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What Is Fecal Incontinence?

on September 10, 2015 - 7:51am
By Salim Amrani, MD
LAMC

Fecal or bowel incontinence is a term that describes the inability to control wind or feces. In other words passing stool or gas at the wrong place and time.

It is a common condition especially in the elderly. Many patients feel too embarrassed to discuss the symptoms with a physician. Although it might not be life threatening, it causes a significant diminution in one’s quality of life.

It is the second most common cause of placement in a nursing home in the elderly.

There are many reasons to develop fecal incontinence some of them are related to increased

Parade Of Pink Surrounds Sherri Bublitz At LAMS

on September 9, 2015 - 11:07am
Los Alamos Middle School staff member Sherri Bublitz knew something was awry when she entered the office Thursday to find a staff member adorned in a pink tutu and tiara. The LAMS crew decided to show their support in color as Bublitz, center, battles breast cancer. She is doing fine and hopes to be back to work soon. Those wishing to make donations to offset medical costs can send them to the school in care of the prevention office. Checks can be made out to LAMS at 2101 Hawk Dr. with Bublitz written in the subject line. Photo Bernadette Lauritzen

30th Annual Los Alamos Health Fair Sept. 26

on September 9, 2015 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Walk To End Alzheimer's Saturday

on September 9, 2015 - 8:02am
Community members of all ages took part in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's ®. The group is shown marching across Central Avenue to Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos will host the annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® Saturday, Sept. 12 at East Park and Aspen Ridge Lodge, 300 E. Road.

Hundreds of residents from Los Alamos and surrounding communities are expected to participate. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit www.alz.org to sign up or for more information.

Registration at the event begins at 9 a.m.

Walk To End Alzheimers Sept. 12

on September 7, 2015 - 10:46am

Expert Speaks On Alzheimer's Sept. 17

on September 3, 2015 - 6:36am

HEALTH News:

Nicole (Nikki) Maphis will speak on “What is Alzheimer’s Disease? The Biology Behind the Epidemic” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Many people are familiar with the clinical changes of Alzheimer’s disease, such as progressive memory loss and difficulty with writing, reading, speaking, and performing daily tasks. What people don’t see is what is happening on the inside.  

This presentation will go through the perfect storm happening inside of the brain of those with Alzheimer’s disease in a way everyone can understand.

Pegg: Fibromyalgia And Exercise

on September 1, 2015 - 7:21am
By KEN PEGG
Los Alamos

Fibromyalgia is a physical condition that causes pain in a person’s muscle tissue and joints. The condition affects between 2 and 4 percen of the population and is seen more often in women than men. Individuals affected by fibromyalgia experience muscle stiffness and pain, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

While there are many mysteries about the causes and treatment of fibromyalgia, exercise is, more and more, becoming one of the most recommended treatment options.

Meet Classic Air Medical At Los Alamos Nature Center

on August 31, 2015 - 8:59am

Classic Air Medical helicopter in flight. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To live in Northern New Mexico is to be surrounded by rugged beauty. But what happens if you have a medical emergency when you're out exploring the wilderness?

Luckily Classic Air Medical, a helicopter medical transport service, is ready to help. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, meet pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team to discuss the exciting work of this helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community.

Rodgers is a former Los Alamos County councilor who

LAMS Students & Staff Invited To Join Walk Run Club

on August 27, 2015 - 10:27am

LAMS runners and walkers are invited to hit the track before school. Courtesy/LAMS

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle Schhol sudents and staff are invitted to bring their friends and come out to the LAMS track 7:30-7:50 a.m. before school and walk or run the track.

It is a fun activity guaranteed to improve your mood and fitness level. The LAMS Walk Run Program kicks off Sept. 2. The program is provided by a Los Alamos Heart Council Grant.

For more information, contact Mrs. Watson at e.watson@laschools.net.

Community Health Profile Survey Ends Aug. 28

on August 26, 2015 - 2:28pm

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Community Health Profile Survey ends Aug. 28.

Community members are encouraged to participate in the short survey in order for the Health Council to identify emerging needs. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GJ9XKJW.

This survey will benefit most by reaching a wide range of people, in order to assist in identifying the emerging needs of the local community.  

The Los Alamos Community Health Council is a group of service providers and interested parties who support the development and implementation of health services for Los Alamos County residents and

Gov't. To Stockpile 75 Million Doses Of Anthrax Vaccine

on August 24, 2015 - 9:12am

Pfenex is a leading-edge biologics company. Courtesy/pfenex.com

HSNW News:

San Diego, California-based Pfenex Inc. has announced that it has signed a five year, cost plus fixed fee contract valued at up to $143.5 million with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the advanced development of Px563L, a mutant recombinant protective antigen anthrax vaccine.

“This contract for the development of Px563L offers the potential for a dramatic improvement in the rapid production of large amounts of a high value

Relay For Life Starts At Ashley Pond Park Tonight

on August 21, 2015 - 10:07am
Memorial luminarias are placed at the 2014 Relay for life. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

COMMUNITY News:

The long-awaited Los Alamos Relay for Life begins with an Opening Celebration Ceremony recognizing cancer survivors and their caregivers at 6 p.m. tonight at Ashley Pond.

Feliciano Jiron, CEO of Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), and Manuel Luna, community manager for Great West Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) will welcome cancer survivors, caregivers, and everyone who shows up in support of the Los Alamos Relay for Life.

