<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:16:38 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fired Minnesota Lottery executive sues for her job back]]> http://gazette.com/fired-minnesota-lottery-executive-sues-for-her-job-back/article/feed/278695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fired-minnesota-lottery-executive-sues-for-her-job-back/article/feed/278695?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former senior executive at the Minnesota State Lottery who was fired amid a bout with alcohol abuse is suing her ex-boss and the state on claims she was discriminated against because of her gender and her chemical dependency.

Johnene Canfield filed a lawsuit Friday in Ramsey County District Court that seeks reinstatement to the $100,000-a-year assistant lottery director post. She is also seeking damages for lost wages and emotional distress since being put on leave in December following her arrest in a suspected drunken driving crash. Canfield ultimately was terminated as a state employee in July but had been formally removed from her executive post two months earlier.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:33:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico City investigates reports of dog poisoning at park]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-city-investigates-reports-of-dog-poisoning-at-park/article/feed/278595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-city-investigates-reports-of-dog-poisoning-at-park/article/feed/278595?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A popular dog run in a picturesque Mexico City park remained closed Tuesday following reported cases of dog poisoning.

Orange tape surrounded the fenced-off dog area at Parque Mexico in the well-to-do Condesa neighborhood in the central part of the capital. Large banners hung on the fence warning of a "Red Alert" that dogs are being poisoned. The shady area where dogs usually play was empty and unusually silent.

Smaller paper signs posted throughout the park by the local government advised dog owners to keep their pets on leashes while an investigation into the poisoning continued.

Several police officers standing outside the dog run said they did not know when it would reopen.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:26:11 -0600 <![CDATA[$350K 3-year grant for new diabetes prevention program]]> http://gazette.com/350k-3-year-grant-for-new-diabetes-prevention-program/article/feed/278684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/350k-3-year-grant-for-new-diabetes-prevention-program/article/feed/278684?custom_click=rss NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans is getting $350,000 over three years to set up a diabetes prevention program.

Officials say the program will start at five health centers and eventually expand to centers across New Orleans.

The clinics will provide educational sessions on diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, managing stress and overcoming barriers, to help participants lose weight and become more active.

Market Umbrella, which runs four weekly farmers markets in New Orleans, will provide vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables. The YMCA will offer gym memberships and diabetes prevention programs for participants.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:13:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Patrick Kennedy memoir creates rift among his family]]> http://gazette.com/patrick-kennedy-memoir-creates-rift-among-his-family/article/feed/278587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patrick-kennedy-memoir-creates-rift-among-his-family/article/feed/278587?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A memoir by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy has created a rift with family members upset over his portrayal of family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness, including of his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Kennedy on Tuesday defended his book, "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past And Future of Mental Illness and Addiction." He said he loves his family but that he feels it is important for him to talk openly about the mental illness and addiction he and relatives have suffered.

"My family does not want to be identified with a medical illness. That should tell you something about the shame and stigma that still surrounds these issues," he said on MSNBC Tuesda

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:12:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Wal-Mart expands protein bars to main grocery aisles]]> http://gazette.com/wal-mart-expands-protein-bars-to-main-grocery-aisles/article/feed/278644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wal-mart-expands-protein-bars-to-main-grocery-aisles/article/feed/278644?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is expanding its offering of protein bars like Special K and Clif beyond the health food areas to the main grocery aisles of some of its stores, starting in January.

The move comes as the world's largest retailer, like many other rivals, is going on a health kick aimed at its customers. Target Corp. announced last month that it was pushing granola bars and health grab-and-go snacks over candy at the checkout aisles in 30 of its stores. And CVS is also adding more fresh foods and health snacks at many of its locations while moving bagged candy out of prime store space in the first aisle.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:06:35 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA's new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth]]> http://gazette.com/fdas-new-anti-smoking-campaign-uses-hip-hop-to-target-youth/article/feed/278557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fdas-new-anti-smoking-campaign-uses-hip-hop-to-target-youth/article/feed/278557?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will spend $128 million on the "Fresh Empire" campaign, which incorporates advertisements, local events and outreach to try and curb smoking among minority teenagers.

FDA officials say research shows young people who identify with hip-hop are more likely to use cigarettes and other tobacco products than their peers.

