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

Life: Health 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

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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

Life: Health 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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  • Initiative seeks to legalize pot in Nevada

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A pro-marijuana group hoping to ride a wave of mounting acceptance for cannabis filed an initiative petition Wednesday seeking to legalize recreational pot use in Nevada. The measure backed by a group called Campaign to Regulate Marijuana would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It also...

  • Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday. Guillermo Correa, 56, was in custody after being formally charged following the Tuesday evening incident at the Lexington Place Nursing and...

  • Senate renews effort to legalize medical marijuana

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A renewed effort to legalize the use of marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy has won support in the Legislature. A three-member subcommittee, then the full Senate Ways and Means Committee, approved a measure Wednesday that would allow the medical use of oil derived from marijuana as a last-resort treatment for chronic...

  • Thousands get new health coverage under exchange

    SEATTLE (AP) — More than 600,000 Washington residents have obtained new health insurance coverage through the state's health care exchange, state officials announced Wednesday. Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and others celebrated the success of the program and recognized the unprecedented efforts in the state to bring health...

  • Feds: RI couple sold unapproved cancer remedies

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say a Portsmouth business, its owner and his wife have been charged with selling more than $2 million dollars of unapproved health products as cancer remedies. Prosecutors said Wednesday an indictment accuses James Feijo, Patricia Feijo and the Daniel Chapter One company of using...

  • Kansas joining compact against federal health law

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is joining a proposed compact with other states that hope to exempt themselves from the federal health care overhaul, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday rejected criticism that the move will jeopardize seniors' benefits. Brownback announced Wednesday that he quietly signed a compact bill late Tuesday...

  • Drug company objects to new Massachusetts rules

    BOSTON (AP) — A San Diego company that makes the new prescription painkiller Zohydro says it is disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge said his attempt to ban it outright was unconstitutional. The new requirements, announced by Patrick on Tuesday, include the...

  • Some South Dakota GOP support help for immigrants

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some Republicans in conservative South Dakota are putting the contentious politics of immigration reform aside and backing a measure to provide prenatal care to women living in the state illegally whose children will become citizens of the United States. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican who's up for re-election...

  • US Sen. Boozman recovering from heart surgery

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas U.S. Senator John Boozman is in stable condition and is still recovering from unexpected heart surgery prompted by a tear in his aorta, his office said Wednesday. Boozman, 63, was taken by his wife, Cathy, to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers overnight on Tuesday for pain in his chest and shoulder,...

  • Maine nursing homes may get $14 million boost

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — After years of underfunding that has forced some of Maine's nursing homes to slash staff and close their doors, the facilities could get some relief under legislation awaiting Gov. Paul LePage's signature. Lawmakers in the Democratic-led Legislature have approved a total of $14 million for the state's nursing homes over...

  • 2 former LA deputies accused of planting guns

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were charged with planting guns to make arrests at a medical marijuana dispensary, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, were charged last week with conspiracy and alteration of evidence by a peace officer while on duty in...

  • Bill limits who can be sued at nursing homes

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House on Wednesday agreed to limit who can be named as defendants in lawsuits against nursing homes in a bill that now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. The measure prohibits "passive investors," those not involved in the direct decision-making of a facility, from being sued. Supporters say it opens the door to...

  • Bill mandates life support for pregnant women

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman alive until the birth of her child, no matter her family's wishes. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the proposal Wednesday without objection. The measure by New...

  • Hepatitis C victim in dental scare writes of fears

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  • Walker OKs expanding doctor notification law

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