<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sat, 30 May 2015 02:23:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Gravely ill Russian opposition figure won't be sent abroad]]> http://gazette.com/gravely-ill-russian-opposition-figure-wont-be-sent-abroad/article/feed/238423?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gravely-ill-russian-opposition-figure-wont-be-sent-abroad/article/feed/238423?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital for a sudden, mysterious illness won't be taken abroad for care.

Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized Tuesday in a serious condition. Diagnoses have varied, with doctors saying Friday that he is suffering from kidney failure. No cause for the condition has been determined.

After the poisoning of defector Alexander Litvinenko and the mysterious deaths of other Russian opposition figures, some worry that Kara-Murza could have been poisoned. Kara-Murza was a close associate of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in February, and works with a civic organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon an

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]]> MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital for a sudden, mysterious illness won't be taken abroad for care.

Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized Tuesday in a serious condition. Diagnoses have varied, with doctors saying Friday that he is suffering from kidney failure. No cause for the condition has been determined.

After the poisoning of defector Alexander Litvinenko and the mysterious deaths of other Russian opposition figures, some worry that Kara-Murza could have been poisoned. Kara-Murza was a close associate of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in February, and works with a civic organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon an]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 02:01:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Alabama teachers who smoke to pay more for health insurance]]> By MARTIN SWANT http://gazette.com/alabama-teachers-who-smoke-to-pay-more-for-health-insurance/article/feed/238556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alabama-teachers-who-smoke-to-pay-more-for-health-insurance/article/feed/238556?custom_click=rss MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state board on Thursday approved a number of changes to state education employee benefit plans to help offset a nearly $140 million shortfall for 2016.

Changes to the Public Education Employees' Insurance Plan will go into effect when the new year fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Approved changes will increase the surcharge for smokers to $50 from $28.

Copays for some medical specialists will increase by $5.

The changes will also affect employees with a spouse on the plan: Fees for a spouse will increase by $25 each year from 2016 to 2018 before capping at $75 a year.

Retirement Systems of Alabama Deputy Director Don Yancey said the shortfall largely is due to increased health care cost

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]]> MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state board on Thursday approved a number of changes to state education employee benefit plans to help offset a nearly $140 million shortfall for 2016.

Changes to the Public Education Employees' Insurance Plan will go into effect when the new year fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Approved changes will increase the surcharge for smokers to $50 from $28.

Copays for some medical specialists will increase by $5.

The changes will also affect employees with a spouse on the plan: Fees for a spouse will increase by $25 each year from 2016 to 2018 before capping at $75 a year.

Retirement Systems of Alabama Deputy Director Don Yancey said the shortfall largely is due to increased health care cost]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:16:10 -0600 <![CDATA[49ers Bowman confident he'll return to top form post-injury]]> By JANIE McCAULEY http://gazette.com/49ers-bowman-confident-hell-return-to-top-form-post-injury/article/feed/238570?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-bowman-confident-hell-return-to-top-form-post-injury/article/feed/238570?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass in the end zone by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even in a late May practice it meant plenty. Even with his speed not quite the same thanks to a bulky brace he still wears to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

"We're going to have to check the tape. Did it look good?" a grinning Bowman said Friday. "That's my first one, so it gets me back in playmaking mode. It felt good."

After spending the entire 2014 season rehabilitating a gruesome injury from the NFC championship game loss at Seattle in January last year, the 27-year-old Bowman is certain he can and will return to the form that earned him three straight All-Pro selections from 2011-13.

"No d

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]]> SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass in the end zone by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even in a late May practice it meant plenty. Even with his speed not quite the same thanks to a bulky brace he still wears to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

"We're going to have to check the tape. Did it look good?" a grinning Bowman said Friday. "That's my first one, so it gets me back in playmaking mode. It felt good."

After spending the entire 2014 season rehabilitating a gruesome injury from the NFC championship game loss at Seattle in January last year, the 27-year-old Bowman is certain he can and will return to the form that earned him three straight All-Pro selections from 2011-13.

"No d]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:19:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Cripple Creek woman lives through aneurysm despite 1% survival chance]]> http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-woman-lives-through-aneurysm-despite-1-survival-chance/article/1552781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-woman-lives-through-aneurysm-despite-1-survival-chance/article/1552781?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: Deb Reynolds shouldn’t have survived her aneurysms. “The doctors said because of the severity, I had a one-percent chance of surviving and even less of a chance to be OK,” the 52-year-old said. Nearly eight months later, she is not only alive, but recovered and functioning well.

