<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:21:12 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Federal grant targets urban health disparities in Oklahoma]]> http://gazette.com/federal-grant-targets-urban-health-disparities-in-oklahoma/article/feed/257218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-grant-targets-urban-health-disparities-in-oklahoma/article/feed/257218?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Researchers at the University of Oklahoma's College of Nursing are using a $300,000 federal grant to focus on improving health and eliminating urban health disparities in the state.

The proposed study couples community outreach with an enhanced web-based health risk assessment that will be used by participants to manage their health. It's designed to give participants additional tools for improving health, including individualized health coaching, goal-setting skills and immediate feedback on their health status.

Researchers hope to determine what impact those tools have on making lifestyle changes and overall health status.

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]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:19:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Once a sideshow, now old, former preemies praise bold doctor]]> http://gazette.com/once-a-sideshow-now-old-former-preemies-praise-bold-doctor/article/feed/257193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/once-a-sideshow-now-old-former-preemies-praise-bold-doctor/article/feed/257193?custom_click=rss

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — At age 95, Lucille Horn often reflects on her long, full life, with a husband and five children, and how it might not have happened if not for the renegade doctor who put her in a Coney Island sideshow when she was just days old.

Horn is among thousands of former premature babies whose lives were saved in the early 20th century by Dr. Martin Couney, a pioneer in the use of incubators who sought acceptance for the technology by showing it off on carnival midways alongside freak shows and fan dancers.

"Life Begins at the Baby Incubator," read one of the signs at his displays — essentially a ward with babies in the glass cribs — that drew huge crowds at world's fairs, on the Atlantic City boardwalk

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]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:41:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility]]> http://gazette.com/fluoride-debate-hits-colorados-largest-water-utility/article/feed/257093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fluoride-debate-hits-colorados-largest-water-utility/article/feed/257093?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April.

The discussion at Denver Water, which serves about one out of five of Colorado's 5 million residents, comes as other utilities in the state and the country debate fluoridation.

In some cases, fluoridation opponents are pressuring them to do so, claiming that it damages teeth and bones, while the governor and his top medical official staunchly defended the process.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:10:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawsuit accuses CVS of overcharging for generic drugs]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-accuses-cvs-of-overcharging-for-generic-drugs/article/feed/257143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-accuses-cvs-of-overcharging-for-generic-drugs/article/feed/257143?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — CVS Health Corp. deliberately overcharged some pharmacy customers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance companies at inflated prices, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.

The suit says those inflated prices led to higher co-pays for customers that exceeded what they would have paid for the drugs if they had no insurance and participated in a CVS discount program.

"We've seen people who pay $20 for a 30-day supply as their copayments on a drug that was $11.99 for a 90-day supply had they been in the (discount program)," said Kristen Broz, an attorney with Hausfeld, the firm that filed the suit.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:01:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Alabama judge orders hearing on prisoner's abortion request]]> http://gazette.com/alabama-judge-orders-hearing-on-prisoners-abortion-request/article/feed/257122?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alabama-judge-orders-hearing-on-prisoners-abortion-request/article/feed/257122?custom_click=rss FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a hearing Thursday after an Alabama prisoner dropped her request to be allowed a trip out of jail to obtain an abortion.

U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon told authorities to have the woman in court for a hearing Friday morning in Florence.

Kallon issued the order after the woman, identified only as Jane Doe in court papers, filed a sworn statement saying she had changed her mind and no longer wants out of the Lauderdale County jail to end her pregnancy.

She earlier filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff claiming authorities were violating her constitutional rights by refusing an abortion.

The woman changed her position after the state went to court seeking to te

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:05:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Centura Health, including Penrose-St. Francis, to partner with Children's Hospital Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/centura-health-including-penrose-st.-francis-to-partner-with-childrens-hospital-colorado/article/1556535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/centura-health-including-penrose-st.-francis-to-partner-with-childrens-hospital-colorado/article/1556535?custom_click=rss

The corporate parent of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services struck an alliance this week with Children's Hospital Colorado, the hospital systems confirmed Thursday.

Centura Health, which oversees 15 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, signed a letter of intent with Aurora-based Children's Hospital Colorado "just to begin the conversations to see what partnership opportunities there are," said Chris Valentine, a spokesman for Penrose-St. Francis.

