<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:02:35 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 22, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-22-2017/article/1609609?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-22-2017/article/1609609?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.

Caring for the Caregiver - Hosted by UCCS Aging Center, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6, MacKenzie Place Senior Living, 1605 Elm Creek View, free. Registration: 255-8002, ac@uccs.edu.

Colorado Springs Kidney Walk - To benefit the National Kidney Foundation, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Registration: tinyurl .com/l7vwafb.

Go Red for Women Education Day and Luncheon - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, $125. Reservations: colorado

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]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer]]> http://gazette.com/record-417m-award-in-lawsuit-linking-baby-powder-to-cancer/article/feed/485974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/record-417m-award-in-lawsuit-linking-baby-powder-to-cancer/article/feed/485974?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S.

Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder's potential cancer risks. She used the company's baby powder on a daily basis beginning in the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, accordin

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:46:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Record $417 million award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer]]> http://gazette.com/record-417-million-award-in-lawsuit-linking-baby-powder-to-cancer/article/1609579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/record-417-million-award-in-lawsuit-linking-baby-powder-to-cancer/article/1609579?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S.



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<![CDATA[The Latest: Plaintiff wanted to help others in talc case]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-plaintiff-wanted-to-help-others-in-talc-case/article/feed/485993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-plaintiff-wanted-to-help-others-in-talc-case/article/feed/485993?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a Los Angeles jury ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case alleging talcum powder causes ovarian cancer (all times local):

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The attorney for a hospitalized woman who won a $417 million judgment in a lawsuit claiming the talc in Johnson & Johnson's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer says his client is not looking for sympathy.

Mark Robinson says Monday that Eva Echeverria wanted through her lawsuit to get a message out to help other women.

Echeverria said in court documents that she used the baby powder daily from the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:12:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?]]> http://gazette.com/trump-won-places-drowning-in-despair.-can-he-save-them/article/feed/485959?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-won-places-drowning-in-despair.-can-he-save-them/article/feed/485959?custom_click=rss

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future.

But in the present, vacant buildings dominate blocks. A van, stuffed so full of blankets and boxes they are spilling from the windows, pulls to the curb outside Stacie Blodgett's antiques shop.

"Look inside of it," she says. "I bet you he's living in it.

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ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future.

But in the present, vacant buildings dominate blocks. A van, stuffed so full of blankets and boxes they are spilling from the windows, pulls to the curb outside Stacie Blodgett's antiques shop.

"Look inside of it," she says. "I bet you he's living in it.

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:01:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal]]> http://gazette.com/past-health-chiefs-insurance-market-stability-is-the-goal/article/feed/485857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/past-health-chiefs-insurance-market-stability-is-the-goal/article/feed/485857?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't make things worse.

That's the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that "Obamacare" seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1, with about 10 million people currently served through HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts.

Stability should be the immediate goal, said former Health and Human Services secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Mike Leavitt and Tommy Thompson. At minimum: Dispel the political and legal uncertainty — fueled by presidential tweets — around billions in subsidies for consumers' insurance copays and deductibles. The three former official

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:33:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Rookie Conner stars in Steelers' 17-13 win over Falcons]]> http://gazette.com/rookie-conner-stars-in-steelers-17-13-win-over-falcons/article/feed/485809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rookie-conner-stars-in-steelers-17-13-win-over-falcons/article/feed/485809?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma and a serious right knee injury to reach the NFL. He showed in his Pittsburgh Steelers debut Sunday that he plans to stick around for a while.

The rookie running back from the University of Pittsburgh broke off runs of 17 and 19 yards, leading to Bart Houston's go-ahead, 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 17-13 exhibition victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Conner was greeted with an ovation on the third series of the game when he made his first carry. The third-round pick busted off three other runs longer than 10 yards and had 98 yards rushing on 20 carries.

