<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sat, 02 Jul 2016 01:25:19 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Husband surprises wife with 500 roses after chemo treatment]]> http://gazette.com/husband-surprises-wife-with-500-roses-after-chemo-treatment/article/feed/367787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/husband-surprises-wife-with-500-roses-after-chemo-treatment/article/feed/367787?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A dozen roses simply weren't enough for a Nebraska man who wanted "to do something special" for his wife to celebrate her last chemotherapy treatment. So, he raised money and surprised her with 500.

Video of the surprise shows Alissa Bousquet's repeating "holy moly" in disbelief as friends and family delivered 36 vases of roses to her at the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha. Husband Brad Bousquet writes that he secretly texted wife Alissa's friends and family to help with the effort. The roses sold for $10 each with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

He says the rose drive raised more than $4,500.

Bousquet writes that the flowers were shared wit

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:40:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Big spike in Oregon health coverage rates next year]]> http://gazette.com/big-spike-in-oregon-health-coverage-rates-next-year/article/feed/368107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-spike-in-oregon-health-coverage-rates-next-year/article/feed/368107?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians who buy their own health insurance will see a big jump in rates next year.

Depending on the insurance company, individual plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act are increasing anywhere from about 10 percent to 32 percent on average.

For a 40-year-old Portland resident, for example, it means monthly premiums will rise as much as $107 or so.

State officials released the final 2017 rates Friday for Affordable Care Act-compliant plans. The rules also included small business insurance plans, some of which will drop by as much as 9 percent while others climb no more than 17 percent.

The state reviews rates to ensure they're sufficient, but not excessive, to cover insurers' cost

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:59:28 -0600 <![CDATA[CDC: Amoeba didn't die in whitewater center's murky churn]]> http://gazette.com/cdc-amoeba-didnt-die-in-whitewater-centers-murky-churn/article/feed/368027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdc-amoeba-didnt-die-in-whitewater-centers-murky-churn/article/feed/368027?custom_click=rss

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chlorination and filtration systems at an artificial water rapids course where Olympic kayakers train were inadequate to kill a rare, brain-attacking organism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said after an Ohio teenager died from the amoeba.

The rushing water channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center had become so murky with debris that the chlorine and ultraviolet light that might have killed the Naegleria fowleri amoeba didn't work, Dr. Michael Beach said Friday.

"It's kind of a murky water," said Beach, the CDC's associate director for healthy water. Speaking by phone, Beach wouldn't comment on whether a more effective system could have saved the life of Lauren Seitz, 18

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:31:55 -0600 <![CDATA[State redraws Medicaid cuts to hospital, dentists]]> http://gazette.com/state-redraws-medicaid-cuts-to-hospital-dentists/article/feed/368068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-redraws-medicaid-cuts-to-hospital-dentists/article/feed/368068?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is cutting Medicaid payments by less than originally planned in response to concerns raised by Native American tribal leaders, hospitals and other health care providers.

The Human Service Department that oversees Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled also is easing cuts to dentists and the University of New Mexico Hospital. Medicaid providers were notified of the changes as many new rates went into effect Friday.

New Mexico is struggling to keep up with growing Medicaid obligations, as state revenues recoil from the downturn in energy markets and policy makers seek to preserve spending increases on education and public safety.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:07:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Cardinals put Siegrist on DL with mononucleosis]]> http://gazette.com/cardinals-put-siegrist-on-dl-with-mononucleosis/article/feed/368098?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardinals-put-siegrist-on-dl-with-mononucleosis/article/feed/368098?custom_click=rss ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have placed reliever Kevin Siegrist on the 15-day disabled list with mononucleosis.

The move is retroactive to June 30 and was announced Friday.

Right-hander Sam Tuivailala has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Tuivailala was 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA at Memphis and converted 13 of 16 save opportunities.

The left-handed Siegrist was 5-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 35 appearances.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:03:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Health department investigating Oahu hepatitis A outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/health-department-investigating-oahu-hepatitis-a-outbreak/article/feed/368099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-department-investigating-oahu-hepatitis-a-outbreak/article/feed/368099?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A on Oahu.

The department said Friday there are at least 12 cases of hepatitis A infection in adults. Six of them have required hospitalization.

Onsets of the illnesses range from June 16 through June 27.

Health officials say the virus can be spread by eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, close personal contact or sex. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, appetite loss, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea.

Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler says it's a vaccine-preventable disease. She says that while it's a routine childhood vaccination, many adults haven't been vaccinated and remain susceptible.

