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Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Residential Care Options Vs Overlooked ‘Inbetweeners’

on November 2, 2015 - 2:11pm
By JULIE SMITH
Los Alamos
 
“Los Alamos Retirement Community” sounds like a wide-reaching organization, but do you really know which residents are helped by the live-in facilities available in Los Alamos, and which are not helped, are not eligible, or fall into the “inbetweener” category? You may think you know, but this is my ongoing experience.

Los Alamos Retirement Community’s live-in care options are Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and Sombrillo Rehab and Nursing Home.

New Study: Mammograms Reduce Deaths From Breast Cancer

on October 30, 2015 - 12:09pm

By PATRICK DAWSON, MD

Health experts currently don’t agree on exactly when, and how often, women should have mammograms.

But findings from a new study provide data to help inform each individual’s choices.

The study began when Norway kicked off a breast-cancer screening program in 1995. Health officials invited all women age 50 and older to have a mammogram every other year.

The way they did it, though, offered scientists an interesting chance to assess the effect.

Because women in some counties received invitations before others, it was possible to track not only the effect of having

Understanding Urinary Incontinence

on October 30, 2015 - 12:06pm

By VINCENT FIORICA, MD

What is urinary incontinence (UI)?

UI is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom.

According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. UI can strike at any age. Women over age 50 are the most likely to develop UI although men can be affected as well.

Urinary incontinence may be a temporary condition, resulting from an underlying medical condition.

Los Alamos Medical Center Scores Another Four Stars For Patient Satisfaction

on October 30, 2015 - 9:08am

LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. left, with his staff celebrating high marks from the Joint Commisssion, which reviewed the hospital last week. Courtesy photo

House Supervisor Jennifer DiMarino, RN is one of the many LAMC nurses commended for providing exceptional bedside care. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has once again earned the top spot as the highest-rated hospital in northern New Mexico.

LANL: Novel Targeted Therapy For Stomach Cancer

on October 29, 2015 - 8:46am

New research at LANL and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute shows a molecular fingerprint in stomach cancer that shows it can be treated with platinum drugs and/or molecular inhibitors known as PARP. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Therapy has potential to save lives of thousands of cancer patients each year

New research from a multidisciplinary team shows that a molecular fingerprint, termed “signature 3,” is found in stomach cancer, opening the door to potential treatment with therapies such as platinum drugs.

This finding has the potential to save thousand of lives a year by delivering a

Massage Now Available At The Y

on October 26, 2015 - 3:13pm

Massage Therapist Catherine Andrea Martinez

Y News:

Therapeutic Massage is available at the Y beginning Nov. 1 through a partnership with Massage by Catherine Andrea.

Owner Catherine Andrea Martinez, LMT 8264, will be offering massages out of the White Rock Y location and at the Y Express in downtown Los Alamos. 

“While many think of massage as a luxury, it can be a life-changing, empowering and useful means of correction, and a preventative intervention in regards to muscular dysfunction,” Martinez said.

Rotary Club Hosts Purple Pinky Day

on October 25, 2015 - 11:56am

Rotarian Linda King helps Barranca Mesa Elementary students participating in Friday’s Purple Pinky Project. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

Barranca Mesa Elementary students show off their purple pinkies during Friday’s recognition of Rotary's World Polio Day. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

 

By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of Rotary International's World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteered Friday at local elementary schools to engage students in the Purple Pinky Project. 

 For a $1 donation, roughly the cost of a polio vaccine, students

Finding The Right Family Planning Option

on October 23, 2015 - 7:24am

NNMHC News:

Would you like to be a parent someday? If so, when?

If you already have kids, do you want to have more? These are important decisions. Fortunately, you have some control over if and when to become pregnant. Take a look at your options so you can make the best choice for you and your family.

If you’re not ready for a family now, but might want children someday: There are many types of birth control. There is not one method that is best for everyone. Birth control can be very effective when used correctly.

The right method for you depends on:

  • How often you have sex
  • If and when

How To Cope With Menopause

on October 23, 2015 - 7:19am

By BARBARA VAN EECKHOUT, MD

Hot flashes, insomnia, and night sweats can make menopause miserable. Learning how to find relief can make the transition years easier to bear.

Menopause usually takes place between ages 45 and 55 when a woman’s body stops producing estrogen and progesterone, ending menstruation.

While this transition is a natural event, “the change” can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

• Trouble sleeping
• Night sweats
• Hot flashes
• Mood swings
• Leakage of urine
• Less interest in sex
• Vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse
    
Menopausal symptoms don’t bother some

Education Is Major Goal Of Council On Cancer

on October 19, 2015 - 10:49pm

Sheryl Tynan Nichols speaks about the Council on Cancer during a recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Don Casperson

 

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

Sheryl Tynan Nichols, vice president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, told Kiwanis in a recent talk, “Information is our No. 1 goal.”

“The Los Alamos Council on Cancer was formed by a group of doctors in the 1940s,” she said, and it now includes two doctors and several other volunteers.

The non-profit organization sponsors two events per year. This year, on Sept.

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