<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:18:23 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Toledo mayor in critical condition after heart attack]]> http://gazette.com/toledo-mayor-in-critical-condition-after-heart-attack/article/feed/201002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toledo-mayor-in-critical-condition-after-heart-attack/article/feed/201002?custom_click=rss

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Toledo was in critical condition in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack Sunday while driving around the city checking on road conditions during a snowstorm.

Mayor D. Michael Collins, 70, crashed into a utility pole around 2 p.m. after going into cardiac arrest, Dr. Christopher Cooper, a cardiologist and dean of the University of Toledo medical school, said at a news conference. Cooper said it was too early to give a prognosis on Collins' recovery.

A passer-by who saw Collins' crashed SUV got inside the vehicle and gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency personnel arrived. Collins was not conscious at the time.

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]]> TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Toledo was in critical condition in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack Sunday while driving around the city checking on road conditions during a snowstorm.

Mayor D. Michael Collins, 70, crashed into a utility pole around 2 p.m. after going into cardiac arrest, Dr. Christopher Cooper, a cardiologist and dean of the University of Toledo medical school, said at a news conference. Cooper said it was too early to give a prognosis on Collins' recovery.

A passer-by who saw Collins' crashed SUV got inside the vehicle and gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency personnel arrived. Collins was not conscious at the time.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:17:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Dog undergoes surgery after eating calf-high boots]]> http://gazette.com/dog-undergoes-surgery-after-eating-calf-high-boots/article/feed/200992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-undergoes-surgery-after-eating-calf-high-boots/article/feed/200992?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doctors say a dog is recovering after surgery to remove a pair of calf-high leather boots the animal had eaten.

The Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Philadelphia says the 4-year-old mixed breed male named Vince ate the women's boots Friday afternoon.

Officials said the volume consumed was so large that the dog's stomach was unable to pass the material into the small intestines, so the pet underwent surgery Saturday afternoon.

Officials said surgery or endoscopy is often needed when dogs eat something they shouldn't, since it can obstruct the digestive tract and perforate the intestines.

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]]> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doctors say a dog is recovering after surgery to remove a pair of calf-high leather boots the animal had eaten.

The Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Philadelphia says the 4-year-old mixed breed male named Vince ate the women's boots Friday afternoon.

Officials said the volume consumed was so large that the dog's stomach was unable to pass the material into the small intestines, so the pet underwent surgery Saturday afternoon.

Officials said surgery or endoscopy is often needed when dogs eat something they shouldn't, since it can obstruct the digestive tract and perforate the intestines.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:00:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Conway wants to create trauma center in NE Louisiana]]> http://gazette.com/conway-wants-to-create-trauma-center-in-ne-louisiana/article/feed/200993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/conway-wants-to-create-trauma-center-in-ne-louisiana/article/feed/200993?custom_click=rss MONROE, La. (AP) — University Health Conway is working on plans to create the first accredited trauma center in northeast Louisiana.

Dr. Lester Wayne Johnson is Conway's chief of surgery and dean of rural health initiatives. He tells The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/1EVVUMt ) that the hospital in Monroe is just beginning talks about the project.

He says it would work with the University Health System's Level 1 trauma center in Shreveport.

The system is currently training local emergency workers to better assess trauma patients.

Health care providers from throughout northeastern Louisiana took part in such training Friday at Conway.

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]]> MONROE, La. (AP) — University Health Conway is working on plans to create the first accredited trauma center in northeast Louisiana.

Dr. Lester Wayne Johnson is Conway's chief of surgery and dean of rural health initiatives. He tells The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/1EVVUMt ) that the hospital in Monroe is just beginning talks about the project.

He says it would work with the University Health System's Level 1 trauma center in Shreveport.

The system is currently training local emergency workers to better assess trauma patients.

Health care providers from throughout northeastern Louisiana took part in such training Friday at Conway.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:00:46 -0700 <![CDATA[At Capitol, plans abound for addressing rural health care]]> http://gazette.com/at-capitol-plans-abound-for-addressing-rural-health-care/article/feed/200981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-capitol-plans-abound-for-addressing-rural-health-care/article/feed/200981?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers want to address a looming shortage of health care professionals.

The state is expected to be short somewhere between 800 and a few thousand doctors over the next decade, with the shortages most acute in rural areas. More dentists, nurses and others are also likely to be needed.

Legislators want to expand a program that helps pay off student loans for health care workers who spend three years in a rural area after graduation. They say it will encourage those workers to stay in greater Minnesota even after their three years are up.

