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U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

on January 20, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
 
“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” Udall said. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line.

GOP On Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:10am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
 
Many churches across the nation will shed light on the issue of life and the unborn this Sunday, Jan. 20, which is recognized as the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
 
Few people are aware that New Mexico has become the late term abortion capitol of the country and has become a late term abortion magnet.

Dustin Sutherland Is New Wellness Director At YMCA

on January 19, 2019 - 7:55am

New Y Wellness Director Dustin Sutherland

YMCA News:

The Los Alamos YMCA anounces that Dustin Sutherland has accepted the position of Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; he will begin his new position Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Sutherland has been with the YMCA since 2016 as a wellness coach, small group instructor and personal trainer.

SFCC Offers Flu Vaccine Clinic Jan. 24

on January 18, 2019 - 8:45am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with New Mexico Department of Health, is offering a free Flu Vaccine Clinic for anyone 6 months old or older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 (or while supplies last).
 
Anyone younger than 18 years old needs a parent’s signature. Flu season is here and it is not too late to get vaccinated. Free event. SFCC, Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
Call 505.428.1837 for information.

Special Section 2019: The Start Of A New Journey

on January 17, 2019 - 3:25pm

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Fresh Year, Fresh Start: Give Your Health A Jumpstart In 2019

on January 17, 2019 - 10:40am

By GLENDON COOK, MD
Los Alamos Family Care

Ask anyone what their New Year’s resolution is and chances are they’ll mention a determination to eat healthier.

While many of us may consider a renewed focus on healthy eating as a way to make up for the rich indulgences of the holiday season or as a pathway to fit more comfortably into that favorite pair of jeans, healthy eating comes with even greater rewards.

It can reduce our risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and it can help boost our energy, sharpen our memories and stabilize our mood, leading to a noticeable

Health Security Act Being Introduced At Legislature Today To Ensure Coverage For All New Mexicans

on January 17, 2019 - 7:53am
HSNMC News:
 
Senators Carlos Cisneros, Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Bill Soules are set to introduce the Health Security Act today in the New Mexico State Senate.
 
The first phase of the Act will be a fiscal analysis to make certain that it is financially feasible.
 
According to Cisneros, vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, “Passage of the Health Security Act this year will initially result in a prudent fiscal analysis of the details of the plan. No other steps will be taken until we are certain that the finances will work and that it will be revenue neutral.”
 
Ortiz y Pino,

Human Services Dept. Working Overtime To Ensure All Eligible SNAP Families Receive February Benefits

on January 15, 2019 - 6:16am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department is urging all SNAP recipients who are due for renewal of benefits in January to submit their renewal form no later than today, Jan. 15, in order to receive their February benefit.
 
There are more than 25,000 SNAP households that are due for renewal, of which 14,500 are still outstanding.
 
“HSD wants to ensure every eligible family maintains their benefit and is working overtime to get that done,” HSD Secretary-Designate David R. Scrase, MD, said.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Dr. Martin

on January 15, 2019 - 5:09am
THE HALL FAMILY
Los Alamos
 
Dear Dr. Martin,
 
We want to thank you for the care you gave to your patient, Stanley Hall, and his family.
 
The time you took with different family members to patiently answer questions and explain your diagnosis was appreciated. Your time and patience exceeded our expectations and didn’t go unnoticed.
 
Los Alamos is fortunate to have a doctor of your caliber in their community.
 

House Leadership: New ‘Nursing Lounge’ Makes Roundhouse More Accessible For Moms, Parents

on January 15, 2019 - 5:08am
Nursing Lounge’ for new moms and parents inside the State Capitol. Courtesy/NMHD

New Mexico House Democrats News:

SANTA FE New Mexico House of Representatives Leadership announced Monday the creation of a “Nursing Lounge” for new moms and parents inside the State Capitol.
 
Joining other state legislatures across the country, House Leadership is working to create a more inclusive and safer environment for new parents to privately breastfeed or pump breastmilk for their children at the State Capitol.
 
Door to the new Nursing Lounge’ for new moms and parents inside the State

Congress Introduces Bill To Expand Chiropractic Access To Military Retirees, National Guard And Reserves

on January 14, 2019 - 6:56am
ACA News:
 
ARLINGTON, VA The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that Congress yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program.
 
The legislation--S. 30, introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and H.R. 344, introduced by Rep.

New Speakers, Free Transportation Announced For ‘Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day’ At State Legislature

on January 14, 2019 - 6:53am
AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announced new, additional details regarding its “Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day” event at the State Capitol during the upcoming legislative session.
 
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter will host legislators, caregivers, and people diagnosed with the disease, along with concerned members of the community, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building, aka “The Roundhouse.”
 
A Press Conference, beginning at 10 a.m., will feature remarks from distinguished members of the

A Gift That Keeps Giving: Consider The Life-Saving Gift Of Blood This January

on January 14, 2019 - 6:51am
By SHARON RADCLIFFE
Chief Nursing Office
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Los Alamos Medical Center

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – but only about 10 percent of those who are eligible to give actually make a blood donation each year.

Donated blood is a necessary part of helping patients cope with a wide variety of conditions, including burns, trauma, heart surgery, cancer, organ transplants and more. And a little goes a long way, as a one-time blood donation can save the lives of up to three people.

It’s one of the best ways to give back to others and help improve the health of our community.

Cuban Lovelorn Crickets, Not A Sonic Weapon, Made U.S. Diplomats Ill: Study

on January 14, 2019 - 6:42am
HSNW News:
 
In late 2016, U.S. diplomats in Havana began to report ear pain, dizziness, confusion – and some showed symptoms of mysterious brain injury.
 
