<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:38:03 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway]]> http://gazette.com/lake-created-by-coal-waste-landslide-floods-bosnian-highway/article/feed/446964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lake-created-by-coal-waste-landslide-floods-bosnian-highway/article/feed/446964?custom_click=rss

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia's main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding.

Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town of Kakanj, creating the lake.

The lake overflowed Saturday morning following heavy rain overnight, forcing the closure of a busy highway connecting the capital of Sarajevo with the central town of Zenica. The town of Kakanj is 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Sarajevo.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:39:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement]]> http://gazette.com/pre-existing-conditions-complicate-health-care-replacement/article/1597641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pre-existing-conditions-complicate-health-care-replacement/article/1597641?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO — As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative has some congressional Republicans considering whether to ask the states to reboot high-risk pools, an option with a rocky history. In the past, the pools served as insurers of last resort for people in poor health who could not get an individual policy from a commercial insurer.

"It's definitely a hand-off to the states," said economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who has reviewed the GOP plans and a



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:43:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement]]> http://gazette.com/pre-existing-conditions-complicate-health-care-replacement/article/feed/446977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pre-existing-conditions-complicate-health-care-replacement/article/feed/446977?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Under the health care law, insurance companies are required to cover people with serious medical problems. President Donald Trump has said he wants to "keep pre-existing conditions" but has not said how he would do it.

Some Republicans favor state-based solutions, including high-risk pools, where people without other options can turn for coverage. More than 30 states ran high-risk pools in 2011 before the law took full effect, but they had net losses of more than $1.2 billion

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:41:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug]]> http://gazette.com/celebrities-launch-pot-brands-as-california-legalizes-drug/article/feed/446970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celebrities-launch-pot-brands-as-california-legalizes-drug/article/feed/446970?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed.

Regulators are still scrambling to get California's recreational pot market launched and are racing to issue licenses to growers and sellers by early 2018. Still to be decided is who will receive the first licenses to grow, distribute and sell recreational marijuana.

Growers already cleared to sell medical marijuana in California could be the first in line.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:41:38 -0700 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Therapy, husband lead musher back to Iditarod]]> http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-therapy-husband-lead-musher-back-to-iditarod/article/feed/446861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-therapy-husband-lead-musher-back-to-iditarod/article/feed/446861?custom_click=rss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of dog mushing's leading figures has suffered panic attacks and undergone therapy in the year since she was stalked by a drunken snowmobile driver on an isolated stretch of the Iditarod race across Alaska.

"I had a really hard time this first half of the season, a really hard time," musher Aliy Zirkle told The Associated Press on Friday.

Zirkle, who has five straight top-five finishes in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, plans to run in this year's race, which starts next week.

"I feel like I should tell people, 'Yeah, I'm going back out there,' but I wish I could say I was fine. But there will be some struggles out there," she said.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:06:09 -0700 <![CDATA[VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay]]> http://gazette.com/vw-makes-5.4-billion-profit-in-2016-limits-executive-pay/article/feed/446853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vw-makes-5.4-billion-profit-in-2016-limits-executive-pay/article/feed/446853?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday.

The company reported a net profit attributable to Volkswagen AG shareholders of 5.1 billion euros ($5.4 billion) last year compared with a net loss of almost 1.6 billion euros in 2015.

Volkswagen acknowledged in September 2015 that it had been installing engine control software in diesel vehicles to detect when cars were being tested. The software turned the emission controls off during normal driving to improve performance, but also resulted in releasing emissions more than 40 times the U.S. limit for the pollutant nitrogen o

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:04:43 -0700 <![CDATA[GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes]]> http://gazette.com/gop-governors-outline-health-care-plan-medicaid-changes/article/feed/446847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-governors-outline-health-care-plan-medicaid-changes/article/feed/446847?custom_click=rss

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law.

At the same time, they're telling Washington: Don't scrap the Affordable Care Act without a viable alternative.

