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AG Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors For Fueling Epidemic Crippling New Mexico

on September 11, 2017 - 7:22am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people.
 
The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale

32nd Annual Health Los Alamos Health Fair 9/23

on September 10, 2017 - 4:13pm

Estate Of Diana Mariani-Stepan To Receive $2.249 Million In Whistleblower Case

on September 7, 2017 - 11:48am
Diana Mariani-Stepan
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The estate of the late Diana Mariani-Stepan, former Los Alamos County assistant manager and Indigent Healthcare administrator, will receive $2.249 million following an agreement reached in a case involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

According to the Department of Justice, CHRISTUS St.

Los Alamos Woman Donates Kidney To Sibling

on September 7, 2017 - 11:15am
Leha Miller of Los Alamos donated one of her kidneys to her half-sister Wednesday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Leha Miller of Los Alamos donated one of her kidneys to her half-sister Wednesday morning.

Allison Villeneuve received a life-saving kidney from Leha Miller of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Allison Villeneuve, 21, lives in Iron River, Mich. She was born with hydronephrosis and her kidneys have been slowly deteriorating since birth.

Chamber Breakfast: 2018 Healthcare Benefit Plans

on September 5, 2017 - 6:05am

CHAMBER News:

Business owners and human resource managers will find the Wednesday, Sept 13 Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast particularly informative. Anne Sperling, president and CEO of Vanguard Resources, will discuss the healthcare benefit options for 2018.

The Chamber Business Breakfasts are sponsored by the LANL CPO’s office and attendance at the breakfasts is a benefit of Chamber Membership.

Sperling’s presentation will include correctly setting up and implementing benefit plans, issues with the State of New Mexico’s premiums for large groups and premium tax audits, issues with

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

on September 4, 2017 - 5:09pm

White Rock rock: September is suicide prevention month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday through Sunday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a time to share resources and stories, as well as promote suicide prevention awareness.

World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept.

Helping LANL Workers With EEOICPA Program

on September 3, 2017 - 6:36am
PCM News:
 
Working at a facility like Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories brings a lot of benefits and career satisfaction.
 
These facilities support our regional economy and provide fulfilling career opportunities that would not be available in our region without them. Tens of thousands of northern New Mexicans benefit from these facilities every day.
 
Yet, these jobs are not without risk.

Some Newborns Not Getting Screenings; Interventions For Hearing Loss & Critical Congenital Heart Disease

on September 1, 2017 - 5:34am

CDC  News:

About one in 500 infants are born with CCHD, which includes the more severe forms of congenital heart disease (CHD).

CHD is the most common type of birth defect and accounts for more than 30 percent of all infant deaths from birth defects. Point-of-care screening can help identify many infants with CCHD before they go home.

Newborn screening, a public health program that benefits 4 million U.S. infants every year, identifies conditions that can affect a child’s long-term health or even survival.

Olympians Can Inspire Young Obese Americans

on August 31, 2017 - 8:53am
Secretary Thomas E. Price, center, speaks with USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan and Women’s Head Coach Geno Auriemma. Courtesy/HHS

By HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY
THOMAS E. PRICE, M.D.

A couple weeks ago, President Trump celebrated American Heroes Week.

LANL Foundation Works With Eight Northern Indian Pueblos To Strengthen Early Childhood Support Systems

on August 31, 2017 - 8:49am
LANL Foundation early childhood Pueblo Outreach Project team from left, RJ Martinez, Jovanna Archuleta and Anna Marie Garcia. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
 
LANL News:
 
ESPANOLA  The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has begun a project, as a request by the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council (ENIPC) governing board, to help improve the health and early development of children in the eight northern Pueblo communities of Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque.
 
The Pueblo Outreach Project is funded by a $1,066,240 grant from the

Most U.S. Teens Get Cancer-Preventing Vaccine

on August 31, 2017 - 7:40am

CDC News:

Six out of 10 U.S. parents are choosing to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for their children, according to a report published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends parents get two doses of HPV vaccine for their children at ages 11 or 12 to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections. Although most children are getting their first dose of HPV vaccine, many children are not completing the vaccination series.

“I’m pleased with the progress, but too many teens are still not receiving the

New Mexico Political Parties Unite During Tragic Week

on August 30, 2017 - 9:40am

Staff members from the New Mexico Democratic and Republican state parties donate blood Tuesday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

STATE POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s political parties joined efforts Tuesday afternoon, giving back to the community during a tragic week.

In the wake of a violent shooting in Clovis and a disastrous hurricane in Texas, the state’s political party staff members donated blood at United Blood Services. 

Both Parties put aside political differences to help communities during these hard times. 

 

 

FSU Researcher Studying Ways To Treat Spinal Cord Injuries At Cellular Levels

on August 30, 2017 - 9:32am
FSU News:
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Supported by a new $800,000 National Science Foundation grant, Florida State University College of Medicine Professor Yi Ren is studying the immune response to spinal cord injuries and how cellular functions contribute to paralysis and organ dysfunction.
 
