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LFC Budget Includes Affordable Health Coverage Funds

on January 10, 2020 - 8:44am
NMTH News:
SANTA FE — The Legislative Finance Committee unveiled its FY 2021 budget proposal Tuesday, which included $500,000 critical to helping the Human Services Department “prepare to implement affordable health coverage options” for New Mexicans.
One of the main coverage options being considered is Medicaid Buy-in, an innovative policy that allows uninsured and under-insured New Mexicans to pay a monthly premium to receive trusted Medicaid coverage.
“This funding shows that the Legislature is serious about working with the administration to ensure that all New Mexicans have

NMDOH Reports First Child Death Of Flu Season

on January 9, 2020 - 3:46pm

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today reports the death of a one-year-old Roosevelt County resident from influenza-related illness, the boy is New Mexico’s first pediatric influenza (flu) death of the 2019-2020 season.
Since the start of the flu season in October, NMDOH has identified 52 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths.
Flu is still spreading in all regions of the state, and we have not yet reached peak activity.

LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

on January 9, 2020 - 1:43pm

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any

Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

on January 9, 2020 - 7:13am

Centers for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.

More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.

These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,

Governor Announces Extreme-Risk Protection Order Legislation To Be In 2020 30-Day Session ‘Call’

on January 8, 2020 - 10:40am

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Initiative creates procedure to enhance public safety by empowering family members, public safety officers to act on early-warning signs, threats of violence

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her support for a public safety proposal in the upcoming legislative session authorizing extreme-risk protection orders, an important, proven-effective and proactive step toward minimizing the risk of gun violence in New Mexico communities.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen.

NMED Posts New Guidance On What Is Creditable For Potential Emission Rate Calculations

on January 5, 2020 - 8:08am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau has posted new guidance regarding what is creditable for potential emission rate calculations.
Visit the Permitting Section Procedures and Guidance website to read the new guidance: The link to this guidance can be found toward the middle of the page, at the top of the Guidance Documents table.
This guidance discusses creditable reductions using NSPS OOOOa, and is illustrated by an example of a heater treater at an NOI facility being

Las Cumbres Community Services: Working For Everyone To Reach Their Greatest Potential

on January 4, 2020 - 5:48am
Connection to your community and social groups has positive effects on mental health and emotional well-being. Our shared skills and interests help mold the fabric of our community.
Imagine lacking a strong support network. Your emotional well-being would suffer. A community of us who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are waiting to have all of the tools for a strong support network to help them achieve their highest potential.
A national movement in the late 70’s pushed to do away with institutional care for those of us who have disabilities.

RAPS Retreat For LAMS & LAHS Students Feb. 1

on January 2, 2020 - 3:03pm

Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Creating Something Different This Year

on January 2, 2020 - 8:42am
Los Alamos

Each year this day rolls around. Some people are still recovering from the excesses of their New Year celebration, but some of you are awake and contemplating the Big Decision: should I make New Year’s Resolutions?

Past experience, if you’re like most of us, says that a new set of yearly expectations only leads to a new set of “failures” sometime in January.

I really don’t enjoy repeated failure. That’s why I changed how I do this resolution thing.

Instead of a great big push to totally change life at the beginning of the year, I opt for small

CDC Tips For Staying Safe Inside And Out This Winter

on January 1, 2020 - 6:32am
Tips for staying warm during a winter storm. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Winter storms are dangerous. They can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services and icy roads.

This can make being outside dangerous, so you should limit your time outside. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face hazards inside your home.

Stay Safe Indoors:

Protect yourself and your loved ones during a winter storm. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.

Heat your home

Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

on December 31, 2019 - 3:42pm

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for

Highlights From County Council Meeting Dec. 17

on December 31, 2019 - 9:46am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dec. 17 was the final meeting for the Los Alamos County Council in 2019. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

Public Voices Concern For LAMC OBGYN Services

During public comment, several individuals expressed concern that Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is at risk of losing its obstetrics and gynecology services.

Community Health Council Vice Chair and Chair of Baby Net Carie Fanning said she thought that after decades of continuous use, LAMC’s mother/baby unit is in jeopardy of closing.

SafeWise: New Mexico Ranks #5 In The Nation For Impaired Driving Deaths On New Year’s Eve

on December 30, 2019 - 6:45am

SafeWise News:

Next to Mardi Gras, people consume the most drinks on average during the New Year’s holiday, with an average of 43.5percent of the population binge drinking.

SafeWise wants to help people ring in the New Year with class and grace, helping them get home safe. SafeWise  is giving away $10 Lyft vouchers to the first 100 people who register for the Safe Rides Home campaign.

