<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:41:43 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hawaii declares emergency over mosquito-borne illnesses]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-declares-emergency-over-mosquito-borne-illnesses/article/feed/316564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-declares-emergency-over-mosquito-borne-illnesses/article/feed/316564?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige is declaring a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus.

The state has been in the midst of a dengue fever outbreak on Hawaii's Big Island, where there were more than 250 confirmed cases.

Ige said Friday there have been no locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus in Hawaii. But there's concern that the islands could be at risk because mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever also can carry the Zika virus.

The emergency proclamation could help the state acquire more money to control outbreaks.

Ige says he's declaring the emergency to be proactive about protecting the islands' visitors and citizens.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:06:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Hawaii bill seeks to allow growing marijuana outdoors]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-bill-seeks-to-allow-growing-marijuana-outdoors/article/feed/316547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-bill-seeks-to-allow-growing-marijuana-outdoors/article/feed/316547?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii lawmakers and advocates say medical marijuana dispensary applicants could be at a disadvantage because health department rules don't allow greenhouses.

Lawmakers are considering a bill to allow medical marijuana business owners to grow plants in greenhouses, shade houses or outdoors in open air.

Right now, rules posted on the Hawaii Department of Health's website say that isn't allowed, and medical marijuana must be grown in an enclosed structure. Janice Okubo of the Hawaii Department of Health said the department doesn't plan on changing the rules unless there's a change in state law.

Hawaii lawmakers said it wasn't their intention to ban greenhouses or outdoor growing as long as facilitie

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:36:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Bill would make men confirm marriage for ED medication]]> http://gazette.com/bill-would-make-men-confirm-marriage-for-ed-medication/article/feed/316553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-would-make-men-confirm-marriage-for-ed-medication/article/feed/316553?custom_click=rss LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state lawmaker has filed a bill that would require men have at least two office visits and swear on a Bible they are married before a doctor could prescribe them erectile dysfunction medication.

The bill by Democratic state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville is in response to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signing a bill last week requiring women to consult with a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion.

Other state lawmakers have filed similar bills to make political points. In 2012, a bill from an Ohio state senator required men to get a psychological evaluation before getting a prescription and last year a South Carolina state representative filed a bill that would require men to wait 2

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:21:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Brazil minister says no doubt Zika connected to microcephaly]]> http://gazette.com/brazil-minister-says-no-doubt-zika-connected-to-microcephaly/article/feed/316430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-minister-says-no-doubt-zika-connected-to-microcephaly/article/feed/316430?custom_click=rss

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's health minister said Friday that authorities were "absolutely sure" that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms.

Marcelo Castro made the remarks during an interview with The Associated Press in Brazil's capital. He spoke a day before tens of thousands of soldiers and health inspectors were to take to the streets in an unprecedented drive to encourage residents to be vigilant for mosquito breeding sites. The goal: visit 3 million homes in more than 350 cities.

Brazil is at the epicenter of a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to rare birth defects kn

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:08:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Head of LeafLine to step down]]> http://gazette.com/head-of-leafline-to-step-down/article/feed/316534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/head-of-leafline-to-step-down/article/feed/316534?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The head of one of Minnesota's two medical marijuana providers is leaving the company, just eight months after moving there from his oversight role with the Minnesota Department of Health.

LeafLine Labs announced in a news release Friday that Manny Munson-Regala had resigned. LeafLine said Munson-Regala would continue as an adviser.

The company said Andrew Bachman would take over as interim chief executive.

Munson-Regala said the job was "very rewarding" but required a lot of sacrifices for family. He said resigning made sense after Bachman, one of the founders and owners, offered to step into the leadership role.

Munson-Regala helped launch Minnesota's medical marijuana program after it w

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:37:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Hospital where woman in custody died cited for deficiencies]]> http://gazette.com/hospital-where-woman-in-custody-died-cited-for-deficiencies/article/feed/316351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hospital-where-woman-in-custody-died-cited-for-deficiencies/article/feed/316351?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The hospital where a black woman died after she was forcibly removed from the emergency room by a white police officer was cited for 10 "deficiencies," including failing to properly examine the woman when she complained of difficulty breathing, state health officials said.

