<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:21:07 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[2 Alabama men fatally poisoned by carbon monoxide gas]]> http://gazette.com/2-alabama-men-fatally-poisoned-by-carbon-monoxide-gas/article/feed/430030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-alabama-men-fatally-poisoned-by-carbon-monoxide-gas/article/feed/430030?custom_click=rss ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Neither foul play nor suicide is suspected in the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of two Alabama men, whose bodies were found in a vehicle in Albertville.

Marshall County Deputy Coroner Martin Killion tells local media outlets the bodies of 23-year-old Colby Lang and 22-year-old Shelton Box were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science Tuesday to rule out any other possible causes of death.

Killion says the vehicle was located adjacent to Lang's home on Rose Road.

He says authorities suspect an exhaust leak sent carbon monoxide gas into the vehicle.

Police say the grandparents of one of the two became concerned when they had not heard from him in a few days.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:17:46 -0700 <![CDATA[California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery]]> http://gazette.com/california-conjoined-twins-separated-in-successful-surgery/article/feed/430004?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-conjoined-twins-separated-in-successful-surgery/article/feed/430004?custom_click=rss PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Conjoined California twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford that began on Tuesday, officials said.

The Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/2h8qFci ) the 2-year-old Sacramento area girls were born conjoined from the chest down and shared a bladder, liver, parts of their digestive system and a third leg.

Their parents said each girl has retained portions of the organs they shared. Each girl still has one leg and surgeons told the newspaper both would likely need a prosthetic leg. The third limb was used for skin grafts to cover surgical wounds.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:06:14 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico agency reports 2 more hantavirus cases]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-agency-reports-2-more-hantavirus-cases/article/feed/430022?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-agency-reports-2-more-hantavirus-cases/article/feed/430022?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Health reports two additional confirmed cases of hantavirus, both from McKinley County in northwestern New Mexico.

Hantavirus infection is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva.

The department says the additional cases involving a 59-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman who are hospitalized are the seventh and eighth cases in in New Mexico in 2016.

There have been four New Mexico fatalities from hantavirus this year. Those involved people from McKinley, San Juan, Cibola and Torrance counties. Two patients from Santa Fe and Sandoval counties recovered.

People contract hantavirus by inhaling the virus, often when they are c

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:53:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Pennsylvania Supreme Court nixes appeal in lawyer's $1M fine]]> http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-supreme-court-nixes-appeal-in-lawyers-1m-fine/article/feed/430016?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-supreme-court-nixes-appeal-in-lawyers-1m-fine/article/feed/430016?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled a Philadelphia-area lawyer won't have to pay a nearly $1 million fine because a witness she called gave banned testimony that caused a mistrial in a medical malpractice case.

Philly.com (http://bit.ly/2geJqZg ) reports the Dec. 5 ruling rejected an appeal seeking to overturn a Superior Court ruling that had overturned the fine. In rejecting the appeal the state's highest court nixed the fine.

Common Pleas Judge Paul Panepinto levied the fine after claiming Raynor failed to instruct a witness to not mention that a lung cancer patient in a medical malpractice case had smoked. Raynor says the witness testified about the patient's smoking even though she warned him no

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:45:16 -0700 <![CDATA[MSF: Jordan closure blocked 70 Syrians from life-saving care]]> http://gazette.com/msf-jordan-closure-blocked-70-syrians-from-life-saving-care/article/feed/430017?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/msf-jordan-closure-blocked-70-syrians-from-life-saving-care/article/feed/430017?custom_click=rss AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says 70 severely wounded Syrians, including 16 children, have been blocked from life-saving treatment since Jordan closed its border with Syria six months ago and that some have likely died.

Marjan Besuijen, a project coordinator for the aid group, known by its French acronym MSF, urged Jordan on Thursday to allow the evacuation of the most severely wounded Syrians to the kingdom, "basically giving them a chance to survive."

Jordan sealed the border in June, in response to a deadly cross-border attack on its security forces.

Besuijen says an MSF surgical ward in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha has stood virtually empty since then.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:38:35 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Ohio legislature passes firefighter cancer bill]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-ohio-legislature-passes-firefighter-cancer-bill/article/feed/430005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-ohio-legislature-passes-firefighter-cancer-bill/article/feed/430005?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on bills moving through the Ohio Legislature in its final 2016 sessions (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Ohio lawmakers have passed legislation that could provide more benefits for firefighters who get cancer as a presumed result of their work.