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<![CDATA[Colorado health officials vow to continue contraceptive program despite lack of state funding]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-health-officials-vow-to-continue-contraceptive-program-despite-lack-of-state-funding/article/1552778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-health-officials-vow-to-continue-contraceptive-program-despite-lack-of-state-funding/article/1552778?custom_click=rss DENVER - A program that provides contraception such as intrauterine devices to at-risk women will continue at the end of June despite clamors during the 2015 legislative session that without an influx of state funding the heralded program would die.

Democrates counted it as their greatest defeat: failing to provide $5 million to backfill private donations ending in June for the long-acting reversible contraception, or LARC, program. Hickenlooper called the program "a gift" to young women planning their families and said he'd work to find state money for it even after the budget books were closed.

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]]> DENVER - A program that provides contraception such as intrauterine devices to at-risk women will continue at the end of June despite clamors during the 2015 legislative session that without an influx of state funding the heralded program would die.

Democrates counted it as their greatest defeat: failing to provide $5 million to backfill private donations ending in June for the long-acting reversible contraception, or LARC, program. Hickenlooper called the program "a gift" to young women planning their families and said he'd work to find state money for it even after the budget books were closed.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Teen births down but remain a stubborn problem in New Mexico]]> By VIK JOLLY http://gazette.com/teen-births-down-but-remain-a-stubborn-problem-in-new-mexico/article/feed/238438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-births-down-but-remain-a-stubborn-problem-in-new-mexico/article/feed/238438?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a stubborn problem: its persistent ranking at or near the top in the nation when it comes to teen pregnancies.

A new legislative analysis suggests that the state Health Department in collaboration with other agencies develop a comprehensive plan to reduce teen births. It also recommends the Legislature continue to invest in programs such as early childhood education that support the futures of teen parents and their children.

While the birth rates in New Mexico are declining — by 35 percent over the last decade — like the rest of the nation, the state's overall ranking hasn't budged.

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]]> ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a stubborn problem: its persistent ranking at or near the top in the nation when it comes to teen pregnancies.

A new legislative analysis suggests that the state Health Department in collaboration with other agencies develop a comprehensive plan to reduce teen births. It also recommends the Legislature continue to invest in programs such as early childhood education that support the futures of teen parents and their children.

While the birth rates in New Mexico are declining — by 35 percent over the last decade — like the rest of the nation, the state's overall ranking hasn't budged.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:46:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Branstad extends state of emergency in response to bird flu]]> http://gazette.com/branstad-extends-state-of-emergency-in-response-to-bird-flu/article/feed/238537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/branstad-extends-state-of-emergency-in-response-to-bird-flu/article/feed/238537?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he has extended a state of disaster emergency until July 1 as farms continue to report new cases of the bird flu virus in their poultry operations.

Branstad announced Friday he had extended the proclamation, which otherwise would have expired Sunday.

The virus has infected more than 26 million birds in 18 Iowa counties, making the state the hardest hit in the nation.

Branstad's declaration activates disaster response programs, allows the use of state supplies and makes other efforts to speed response efforts.

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]]> DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he has extended a state of disaster emergency until July 1 as farms continue to report new cases of the bird flu virus in their poultry operations.

Branstad announced Friday he had extended the proclamation, which otherwise would have expired Sunday.

The virus has infected more than 26 million birds in 18 Iowa counties, making the state the hardest hit in the nation.

Branstad's declaration activates disaster response programs, allows the use of state supplies and makes other efforts to speed response efforts.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:48:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Texas votes to end high school steroids tests after 8 years]]> By JIM VERTUNO http://gazette.com/texas-votes-to-end-high-school-steroids-tests-after-8-years/article/feed/238465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-votes-to-end-high-school-steroids-tests-after-8-years/article/feed/238465?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers voted Friday to dismantle the state's high school steroids testing program after eight years and more than $10 million spent collecting thousands of samples that turned up only a handful of cheaters.

Once lauded as a model for the nation, the program instead turned into a target for critics who called it an ineffective waste of money. Several lawmakers defended it Friday as an effective deterrent against steroid use, but said it was no longer needed.

"We spent a lot of money. We raised awareness. We saved lives," said Rep. Dan Flynn, a Republican who helped write the original testing law in 2007.

Friday's vote stripped all money for the testing program out of the next state budget,

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers voted Friday to dismantle the state's high school steroids testing program after eight years and more than $10 million spent collecting thousands of samples that turned up only a handful of cheaters.

