<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:16:42 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hoyas' senior to start after heart condition ended career]]> http://gazette.com/hoyas-senior-to-start-after-heart-condition-ended-career/article/feed/211531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hoyas-senior-to-start-after-heart-condition-ended-career/article/feed/211531?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — More than three years after a heart ailment stopped his basketball career, Georgetown senior Tyler Adams will start in his final home game Saturday.

The program received a waiver from the NCAA to play Adams, who has remained on scholarship despite not playing since early in his freshman season. The 6-foot-9 center won't play much against Seton Hall, but he was surprised to learn from John Thompson III that he would play at all.

"I thought it was a joke," Adams said when the coach told the team. "Everyone started laughing and it kind of shocked me, but everyone was excited when they heard the news."

Adams entered the program known for heralded big men as part of a freshman class that included Washingt

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — More than three years after a heart ailment stopped his basketball career, Georgetown senior Tyler Adams will start in his final home game Saturday.

The program received a waiver from the NCAA to play Adams, who has remained on scholarship despite not playing since early in his freshman season. The 6-foot-9 center won't play much against Seton Hall, but he was surprised to learn from John Thompson III that he would play at all.

"I thought it was a joke," Adams said when the coach told the team. "Everyone started laughing and it kind of shocked me, but everyone was excited when they heard the news."

Adams entered the program known for heralded big men as part of a freshman class that included Washingt]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:16:37 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico House to take up abortion bills]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-house-to-take-up-abortion-bills/article/feed/211515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-house-to-take-up-abortion-bills/article/feed/211515?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House is expected to consider two abortion bills, one banning late-term abortions and the other requiring parental notification within 48 hours when a minor is seeking to end a pregnancy.

The bills go further than other existing legislation around the nation, according to the New York-based Guttmacher Institute. An analyst with the research organization says the New Mexico proposals carve out exemptions for more medical professionals and use "personal conviction" as a reason to refuse services to women seeking abortions.

"This is a brand new term ... You don't see the term personal conviction in the (existing) laws," said analyst Elizabeth Nash.

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]]> SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House is expected to consider two abortion bills, one banning late-term abortions and the other requiring parental notification within 48 hours when a minor is seeking to end a pregnancy.

The bills go further than other existing legislation around the nation, according to the New York-based Guttmacher Institute. An analyst with the research organization says the New Mexico proposals carve out exemptions for more medical professionals and use "personal conviction" as a reason to refuse services to women seeking abortions.

"This is a brand new term ... You don't see the term personal conviction in the (existing) laws," said analyst Elizabeth Nash.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:16:37 -0700 <![CDATA[House bill would remove limitations on cancer hospital]]> http://gazette.com/house-bill-would-remove-limitations-on-cancer-hospital/article/feed/211433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-bill-would-remove-limitations-on-cancer-hospital/article/feed/211433?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — A House bill that would remove limitations placed on a for-profit cancer hospital under a 2008 deal with Georgia lawmakers has run into stiff opposition.

Illinois-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America was allowed to set up shop in Newnan after pledging that 65 percent of its patients would come from outside Georgia, and that it would limit the number of patient beds to 50.

It got the OK in 2008 only after it agreed to the limitations. Now CTCA, which ran into stiff opposition in the legislature when it first tried to gain entry to the state in 2007, wants to remove the limitations. For-profit hospitals and their supporters in the Legislature are upset, and also perplexed that the issue has come up so late

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — A House bill that would remove limitations placed on a for-profit cancer hospital under a 2008 deal with Georgia lawmakers has run into stiff opposition.

Illinois-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America was allowed to set up shop in Newnan after pledging that 65 percent of its patients would come from outside Georgia, and that it would limit the number of patient beds to 50.

It got the OK in 2008 only after it agreed to the limitations. Now CTCA, which ran into stiff opposition in the legislature when it first tried to gain entry to the state in 2007, wants to remove the limitations. For-profit hospitals and their supporters in the Legislature are upset, and also perplexed that the issue has come up so late]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:16:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Brian Vickers back to racing after offseason heart surgery]]> http://gazette.com/brian-vickers-back-to-racing-after-offseason-heart-surgery/article/feed/211530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brian-vickers-back-to-racing-after-offseason-heart-surgery/article/feed/211530?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brian Vickers missed the first two races of the season as he recovered from heart surgery. As he neared his return, he wondered if maybe he was getting back into a car a little too soon.

It was his doctors who picked this weekend at Las Vegas as the target date, but Vickers was willing to hold out a bit longer. He admitted Friday to repeatedly questioning his doctors about coming back this weekend.

"I'm like, 'Are you sure? I'm totally fine waiting as long as you want' and they were like, 'No, no. You're totally good. You'll be fine. Don't worry about it,'" said Vickers, who even offered to go in for a checkup before leaving for Las Vegas. "I want to go racing. It's what I love, but I didn't push them into

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]]> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brian Vickers missed the first two races of the season as he recovered from heart surgery. As he neared his return, he wondered if maybe he was getting back into a car a little too soon.

It was his doctors who picked this weekend at Las Vegas as the target date, but Vickers was willing to hold out a bit longer. He admitted Friday to repeatedly questioning his doctors about coming back this weekend.

"I'm like, 'Are you sure? I'm totally fine waiting as long as you want' and they were like, 'No, no. You're totally good. You'll be fine. Don't worry about it,'" said Vickers, who even offered to go in for a checkup before leaving for Las Vegas. "I want to go racing. It's what I love, but I didn't push them into ]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:16:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Sierra Leone's ruling party expels vice president]]> http://gazette.com/sierra-leones-ruling-party-expels-vice-president/article/feed/211537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sierra-leones-ruling-party-expels-vice-president/article/feed/211537?custom_click=rss FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's national media says that Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been expelled from the ruling party while he is one week into a self-imposed 3-week quarantine, following the death of one of his body guards of Ebola. The broadcaster reported that according to the constitution Sumana remains vice president of the country.

