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The Los Alamos Heart Council What You Need to Know


The Los Alamos Heart Council serves people of all ages with edu-
cational programs in Northern New Mexico that promote heart
about H1N1 Influenza
health and wellness.
The Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair began in 1986 as Vaccine Availability
y an idea at a Heart Council meeting proposed by Dr. Carolyn
Linnebur and Mahavir Jain. It began with a small number of
booths in Fuller Lodge, then the Community Building was added,
and then it moved to Los Alamos High School. It has been held in
Griffith gym for approximately 15 years. At this time the gym is filled
Compiled by the from information provided by the
New Mexico Department of Health
For the Heart Council
By Megan Pfeffer, RN (Nurse Manager, Los Alamos Public Health Office),
to capacity with over 60 exhibitor booths. Most years there is a waiting Phil Taylor (Director, Los Alamos county Office of Emergency Management)
list for exhibitors to obtain a booth due to the popularity and stellar reputation of this and Ann ReVelle (President, Los Alamos Heart Council)
annual event.
Historically, the roots of the Heart Council go back to the mid-1950s when it was The H1N1 flu vaccine is slowly becoming available. For details, look for press an-
one of several organizations in Los Alamos to be funded by the Community Chest. nouncements or contact the county KAN-DU info line at *311 or from your cell: 662-8333.
The Heart Council in its present form was created in 1984 from members of the Los The vaccine will be distributed according to priority groups defined by the Centers for
Alamos Chapter of the American Heart Association. Disease Control and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices:
Funding from the United Way supports the annual Los Alamos Heart Council
Health Fair, the annual February Community Seminars in both Los Alamos and
Española and heart health related materials gifted to the public libraries in Los Group 1: HIGHEST PRIORITY
Alamos and Rio Arriba County. United Way supported programs specifically for • Pregnant women;
youth include walking clubs in Los Alamos elementary schools, LAPS District • Household members/caretakers of infants less than 6 months old;
Science Fair awards, bicycle safety promotion of free bike helmets for the first 180 • Children 6-59 months of age;
children accompanied by a parent at the Annual Heart Council Health Fair and • Children 5 to 18 years with certain chronic health conditions that increase their risk
a Heart Smart Poster Contest cosponsored by the Family YMCA. Other programs of complications from flu; and
include a Heart Healthy Cooking School, programs related to National AED/CPR
• Health care workers and emergency medical service personnel with direct patient care.
Awareness Week (the first week in June) and National Wear Red Day (to increase
awareness of Women and Heart Disease). Group 2:
Our programs teach YOU how to love your heart. • Adults 25-64 years of age with chronic health conditions,
The majority of our funds come from the Northern New Mexico United Way, • All persons aged 5–24 years of age, and
which serves Los Alamos and Rio Arriba County. In addition, we accept donations • Health care and emergency medical services personnel without direct patient care.
and memorials. We are an all-volunteer 501C(3) non-profit organization with a
Board of nine members that oversees our work and a larger “council” that consists
Group 3:
of committed members who are interested in assisting us in following our VISION • Adults 25-64 without chronic health conditions.
of “Promoting Heart Health and Wellness in Our Communities.” Group 4: LOWEST PRIORITY
Heart Council members cannot always attend meetings regularly, but contribute • Adults 65 years and older.
in significant ways. They are local doctors, nurses, bankers, retirees and teens from
LAHS, Lab employees, LAMC Cardiac Rehab employees, and others who care about As the demand for vaccine in each of the priority groups is met, vaccine will be of-
heart health in our community. The council elects the members of the Board at our fered to the next group depending on which type of vaccine is available, e.g. the Live
annual meeting each November.
attenuated vaccine (nasal flu vaccine) Thimerosal-free is the first to be released and its
For information visit our website at: www.losalamosheartcouncil.org or contact a
member of the Board. target population is Children without chronic health conditions and it is approved for
So come to the Health Fair on Saturday Oct. 24 from 8 a.m.-noon in Griffith Gym at Ages 2-49 Years.
Los Alamos High School. A limited number of free seasonal flu shots and significant- Since pregnant women are in the highest PRIORITY GROUP, it is important to realize
ly reduced blood work will be available as well as free screenings. There are some why this is the recommendation.
