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DEA Reaches Prescription Drug Information Sharing Agreement With 48 Attorneys General

on April 19, 2018 - 6:48am
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reached a prescription drug information sharing agreement with 48 Attorneys General.
 
“Better information means better decisions,” Sessions said. “Today’s agreement with 48 Attorneys General will give DEA and the states alike more information they can use to prosecute the criminals who are contributing to our national drug emergency. That means more prosecutions and ultimately fewer drugs on our streets.

LANL: Understanding A Cell’s ‘Doorbell’

on April 15, 2018 - 7:57am

Advancing the design of drugs for better medical effects takes a combination of experimental and computer simulation research. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory,  University of Toronto, Canada,  University of  California, San Diego and Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan are exploring how cellular components communicate with various nearby molecules. In this image, calcium bridges two parts of a cell receptor, possibly regulating its activity. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Drug design advances are the research goal

A multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of

USDA Seeks Applications For Technology Grants To Expand Access To Health Care; Education In Rural Areas

on April 15, 2018 - 6:37am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced Friday that USDA is accepting applications for grants to use broadband e-Connectivity to improve access to health care and educational services in rural communities.
 
“Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is tackling e-Connectivity as a foundational issue for rural communities because it affects everything from business opportunities to adequate health care access,” Hazlett said.

LAMC Honors Mercy Award Winner Patrick Fisher

on April 14, 2018 - 10:25am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, left, with Mercy Award winner Patrick Fisher during the Mercy Award presentation Thursday afternoon at LAMC. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center announced Thursday that Patrick Fisher has been recognized as the hospital’s 2018 Mercy Award winner.

Fisher works in LAMC’s Medical Records Department.

The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.
 
The Mercy

Kids For Smoke-Free Air Challenge In Española

on April 14, 2018 - 10:25am
NMDOH News:
 
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and Boys & Girls Club of Ohkay Owingeh collaborate on new secondhand smoke awareness campaign, “Kids for Smoke-Free Air Challenge”.
 
NMDOH in collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of New Mexico are promoting a secondhand smoke awareness campaign for parents and families who may be exposing their children and others to unhealthy secondhand smoke in homes and cars.
 
This will help reduce tobacco-related illness, save lives and save money.
 
The Boys & Girls Clubs participating in this campaign are: Boys & Girls Club of Sierra

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham Votes To Protect Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits And Social Security

on April 13, 2018 - 3:48pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) will vote against a strict amendment to the constitution that will mandate federal revenues equal outlays each year. The amendment does not exempt Medicare, Medicaid, veteran benefits, and Social Security. 
 
The amendment comes after CBO projects that federal deficits will increase dramatically to $1 trillion by 2020 after the passage of the tax bill that will cost taxpayers $1.8 trillion even after economic growth is factored in.
 
“Congress must reject a

CDC: Keep Brain, Heart Healthy

on April 13, 2018 - 9:36am
CDC News:
 
Did you know the health of your brain and your heart are connected? By keeping your heart healthy, you also lower your risk for brain problems such as stroke and dementia. Learn more about the connection between the heart and brain and steps to take to keep both healthy.
 
Steps to a Healthy Brain and Heart

Heart disease, stroke, and vascular dementia are preventable. Take steps to reduce your risk.
 
Control your blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Over time, high blood pressure puts too much stress on blood vessels.

April Is STD Awareness Month

on April 12, 2018 - 10:41am

April is STD Awareness Month. Find out more by visiting the CDC’s STD Awareness Month website, https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/index.htm. Courtesy image

CDC News:

Take Control of Your Sexual Health
There’s no avoiding the statistics: the number of reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases are at an all-time high, and if you are sexually active, you are at risk of infection.

So what can you do? Arm yourself with the facts about STDs and talk with your healthcare provider—that’s always an important place to start.

When it comes to protecting your sexual health, the best offense is a good

Alzheimer's Association Presents Conference For Healthcare Professionals On Research Update

on April 11, 2018 - 12:12pm
AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter announces its 7th Annual Professional Conference, themed: “Research Update: Local and National.” 
 
The two-day event is May 10 and 11 in Albuquerque at the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE. The Thursday session runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May 10) and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday (May 11). The conference will highlight updates in dementia research and related fields. Healthcare Professionals, Researchers, Educators, Students and interested parties from all communities in the state are highly encouraged to attend.

DEA Working To Avoid U.S. Drug Shortages

on April 9, 2018 - 6:02pm

DEA News:

The Drug Enforcement Administration today issued the following statement in response to concerns about potential shortages and drug production capabilities:

“In order to prevent any pharmaceutical drug shortage that negatively impacts patients, DEA is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors and hospital associations to ensure that patients have access to necessary hospital-administered pain medications. These include certain injectable products that contain morphine, hydromorphone, meperidine, and fentanyl.

“In

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