Sen. Greg Clausen (CLAW'-son) says adding $3 million to the program will open up 200 more slots for dentists, doctors, mental health workers and oth

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]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers want to address a looming shortage of health care professionals.

The state is expected to be short somewhere between 800 and a few thousand doctors over the next decade, with the shortages most acute in rural areas. More dentists, nurses and others are also likely to be needed.

Legislators want to expand a program that helps pay off student loans for health care workers who spend three years in a rural area after graduation. They say it will encourage those workers to stay in greater Minnesota even after their three years are up.

Sen. Greg Clausen (CLAW'-son) says adding $3 million to the program will open up 200 more slots for dentists, doctors, mental health workers and oth]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:16:07 -0700 <![CDATA[U.Va. issues alert to students after mumps case confirmed]]> http://gazette.com/u.va.-issues-alert-to-students-after-mumps-case-confirmed/article/feed/200976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.va.-issues-alert-to-students-after-mumps-case-confirmed/article/feed/200976?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia says a case of mumps has been confirmed on the campus and it's awaiting test results of four suspected cases.

Media outlets report that the university notified students about the virus in email Friday night. The university says there's no confirmation that mumps is actually circulating on the campus.

Mumps is spread through coughs, sneezes or direct contact with an infected person's saliva.

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]]> CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia says a case of mumps has been confirmed on the campus and it's awaiting test results of four suspected cases.

Media outlets report that the university notified students about the virus in email Friday night. The university says there's no confirmation that mumps is actually circulating on the campus.

Mumps is spread through coughs, sneezes or direct contact with an infected person's saliva.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:31:09 -0700 <![CDATA[End of bighorn sheep herd could help others throughout West]]> http://gazette.com/end-of-bighorn-sheep-herd-could-help-others-throughout-west/article/feed/200971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/end-of-bighorn-sheep-herd-could-help-others-throughout-west/article/feed/200971?custom_click=rss BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Sheep Mountain herd of bighorns on the Idaho-Oregon border once contained nearly 90 members until the arrival of bacterial pneumonia. Now, biologists plan to use a helicopter this week to capture the three known survivors in Idaho and search for others that might be on the Oregon side of the Snake River in the upper end of Hells Canyon.

"Nobody has seen a sheep on the Oregon side in a long time," said Brian Ratliff, a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The captured bighorns will be sent to a research facility at South Dakota State University as part of a three-year study involving about 40 wild sheep from the Northwest as well as some from South Dakota.

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]]> BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Sheep Mountain herd of bighorns on the Idaho-Oregon border once contained nearly 90 members until the arrival of bacterial pneumonia. Now, biologists plan to use a helicopter this week to capture the three known survivors in Idaho and search for others that might be on the Oregon side of the Snake River in the upper end of Hells Canyon.

"Nobody has seen a sheep on the Oregon side in a long time," said Brian Ratliff, a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The captured bighorns will be sent to a research facility at South Dakota State University as part of a three-year study involving about 40 wild sheep from the Northwest as well as some from South Dakota.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:31:22 -0700 <![CDATA[ND lawmakers to mull bipartisan medical pot measure]]> http://gazette.com/nd-lawmakers-to-mull-bipartisan-medical-pot-measure/article/feed/200896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nd-lawmakers-to-mull-bipartisan-medical-pot-measure/article/feed/200896?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A freshman lawmaker from Fargo is pushing for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in North Dakota.

Democratic Rep. Pam Anderson's bill has bipartisan support.

Anderson says she introduced the legislation at the request of one of her constituents who suffers from chronic pain.

She says the 64-year-old man gets sick from taking prescription drugs for pain.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states have laws allowing medical marijuana.

Anderson says the public is becoming more accepting of allowing the use of medical marijuana. But she's not too sure about the state Legislature.

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]]> BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A freshman lawmaker from Fargo is pushing for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in North Dakota.

Democratic Rep. Pam Anderson's bill has bipartisan support.

Anderson says she introduced the legislation at the request of one of her constituents who suffers from chronic pain.

She says the 64-year-old man gets sick from taking prescription drugs for pain.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states have laws allowing medical marijuana.

Anderson says the public is becoming more accepting of allowing the use of medical marijuana. But she's not too sure about the state Legislature.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:30:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Culturally sensitive palliative care represents new approach]]> http://gazette.com/culturally-sensitive-palliative-care-represents-new-approach/article/feed/200951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/culturally-sensitive-palliative-care-represents-new-approach/article/feed/200951?custom_click=rss

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — When doctors diagnosed Pilar Alcantara with advanced breast cancer, she felt lost and intimidated.