"With all the runs, I was getting more comfortable," Conner s

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]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:19:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Lewis' MDA telethons were full of emotion, star appearances]]> http://gazette.com/lewis-mda-telethons-were-full-of-emotion-star-appearances/article/feed/485780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lewis-mda-telethons-were-full-of-emotion-star-appearances/article/feed/485780?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis, whose career as producer-director-writer and movie star peaked in the 1960s, may be best remembered by younger generations for the muscular dystrophy telethons he conducted every Labor Day weekend.

While he had done earlier fundraising specials, Lewis appeared in his first Labor Day telethon, broadcast on a single New York station, in 1966. Donations totaled $1,002,114.

He continued each year as the telethon grew into a huge event, seen on more than 200 stations.

By 2007, the yearly take was nearly $64 million, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association said the telecast had raised $1.46 billion to fight the disease since it began.

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]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:54:35 -0600 <![CDATA[California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers]]> http://gazette.com/california-tightens-rules-on-popular-pesticide-for-farmers/article/feed/485444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-tightens-rules-on-popular-pesticide-for-farmers/article/feed/485444?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday.

Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a wide variety of crops like grapes, almonds and cotton grown in California, the nation's agricultural leader, as well as across the country.

State officials are taking steps to put it on a list of chemicals known to be harmful to humans and to also increase the distance from schools and homes in which farmers can apply.

The moves run contrary to a decision by Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S.

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]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:56:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Nationals owner Mark Lerner had cancer, leg amputated]]> http://gazette.com/nationals-owner-mark-lerner-had-cancer-leg-amputated/article/feed/485255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nationals-owner-mark-lerner-had-cancer-leg-amputated/article/feed/485255?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said Thursday night in a letter to a Washington Post columnist that he had cancer and had his left leg amputated.

In the letter to columnist Barry Svrluga, the 63-year-old Lerner wrote:

"Thanks very much for your concern and good wishes. I know you recognize that only something really challenging would have kept me from my favorite seat at the ballpark these past months. In early January, they discovered Spindle Cell Sarcoma in my left leg above the knee. Radiation was completed in March and I had surgery in April to successfully remove the cancer. The radiation treatment eventually caused the wound not to heal properly.

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]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:44:46 -0600 <![CDATA[3 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash]]> http://gazette.com/3-charities-cancel-mar-a-lago-events-amid-trump-backlash/article/feed/485078?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-charities-cancel-mar-a-lago-events-amid-trump-backlash/article/feed/485078?custom_click=rss FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's comments about the white nationalist rally last weekend are hurting not just his political standing, but his pocketbook.

Three charities announced Thursday that they were canceling fundraisers at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, a sign the president's business is starting to suffer backlash from his comments Tuesday about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it decided not to hold its annual event at his Palm Beach resort after "careful consideration" of a number of issues. It didn't elaborate, but the Ohio-based hospital was already under pressure to shift venues.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:01:57 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA OKs Pfizer drug for rare, fast-killing type of leukemia]]> http://gazette.com/fda-oks-pfizer-drug-for-rare-fast-killing-type-of-leukemia/article/feed/485189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-oks-pfizer-drug-for-rare-fast-killing-type-of-leukemia/article/feed/485189?custom_click=rss

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine for use against a rare, rapidly progressing blood cancer after other treatments have failed.

The agency approved Pfizer Inc.'s Besponsa for patients with a type of advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia. By then, life expectancy is low.

"These patients have few treatments available and today's approval provides a new, targeted treatment option," Dr. Richard Pazdur, the FDA's director for cancer drugs, said in a statement.

This year an estimated 5,970 Americans will be diagnosed and 1,440 will die from the cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The drug will cost $168,300 without insurance for the typical nine-week treat

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:35:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Authorities: San Juan County man dies from West Nile virus]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-san-juan-county-man-dies-from-west-nile-virus/article/feed/485193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-san-juan-county-man-dies-from-west-nile-virus/article/feed/485193?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 61-year-old San Juan County man has died from the West Nile virus.

New Mexico Department of Health officials say it is the state's first known West Nile death this year.

They also say four Bernalillo County residents have tested positive for the virus and have been hospitalized.

