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Free Legacy Planning Workshop Oct. 21

on October 6, 2017 - 2:12pm
LACF News:
 
Animal Protection of New Mexico, Animal Protection Voters, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and the Los Alamos Community Foundation are teaming up to offer a Practical Legacy Planning Workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. The workshop will be presented by Susan M. Morrison, JD, CFP®, APMA®

RSVP to elizabeth@apnm.org or 505.933.1123.
 
The workshop will offer an opportunity to discover answers to estate planning questions and to begin the process of writing your own last will and testament.
 
Issues to be discussed:
  • Who needs a will?
  • What

LAMC Launches ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ Campaign To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on October 3, 2017 - 6:18pm

Los Alamos Medical Center launched its first ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ campaign today to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To honor those whose lives have been touched by this disease, not only are staff and officials wearing pink each Tuesday but they also painted all the speed bumps pink in the parking lot. Courtesy/LAMC

Dressed in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from left, Los Alamos Medical Center CFO Steve Winegeart, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace and CEO John Whiteside. Courtesy/LAMC

STDs At Record High

on October 2, 2017 - 6:30am

CDC News:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease.

More Scenes From Saturday’s Relay For Life

on October 1, 2017 - 2:05pm

A special team joined their friend Jan Sander at the Relay for Life event Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

Cancer Survivors Jan Sander and Nancy Lemons at Saturday's event. Photo by Nina Thayer

Some of the 25 members of Jan Sander's Happiness Team participate in the rain in the Relay for Life event at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

Kathy Bjorklund and Lori Elton partcipate Saturday in the Relay for Life event. Photo by Nina Thayer

The Survivors Lap begins Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

The Hillstompers entertain the relay participants.

Scenes From Los Alamos Relay For Life

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am

Scene from the Los Alamos Relay for Life annual event Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo

Scene from Los Alamos Relay for Life. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The 2017 Los Alamos Relay for Life Saturday at Ashley Pond Park raises money for the American Cancer Society.

The community was invited to participate in a number of ways. In former years, Los Alamos Relay for Life teams have walked throughout the night, however, this year participants began at 10 a.m. and walked for whatever amount of time they wished until the 9 p.m. closing ceremony.

Called the most important event of the

Scenes From LAFD Resuscitation Academy

on September 30, 2017 - 7:13am

Representatives of EMS agencies from throughout the state attend the classroom portion of the Resuscitation Academy hosted by Los Alamos Fire Department Friday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, left, and LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry chat with Chief James Brothers of Maryland Resuscitation Academy at the LAFD-sponsored Resuscitation Academy Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Capt. James Benson of Abiquiu Volunteer Fire Department, left, and

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Community

on September 29, 2017 - 8:25am
By CATHERINE FRY, RPh
Los Alamos
 
I wish to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful people of the Los Alamos community who donated money and items for Elizabeth Hargreaves and I to take to the Friends of The Children of Haiti medical clinic in Cyvadier, Haiti this past week. 
 
Our trip was delayed due to Hurricane Irma but we eventually made it to our destination Sunday, Sept.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Honor Your Bette

on September 29, 2017 - 8:09am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

For many, many years Bette was my best friend. We were together during a particularly drama-filled era of our lives.

We were going through angst-filled ups and downs, as both of our marriages fell to pieces while we were trying to meet the never-ending demands of raising children. We took turns holding each other up and holding each other together when necessary. On the day Bette’s divorce was final she found out she had advanced-stage breast cancer.

I was at home with her when the doctor’s office called wanting her to come in so they could discuss her biopsy

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor ... ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care For Indian Country

on September 29, 2017 - 7:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country.
 
In remarks Sept. 26 on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality health care.

CDC: Why Global Health Security Is Essential To U.S. National Security

on September 29, 2017 - 6:44am

CDC News:

How does CDC fulfill its mission to keep America safe from health threats? The first-ever special supplement to CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal details progress made in preventing, detecting, and responding to disease threats around the world.

The threats keep coming: SARS in 2003; pandemic influenza in 2009; the largest Ebola outbreak in history in 2014; Zika in 2015. Since then we’ve had regional outbreaks of chikungunya, yellow fever, and H7N9 influenza, among hundreds of others.

Become An EMT, CNA Or PCA At UNM-LA

on September 29, 2017 - 6:17am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) offers programs that train students to meet specific needs in our community, including the fields of emergency medicine and health care.

In 2013, UNM-LA developed an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. In 2016, the college began offering the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program, and then in the Spring of 2017 the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program was added. Transfer programs in Pre-Professional Health are also available.

The EMS, CNA and PCA programs prepare students to work in fields that have a very high employment potential.

Hope Pregnancy Center Guarantees Privacy And Confidentiality, Education And Support

on September 27, 2017 - 5:39pm

Client Services Administrator Joanne Lestone at Hope Pregnancy Center at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite 3, has been involved with the Center for eight years. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Hope Pregnancy Center Director Kim Ferguson. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When you step in the doorway at Hope Pregnancy Center on Diamond Drive across from Los Alamos High School, you will immediately be struck by the cheerful serenity of the office.

