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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

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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

Kids Want To Sleep In? They May Be On To Something

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. Courtesy image​
 
CDC News:
 
Starting school later can help adolescents get enough sleep and improve their health, academic performance, and quality of life.
 
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance.
 
One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times.
 
The American Academy

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

on August 18, 2017 - 7:24am
National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccinations for all ages.  Courtesy image ​
 
HEALTH News:
 
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
 
NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.

Alzheimer’s ‘Basics’ Presentation In Espanola Sept. 7

on August 18, 2017 - 7:22am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Espanola, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Espanola Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Parkway, Espanola NM, 87532. All citizens from Espanola and surrounding areas are invited to attend. 
 
For more information, contact David L Davis, (505).473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org.
 
This presentation is primarily a general introduction for those seeking a basic knowledge of

CDC Offers Tips To Prevent Type 2 Diabetes In Children

on August 17, 2017 - 7:15am
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CDC  News:
 
There’s a growing type 2 diabetes problem in our young people. But parents can help turn the tide with healthy changes that are good for the whole family.
 
Until recently, young children and teens almost never got type 2 diabetes, which is why it used to be called adult-onset diabetes. Now, about one-third of American youth are overweight, a problem closely related to the increase in kids with type 2 diabetes, some as young as 10 years old.
 
Weight Matters
People who are overweight—especially if they have excess belly fat—are more likely to have insulin

Helping LANL Workers Access Free Medical Care

on August 16, 2017 - 6:44am
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.

Free Alzheimer’s Presentation In Santa Fe Sept. 1

on August 14, 2017 - 9:32am
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.
 
“Communications and Behaviors” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The event will be hosted by the Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe, NM, 87507. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
 
To register, or for more information, contact David Davis at 505.473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org. The event is

Tips For A Healthy School Year

on August 11, 2017 - 7:42am

From American Academy of Pediatrics

Making the First Day Easier

If your child seems nervous, remind him or her that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. This may be at any age. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day. Your child will see old friends and meet new ones.

Seven Things You May Not Know About Women’s Health

on August 10, 2017 - 4:43pm

CDC News:

You may be surprised to learn about some health issues that affect millions of women or girls each year.

Learn about some of them and what you can do:

1. Asthma occurs more often in women than men. Older adults, women, and African Americans are more likely to die due to asthma.[5.42 MB]

Women with asthma should always try to avoid asthma triggers. Known asthma triggers include but are not limited to outdoor air pollution, mold, and tobacco smoke.
Work with your doctor to develop an asthma action plan that will help you take your medications correctly and avoid your asthma

Mosquitoes Capable Of Transmitting Zika Virus Found In New Mexico

on August 10, 2017 - 4:38pm

NMDOH News:
  • Best Way to Prevent Zika Virus is to Prevent Mosquito Bites

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced this week that Aedes aegypti, has been identified in Otero and Hidalgo Counties. This is the first time a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus has been found in this part of the state. There have been no identified human cases of Zika virus in either county to date.

Zika virus can be transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

United Way of Northern New Mexico Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training For Public Safety

on August 8, 2017 - 4:51pm

UWNNM News:

​As a part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico's Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative, United Way of Northern New Mexico hosted a training, facilitated New Mexico State Police Sergeant​ Kiersten Harzewski for local law enforcement and public safety officials.

"United Way continues to look for ways to help our communities by providing services and resources pertaining to mental and behavioral health," said Kristy Ortega, Executive Director of United Way of Northern New Mexico.

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