Once lauded as a model for the nation, the program instead turned into a target for critics who called it an ineffective waste of money. Several lawmakers defended it Friday as an effective deterrent against steroid use, but said it was no longer needed.

"We spent a lot of money. We raised awareness. We saved lives," said Rep. Dan Flynn, a Republican who helped write the original testing law in 2007.

Friday's vote stripped all money for the testing program out of the next state budget,]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:48:17 -0600 <![CDATA[2 rabbits from Santa Fe area test positive for tularemia]]> http://gazette.com/2-rabbits-from-santa-fe-area-test-positive-for-tularemia/article/feed/238538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-rabbits-from-santa-fe-area-test-positive-for-tularemia/article/feed/238538?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Animal control officers say two rabbits removed from areas near Santa Fe have tested positive for tularemia.

Tularemia is bacteria that can cause infection in humans and domestic pets and is similar to bubonic plague.

According to the state Department of Health, multiple cases of tularemia have been confirmed in dogs and cats this year in New Mexico.

Authorities say tularemia is most commonly carried by rabbits and rodents in the wild.

But domestic pets such as dogs and cats can become infected, in turn possibly transmitting the infection to humans.

Symptoms of tularemia in a human can consist of high fever, headache and nausea — all very similar to plague-like symptoms.

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]]> SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Animal control officers say two rabbits removed from areas near Santa Fe have tested positive for tularemia.

Tularemia is bacteria that can cause infection in humans and domestic pets and is similar to bubonic plague.

According to the state Department of Health, multiple cases of tularemia have been confirmed in dogs and cats this year in New Mexico.

Authorities say tularemia is most commonly carried by rabbits and rodents in the wild.

But domestic pets such as dogs and cats can become infected, in turn possibly transmitting the infection to humans.

Symptoms of tularemia in a human can consist of high fever, headache and nausea — all very similar to plague-like symptoms.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:33:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Planned consolidation of military suicide prevention programs irks some in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/planned-consolidation-of-military-suicide-prevention-programs-irks-some-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/planned-consolidation-of-military-suicide-prevention-programs-irks-some-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552770?custom_click=rss A suicide prevention program run by a former Fort Carson commander will shut down in August as the Pentagon trims costs and merges the work into another program.

Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, a vocal suicide prevention advocate when he led Fort Carson from 2007-09, helped set up the New Jersey-based Vets 4 Warriors call center, providing peer counseling for troubled troops nationwide and referrals for services. All the call takers at the 24-hour center are veterans trained to help troops overcome life struggles. The program, begun in 2012, has averaged more than 20,000 calls per year.

Ed Anderson, a retired Army lieutenant general who runs the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs, said cutting the program



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A suicide prevention program run by a former Fort Carson commander will shut down in August as the Pentagon trims costs and merges the work into another program.

Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, a vocal suicide prevention advocate when he led Fort Carson from 2007-09, helped set up the New Jersey-based Vets 4 Warriors call center, providing peer counseling for troubled troops nationwide and referrals for services. All the call takers at the 24-hour center are veterans trained to help troops overcome life struggles. The program, begun in 2012, has averaged more than 20,000 calls per year.

Ed Anderson, a retired Army lieutenant general who runs the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs, said cutting the program

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<![CDATA[Bird Flu found at Moody County turkey farm of 50,000 birds]]> http://gazette.com/bird-flu-found-at-moody-county-turkey-farm-of-50000-birds/article/feed/238532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bird-flu-found-at-moody-county-turkey-farm-of-50000-birds/article/feed/238532?custom_click=rss SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Another turkey farm in South Dakota has tested positive for bird flu.

South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says a Moody County operation of about 50,000 birds has a presumptive positive test for avian influenza.

This latest farm brings to 10 the number of affected operations in South Dakota. In total there have been more than 1.7 million birds affected in the state.

Oedekoven says they're still waiting to learn whether the farm is affected with the H5N2 strain that's swept through the Midwest.

Crews will soon begin euthanizing the birds to prevent the spread of the virus.

It's been about two weeks since the state has had a confirmed case of bird flu.

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]]> SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Another turkey farm in South Dakota has tested positive for bird flu.

South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says a Moody County operation of about 50,000 birds has a presumptive positive test for avian influenza.

This latest farm brings to 10 the number of affected operations in South Dakota. In total there have been more than 1.7 million birds affected in the state.

Oedekoven says they're still waiting to learn whether the farm is affected with the H5N2 strain that's swept through the Midwest.

Crews will soon begin euthanizing the birds to prevent the spread of the virus.