Elizabeth Dudek, the secretary for Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, said Friday the violations at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Blountstown were "egregious." The hospital must submit correction plans by next Friday and if the problems are not fixed by March 1, it could be suspended from the Medicaid program. The 25-bed facility is also facing fines that could total $100,000.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:24:34 -0700 <![CDATA[House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements]]> http://gazette.com/house-backs-bill-to-ease-calorie-labeling-requirements/article/feed/316383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-backs-bill-to-ease-calorie-labeling-requirements/article/feed/316383?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.

The vote was 266-144. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain. The Obama administration said it opposes the measure though it stopped short of threatening a presidential veto

Republicans say the calorie labeling rules scheduled to go into effect this year are too burdensome, and they have sought to ease the requirements and lessen potential financial penalties for businesses that have to comply. Many restaurants and other food retail outlets, such as grocery stores, will have to pos

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:54:28 -0700 <![CDATA[What Facebook's policy on nudity means in practice]]> http://gazette.com/what-facebooks-policy-on-nudity-means-in-practice/article/feed/316471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-facebooks-policy-on-nudity-means-in-practice/article/feed/316471?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — What are Facebook's rules for posting nude images?

The question is at the forefront again after a French court ruled Friday that a French art teacher can sue the social media service after it suspended his Facebook account. Although Facebook hasn't given a reason, the account suspension came after he posted an image of a classical painting featuring a female nude.

Facebook's rules on nudity have evolved over time. The latest community-standards policy, from March 2015, says Facebook restricts photos of genitals or fully exposed buttocks, as well as some images of breasts if they include the nipple. But Facebook says it allows photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mast

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:32:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Recovered and ready to race, Vickers set for Daytona return]]> http://gazette.com/recovered-and-ready-to-race-vickers-set-for-daytona-return/article/feed/316452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recovered-and-ready-to-race-vickers-set-for-daytona-return/article/feed/316452?custom_click=rss

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Brian Vickers might have been more easily found on TV this week pitching a blood-thinning drug instead of practicing for the Daytona 500.

His ubiquitous commercial — which also features Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and golfer Arnold Palmer — was about the only way Vickers stayed in the spotlight for most of the last year.

Bosh is back from his blood clot scare and returned to All-Star form.

Vickers is ready for a comeback from his own health woes, too. His once promising career derailed by recurring blood clots, Vickers will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing. Tony Stewart is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured vertebra.

Vickers has no promises

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:27:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Quick action, new health goals help save local man’s life after heart attack]]> http://gazette.com/quick-action-new-health-goals-help-save-local-mans-life-after-heart-attack/article/1569922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/quick-action-new-health-goals-help-save-local-mans-life-after-heart-attack/article/1569922?custom_click=rss

HEART HEALTH MONTH: January 8 started out a typical Friday for 57-year-old Reid Bishop – until it took an unexpected turn in the afternoon.

A systems engineer and long-time Colorado Springs resident originally from Conifer, Colo., Reid had been out with his teenage son snow blowing driveways for elderly neighbors, many of whom are retired military.

“I went back inside back to my home office to settle up some things at end of the day, when my upper arms started to feel restless,” he said “They didn’t hurt, I just couldn’t get them comfortable.

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:27:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula]]> http://gazette.com/bill-would-ensure-insurance-coverage-of-special-formula/article/feed/316388?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-would-ensure-insurance-coverage-of-special-formula/article/feed/316388?custom_click=rss FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Stephanie Greenhill has dipped into her retirement account to pay for the special calorie-packed formula keeping her son alive. Her parents and in-laws also help out, since the family's insurer won't cover the expense.

Kentucky lawmakers are trying to remedy that financial hardship for the Pike County family and others with children afflicted by a disease that prevents the youngsters from eating most foods.

On Friday, the Kentucky House overwhelmingly passed a bill that calls on insurance companies to cover the special formula. A Senate companion bill also is winding its way through the General Assembly.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:24:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Cardiology practice serves community nearly 5 decades]]> http://gazette.com/cardiology-practice-serves-community-nearly-5-decades/article/1569921?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardiology-practice-serves-community-nearly-5-decades/article/1569921?custom_click=rss

HEART HEALTH MONTH: After nearly 50 years of caring for local hearts, Colorado Springs Cardiology is a staple in the local healthcare community and one of the most experienced cardiology clinics in southern Colorado.

Colorado Springs Cardiology has 31 medical providers – including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners – who serve at both Penrose and St. Francis hospitals. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is part of the Centura Health Heart and Vascular Network, the region’s leading provider of cardiovascular care.