The measure addresses how causes of such cancer are viewed when it comes to getting benefits through workers' compensation and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund. Under the bill, when firefighters develop cancer under certain circumstances, it would be presumed to be a result of their occupation. That could help them access more benefits.

The bill's sponsor has said about three dozen states recognize such a presumption.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:22:58 -0700 <![CDATA[NYC launches mental health programs for older residents]]> http://gazette.com/nyc-launches-mental-health-programs-for-older-residents/article/feed/429984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nyc-launches-mental-health-programs-for-older-residents/article/feed/429984?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has launched mental health programs aimed at improving the lives of older residents.

The initiative will offer mental health services at 15 senior centers this year. Another 10 centers will get services next year.

Trained volunteers will visit homebound seniors. The Department of Aging says the goal is to prevent social isolation, which increases the risk of health issues, including depression and anxiety.

The volunteers will work with coordinators at case management agencies. Residents who need help will get referrals.

First Lady Chirlane McCray said Wednesday that her own parents suffered from untreated mental health problems. McCray says stigma and lack of resources kept them fro

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:55:26 -0700 <![CDATA[US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase]]> http://gazette.com/us-life-expectancy-falls-as-many-kinds-of-death-increase/article/feed/429985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-life-expectancy-falls-as-many-kinds-of-death-increase/article/feed/429985?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.

In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education.

But last year it slipped, an exceedingly rare event in a year that did not include a major disease outbreak. Other one-year declines occurred in 1993, when the nation was in the throes of the AIDS epidemic, and 1980, the result of an especially nasty flu season.

In 2015, rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death rose. Even more troubling to health experts: the U.S. seems to be settling

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:51:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat]]> http://gazette.com/surgeon-general-calls-youth-vaping-a-public-health-threat/article/feed/429883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/surgeon-general-calls-youth-vaping-a-public-health-threat/article/feed/429883?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.

In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of "vaping," but said e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them.

"My concern is e-cigarettes have the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine," Murthy told The Associated Press. "If that leads to the use of other tobacco-related products, then we are going to be moving backward instead of forward."

Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor without the harmful tar generated by regu

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:30:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Mumps booster urged amid University of Missouri outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/mumps-booster-urged-amid-university-of-missouri-outbreak/article/feed/429951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mumps-booster-urged-amid-university-of-missouri-outbreak/article/feed/429951?custom_click=rss COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is urging students to obtain a booster mumps shot to protect against an outbreak that has grown to 193 confirmed and probable cases.

The school says all the students sickened since the beginning of the fall semester had received the required two doses of a vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella. University health officials said Wednesday that a third shot may offer more protection.

The school says most of the sickened students have recovered, with at least 169 of them well enough to return to class without risking infecting others.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:03:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action]]> http://gazette.com/rights-group-worried-about-hiv-urges-philippines-action/article/feed/429803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rights-group-worried-about-hiv-urges-philippines-action/article/feed/429803?custom_click=rss

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men.

Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has increased tenfold in the last five years, but the government has failed to adequately target prevention measures on that population.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:21:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Spain: Parents arrested for scam involving ill daughter]]> http://gazette.com/spain-parents-arrested-for-scam-involving-ill-daughter/article/feed/429936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spain-parents-arrested-for-scam-involving-ill-daughter/article/feed/429936?custom_click=rss BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have arrested a couple suspected of fraud for exaggerating the illness of their child during a public campaign seeking money to pay for her treatment.

A police spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press the arrest of the parents of 11-year-old Nadia Nerea, who has the rare disease trichothiodystrophy. They were arrested in their hometown in the northeastern region of Catalonia late on Wednesday night.

The girl's father, Fernando Blanco, admitted in a recent interview on Spanish television station Antena 3 that he and his wife had exaggerated the seriousness of his daughter's illness to generate interest in her case. He also asked for forgiveness from people who had made donations.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:00:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Lady Gaga discusses PTSD struggle in open letter]]> http://gazette.com/lady-gaga-discusses-ptsd-struggle-in-open-letter/article/feed/429930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lady-gaga-discusses-ptsd-struggle-in-open-letter/article/feed/429930?custom_click=rss

Lady Gaga is opening up further on her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder in an open letter.

The 30-year-old singer revealed her diagnosis earlier this week on the "Today" show. In an open letter posted on her foundation's website Wednesday, Gaga writes that it's "a daily effort" to stay calm during normal everyday activities. She says that includes "leaving the house or being touched by strangers who simply want to share their enthusiasm" for her music.

Despite her struggles, Gaga says she's "continuing to learn how to transcend" the condition.