The diplomats said that their symptoms occurred after they repeatedly heard a high-frequency noise. The State Department withdrew half its embassy staff, and several studies concluded that the high-frequency noise was generated by a sonic weapon. A new study argues that the high-frequency noise was created by local crickets.

 

In late 2016, U.S.

Cancer Foundation For New Mexico Hosts 14th Annual Sweetheart Auction Fundraiser Feb. 9

on January 13, 2019 - 7:12am
Bidders at sweetheart auction. Courtesy photo
 
Sweetheart Auction Honor Wall. Courtesy photo
 
CFFNM News:
 
SANTA FE — Saturday, Feb. 9, the Sweetheart Auction returns for its 14th year—promising excitement, fascinating Live and Silent auction items, and a night dedicated to helping save lives.
 
The Sweetheart Auction raises essential funds for the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico (CFFNM), a local, independent nonprofit that helps cancer patients in northern New Mexico access treatment in Santa Fe.
 
All money raised stays in New Mexico to fund patient services for New

Lunch With A Leader: Health Security Act Jan. 15

on January 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader is back at 11:45 a.m., Jan. 15, at Mesa Library. Tyler Taylor and Mary Feldblum will speak on the Health Security Act. This Act will be coming up during the Legislative session.
 
Taylor is a native of Birmingham, Ala. who grew up there during the Civil Rights era and learned first-hand about injustice. He and his daughter Maura Taylor (who is now executive director of Self-Help, Inc.) moved to Los Alamos in 2000. He worked here as a Primary Care Physician before retiring in December 2017.
 
His enthusiasm for passage of the

New Cooking School Aims To Educate Kids About Healthy Food In Fun Way At Little Sprout’s Kitchen

on January 9, 2019 - 8:58am
Little Sprout’s Kitchen owner Kelly Parker at home in her kitchen in White Rock. The eight members of Parker’s Spice Girls cooking club made the dishes pictured here. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
When White Rock resident Kelly Parker retired after a long career as a graphic designer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she began searching for ways to fill her time.
 
She volunteered in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She traveled to Portugal and worked on a farm. And now, she’s starting a new venture right in her own home: Little Sprouts Kitchen.
 
Via Little

NMDOH: New Mexico Shows Continued Improvement In Drug Overdose Death Rankings

on January 7, 2019 - 6:46am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH ) and former Gov. Susana Martinez have reported that for the third consecutive year, the state’s drug-overdose death rank among states has improved.

Based on a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico’s national ranking has improved from the second highest death drug overdose death rate in the United States in 2014 to 17th highest in 2017, the most current available data nationwide.

This is the first time New Mexico has ranked outside the top 15 rankings since the CDC started reporting drug

True Health New Mexico: New Health Plan President

on January 6, 2019 - 7:26pm
Myja Peterson
 
TRUE HEALTH NM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE After a year of profitability and growth, True Health New Mexico has announced a new local Health Plan President and several key promotions.
 
The new leadership structure will position True Health for further expansion, both of its membership and its mission, according to CEO Martin Hickey, who will remain as CEO while taking on a broader role with parent company Evolent Health.
 
Dr.

An Evening Of Monologues At LALT Monday Jan. 7

on January 4, 2019 - 9:18am

Alzheimer's Advocacy Day At Roundhouse Jan. 30

on December 31, 2018 - 12:48pm

Alzheimer’s News:

Officials with the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association plan to stage an Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol during the January legislative session.

The event will provide a valuable opportunity for all who are, or have been, affected by the disease to discuss, advocate and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s with state legislators, they said.

Chapter members will host legislators, caregivers and people diagnosed with the disease, along with concerned members of the community 9 a.m.

Los Alamos Community Health Council Meets Jan. 3

on December 30, 2018 - 7:09am

LACHC News:

The Los Alamos Community Health Council meets noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 in Room 330 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda:

12:00 PM Welcome & Call to Order: Cynthia Goldblatt

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes  

12:05 PM Introductions & Sharing: LACHC Members

12:50 PM Committee Update: Deni Fell

  • Falls Prevention Coalition 

12:55 PM Presentation: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Winona Gishal

  • Medicaid’s Centennial 2.0 Update

1:15 PM Update: Chair’s Report Cynthia Goldblatt

  • Leadership Team Vacancy to be filled

Opportunity Costs: Weighing Joint Venture Between Children’s Hospitals

on December 29, 2018 - 7:19am
Maya Salviotti, 2, works with pediatric oncology resident artist Angus Macpherson at the UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque. Photo by Jett Loe/UNM Health Sciences Center
 
By LAUREN VILLAGRAN
Searchlight New Mexico
 
Mike Chicarelli strode the halls of the children’s pavilion at the University of New Mexico Hospital, fist-bumping nurses and proudly pointing out the hospital’s kid-friendly touches: the surgery waiting room with seats shaped like hot air balloons, the intake counter designed like a 1950s soda fountain.
 
The former emergency nurse, now chief operating officer of UNM

First Responders Assist Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves

on December 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and first responders. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa visits with a local resident. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves visit local residents. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp organized the Los Alamos First Responders and Friends to help Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves give gift packages Saturday to all of the residents of Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge Lodge.

Los Alamos Medical Center graciously donated slipper/socks, Classic Air Medical made homemade cookies, Barranca Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders made

NMDOH Releases Top Baby Names For 2018

on December 28, 2018 - 8:19am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health has released the top New Mexico baby names for 2018.

The most popular girl names are Isabella, Mia and Sophia. The most popular boy names are Noah, Liam and Elijah.

Making their debut in the top 10 are Camila, Mila and Sofia, another way of spelling Sophia. For the boys, those debuting on the list are Mason, Benjamin and Julian.

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