To be sure, hip-hop's origins as an anti-establishment, urban movement seem to clash with the federal government's buttoned-down image.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:47:49 -0600 <![CDATA[About 100 sugar buns being recalled over milk powder]]> http://gazette.com/about-100-sugar-buns-being-recalled-over-milk-powder/article/feed/278664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/about-100-sugar-buns-being-recalled-over-milk-powder/article/feed/278664?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn bakery is recalling about 100 sugar buns after realizing the baked treats contained milk.

Tasty Delicious Bakery said Tuesday it's recalling all individually packaged sugar buns that were sold this week.

The buns are sold at stores in New York and New Jersey.

The Brooklyn-based bakery says it decided to recall the products after realizing some of the bunds were made with milk powder. The bakery said the milk wasn't listed as an ingredient on the packages.

The company warns the 8-ounce buns could cause serious or life-threatening allergic reactions to people who have an allergy or sensitivity to milk.

They say no one has reported falling ill. Customers can return the buns to the s

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:32:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Health concerns abound in aftermath of flooding]]> http://gazette.com/health-concerns-abound-in-aftermath-of-flooding/article/feed/278649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-concerns-abound-in-aftermath-of-flooding/article/feed/278649?custom_click=rss COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Many areas in South Carolina's capital city - a metropolitan area home to more than 800,000 - have been covered by record amounts of water this week in historic flooding. The rain subsided, but as families returned to their homes to assess damage, officials warned them about health-related problems, too.



People served by the City of Columbia's water system - 375,000 in all - have been advised for several days to boil all water before drinking or cooking with it due to pipeline ruptures throughout the system. This process can kill most disease-causing microorganisms that may be present in the water. Using regular, unscented bleach can also decontaminate the water if boiling isn't

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:43:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: More US hospitals are encouraging breast-feeding]]> http://gazette.com/report-more-us-hospitals-are-encouraging-breast-feeding/article/feed/278650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-more-us-hospitals-are-encouraging-breast-feeding/article/feed/278650?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say more hospitals are encouraging new mothers to breast-feed.

A new report found more than two-thirds of hospitals in 2013 helped women start breast-feeding within an hour after birth. That's up from 44 percent six years earlier.

Roughly 90 percent of hospitals teach moms breast-feeding techniques and how to recognize and respond to infant feeding cues.

But only about a quarter refrain from giving infants breast milk alternatives — like formula or water — unless medically necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed about 2,700 hospitals for the report released Tuesday.

Overall, about 80 percent of U.S. babies breast-feed, at least briefly.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:41:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-stops-paying-local-health-clinics-for-std-testing/article/feed/278633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-stops-paying-local-health-clinics-for-std-testing/article/feed/278633?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has notified more than 100 jails, health departments and family planning programs that it no longer will provide free testing for sexually transmitted diseases at state labs.

A memo dated Sept. 30 says the labs will no longer accept specimens starting this week. The notification was first reported by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers.

The programs now must use testing services of commercial private labs or local hospitals.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the change will save money, but it's not related to the state budget impasse between the Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:05:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Nut factory fire triggers allergy warning]]> http://gazette.com/nut-factory-fire-triggers-allergy-warning/article/feed/278634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nut-factory-fire-triggers-allergy-warning/article/feed/278634?custom_click=rss BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities are warning people with nut allergies to be cautious after a fire broke out in a Baltimore nut factory.

Officials say a fire broke out Tuesday morning in a peanut hopper at the Barcelona Nut Company in the 500 block of South Fulton Avenue.

Fire officials say firefighters found smoke coming from the third floor and three people were taken to hospitals with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Baltimore Office of Emergency Management tweeted a warning to people with nut allergies in the area, urging them to take extra precautions.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:54:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Healing Touch can help reduce pain in cancer patients and others]]> http://gazette.com/healing-touch-can-help-reduce-pain-in-cancer-patients-and-others/article/1560702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/healing-touch-can-help-reduce-pain-in-cancer-patients-and-others/article/1560702?custom_click=rss

When a traumatic cycling accident left Michael Haubert with a broken femur, he turned to a form of healing many might not be aware of - Healing Touch.

The light touch energy therapy affects people differently, but it almost always leaves a person in a deeper state of relaxation - exactly what the body needs to heal.