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:24:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business]]> http://gazette.com/tour-operators-say-zika-could-be-bad-for-olympics-business/article/feed/316376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tour-operators-say-zika-could-be-bad-for-olympics-business/article/feed/316376?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.

"It could be catastrophic," Jerri Roush, director of operations of Cartan Tours, told The Associated Press. "It's uncharted territory."

Hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors are expected for the Olympics in August, and there are concerns that some may stay away, frightened off by the mosquito-borne virus that is being linked to birth defects.

There has been a "very small decrease" in foreign tourists, the Brazilian tourist board said this week, though world health authorities have no restrictions on travel to the country.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:24:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Vascular Center cares for local hearts through community hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/vascular-center-cares-for-local-hearts-through-community-hospitals/article/1569708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vascular-center-cares-for-local-hearts-through-community-hospitals/article/1569708?custom_click=rss

HEART HEALTH MONTH: When it comes to healthcare partnerships, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has forged some of the best in town. Case in point: its working relationship with the Vascular Center of Colorado (VCC).

“VCC is what’s known as a joint venture: fifty percent is owned by Penrose-St. Francis and fifty percent is owned by a group of local physicians,” said VCC Director Adele Serio, MSN, RN, RCIS. “We have a board of directors with representatives from both the hospitals and the owning physicians.” Penrose-St.

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:15:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals]]> http://gazette.com/research-finds-harmful-algae-toxins-in-alaska-marine-mammals/article/feed/316508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/research-finds-harmful-algae-toxins-in-alaska-marine-mammals/article/feed/316508?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes.

Algal toxins were present in animals sampled from southeast Alaska to the Arctic Ocean. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies examined feces, stomach content and urine for two toxins.

Algal toxin has led to deaths of sea lions documented since 1998 in central California.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:13:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Mobile clinic comes to Flint to provide care to children]]> http://gazette.com/mobile-clinic-comes-to-flint-to-provide-care-to-children/article/feed/316272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mobile-clinic-comes-to-flint-to-provide-care-to-children/article/feed/316272?custom_click=rss FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A mobile medical clinic designed to provide care and resources to children has arrived in Flint as the city deals with a lead-tainted water crisis.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha were on-hand Friday at Hurley Children's Clinic when New York-based Children's Health Fund deployed one of the vehicles in its fleet of mobile clinics.

State officials disconnected Flint from Detroit's water supply in 2014 and began using the Flint River to save money. Regulators failed to ensure the new water was treated properly and lead from pipes leached into the water supply, contributing to a spike in child lead exposure.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:57:47 -0700 <![CDATA[GOP's Cotton holds up juvenile justice reforms]]> http://gazette.com/gops-cotton-holds-up-juvenile-justice-reforms/article/feed/316507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gops-cotton-holds-up-juvenile-justice-reforms/article/feed/316507?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate effort to overhaul the treatment of juveniles in the justice system to avoid unnecessary detentions and keep them out of adult jails has hit a snag in the form of freshman Republican Tom Cotton.

Cotton opposes a move to block states that receive federal juvenile justice grants from putting young offenders in lockup for minor offenses like alcohol possession or truancy. The Arkansas Republican says judges should at least have that option when a juvenile "flagrantly violates" a judge's order.

The Senate had been poised Thursday to unanimously adopt a long-stalled rewrite of federal juvenile justice programs, but supporters including Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa were vexed by C

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:56:36 -0700 <![CDATA[State senator introduces bill to ban late-term abortion]]> http://gazette.com/state-senator-introduces-bill-to-ban-late-term-abortion/article/feed/316493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-senator-introduces-bill-to-ban-late-term-abortion/article/feed/316493?custom_click=rss JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole senator introduced a bill Friday that would require Alaska doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.

The bill also would add viable fetuses to the state's Child in Need of Aid laws and allow them to be surrendered to the doctor or hospital employee where the abortion is performed if the woman is unwilling or unable to care for the child.

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Coghill said the purpose of his bill was to introduce new restrictions and principles to late-term abortions. The bill allows for abortions if the doctor performing the procedure determines the fetus would not be able to survive outside the womb.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:43:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Health, Comfort, Happiness]]> http://gazette.com/health-comfort-happiness/article/1568869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-comfort-happiness/article/1568869?custom_click=rss

Security Service Field, home of Colorado Springs Sky Sox Triple-A Baseball, happens to be the highest professional baseball park in North America at an elevation of 6,531 feet.  But, did you know it was also the first professional sports venue in the world to install its own hot tub?