While instant paralysis is an obvious point of fear in spinal cord injuries, a great deal of the damage actually takes place after the initial trauma.
 
“Most of the research being done by scientists who focus on spinal cord injuries is about trying to prevent the secondary injury from happening,” said

Los Alamos Hosts 'Living With Alzheimer’s: Late Stage'

on August 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
ALZHEIMER'S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Los Alamos, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers Late Stage” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 1-2 p.m. Sept. 18. It will be hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center located at 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
 
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a more detailed knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease in its

More Americans Have Epilepsy Than Ever Before

on August 25, 2017 - 11:07am

CDC News:

The number of U.S. adults and children with epilepsy is increasing, with at least 3.4 million people living with the disorder, according to data released today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It’s the first time epilepsy estimates have been available for every state.

The data show the disorder is widespread. In 2015, about 3 million U.S.

CDC: Travelers To Europe ... Protect Against Measles

on August 25, 2017 - 11:03am

CDC News:

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

More than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. In the past year, 35 people across Europe have died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

“Most measles cases in the United States are the result of international

Most Teen Contact Lens Wearers Report Risky Habits

on August 25, 2017 - 10:59am

Courtesy image

CDC  News:

More than 6 in 7 adolescents (85 percent) who wear contact lenses report at least one habit that increases the chance of an eye infection, according to a report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Eye infections can lead to serious problems, including blindness. All contact lens wearers can help prevent serious eye infections by correctly wearing and caring for their contact lenses.

These are the first CDC data on the wear and care habits of the estimated 3 million U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 17 years who use contact lenses.

DNA Detectives Crack Case On Biothreat Look-alikes

on August 24, 2017 - 4:51pm

Principal investigator Jean Challacombe, left, assisted by Cheryl Gleasner who runs the sequencing machines, and who participated in the sequencing of most, if not all, of the Francisella genomes sequenced at Los Alamos. The device shown is an Illumina NextSeq 500, used in high-throughput sequencing in the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Distinguishing virulent from harmless bacteria could aid biological surveillance

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are improving the identification of the bacterium that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”) and considered a “Category A”

LAFD Emergency Medical Calls On The Rise

on August 24, 2017 - 8:01am

LAFD EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone stands next to a machine that dispenses medication to LAFD personnel to replenish those administered during their shift. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department has responded to 1,046 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) so far this year, up 144 from the same period last year.

EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone said he has carefully documented each one of those calls and is proud of LAFD’s response to them.

'Living With Alzheimer's: Early Stage' Sept. 15

on August 24, 2017 - 7:58am
AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers, Early Stage” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15. The event will be hosted by Vista Grande Library in Eldorado, 14 Ave Torreon, Santa Fe, NM 87508. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
 
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family

NMED Confirms Santa Fe County-West Sector Water Is Lifting Precautionary ‘Boil Water Advisory’

on August 24, 2017 - 6:15am

NMED News:
  • 2,690 Customers are no Longer Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that the precautionary “boil water advisory” for the Santa Fe County West Sector Water System is being lifted.

Santa Fe County West Sector Water System issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday after a 16.0-inch transmission line was ruptured causing water delivery to the affected area to be disrupted. Repairs have been completed, the system was adequately flushed, and water service has been restored to customers.

LAFD Holds Resuscitation Academies Sept. 29-30

on August 23, 2017 - 6:30am

LAFD News: 

 

The Los Alamos Fire Department and The Maryland Resuscitation Academy (RA) will present two consecutive one-day resuscitation academies 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

The Maryland RA is a one-day, intensive course dedicated to improving survival rates of patients suffering pre-hospital cardiac arrest and is suitable for emergency medical services (EMS) supervisors, medical directors, fire/EMS chiefs, EMS personnel of all levels and hospital and emergency department staffs across New Mexico and surrounding

UNM-LA Health And Safety Programs Meet Local Community Needs

on August 19, 2017 - 8:03am

UNM-LA News:

UNM- Los Alamos has a history of responding to the needs of Los Alamos and the surrounding communities. In 2013, because of internal encouragement to increase the educational training of its employees, the Los Alamos Fire Department(LAFD) teamed up with UNM Los Alamos and created the curriculum that would meet the standards set forth by the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians.

Student feedback instantly confirmed how valuable this training could be for those whose jobs required EMT training for career retainment or advancement.

Udall, Heinrich: G.I. Bill Reforms For NM Veterans And Families Becomes Law

on August 18, 2017 - 3:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill became law Thursday.
 
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 further invests in the proven educational success of our veterans and helps propel them toward becoming our nation’s civic, business, and public leaders. 
 
“New Mexico’s men and women in uniform sign up willing to risk everything for our country, and they deserve a modern post 9/11 G.I.

NPS Action Provides Park Visitors Better Access To Safe, Healthy Water

on August 18, 2017 - 8:28am
NPS News:
 
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visitors to all of America’s national parks will have better access to the healthiest packaged beverage now that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has rescinded a policy that allowed individual national parks to ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve plastic containers.
 
“The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds this action, which recognizes the importance of making safe, healthy, convenient bottled water available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,” IBWA

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