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YMCA: Think You Don’t Have High Blood Pressure? Think Again

on February 9, 2018 - 8:20am
New blood pressure guidelines make American Heart Month the perfect time for a check-up. Courtesy photo
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, The Family YMCA urges everyone in Los Alamos to get a blood pressure screening.
Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or

Child: Fending Off Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

on February 8, 2018 - 2:54pm
Medical Director
LAMC Emergency Department
As the flu season kicks into full gear, braving airplanes and winter get togethers can provide germaphobes with a daunting onslaught of fearsome exposures.
So for those who understand that months of isolation can take its own toll, here are some tips for defense against upper respiratory infections.
Flu shots: while flu shots do not provide perfect protection against the flu, the trivalent vaccine for the average population and the quadrivalent vaccine for at- risk populations represent the best protection against

Smoking Is Down, But Almost 38 Million American Adults Still Smoke

on February 7, 2018 - 4:44am

CDC News:

Overall, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults (aged ≥18 years) declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016.

Yet, nearly 38 million American adults smoked cigarettes (“every day” or “some days”) in 2016, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new data, from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), show that among adults who have ever used cigarettes, the percentage who have quit increased from 50.8 percent in 2005 to 59.0 percent in 2016. During 2005–2016, the largest increase in quitting was among adults

Prevent Cervical Cancer With Screenings

on January 30, 2018 - 5:23am

CDC News:

No woman should die of cervical cancer. You can help prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21.

Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care. It also can be cured when found early and treated.

Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.

HPV is very common in the United States and is passed from one person to another during sex.

Protect Yourself And Others From Contracting Norovirus

on January 30, 2018 - 5:17am

CDC News:

Norovirus is a germ that spreads quickly and easily. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that come on suddenly. Millions of people get ill with norovirus each year. You can help protect yourself and others by washing your hands often and following simple tips to stay healthy.

Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that can cause inflammation of the stomach or intestines, also known as gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis). This leads to cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Norovirus Is the Most Common Cause of Gastroenteritis in the U.S.

CDC estimates that each year in the

LAPS Shares NM Department Of Health Guidance To Schools Response To Widespread Influenza Activity

on January 28, 2018 - 8:14am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent's Desk!

Friday, staff from the Los Alamos Public Schools participated in a conference call with Dr. Chad Smeltzer, Sandra Penya and Dr. Michael Landen from the New Mexico Department of Health; copied below is their advisory.

Our staff also are using the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website for information:

  • Every school in Los Alamos has a full-time nurse who is available throughout the day;
  • Staff are providing extra time for student hand washing;
  • Across the district, we

Eight Food Safety Tips For Valentine's Day

on January 27, 2018 - 6:14am
SFI News:
Flowers or chocolate? Dining out or staying in? These are the two biggest Valentine’s Day dilemmas but while flowers and chocolates can help make for a great night, poor dining choices can end the celebration early. 
Stop Foodborne Illness wants you to be aware of how preventing foodborne illness this Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic gestures you can make. Whether you’re headed to a restaurant or preparing a decadent feast at home, make sure your meal is pathogen free.
“Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate.

10th Annual K2 Women’s Weekend Benefit At The Tub

on January 26, 2018 - 10:23am
Courtesy photo
K2WW News:
The 10th annual K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund will go on despite the lack of snow.
In place of events Feb. 9-10, a DJ dance party is at 5 p.m. Feb. 10, at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square. The event will feature the Co-Op’s tasty brews and flavorful food from Los Alamos’ own Secret City Kitchen.
Help fundraise by participating in the auction and raffles for cool prizes and merchandise.

LANL Scientists Conduct Study To Help Predict Diseases ... Seek Volunteers In Los Alamos County

on January 26, 2018 - 7:39am

Researchers are looking for volunteers in Los Alamos County to participate in a respiratory pathogen study and provide information and swab samples. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico are looking for volunteers in Los Alamos County to participate in a respiratory pathogen study and provide information and swab samples.

“The goal of this study is to develop a system that can predict future emergence of infections, propose the best public health

Los Alamos Has Viome!

on January 25, 2018 - 10:59am
From left, Viome’s Head of Project Management Miranda Intrator, President Deepak Savadatti, Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich and Research Associate Andy Hatch at the lab Monday afternoon at 81 Camino Entrada in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Viome employees gather with Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich, seated third from right, to celebrate the company’s first year anniversary Saturday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
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