At the end of the right field foul line, the historic hot tub recognized as "the highest hot tub in professional sports,” is available for rent, and guests are served champagne and acknowledged on the main display.

Andy Rusk, owner of the family owned and operated Hanson HotSpring Spas, was the mastermind behind the groundbreaking idea 25 years ago.

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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:14:33 -0700
<![CDATA[CDC confirms link between Zika, microcephaly in Brazilian babies who died]]> http://gazette.com/cdc-confirms-link-between-zika-microcephaly-in-brazilian-babies-who-died/article/1569718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdc-confirms-link-between-zika-microcephaly-in-brazilian-babies-who-died/article/1569718?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control has identified the Zika virus in the tissue of two babies who died in Brazil from microcephaly — the strongest link yet between the virus and the birth defect that has stricken developing fetuses, the CDC director told a House panel Wednesday.

"Zika is new, and new diseases can be scary, particularly when they can affect the most vulnerable among us," CDC Director Tom Frieden told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The CDC is warning pregnant women to protect their babies by avoiding travel to South America, Central America and the Caribbean, where the virus is spreading the fastest. Women who are already in those countries should take precautions to

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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:36:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Debate on whether tampons should be tax-free arrives in Utah]]> http://gazette.com/debate-on-whether-tampons-should-be-tax-free-arrives-in-utah/article/1569706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/debate-on-whether-tampons-should-be-tax-free-arrives-in-utah/article/1569706?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY — International debate over whether tampons and other feminine hygiene products should be tax-free has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made up of only men.

Governments that make money this way penalize women for their biology, some say. That perspective has picked up momentum, with at least five U.S. states dumping taxes on such products.

But the Utah proposal to repeal the tax could face a steep challenge, as some worry the move will put a dent in state revenue streams.

Most states don't tax prescription drugs or food, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Utah keeps with the trend when it comes to medication, but it still

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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:04:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Littleton wants locals to come up with fix for Colorado Springs VA clinic]]> http://gazette.com/littleton-wants-locals-to-come-up-with-fix-for-colorado-springs-va-clinic/article/1569643?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/littleton-wants-locals-to-come-up-with-fix-for-colorado-springs-va-clinic/article/1569643?custom_click=rss

A report that found long delays for care and scheduling shenanigans at the Colorado Springs Veterans Affairs clinic drew the ire of El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton on Tuesday.

She said she wants local government to fix the federal agency.

A Republican candidate to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Littleton said she wants locals and state officials to examine the woes of VA health care in Colorado and come up with solutions.

"Local, county and state officials have a duty and obligation to keep federal bureaucracies in check when egregious violations of the publics trust are brought to our attention," Littleton said in a news release. "We cannot stand by and do nothing, counting on the people who

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:25:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Red Cross seeks volunteers to work with military, disaster relief in 2016]]> http://gazette.com/red-cross-seeks-volunteers-to-work-with-military-disaster-relief-in-2016/article/1569636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-cross-seeks-volunteers-to-work-with-military-disaster-relief-in-2016/article/1569636?custom_click=rss

Nonprofit News is a monthly Gazette publication featuring stories submitted by nonprofit organizations and individuals in the Pikes Peak region. Submit content and events for consideration to nonprofitnews@gazette.com.

This year, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado has volunteer openings in both disaster and non-disaster roles.

The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of disaster – that mission is met using a workforce that is ninety-percent volunteers. Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to floods and hurricanes that affect tens of thousands.

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:02:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado nutritionist says to keep eating veggies for good health]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-nutritionist-says-to-keep-eating-veggies-for-good-health/article/1569604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-nutritionist-says-to-keep-eating-veggies-for-good-health/article/1569604?custom_click=rss

Dietitians often promote the value of vegetables such as beets, spinach, celery, radishes and lettuce. But these veggies contain something that doesn't sound so healthy: sodium nitrite.

Sodium nitrite is an antioxidant used to cure meats. For decades, it has been vilified as a source of carcinogens, and critics long have contended that foods containing sodium nitrite should be limited or avoided.

But recently, sodium nitrite has received an almost all-clear sign.