Haubert has experienced multiple sessions of the therapy over the last 18 months.

"I would say that many people will find positive benefits but in different ways," he said, "some physical, others mental and/or spiritually. It put my mind and body at ease from my injury and all the stress and demands that come with trying to balance major injury recovery with integration to normal life and work.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:53:13 -0600
<![CDATA[New fitness center combines health, wellness, performance with EXOS technology]]> http://gazette.com/new-fitness-center-combines-health-wellness-performance-with-exos-technology/article/1559491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-fitness-center-combines-health-wellness-performance-with-exos-technology/article/1559491?custom_click=rss Sponsored: Colorado Springs is stepping up its fitness game with the introduction of a completely renovated and well-appointed fitness and wellness facility this fall.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:06:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning]]> http://gazette.com/zimbabwe-14-elephants-killed-by-cyanide-poisoning/article/feed/278603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zimbabwe-14-elephants-killed-by-cyanide-poisoning/article/feed/278603?custom_click=rss

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday.

Three elephants were killed in Matusadona National Park in the Kariba area in northern Zimbabwe and 11 more pachyderms were found dead in two different spots in Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe over the past two weeks.

In all cases the elephants were killed by cyanide, according to kidney and liver samples from the dead elephants tested by the Biological Sciences Department, said parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:58:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Inmates help other prisoners face death in hospice program]]> http://gazette.com/inmates-help-other-prisoners-face-death-in-hospice-program/article/feed/278608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/inmates-help-other-prisoners-face-death-in-hospice-program/article/feed/278608?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio inmates who volunteer to help fellow prisoners face death say they see their job as a privilege that also helps them.

The offenders comfort the chronically ill or elderly in hospice rooms at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, where many dying prisoners end up.

Inmate Scott Abram says everyone is human regardless of his or her mistakes. Inmate Sheila Belknap calls it a privilege to be with dying inmates who don't want to face death alone.

Abram and Belknap are inmates trained in a religious counseling system called Stephen Ministries. They also work with sick or troubled inmates who might need comforting, help writing a letter or making a call.

Ohio hopes to expand the counseling

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:43:13 -0600 <![CDATA[State Sen. Tolleson retires after Alzheimer's diagnosis]]> http://gazette.com/state-sen.-tolleson-retires-after-alzheimers-diagnosis/article/feed/278580?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-sen.-tolleson-retires-after-alzheimers-diagnosis/article/feed/278580?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmaker Ross Tolleson says he will retire from the state senate after being diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

In a statement released Tuesday, Tolleson says his retirement is effective Nov. 1. Since 2003 the Republican from Perry has represented District 20, which includes Bleckley, Laurens and Pulaski counties and most of Houston County.

Tolleson says the diagnosis was a disappointment but he will meet the challenge "head on." He plans to focus on his family.

Tolleson is chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee. He is 59.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:53:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Couple plead guilty in supplement misbranding case]]> http://gazette.com/couple-plead-guilty-in-supplement-misbranding-case/article/feed/278538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/couple-plead-guilty-in-supplement-misbranding-case/article/feed/278538?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The husband-and-wife owners of a Los Angeles County nutritional supplement company pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the illegal importation of so-called royal jelly from China under deceptive labels.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Lynn Leung and Denian Fu each entered pleas Monday to counts of introducing misbranded food into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud or mislead.

Prosecutors say the couple's Nu-Health Products Company falsified documents and labels.

Royal jelly — a secretion produced by the glands of worker honey bees — has been studied for a variety of medicinal uses, including asthma and hay fever.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:20:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Don't get drunk: advice college kids may not get from docs]]> http://gazette.com/dont-get-drunk-advice-college-kids-may-not-get-from-docs/article/1560693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-get-drunk-advice-college-kids-may-not-get-from-docs/article/1560693?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO - Government researchers say "deplorably" few college students are warned by doctors about the danger from alcohol and drugs or encouraged to reduce drinking or substance use.

Their survey suggests that most doctors ask college students and other young adults about alcohol or drug use at regularly scheduled visits. But doctors don't go much beyond that initial question less than half of the time.