She says she wants to lend support to everyone suffering from PTSD, including servicemen and women, because she says "no one's invisible pain should go unnoticed.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:29:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Indiana awards nearly $13 million to fight infant mortality]]> http://gazette.com/indiana-awards-nearly-13-million-to-fight-infant-mortality/article/feed/429910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indiana-awards-nearly-13-million-to-fight-infant-mortality/article/feed/429910?custom_click=rss INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials say the state has awarded nearly $13 million to programs aimed at reducing the state's infant mortality rate.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced the grant money Wednesday. Officials say 10 grants will be given out through the state's Safety PIN, or Protecting Indiana's Newborns, program.

Recipients include hospitals, health care groups and nonprofit organizations such as the Indiana Hospital Association, Mental Health America of Lake County, Union Hospital serving Vigo County and Aspire Indiana Health serving Madison County.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:26:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Clark County school closes after possible norovirus outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/clark-county-school-closes-after-possible-norovirus-outbreak/article/feed/429911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clark-county-school-closes-after-possible-norovirus-outbreak/article/feed/429911?custom_click=rss SOUTH VIENNA, Ohio (AP) — A Clark County elementary/middle school will close after more than 100 students and some faculty members were out sick following a suspected norovirus outbreak.

Northeastern Local Schools Superintendent John Kronour announced that the South Vienna School will be closed on Thursday as health officials examine what caused Wednesday's absences.

Clark County Combined Health District officials will conduct testing to determine whether the illnesses are linked to norovirus, a gastrointestinal virus that typically lasts 24 to 48 hours.

Kronour says additional custodians have been called to disinfect the building.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:22:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Proponents of successful medical aid-in-dying initiative push ahead with implementation]]> http://gazette.com/proponents-of-successful-medical-aid-in-dying-initiative-push-ahead-with-implementation/article/1591815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proponents-of-successful-medical-aid-in-dying-initiative-push-ahead-with-implementation/article/1591815?custom_click=rss

With the expensive fight to grant terminally ill patients access to life-ending medication in the rearview mirror, proponents are focused on implementation.

Coloradans can immediately start requesting the medication, though doctors won't be allowed to write prescriptions until after the measure becomes effective. Proponents say Gov. John Hickenlooper could certify Proposition 106 as early as Thursday, though it could be as late as Dec. 19.

Life-ending medication is already available because five other states allow access. Proponents are working with pharmacies in Colorado to ensure that patients can receive one of several medications. A pharmacist-to-pharmacist call line has been established to assist with implementation.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:06:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Can't buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach]]> http://gazette.com/cant-buy-love-drug-price-hikes-put-sex-beyond-reach/article/1591793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cant-buy-love-drug-price-hikes-put-sex-beyond-reach/article/1591793?custom_click=rss

TRENTON, N.J. — Imagine not being able to afford one of life's great pleasures — sex.

That's true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some.

Without insurance coverage, Viagra and Cialis cost about $50 a pill, triple their 2010 list prices. The new "female Viagra," a daily pill for low sex drive called Addyi, costs $800 per month. Older products for women also have seen huge price run-ups, Truven Health Analytics data show.

"Many of them don't get past the pharmacy counter once they see the price," says Sheryl Kingsberg, a University Hospitals-Cleveland Medical Center behavioral psychologist

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:09:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado among states where older citizens are most happy, new analysis finds]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-among-states-where-older-citizens-are-most-happy-new-analysis-finds/article/1591714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-among-states-where-older-citizens-are-most-happy-new-analysis-finds/article/1591714?custom_click=rss

Despite the creaky knees and reading glasses that come with old age, Americans tend to get happier as they grow older, a new analysis finds.

Based on phone surveys that are part of the annual Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, the report found people 55 and older doing better than younger people across five parameters. When it comes to financial well-being, older people thrive at a rate of 53 percent, compared to 33% for younger people; they also score higher on measures of community, purpose, social, and health.

In a survey that reached 115,000 older Americans over 15 months, they expressed higher satisfaction with their standard of living, said they worry less about money, and said they have enough

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:53:09 -0700
<![CDATA[10 holiday gifts for yoga lovers in Colorado Springs and beyond]]> http://gazette.com/10-holiday-gifts-for-yoga-lovers-in-colorado-springs-and-beyond/article/1591691?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-holiday-gifts-for-yoga-lovers-in-colorado-springs-and-beyond/article/1591691?custom_click=rss

You probably can't purchase enlightenment on Amazon.com. Then again, depending on your definition of enlightenment perhaps you can. But for everybody else who has a yogi in Colorado Springs and beyond on their holiday gift list, here are a few ideas.