The vac

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:42:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Renown Health paying $9.5M to settle Medicare fraud claims]]> http://gazette.com/renown-health-paying-9.5m-to-settle-medicare-fraud-claims/article/feed/368025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/renown-health-paying-9.5m-to-settle-medicare-fraud-claims/article/feed/368025?custom_click=rss RENO, Nev. (AP) — Renown Health is paying $9.5 million to settle allegations of Medicare fraud after its former compliance director-turned whistleblower accused management of encouraging "systemic" overcharging — and sometimes double-billing — of hundreds of patients.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced the settlement agreement late Thursday between the Justice Department and the Reno-based operator of Renown Regional Medical Center, the largest hospital and health care network in northern Nevada with more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:45:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Christie freezes cash for cities, programs over health costs]]> http://gazette.com/christie-freezes-cash-for-cities-programs-over-health-costs/article/feed/368024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/christie-freezes-cash-for-cities-programs-over-health-costs/article/feed/368024?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is freezing more than $53 million in aid for towns and millions more for Democratic-backed programs including rape prevention and cancer research over concerns about health care and benefit costs.

In signing New Jersey's $34.5 billion budget Thursday, the Republican scolded Democrats for including $250 million in budget savings from cuts to public employee benefits but not enacting reforms.

Christie ordered half of the state's transitional aid to towns and $45 million from legislative changes made in the budget to be held in reserve.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:39:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Clinics challenge new Louisiana abortion restrictions]]> http://gazette.com/clinics-challenge-new-louisiana-abortion-restrictions/article/feed/368004?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clinics-challenge-new-louisiana-abortion-restrictions/article/feed/368004?custom_click=rss NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Abortion clinics and their doctors in Louisiana are challenging new abortion restrictions that include making women wait longer and barring a common second-trimester procedure.

The federal lawsuit filed Friday in Baton Rouge seeks to keep the new rules from taking effect on Aug. 1.

Among other restrictions, lawmakers voted to force many women to wait 72 hours and undergo ultrasounds before getting abortions, and they banned a procedure called dilation and evacuation.

The lawmakers say they only want to safeguard women's health, but judges may decide otherwise following Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which declared that it's unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary rules that place an un

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:21:19 -0600 <![CDATA[US House candidates Cheney, Christensen tussle over abortion]]> http://gazette.com/us-house-candidates-cheney-christensen-tussle-over-abortion/article/feed/367958?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-house-candidates-cheney-christensen-tussle-over-abortion/article/feed/367958?custom_click=rss CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The race for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House race heated up as two Republican candidates, Liz Cheney and state Sen. Leland Christensen, tussled Friday over a failed effort in the state Legislature several years ago to get women to reconsider having abortions.

The 2011 bill would have required doctors to tell pregnant women planning an abortion they had the right to see an ultrasound and hear the fetus' heartbeat. Christensen cast the deciding vote that defeated the measure 15-14.

An anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List, highlighted the vote Thursday in endorsing opponent Liz Cheney.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:01:01 -0600 <![CDATA[North Dakota has 1st confirmed West Nile virus case of year]]> http://gazette.com/north-dakota-has-1st-confirmed-west-nile-virus-case-of-year/article/feed/368041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-dakota-has-1st-confirmed-west-nile-virus-case-of-year/article/feed/368041?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.

The state Department of Health on Friday said the case involves a Grand Forks County woman in her 30s. The patient was not hospitalized because of the illness.

The department last year counted 23 people who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. Of those, eight were hospitalized and one died.

State epidemiologist Laura Cronquist is encouraging people to wear mosquito repellent when outdoors during the evening between dusk and dawn.

The virus symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash. The department says that most people infected with the virus develop the less severe form of the disease or exper

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:57:32 -0600 <![CDATA[California governor approves $2 billion for homeless housing]]> http://gazette.com/california-governor-approves-2-billion-for-homeless-housing/article/feed/368026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-governor-approves-2-billion-for-homeless-housing/article/feed/368026?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved spending $2 billion to build permanent housing for homeless people with mental illnesses.

The Democratic governor announced signing AB1618 on Friday.

The measure allows the state to sell bonds for homeless shelters and repay the debt with money from a 2004 voter-approved tax on millionaires. It requires counties to provide supportive services for people housed with state aid.

Legislative analysts expect the measure to fund at least 14,000 units. Federal housing officials estimate more than 29,000 homeless Californians were living with serious mental illness in 2015.