Growing up in Mexico, she learned to deal with illnesses using home remedies and prayer. She was taught that doctors weren't to be questioned, and she preferred not to know the details of her illnesses or treatment plans.

She felt hopeless, but that was before she connected with a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that takes cultural habits and beliefs into account while focusing on comfort and quality of life for patients with serious or terminal illnesses. She said the approach saved her.

"A few years ago, because of the pain and uncertainty, I wanted to bail on life," Alcantara said. "Palliative

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]]> WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — When doctors diagnosed Pilar Alcantara with advanced breast cancer, she felt lost and intimidated.

Growing up in Mexico, she learned to deal with illnesses using home remedies and prayer. She was taught that doctors weren't to be questioned, and she preferred not to know the details of her illnesses or treatment plans.

She felt hopeless, but that was before she connected with a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that takes cultural habits and beliefs into account while focusing on comfort and quality of life for patients with serious or terminal illnesses. She said the approach saved her.

"A few years ago, because of the pain and uncertainty, I wanted to bail on life," Alcantara said. "Palliative ]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:46:12 -0700 <![CDATA[State looking at salmonella cases in Texas Panhandle]]> http://gazette.com/state-looking-at-salmonella-cases-in-texas-panhandle/article/feed/200946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-looking-at-salmonella-cases-in-texas-panhandle/article/feed/200946?custom_click=rss DALHART, Texas (AP) — State health officials are investigating about a dozen cases of salmonella over the past several weeks in Dallam and Hartley counties in the northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle.

The director of the infection prevention program at Dalhart's Coon Memorial Hospital says the number of cases prompted the alert to state authorities. They're contacting people who have or have had the illness to try to find a common thread.

Salmonella illness is spread by eating contaminated foods, drinking contaminated water or having hand-to-mouth contact with an infected person or animal. It usually develops 12 to 72 hours after infection and can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness lasts around four

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]]> DALHART, Texas (AP) — State health officials are investigating about a dozen cases of salmonella over the past several weeks in Dallam and Hartley counties in the northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle.

The director of the infection prevention program at Dalhart's Coon Memorial Hospital says the number of cases prompted the alert to state authorities. They're contacting people who have or have had the illness to try to find a common thread.

Salmonella illness is spread by eating contaminated foods, drinking contaminated water or having hand-to-mouth contact with an infected person or animal. It usually develops 12 to 72 hours after infection and can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness lasts around four ]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:45:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Tax cut, Medicaid plan near resolution in Legislature]]> http://gazette.com/tax-cut-medicaid-plan-near-resolution-in-legislature/article/feed/200940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tax-cut-medicaid-plan-near-resolution-in-legislature/article/feed/200940?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are on the verge of resolving two of the biggest issues looming over this year's session, while an independent commission is taking the first step toward granting legislators and other elected officials substantial pay raises.

Major votes on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's tax cut plan and his push to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion are expected at the Legislature as lawmakers return to the Capitol for the fourth week of this year's session.

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]]> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are on the verge of resolving two of the biggest issues looming over this year's session, while an independent commission is taking the first step toward granting legislators and other elected officials substantial pay raises.

Major votes on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's tax cut plan and his push to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion are expected at the Legislature as lawmakers return to the Capitol for the fourth week of this year's session.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:45:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Val Kilmer says he's awaiting tests but doesn't have tumor]]> http://gazette.com/val-kilmer-says-hes-awaiting-tests-but-doesnt-have-tumor/article/feed/200828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/val-kilmer-says-hes-awaiting-tests-but-doesnt-have-tumor/article/feed/200828?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Val Kilmer confirmed Saturday that he is hospitalized and awaiting medical results, but said he has no tumor and hasn't had surgery.

In a message on his Facebook page, the 55-year-old Kilmer said he was in UCLA Medical Center's intensive care for a "complication."

"We are waiting for x ray results and will stay close to my doctors advising, my family and Christian Science practitioner when all the facts are in," he said in the Facebook post. "Then I'll do what's best and be back at it sooner than u can shake a gossip column at an out of work actor."

Earlier Saturday, his publicist, Liz Rosenberg, confirmed his hospitalization. She said the tests were for a possible tumor and that his two adult child

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Val Kilmer confirmed Saturday that he is hospitalized and awaiting medical results, but said he has no tumor and hasn't had surgery.

In a message on his Facebook page, the 55-year-old Kilmer said he was in UCLA Medical Center's intensive care for a "complication."