It's been about two weeks since the state has had a confirmed case of bird flu.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:19:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Iowa reports probable bird flu at Wright, Sac county farms]]> http://gazette.com/iowa-reports-probable-bird-flu-at-wright-sac-county-farms/article/feed/238337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iowa-reports-probable-bird-flu-at-wright-sac-county-farms/article/feed/238337?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say two more probable cases of bird flu have been found at farms in Iowa.

The state agriculture department announced Friday that the avian influenza has been detected at a Wright County farm where about 400,000 chickens are being raised and at a Sac County turkey farm with about 42,000 birds.

Initial testing was positive for the bird flu and samples have been sent to a federal lab in Ames for confirmation. If confirmed, the birds will be euthanized.

The two cases Friday followed the Thursday announcement that a turkey farm with 17,000 birds in Hamilton County had tested positive for the disease.

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]]> DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say two more probable cases of bird flu have been found at farms in Iowa.

The state agriculture department announced Friday that the avian influenza has been detected at a Wright County farm where about 400,000 chickens are being raised and at a Sac County turkey farm with about 42,000 birds.

Initial testing was positive for the bird flu and samples have been sent to a federal lab in Ames for confirmation. If confirmed, the birds will be euthanized.

The two cases Friday followed the Thursday announcement that a turkey farm with 17,000 birds in Hamilton County had tested positive for the disease.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:32:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: Idaho reaches highest recorded deaths]]> By KIMBERLEE KRUESI http://gazette.com/report-idaho-reaches-highest-recorded-deaths/article/feed/238447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-idaho-reaches-highest-recorded-deaths/article/feed/238447?custom_click=rss BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho saw the highest number of deaths in 2013 throughout the state since record-keeping began, with cancer barely squeezing out heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death, according to the state Department of Health and Welfare.

The recently released report, Idaho Vital Statistics 2013, found more than 12,400 people died in Idaho in 2013. The year prior, it was just shy of 12,000.

"I look at cancer, heart disease and stroke, all three the top causes of death in Idaho, and I can see all of those can be linked to smoking," said Joanne Gaff, a health policy analyst for the Central District Health Department. The district manages public health services in western Idaho, including Ada County, the state's most

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]]> BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho saw the highest number of deaths in 2013 throughout the state since record-keeping began, with cancer barely squeezing out heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death, according to the state Department of Health and Welfare.

The recently released report, Idaho Vital Statistics 2013, found more than 12,400 people died in Idaho in 2013. The year prior, it was just shy of 12,000.

"I look at cancer, heart disease and stroke, all three the top causes of death in Idaho, and I can see all of those can be linked to smoking," said Joanne Gaff, a health policy analyst for the Central District Health Department. The district manages public health services in western Idaho, including Ada County, the state's most]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:32:30 -0600 <![CDATA[4 new cases push Minnesota bird flu toll to over 100 farms]]> http://gazette.com/4-new-cases-push-minnesota-bird-flu-toll-to-over-100-farms/article/feed/238516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-new-cases-push-minnesota-bird-flu-toll-to-over-100-farms/article/feed/238516?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Four more Minnesota turkey farms have been struck by bird flu, pushing the state's total over 100.

The Board of Animal Health on Friday reported presumptive positive tests from flocks in Kandiyohi, Renville and Brown counties, while Blue Earth County recorded its first detection since the H5N2 virus was first confirmed in Minnesota in early March.

The new cases raise the total of affected Minnesota turkey and chicken farms to 102. The outbreaks have cost producers over 8.3 million birds, not counting some newer cases for which flock sizes are still pending.

All affected commercial farms remain under quarantine.

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The Board of Animal Health on Friday reported presumptive positive tests from flocks in Kandiyohi, Renville and Brown counties, while Blue Earth County recorded its first detection since the H5N2 virus was first confirmed in Minnesota in early March.

The new cases raise the total of affected Minnesota turkey and chicken farms to 102. The outbreaks have cost producers over 8.3 million birds, not counting some newer cases for which flock sizes are still pending.

All affected commercial farms remain under quarantine.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:16:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Top-ranking Mormon leader heads to hospice as cancer worsens]]> By BRADY McCOMBS http://gazette.com/top-ranking-mormon-leader-heads-to-hospice-as-cancer-worsens/article/feed/238400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-ranking-mormon-leader-heads-to-hospice-as-cancer-worsens/article/feed/238400?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A top-ranking Mormon leader, 92-year-old L. Tom Perry, is headed to hospice as his cancer spreads aggressively.

