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Lead Hazards In Some Holiday Toys And Jewelry

on December 1, 2017 - 8:17am

CDC News:

Protect children from exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry.

Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.

Children may be exposed to lead by simply handling toys normally. It is normal for toddlers and infants to put toys, fingers and other objects in their mouths. They may also be exposed to lead this way.

Lead in Toys

Toys imported into the United States and antique toys and collectibles often

Increase Lung Cancer Awareness

on December 1, 2017 - 7:30am

CDC News:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

For help quitting, visit smokefree.gov, call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text “QUIT” to 47848 from your cell phone.

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following ways—

  • Don’t smoke.

Udall, Luján Introduce Legislation On Health Disparities For Native Americans Living In Urban Areas

on November 28, 2017 - 8:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act also is cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.
 
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run

Alzheimer’s Association Applauds Grand Opening Of UNM Memory & Aging Center

on November 26, 2017 - 7:53am
ALZHEIMER"S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter is pleased to announce a Grand Opening event for its partner in the battle to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease, the UNM Memory and Aging Center.
 
The UNM Memory and Aging Center is the only center devoted to Alzheimer’s and dementia research and treatment in New Mexico or the Mountain West region. It is part of UNM’s Health Sciences Center.
 
The center was created under the direction of Gary Rosenberg, MD, to specifically help patients with various types of neurologic conditions that affect cognition and behavior,

Bastone Appointed CEO St. Vincent Hospital Support

on November 26, 2017 - 7:44am
Peter F. Bastone, MPH, MACHM
 
HOSPITAL News:
 
SANTA FE  St. Vincent Hospital Support (SVHsupport), a nonprofit charity and support organization that is a 50 percent owner with CHRISTUS Health of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Center and supports the health and wellness of the Santa Fe Community and Northern New Mexico, has appointed Peter F. Bastone, MPH, MACHM as its new president and chief executive officer. Bastone replaces David Delgado who will continue as Chair of Impact Investment Committee of SVHsupport.
 
Bastone is an innovative, future-focused leader who transforms health

Birth Rate Declines In United States In 2016

on November 25, 2017 - 6:15am

CDC News:

Key findings from Natonal Vital Statistics System: 

  • The U.S. general fertility rate declined to 62.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2016, down 1% from 2015.
  • Birth rates declined among women under age 30 in 2016, and rose for women aged 30–44.
  • The cesarean delivery rate continued to decline in 2016, down to 31.9% of all births.
  • The preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year to 9.85% in 2016.
  • The 2016 rate of triplet and higher-order multiple births was 48% lower than the 1998 peak.

This report presents several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators

Teen Birth Rate Declines In New Mexico By 60 Percent Over Nine Years

on November 23, 2017 - 10:52am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a decrease in the 2016 teen birth rate in the state, continuing a steep decline that began in 2007. Births to teens in New Mexico are now at their lowest point in many decades:

The birth rate for teens ages 15 to 19 fell 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, and 55 percent over the past nine years. (The teen birth rate for ages 15 to 19 was 29.4 per 1,000 females in 2016.)
Additionally, the birth rate for teens ages 15 to 17 saw a significant drop: down by 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, and nearly a 60 percent decrease since 2007. (The

Only 1 In 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits Or Vegetables

on November 23, 2017 - 10:25am

CDC News:

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published last week in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska.

Scenes From Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-Los Alamos Nov. 17-20

on November 20, 2017 - 5:36am

Scene from the Trauma Trail Challenge Practicum during the three-day Fire & Ice In the Jemez Mountains Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

A training exercise during Fire & Ice used real patients moulaged to represent aspects of traumatic injuries and medical emergencies that providers may encounter at any given multiple casualty incident. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Fire & Ice multiple casualty incident

LAFD Fills The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

on November 19, 2017 - 6:18am

Los Alamos Firefighters collected funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association throughout this week at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

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