"We are waiting for x ray results and will stay close to my doctors advising, my family and Christian Science practitioner when all the facts are in," he said in the Facebook post. "Then I'll do what's best and be back at it sooner than u can shake a gossip column at an out of work actor."

Earlier Saturday, his publicist, Liz Rosenberg, confirmed his hospitalization. She said the tests were for a possible tumor and that his two adult child]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 02:01:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies]]> http://gazette.com/scientist-considered-father-of-birth-control-pill-dies/article/feed/200856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scientist-considered-father-of-birth-control-pill-dies/article/feed/200856?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.

Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

"The pill" as it came to be known radically transformed sexual practices and women's lives.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.

Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

"The pill" as it came to be known radically transformed sexual practices and women's lives.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:31:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Coroner: Researcher's cyanide death was suicide]]> http://gazette.com/coroner-researchers-cyanide-death-was-suicide/article/feed/200798?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coroner-researchers-cyanide-death-was-suicide/article/feed/200798?custom_click=rss PITTSBURGH (AP) — A coroner has concluded that the death of a Pittsburgh medical researcher found with cyanide in her body last fall was a suicide.

Allegheny County authorities say co-workers found 35-year-old Nicole Kotchey of Ross Township on the floor of her office at the Magee Women's Research Institute in November. She died about four hours later.

Medical examiner Dr. Karl Williams attributed the death to cyanide later in November but deferred a ruling on the manner of death.

His office said Tuesday that Kotchey died of the combined toxic effects of cyanide and a medication used to treat epilepsy.

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]]> PITTSBURGH (AP) — A coroner has concluded that the death of a Pittsburgh medical researcher found with cyanide in her body last fall was a suicide.

Allegheny County authorities say co-workers found 35-year-old Nicole Kotchey of Ross Township on the floor of her office at the Magee Women's Research Institute in November. She died about four hours later.

Medical examiner Dr. Karl Williams attributed the death to cyanide later in November but deferred a ruling on the manner of death.

His office said Tuesday that Kotchey died of the combined toxic effects of cyanide and a medication used to treat epilepsy.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:15:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Washington state may bring back the cigar bar]]> http://gazette.com/washington-state-may-bring-back-the-cigar-bar/article/feed/200791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/washington-state-may-bring-back-the-cigar-bar/article/feed/200791?custom_click=rss

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In the years since Washington voters approved a statewide smoking ban nearly a decade ago, Daniel Shaw and his cigars have wandered a state thin on options for places to light up and smoke.

Shaw can be found a couple of nights a week perched at the upstairs bar of a tribal casino in Fife, a 10-minute drive from Tacoma and a rare haven to enjoy a pricey cigar in the company of other smokers. Never mind the gambling in the rest of the building.

"I just really gravitated here because of the fact this is where I could enjoy my passion," the 64-year-old Tacoma man said over a thick Davidoff cigar and a glass of Dewar's scotch.

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]]> OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In the years since Washington voters approved a statewide smoking ban nearly a decade ago, Daniel Shaw and his cigars have wandered a state thin on options for places to light up and smoke.

Shaw can be found a couple of nights a week perched at the upstairs bar of a tribal casino in Fife, a 10-minute drive from Tacoma and a rare haven to enjoy a pricey cigar in the company of other smokers. Never mind the gambling in the rest of the building.

"I just really gravitated here because of the fact this is where I could enjoy my passion," the 64-year-old Tacoma man said over a thick Davidoff cigar and a glass of Dewar's scotch.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:01:32 -0700 <![CDATA[No measles case in Alabama linked to California outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/no-measles-case-in-alabama-linked-to-california-outbreak/article/feed/200747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-measles-case-in-alabama-linked-to-california-outbreak/article/feed/200747?custom_click=rss MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State health officials say no one in Alabama has contracted measles linked to the outbreak in California.

But they are using the outbreak to remind parents of the importance of vaccinating their children.

The president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Michael Ramsey, says pediatricians are concerned about the risk of a measles outbreak. They are supporting efforts by the state Department of Public Health to emphasize the need for children to be vaccinated.

Dr. Karen Landers of the health department says Alabama has a high vaccination rate. A survey completed last year found that more than 92 percent of Alabama kindergarteners were vaccinated.

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But they are using the outbreak to remind parents of the importance of vaccinating their children.

The president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Michael Ramsey, says pediatricians are concerned about the risk of a measles outbreak. They are supporting efforts by the state Department of Public Health to emphasize the need for children to be vaccinated.