The study by National Institutes of Health researchers was published in JAMA Pediatrics. Some highlights about the findings:


About 2,100 college students and other young adults across the country were asked in 2012 and 2013 if they'd seen a doctor in the previous year and had been asked and counseled

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:10:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Easy breakfast bowls are another reason to cook up quinoa]]> http://gazette.com/easy-breakfast-bowls-are-another-reason-to-cook-up-quinoa/article/1560692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/easy-breakfast-bowls-are-another-reason-to-cook-up-quinoa/article/1560692?custom_click=rss

I apologize if you've heard this from me before, but I must once again urge you to cook up a huge batch of quinoa and keep it in your fridge (or freezer!) for recipes all week.

It's just such a healthful and versatile ingredient, I find myself making it more and more. It's packed with protein, full of fiber and vitamins, and - bonus! - it's gluten-free. It also happens to pair splendidly with so many other ingredients. So trust me and take the few minutes needed to cook up a big batch you can dig into all week.

Your handy stock of quinoa can be used to boost nutrients in salads, be added to smoothies, get topped with grilled veggies, tofu, fish or meat, be spooned into soups instead of noodles or rice, or get topped with

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:10:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Oct. 6, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-6-2015/article/1560689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-6-2015/article/1560689?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. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 9:30-11:10 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Monday, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Medicare Made Clear, 10-11 a.m. Thursday, free. - Aging is Not a Disease,

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Think Pink: Former Penrose nurse celebrates 5 years cancer free]]> http://gazette.com/think-pink-former-penrose-nurse-celebrates-5-years-cancer-free/article/1560637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/think-pink-former-penrose-nurse-celebrates-5-years-cancer-free/article/1560637?custom_click=rss

Join us for Think Pink!

The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center and ribbon sponsors Peak Vista Community Health Centers and RU Tattooed to bring you inspiring stories of local breast cancer survivors and a behind-the-scenes look at the care process from physicians, surgeons, nurses and volunteers throughout October.

Mary Wall has spent a better part of her 71 years in hospitals, but when she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer, she got a fresh perspective on the care process she was so familiar with.

The former Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Mary graduated from nursing school in 1965 and started

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:08:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette to host one-day Successful Aging Expo]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-to-host-one-day-successful-aging-expo/article/1560222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-to-host-one-day-successful-aging-expo/article/1560222?custom_click=rss

We navigate toward it from day one, but aging and retirement still can sneak up on us. It's only natural: The practical life changes that come with growing older can be hard to conceptualize and accept in a procrastination-prone society whose "new 30" keeps creeping up.

But graceful and healthy aging is informed aging, and to help the adult community engage in those important discussions and prepare for the practical and emotional lifestyle adjustments ahead, The Gazette will host a free, one-day Successful Aging Expo on Saturday.

"Many of our readers are over 50 and read The Gazette in print and online.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:28:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Congress OKs deal to finish over-budget Denver VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/congress-oks-deal-to-finish-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1560311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-oks-deal-to-finish-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1560311?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Congress has approved a deal to let the Veterans Affairs Department complete a long-delayed and over-budget medical center outside Denver, ending months of uncertainty about the future of the ambitious project.

The VA can now shift the $625 million it needs to finish the hospital from elsewhere within its budget after a series of votes on Wednesday in the House and Senate.

The deal also turns over big construction projects to the Army Corps of Engineers in the future because lawmakers don't trust the VA to manage them.

The Denver-area hospital is expected to cost nearly $1.7 billion, almost triple last year's estimate.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:48:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Analyst 'troubled' by fall in Colorado Springs unemployment rate]]> http://gazette.com/analyst-troubled-by-fall-in-colorado-springs-unemployment-rate/article/1560324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analyst-troubled-by-fall-in-colorado-springs-unemployment-rate/article/1560324?custom_click=rss The Colorado Springs area unemployment rate fell in August to a nearly 8-year low of 4.7 percent, but almost entirely because the labor force continues to shrink, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nearly 5,000 people have left the area job market since March, putting the local labor force at its lowest point since December 2009. Since March, the area's jobless rate has dropped 0.4 percentage points from 5.1 percent as the number of residents looking for work fell more than 1,500.

