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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Openings Available To Community

on March 10, 2016 - 8:58am



JJAB News:

The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place this weekend.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness.

As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis. Trainees learn how to assess the person for risk of harm or suicide, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance, and encourage the person to seek professional help.

Learn About Parkinson's Disease April 2

on March 10, 2016 - 8:06am

Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy photo


Lori Erickson, physical therapist at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Dr. Miles Nelson, president of A Nurse in the Family, will lead a discussion about Parkinson’s Disease 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

People facing this disease as well as caregivers and family members are invited. Erickson will demonstrate exercises that help maintain function. Dr. Nelson will discuss particulars of the disease as well as how to help caregivers.

Los Alamos Health Council Gathers For Meeting

on March 10, 2016 - 7:52am

Members of the Los Alamos Community Health Council gathered last Thursday for its monthly meeting in the third floor conference room at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The LACHC is the designated health planning body for Los Alamos County. It has been designated as such through the New Mexico Legislature and the Los Alamos County Council. The LACHC works collaboratively with other county offices, collaboratives and networks in its planning activity. Core Services include health research and monitoring of health needs.

Dr. Marvel Harris Presents Findings Of LAPS Mental Health Design Team To Rotary Club

on March 10, 2016 - 7:23am

Dr. Marvel Harrison, local mental health specialist and counselor, spoke Tuesday to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the findings of the Los Alamos Public Schools Mental Health Design Team. Questions from the audience sparked concerned conversation about the mental health of local students and the anxiety and stress they experience. Photo by Hal Davis

Learn Infant And Child CPR At FSN

on March 9, 2016 - 11:06am

FSN News:

Learn basic infant and child CPR at Family Strengths Network 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22

Instructor, Steve Bond will help people remain calm and prepared in the event of an emergency.

The course cost $40 per individual and $55 if certification is desired. FSN also is offering babysitting, the cost is $5 per family and those needing babysitting should request one week in advance.  

Registration is online at or call 505.662.4515 from more information. FSN is a United Way Community Partner.

Los Alamos Medical Center Unveils New CT Scanner

on March 7, 2016 - 12:24pm
From left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Melanie Pickering and CT Technologist Charlie Trujillo prepare to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the long-awaited, much-anticipated Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAMC's Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker discusses the new CT scanner during a gathering Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAMC Marketing Diector Mary Bath Maassen listens to Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker's

Flu Spreads At Central NM Correctional Facility

on March 4, 2016 - 7:26am


Over the course of the last three days, an increase in Influenza symptoms has been detected within the inmate population housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Those diagnosed or presenting symptoms consistent with Influenza Virus are receiving supportive medical treatment.

Madhavi Garimella M.D.: Understanding Osteoporosis

on March 4, 2016 - 6:02am

Medical Associates of Northern NM

What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis which means “porous bone” is a condition of weakening of the structure of the bone leading to an increased risk for fracture. Many people have osteoporosis and do not know about it as they have no symptoms at all.

Osteoporosis does not cause any pain unless you have a fracture.

Why should we worry about osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity in older Americans.

Letter To The Editor: Excellence At Sombrillo

on March 2, 2016 - 10:10am
Los Alamos
I have recently spent about a month in the Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on Sombrillo Court because of a shoulder injury. I am a long-time Quemazon resident.
I would like to bring to the Los Alamos community's attention the excellence of the recently renovated facility. The highly motivated and experienced therapy staff working in a large and beautiful rehabilitation room with cutting edge equipment was central to my healing. I am so appreciative of the physical and occupational therapists - Danielle and Rita.

New Mexico Has Lowest Rate Of Workers With Paid Sick Leave In Nation

on February 29, 2016 - 1:54pm
VFC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Nearly 50 percent of workers in New Mexico do not receive paid sick leave benefits at their jobs.
This means that these workers cannot stay home or see a doctor when they or a family member are ill without losing wages. This is just one of the many reasons that poverty is so persistent in New Mexico. That’s among the conclusions of the report “Valuing Families at Work: The Case for Paid Sick Leave” being released today by New Mexico Voices for Children.
“No parent should ever have to make the terrible choice between paying their bills and caring for a sick child, but