Dr. Karen Landers of the health department says Alabama has a high vaccination rate. A survey completed last year found that more than 92 percent of Alabama kindergarteners were vaccinated.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:16:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Celebrate February with daily stories of heart health victories]]> By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com http://gazette.com/celebrate-february-with-daily-stories-of-heart-health-victories/article/1545499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celebrate-february-with-daily-stories-of-heart-health-victories/article/1545499?custom_click=rss

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:15:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers headed toward big fight over funding for teens' IUDS]]> By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-headed-toward-big-fight-over-funding-for-teens-iuds/article/1545445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-headed-toward-big-fight-over-funding-for-teens-iuds/article/1545445?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Democrats and Republicans are headed toward a clash over Colorado funding for long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices, which the governor and health officials credit for reducing the state's teen pregnancy rate.

Legislation expected to be introduced Friday would allocate $5 million to continue a program that lets low-income teens access birth control, like the devices known as IUDs, and hormone implants for free or little cost at 68 clinics in Colorado.

So far the program's cost has been supported by a $25 million private donation, and government officials say state funding is required to continue the program.



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DENVER — Democrats and Republicans are headed toward a clash over Colorado funding for long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices, which the governor and health officials credit for reducing the state's teen pregnancy rate.

Legislation expected to be introduced Friday would allocate $5 million to continue a program that lets low-income teens access birth control, like the devices known as IUDs, and hormone implants for free or little cost at 68 clinics in Colorado.

So far the program's cost has been supported by a $25 million private donation, and government officials say state funding is required to continue the program.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:30:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Those possibly exposed to measles in El Paso County have passed incubation period]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/those-possibly-exposed-to-measles-in-el-paso-county-have-passed-incubation-period/article/1545367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/those-possibly-exposed-to-measles-in-el-paso-county-have-passed-incubation-period/article/1545367?custom_click=rss More than 330 people possibly exposed to measles in El Paso County have passed their incubation period, the county public health department said Wednesday.

A Colorado woman sickened with measles in an outbreak linked to two Disney theme parks in California was treated Jan. 3 at Penrose Hospital and possibly exposed hundreds to the virus.

In a Twitter post Wednesday, the health department said 337 people potentially exposed to measles passed the up-to-three-week incubation period and that no other cases were identified in the community. The period ended at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

The woman was the only person in Colorado whom health officials have linked to the recent outbreak.

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]]> More than 330 people possibly exposed to measles in El Paso County have passed their incubation period, the county public health department said Wednesday.

A Colorado woman sickened with measles in an outbreak linked to two Disney theme parks in California was treated Jan. 3 at Penrose Hospital and possibly exposed hundreds to the virus.

In a Twitter post Wednesday, the health department said 337 people potentially exposed to measles passed the up-to-three-week incubation period and that no other cases were identified in the community. The period ended at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

The woman was the only person in Colorado whom health officials have linked to the recent outbreak.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:15:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Blog: Breath can boost]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/blog-breath-can-boost/article/1545374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-breath-can-boost/article/1545374?custom_click=rss Last night in class, I talked a bit about pranayama, otherwise known as breathwork.

The Sanskrit word prana means life force. Ayama means extension of, therefore pranayama is extension of the life force. Who wouldn't want that?

When I first started doing yoga and heard about prana, I thought it meant just the breath, the oxygen I inhaled. But prana is more than just the breath. It's that life force, that vitality and vibrancy that we feel. It's almost indescribable. But you know days when your prana is low, and other days when your prana is strong.

Doing pranayama (breathwork) can really change the way you feel in a matter of seconds and minutes. 

In most vinyasa classes, we practice ujjayi pranayama,



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Last night in class, I talked a bit about pranayama, otherwise known as breathwork.

The Sanskrit word prana means life force. Ayama means extension of, therefore pranayama is extension of the life force. Who wouldn't want that?

When I first started doing yoga and heard about prana, I thought it meant just the breath, the oxygen I inhaled. But prana is more than just the breath. It's that life force, that vitality and vibrancy that we feel. It's almost indescribable. But you know days when your prana is low, and other days when your prana is strong.

Doing pranayama (breathwork) can really change the way you feel in a matter of seconds and minutes. 

In most vinyasa classes, we practice ujjayi pranayama,

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:57:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Creation by Colorado Springs company helps health insurance shoppers]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/creation-by-colorado-springs-company-helps-health-insurance-shoppers/article/1545364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/creation-by-colorado-springs-company-helps-health-insurance-shoppers/article/1545364?custom_click=rss Connect for Health Colorado, which operates the state's health insurance exchange, has begun using a virtual assistant developed by Colorado Springs-based CodeBaby Corp. to help consumers navigate its website and purchase health care coverage.

