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‘Access’ Enhances Small Town Stroke Treatment

on March 28, 2017 - 7:12am
Colin Semper, left, and Dr. Howard Yonas of the UNM Department of Neurosurgery spoke recently at Kiwanis. Photo by Don Casperson
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

"Telemedicine," a new way to bring top-flight medical expertise to small town hospitals, is alive and well and living in Los Alamos, thanks to "Access," a program based at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH).

The UNMH Health Sciences Center recently won a three-year, $15.1 million federal grant to test a proposed telemedicine network that helps to diagnose and treat stroke and brain injury patients.

As

Santa Fe Mountain Center: 'Adventures In Recovery'

on March 27, 2017 - 8:21am

Donors Help Support Dr. Zee Benefit Concert

on March 26, 2017 - 6:43am

​Morning Glory Bakery Company donates weekly donuts as an auction item for the Dr. Zee Benefit Concert. Courtesy Photo

COMMUNITY News:

 

Dr. Zee Benefit Concert organizers are looking for donors who want to be part of the event's silent auction.

Organizers are excited by what they have received so far from businesses and independent donors in the community including two gift certificates for a dozen donuts a week for six months from Morning Glory Bakery Company. Other donated items have been shared on the Facebook page, @zeebenefit.

Zandree (Zee) Stidham, 35, is a local assistant

LACC Presents Dr. Peter J. Lindberg Talk April 13

on March 25, 2017 - 7:33am

Letter To The Editor: A Better Health Care Payment System

on March 25, 2017 - 7:27am
By TED TRUSKE
Albuquerque

It's strange that a five second sound bite, “I will kill Obamacare” can drive national policies. Finally President Trump admits, “health care is complicated”. So GOP members contort themselves to make magic happen, so far unsuccessfully. They dispute the CBO's numbers because they're not happily magical.

Why doesn't the public have whatever health plan Congress has? If it's good enough for Congress we in the public could live with it.

In 2010 T.R.

Luján On Postponed House Vote On Trumpcare

on March 24, 2017 - 5:01pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after House Republicans delayed a high profile vote on the Republican health care repeal bill when the legislation failed to gain sufficient support to pass the House:
 
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans hatched a bill in a back room and tried to slip it through the House with no hearings before anyone – even members of their own party – were able to understand the details,” Lujan said.

Letter To The Editor: Protest GOP Healthcare Bill

on March 24, 2017 - 10:45am
By CHARLES SMITH
Santa Fe

The congressional Republican healthcare plan will be a disaster for working families. Their plan will take health care away from 24 million people across the country and impose painful taxes on working people.

Thank you.

Letter To The Editor: LAMC Exceeds Expectations!

on March 24, 2017 - 5:36am
By MARCUS HALL
Los Alamos
 
This is just a short public “thank you” to the Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
I am a single dad with an 8-year-old son. A short time ago I had to go the ER with severe stomach pains and was admitted overnight into the ICU for observation. My parents were out of the country. Friends picked my son up from school and took care of him that afternoon, but he had no familiar place to stay overnight.
 
The staff at LAMC set up a bed in my room in the ICU, arranged for his supper, and he was able to spend the night with me in my room.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Get Out

on March 23, 2017 - 4:03pm
The fabulous fruit hat. Mary Beth Maasseen at the Red and Black Ball. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So, I wore a fruit hat.

It was made of artificial fruit and I was going for that Carmen Miranda look, and folks at the party were kind enough to humor me in that regard. I wore the fruit hat to the Family YMCA Red and Black Ball last Saturday night, so there are lots of witnesses and I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.

The theme for the event was “Havana Nights” and for some reason I thought, “Carmen Miranda!” Although as it turns out, Carmen was

Raffle Benefits Hope Pregnancy Center’s Mobile Ultrasound Services

on March 22, 2017 - 3:21pm

Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Fla. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The winning ticket in a Hope Pregnancy Center raffle will get the lucky ticket holder a seven-night stay at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Fla., according to Interim Executive Director Deborah Goodwin.

Tickets are $10 each and only 400 are being sold for the April 19 raffle.

“The best part is that check-in is March 24, 2018, which is during the Los Alamos Schools spring break,” Goodwin said.

The condo raffle only includes living accommodations in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that sleeps eight people, so the

On The Job In Los Alamos: TriState Care-Flight Helicopter Pilot Charles Smith

on March 22, 2017 - 7:29am

TriState Care-Flight EMS helicopter pilot Charles Smith is on the job Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center were he is waiting to transport paramedics and a patient. A retired 19-year US Army veteran, Smith has worked as a relief pilot for TriState for more than two years covering all bases in New Mexico. He and his wife are permanent RVers here in New Mexico. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

TriState Care-Flight EMS helicopter arrives Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center to pick up a patient. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Heinrich Launches #KeepMeCovered Campaign

on March 20, 2017 - 6:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) launched “Keep Me Covered,” a social media campaign calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #KeepMeCovered to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and congressional Republicans’ health care plan. 
 
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that the bill will cancel health care for 14 million people in just one year, with 24 million losing care by 2026. 
 
“President Trump and

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Our Teachers...

on March 19, 2017 - 11:39am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
A concerned mother grateful for her children’s teachers

Dear Governor and dear Representatives who voted against the resolution that would’ve allowed teachers to take more than 3 sick days without penalty, let me ask you: how many times did you take a sick day this past year? How many times did you have to assist a sick family member, whether a child, a spouse, or an elderly parent? And all this when you hold a position that doesn’t keep you inside a classroom five days a week. Along with train stations and public places, schools are the primary route for the spread of

Study Suggests Brain Injury Effects Last Seven Years

on March 18, 2017 - 8:43am
HEALTH News:
 
A new study that was presented Feb. 10 to the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, suggests brain injury long-term effects in children may still be present as long as seven years after the injury is sustained.
 
