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CDC Alert: Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak … Egg Recall For Salmonella Braenderup

on April 21, 2018 - 7:18am

Stop Foodborne Illness News:

Public health officials are telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.

What: US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Alert:

  • Lettuce E. coli Outbreak; and
  • Eggs Recall for Salmonella Braenderup.

Re: Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that new information about the illnesses in Alaska led them to expand a warning beyond chopped

Free Legal Workshop For Seniors May 22

on April 21, 2018 - 6:56am

Ancestral, Folk, Indigenous Medicine Workshops

on April 21, 2018 - 6:26am

Walmart Hosts Free Health Screening In Española

on April 21, 2018 - 6:18am
The Española Walmart store will be hosting the second Walmart Wellness Day event of the year 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, April 21. This free health screening event provides people in the community an opportunity to learn valuable health information, including:
  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Low-cost immunizations
  • And in select locations, customers can also take advantage of free vision screenings
Since its first Walmart Wellness Day event, the company has provided more than 2 million free screenings to people across the country, helping countless customers

LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative And JJAB Host 2nd Showing Of Screenagers

on April 20, 2018 - 4:01pm


he Los Alamos Public Schools’ Healthy Schools Initiative and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) are excited to bring back the film Screenagers to the community during the first week of May to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month. Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work.

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the film at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at UNM-LA Building 2 or at the Los Alamos Middle School gym on Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.

NMSU And USDA Collaborate On Pilot Project

on April 20, 2018 - 7:58am

New Mexico Department of Health’s Women, Infants and Children program is launching a new program to help people get more vegetables and fruit. Courtesy imgae


Recently, the New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program launches a pilot project at two Las Cruces grocery stores to test a new way for participants to use WIC benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Field tested at Lowe’s Fiesta Foods and Lowe’s Grocery in Las Cruces the project changes the point of sale system.

With the change, cashiers can tell a customer the remaining

Hazlett Visits Prescribed To Death Opioid Memorial

on April 20, 2018 - 6:42am
Anne Hazlett
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett visited the Prescribed to Death opioid memorial Tuesday at President’s Park.
The exhibit features 22,000 pills memorializing the 22,000 Americans who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2016.
Hazlett issued the following statement:
“Over the course of the last year, I have seen firsthand the impact of the opioid epidemic on rural America.

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/

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
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
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, 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.


LA Council On Cancer Offers Seminar On Melanoma

on April 9, 2018 - 5:22pm

Los Alamos Council On Cancer News:

The American Cancer Society estimates that some 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018.

The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years and close to 10,000 people are expected to die of melanoma in this country this year.

While these statistics are alarming, melanoma, is less common than other types of skin cancer but it is more likely to spread. The good news is that melanoma can be found early when it is most likely to be cured.

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer is presenting a free community seminar on “New

Los Alamos Cardiologist Anthony Sandoval Elected To New Mexico Sports Hall Of Fame

on April 9, 2018 - 8:07am

Dr. Anthony Sandoval of  Los Alamos has been inducted into the 2017 New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo

Dr. Anthony Sandoval of Los Alamos finishing a marathon in 1982 in Athens, Greece. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE – In May of 1980, a 26-year-old medical student named Anthony Sandoval from Los Alamos set a U.S. Olympic Trials record with a 2:10:19 time in the marathon trial, earning his way on to the USA Olympic Team.

 “The ability to accomplish something this great in any individual athletic sport is statistically

Council Hears Options For Public Health Office

on April 8, 2018 - 8:26am
Community Services Director Brian Brogan gives a report on the Los Alamos Public Health Office during the April 3 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Regarding the Public Health Office in Los Alamos, the Los Alamos County Council faces two choices: either continue the office as is or contract with a Federally Qualified Health Center while the New Mexico Department of Health provides supplemental services.
County Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan presented these two

Local Photographer And Dentist Raise Funds For Operation Smile

on April 8, 2018 - 8:15am

Local photographer Jessica Booton becomes friends with Andreas Lee, son of Chris and Somi Lee, prior to his photo session Saturday during a Celebration of Smiles event to raise funds for Operation Smile. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Andreas Lee stands with a little assistance during a photo shoot Saturday watched by his father, Chris Lee, as his mother, Somie keeps out of sight behind photographer Jessica Booton. Also pictured is Jessica Gallegos who assisted Booton during the event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Andreas Lee tries to escape during his photo shoot

State Awarded Grant To Improve High School Outcomes

on April 7, 2018 - 1:27pm
HSD News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico’s high school students will have an opportunity to explore future career options in mental health and substance abuse, Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest has announced.
New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services Division partnered with the University of New Mexico’s Community Behavioral Health Division to host the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Workforce Forums.
“The national need for mental and behavioral health workers is growing.

County Council Declares April ‘Donate Life Month’

on April 6, 2018 - 6:45am

Cathy Walters of the Donate Life Committee and County Councilor Rick Reiss, center, along with donors and donor recipients hold up a proclamation, which declares April ‘Donate Life Month’ during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. ‘I want to thank the County Council for doing this again,’ Walters said. She emphasized the importance of being an organ donor, saying, ‘The donors are the real heroes.’ Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




During the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday evening in Council Chambers, Councilor Rick Reiss presented a proclamation on

Hadassah Sponsors ‘Run For Her Life’ April 22

on April 5, 2018 - 9:11am


Join the 8th annual Run for Her Life, a fundraiser sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah for breast cancer research at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel.

The 5k/10k run/walk is 9 a.m. Sunday, April 22 at East Park on East Road (Hwy 502). Registration is open on Event Brite. For more information, visit the Los Alamos Hadassah Chapter Facebook page.

The first 70 participants will receive a 2018 “Run for her Life” T-shirt. Water and energy refreshments will be available.

One of the leaders in the fight against breast cancer is Dr.