The assistant, named Kyla, appears on the exchange homepage (connectforhealthco.com) and at key points on the site to help consumers make decisions and provide them with information that includes applying for financial assistance and understanding insurance terms. She appears on both the exchange's English- and Spanish-language sites.

Access Health CT in Connecticut became the first state exchange to launch a CodeBaby virtual assistant in November.



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Connect for Health Colorado, which operates the state's health insurance exchange, has begun using a virtual assistant developed by Colorado Springs-based CodeBaby Corp. to help consumers navigate its website and purchase health care coverage.

The assistant, named Kyla, appears on the exchange homepage (connectforhealthco.com) and at key points on the site to help consumers make decisions and provide them with information that includes applying for financial assistance and understanding insurance terms. She appears on both the exchange's English- and Spanish-language sites.

Access Health CT in Connecticut became the first state exchange to launch a CodeBaby virtual assistant in November.

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:36:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Worst flu season in at least a decade may have peaked]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/worst-flu-season-in-at-least-a-decade-may-have-peaked/article/1545338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worst-flu-season-in-at-least-a-decade-may-have-peaked/article/1545338?custom_click=rss

The most virulent flu season in years appears to be losing steam.

Flu-related hospitalizations in El Paso County dipped below five last week, adding credence to suspicions that the worst flu season in at least 10 years may have hit its peak.

As of Saturday, 249 people have been hospitalized for the virus in El Paso County since the fall - a figure eclipsing last year's mark as well as the number of hospitalizations during the 2009-10 pandemic, according to Lisa Miller, epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The number of local hospital admissions mimics a trend across Colorado, which has seen 2,602 people hospitalized as of Saturday - also an increase from last season and the



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The most virulent flu season in years appears to be losing steam.

Flu-related hospitalizations in El Paso County dipped below five last week, adding credence to suspicions that the worst flu season in at least 10 years may have hit its peak.

As of Saturday, 249 people have been hospitalized for the virus in El Paso County since the fall - a figure eclipsing last year's mark as well as the number of hospitalizations during the 2009-10 pandemic, according to Lisa Miller, epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The number of local hospital admissions mimics a trend across Colorado, which has seen 2,602 people hospitalized as of Saturday - also an increase from last season and the

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:43:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Eat Well: Time to show your heart some love]]> By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eat-well-time-to-show-your-heart-some-love/article/1545282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-time-to-show-your-heart-some-love/article/1545282?custom_click=rss

While love has its own day on the 14th, heart health is the main focus of February.

American Heart Month is a time to show yourself the love. And a statistic that always astonishes me is that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, as well as men, in the U.S., according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The reason it's so stunning is that we hear so much about breast cancer when it comes to women.

Another surprise is the fact that the number of preventable deaths from heart disease has declined in people ages 65 to 74 but has remained unchanged in those younger than 65. And, guys, you are twice as likely as women to die from preventable heart disease.



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While love has its own day on the 14th, heart health is the main focus of February.

American Heart Month is a time to show yourself the love. And a statistic that always astonishes me is that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, as well as men, in the U.S., according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The reason it's so stunning is that we hear so much about breast cancer when it comes to women.

Another surprise is the fact that the number of preventable deaths from heart disease has declined in people ages 65 to 74 but has remained unchanged in those younger than 65. And, guys, you are twice as likely as women to die from preventable heart disease.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:34:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs drug study could help Meniere's Disease sufferers]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-drug-study-could-help-menieres-disease-sufferers/article/1545298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-drug-study-could-help-menieres-disease-sufferers/article/1545298?custom_click=rss Meniere's disease is a degenerative, incurable disorder of the inner ear that causes vertigo, vision problems and tinnitus on its way to possibly robbing a sufferer of the ability to hear.

"The way I can explain mine is on a good day, it sounded like the wind was howling and there was a siren. On a bad day, it sounded like I was standing in front of a jet engine in front of my left ear," said 2015 Grammy nominee Ryan Adams, describing the condition that came close to ending his music career in a 2011 interview with Us Weekly magazine. "As all that stuff was going on, I was losing my hearing." (Adams adjusted his lifestyle and diet and now is better able to manage the chronic disease.



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Meniere's disease is a degenerative, incurable disorder of the inner ear that causes vertigo, vision problems and tinnitus on its way to possibly robbing a sufferer of the ability to hear.