Cancer found last month in Perry's thyroid gland has spread to his lungs and beyond, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement Friday.

Perry is at home and no longer will attend meetings of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a high-level Mormon governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will be moved to hospice in the coming days, Hawkins said.

Perry is the second-most senior member of the quorum, which is modeled after Jesus Christ's apostles and serves under the church president and his two counselors.

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]]> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A top-ranking Mormon leader, 92-year-old L. Tom Perry, is headed to hospice as his cancer spreads aggressively.

Cancer found last month in Perry's thyroid gland has spread to his lungs and beyond, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement Friday.

Perry is at home and no longer will attend meetings of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a high-level Mormon governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will be moved to hospice in the coming days, Hawkins said.

Perry is the second-most senior member of the quorum, which is modeled after Jesus Christ's apostles and serves under the church president and his two counselors.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:16:27 -0600 <![CDATA[1st positive test for West Nile virus in Illinois in 2015]]> http://gazette.com/1st-positive-test-for-west-nile-virus-in-illinois-in-2015/article/feed/238515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1st-positive-test-for-west-nile-virus-in-illinois-in-2015/article/feed/238515?custom_click=rss SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state Department of Public Health reports the first positive test for West Nile virus this year has been reported in batch of mosquitoes collected in southern Illinois.

The department reports St. Clair County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch Tuesday in O'Fallon. Department Director Nirav Shah says West Nile virus activity is largely dependent on the weather. Shah said the positive samples are a reminder for people to protect themselves by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around homes.

Most people with West Nile never show any symptoms, but for others it can be fatal.

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The department reports St. Clair County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch Tuesday in O'Fallon. Department Director Nirav Shah says West Nile virus activity is largely dependent on the weather. Shah said the positive samples are a reminder for people to protect themselves by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around homes.

Most people with West Nile never show any symptoms, but for others it can be fatal.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:16:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Utah zoo euthanizes aging gorilla with health problems]]> http://gazette.com/utah-zoo-euthanizes-aging-gorilla-with-health-problems/article/feed/238497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-zoo-euthanizes-aging-gorilla-with-health-problems/article/feed/238497?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the male gorillas at Utah's Hogle Zoo has been euthanized.

The zoo announced in a statement Friday that 42-year-old gorilla Tino had declining strength, was uncomfortable and appeared to have dementia that was worsening.

Officials say his age puts him at about the same age at a 90-year-old human.

Zoo veterinarian Dr. Nancy Carpenter says the animal had a long life and staff felt they couldn't cure the multiple problems he faced.

The zoo has three other gorillas: two females and one male.

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]]> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the male gorillas at Utah's Hogle Zoo has been euthanized.

The zoo announced in a statement Friday that 42-year-old gorilla Tino had declining strength, was uncomfortable and appeared to have dementia that was worsening.

Officials say his age puts him at about the same age at a 90-year-old human.

Zoo veterinarian Dr. Nancy Carpenter says the animal had a long life and staff felt they couldn't cure the multiple problems he faced.

The zoo has three other gorillas: two females and one male.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:47:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: Sheep exposes 4 in Abbeville County to rabies]]> http://gazette.com/officials-sheep-exposes-4-in-abbeville-county-to-rabies/article/feed/238486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-sheep-exposes-4-in-abbeville-county-to-rabies/article/feed/238486?custom_click=rss COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials say a sheep exposed four people to rabies in Abbeville County.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday that the sheep may have gotten rabies from an aggressive skunk about a month ago.

DHEC says the sheep tested positive for rabies on May 27, and the four people recently had contact with the animal.

South Carolina requires pets, but not livestock to get rabies vaccines. But DHEC recommends any animal that has frequent encounters with humans to be vaccinated.

South Carolina has had 61 rabies cases so far this year and reported 139 cases of the virus, which is often fatal in humans if it is not treated.

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The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday that the sheep may have gotten rabies from an aggressive skunk about a month ago.

DHEC says the sheep tested positive for rabies on May 27, and the four people recently had contact with the animal.

South Carolina requires pets, but not livestock to get rabies vaccines. But DHEC recommends any animal that has frequent encounters with humans to be vaccinated.