According to a draft of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press, the governors are urging Congress to adopt an alternative that would change Medicaid from an open-ended federal entitlement to a program designed by each state within a financial limit. Led by Ohio Gov.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:51:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Canes send Bickell to minors for 1st game after MS diagnosis]]> http://gazette.com/canes-send-bickell-to-minors-for-1st-game-after-ms-diagnosis/article/feed/446841?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canes-send-bickell-to-minors-for-1st-game-after-ms-diagnosis/article/feed/446841?custom_click=rss RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell is expected to skate in his first hockey game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The Hurricanes assigned Bickell to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte on Friday and say he's expected to play for the Checkers on Saturday night.

The move came a day after he was placed on waivers in a procedural move that allowed the team to send him to the minors.

Bickell, 30, has been out since October, was diagnosed with MS in November and was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 11.

The three-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago has been practicing with the Hurricanes for the past month.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:04:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup]]> http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss

OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP) — George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

The three men all live in the shadow of a 585-foot-tall smokestack that has been preserved as a state park that nobody can visit because of pollution at the site. Visitors are guided to a viewing area about a mile away to see the stack, which is taller than the Washington Monument.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:45:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Nevada plans July pot sales despite warning of US crackdown]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.

Marijuana possession and sales are illegal under federal law, but Nevada voters decided in November to allow people age 21 or older to use pot recreationally — becoming one of eight states to do so.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the United States Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational — not medical — marijuana. No immediate action accompanied the statement, which came in response to a reporter's question.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:41:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see]]> http://gazette.com/sharp-vision-new-glasses-help-the-legally-blind-see/article/feed/446793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sharp-vision-new-glasses-help-the-legally-blind-see/article/feed/446793?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.

Suddenly, Regan could read a newspaper while eating breakfast and make out the faces of his co-workers from across the room. He's been able to attend plays and watch what's happening on stage, without having to guess why people around him were laughing.

"These glasses have made my life so much better," said Regan, 48, a Canadian engineer who lives in London, Ontario.

The headsets from eSight transmit images from a forward-facing camera to small internal screens — one for each eye — in a way that beams the vide

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:24:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Top EU official sees brighter financial future for Portugal]]> http://gazette.com/top-eu-official-sees-brighter-financial-future-for-portugal/article/feed/446789?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-eu-official-sees-brighter-financial-future-for-portugal/article/feed/446789?custom_click=rss LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A senior European Union official says EU authorities are poised to release Portugal from tight fiscal oversight and the threat of sanctions because the country's financial health has improved.

EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis says that if statistics next month show Portugal's budget deficit has continued to fall and that its economy has kept growing, the EU's special surveillance of Portugal will end.

EU countries have to limit the amount they can borrow each year to 3 percent of their GDP. Portugal's soared to more than 11 percent in 2010, forcing it to ask for a 78 billion-euro ($82.5 billion) bailout the following year.

The government says the deficit dropped last year to at l

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:46:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Herpes outbreak forces some wrestlers to wait to compete]]> http://gazette.com/herpes-outbreak-forces-some-wrestlers-to-wait-to-compete/article/feed/446732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/herpes-outbreak-forces-some-wrestlers-to-wait-to-compete/article/feed/446732?custom_click=rss HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some high school wrestlers will have to wait before competing in this weekend's state tournament in Huntington due to a herpes outbreak at a regional championship last week.

News outlets report that decided to postpone wrestling among the Class AAA 145-, 152- and 170-pound weight classes for at least 18 days to get past the incubation period of herpes simplex virus type 1. A common infection caused by personal contact during wrestling, the condition can cause lesions on the head, neck and shoulders.

West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan, who made the decision Thursday, says he will meet with tournament director Bill Archer to determine when those weight

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:14:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Coke says it supports WHO's sugar guidelines]]> http://gazette.com/coke-says-it-supports-whos-sugar-guidelines/article/feed/446628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coke-says-it-supports-whos-sugar-guidelines/article/feed/446628?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Coke says it supports the World Health Organization's guidelines for limiting added sugar, as the company works on repairing its image in public health circles and reshaping its business.