"This is an opportunity for both of us to go in with open eyes and open minds and see what we can build together," Valentine said.

Valentine said the letter of intent was signed Monday.

No changes are expected in the short term at Penrose Hospital or St. Francis

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:57:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Texas trooper's boss says he had reason to stop Sandra Bland]]> http://gazette.com/texas-troopers-boss-says-he-had-reason-to-stop-sandra-bland/article/feed/257086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-troopers-boss-says-he-had-reason-to-stop-sandra-bland/article/feed/257086?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The top boss over the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland said there was reason to pull her over for failing to signal a lane change and told lawmakers Thursday that the trooper remains on the state payroll because the investigation is still playing out.

Bland was found dead in the Waller County jail on July 13, three days after her arrest. Authorities say she hanged herself with a garbage bag, a find her family has questioned. Her family and others also have criticized the traffic stop that led to Bland's arrest.

"There was a reason, if you look at it from a traffic violation standpoint," Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said, responding to sometimes pointed questions from la

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:00:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Nevada investigating case of E. coli in Lovelock prison]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-investigating-case-of-e.-coli-in-lovelock-prison/article/feed/257138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-investigating-case-of-e.-coli-in-lovelock-prison/article/feed/257138?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prison officials say they're investigating one confirmed case and two suspected cases of E. coli bacteria at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

The Nevada Department of Corrections said Thursday that the agency is working with the state's Division of Public and Behavioral Health. A state lab and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing samples.

The emailed statement from the Department of Corrections doesn't say if the case involves a prisoner. It notes no other inmates or the general public are suspected of having E. coli.

Prison officials did not say in the statement if they've identified a suspected source of the E. coli.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection includ

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:18:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Amgen hikes 2015 forecast after 2Q increase in profit, sales]]> http://gazette.com/amgen-hikes-2015-forecast-after-2q-increase-in-profit-sales/article/feed/257032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amgen-hikes-2015-forecast-after-2q-increase-in-profit-sales/article/feed/257032?custom_click=rss

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Amgen Inc. shares jumped in extended trading after the maker of osteoporosis drug Prolia easily beat Wall Street's second-quarter profit expectations and hiked its 2015 financial forecast.

Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, California, said Thursday it sees strong momentum for the second half of the year, with three new drugs launching, new approvals for a couple expected soon and experimental drugs for migraines, heart failure and preventing bone fractures in or near the final rounds of patient testing.

The maker of blockbuster biologic rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel reported that net income rose to $1.65 billion, or $2.15 per share, due to higher revenue and restrained spending.

Excluding one-time

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:51:40 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-filthy-rio-water-a-threat-at-2016-olympics/article/feed/256757?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-filthy-rio-water-a-threat-at-2016-olympics/article/feed/256757?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from sewage in venues where athletes will compete in water sports. Nevertheless, an Olympic official said Thursday there are no plans to monitor for viruses, which many experts consider the biggest problem.

In the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites, the AP conducted four rounds of tests starting in March.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:35:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Feds says more than $13 million recovered from rogue doctor]]> http://gazette.com/feds-says-more-than-13-million-recovered-from-rogue-doctor/article/feed/257115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-says-more-than-13-million-recovered-from-rogue-doctor/article/feed/257115?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The government says $13 million to $14 million has been recovered so far from a Detroit-area cancer doctor who gave unnecessary treatments to patients.

Federal prosecutor Catherine Dick says victims will be first in line to get some compensation from the assets of Dr. Farid Fata. But she says the process will be "extremely complex" and will need help from a professional.

Dick gave an update Thursday to a federal judge, three weeks after Fata was sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud and other crimes. There are more than 500 victims.

The government says they will eligible for some money for out-of-pocket health expenses as well as reimbursement for problems due to his fraudulent care.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:34:59 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth]]> http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/feed/256756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/feed/256756?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:30:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Price hike adds to sticker shock for medical marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/price-hike-adds-to-sticker-shock-for-medical-marijuana/article/feed/257063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/price-hike-adds-to-sticker-shock-for-medical-marijuana/article/feed/257063?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of Minnesota's medical marijuana manufacturers has raised its prices substantially after less than a month in business, adding to a cost that many patients are already struggling to cover.