South Carolina has had 61 rabies cases so far this year and reported 139 cases of the virus, which is often fatal in humans if it is not treated.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:17:49 -0600 <![CDATA[45-year-old Penrose ER nurse survives stroke]]> http://gazette.com/45-year-old-penrose-er-nurse-survives-stroke/article/1552740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/45-year-old-penrose-er-nurse-survives-stroke/article/1552740?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: Elizabeth Dienst was 45 and healthy, with more than 30 years in the healthcare field under her belt as a paramedic, Flight for Life staff and ER nurse. Then, she had a stroke. “I didn’t have the regular risk factors, but it was a lot of other seemingly random factors that came together to cause it,” she said. “My doctor called it ‘the perfect storm.’”

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<![CDATA[Colorado resident with tularemia dies of other conditions]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-resident-with-tularemia-dies-of-other-conditions/article/1552738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-resident-with-tularemia-dies-of-other-conditions/article/1552738?custom_click=rss BOULDER — A resident in Boulder County contracted tularemia, or "rabbit fever," and has since died after suffering other medical complications.

The Daily Camera in Boulder reports (http://bit.ly/1EC34mr ) that the Lafayette resident contracted the illness while doing yardwork earlier this month. It is the first case of tularemia in Boulder County this year and the third in Colorado.

Health officials are not releasing the age or gender of the resident, but say the person became ill about May 11. The resident's other medical complications were not related to the tularemia.

Tularemia symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands. It can be fatal if untreated.

It's often transmitted to people



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BOULDER — A resident in Boulder County contracted tularemia, or "rabbit fever," and has since died after suffering other medical complications.

The Daily Camera in Boulder reports (http://bit.ly/1EC34mr ) that the Lafayette resident contracted the illness while doing yardwork earlier this month. It is the first case of tularemia in Boulder County this year and the third in Colorado.

Health officials are not releasing the age or gender of the resident, but say the person became ill about May 11. The resident's other medical complications were not related to the tularemia.

Tularemia symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands. It can be fatal if untreated.

It's often transmitted to people

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Fri, 29 May 2015 07:38:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says]]> http://gazette.com/recent-youth-suicides-a-terrifying-situation-that-must-be-addressed-el-paso-county-official-says/article/1552272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-youth-suicides-a-terrifying-situation-that-must-be-addressed-el-paso-county-official-says/article/1552272?custom_click=rss

In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks.

"It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention before it happens," Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy chief medical examiner for the coroner's office, said Wednesday.

Both teens died from hanging themselves, he said, and both deaths have been deemed suicides, based on investigations.

Rumors that the choking game was involved in the cases are untrue, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said.



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In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks.

"It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention before it happens," Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy chief medical examiner for the coroner's office, said Wednesday.

Both teens died from hanging themselves, he said, and both deaths have been deemed suicides, based on investigations.

Rumors that the choking game was involved in the cases are untrue, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:48:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Plan announced to streamline pediatric services at Memorial Hospital in wake of investigation]]> http://gazette.com/plan-announced-to-streamline-pediatric-services-at-memorial-hospital-in-wake-of-investigation/article/1552241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plan-announced-to-streamline-pediatric-services-at-memorial-hospital-in-wake-of-investigation/article/1552241?custom_click=rss

Children's Hospital Colorado employees will stay at Memorial Hospital Central, but most other signs of the Aurora-based hospital system will disappear after a wide-ranging investigation by state and federal regulators.

Memorial Hospital will take full control of its pediatric unit June 4 under a plan approved by state regulators intended to streamline operations and better coordinate care, the hospital systems announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Children's Hospital location will drop its license.

The announcement comes after an investigation by state and federal regulators found two inappropriate patient transfers - including one case of a child who died after a questionable transfer.



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Children's Hospital Colorado employees will stay at Memorial Hospital Central, but most other signs of the Aurora-based hospital system will disappear after a wide-ranging investigation by state and federal regulators.

Memorial Hospital will take full control of its pediatric unit June 4 under a plan approved by state regulators intended to streamline operations and better coordinate care, the hospital systems announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Children's Hospital location will drop its license.

The announcement comes after an investigation by state and federal regulators found two inappropriate patient transfers - including one case of a child who died after a questionable transfer.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:29:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Children's Hospital pauses plans for new hospital in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/childrens-hospital-pauses-plans-for-new-hospital-in-colorado-springs/article/1552581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/childrens-hospital-pauses-plans-for-new-hospital-in-colorado-springs/article/1552581?custom_click=rss

Children's Hospital Colorado's vague plans for a new hospital on 80 partially developed acres in north Colorado Springs are "sort of paused" and could change over the summer, the hospital system's president and chief executive said Tuesday.

"We continue to evaluate that," said Jena Hausmann, adding that she's working "to understand what's the right location, the right size, the right scope, the right relationship to what the community needs."

