<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:38:52 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Report: Nearly 30 percent of New Mexico kids live in poverty]]> http://gazette.com/report-nearly-30-percent-of-new-mexico-kids-live-in-poverty/article/feed/439373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-nearly-30-percent-of-new-mexico-kids-live-in-poverty/article/feed/439373?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexico children now have health insurance and fewer teens are abusing alcohol and drugs, but there has been little improvement when it comes to measuring the economic well-being of families.

The Albuquerque-based advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual Kids Count Data Book on Tuesday as the Legislature embarked on a 60-day session.

The group says more children are living in high-poverty areas and living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment. Kid Count director Amber Wallin says that's troubling because such situations can affect other areas of child well-being.

The report ranks New Mexico 49th among states for child well-being.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:22:05 -0700 <![CDATA[CBO: Premiums, uninsured up under 2016 GOP health law repeal]]> http://gazette.com/cbo-premiums-uninsured-up-under-2016-gop-health-law-repeal/article/feed/439365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cbo-premiums-uninsured-up-under-2016-gop-health-law-repeal/article/feed/439365?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums and the number of uninsured would soar under a Republican bill Congress passed last year scuttling President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, lawmakers' nonpartisan budget analyst estimated Tuesday in a report underlining the GOP's risks in its fresh push to dismantle and replace the health law.

The Congressional Budget Office report wrote that under that 2016 repeal bill, premiums for policies bought from online marketplaces established by Obama's law would rise up to 25 percent a year after enactment of the GOP measure. They'd about double by 2026.

There'd also be 18 million more uninsured people a year after enactment and 32 million more by 2026, the report projected.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:03:03 -0700 <![CDATA[3 Latvia regions under emergency due to African swine fever]]> http://gazette.com/3-latvia-regions-under-emergency-due-to-african-swine-fever/article/feed/439321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-latvia-regions-under-emergency-due-to-african-swine-fever/article/feed/439321?custom_click=rss HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia declared a state of emergency Tuesday in three regions affected by African swine fever and said it expects hundreds of pigs to be culled at local farms to prevent the disease from spreading.

The government said "an emergency situation zone" status would prevail at the Krimulda, Adazi and Salaspils regions of the Baltic country for three months, until April 17.

Latvia's Food and Veterinary Service earlier reported an outbreak of African swine fever at a farm with more than 5,000 pigs in central Latvia's Krimulda region.

The source of the extremely contagious virus is unclear, but the farm has been put under quarantine and the government has earmarked additional 100,000 euros ($107,000) to fight t

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:18:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Dirty money: How Tough Mudders and 'Ninja Warrior' turned primal fears into big business]]> http://gazette.com/dirty-money-how-tough-mudders-and-ninja-warrior-turned-primal-fears-into-big-business/article/1594520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dirty-money-how-tough-mudders-and-ninja-warrior-turned-primal-fears-into-big-business/article/1594520?custom_click=rss

Obstacle course racing is a $500 million business.

The number of races increased by 2,300 from 2014 to 2015, according to Running USA. "American Ninja Warrior," the popular obstacle course show on NBC, has seen applications to compete rise from 1,000 in its first season to 70,000 in its eighth.

A British man who goes by the name Mr. Mouse was the first obstacle course race creator with his Tough Guy competitions in the late 1980s. Obstacle course racing, or OCR, caught on in the U.S. within the past decade. Competitors typically pay $50 to $150 to slog through mud, climb nearly vertical walls, feel like they're being waterboarded, wade through ice baths and even get electrocuted, all while covering several miles, often as



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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:37:19 -0700
<![CDATA[88 million tons a year: Auditors decry EU food waste]]> http://gazette.com/88-million-tons-a-year-auditors-decry-eu-food-waste/article/feed/439239?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/88-million-tons-a-year-auditors-decry-eu-food-waste/article/feed/439239?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS (AP) — The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry date.

With her Rekub team, she followed it up with an app that brings thousands of consumers to retail shops were they can buy food closing in on its sell-by date.

Still, the efforts of a small group of conscientious consumers are no match for the masses that still waste food from farm to fork.