- A diffuser and essential oil - Many a savage beast has been soothed with aromatherapy. Lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, sweet orange essential oils - you really can't go wrong. Buy a diffuser, a bottle of oil and you'll have yourself a happy little yogi; natures trutharoma.com, auracacia.com

- Banyan Botanicals daily routine kit - Any regular yoga practitioner is probably familiar with ayurveda. The traditional system of medicine used in India is known as the sister science of yoga and seeks to balance the body

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:05:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Gift ideas for your four-legged friends]]> http://gazette.com/gift-ideas-for-your-four-legged-friends/article/1591694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gift-ideas-for-your-four-legged-friends/article/1591694?custom_click=rss

Pet toys

Flatties, some that squeak, are always popular, said Mardi Larson, a spokeswoman for the retail chain PetSmart. And they can be cheap. For the holidays, PetSmart has some with Christmas motifs, like a bright green dinosaur in a Santa cap.

"Pets just love to destroy their toys. Flatties are safe because they have no stuffing," Larson said.

You can't go wrong with balls. Lots of balls. Or go for durable toys in sturdy nylon or rope. Consider safety in such things as sewn-on doodads or other swallowable bits.

Pet beds & bedding

Face it, a pet's bed is part of home decor. You might as well find one that looks reasonably good as a gift. Choose one with a holiday theme for an

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:53:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Having an off day at the gym? Listen to your body and lay off]]> http://gazette.com/having-an-off-day-at-the-gym-listen-to-your-body-and-lay-off/article/1591692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/having-an-off-day-at-the-gym-listen-to-your-body-and-lay-off/article/1591692?custom_click=rss You're at the gym for a weightlifting session. But something feels off.

You're not a beginner and want to get your workout in for the day, but your body isn't responding positively to the movement.

Or you're an experienced runner, and your body can't keep up with the pace at which you started while on a training run. You want to achieve a high level of exertion and are unsure how fast or slow you should go.

How do you make sense of what your body is telling you?

Autoregulation can help.

Writer and coach Nia Shanks (niashanks.com) said by email that autoregulation "is listening to your body and adjusting accordingly on any given training day.

"Feel amazing? Take advantage.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:15:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Dec. 4, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-dec.-4-2016/article/1591690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-dec.-4-2016/article/1591690?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science, 3995 Regent Circle. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 17, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration:

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Grandview now accredited for elective surgeries, government-based health insurance]]> http://gazette.com/grandview-now-accredited-for-elective-surgeries-government-based-health-insurance/article/1591400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grandview-now-accredited-for-elective-surgeries-government-based-health-insurance/article/1591400?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' newest hospital is expanding its services.

UCHealth Grandview Hospital received its latest accreditation this week - allowing doctors to start performing elective surgeries, while also accepting Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare patients for the first time.

"To be able to fully serve the community, and be open to take EMS (ambulance) traffic, elective surgery, anything that comes in, it feels really good to the staff and the administration," said Jeanne Aikin, Grandview's chief nursing officer and site administrator. "We're super excited."

Doctors at the facility, 5623 Pulpit Peak View near Nevada Avenue and Interstate 25, started seeing patients for emergency services and surgeries on Oct. 5.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:35:23 -0700
<![CDATA[J&J ordered to pay record $1 billion for faulty hip implants]]> http://gazette.com/jj-ordered-to-pay-record-1-billion-for-faulty-hip-implants/article/1591465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jj-ordered-to-pay-record-1-billion-for-faulty-hip-implants/article/1591465?custom_click=rss

A Texas jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $1 billion to patients who claimed the company hid flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that had to be surgically removed, in J&J's second loss linked to the implants.

Officials of J&J's DePuy unit, which makes the Pinnacle hips, knew the devices were defective but failed to properly warn doctors and patients about the risk they would fail, the federal jury in Dallas concluded Thursday. The verdict includes more than $30 million in actual damages for the six plaintiffs and more than $1 billion in punitive damages, according to court filings.

J&J still faces almost 9,000 lawsuits accusing the company of mishandling the metal-on-metal hips. J&J stopped selling the devices

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:21:13 -0700
<![CDATA[University plans to fire Colorado doctor after Michelle Obama 'monkey face' Facebook comment]]> http://gazette.com/university-plans-to-fire-colorado-doctor-after-michelle-obama-monkey-face-facebook-comment/article/1591401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/university-plans-to-fire-colorado-doctor-after-michelle-obama-monkey-face-facebook-comment/article/1591401?custom_click=rss

The University of Colorado’s School of Medicine is planning to cut ties with Dr. Michelle Herren, a faculty member and pediatric anesthesiologist, who made a racist remark on Facebook.