"The way I can explain mine is on a good day, it sounded like the wind was howling and there was a siren. On a bad day, it sounded like I was standing in front of a jet engine in front of my left ear," said 2015 Grammy nominee Ryan Adams, describing the condition that came close to ending his music career in a 2011 interview with Us Weekly magazine. "As all that stuff was going on, I was losing my hearing." (Adams adjusted his lifestyle and diet and now is better able to manage the chronic disease.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:33:16 -0700
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: Measles not quite thing of the past]]> By James Hubbard Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-measles-not-quite-thing-of-the-past/article/1545299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-measles-not-quite-thing-of-the-past/article/1545299?custom_click=rss

Some childhood diseases made quite an impact on me. Chickenpox itched like crazy and the mumps gave me big cheeks. But I barely can remember when I became infected with red measles. Sure, it kept me down a few days, but everyone got the measles.

Before the immunization became prevalent, it's estimated that 95 percent or more Americans had the red measles as a child. (Red measles now is called measles. Another type, German measles, now is called by its proper name, rubella.) Since I've been a doctor, I've seen one case, maybe two.

El Paso County recently had its first case of measles, or rubeola, in years, and I suspect many of us with gray hair wonder what's the big deal.

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Some childhood diseases made quite an impact on me. Chickenpox itched like crazy and the mumps gave me big cheeks. But I barely can remember when I became infected with red measles. Sure, it kept me down a few days, but everyone got the measles.

Before the immunization became prevalent, it's estimated that 95 percent or more Americans had the red measles as a child. (Red measles now is called measles. Another type, German measles, now is called by its proper name, rubella.) Since I've been a doctor, I've seen one case, maybe two.

El Paso County recently had its first case of measles, or rubeola, in years, and I suspect many of us with gray hair wonder what's the big deal.

Most of us were infected with measles and got

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:31:49 -0700
<![CDATA[The People's Pharmacy: Popular drugs are linked to Alzheimer's disease]]> By Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. King Features Syndicate - http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-popular-drugs-are-linked-to-alzheimers-disease/article/1545297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-popular-drugs-are-linked-to-alzheimers-disease/article/1545297?custom_click=rss

Are anti-
anxiety agents and sleeping pills dulling our thinking and increasing our risk of Alzheimer's? That is a question giving some scientists nightmares.

These are among the more prescribed drugs in America. Alprazolam (Xanax) is dispensed nearly 50 million times each year. Other popular benzodiazepine medications for anxiety and insomnia include clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam.

A study published in the journal The BMJ (online, Sept. 10) found a link between this category of medications and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The investigators reported that older people who had taken such drugs for at least three months were 51 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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anxiety agents and sleeping pills dulling our thinking and increasing our risk of Alzheimer's? That is a question giving some scientists nightmares.

These are among the more prescribed drugs in America. Alprazolam (Xanax) is dispensed nearly 50 million times each year. Other popular benzodiazepine medications for anxiety and insomnia include clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam.

A study published in the journal The BMJ (online, Sept. 10) found a link between this category of medications and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The investigators reported that older people who had taken such drugs for at least three months were 51 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 27, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-27-2015/article/1545294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-27-2015/article/1545294?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.

Miguel Dakota with Christian and Scooby Benefit Concert- To support the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 8 p.m. Saturday, The Broadmoor World Arena 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $33-$98; 477-2100, worldarena.com.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services classes, screenings and programs - Registration required.
- Foot and Ankle Pain, 6-7:3 p.m. Thursday, Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care, 3027 N. Circle Drive, free; penrosestfrancis.org/events.

"Race, Politics and the Criminalization of Mental

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Miguel Dakota with Christian and Scooby Benefit Concert- To support the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 8 p.m. Saturday, The Broadmoor World Arena 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $33-$98; 477-2100, worldarena.com.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services classes, screenings and programs - Registration required.
- Foot and Ankle Pain, 6-7:3 p.m. Thursday, Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care, 3027 N. Circle Drive, free; penrosestfrancis.org/events.

"Race, Politics and the Criminalization of Mental]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado tightening reins on health insurance exchange]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-tightening-reins-on-health-insurance-exchange/article/1545252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-tightening-reins-on-health-insurance-exchange/article/1545252?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado's health insurance exchange is facing more scrutiny from the Legislature.

The state Senate gave initial approval Monday to two bill to increase oversight of the quasi-public exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado.

One of the bills authorizes state auditors to take a closer look at how the exchange operates.