The European Court of Auditors on Tuesday chided the European Union's executive branch in a report, "Combating Food Waste," that decried the bloc's lack of effort in reducing the food waste.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:46:10 -0700 <![CDATA[New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores]]> http://gazette.com/new-prescription-doctor-offices-that-look-like-apple-stores/article/1594526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-prescription-doctor-offices-that-look-like-apple-stores/article/1594526?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO — After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

Now he believes he has a remedy. It's called Forward, a health-management service that charges a $149 per month — roughly $1,800 a year — to tend to all of its patients' primary-care needs. And not just with attentive doctoring, either; Forward plans to deploy body scanners, sensors, giant touch-screen monitors, infrared devices and other high-tech gizmos that could make a doctor's appointment feel more like a trip to an Apple store.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:59:54 -0700
<![CDATA[New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores]]> http://gazette.com/new-prescription-doctor-offices-that-look-like-apple-stores/article/feed/439287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-prescription-doctor-offices-that-look-like-apple-stores/article/feed/439287?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

Now he believes he has a remedy. It's called Forward, a health-management service that charges a $149 per month — roughly $1,800 a year — to tend to all of its patients' primary-care needs. And not just with attentive doctoring, either; Forward plans to deploy body scanners, sensors, giant touch-screen monitors, infrared devices and other high-tech gizmos that could make a doctor's appointment feel more like a trip to an Apple store.

"Doctors are super smart, but they are set up for failure in so many w

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:17:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 17, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-17-2017/article/1594521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-17-2017/article/1594521?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. Monday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Pikes Peak Community College, Rampart Range Campus, 11195 Colorado 83.

Cheyenne Village Fundraising Roast - Honoring Mayor John Suthers, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $150. Reservations: 572-7488, cheyennevillage.org.

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

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:25:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Live Well: Superaging requires mental, physical sweat]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-superaging-requires-mental-physical-sweat/article/1594518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-superaging-requires-mental-physical-sweat/article/1594518?custom_click=rss

As much as it pains me to write this, none of us is getting any younger.

You may fool the world with Botox injections and laser away all of Mother Nature's fine etchings, but the real testament to how well you age is inside your noggin. How's that 3-pound gray lump faring? Is it trucking along, spewing out memories and facts on cue, or regularly sputtering out and seemingly unable to hold onto anything?

Maybe you saw the New York Times article from Dec. 31 with the headline "How to Become a Superager" by Lisa Feldman Barrett. The post jumped out of my Facebook feed and scored one click from yours truly. I've become enamored of any such advice, especially as I find myself forgetting words here, there and everywhere, reminding

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:20:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Nunn's big shot helps Lady Vols upset No. 6 Notre Dame 71-69]]> http://gazette.com/nunns-big-shot-helps-lady-vols-upset-no.-6-notre-dame-71-69/article/feed/439255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nunns-big-shot-helps-lady-vols-upset-no.-6-notre-dame-71-69/article/feed/439255?custom_click=rss

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaime Nared hit a tiebreaking jumper with 10.3 seconds left as Tennessee erased a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat No. 6 Notre Dame 71-69 on Monday night.

The victory enabled Tennessee (11-6) to avoid its first three-game losing streak since February 1986.

After trailing by as many as 15 in the third quarter, Tennessee pulled ahead 69-67 on Meme Jackson's baseline 3-pointer with 1:22 left. A driving basket from Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen tied it at 69-all with 1:03 remaining.

Tennessee went back in front on Nared's jumper from about 15 feet away.

Notre Dame's final hope vanished when Allen's 3-point attempt fell short of the front rim at the buzzer.

Diamond DeShields led Tennes

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:07:21 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico legislation would spare bears that attack humans]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-legislation-would-spare-bears-that-attack-humans/article/feed/439155?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-legislation-would-spare-bears-that-attack-humans/article/feed/439155?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers may scrap and rewrite regulations that currently mandate the euthanizing of bears and other wild animals that attack a human so that the animals can be tested for rabies.

A bill introduced before the Legislature convenes Tuesday allows for a case-by-case review on whether wild animals involved in an attack should be euthanized.

Animals would be spared under some circumstances when patients decide to take a rabies vaccine. Without that, rabies testing has to be done on the animal's brain.

The current state law led to the death of a mother black bear last June following an attack on a marathon runner in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:10:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive]]> http://gazette.com/thousands-rally-to-resist-republican-health-law-repeal-drive/article/1594468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thousands-rally-to-resist-republican-health-law-repeal-drive/article/1594468?custom_click=rss

WARREN, Mich. — Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.

Labor unions were a strong presence at the demonstration in a parking lot at Macomb Community College in the Detroit suburb of Warren, where some people carried signs saying "Save our Health Care."

