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Posture Alignment Therapy, Another Local Resource

on January 16, 2018 - 8:03am
Sandra West offers posture alignment therapy classes and personalized sessions. Courtesy photo
PRI News:
Los Alamos has many options for supporting health and wellness, including a posture alignment coach, Sandra West, who uses exercises to retrain the body, align joints, and regain functional movements.
What is the result? Posture therapy reduces pain, improves mobility, and builds the body’s strength and resilience to injury. West teaches group classes and offers personalized sessions.
West teaches three classes each Wednesday:
  • Balance Posture meets 11-11:45 a.m.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Jan. 27

on January 16, 2018 - 5:59am
JJAB News:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training-openings available to the community!
The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Saturday, Jan. 27.
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.

Kathy Schoonover Retires From Sage Health

on January 14, 2018 - 6:19am

Sage Health practitioners celebrate the retirement of Kathy Schoonover with dinner at the Blue Window. From left, Leslie Pfaff, Dennis Schoonover, Kathy Schoonover, Nancy Savoia, Sandra West, Shawn West and Aimee Price say, ‘We appreciate your service and wish you the best on your future adventures.’ Sage Health offers chiropractic, acupuncture, posture therapy and massage services at 2610 Trinity Dr., Suite 14. Courtesy photo

Alzheimer's Day At The Legislature Jan. 18

on January 12, 2018 - 6:10am

Evolent Health Completes Acquisition Of Assets From New Mexico Health Connections

on January 9, 2018 - 10:22am
NMHC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Health Connections (NMHC) and Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH) (“Evolent”) announced Tuesday the completion of Evolent’s acquisition of certain assets from New Mexico Health Connections (NMHC).
First announced Sept. 27, 2017, this strategic acquisition brings together two innovative companies that will operate a new health plan and managed services organization called True Health New Mexico.
The transaction closed on the originally announced terms, with Evolent acquiring assets related to the commercial business from New Mexico Health

House Health Committee Chair: Dept. Of Aging Violated Federal Law In Canceling Major Elder-Care Contract

on January 8, 2018 - 8:00am
ALBUQUERQUE  Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Bernalillo), chair of the New Mexico House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee, Thursday denounced the Department of Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s decision to arbitrarily cancel a critical elder-care program as a violation of federal law, as well as the Department’s own regulations, and a threat to the health and well-being of thousands of New Mexico seniors.
“Disrupting services to vulnerable seniors in rural communities in the middle of winter is an outrage on multiple levels,” said Rep.

Fall Prevention Talk: ‘Stay On Your Feet’ Jan. 23

on January 8, 2018 - 6:38am

New Mexicans With Disabilities Able To Take Advantage Of Investment Program Jan. 18

on January 7, 2018 - 6:48am
An opportunity for New Mexicans with disabilities to save is coming Jan. 18.
ABLE New Mexico will allow people with disabilities to contribute to an investment account without jeopardizing other benefits such as Social Security or Medicare. The program – administered by the State Treasurer’s Office – is launching Jan. 18.
ABLE New Mexico gives people with disabilities a path to financial independence by increasing their ability to save. All the earnings through the program are tax free.
Participants will be able to contribute up to $15,000 per year into their

Pearce On UNM Suspending Lead Physician In Fetal Tissue Research While Investigation Moves Forward

on January 7, 2018 - 6:33am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of Dr. Robin Ohls, lead physician in fetal tissue research at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center"

“For years, this issue has divided the University of New Mexico, board of regents, and the community. The University and Health Sciences Center has been in an incredibly difficult position working through a number of allegations and potential questions relating to research being conducted.

“The action

Sleep Better In 2018

on January 6, 2018 - 7:49am

CDC News:

People will often cut back on their sleep for work, for family demands, or even to watch a good show on television. But if not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death.

Even one night of short sleep can affect you the next day. Not surprisingly, you’re more likely to feel sleepy. On top of that, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, be less productive at work, and to be involved in a motor vehicle crash.

Habits to

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls On Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

on January 6, 2018 - 7:45am
Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s Ministry of Public Security last week announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs.
The scheduling controls will take effect Feb. 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances.
“Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to the current opioid crisis in

Luján Statement On Governor’s Termination Of Contract With Senior Services Agency

on January 6, 2018 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement after news reports indicate that the Martinez administration had rescinded its contract with the agency that coordinates a variety of services for more than 70,000 New Mexico seniors:

“I am alarmed by reports indicating that Gov. Martinez has abruptly terminated contracts with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging which serves 32 of the 33 counties in our state and is part of the federally established Area Agencies on Aging,” Luján said.