Furthermore, researchers found that children who sustain brain injuries are at increased risk to develop other functioning issues. The research highlights the importance of protecting children from brain injuries, especially children involved in high-risk sports or activities linked to traumatic brain injury.
 
“More than 630,000 children

Statement On Attempted Override Of Governor’s Veto Of HB 241 - Attendance Component In Teacher Evaluations

on March 18, 2017 - 8:39am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) released the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of House Bill 241:
 
“In her veto message, Gov. Martinez stated that she would be willing to consider changes to attendance measures as part of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system. Attendance measures account for just five percent of a teacher’s overall evaluation. House Bill 241 sought to address only the attendance component in teacher evaluations, and we respect Gov.

LAHS Students Participate In Kick Butts Day

on March 17, 2017 - 3:42pm

Los Alamos High School students Emily Jones, left, and Katey Green hold up Jones' poster of a cigarette pack for the high school robotics class' robot to demolish Wednesday  morning. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos High School students Aaron Laurtizen, left, and John Caparone manuever their robot to take down a model of a cigarette. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School students participating in the school’s Evolvement program kicked some major butt ... cigarette butt to be exact ... Wednesday

Itching To Travel For Spring Break? Learn How To Get Prepared For A Safe And Healthy Journey

on March 17, 2017 - 8:12am

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LAMC News:

As winter’s hold weakens, hopeful spring breakers will make their way to balmy beach resorts, rugged rain forests and coastal cruise ship destinations.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants you to be informed and make smart choices wherever your spring break plans take you.

The CDC Travelers’ Health website is a great first stop to make sure that you are proactive, prepared and protected when it comes to your health while traveling:

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines and any health concerns at your destination.
  • Pack smart and prepare a travel health kit

Opioid Overdose Prevention Bill Moves To House Floor

on March 16, 2017 - 4:45pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Health and Human Services Committee has passed legislation to prevent opioid drug overdoses in New Mexico. House Bill 370, sponsored by Reps. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) and Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra), passed by a vote of 6 to 0.
 
The bill aims to increase awareness and access to naloxone. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, blocks the effects of opioids and is used to treat suspected opioid overdoses.

Bill To Help Workers Care For Sick, Elderly Relatives Heads To Senate Floor

on March 15, 2017 - 9:18am

STATE News:
  • Caregiver Leave Act Allows Employees to Use Already-Provided Sick Leave for Caregiving

Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s Caregiver Leave Act, HB 86, is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote after it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, moving the widely supported bill, which would allow workers to also use sick leave that is already provided by their employers to cover absences for caregiving, one step closer to the governor’s desk.

“Too many New Mexicans are in the Sandwich Generation,” Armstrong said. “My kids are grown, but my 88-year-old mother lives with me.

Heinrich: GOP Healthcare Plan Disastrous As Expected

on March 15, 2017 - 8:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the GOP healthcare plan.
 
According to CBO estimates, 14 million would be uninsured by 2018 and 26 million by 2026.
 
“The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican healthcare bill will be as disastrous as we expected.

Bill To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense Interchangeable Biosimilar Medicines Passes Senate

on March 14, 2017 - 3:07pm
NM SENATE News:
 
The New Mexico Senate on Monday unanimously passed Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 260, which will allow pharmacists in the state, when filling a prescription for a biologic medicine, to dispense less-expensive biosimilar medicines once the Federal Drug Administration has determined that the medicine is interchangeable with an existing biologic treatment.
 
“With biological products becoming increasingly important in treating medical conditions from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis, and with the FDA currently considering several biosimilar products for ‘interchangeable’

SFCC Meet And Greet With Respiratory Care Dept.

on March 14, 2017 - 8:12am
SFCC News:
 
The public and current community college students are invited to meet the SFCC Respiratory Care program director Rebecca Jeffs. Current students should bring a copy of your transcript and learn how you can transition into the program. 
 
Attend one of the meet and greet sessions to find out what opportunities will open up for you with a degree in Respiratory Care. Respiratory therapists who earn a degree at SFCC find good jobs in hospital settings, emergency rooms, critical care units, clinics and home health care organizations. Call 505.428.1723 for information.
 
When:

Volunteers Sell Daffodils For LAVNS Hospice

on March 14, 2017 - 8:09am

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services volunteers selling daffodils during the past two days at various locations in Los Alamos and White Rock, from left, Patricia Rathbone, Allene Lindstrom, Ruth Lier, Beth Riker and customer Virginia Burgess. Photos by Jennifer Bartram

Zandree Stidham Benefit Concert At UNM-LA April 21

on March 12, 2017 - 7:45am

Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Area musicians are very excited to share their music with the community to help support Dr. Zandree Stidham, a UNM-LA professor battling cancer.

Dr. Stidhman’s Benefit Concert is scheduled for 5-8 p.m., April 21 at UNM-LA. The musicians hope to see a large part of the community attend this important event. There will be a silent auction running with the auction.

To donate to the auction or volunteer for the concert, contact Kaylen Pocaterra at kpocaterra1@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Slow Down Dinner!

on March 10, 2017 - 7:49am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Early in your career dinner-time is pretty much the same as happy hour—you look forward to leaving work, relaxing with friends and family, and then enjoying a sociable meal.

After you start having children, dinner-time, formally known as happy hour becomes unhappy hour. For decades now I have called it arsenic hour but I am no longer sure if this is an original thought or if I have plagiarized it from someone—it has just been so long.

If you have babies, dinner preparation time coincides perfectly with the ideal hours for colic.

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