Hausmann's comments came during a Colorado Springs City Council work session Tuesday, where the top executives of Children's Hospital Colorado and Memorial Hospital sought to assure city officials that the hospital systems remain committed to the region in light of a recently completed



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Children's Hospital Colorado's vague plans for a new hospital on 80 partially developed acres in north Colorado Springs are "sort of paused" and could change over the summer, the hospital system's president and chief executive said Tuesday.

"We continue to evaluate that," said Jena Hausmann, adding that she's working "to understand what's the right location, the right size, the right scope, the right relationship to what the community needs."

Hausmann's comments came during a Colorado Springs City Council work session Tuesday, where the top executives of Children's Hospital Colorado and Memorial Hospital sought to assure city officials that the hospital systems remain committed to the region in light of a recently completed

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:28:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Don't sweat it]]> http://gazette.com/dont-sweat-it/article/1552518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-sweat-it/article/1552518?custom_click=rss

In arid Colorado, perspiration - even during summer - isn't nearly the lifestyle issue it is in the Deep South. Breaking a sweat here can take work. Hiking the Manitou Incline, for instance.

For people who suffer from a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, though, excessive sweating isn't tied to physical activity or ambient temperature, but rather the body's own sympathetic nervous system.

"You're not heavily active and just start sweating for no reason. Sometimes you're not really aware that it's happening, then you get nervous about it and it kind of gets worse," said Jeremy Kelly, 25, of Colorado Springs. "It gets in your head and makes you self-conscious, where you think everyone notices at all times. It's really



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In arid Colorado, perspiration - even during summer - isn't nearly the lifestyle issue it is in the Deep South. Breaking a sweat here can take work. Hiking the Manitou Incline, for instance.

For people who suffer from a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, though, excessive sweating isn't tied to physical activity or ambient temperature, but rather the body's own sympathetic nervous system.

"You're not heavily active and just start sweating for no reason. Sometimes you're not really aware that it's happening, then you get nervous about it and it kind of gets worse," said Jeremy Kelly, 25, of Colorado Springs. "It gets in your head and makes you self-conscious, where you think everyone notices at all times. It's really

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Wed, 27 May 2015 14:16:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Genetic anomaly in artery causes stroke in active, local man]]> http://gazette.com/genetic-anomaly-in-artery-causes-stroke-in-active-local-man/article/1552616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/genetic-anomaly-in-artery-causes-stroke-in-active-local-man/article/1552616?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: On October 22, John J. Guarriello woke up around 3 a.m. with a slight headache. “I never get headaches, I never have to take aspirin, it was strange,” he said. Guarriello made himself a cup of tea to drink and went back to sleep until 6. “I got up, did my Tai Chi, made breakfast, got my oil changed, all normal things.”

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Wed, 27 May 2015 11:47:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: Yoga takes over Colorado Springs-area parks this summer]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-takes-over-colorado-springs-area-parks-this-summer/article/1552521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-takes-over-colorado-springs-area-parks-this-summer/article/1552521?custom_click=rss

Outdoor yoga classes have grown in number by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years.

This summer, about a dozen classes led by various instructors will be offered. Some include live music, others include a hike and many are donation-based. Here are some of the offerings:

- Yoga Rocks the Park: For all levels, with kids area, $10-$15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 29, free day is Sept. 19, Garden Ranch Park, 2380 Montebello Drive West; yogarocksthepark.com

- Yoga Studio Satya and 100% A Chiropractic Wellness Center: Yoga and hiking for all levels, donations accepted, 8 a.m. June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6; 10 a.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, contact for locations; 203-4525, yogastudiosatya.com;



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Outdoor yoga classes have grown in number by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years.

This summer, about a dozen classes led by various instructors will be offered. Some include live music, others include a hike and many are donation-based. Here are some of the offerings:

- Yoga Rocks the Park: For all levels, with kids area, $10-$15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 29, free day is Sept. 19, Garden Ranch Park, 2380 Montebello Drive West; yogarocksthepark.com

- Yoga Studio Satya and 100% A Chiropractic Wellness Center: Yoga and hiking for all levels, donations accepted, 8 a.m. June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6; 10 a.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, contact for locations; 203-4525, yogastudiosatya.com;

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Tue, 26 May 2015 08:32:30 -0600
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: The truth about snake bites]]> http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-the-truth-about-snake-bites/article/1552526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-the-truth-about-snake-bites/article/1552526?custom_click=rss

I have a confession: I don't like snakes.