That brings the total number of lab confirmed cases of West Nile in New Mexico this year to seven.

The four recent cases in Bernalillo County include a 65-year-old woman currently hospitalized as well as a 57-year-old man, a 60-year-old man, and a 75-year-old man.

Health officials say all four have been treated and recently released from hospitals.

West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and can s

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:06:33 -0600 <![CDATA[EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges]]> http://gazette.com/epipen-maker-finalizes-settlement-for-government-overcharges/article/feed/485129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epipen-maker-finalizes-settlement-for-government-overcharges/article/feed/485129?custom_click=rss

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million government agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade — charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the government.

It's the second settlement with the Department of Justice that Mylan has made since 2009 for allegedly overcharging the government for its medicines.

A prominent senator and a watchdog group both criticized the latest settlement for being far smaller than the amount Medicaid was overcharged.

Mylan NV, technically based in England but with operational headquarters near Pittsburgh, became a poster child for pharmaceutical industry greed for h

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:24:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace]]> http://gazette.com/overdoses-on-the-road-drugged-driving-rises-as-a-menace/article/feed/485126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/overdoses-on-the-road-drugged-driving-rises-as-a-menace/article/feed/485126?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the city of 30,000 responded to 11 other overdose reports that day, including a woman who crashed her car just before a highway entrance.

The next day in Cleveland, a rescue squad found an unconscious 43-year-old man who had driven off the road and hit a pole. An overdose antidote brought him back around, police say. He was seriously hurt from the crash and was cited for driving under the influence.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:54:21 -0600 <![CDATA[61-year-old Farmington man dies from West Nile virus]]> http://gazette.com/61-year-old-farmington-man-dies-from-west-nile-virus/article/feed/485127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/61-year-old-farmington-man-dies-from-west-nile-virus/article/feed/485127?custom_click=rss FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington officials say a resident of the northwestern New Mexico city has died of the West Nile virus, making him the first human fatality of the mosquito-borne disease in the state this year.

Officials say it's not known how the 61-year-old man contracted the virus and the city says it has an aggressive mosquito control program that includes treatment of standing water and weekly spraying at night.

The state Department of Health says people over age 50 have an increased risk of having serious consequences from infection from West Nile virus and should be especially careful to avoid mosquito bites.

The department says West Nile cases have occurred in New Mexico yearly since 2003, with the pea

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:54:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies ]]> http://gazette.com/report-higher-premiums-if-trump-halts-obamacare-subsidies/article/1609199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-higher-premiums-if-trump-halts-obamacare-subsidies/article/1609199?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

The nonpartisan number crunchers also estimated that cutting off payments that now reduce copays and deductibles for people of modest incomes would add $194 billion to federal deficits over a decade. That head-scratching outcome is because a different Affordable Care Act subsidy would automatically increase as premiums jump, more than wiping out any savings.



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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:25:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: A reminder to live by the Golden Rule in yoga, life]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-a-reminder-to-live-by-the-golden-rule-in-yoga-life/article/1609140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-a-reminder-to-live-by-the-golden-rule-in-yoga-life/article/1609140?custom_click=rss

Synchronicity is a funny thing.

You have a conversation about the deliciousness of root beer floats, and the next thing you know, your Facebook feed is filled with "Top 5 places to drink a root beer float" and ads pitch bulk orders of A&W.

Would that be synchronicity at its finest? Perhaps. Probably it's that Mark Zuckerberg and his folks at the world's largest social network have finally figured out how to eavesdrop on our private lives outside the ether. You knew that day was coming.

Recently on Facebook (of course), I read a long post by a California yoga teacher who is hard of hearing.



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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:31:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 15, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-15-2017/article/1609139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-15-2017/article/1609139?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.

Caring for the Caregiver - Hosted by UCCS Aging Center, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6, MacKenzie Place Senior Living, 1605 Elm Creek View, free. Registration: 255-8002, ac@uccs.edu.