Lisa Bible, 55, of Bancroft, Michigan, said she has an autoimmune disease and high cholesterol. She said the existing law has been an answer to her and her husband's prayers, but she worries that if it's repealed her family may get stuck with



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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:08:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Correction: Egg Exports-South Korea story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-egg-exports-south-korea-story/article/feed/438272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-egg-exports-south-korea-story/article/feed/438272?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Jan. 11 about the U.S. exporting eggs to South Korea, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of food market analyst firm Urner Barry and its protein market analyst Brian Moscogiuri.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Bird flu-plagued South Korea agrees to buy US eggs

South Korea is suffering from a shortage of eggs due to bird flu and has finalized agreements to accept imported fresh eggs from United States

By DAVID PITT

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — South Korea is in the throes of a bird flu outbreak has asked the United States to ship it shell eggs, marking the first time the Asian country has sought to buy large quantities of fresh

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:54:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump promises health insurance for all]]> http://gazette.com/trump-promises-health-insurance-for-all/article/1594448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-promises-health-insurance-for-all/article/1594448?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump says his plan to replace the nation's health care law will include "insurance for everybody."

Trump made the comment in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.

The president-elect says: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us."

Trump declined to reveal any details.

An embrace of universal health care would mark a sharp break for most Republicans, as they plan to repeal and replace the current health care law.

A full repeal without an immediate replacement would strip health care insurance from millions of



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Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:49:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Lady Vols not alone this season in honoring Pat Summitt]]> http://gazette.com/lady-vols-not-alone-this-season-in-honoring-pat-summitt/article/feed/439052?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lady-vols-not-alone-this-season-in-honoring-pat-summitt/article/feed/439052?custom_click=rss

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tributes to former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt in the season after her death are taking place at the program she built into a national power and on other campuses across the country.

Harvard, Kentucky, Vermont and Division II program Metropolitan State of Denver are among the women's basketball teams that have joined Tennessee in wearing commemorative patches on their uniforms to honor one of their game's greatest ambassadors . Summitt died June 28 at the age of 64 after battling early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

Vermont coach Chris Day said it was an obvious decision.

"To be honest with you... we all should be doing it," Day said.

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]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:07:41 -0700 <![CDATA[More Fair Grounds horses test positive for equine herpes]]> http://gazette.com/more-fair-grounds-horses-test-positive-for-equine-herpes/article/feed/438951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-fair-grounds-horses-test-positive-for-equine-herpes/article/feed/438951?custom_click=rss NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials at the New Orleans Fair Grounds say more horses have tested positive for equine herpes this week, resulting in the lengthening and expansion of existing quarantines.

The Receiving Barn returned a pair of positive tests, while two other barns returned 28 positive tests combined, resulting in 14-day quarantines being reset.

An additional barn was placed under quarantine when one horse there tested positive.

The virus, called EHV-1, is latent in many horses, but symptoms can emerge periodically, making it contagious. EHV-1 can cause respiratory or neurological problems, as well as aborted or unhealthy pregnancies.

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]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:59:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Packers secondary has setback with Randall's foot injury]]> http://gazette.com/packers-secondary-has-setback-with-randalls-foot-injury/article/feed/438944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/packers-secondary-has-setback-with-randalls-foot-injury/article/feed/438944?custom_click=rss GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers have added cornerback Damarious Randall to the injury report for Sunday's divisional playoff at Dallas with a foot issue, a potential setback for a secondary that has battled injuries most of the season.

Randall was listed as questionable Saturday, joining cornerback Quinten Rollins, who is recovering from a neck injury and is in the NFL's concussion protocol after getting hurt in the regular-season finale in Detroit. Rollins missed last week's 38-13 wild-card win over the New York Giants.

Rollins missed the first meeting with the Cowboys in Week 6, when star Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant also was out with a knee injury. LaDarius Gunter, a second-year player, is likely to match up with Bryan

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]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:56:55 -0700 <![CDATA[UConn pitcher, 6-year-old linked by cancer fights]]> http://gazette.com/uconn-pitcher-6-year-old-linked-by-cancer-fights/article/feed/438927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uconn-pitcher-6-year-old-linked-by-cancer-fights/article/feed/438927?custom_click=rss

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — It began for UConn pitcher Ryan Radue as a small role in a team effort to help a sick child.

Now a cancer survivor himself, the graduate student says it's the boy from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, who has showed him how to approach that battle.

The Huskies held a signing ceremony in April 2015, welcoming 5-year-old leukemia patient Grayson Hand to the club as part of program called Project Impact, which links teams and seriously ill children.