I know they're good for nature, and I wouldn't kill one unless I thought it venomous and an unavoidable danger. I guess it's more that I think they're sneaky, kind of like sharks.

Of course, they don't mean to be. It's not like they go out hunting humans. We're too big to eat so they usually only strike when they feel threatened.

Most bites occur when human and snake surprise each other and neither has time to get out of the way. Maybe you're wading in tall grass without high-top boots made of leather (which are difficult for snakes to bite through). Or you pick up a rock or a piece of wood where a snake is resting. Or you're teasing one with a stick or trying to pick it up.

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I know they're good for nature, and I wouldn't kill one unless I thought it venomous and an unavoidable danger. I guess it's more that I think they're sneaky, kind of like sharks.

Of course, they don't mean to be. It's not like they go out hunting humans. We're too big to eat so they usually only strike when they feel threatened.

Most bites occur when human and snake surprise each other and neither has time to get out of the way. Maybe you're wading in tall grass without high-top boots made of leather (which are difficult for snakes to bite through). Or you pick up a rock or a piece of wood where a snake is resting. Or you're teasing one with a stick or trying to pick it up.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 04:10:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 26, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-26-2015/article/1552522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-26-2015/article/1552522?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.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. Thursday, $150.

"Art of Transformation" Art Show and Fundraiser - To benefit Diabetes Community Center of Colorado Springs, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, Soiree, 1003 N. Tejon St.,; 633-8313, coloradospringsvenue.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall,

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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.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. Thursday, $150.

"Art of Transformation" Art Show and Fundraiser - To benefit Diabetes Community Center of Colorado Springs, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, Soiree, 1003 N. Tejon St.,; 633-8313, coloradospringsvenue.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall,]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 04:10:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Study: High altitude may boost babies' risks for SIDS deaths]]> http://gazette.com/study-high-altitude-may-boost-babies-risks-for-sids-deaths/article/1552501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-high-altitude-may-boost-babies-risks-for-sids-deaths/article/1552501?custom_click=rss CHICAGO — Lofty living may make babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, according to a Colorado study that found higher risks above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

While the research shows that the SIDS rate in Colorado's tall mountains is very low, it's still two times greater than in the Denver area and other regions where the altitude is less than 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). The results echo earlier research done in Austria's Alps.

Mountain air has less oxygen than air at lower elevations, and conditions that reduce infants' oxygen levels have previously been linked with SIDS. But exactly how mountain air might put babies at risk is uncertain and whether there is a solid connection requires more study, the



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CHICAGO — Lofty living may make babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, according to a Colorado study that found higher risks above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

While the research shows that the SIDS rate in Colorado's tall mountains is very low, it's still two times greater than in the Denver area and other regions where the altitude is less than 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). The results echo earlier research done in Austria's Alps.

Mountain air has less oxygen than air at lower elevations, and conditions that reduce infants' oxygen levels have previously been linked with SIDS. But exactly how mountain air might put babies at risk is uncertain and whether there is a solid connection requires more study, the

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Mon, 25 May 2015 12:34:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Ailing boy gets wish come true at Colorado ranch]]> http://gazette.com/ailing-boy-gets-wish-come-true-at-colorado-ranch/article/1552481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ailing-boy-gets-wish-come-true-at-colorado-ranch/article/1552481?custom_click=rss PARACHUTE — Beaming with a nervous and wide grin — the sort of uncontrollable grin that accompanies living one's dream — Bradley Skinner mounted his horse, Kansas, for the first time earlier this month. Grasping the reins as tightly as his hardened hands would allow, the two traveled alongside renowned horse trainer John Lyons at his sprawling facility in Parachute. It was a moment he will never forget.

"I haven't been disappointed," Bradley, an energetic 16-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas, said shortly after dismounting Kansas for the first time. "It's great seeing the way Kansas has changed and become a more enjoyable horse to be around. It's wonderful.



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PARACHUTE — Beaming with a nervous and wide grin — the sort of uncontrollable grin that accompanies living one's dream — Bradley Skinner mounted his horse, Kansas, for the first time earlier this month. Grasping the reins as tightly as his hardened hands would allow, the two traveled alongside renowned horse trainer John Lyons at his sprawling facility in Parachute. It was a moment he will never forget.

"I haven't been disappointed," Bradley, an energetic 16-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas, said shortly after dismounting Kansas for the first time. "It's great seeing the way Kansas has changed and become a more enjoyable horse to be around. It's wonderful.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 19:28:13 -0600