Incoming CEO James Quincey also said the company has "outgrown" its namesake cola and is focusing on becoming a "total beverage company." Speaking at an industry conference in Boca Raton, Florida, he noted other categories, such as bottled waters and teas, are growing more quickly than sodas globally.

In some cases, a Coke drink could still account for the entirety of a person's daily sugar intake under the WHO guidelines, which recommend people limit added sugar to 10 percent of their total daily calories.

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:23:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Santa Fe cardiologist changes plea to guilty in fraud case]]> http://gazette.com/santa-fe-cardiologist-changes-plea-to-guilty-in-fraud-case/article/feed/446662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/santa-fe-cardiologist-changes-plea-to-guilty-in-fraud-case/article/feed/446662?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has changed his plea to guilty.

Prosecutors say 53-year-old Roy Heilbron entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Albuquerque.

They say Heilbron will be sentenced to two years in federal prison and term of supervised release to be determined by the court, which also will determine the restitution amount.

A 24-count indictment filed in June 2015 alleged Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs by submitting false and fraudulent claims between January 2010 and May 2011.

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:12:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Eat more fruit and vegetables for a longer life, researchers say]]> http://gazette.com/eat-more-fruit-and-vegetables-for-a-longer-life-researchers-say/article/1597516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-more-fruit-and-vegetables-for-a-longer-life-researchers-say/article/1597516?custom_click=rss

Eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day could significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death, according to new research.

The study, by Imperial College London, says consuming 10 portions per day, or about 800g, could prevent an estimated 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends eating 5 portions, or 400g, of fruit and vegetables every day.

In recent years, campaigns in countries across the world including the UK, Germany, France, Norway and Japan have been launched in a bid to encourage people to meet this target.

Read the full story at CNN.com.



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:53:04 -0700
<![CDATA[The Latest: New Mexico panel halts beer ban for DWI convicts]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-new-mexico-panel-halts-beer-ban-for-dwi-convicts/article/feed/446644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-new-mexico-panel-halts-beer-ban-for-dwi-convicts/article/feed/446644?custom_click=rss

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 2:30 p.m. on a New Mexico proposal to ban alcohol for repeat DWI offenders (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

A Democratic-control House committee has tabled a proposal that would have banned alcohol for New Mexico's repeat drunken drivers.

The House Consumer and Public Affairs voted 3-2 on Thursday to sideline a bill that would have mandated a lifetime alcohol ban for those convicted of a third drunken driving conviction.

The measure would have been one of the most restrictive DWI laws in the country.

Republican Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert of Corrales says the law was needed as a preventative measure for a state that has one of the highest rates of alcohol-related traffic deat

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:17:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Yo, skip the dairy; yogurt alternatives worth a try]]> http://gazette.com/yo-skip-the-dairy-yogurt-alternatives-worth-a-try/article/1597089?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yo-skip-the-dairy-yogurt-alternatives-worth-a-try/article/1597089?custom_click=rss

Making a change in your diet can be an eye-opener at the grocery store. This was the case when I went on the hunt for nondairy yogurt after recently reducing my consumption of dairy.

Is it technically yogurt if it's not made with cow's milk? The answer is yes - any kind of milk (almond, coconut, soy, cashew) can be used to make yogurt, which starts with adding bacteria to milk (or plant milk). Here are the nondairy varieties I sampled:

1. CO YO coconut milk yogurt alternative - chocolate. This super creamy concoction that CO YO touts as "Heaven in a Mouthful" is thick and rich, like decadent chocolate/coconut ice cream. It's vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free. A serving has 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. The



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:39:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Penrose-St. Francis in Colorado Springs makes it 10 years in a row among nation's best hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-in-colorado-springs-makes-it-10-years-in-a-row-among-nations-best-hospitals/article/1597344?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-in-colorado-springs-makes-it-10-years-in-a-row-among-nations-best-hospitals/article/1597344?custom_click=rss

Penrose-St. Francis Health System once again made Healthgrades' list of 50-best hospitals in the nation - making it 10 straight years with such a distinction.

