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Colorado Springs-area flu season will go down as 'worst in years'

News: Local News Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

El Paso County's flu season will go down as one of the worst in years - in particular, hitting an adult demographic that typically fares best against the virus, county health officials say.

1,200 turn out at bone marrow drive for D-49 third-grader

News: Local News Updated: 19 hr ago

A third bone marrow donor drive held last Saturday for a very ill third-grader at Falcon Virtual Academy produced the largest turnout of any drive in Colorado in at least five years, according to Bonfils Blood Center in Denver.

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

News: U.S. & World Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Live Well: A yoga twist on speed dating

Life: Health Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

You're single. You like yoga. You'd like to meet a partner who's interested in yoga and/or the mindful living lifestyle that tends to go along with it. ...

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    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small...

  • 2 Houston nursing home residents slain

    HOUSTON (AP) — Two residents of a Houston nursing home have been killed and police detained a third roommate for questioning. Sgt. Ben Williams said Wednesday that one man was dead at the scene while a second man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Williams says a fourth roommate was apparently asleep Tuesday night...

  • China says quality of its groundwater has worsened

    BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources. Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over last year, from...

  • 178 applications for Clark Co. medi-pot businesses

    LAS VEGAs (AP) — Officials have received at least 178 applications from people seeking to start medical marijuana-related businesses in Clark County. The Clark County Business License Department announced the totals 90 minutes before a 5 p.m. Tuesday submission deadline. The number includes 60 applications related to cultivation, 77 in the...

  • Ohio mom plans plea change in cancer scheme case

    NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son intends to change her plea to either no contest or guilty on felony charges of child endangering and theft. A filing by Emily Creno's (CRAY'-nohs) attorney in Licking County court indicates the Utica woman decided to change her plea on both...

  • Epidemiologist: Prevent tick-borne illnesses

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's state epidemiologist recommends that residents use repellent and frequent checks to prevent tick-borne illnesses such as tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Dr. Lon Kightlinger says ticks need to be attached for several hours to spread infection so people can reduce their risk by checking for and...

  • Georgians urged to turn in unused medications

    ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities are urging Georgians to drop off their expired, unused and unwanted pills to help combat prescription drug abuse. The Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with national, state and local law enforcement for its eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is set to be held from 10 a.m....

  • Insurance department starts network rules review

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Insurance Department is starting its work to assess how it decides whether insurance policies cover a sufficient number of doctors and other providers. The department is holding an organizational meeting Wednesday for a working group that will review the state's network adequacy rules and make...

  • W.Va. officials promote drug take-back effort

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor and a West Virginia sheriff's office are promoting awareness of a prescription drug collection effort set for this weekend. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office have scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back kickoff event for Wednesday morning in St. Albans....

  • Brewer vetoes bill limiting Medicaid to 5 years

    PHOENIX (AP) — A bill that would have forced able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get a job and would have limited some to a maximum of five years of insurance was vetoed Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer. Brewer said in a veto letter that the five-year cap could have meant throwing more than 210,000 adults off the state's Medicaid program, and an...

  • Injuries during land run re-enactment at Mustang

    MUSTANG, Okla. (AP) — Three people, including at least one student, were hospitalized after an accident at a Mustang elementary school during a re-enactment of the Oklahoma land run. Authorities say all three are in good condition. Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary says about 10 people were injured at Centennial...

  • House OKs use of cannabis extract for epilepsy

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments. The bill would permit use of "hemp extract" with little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD....

  • Legislature argues DCF budget after child deaths

    MIAMI (AP) — After dozens of child abuse-related deaths, Florida lawmakers may add money for nearly 200 new child protective investigators and other services, but critics worry the proposal overlooks funding to treat mental health and substance abuse problems that are at the root of most child deaths. Roughly $47 million to fund child...

  • Southern Oregon farmers divided on GMO bans

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Southern Oregon farmers are choosing sides in a pair of local campaigns to ban genetically modified crops. Ban supporters say pollen from fields of genetically modified organisms can contaminate organic farms, and they are worried about use of the herbicide Roundup, which GMO plants are designed to resist. But...

  • Oklahoma gov. inks bill restricting abortion drugs

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to further restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma, despite objections from opponents who say it will force more women to have surgical abortions. The bill signed Tuesday was written in response to a recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that ruled a similar bill signed...

  • State issues restrictions for painkiller Zohydro

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