Dr. Kyle Kingsley of Minnesota Medical Solutions told the Associated Press Thursday that the company raised prices on its pills, vapors and liquids by 15 percent to 20 percent last week. The company also reduced the size of a discount for low-income Minnesota residents, he said.

"That's not something we do lightly. The reality is, it's very expensive to do this," he said.

Kingsley said the price changes were driven largely by an unexpected influx of patients who qualified for the low-income discount.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:26:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Pot legalization group files new signatures in ballot effort]]> http://gazette.com/pot-legalization-group-files-new-signatures-in-ballot-effort/article/feed/256964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-legalization-group-files-new-signatures-in-ballot-effort/article/feed/256964?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in Ohio said it submitted about 96,000 new signatures Thursday as it tries to get the issue before fall voters.

Organizers for ResponsibleOhio had to gather more signatures after the state's elections chief said they fell short by 29,509 in meeting the state's requirement of 305,591.

Secretary of State Jon Husted's office must now verify the 95,572 supplemental signatures and determine whether the proposal qualifies for the ballot.

The group's signatures have been the subject of increased scrutiny and sparing.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:09:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy]]> http://gazette.com/free-checkups-helping-special-olympics-athletes-stay-healthy/article/feed/256770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/free-checkups-helping-special-olympics-athletes-stay-healthy/article/feed/256770?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.

This week, however, Special Olympics athletes from around the world also are taking part in what could be called the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat events.

Tucked into a corner of the University of Southern California's sprawling campus is a makeshift medical clinic that seemingly sprouted overnight. There, hundreds of doctors, dentists and other health care providers are working to ensure thousands of athletes go home with clean bills of health — or the closest thing to them that can be produced in a week. A few athletes will even leave with the ability to hear for the first time.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:01:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Brilinta? Brintellix? FDA warns of drug name mix-ups]]> http://gazette.com/brilinta-brintellix-fda-warns-of-drug-name-mix-ups/article/feed/256974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brilinta-brintellix-fda-warns-of-drug-name-mix-ups/article/feed/256974?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medicine.

The FDA says it's not aware of any patients who took the wrong drug, but the agency says it has received 50 reports of medication errors, including cases where doctors prescribed the wrong drug or pharmacies dispensed the wrong one. The two medications are Brintellix, an antidepressant, and Brilinta, a blood-thinning medication used to prevent death after a heart attack or severe chest pain or to prevent a second heart attack.

The agency says it has been receiving reports of errors since Brintellix was approved in September 2013.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:35:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Collaborative seeks to improve community health in southeast Springs]]> http://gazette.com/collaborative-seeks-to-improve-community-health-in-southeast-springs/article/1555593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/collaborative-seeks-to-improve-community-health-in-southeast-springs/article/1555593?custom_click=rss

A new collaborative project in Colorado Springs recently became one of 18 in the nation to receive a grant for a groundbreaking project that aims to improve health in low-income communities.

The initiative, Project ACCESS, was chosen for its approach to addressing the social and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on health.

“Health is more than going to the doctor,” said Mina Liebert, director of LiveWell Colorado Springs. “Your health is affected by many factors, such as the community in which you live, local employment opportunities, social support, and access to safe parks and healthy foods.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 28, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-28-2015/article/1556384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-28-2015/article/1556384?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - CPR/AED Certification, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 4, $42. - Get Help for Depression and Anxiety, 10-11 a.m. Aug. 6, $1. - Understanding Home Care, 10-11 a.m. Aug. 10, $1. PILLAR -

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]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Cardinals add likely first-ever female coach to a NFL team's staff]]> http://gazette.com/cardinals-add-likely-first-ever-female-coach-to-a-nfl-teams-staff/article/1556373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardinals-add-likely-first-ever-female-coach-to-a-nfl-teams-staff/article/1556373?custom_click=rss  


On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals did something that no other NFL team in the history of the league has done before. The Cardinals are believed to be the first team to add a female coach to their staff.