Grayson received an honorary letter of intent, a jersey and a hat. He got to hang out with the players and be introduced at the annual alumni game with the rest of the team. Radue, from Appleton, Wisconsin, said he thought it was cool the Huskies helped put a

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]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:04:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Hy-Vee grocer recalls store-branded candy packages]]> http://gazette.com/hy-vee-grocer-recalls-store-branded-candy-packages/article/feed/438743?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hy-vee-grocer-recalls-store-branded-candy-packages/article/feed/438743?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Hy-Vee food store chain has recalled store branded candy distributed to 242 stores in eight states after learning an ingredient from another company could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee says a milk powder ingredient used in chocolate coating has the potential for contamination and the candy's manufacturer, Palmer Candy Co., announced a recall of some of its products.

The candy is in a clear plastic container with sell-by dates between Jan. 26 and Feb. 23. It includes chocolate almond bark, chocolate almond pretzels, dazzled peanut brittle, holiday candy trays and others fully listed on the FDA recall website .

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:01:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Personalized IRS letters nudge uninsured to get coverage]]> http://gazette.com/personalized-irs-letters-nudge-uninsured-to-get-coverage/article/feed/438751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/personalized-irs-letters-nudge-uninsured-to-get-coverage/article/feed/438751?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman.

The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them that they could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines under the federal health care law if they don't sign up soon through HealthCare.gov. It's an unusual role for a revenue-collection agency.

Fines are one of the most unpopular parts of the 2010 health overhaul, and there's a high likelihood they'll get repealed by Republicans, even if other parts of "Obamacare" survive. The administration is counting on IRS reminders to help sign up as many people as possible before open enrollment e

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:01:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Ohio seeks drug reversing lethal injection process if needed]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-seeks-drug-reversing-lethal-injection-process-if-needed/article/feed/438597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-seeks-drug-reversing-lethal-injection-process-if-needed/article/feed/438597?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's prisons agency is trying to obtain a drug that could reverse the lethal injection process if needed by stopping the effects of another drug previously used in problematic executions.

The request to use the drug would come if executioners weren't confident the first of three lethal drugs would render a prisoner unconscious, Gary Mohr, director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said in federal court testimony Jan. 6.

Mohr said he would inform Republican Gov. John Kasich and ask for a reprieve at that point.

"Governor, I am not confident that we, in fact, can achieve a successful execution. I want to reverse the effects of this," Mohr testified, describing the language he wo

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:49:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 8, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-8-2017/article/1594026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-8-2017/article/1594026?custom_click=rss

HEALTH NOTES

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Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson, 5867 N. Nevada Ave.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. - Fit Path, 9-10 a.m. Friday. - The Basics of Alzheimer's, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink classes, screenings and programs -



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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:06:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Placenta. It's what's for dinner — and could be your tonic]]> http://gazette.com/placenta.-its-whats-for-dinner-and-could-be-your-tonic/article/1594025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/placenta.-its-whats-for-dinner-and-could-be-your-tonic/article/1594025?custom_click=rss

Placenta. It's what's for dinner.

For many, the placenta is simply labeled medical waste and discarded after the tiny new human makes his way into the world.

For others the placenta is considered a tonic - a way to strengthen and restore balance to the depleted body of the new mom.

Christi Trimble, a certified Association of Placenta Preparation Arts placenta arts specialist, is a big believer in placentophagy - the practice of eating the placenta. Hold your cringing - it's not as unappetizing as it sounds. We're not talking a loaded plate of raw placenta and fava beans with a glass of red wine. We're talking pills and tincture - the placenta is cleaned, dehydrated, pulverized and tamped into flavored capsules or made



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:08:44 -0700
<![CDATA[RFK Jr. to chair commission on vaccine safety]]> http://gazette.com/rfk-jr.-to-chair-commission-on-vaccine-safety/article/1594047?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rfk-jr.-to-chair-commission-on-vaccine-safety/article/1594047?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON - Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a vocal vaccination skeptic, says President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety.

Trump has also voiced doubts about vaccinations, tweeting in the past that he knew a child who developed autism after receiving immunizations. He did not supply evidence for that claim.

He also has advocated for children to get smaller doses of vaccines spread out over time.

Scientists have debunked the link between vaccines and autism. But Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. attorney general, believes there is connection and has advocated for parents to be allowed to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

Kennedy said Trump invited him to the meeting



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:47:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Smoking costs the world economy $1 trillion per year, World Health Organization says]]> http://gazette.com/smoking-costs-the-world-economy-1-trillion-per-year-world-health-organization-says/article/1594033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smoking-costs-the-world-economy-1-trillion-per-year-world-health-organization-says/article/1594033?custom_click=rss

Smoking and its side effects cost the world's economies more than $1 trillion and kill about 6 million people each year - with deaths expected to rise by more than a third by 2030, according to a report from the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute.

