Rock who has worked for the company since March. Muñoz is growing a mustache for ‘#Movember with DNCU’ to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health. The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Account Set Up For Stabbing Victim Cory Kershner

on November 15, 2017 - 11:14am

COMMUNITY News: 

Cory Kershner, a member of this community was severely injured Nov. 3. He was trying to protect his girlfriend when he was stabbed multiple times in a brutal attack.

Kershner was air-lifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital to undergo emergency surgey. His prognosis is good but he is still hospitalized and in need of financial assistance. 

Donations are being accepted at New Mexico Bank & Trust, under "Cory Kershner The Recovery Fund", to help with his financial needs.

He has a long road to recovery. Please consider giving whatever you can to support him.

 

LAFD ‘Movember’ Fundraiser Going Strong

on November 13, 2017 - 6:16am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineers Adrian Carbajal, left, and Matt Muniz show off the stylish ‘Movember’ mustaches they are growing to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health. The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any local fire station or contribute online at https://moteam.co/lafd-inter-mo-s. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scenes From 2017 LAFC Boots And Badges Fall Ball

on November 12, 2017 - 10:36am

Members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC display the colors at the Los Alamos Family Council Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAFC Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAFC Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC Board Member Sherry Willis serves as emcee at this year's Boots and Badges Fall Ball Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A.

Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA To Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

on November 12, 2017 - 6:15am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food.
 
In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help the thousands of New Mexicans living in rural communities. 
 
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LAMC Celebrates Longtime Staff Members

on November 10, 2017 - 10:48am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside honors the hospital's longest serving staff member, Dianne Vandiver, RN, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the hospital during a ‘Significant Anniversaryappreciation dinner Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
LAMC staff members celebrating 5 to 45 years of service gather for a group photo early Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Jacqui Carroll/LAMC
 
LAMC staff at Tuesday's appreciation event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Chief Nursing

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

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