The Los Alamos High School Marching

Rotary Funds Hearing Loop For Smith Auditorium

on August 19, 2015 - 10:53am
During Monday's assistive hearing system installation at Duane Smith Auditorium, from left, Auditorium Manager Ross Mason, Rotary Vice President Linda Hull, Gary Clark of GWC Looping and LAPS Rental Coordinator Kristy Vigil. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Duane Smith Auditorium Manager Ross Mason and LAPS Rental Coordinator Kristy Vigil. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Watch video here (one minute long), learn more here.
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos has funded an audio loop (assistive hearing system) installed Monday and

Free Events Focus On Overcoming Trauma

on August 15, 2015 - 11:14am

Adonata Pyaga

MENTAL HEALTH News:

Adonata Pyaga will present four free events at San Ildefonso Pueblo on overcoming trauma.

“Did you know there is a distinct brain state that forms during the experience of an emotionally upsetting event?” Pyaga said. “Cognitive approaches to your mental well-being, that is thinking or talking about your upset in a positive light, are not enough to bring quick and lasting relief. If you are weighed down by changing moods, physical stress symptoms, poor concentration and more, you will enjoy learning more!”

Highlights of Pyaga's events include:

  • Overview of

Volunteers Gear Up For Relay For Life

on August 13, 2015 - 10:31am

RELAY FOR LIFE News:

The last pre-event Relay for Life Volunteer Meeting is 6 p.m. today Large Conference Room (LCR) at Los Alamos Medical Center.

The LCR is located downstairs near the cafeteria and there will be signs providing direction to the meeting. The easiest and most convenient parking is in the back on the canyon-side of LAMC. Pizza and soft drinks will be hosted by LAMC.

 The Los Alamos Relay for Life is Friday and Saturday Aug. 21 and 22 at Ashley Pond. The event begins at 6 p.m. with an Opening Celebration Ceremony recognizing cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Governor To Recognize UNM’s Recent Designation As A National Comprehensive Cancer Center

on August 12, 2015 - 9:18am

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will recognize the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center’s recent designation as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

The designation is the highest federal designation a cancer center can receive and will allow it to apply for additional funds to go toward cancer research.

Local Blue Sky Pilates Studio Has Classes For Everyone

on August 12, 2015 - 7:45am
A class underway at Blue Sky Pilates. Courtesy photo
 
BUSINESS News:
 
“I had no idea that there was a Pilates studio in Los Alamos.” Up until recently, Pilates classes were difficult to find. The same could have been said for Los Alamos, but not anymore. Now, there is a dedicated Pilates studio here - Blue Sky Pilates is at 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite A, across from Ashley Pond.
 
Blue Sky Pilates holds 22 classes per week to accommodate any schedule and skill level. Classes include Mat, Reformer, Pilates for Seniors, Chair, TRX, Stick, and MOTRTM. Private sessions are offered for new clients.
 

LAMC Gift Shop Returns All Profits To Community

on August 10, 2015 - 8:38am

LAMC Gift Shop volunteer Wendy Schamann. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

LAMC Gift Shop volunteer Wendy Schamann surrounded by items for sale in the shop. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com 

COMMUNITY News:

Just a reminder to people that the Los Alamos Medical Center Gift Shop is a non-profit, tax free shop that returns all the profits back to the community. 

The organization has a Community & Welfare Committee that reviews requests for funds and doles the money out.

Udall Votes To Protect Women's Health Care Funding

on August 4, 2015 - 5:34pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against an effort to cut off life-saving health care services for women in New Mexico by de-funding Planned Parenthood.

Udall issued the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood provides critical health care and preventive services, such as cancer screenings and tests, for women and men, many of whom do not have access to services elsewhere. I'm not going to allow this life-saving care to be cut off for thousands in New Mexico.

“Exploiting women's health care for political gain does the Senate a

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Earns 4-Star Rating

on August 3, 2015 - 7:42am

LAVNS Executive Director Georgina Mesibov, center, with her staff and United Way Executive Director Kristy Orgtega, right. Courtesy/UWNNM

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

As of July 16, the Centers for Medicare Services updates Home Health Compare with 5-Star Rating system to give consumers the opportunity to see how agencies performed against each other.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service received four out of five stars, which places them above both the New Mexico and national averages in comparison to other agencies.

“I was not surprised by the four-star rating, I would expect

Los Alamos Children’s Clinic Earns National Recognition

on July 31, 2015 - 11:52am

HEALTHCARE News:

Children’s Clinic, PA in Los Alamos was recently awarded level 3 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, collaborative relationships. 

Children’s Clinic is the first practice in Los Alamos County to achieve such recognition.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and

Lujan On 21st Century Cures Act

on July 20, 2015 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan legislation that encourages biomedical innovation and the development of new treatment and cures. 
 
The bill increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting awards to academic researchers at institutions across the country.
 
“This legislation is a victory for both patients and scientists.

IRS Offers Affordable Care Act Webinars

on July 18, 2015 - 7:21am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  If you’re an employer or health coverage provider, you can attend a series of educational webinars this summer to help you understand the Affordable Care Act’s employer provisions and related requirements.
 
The IRS is presenting three different webinars in July that will each be repeated in August and September.
 
The IRS designed these webinars for business owners, tax managers, employee benefits managers and health coverage providers. All time listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.
 
Employer Shared Responsibility and Information Reporting
 
Learn about the ACA’s employer

¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Raising Funds To House Parents Of Hospitalized Children

on July 14, 2015 - 10:05am
A mother sits by her son’s bedside recently in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/Rotary STARS
 
Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, along with their counterparts from the El Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso, in front of Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/Rotary STARS
 

ROTARY STARS News:

No parent should ever have to sleep on the street, but that’s exactly what some of them do, while their sick and injured children are being cared for in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico.

The first annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!, 6-10 p.m.

'Pay Day Cafe Fundraiser' For Jessica Roberts

on July 10, 2015 - 11:38am

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