Those losses exceed annual global revenue from tobacco taxes, estimated to be $269 billion in 2013-14, according to the report released Tuesday. Of that, less than $1 billion was invested in tobacco control.

"The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, is huge, as this new report shows," Oleg Chestnov, WHO's assistant director-general for noncommunicable diseases and mental health, said in a statement.



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:27:36 -0700
<![CDATA[PETA wants 'YOU...to go vegan' this Inauguration Day]]> http://gazette.com/peta-wants-you...to-go-vegan-this-inauguration-day/article/1593792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peta-wants-you...to-go-vegan-this-inauguration-day/article/1593792?custom_click=rss

Inauguration Day is about to get very revealing in the name of vegan diets — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is plastering the D.C. parade route with posters featuring a bikini-clad reality TV star urging Americans to go meat-free.

A star-spangled bikini-wearing Courtney Stodden is seen in the posters, obtained exclusively by ITK from PETA. Sporting a "sexy Uncle Sam" look, Stodden is shown modeling a red, white, and blue top hat and pointing her finger above the message: “I want YOU…to go vegan. Join the Animals’ Party!”

The ads will be placed on bus shelters on the parade route for President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan.



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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:10:14 -0700
<![CDATA[New advice: Peanuts in baby's diet can prevent scary allergy]]> http://gazette.com/new-advice-peanuts-in-babys-diet-can-prevent-scary-allergy/article/1593724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-advice-peanuts-in-babys-diet-can-prevent-scary-allergy/article/1593724?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods — starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic.

The National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines Thursday saying most babies should regularly eat those foods starting around 6 months of age, some as early as 4 months. It's a major shift in dietary advice for a country fearful of one of the most dangerous food allergies.

"We're on the cusp of hopefully being able to prevent a large number of cases of peanut allergy," said Dr. Matthew Greenhawt of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a member of the NIH-appointed panel that wrote the guidelines.



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Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:21:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado's law for dealing with those in mental health crisis revisited by task force]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-law-for-dealing-with-those-in-mental-health-crisis-revisited-by-task-force/article/1593731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-law-for-dealing-with-those-in-mental-health-crisis-revisited-by-task-force/article/1593731?custom_click=rss

A task force made recommendations this week in an effort to address a conundrum with mental health holds - that is, placement for those experiencing a mental health crisis - after Gov. John Hickenlooper last year vetoed legislation on the subject.

The task force was created after Hickenlooper in June expressed concerns with a bill that would have created a tiered system, where facilities designated for mental health holds would have been primary locations, but, if unavailable, the next tier would have been hospital emergency rooms.

Hickenlooper last year acknowledged that there is a problem with finding adequate facilities for such holds, but he feared the legislation would have eroded the individual right to due process,



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Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:33:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Audit: Colorado's health care exchange misspent $9.7 million]]> http://gazette.com/audit-colorados-health-care-exchange-misspent-9.7-million/article/1593692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/audit-colorados-health-care-exchange-misspent-9.7-million/article/1593692?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Federal auditors say Colorado should repay nearly $9.7 million for grants used to set up the state's health care exchange after concluding that the money was misspent or not properly accounted for.

The audit released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that Connect for Health Colorado, set up as part of President Obama's health care law, didn't sufficiently document how it spent about $4.4 million on contractors and consultants, the Denver Post reported Wednesday. Auditors also accused the exchange of allocating $4.5 million from the grants to pre-pay for contracts that would run past the end of 2014, the time by which all grant money was supposed to be spent.



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Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:21:12 -0700
<![CDATA[New human organ discovered by Irish surgeon]]> http://gazette.com/new-human-organ-discovered-by-irish-surgeon/article/1593647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-human-organ-discovered-by-irish-surgeon/article/1593647?custom_click=rss

An Irish surgeon's breakthrough overturned more than a century of medical belief and may lead to improvements in digestive surgery and recovery.

The mesentery, it turns out, is one connected organ, not a disjointed group of separate parts, a theory believed since the 19th Century. The mesentery connects the intestine to the abdomen.

J. Calvin Coffey, a professor at the University of Limerick, reclassified the mesentery after discovering it was contiguous. His findings were published in November in the medical journal The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Read the full story at USAToday.



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