Nitrite preservatives have "been found to be safe," said Nathan Bryan, a professor of integrated biology and pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

"It's a complete change in paradigm" from what people thought in the 1970s and

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:32:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Feb. 9, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-9-2016/article/1569603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-9-2016/article/1569603?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Hospice 101, 10-11 a.m. Thursday. - The Basics of Alzheimer's, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday; 266-8773. - Nurse Chats - Insomnia, 10-11 a.m. Feb. 17. - Sensible Sitting - Dynamic Sitting, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 19. Fundraising Roast - Honoring Jim Johnson of GE Johnson Construction, to benefit Cheyenne Village, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Antlers Hilton, 4

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]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:05:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Springs man adds 20 years to life with quality cardiac care]]> http://gazette.com/springs-man-adds-20-years-to-life-with-quality-cardiac-care/article/1569543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/springs-man-adds-20-years-to-life-with-quality-cardiac-care/article/1569543?custom_click=rss

HEART HEALTH MONTH: Twenty years ago, Dan Danielson had a heart attack. “It wasn’t really a surprise, my father died at 59 from a heart attack,” he said. “When I reached 60, we joked that something would happen, and within days, it did.”

Dan had an angioplasty and went through rehabilitation at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. He continued to receive treatment at Penrose-St. Francis over the course of 17 years, including seven cardioversions, a procedure that restores arrhythmic heartbeats to a normal rhythm. Penrose-St.

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:08:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado considering child-care rules after 43 deaths]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-considering-child-care-rules-after-43-deaths/article/1569484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-considering-child-care-rules-after-43-deaths/article/1569484?custom_click=rss DENVER — The Colorado Department of Human Services is considering a requirement that social workers examine prior contacts with a child to determine if further investigation is necessary after the deaths of 43 children in Colorado's welfare program.

The change would determine when caseworkers must investigate reports of abuse and neglect. The previous rules required that county social workers automatically open an investigation if they receive three reports of child abuse or neglect within two years, and the first two referrals were not investigated.

The proposal comes less than a month after the department opened its second child fatality review this year, involving an Adams County boy who may have been killed by

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:12:06 -0700
<![CDATA['Blatant dishonesty and corruption:' Care delays at Colorado Springs VA clinic spur outrage]]> http://gazette.com/blatant-dishonesty-and-corruption-care-delays-at-colorado-springs-va-clinic-spur-outrage/article/1569438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blatant-dishonesty-and-corruption-care-delays-at-colorado-springs-va-clinic-spur-outrage/article/1569438?custom_click=rss

Angry lawmakers are calling for a probe of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a report that found that hundreds of veterans faced care delays at a Colorado Springs clinic, even as an agency spokesman disputed the findings.

Colorado U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn and Mike Coffman were joined by House VA committee head Rep. Jeff Miller in calling for a congressional review of the Floyd K. Lindstrom Clinic, where the VA's inspector general found 68 percent of 450 veteran cases reviewed faced delays of more than 30 days for care.

What angered lawmakers the most was the use of phony dates in a scheduling system for some cases that investigators said "made it appear the appointment wait time was less than 30

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:18:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Cardiothoracic team pioneers minimally invasive surgical options in SoCo]]> http://gazette.com/cardiothoracic-team-pioneers-minimally-invasive-surgical-options-in-soco/article/1569195?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardiothoracic-team-pioneers-minimally-invasive-surgical-options-in-soco/article/1569195?custom_click=rss

Look for Heart Health features on gazette.com/heart throughout American Heart Month, sponsored by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

It’s an exciting time to be a cardiothoracic surgeon in southern Colorado – just ask Dr. John R. Mehall, MD, Director of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery for Centura Health.


“We have the expertise to do the full spectrum of heart valve surgery, including complex valve repair, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, re-operations, and transcatheter procedures for both aortic and mitral valves,” said Dr. Mehall, also managing partner at Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates (CTSA), an independent surgical group in the state that works at

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:52:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado right-to-die bill approved by House panel]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-right-to-die-bill-approved-by-house-panel/article/1569285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-right-to-die-bill-approved-by-house-panel/article/1569285?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Supporters of a Colorado right-to-die bill hope to overcome a defeat in a GOP-led state Senate committee by urging a Democrat-led House panel Thursday to provide a legal option for the terminally ill to end their lives.

Opponents contend the bill would facilitate doctor-assisted suicide, especially with wrong terminal diagnoses, and insist existing hospice and palliative care for the dying is sufficient. They testified in droves Wednesday, and their arguments helped defeat a similar proposal last year.

A Senate committee voted 3-2 along party lines to reject the bill late Wednesday. The bill's sponsors hope to bring it back if it passes in the House.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:00:41 -0700