“We are beginning the process to terminate Dr. Herren’s faculty appointment,” Mark Couch, spokesman for the school, said Thursday. “She has expressed values that are at odds with ours and she has compromised her ability to meet the teaching and patient care mission of the School of Medicine.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:50:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Free flu shots offered Saturday in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/free-flu-shots-offered-saturday-in-colorado-springs/article/1591205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/free-flu-shots-offered-saturday-in-colorado-springs/article/1591205?custom_click=rss

Free flu shots will be available between 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pikes Peak Christian Church in Colorado Springs.

The flu shots are for people with or without medical insurance or don't have access to vaccines. The event also offers assistance in enrolling for health care.

Organizers ask anyone interested in going to the event to bring their government-issued ID card, social security number and income information, such as pay stubs and W-2 forms.

Spanish speakers will be available at the church, located at 4955 Bradley Rd.

For details, visit www.centura.org/Connect-for-Health-Colorado or call 720-321-8850.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:54:16 -0700
<![CDATA[New cat hotel in Colorado Springs offers different boarding option]]> http://gazette.com/new-cat-hotel-in-colorado-springs-offers-different-boarding-option/article/1591150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-cat-hotel-in-colorado-springs-offers-different-boarding-option/article/1591150?custom_click=rss

If Facebook memes are to be believed, cats have only one agenda - to annoy humans.

Unsurprisingly, the owner of the new Catagonia Cat Hotel thinks cats get a bad rap. They're not all timid loners who like to swipe stuff off counters all day long.

"They're misunderstood," said ailurophile Shannan Longley. "They all have personalities and are so different. They're just as deserving as any other kind of animal we have in our homes to have quality accommodations."

Longley, who worked as an Air Force intelligence officer and is now in the reserves, recently opened the luxury boarding hotel in northwest Colorado Springs - the first of its kind in the city. A grand opening celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:46:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Gazette readers offer alternatives to soft cooked egg breakfast]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-readers-offer-alternatives-to-soft-cooked-egg-breakfast/article/1591149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-readers-offer-alternatives-to-soft-cooked-egg-breakfast/article/1591149?custom_click=rss

Readers were sympathetic about my breakup with soft cooked eggs: the topic of my Nov. 9 On Food column. I had a few Jazzercise gal pals express pity for the loss of my morning obsession. One suggested I might try liquid eggs from a carton, which do not contain egg yolks. That sounded like a reasonable solution to get a protein boost to kick-start the day.

Sally Metzger emailed a message about her similar experience with runny yolk eggs.

"I had the same thing happen to me a few years ago," she said. "Fixed myself my usual bi-weekly egg, took one bite, then couldn't get to the bathroom quickly enough to hurl the whole thing. Waited a couple of weeks then tried again, cooking it differently.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:17:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Catholic Health Initiatives delays Colorado Springs hospital expansion]]> http://gazette.com/catholic-health-initiatives-delays-colorado-springs-hospital-expansion/article/1591130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/catholic-health-initiatives-delays-colorado-springs-hospital-expansion/article/1591130?custom_click=rss

Catholic Health Initiatives has delayed starting a $100 million expansion of St. Francis Medical Center in northeast Colorado Springs for about nine months until May or June so the Denver-based nonprofit can complete "previously committed" projects elsewhere across the nation.

The delay will push completion of the expansion into 2019, said Chris Valentine, a spokesman for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, a Catholic Health Initiatives unit that employs 3,300 and operates St. Francis, Penrose Hospital and other outpatient, radiology, rehabilitation and other facilities in the Colorado Springs area.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:29:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers still looking for answers on 72-hour mental health holds]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-still-looking-for-answers-on-72-hour-mental-health-holds/article/1591139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-still-looking-for-answers-on-72-hour-mental-health-holds/article/1591139?custom_click=rss

Political and medical professionals agree that jail is the wrong place to hold a person detained solely for a mental health crisis or psychiatric emergency. That doesn't make solving the major snags around a solution - money and the law - any easier.

Last June Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill to expand the places to hold a person for 72 hours when his or her mental health presents a danger. There are only 543 public beds for psychiatric patients spread across the state, and even when they're available they could be a prohibitive distance away. That leaves only a jail, even though state law limits jail psychiatric holds to 24 hours.

Senate Bill 169 would have made hospital emergency rooms an option.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:50:19 -0700