Senate Democrats proposed the idea, saying it will improve the quality of life fo

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:35:46 -0600 <![CDATA[General Mills expands flour recall after outbreak of E. coli]]> http://gazette.com/general-mills-expands-flour-recall-after-outbreak-of-e.-coli/article/feed/368021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/general-mills-expands-flour-recall-after-outbreak-of-e.-coli/article/feed/368021?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills is expanding its recall of certain types of flour in response to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria.

The Minneapolis-based company on June 1 voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of its Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens and Wondra flour that federal health officials say was the likely source of dozens of illnesses in 20 states. The flour is largely produced at the company's Kansas City, Missouri, plant.

The company's announcement Friday expands the recall to include flour made earlier in the fall that might still be in consumers' pantries.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:34:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Uncertainty looms as Vermont becomes 1st state to label GMOs]]> http://gazette.com/uncertainty-looms-as-vermont-becomes-1st-state-to-label-gmos/article/feed/367696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uncertainty-looms-as-vermont-becomes-1st-state-to-label-gmos/article/feed/367696?custom_click=rss

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined other Vermont leaders Friday to celebrate the state's newly implemented law requiring labels on genetically modified food and blast proposed federal legislation that could pre-empt the state requirement.

Vermont became the first state Friday to require the labeling of food containing GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

"Vermont had the courage to say ... 'If it's the right thing to do, what are we waiting for,'" Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said to cheers from a rally audience of about 150 people on the Statehouse steps.

Vermont Sen. Sanders sharply criticized the compromise bill in Congress that called for less stringent regulations,

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawsuit: Disabled woman injured by security at airport]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-disabled-woman-injured-by-security-at-airport/article/feed/367935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-disabled-woman-injured-by-security-at-airport/article/feed/367935?custom_click=rss MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A disabled St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient was injured, and then arrested, by security workers at a Memphis International Airport checkpoint, a lawsuit alleges.

News media outlets report that 19-year-old Hannah Cohen was flying home to Chattanooga on June 30, 2015, after receiving treatment at Memphis-based St. Jude. Attorneys say Hannah Cohen has an impairment from radiation and removal of a brain tumor, and she is limited in her ability to talk, walk, stand, see and hear.

The lawsuit says an alarm went off as she and her mother were going through a security checkpoint operated by the Memphis International Airport Police Department and the Transportation Safety Administration.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:25:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Eat Well: What you may like and dislike about a new kind of peanut butter]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-what-you-may-like-and-dislike-about-a-new-kind-of-peanut-butter/article/1579125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-what-you-may-like-and-dislike-about-a-new-kind-of-peanut-butter/article/1579125?custom_click=rss

Peanut butter.

I love the stuff. I've been known to eat it by the spoonful. Its creamy texture and rich, fatty flavor almost make me swoon.

So when the topic of powdered peanut butter came up at a Weight Watchers meeting, I had to wonder. Surely something that is mixed together with water couldn't be as delicious as regular ol' nutter butter.

I did some research and learned that powdered peanut butter is made in such a way that the fat and calorie count are half of that in regular peanut butter. Solid peanuts are pressed to remove fat and oil content. The process turns the nuts into peanut powder and, when mixed with water, it becomes butterlike.

I decided to do a taste test of Bell Plantation's PB2.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:04:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 28, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-28-2016/article/1579128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-28-2016/article/1579128?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.

ADA Classic 5K - To benefit the American Diabetes Association, 8:30 a.m. July 30, Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache La Poudre St., $28. Registration: csgrandprix.com/10k.html.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Macular Degeneration, 1-2 p.m.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:15:20 -0600 <![CDATA[UCCS program to highlight need and techniques for good sleep]]> http://gazette.com/uccs-program-to-highlight-need-and-techniques-for-good-sleep/article/1579126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-program-to-highlight-need-and-techniques-for-good-sleep/article/1579126?custom_click=rss "Sleep well" is good advice to live by, especially for roughly one-third of Americans who don't get enough of it.

According to Michele Okun, health researcher at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a single night of shortened or poor-quality slumber can compromise an individual's mood and performance the next day, impacting cognition, attention span, immune system and even the aging process, among other things.