The measure is a priority for Republicans who have newly taken control of the Senate. Democrats opposed the measure last year, but are supporting it this year.

The other bill requires lawmakers to approve before the exchange awards employee bonuses. Republicans call it a needed check on the exchange. Democrats called it onerous for an agency that both sides want to run with



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DENVER — Colorado's health insurance exchange is facing more scrutiny from the Legislature.

The state Senate gave initial approval Monday to two bill to increase oversight of the quasi-public exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado.

One of the bills authorizes state auditors to take a closer look at how the exchange operates.

The measure is a priority for Republicans who have newly taken control of the Senate. Democrats opposed the measure last year, but are supporting it this year.

The other bill requires lawmakers to approve before the exchange awards employee bonuses. Republicans call it a needed check on the exchange. Democrats called it onerous for an agency that both sides want to run with

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:28:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Blog: Zumba is still an effective workout, changing lives around the globe]]> By Stephanie Swearngin, stephanie.swearngin@gazette.com http://gazette.com/blog-zumba-is-still-an-effective-workout-changing-lives-around-the-globe/article/1545230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-zumba-is-still-an-effective-workout-changing-lives-around-the-globe/article/1545230?custom_click=rss

Zumba has been around since 2001. It may no longer be the latest fitness trend, but it is still a popular workout that people do throughout the world.

 

Zumba is a dance fitness workout that uses Latin and international rhythms to create a party-like experience. It’s known to be exercise in disguise. But the question is: Is it still an effective workout?

 

I may be a little biased because I’ve been teaching Zumba for five years, but I think Zumba is one of the most fun ways to get in shape. Plus, there are several formats for all ages and



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Zumba has been around since 2001. It may no longer be the latest fitness trend, but it is still a popular workout that people do throughout the world.

 

Zumba is a dance fitness workout that uses Latin and international rhythms to create a party-like experience. It’s known to be exercise in disguise. But the question is: Is it still an effective workout?

 

I may be a little biased because I’ve been teaching Zumba for five years, but I think Zumba is one of the most fun ways to get in shape. Plus, there are several formats for all ages and

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:29:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force cadets gobble up vegetables as academy moves to healthier meals]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-cadets-gobble-up-vegetables-as-academy-moves-to-healthier-meals/article/1545205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-cadets-gobble-up-vegetables-as-academy-moves-to-healthier-meals/article/1545205?custom_click=rss

The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces.

All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad.

Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the military meal.

The facility on a daily basis serves a sit-down lunch for 4,000 cadets, who are served at their tables by waiters. The whole process from passing the milk to finishing the dessert runs a precise 23 minutes.

"It's the cleanup that takes the time," said Ed "Fitz" Fitzhenry, director of cadet food services at the academy.



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The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces.

All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad.

Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the military meal.

The facility on a daily basis serves a sit-down lunch for 4,000 cadets, who are served at their tables by waiters. The whole process from passing the milk to finishing the dessert runs a precise 23 minutes.

"It's the cleanup that takes the time," said Ed "Fitz" Fitzhenry, director of cadet food services at the academy.

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:23:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Bye-bye semiprivate rooms: Memorial-UCHealth central campus to get $40 million facelift]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/bye-bye-semiprivate-rooms-memorial-uchealth-central-campus-to-get-40-million-facelift/article/1545131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bye-bye-semiprivate-rooms-memorial-uchealth-central-campus-to-get-40-million-facelift/article/1545131?custom_click=rss

University of Colorado Health is planning to launch a $40 million renovation project at its Memorial Hospital Central campus by the end of March that will turn most of its two-person rooms into single occupancy and upgrade its equipment.

The nearly two-year project at the 1400 E. Boulder St. campus resulted from a year of facilities planning that began after UCHealth leased Memorial Health System from the city of Colorado Springs in late 2012, George Hayes, CEO of Memorial-UCHealth, said Friday.

"Patients prefer not to have roommates, just like they would in a hotel," Hayes said.



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University of Colorado Health is planning to launch a $40 million renovation project at its Memorial Hospital Central campus by the end of March that will turn most of its two-person rooms into single occupancy and upgrade its equipment.

The nearly two-year project at the 1400 E. Boulder St. campus resulted from a year of facilities planning that began after UCHealth leased Memorial Health System from the city of Colorado Springs in late 2012, George Hayes, CEO of Memorial-UCHealth, said Friday.

"Patients prefer not to have roommates, just like they would in a hotel," Hayes said.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:40:47 -0700