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YMCA: Don’t Let Fear Of Falls Hold You Back

on September 22, 2017 - 6:06am
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
Each year on the first day of fall, national organizations from the Falls Free Coalition and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) join together for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a day of action to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in Los Alamos County.
 
Friday, Sept. 22, The Family YMCA is asking older adults, caregivers, family members and health care professionals in Los Alamos to unite to raise awareness to prevent falls among older adults.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S.

Los Alamos Health Fair This Weekend ... And So Much More ... Don’t Leave Town!

on September 18, 2017 - 3:48pm

LAHC News:

The 32nd edition of the Los Alamos Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Griffith Gymnasium. The Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center partner to bring one of the County’s largest informative and entertaining events.

There are free flu shots, low cost blood tests, the New Mexico Bank & Trust Kids’ Free Bike Helmet Giveaway and lots of giveaways and information for kids and adults alike. Everyone in town is invited to start their day at this year’s Health Fair.

But this year there is so much more going on in town, so after starting at

LAHS Girls Soccer Hosts ‘Kick For The Cure’

on September 16, 2017 - 7:06am
SPORTS News:
 
The Los Alamos Girls High school soccer team will be raising money to help fund breast cancer research their annual “Kick for the Cure” game Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Sullivan Field.
 
The home games start at 3:30 p.m. and the team will collect donations during both the JV and Varsity games. Varsity starts at 5 p.m. and the community is encouraged to turn out and supportt the team as they “Kick for the Cure” Tuesday.
 

Alzheimer’s 'Legal And Financial Planning' Presentation

on September 15, 2017 - 6:49am
ALZHEIMER’S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families dealing with the multitude of issues that come with Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a FREE presentation in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The presentation, “Living with Alzhiemers: Legal and Financial Planning” will help explain the basics of legal and financial planning for families facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The event will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and will be hosted by Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe, NM 87507. 
 
Contact David

CDC Finds Link Between Teen Health And Grades

on September 15, 2017 - 6:07am

CDC News:

As millions of students across the United States head back to school, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new data confirming the close connection between student health and academic performance.

The data published in the Sept. 8 issue of The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest that regardless of sex, race/ethnicity and grade-level, high school students reporting lower academic marks also reported greater health risk behaviors associated with substance use, violence, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and sex.

Behavior Therapy Can Help ADHD Treatment For Kids

on September 15, 2017 - 5:58am

CIC News:

About half of young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not receiving psychological services, including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

The report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends healthcare providers first refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before trying

Progress In Preventing Death From Strokes Slows

on September 15, 2017 - 5:57am
Exercise helps prevent stroke. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

After decades of decline, progress has slowed in preventing stroke deaths. Not only has progress in preventing deaths slowed, but there has also been an increase in stroke death rates among Hispanics and among people living in the South, while blacks continue to be the hardest hit by stroke.

This Vital Signs examines trends in stroke deaths in the U.S. from 2000-2015 by age, sex, race/ethnicity and geographic area.  

Although this report does not specifically address the reasons behind the slowdown in progress, other studies point to

Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Meetings For Sandia, LANL And Uranium Workers, Sept. 25-28

on September 14, 2017 - 8:10am
CWP News:
 
DENVER, CO  Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource advocacy group that helps nuclear weapons and uranium workers and their families get the recognition, compensation and healthcare they have earned, will host free town hall meetings for former and current Sandia, LANL and uranium workers in Espanola, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Sept. 25-28. Refreshments will be served. 
 
Espanola Event                                  
 
10 a.m. or 2 p.m. 
Monday, Sept. 25                                
Santa Claran Hotel Casino                   
Mountain View Room    

Alzheimer’s Presentation Offered In White Rock Oct. 11

on September 14, 2017 - 6:50am
ALZHEIMER’S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational event in White Rock offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. The event will be hosted at The White Rock Senior Center, 137 Longview Dr. in White Rock. The class is free and open to all citizens of White Rock and surrounding communities.

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is designed primarily as an introduction for new, non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a basic knowledge

Udall Proposes Amendments To Benefit New Mexico & Nation In Major Defense Bill

on September 13, 2017 - 2:53pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Measures would strengthen mission & safety of NM’s labs, help military families, and modernize government IT systems & save taxpayers money

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico’s national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money.

The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the

Heinrich Backs Medicare For All

on September 13, 2017 - 8:48am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on cosponsoring U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All bill:
 
“America is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet despite our health care progress in recent years, we still spend far too much of our GDP on health care and some New Mexicans still find themselves without any coverage at all.
 
“It is time to recognize that health care is a human right and I believe that the best way to make that a reality in our nation is to build on what we all

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall To Cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All Legislation

on September 13, 2017 - 4:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will sign on as an original cosponsor to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, which would ensure every American would have access to comprehensive health insurance regardless of income or employment status.
 
Udall supported similar proposals sponsored by Rep. John Conyers when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Udall made the following statement:
 
“I believe that health care is a human right, and that all New Mexicans – and

LACF Hosts Volunteer Booth At 2017 Health Fair

on September 12, 2017 - 4:12pm

LACF News:

Los Alamos Community Foundation is excited to be teaming up with Leadership Los Alamos again to provide another opportunity for the community to learn about and become engaged with local nonprofits.

In addition to co-sponsoring the 2017 Los Alamos Health Fair, LACF will be setting up a booth at the fair highlighting volunteer opportunities here in Los Alamos. Nonprofits will not have to attend the booth themselves: as in the previous volunteer fair, nonprofits simply provide the materials.

If you participated in the Volunteer Fair at ChamberFest last summer, all you need to

IAFF #3279 Raises Funds For NM Cancer Center

on September 12, 2017 - 3:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department members, from left, Chief Ramon Garcia, Firefighter Dwight Williams and Capt. Joseph Baca model t-shirts being sold by International Association of Firefighters Local #3279 to raise funds for the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Marisha Griego shows off the design on the back of T-shirts being sold by the IAFF Local 3279 in support of the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

For the seventh consecutive year, the International Association

Pearce Calls For Investigation Of UNMHSC, SWWO

on September 11, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has sent a letter to the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request an investigation into the wrongdoings between the University of New Mexico Health Service Center (UNMHSC) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).
 
“I’ve worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and Members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are protected. In 2016, an investigation by the U.S.

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

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