Despite a growing awareness of sleep's role as an "essential health behavior," many Americans still maintain poor habits and subsist on insufficient amounts of shut-eye, said Okun, president of the Colorado Sleep Society and director of biobehavioral and clinical research at the Lane Center for Academic

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:15:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs resident tapped for national Parkinson's disease advisory council]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-resident-tapped-for-national-parkinsons-disease-advisory-council/article/1579123?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-resident-tapped-for-national-parkinsons-disease-advisory-council/article/1579123?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs health worker, caregiver and advocate for those living with Parkinson's disease has been selected to serve on a national advisory council of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

Leslie Peters is a veteran health care coordinator who studied early childhood education at Penn State University and works with South Denver Cardiology.

She serves as care partner to her husband, who is living with young-onset Parkinson's, and previously helped care for her late mother-in-law, who also was diagnosed with the disease.

"Our family has been touched by Parkinson's twice, so I know that the diagnosis can be scary for the entire family," Peters said in a news release.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails changes tradition, invites the cowboys]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-changes-tradition-invites-the-cowboys/article/1578778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-changes-tradition-invites-the-cowboys/article/1578778?custom_click=rss

For the first time, cowpokes were invited to join the gals at Cowgirls & Cocktails, the bright pink annual celebration to raise funds for local women fighting breast cancer.

The first half of the night was about the ladies as they dressed Western, shopped at a record number of vendors' booths, sipped signature cocktails and enjoyed a girls' night out.

At 8 p.m., the fellows were invited into the Norris-Penrose Event Center Indoor Arena for a lively auction and barn dance featuring Ashlee Tatum and the Longshot Revival.

For nine years, a volunteer committee has continued building this popular event, following the tradition set by beloved founder Cindy Fowler. Each Cowgirls & Cocktails begins with a toast to Fowler, who

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:05:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations ]]> http://gazette.com/supreme-court-strikes-down-texas-abortion-clinic-regulations/article/1579067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supreme-court-strikes-down-texas-abortion-clinic-regulations/article/1579067?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

Justice Stephen Breyer's majority opinion for the court held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to an abortion.

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:09:11 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Komen survivors]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-komen-survivors/article/1578777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-komen-survivors/article/1578777?custom_click=rss

More than 250 people in pink were on hand for the Komen Colorado South Survivors Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Antlers Hotel.

The attendees last month ranged from those recently diagnosed with breast cancer to a 50-year survivor.

The happy event featured shopping, spring plants from Phelan Gardens and a fashion show with survivors serving as models.

This Komen chapter serves a 14-county area, and the honorary chair announced for this year was Fremont County's Colleen Kelly-Brown from Penrose.

During this heavy Komen think-pink season, they're playing golf and tennis and participating in a long list of other activities to raise donations. The culmination is the Race for the Cure in Garden of the Gods on Sept.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:15:04 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: For Beth Bowlen Wallace, 'This One's for Pat,' is her dad's struggle with Alzheimer's]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-for-beth-bowlen-wallace-this-ones-for-pat-is-her-dads-struggle-with-alzheimers/article/1578394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-for-beth-bowlen-wallace-this-ones-for-pat-is-her-dads-struggle-with-alzheimers/article/1578394?custom_click=rss

"This one's for Pat" was the cheer as the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, and it's on the team's huge championship rings.

Pat is Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

Now, when his daughter, Beth Bowlen Wallace, director of special projects for the Broncos, says, "This one's for Pat," it's with tears in her eyes. This "one" is for her father's fight with Alzheimer's and the road his family walks with him. It's why they volunteer and share their story to raise money for research.

After several years of noticeable diminishing memory, Pat Bowlen gave up control of his beloved Broncos in 2014, admitting publicly he had Alzheimer's. His public appearances are rare.

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:15:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Springs growth spurs expansion of Children's Hospital project on north side]]> http://gazette.com/springs-growth-spurs-expansion-of-childrens-hospital-project-on-north-side/article/1578742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/springs-growth-spurs-expansion-of-childrens-hospital-project-on-north-side/article/1578742?custom_click=rss

Children's Hospital Colorado has increased the sized of the hospital it plans to build in northern Colorado Springs by nearly two-thirds and selected GE Johnson Construction Co. as general contractor for the project.

The Aurora-based nonprofit hospital system has expanded the project's size to 280,000 square feet from the 170,000 square feet it had announced when plans for the new hospital on UCHealth Memorial Hospital's north campus were first unveiled in September, according to a news release from Children's.

"This is a recognition that growth is taking place in the community and we need to anticipate the needs in the community," said Greg Raymond, regional vice president in southern Colorado for Children's Hospital

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:00:31 -0600
<![CDATA[12-hour relay for cancer victims, survivors begins Friday in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/12-hour-relay-for-cancer-victims-survivors-begins-friday-in-colorado-springs/article/1578857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/12-hour-relay-for-cancer-victims-survivors-begins-friday-in-colorado-springs/article/1578857?custom_click=rss

More than 200 people will lace up their sneakers this weekend in honor of those who have battled cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Colorado Springs is from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at the Liberty High School track.