"This is troubling," said Tatiana Bailey, director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:40:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Stories of local breast cancer survivors, oncologists, caregivers to raise awareness this month]]> http://gazette.com/stories-of-local-breast-cancer-survivors-oncologists-caregivers-to-raise-awareness-this-month/article/1560321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stories-of-local-breast-cancer-survivors-oncologists-caregivers-to-raise-awareness-this-month/article/1560321?custom_click=rss

Think Pink: The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center and ribbon sponsor Peak Vista Community Health Centers to bring you inspiring stories of local breast cancer survivors and a behind-the-scenes look at the care process from physicians, surgeons, nurses and volunteers throughout October.

Plan to see plenty of pink mixed in with the orange and black this October – also known as Breast Cancer Awareness month and time for The Gazette’s annual Think Pink campaign.

The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:14:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Congress balks at deal to fund VA hospital in Aurora]]> http://gazette.com/congress-balks-at-deal-to-fund-va-hospital-in-aurora/article/1560273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-balks-at-deal-to-fund-va-hospital-in-aurora/article/1560273?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — With only days left to act, federal lawmakers failed Tuesday to reach a deal on how to finish construction of a VA hospital in Aurora that has made national headlines by busting its budget by more than $1 billion.

At issue is the final $625 million the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it needs to complete the facility. The VA already has spent about $1 billion on the $1.675 billion project, but it needs permission from Congress to spend another $625 million — and soon.

If Congress doesn't grant that permission by early October, VA officials have warned the project will run out of money and construction would grind to a halt.

As recently as last week, it appeared as if Congress would

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:38:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness diaries: Don't take a vacation from your workout]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-dont-take-a-vacation-from-your-workout/article/1560225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-dont-take-a-vacation-from-your-workout/article/1560225?custom_click=rss

Planning for a vacation is very exciting. Choosing the destination, arranging for all the travel and hotel accommodations and packing those bags also can be a little overwhelming.

Our vacation is a time to take a break from the real world, and getting away from our chaotic lives is a great way to relieve stress. But while we are writing the itinerary for the potential weeklong trip, daily workouts are hardly ever listed.

I have fallen into the vacation trap where I tell myself that "calories don't count" and try to convince myself that I will just work out extra hard when I return home. I pay no attention to portion control and eat all hours of the day while on vacation. And workouts are never on my agenda during my trip.

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:19:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Making life better at work in Colorado Springs: The case against sitting]]> http://gazette.com/making-life-better-at-work-in-colorado-springs-the-case-against-sitting/article/1560224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/making-life-better-at-work-in-colorado-springs-the-case-against-sitting/article/1560224?custom_click=rss

By now you've probably heard the bad news - sitting is the new smoking.

It's a gloomy state of affairs for worker bees chained to their desks for up to eight hours a day.

Research shows that sitting for extended time can have dire effects on your health, including obesity, metabolic syndrome and an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

So what's a health-conscious person to do?

Why, embrace stand-up and treadmill desks and exercise balls, that's what.

Mark Hartman, chief operating officer at St. Francis Medical Center, spends about 75 percent of his day at an Ergotron stand-up desk. He made the change about two years ago, though he started consciously making the effort to stand up

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:46:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Txt msgs may lead to broad heart-linked benefits, study says]]> http://gazette.com/txt-msgs-may-lead-to-broad-heart-linked-benefits-study-says/article/1560226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/txt-msgs-may-lead-to-broad-heart-linked-benefits-study-says/article/1560226?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO - Txt msgs may b gud 4U.

That's the message in a study that suggests just four monthly text messages might spur health improvements for heart patients.

The simple, heart-related advice led to substantial changes in blood pressure, cholesterol and physical activity levels, according to the results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

About 700 Australian adults took part. The strategy cost just $10 a person, and if lasting benefits can be shown in a broader group of patients, it could be a cheap and simple way to help tackle heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide.

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]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 04:10:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Sept. 29, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-sept.-29-2015/article/1560220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-sept.-29-2015/article/1560220?custom_click=rss 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.

AspenPointe Heroes of Mental Health - Will recognize Guy and Jane Bennett, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $50. Reservations: tinyurl.com/p4ojoop.

Author Talk and Book Signing - With retired Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, Marine Corps, to benefit Freedom Service Dogs, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., $50. Advance tickets: freedomservicedogs.org/event.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Oct. 6,

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