The hospital system joined five other hospitals in the nation to receive the accolade every year for a decade.

"This is because of all you, and your unwavering commitment to quality," said Margaret Sabin, the hospital system's president and chief executive, to doctors, nurses and staff members during a lunch celebration.

The quality ratings are largely based on data submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Penrose-St. Francis did particularly well in several areas, including cardiac, orthopedic, neurology and critical care.



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:45:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Feb. 21, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-21-2017/article/1597302?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-21-2017/article/1597302?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.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Nurse Chats: Leg Cramps, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. - Hand Workshop, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. - A Matter of Balance, 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Mondays through April 17.

Dance in the Dirt - With Exit West, to benefit Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center, 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center at Mark



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:34:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Rejoice, weekend warriors: A few days of camping tunes up your circadian clock]]> http://gazette.com/rejoice-weekend-warriors-a-few-days-of-camping-tunes-up-your-circadian-clock/article/1597303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rejoice-weekend-warriors-a-few-days-of-camping-tunes-up-your-circadian-clock/article/1597303?custom_click=rss

Falling asleep might come a little easier when it happens beneath the stars.

A new report from the University of Colorado backs up that woodsy wisdom with evidence taken from a small group of campers. A weekend trip was enough to make a difference in the rise and fall of the hormone melatonin, which regulates our biological clock. And a week spent outside in winter - thanks to the exposure to nine hours of sunlight daily, rather than the artificial stuff - shifted sleep times earlier and reset the body's circadian clock.

"Living in our modern environments can significantly delay our circadian timing, and late circadian timing is associated with many health consequences," said Kenneth P.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:20:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597299?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON  — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies. Congressional auditors said spot checks found four VA hospitals skipped monthly inspections of drug



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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:10:04 -0700
<![CDATA[AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597249?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies. Congressional auditors said spot checks found four VA hospitals skipped monthly inspections of drug stocks or



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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:09:36 -0700
<![CDATA[One Billion Rising rally in Colorado shakes up stigma surrounding abuse survivors]]> http://gazette.com/one-billion-rising-rally-in-colorado-shakes-up-stigma-surrounding-abuse-survivors/article/1597178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-billion-rising-rally-in-colorado-shakes-up-stigma-surrounding-abuse-survivors/article/1597178?custom_click=rss

DENVER – Energy at Saturday’s rally at the 16th St. Mall reflected the event’s title: Rising.

Hundreds filled the sidewalks outside of the Denver Pavilions on Saturday morning for the One Billion Rising rally.

The event started back in 2012 after World Health Organization statistics found one in three women across the globe are sexually or physically abused during their lifetime.

“They determined that equals to over one billion women and girls throughout the world, based on our population,” said event co-organizer Tangie Lancaster.

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:53:06 -0700
<![CDATA[New X-ray machine makes Colorado Springs cleft palate clinic a one-stop-shop]]> http://gazette.com/new-x-ray-machine-makes-colorado-springs-cleft-palate-clinic-a-one-stop-shop/article/1596990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-x-ray-machine-makes-colorado-springs-cleft-palate-clinic-a-one-stop-shop/article/1596990?custom_click=rss

For Brettney O'Connell and her two young children, the hectic life of getting care when both kids are born with cleft palates is all too familiar.

The 29-year-old woman, her son Jordan, 9, and daughter Lindsey, 7, talked about the challenges they face shortly after the two kids took part in a ribbon cutting Thursday morning at Children's Hospital Colorado. The event unveiled a piece of crucial equipment that will make the lives of the O'Connell's and similar families much easier.

"When Jordan was a baby, we had to drive two hours, twice a week for a while," Brettney O'Connell said. "We did that for about two months."