Even those who don’t qualify for the voucher can still save the $6,500 or more they’d spend on a DUI by instead hailing a ride from companies like Lyft, taking public transport, or asking a friend to be the

Grief Group Support At UNM-LA Jan. 9 – Feb. 13

on December 29, 2019 - 6:54am

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living - More Fictitious Causes

on December 26, 2019 - 6:49am

Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

Understanding, and being able to spot, a range of fictional explanations for behavior provides a skill. The use of this skill prevents analysis errors when trying to understand the causes of behaviors, including problem behaviors, from local to global.

American Geophysical Union: Scientists Use Satellites And Social Media To Detect Potential Famines

on December 25, 2019 - 1:01pm
Oxfam delivers food aid to Turkana, Kenya during an ongoing food crisis fueled by drought. This year, below-average rains caused crop production to fall nearly 50 percent. Courtesy/Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam under Creative Commons 2
AGU News:
Deaths due to famine have fallen precipitously in recent decades, but undernutrition, which affects one in five children worldwide, remains rampant. Now, researchers are using satellite imagery and social media to detect food-scarce regions before they become full-blown crises.
Molly Brown of the University of Maryland conducts research for

EPA Finalizes List Of Next 20 Chemicals To Undergo Risk Evaluation Under Toxic Substances Control Act

on December 23, 2019 - 7:08am
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reviewing input from stakeholders and the public, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Finalizing this list of high-priority chemicals for risk evaluation represents the final step in the prioritization process outlined in TSCA and marks another major TSCA milestone for EPA in its efforts to ensure the safety of existing chemicals in the marketplace.
“Today we are continuing to deliver on the promise of the Frank R.

American Psychological Association Commends Congress For Funding Gun Violence Research

on December 23, 2019 - 6:51am
APA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. American Psychological Association (APA) President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, released the following statement in response to the passage of legislation that provides federal funding for gun violence research.
“The American Psychological Association commends Congress for providing historic, long overdue funding for research on gun violence prevention. Reducing gun violence is a top priority of APA and we are greatly encouraged by this action.
“The support from Congress is a key step in allowing agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and

DEA, FDA Shut Down 44 Websites Advertising Illegal Vaping Cartridges Containing Adulterated Substances

on December 21, 2019 - 9:54am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the seizure of 44 website domains offering to sell illicit vaping cartridges containing THC and other adulterated substances.
This enforcement effort – part of Operation Vapor Lock – is a result of DEA’s continued coordination with interagency and law enforcement partners to address the evolving health hazard caused by illicit vaping products.
“In the wake of recent injuries and deaths caused by vaping products, these seizures send a message to anyone

Heinrich, Rounds On Passage Of Cadillac Tax Repeal

on December 20, 2019 - 9:13am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to repeal a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as the “Cadillac Tax”, which taxes high-cost health insurance plans and impacts middle-class health benefits.
The Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, was included as an amendment to the appropriations package, H.R.

WR Presbyterian Church Blue Christmas Service Dec. 22

on December 19, 2019 - 7:03am

AG Balderas Joins Coalition Of 56 Attorneys General In Calling For Fentanyl To Remain Schedule I Drug

on December 16, 2019 - 6:03am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

SANTA FE –- Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 attorneys general from every state, territory, and the District of Columbia in calling for Congress to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs.

Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

“The opioid epidemic has ravaged our communities and torn apart New Mexican families, so public officials must use every tool we can to prevent

The Holidays And Alzheimer’s: Tips To Help New Mexican Families Navigate Challenges This Season

on December 15, 2019 - 11:38am
Alzheimer’s News:
ALBUQUERQUE Holiday celebrations are often joyous occasions that families look forward to all year, but they can be challenging for the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.8 million people in the U.S., and more than nearly 16 million people care for someone with the disease. In our own state, there are 41,000 New Mexicans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and 108,000 family members and friends who serve as unpaid caregivers.
The hustle and bustle that

‘Grief And The Holidays’ Event At Betty Ehart Monday

on December 15, 2019 - 10:33am

The Betty Ehart Senior Center will offer an opportunity Monday for adults to embrace the holidays with a special Art as Wellness activity. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen/LARSO

Southwestern College Art Therapy student. Lauren Sherwood
Executive Director
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
The holidays can be a difficult time and Southwestern College Art Therapy student Lauren Sherwood is here for those grieving this season.

Sherwood has spent months working with community adults in a variety of ways related to grief.

LAMC Working To Provide OB Coverage In 2020

on December 14, 2019 - 8:54am
Ellen Ben-Naim of First Born Program of Los Alamos
Los Alamos Daily Post

Information and misinformation have been circulating on social media concerning the status of the OB Department at Los Alamos Medical Center. Most recently there have been comments posted that the OB Department will close down Jan. 1, 2020.

Program Manager Ellen Ben-Naim of First Born Program of Los Alamos shared her concerns Friday afternoon with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

“I am extremely concerned on many levels about the possibility of losing Labor and Delivery and