Heinrich: Preliminary CBO Score Of Graham-Cassidy

on September 27, 2017 - 7:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement Sept. 25 after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of Graham-Cassidy.
 
Although not able to provide point estimates on health insurance coverage and premium increases at this time, the CBO concluded that millions fewer people will have insurance that covers high-cost medical events and Medicaid will be cut by $1 trillion over a decade:
 
“Republicans’ latest attempt to rush

Los Alamos Relay For Life Slated For Saturday

on September 26, 2017 - 5:55am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Twelve teams have registered to participate in the 2017 Los Alamos Relay for Life, which kicks off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

The event raises money for the American Cancer Society and the community is invited to participate in a number of ways. In former years, Los Alamos Relay for Life teams have walked throughout the night, however, this year participants may begin to walk at 10 a.m. and can walk for whatever amount of time they wish between 10 a.m. and the 9 p.m. closing ceremony.

There

Crowd Swarms 2017 Los Alamos Health Fair!

on September 24, 2017 - 7:54am
A large crowd swarms over Griffith Gymnasium Saturday for the Los Alamos Heart Council's 2017 Health Fair. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Flu shot! Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Medical Center has a big presence at the annual Health Fair. In addition to free flu shots, the hospital dispensed all kinds of information. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A youngster is fitted for a free bicycle helmet courtesy of New Mexico Bank & Trust. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
MANNM volunteers sign people up for blood tests. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Shiny

Whiteside: Protecting Yourself, Community From Flu

on September 24, 2017 - 7:34am

By JOHN WHITESIDE
Los Alamos Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer

For many of us, September is a time for getting back into the routines and looking forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Unfortunately, September also means that flu season is right around the corner.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is “Making Communities Healthier”. That means we want to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this serious illness and help you stay healthy for the busy months ahead.

New Mexico Suicide Rate Declines In 2016

on September 24, 2017 - 7:02am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a six percent decrease in the number of suicides in the state in 2016. The decrease reverses a trend of rising suicide rates in New Mexico over the last three years.

There were 469 reported suicides in New Mexico last year, down from 498 in 2015.

“The suicide of a loved one, whether it’s a parent, sibling, or friend, impacts the lives of those left behind forever.” said New Mexico Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher, “Suicides are preventable, and this administration is determined to reach more New Mexicans early enough to get

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

on September 24, 2017 - 6:59am

CDC News:

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months.

Teen Bullies And Victims Face Higher Suicide Risk

on September 23, 2017 - 6:08am

NPR HEALTH News:

Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk.

That’s according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that urges pediatricians and family doctors to routinely screen teenagers for suicide risks.

“Pediatricians need to be aware of the problem overall,” says Benjamin Shain, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and lead author of the report published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. “They should be screening for things like mood disorders, substance abuse as well as bullying.”

Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 23, 2017 - 6:04am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department recognized National Falls Prevention Day, Sept. 22, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

McHenry said of all the places where fall-related deaths occurred, the home had the highest rates of occurrence. She suggested that people over 65 assess their homes with the help of a family member or friend if needed and make the usually minor changes needed to reduce their risk of falling.

Los Alamos Health Fair 2017 Saturday!

on September 22, 2017 - 2:01pm

Crowd checks out the booths at the 2016 Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

HEART COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council 2017 Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23  at the Los Alamos High School Gymnasium.

As in past years, there will be free flu shots available (for those 18 years and older) and discounted blood tests.  Many of the dozens of booths at the Health Fair will have free screenings ranging from blood pressure, blood sugar levels and asthma to glaucoma.

For adults and kids alike, there will be an abundance of information about physician

A Community Foundation For The ‘City Upon A Hill’

on September 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, President
Los Alamos Community Foundation

We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.
John Winthrop, “City Upon a Hill”, 1630

A Community What?

Los Alamos residents donate to many worthwhile causes and many local organizations have been the recipients of this generosity.

Los Alamos Heart Council History, Mission And Vision

on September 22, 2017 - 1:58pm

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) was formed in August 1984 to promote heart health and wellness in our communities. It serves Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Council membership is open to anyone who wishes to help in the work as defined by the LAHC mission.   The Los Alamos Heart Council receives funds from Los Alamos Medical Center as it partner in putting Health on the LA Fair and receives sponsorship funds from NM Bank & Trust and the Los Alamos Community Foundation as sponsors of the Health Fair, as well as accepting donations and memorials.

A nine member Board of

Los Alamos Council On Cancer Free Seminar Oct. 5

on September 22, 2017 - 6:31am

LAFD: Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 22, 2017 - 6:27am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is recognizing Sept. 22, National Falls Prevention Day, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

Adult falls are the leading cause of death and hospitalization for New Mexico residents over the age of 65. In fact, New Mexico has the ninth highest death rate from falls in the country and the alarming rate of adult falls is one of the state’s health priorities.

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