The mother said that dealing with her children's condition that left them with openings in the roofs of



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:24:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Pet rats from El Paso County linked to multi-state virus outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/pet-rats-from-el-paso-county-linked-to-multi-state-virus-outbreak/article/1596972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-rats-from-el-paso-county-linked-to-multi-state-virus-outbreak/article/1596972?custom_click=rss

A rat breeding facility in El Paso County is linked to an outbreak of a rodent-borne virus that has reached 15 states.

El Paso County public health officials have confirmed that there have been two confirmed human cases of the Seoul virus in the county. The infected El Paso County rats originally came from breeding facilities in Illinois.

People can contract the diseases if they come into contact with urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents. The virus is not known to spread from person to person, El Paso County public health said in a statement.

The virus can lead to unpleasant symptoms - fever, headache, chills, nausea, and rashes - and, in rare cases, kidney disease, kidney failure or both. Most infections



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:40 -0700
<![CDATA[GOP leaders unveil new health law outline, divisions remain]]> http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-unveil-new-health-law-outline-divisions-remain/article/1596995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-unveil-new-health-law-outline-divisions-remain/article/1596995?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the problem that's plagued them for years: What's the party's plan and can Congress pass it?

At a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other party leaders described a broad vision for voiding much of President Barack Obama's 2010 statute and replacing it with conservative policies. It features a revamped Medicaid program for the poor, tax breaks to help people pay doctors' bills and federally subsidized state pools to assist those with costly medical conditions in buying insurance.



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:42:44 -0700
<![CDATA[China carfentanil ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic]]> http://gazette.com/china-carfentanil-ban-a-game-changer-for-opioid-epidemic/article/1596957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-carfentanil-ban-a-game-changer-for-opioid-epidemic/article/1596957?custom_click=rss

SHANGHAI — So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic.

"It shows China's attitude as a responsible big country," Yu Haibin, the director of the Office of the National Narcotics Control Committee, told the Associated Press. "It will be a strong deterrent."

He added that China is actively considering other substances for sanction, including U-47700, an opioid marketed as an alternative to banned fentanyls.



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:59:40 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball a 'Midwinter Night's Dream' to remember in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-a-midwinter-nights-dream-to-remember-in-colorado-springs/article/1596893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-a-midwinter-nights-dream-to-remember-in-colorado-springs/article/1596893?custom_click=rss

Elegant ladies in evening gowns and glittering Venetian masks took the arms of formally attired men, many wearing red ties, and strolled the lobby of Broadmoor Hall for an Elizabethan "Midwinter Night's Dream."

The 34th annual Heart Ball was one of those special nights to remember for the 380 patrons on Feb. 11.

Looking up as they entered the red and white ballroom, guests watched curiously what appeared to be cocoons suspended from the ceiling. Softly and quietly the cocoons opened for Cirque Du Soleil-style aerial silks performances by Dragonfly Aerial Company.

Highlights of the evening also included an unforgettable guitarist, Martin Gordon, the evening's Heart Survivor honoree.



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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:35:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Retired Manitou Springs nurse with end-stage cancer falls in love again, prepares for what comes next]]> http://gazette.com/retired-manitou-springs-nurse-with-end-stage-cancer-falls-in-love-again-prepares-for-what-comes-next/article/1596752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retired-manitou-springs-nurse-with-end-stage-cancer-falls-in-love-again-prepares-for-what-comes-next/article/1596752?custom_click=rss

After preparing as best she could to die seven years ago, Cherie Cree is still facing mortality's ticking clock.

It's closer to stopping now.

"Honestly, there's no reason why I should still be alive, but I am anyway," says Cherie, a retired registered nurse who lives on the same block in Manitou Springs where she was born 62 years ago.

The world knows all about last fall's astounding rescue of a dog from the rubble nine days after an earthquake hit in Italy. And the freeing of girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria, two years after they were abducted by a radical Islamist group.

Closer to home is Cherie's longevity.

In 2010, days after getting a routine mammogram, she was diagnosed with stage 4



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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:56:51 -0700