Jen Welter, 37, will join the Cardinals coaching staff for the summer. Welter will help coach the team's inside linebackers during training camp and the preseason. Welter's role isn't a long-term job, as she'll be a coaching intern during the summer, but it's still a likely NFL first and has the potential to lead to further opportunities.

"I really believe she'll have a great opportunity through this internship to open some doors," said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians (via the team's website).

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:20:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs groups work to lessen mental-health related 911 calls, better help those in need]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-groups-work-to-lessen-mental-health-related-911-calls-better-help-those-in-need/article/1556305?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-groups-work-to-lessen-mental-health-related-911-calls-better-help-those-in-need/article/1556305?custom_click=rss

In one year, Colorado Springs police received 325 calls about just one woman - most made by neighbors and passersby who were concerned by her erratic and mentally unstable behavior.

Something had to change.

People like her inspired the creation of the city's Community Response Team, which addresses 911 calls that involve suicide threats or mental health concerns and might require a more nuanced response.

CRT is the newest addition to the fire department's Community and Public Health Division, which also created Community Assistance, Referrals and Education Services (CARES) in 2012 to better provide access to resources and healthcare education for 911 "super-utilizers.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:34:53 -0600
<![CDATA[The tips you need to navigate another year of packed lunches]]> http://gazette.com/the-tips-you-need-to-navigate-another-year-of-packed-lunches/article/1556314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-tips-you-need-to-navigate-another-year-of-packed-lunches/article/1556314?custom_click=rss

There was a time when a lunch box was simply that, a box into which your parents packed your lunch.

For many years they were metal and came emblazoned with your favorite cartoon or movie characters, as well as a matching thermos. By the '80s, metal was passe, making way for plastic. But the basic design was the same. And you liked it. Until you were old enough to not. Then you graduated to paper bags or ditched packed lunches entirely for some atrocious pizza-chicken-cheese-nugget-potato thing from the cafeteria.

Lunch gear has come a long way. Today's lunch "systems" are dominated by bento-style gear, which originated in Japan and involve multiple compartments and containers to hold a variety of foods.

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]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:10:23 -0600 <![CDATA[CDC warns of marijuana consumption in report citing teen's Colorado death]]> http://gazette.com/cdc-warns-of-marijuana-consumption-in-report-citing-teens-colorado-death/article/1556199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdc-warns-of-marijuana-consumption-in-report-citing-teens-colorado-death/article/1556199?custom_click=rss

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a report released Friday, says the case of a teen who leapt to his death from a Denver hotel balcony after eating marijuana-infused cookies illustrates "a potential danger" with edible pot.

The CDC, along with a Colorado health official and Denver's medical examiner's office, said the death suggests the need for "improved health messaging" to prevent marijuana overconsumption.

Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., died at a Holiday Inn in northeast Denver in March 2014. Officials say his friends tried to calm him down before his fatal four-story leap.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:01:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Anthem bids $48 billion for Cigna to create health giant]]> http://gazette.com/anthem-bids-48-billion-for-cigna-to-create-health-giant/article/1556193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anthem-bids-48-billion-for-cigna-to-create-health-giant/article/1556193?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.

In just three weeks, starting with Aetna's $35 billion bid for Humana Inc. on July 3, the landscape of U.S. health care has been altered in a buyout frenzy that could transform five massive U.S. health companies into just three, including UnitedHealth Group.

Larger insurers have negotiating power to squeeze better rates from drug companies and health care providers. But the wave of consolidation is likely to lead to fewer choices for consumers in certain markets.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:12:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Live well: Power of music at heart of Colorado Springs workshop]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-power-of-music-at-heart-of-colorado-springs-workshop/article/1555985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-power-of-music-at-heart-of-colorado-springs-workshop/article/1555985?custom_click=rss

When a foul mood hits, where do you turn? Pharrell Williams and his rump-shaking "Happy"? Elliott Smith's maudlin "Miss Misery"?

Music. It has the power to take us from boredom to contentment, anger to frustration, and disappointed to, well, even more disappointed if you're not careful.

Ten years ago, Molly Lord was in the middle of a screenplay featuring characters strongly shaped by music. To bring authenticity to the work, she began delving into music's influence on emotions. What she found eventually changed her career trajectory - and the script remains shelved to this day.