60 booths from organizations and businesses that serve all ages in our community Data from early 2009 H1N1 influenza cases in the United States show that pregnant
promoting health, fitness, nutrition, safety and medical services. women account for a disproportionate number of deaths, making them a high-priority
group for vaccination (see www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-
6736(09)61304-0/abstract). Also, guidance has been issued for clinicians to promptly
treat pregnant women who become infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus with antiviral
drugs (seewww.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/clinician_pregnant.htm).
Note that adults age 65+ are in the lowest priority group 4. This is partly because
their risk is less and because 60+ adults seem to have some degree of preexisting im-
munity. If people 65+ are included in another higer priority group they should get the
vaccine according to that schedule, e.g. household members/caretakers of infants less
than 6 months old, which would put them in priority group 1.
Once public health authorities determine that the H1N1 flu vaccine demand for the
four target groups has been met, local providers will be notified that they can adminis-
ter the vaccine to healthy people ages 25 through 64 years. Then, once demand for H1N1
influenza vaccine among younger age groups is met, vaccination will be expanded to all
people age 65 and older.
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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine 32 Information and Education Materials for Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Herbs ACUPUNCTURE & “DR. LEE”
Alcoholics Anonymous 19 Literature ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
American College of Allergy, 9 Asthma Screening ACAAI ASTHMA SCREENING
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DWI Planning Council 39 DWI information and statistics along with underage drinking facts, giveaways DWI PLANNING COUNCIL
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Family Strengths Network 27 Information About FSN Programs FAMILY STRENGTHS NETWORK
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Goldwater 2 Bottled Water GOLDWATER PURIFIED BOTTLED H2O
Health South Rehabilitation Hospital 45 Fall/Balance Screening, Information and Giveaways HEALTHSOUTH REHAB HOSPITAL
Heart Hospital of New Mexico 60 Literature HEART HOSPITAL OF NEW MEXICO
Home Instead Senior Care 14 Information on non-medical Caregiver and Companionship HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
La Leche League of Los Alamos 40 Educational Material about Breastfeeding and La Leche League, New Mom’s Packets LA LECHE LEAGUE OF LOS ALAMOS
Laboratory Retiree Group 17 Information for Retirees on Health and Pension Problems, Candy Giveaway LABORATORY RETIREE GROUP (LRG)
LAHS Girls Basketball Team 71 Food Service LAHS GIRLS BASKETBALL
LAMC - The Endoscopy Center 56 Colorectal Screening Information THE ENDOSCOPY CENTER
Las Cumbres 41 Information on Las Cumbres’ Community Services LAS CUMBRES COMMUNITY SERVICES
Law Access New Mexico 42 Information on Law Access and the Free Civil Legal Services Provided to NM Low Income Residents LAW ACCESS NEW MEXICO
Los Alamos Cooperative 47 Nutrition Related Educational Materials COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
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Los Alamos Council on Cancer 49 Educational Materials Concerning Cancer Awareness LOS ALAMOS COUNCIL ON CANCER
Los Alamos County Library System 43 Promotion of the Public Library as an excellent source of health and medical information LOS ALAMOS COUNTY LIBRARY SYS
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Los Alamos Family Council, YAC, CHC 36 Handouts, Beanie Babies, Information YOUTH ACTIVITY CENTER
Los Alamos Family Council, YAC, CHC 37 Handouts, Beanie Babies, Information LOS ALAMOS FAMILY COUNCIL
Los Alamos Family Eyecare, 8 Glaucoma Check (Intraocular Pressure Measurement), Eye Care Information LOS ALAMOS FAMILY EYECARE
Los Alamos Fertility Care 20 Helping Women care for their fertility and couples to realize their dreams for marriage and family LOS ALAMOS FERTILITYCARE
Los Alamos Fire Department 22 Information on Services, Blood Pressure Checks LOS ALAMOS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Los Alamos Fitness Center 10 Gym Promotion - Drawings - Bodybuiilding Show on TV LOS ALAMOS FITNESS CENTER
Los Alamos Heart Council 72 Information on Services LOS ALAMOS HEART COUNCIL
Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board 28 Information, Literature, Giveaways JUVENILE JUSTICE ADVISORY BD.
