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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. 
 
“All

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.

LAVNS Among New Mexico Home Health Agencies Receiving 2017 HealthInsight Quality Awards

on November 10, 2017 - 7:00am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Nineteen home health agencies across New Mexico, including Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services, were recognized for their commitment to improving performance and promoting patient-centered care.
 
The HealthInsight Quality Award Program promotes transparency in health care. Since 2004, the program has recognized nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and outpatient medical practices and clinics in Utah and Nevada.
 
This year, HealthInsight New Mexico and the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care partnered to launch the program in New

Nearly 635,000 New Mexican Adults Have Prediabetes: Only One In Five Knows It

on November 9, 2017 - 7:34am

NMDH News:

This test asks you to answer a few quick questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Your results are reported as a score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program encourages residents to both learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease.

Almost 635,000 New Mexican adults have

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

LAFD Fills The Boot For MDA

on November 9, 2017 - 7:07am

The Los Alamos Fire Department is gearing up once again to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 13-18 outside Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock daily. Firefighters Kevin Kamplain, left, and Ernesto Polson ask the community to support the longtime firefighter tradition. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to once again join in the strong firefighter tradition of filling the boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Violence Against Healthcare Workers

on November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Violence against doctors, nurses in public hospitals is common and underreported

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico.

Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

“We’re concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our public

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