LAMC’s Chris Hammond Named Physician Of The Year

on January 5, 2018 - 8:53am

CEO John Whiteside, left, congratulates Chris Hammond, D.O. on being named 2017 Physician of the Year Thursday afternoon in the Emergency Department at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Chris Hammond, D.O., of Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has been named Physician of the Year for 2017 by Emergent Medical Associates.

“I think what first prompted consideration of me for the Physician of the Year award by Emergent, which has about 500 physicians across the southwest, was when I went to

Colorful Fish Spotted At Los Alamos Medical Center

on January 5, 2018 - 7:08am

A school of colorful fish are spotted looking all happy Thursday afternoon in a hallway at Los Alamos Medical Center. It turns out the fish were created by students in Mrs. Mitsunaga's art class at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Let This New Year Be Your Time To Quit Smoking

on January 5, 2018 - 6:42am

CDC News:

Starting a new year with new goals can be exciting. Quitting smoking is a resolution that many smokers set for themselves. Although it’s not always easy, finding new ways to help yourself quit smoking can be a good start. Picking a specific date like New Year’s Day is one great way to start your journey to becoming smokefree.

Wilma threw out her lighters and ashtrays and made the decision in 2007 to quit smoking for good. She had been smoking since her early teens, and smoked cigarettes for 30 years. It wasn’t until her mid-forties that Wilma decided she needed to stop smoking.

Brown Bag Pre-Diabetes Classes Feb. 6–May 22

on January 3, 2018 - 7:19am


‘Stay On Your Feet’ Fall Prevention Talk Jan. 23

on January 3, 2018 - 6:12am

Marie Todd, 88, Celebrates Exercise Milestone

on January 2, 2018 - 5:06pm
Marie Todd, 88, center, celebrates an exercise milestone as 2017 came to an end. Todd, who turns 89 in February, is a true role model attending more than 100 exercise classes in 2017. Todd joined Jazzercise in 1979 and still attends classes with some people younger than a quarter of her age. The local Jazzercise program is offering free classes in 2018 for young women ages 16-21. The opportunity will give youth a chance to see how making exercise a lifestyle keeps them going strong. Today's Jazzercise mixes modern dance, kickboxing and pilates with modern music a sense of community.

Children With Congenital Zika Virus Infection Face Serious Challenges

on January 1, 2018 - 9:05am

CDC News:

Most children born with microcephaly – small head size for age – and evidence of congenital Zika virus infection face severe health and developmental challenges at ages 19-24 months, according to results from a new investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the State Health Secretariat of Paraíba and the Ministry of Health of Brazil.

The report, published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the first to describe the health and developmental effects of congenital Zika virus infection in children with

Make 2018 Your Healthiest Year Yet

on December 29, 2017 - 7:47am


Top Tips

  • Protect yourself from injury or disease by wearing a helmet, sunscreen, or insect repellent when necessary.
  • Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
  • Learn health tips that take 5 minutes or less.

Healthy You

  • Make healthy food choices.

Y: Reframe New Year’s Resolutions In 2018

on December 27, 2017 - 7:36pm

Y News:

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to it can seem impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!

This year, The Family YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by

Utilizing CDC STEADI Fall Prevention Toolkit Feb. 10

on December 27, 2017 - 8:57am

Update: LAMC Experiences Power Outage, Operating On Backup Power

on December 22, 2017 - 3:22pm

Update: Power has been restored at LAMC.

LAMC News:

A power outage ocurred at 1 p.m. today at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). The hospital lost power is on backup power. Utility crews are on site working to restore power.

At 1:30 p.m. linemen determined that the power outage at the Los Alamos Medical Center was caused by a faulted underground line that feeds LAMC. LAMC is currently using its backup generator to supply power. Crews are in contact with medical center facilities staff. It is expected that it will to be restored by 4 p.m. today.

Seasonal Flu Death Estimate Increases Worldwide

on December 22, 2017 - 5:38am

CDC News:

According to new estimates published this week, between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.

The new estimate, from a collaborative study by CDC and global health partners, appears this week in The Lancet. The estimate excludes deaths during pandemics.

“These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority,” said Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global

Just Say No To Raw Dough!

on December 21, 2017 - 1:42pm

CDC News:

For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough.

When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked. But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.