Los Alamos Lions Club 44 Glaucoma Screening EYE ASSOCIATES OF NEW MEXICO
Los Alamos Medical Center 58 General Hospital Information and Brochures LOS ALAMOS MEDICAL CENTER
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Los Alamos Medical Center 62 Flu Shots FLU SHOTS
Los Alamos Medical Center 63 Flu Shots FLU SHOTS
Los Alamos Medical Center 64 Flu Shots FLU SHOTS
Los Alamos Medical Center Rehab Services 57 Information on Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy LAMC REHABILITATION SERVICES
Los Alamos Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary 51 Information on Services the Auxiliary Provides to the LAMC Staff and Patients, Membership Applications THE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY OF LAMC
Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory 65 Blood Draw BLOOD DRAWING
Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory 66 Blood Draw BLOOD DRAWING
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Los Alamos Retired and Seniors Organization 29 Information on Senior Activities and Services, Brochures, Newsletters, Magnets L.A. RETIRED & SENIOR ORG.
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Discovery about biological clocks overturns long-held theory


Newswise — University of Michigan mathematicians and leagues shows that “the old model is, frankly, wrong,” Forg- prevailing views yet, upon further experimentation, turn
their British colleagues say they have identified the signal er said. out to be dead-on,” Forger said.
that the brain sends to the rest of the body to control bio- The true signaling mechanism is very different: The tim- The researchers found that during the day, SCN cells ex-
logical rhythms, a finding that overturns a long-held theory ing signal sent from the SCN is encoded in a complex firing pressing per1 sustain an electrically excited state but do not
about our internal clock. pattern that had previously been overlooked, the research- fire. They fire for a brief period around dusk, then remain
Understanding how the human biological clock works ers concluded. Forger and U-M graduate student Casey quiet throughout the night before releasing another burst
is an essential step toward correcting sleep problems like Diekman, along with Dr. Mino Belle and Hugh Piggins of of activity around dawn. This firing pattern is the signal, or
insomnia and jet lag. New insights about the body’s central the University of Manchester in England, report their find- code, the brain sends to the rest of the body so it can keep
pacemaker might also, someday, advance efforts to treat ings in the Oct. 9 edition of . time.
diseases influenced by the internal clock, including cancer, To test predictions made by Forger and Diekman’s math- “The old theory was that the cells in the SCN which con-
Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders, said University of ematical model, the British scientists collected data on fir- tain the clock are firing fast during the day but slow at night.
Michigan mathematician Daniel Forger. ing patterns from more than 400 mouse SCN cells. The U-M But now we’ve shown that the cells that actually contain the
“Knowing what the signal is will help us learn how to ad- scientists then plugged the experimental results into their clock mechanism are silent during the day, when everybody
just it, in order to help people,” said Forger, an associate model and found that “the experimental data were almost thought they were firing fast,” Diekman said.
professor of mathematics and a member of the U-M’s Cen- exactly what the model had predicted,” Forger said. Piggins said the findings “force us to completely reas-
ter for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. “We Though the experiments were done with mice, Forger sess what we thought we knew about electrical activity in
have cracked the code and the information could have a said it’s likely that the same mechanism is at work in hu- the brain’s circadian clock.” In addition, the results dem-
tremendous impact on all sorts of diseases that are affected mans, since timekeeping systems are similar in all mam- onstrate the importance of interdisciplinary collaborative
by the clock.” mals. research, he said.
The body’s main time-keeper resides in a region of the The SCN contains both clock cells (which express a gene “This work also raises important questions about wheth-
central brain called the suprachiasmatic nuclei, or SCN. call per1) and non-clock cells. For years, circadian-biology er the brain acts in an analog or a digital way,” Belle said.
For decades, researchers have believed that it is the rate at researchers have been recording electrical signals from a Diekman is a doctoral student in bioinformatics, as well
which SCN cells fire electrical pulses–fast during the day mix of both types of cells. That led to a misleading picture as industrial and op-
and slow at night–that controls time-keeping throughout of the clock’s inner workings. erations engineer-
the body. But Forger’s British colleagues were able to separate clock ing. He is a National
Imagine a metronome in the brain that ticks quickly cells from non-clock cells by zeroing in on the ones that ex- Science Foundation
throughout the day, then slows its pace at night. The rest pressed the per1 gene. Then they recorded electrical signals Graduate Research
of the body hears the ticking and adjusts its daily rhythms, produced exclusively by those clock cells. The pattern that Fellow. Forger is an
also known as circadian rhythms, accordingly. emerged bolstered the audacious new theory. Air Force Office of
That’s the idea that has prevailed for more than two de- “This is a perfect example of how a mathematical model Scientific Research
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