As of noon Thursday, the 240 participants that had registered, including 42 teams and 40 cancer survivors, had raised more than $66,000.

Festivities will begin with an opening ceremony and celebratory lap for cancer survivors. At 9 p.m., candles will be lit in remembrance of local cancer patients of the past and present.

The fundraiser will also feature a lip sync battle, Zumba, bingo, line dancing, trivia and food.

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:31:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Race, festival aimed at supporting Children's Hospital Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/race-festival-aimed-at-supporting-childrens-hospital-colorado/article/1578653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/race-festival-aimed-at-supporting-childrens-hospital-colorado/article/1578653?custom_click=rss

Jackson Ziwak's family likes to say he's "of his right mind." The 11-year-old had a surgery in 2011 that disconnected the halves of his brain, leaving the right side dominant.

The operation, a functional hemispherectomy, came when Jackson was facing more than 75 seizures a day. Jackson's mother, Tina Ziwak, said the family opted for surgery at the recommendation of doctors from Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver, where the procedure was performed.

Now, Jackson returns regularly for checkups. While Tina praised the hospital for its successful efforts with her son, she said she would love to find care closer to home.

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:50:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Dad gets tattoo to match son's brain cancer surgery scar]]> http://gazette.com/dad-gets-tattoo-to-match-sons-brain-cancer-surgery-scar/article/1578727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dad-gets-tattoo-to-match-sons-brain-cancer-surgery-scar/article/1578727?custom_click=rss

WICHITA, Kan. — The father of a Kansas boy who was self-conscious about scarring following brain cancer surgery has got a tattoo that resembles his son's scar on the side of his head.

Josh Marshall tells ABC News that 8-year-old Gabriel was left with a large horseshoe scar above his right ear after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. Marshall says Gabriel said he "felt like a monster."

Last August, Marshall got a tattoo to match, telling his son, "if people want to stare at you, then they can stare at both of us."

A photo of the pair took first place in the St. Baldrick's Foundation's #BestBaldDad competition on Father's Day.

Marshall says Gabriel is doing well. He says a small tumor remains but

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:21:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: What to do when yoga funds run short]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-what-to-do-when-yoga-funds-run-short/article/1578656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-what-to-do-when-yoga-funds-run-short/article/1578656?custom_click=rss

There are definite perks to attending a yoga class, including hands-on adjustments from the teacher and the energy of a group of yogis sharing the same practice.

But there are times when you simply can't make it to class. Maybe the weather is bad or your schedule is hectic or you can't afford studio prices. Fortunately, yoga has expanded in dramatic ways, which include a giant well of excellent online classes. And fees are more than reasonable - often you can get a month of unlimited classes for the same price as a single class at a studio. Many sites also offer a free trial period. Log in and om on, yogis.

- Yoga Today (yogatoday.com) - Want a gorgeous outdoor setting to go with your yoga practice? Try Yoga Today.

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:29:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 21, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-21-2016/article/1578655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-21-2016/article/1578655?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.

Celebration and Fashion Show - To benefit victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence and women struggling with drug addiction, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $20 in advance, $25 at door; Claudine or Priscilla 473-5101, healingthroughloveco@gmail.com.

Climb for Courage, Stair Climb Race and Family Festival - To benefit Children's Hospital Colorado, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, 5900 Stadium Blvd., $20-$35, free for family festival.

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]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:15:34 -0600 <![CDATA[A strong core: Not just for athletes]]> http://gazette.com/a-strong-core-not-just-for-athletes/article/1578654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-strong-core-not-just-for-athletes/article/1578654?custom_click=rss

Summer has arrived, so we're inundated with swimsuit ads and their six-pack-abs models. And it's easy to forget that a strong core is so much more than a well-defined rectus abdominis (that's the six-pack).

In fact, dozens of muscle groups make up the core, including the pelvic floor muscles, transverse abdominis (deep core), internal and external obliques (side of the trunk), multifidus (deep back muscles), erector spinae (vertical back muscles), diaphragm, gluteus maximus (butt) and trapezius (top of the back). And they're all extremely important, not only for looks but for sports performance, injury prevention, daily tasks and keeping the spine safe and sound, says Anne Viser, a physical therapist in Washington.

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