Colorado Springs Kidney Walk - To benefit the National Kidney Foundation, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Registration: tinyurl.com/l7vwafb.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Medicare: An Overview of the Benefits and Costs, 10-11:30 a.m.

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]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:20:08 -0600 <![CDATA[10 years after being injured in fall, Colorado Springs boy has made great strides]]> http://gazette.com/10-years-after-being-injured-in-fall-colorado-springs-boy-has-made-great-strides/article/1609065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-years-after-being-injured-in-fall-colorado-springs-boy-has-made-great-strides/article/1609065?custom_click=rss

Like any 12-year-old boy in Colorado Springs, Jackson Ziwak loves the Denver Broncos and playing football, basketball and baseball. In many ways, all of those things are a miracle.

Ten years ago, while at day care, Jackson fell out of a second-story window onto a concrete patio and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He underwent emergency craniotomy surgery, during which doctors removed a part of his skull.

Afterward, he was flown to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Doctors were unsure if he would survive, let alone walk, talk or breathe on his own.

Today, "Jax," as he is known, is doing all three.



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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:59:18 -0600
<![CDATA[5 dead after FDA-approved obesity treatment that places silicone balloon in stomach, agency says]]> http://gazette.com/5-dead-after-fda-approved-obesity-treatment-that-places-silicone-balloon-in-stomach-agency-says/article/1609033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-dead-after-fda-approved-obesity-treatment-that-places-silicone-balloon-in-stomach-agency-says/article/1609033?custom_click=rss

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the sudden deaths of five people who had undergone an obesity treatment that places an inflated silicone balloon in their stomach.

All deaths happened within a month of the procedure, the FDA said in a letter earlier this week to health-care providers. Three people died just one to three days later.

The agency, however, cautioned that it has yet to determine whether the devices or the way in which they were placed in the stomachs directly caused those deaths.

“At this time, we do not know the root cause or incidence per rate of patient death,” the FDA said, adding that it is working with the companies that manufacture the devices.

The



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Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:24:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion]]> http://gazette.com/texas-senate-oks-restricting-insurance-coverage-for-abortion/article/1609019?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-senate-oks-restricting-insurance-coverage-for-abortion/article/1609019?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching choices because no exceptions will be made in cases of rape and incest.

The 20-10 party-line vote for preliminary approval requires women to purchase extra insurance to cover abortions except amid medical emergencies. A final vote Sunday will see the measure clear the chamber, meaning it's now on a fast-track to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law.



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Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:22:17 -0600
<![CDATA[A sleeping mother suffocated her newborn in the maternity ward. Now she’s suing the hospital.]]> http://gazette.com/a-sleeping-mother-suffocated-her-newborn-in-the-maternity-ward.-now-shes-suing-the-hospital./article/1608963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-sleeping-mother-suffocated-her-newborn-in-the-maternity-ward.-now-shes-suing-the-hospital./article/1608963?custom_click=rss

Monica Thompson had given birth to her first child, a baby boy, and was almost ready to take him home from the hospital.

It was nearly midnight one Sunday in the summer of 2012 when Thompson, who had undergone a Caesarean section a few days earlier, was given a cocktail of narcotic painkillers and sleep aids.

A nurse took the newborn to his mother for breast-feeding and put the child next to her in her hospital bed at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

An hour later, Thompson, “still drowsy and groggy,” realized that her son, Jacob, was not moving.



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Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:08:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility]]> http://gazette.com/lawmaker-seeks-probe-after-ap-reveals-maggots-in-ny-facility/article/1609004?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmaker-seeks-probe-after-ap-reveals-maggots-in-ny-facility/article/1609004?custom_click=rss

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York state lawmaker is demanding a federal investigation into New York state's care for the disabled following a recent Associated Press story that revealed the case of a man infested with maggots in a state-run group home.

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, of Utica, told the AP on Saturday that he is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the group home and other state-regulated facilities for the disabled where there have been allegations of abuse and neglect.

"It's clear from seeing this that New York state cannot be relied on to police itself," said Brindisi, who is running for congress.