"Sound changes us," she said. "There's a frequency to it that affects our emotional and spiritual states.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:22:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Anti-methadone group to discuss ways to keep drug out of Monument]]> http://gazette.com/anti-methadone-group-to-discuss-ways-to-keep-drug-out-of-monument/article/1556109?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anti-methadone-group-to-discuss-ways-to-keep-drug-out-of-monument/article/1556109?custom_click=rss

A group that opposes a planned methadone clinic in Monument will hold a meeting Thursday.

No Methadone in Monument will discuss updates to its effort at 6 p.m. in Si Sibell's Barn, which is behind 231 Front St. in Monument.

The group has been organizing an opposition movement to the clinic, which dispenses the drug methadone to help people overcome additions to opioids, such as heroin. Its concerns include the clinic's proposed location, which is across the street from Limbach Park.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:10:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado State University disputes Lamborn's charge of buying 'aborted babies' parts]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-state-university-disputes-lamborns-charge-of-buying-aborted-babies-parts/article/1556106?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-state-university-disputes-lamborns-charge-of-buying-aborted-babies-parts/article/1556106?custom_click=rss

Colorado State University officials denied purchasing fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood amid reports that it did so - either directly or indirectly - in January 2013.

The issue came to light after anti-abortion activists released undercover videos about Planned Parenthood. In the videos, officials with the nonprofit discussed their practice of providing fetal tissue taken during abortions for research.

In a letter to the university, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, referenced documents released by the Center for Medical Progress alleging a purchase by CSU for "aborted babies' body parts for experimentation or other purposes," directly or indirectly from Planned Parenthood's California affiliate, on Jan. 10,

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]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:05:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado lightning strike victim who lost dog getting a special gift]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-lightning-strike-victim-who-lost-dog-getting-a-special-gift/article/1556081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lightning-strike-victim-who-lost-dog-getting-a-special-gift/article/1556081?custom_click=rss

A man from Littleton struck by lightning on a Colorado 14er says he’s still feeling the effects three weeks later.

CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh checked in with Jonathan Hardman, who survived the ordeal. Hardman was struck in the head while hiking down Mount Bierstadt. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and will need time to heal. But a gift that will arrive in a few weeks may be just what the doctor ordered.

The lightning strike killed his dog, Rambo the German shepherd. Now Hardman is adopting one of Rambo’s little brothers, according to CBS4.

The new dog is named Blitz.

Click here to read more.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:24:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness diaries: Build strength, endurance with Les Mills programs]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-build-strength-endurance-with-les-mills-programs/article/1555986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-build-strength-endurance-with-les-mills-programs/article/1555986?custom_click=rss

As a fitness professional, I'm always looking for ways to improve my technique as a group instructor while receiving additional education.

Last year, I became a certified Les Mills instructor. Les Mills International is a New Zealand company that provides choreographed exercise to music for its group fitness formats. These programs are offered around the world, including in gyms and athletic clubs in the Pikes Peak region.

Les Mills, a former Olympic athlete in New Zealand, and his wife, Colleen, opened the first Les Mills gym in 1968 in Auckland. Now there are about a dozen Les Mills formats offered to fitness enthusiasts.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:02:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs women are 2 of a small do-it-all running club]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-women-are-2-of-a-small-do-it-all-running-club/article/1555984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-women-are-2-of-a-small-do-it-all-running-club/article/1555984?custom_click=rss

The Pikes Peak Marathon historically has been a man's game. In the past 10 years, only an average of 25 percent of the roughly 800 competitors each year have been women.

This year, though, women are winning another category - let's call it the "do-it-allers."

These runners sign up to compete in the Triple Crown of Running Series, which includes the Garden of the Gods Ten Mile Run in June, the Summer Roundup Trail Run 12K in July and the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon in August. And they check yes to the "double," which means they plan to conquer both the 13.32-mile Ascent and the 26.21-mile Marathon on consecutive days.

Of the more than 2,000 runners who take part in at least one of the four races, only six are trying

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ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Wednesday, call for cost.

Applebee's Dining to Donate - To benefit Special Kids Special Families, Zach's Place program, 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, Applebee's, 495 Garden of the Gods Road. Flier available at sksfcolorado.org.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. -

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