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Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:47:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs medical practice rides membership model to rapid growth]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-practice-rides-membership-model-to-rapid-growth/article/1608887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-practice-rides-membership-model-to-rapid-growth/article/1608887?custom_click=rss

A 3-year-old medical practice that charges patients a monthly fee instead of copays or insurance deductible payments is expanding rapidly in both the Colorado Springs and Denver areas and is launching a new mobile medical service that allows its doctors to make house calls for homebound patients.

PeakMed has grown from a single location in 2014 near St. Francis Medical Center to three clinics in Colorado Springs and Englewood, and plans to open two more in the Springs and Littleton late this year and up to six more in the Denver area next year, said Dr. Mark Tomasulo, founder and chief medical officer of the practice.



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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:32:01 -0600
<![CDATA[After a near-death experience, photography helped this Colorado Springs man heal]]> http://gazette.com/after-a-near-death-experience-photography-helped-this-colorado-springs-man-heal/article/1608688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-a-near-death-experience-photography-helped-this-colorado-springs-man-heal/article/1608688?custom_click=rss

Bryce Yamashita had been in the hospital five days when he told his wife he wanted to die.

Bacterial meningitis ravaged his spine and mind, allergic reactions to the medicine wracked his already weak body, and doctors didn't seem to have a solution. He told his wife, Dawn Yamashita, she could have the life insurance money. He could give into the pain and fog in his head.

In that moment, lying in his hospital bed, Bryce couldn't have known about the things to come.

He didn't know he'd see a black-footed, amber-eyed baby fox stare straight into his lens and scamper past. He didn't know the timberlike horns and black, nappy hair of a buffalo would look so real that you'd reach out to touch the prints.



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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 21:52:17 -0600
<![CDATA[FDA warns that Moscow Mule mugs could be poisonous]]> http://gazette.com/fda-warns-that-moscow-mule-mugs-could-be-poisonous/article/1608764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-warns-that-moscow-mule-mugs-could-be-poisonous/article/1608764?custom_click=rss

The Moscow mule — that Instagram-ready cocktail that has surged in popularity in recent years — has only a few ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, lime and ice. But perhaps the most crucial component of the drink is the copper mug in which it’s almost always served, beverage aficionados say.

Now, public health officials are warning that those mugs could be poisoning you.

An advisory bulletin from Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division notes that, in keeping with Food and Drug Administration guidelines, copper should not come into contact with acidic foods with a pH below 6. That includes vinegar, fruit juice, wine and, yes, a traditional Moscow mule,



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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:27:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Deaths from drug overdoses soared in the first nine months of 2016]]> http://gazette.com/deaths-from-drug-overdoses-soared-in-the-first-nine-months-of-2016/article/1608779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deaths-from-drug-overdoses-soared-in-the-first-nine-months-of-2016/article/1608779?custom_click=rss

Deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016, the government reported Tuesday, releasing data that confirm the widely held belief that the opioid epidemic worsened last year despite stepped-up efforts by public health authorities.

The National Center for Health Statistics reported that overdose deaths reached a record 19.9 per 100,000 population in the third quarter, a big increase over the 16.7 recorded for the same three months in 2015. Similarly, the first two quarters of last year showed death rates of 18.9 and 19.3, far greater than the corresponding periods for 2015. Data for the fourth quarter of 2016 are not yet available.



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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:52:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado receives middling grades in new cancer report]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-receives-middling-grades-in-new-cancer-report/article/1608753?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-receives-middling-grades-in-new-cancer-report/article/1608753?custom_click=rss

Colorado officials could be doing more to "prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer" via policy and legislation, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Of the nine areas of public policy examined in the report - including cigarette tax rates, Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation and access to palliative care - Colorado's practices fell short of ideal in a third, are making "some progress" in four and were commended for "doing well" in two.

"This 15th edition of the report shows just how far we've come in the last decade and a half passing policies proven to reduce suffering and death from cancer," R.J. Ours, the organization's government relations director, said in a



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