The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation made the announcement late Friday after a meeting of the National Advisory Council of the ruling party, the All Peoples Congress.

According to the broadcast news item, Sam-Sumana was expelled for several reasons including allegations that he presented a fake Master's degree certificate and that he was involved in the formati

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]]> FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's national media says that Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been expelled from the ruling party while he is one week into a self-imposed 3-week quarantine, following the death of one of his body guards of Ebola. The broadcaster reported that according to the constitution Sumana remains vice president of the country.

The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation made the announcement late Friday after a meeting of the National Advisory Council of the ruling party, the All Peoples Congress.

According to the broadcast news item, Sam-Sumana was expelled for several reasons including allegations that he presented a fake Master's degree certificate and that he was involved in the formati]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:16:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Coroner: Ohio State athlete who killed self had concussions]]> http://gazette.com/coroner-ohio-state-athlete-who-killed-self-had-concussions/article/feed/211498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coroner-ohio-state-athlete-who-killed-self-had-concussions/article/feed/211498?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State athlete who committed suicide had suffered concussions but didn't show evidence of trauma affecting the brain, a coroner said Friday.

Wrestler and football scout team member Kosta Karageorge, who was 22, had been missing for several days when his body was found in a trash bin in Columbus not far from his campus-area apartment on Nov. 30. A handgun was found near his right hand.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz had waited for neuropathology reports about Karageorge's brain before making Friday's announcement. Ortiz had previously said Karageorge killed himself with a gunshot to the head. She says her determination that it was a suicide won't change.

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]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State athlete who committed suicide had suffered concussions but didn't show evidence of trauma affecting the brain, a coroner said Friday.

Wrestler and football scout team member Kosta Karageorge, who was 22, had been missing for several days when his body was found in a trash bin in Columbus not far from his campus-area apartment on Nov. 30. A handgun was found near his right hand.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz had waited for neuropathology reports about Karageorge's brain before making Friday's announcement. Ortiz had previously said Karageorge killed himself with a gunshot to the head. She says her determination that it was a suicide won't change.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:02:05 -0700 <![CDATA[State employees could face higher health care costs]]> http://gazette.com/state-employees-could-face-higher-health-care-costs/article/feed/211520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-employees-could-face-higher-health-care-costs/article/feed/211520?custom_click=rss DOVER, Del. (AP) — An employee benefits panel will vote later this month on proposals aimed at closing an estimated $60 million deficit in Delaware's state health insurance plan.

The panel met Friday but didn't vote on any of the proposals, which include new or higher deductibles, and higher copays for drugs, lab tests, outpatient surgeries and hospital stays.

Officials are even considering eliminating coverage for erectile dysfunction pills, which are used by more than 3,400 state employees and retirees.

State taxpayers cover 91 percent of the annual premiums for government workers and retirees.

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]]> DOVER, Del. (AP) — An employee benefits panel will vote later this month on proposals aimed at closing an estimated $60 million deficit in Delaware's state health insurance plan.

The panel met Friday but didn't vote on any of the proposals, which include new or higher deductibles, and higher copays for drugs, lab tests, outpatient surgeries and hospital stays.

Officials are even considering eliminating coverage for erectile dysfunction pills, which are used by more than 3,400 state employees and retirees.

State taxpayers cover 91 percent of the annual premiums for government workers and retirees.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:02:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Illinois House OKs plan for healthier snacks at rest areas]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-house-oks-plan-for-healthier-snacks-at-rest-areas/article/feed/211519?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-house-oks-plan-for-healthier-snacks-at-rest-areas/article/feed/211519?custom_click=rss SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan that would add healthier snack options to vending machines at state rest areas and welcome centers.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises (http://bit.ly/1Enk5pV ) newspapers reports the state House gave its unanimous OK on Thursday.

Republican state Rep. Don Moffitt of Gilson, who is sponsoring the resolution, says the vending machines that he has seen don't have any healthy or low-calorie options. The resolution would require machines to have at least three healthy selections of 220 calories or less for every 10 items. Two of the healthy options must also be from Illinois.

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]]> SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan that would add healthier snack options to vending machines at state rest areas and welcome centers.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises (http://bit.ly/1Enk5pV ) newspapers reports the state House gave its unanimous OK on Thursday.

Republican state Rep. Don Moffitt of Gilson, who is sponsoring the resolution, says the vending machines that he has seen don't have any healthy or low-calorie options. The resolution would require machines to have at least three healthy selections of 220 calories or less for every 10 items. Two of the healthy options must also be from Illinois.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:02:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Bill would let terminally ill people try experimental drugs]]> http://gazette.com/bill-would-let-terminally-ill-people-try-experimental-drugs/article/feed/211392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-would-let-terminally-ill-people-try-experimental-drugs/article/feed/211392?custom_click=rss CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Terminally ill patients in Nevada could take advantage of experimental drugs that haven't finished a lengthy vetting by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if a "right to try" bill passes the state Legislature.

The Assembly Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing Friday for AB164, which would allow patients to use drugs that have cleared the first phase of testing by the FDA as long as they're supervised by a doctor. Similar laws have passed in five states, and are under consideration in more than two dozen others.

"I hope that this passes," said Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, a Las Vegas Democrat who's sponsoring the bill. "It will make life a little easier in terms of getting medicati

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]]> CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Terminally ill patients in Nevada could take advantage of experimental drugs that haven't finished a lengthy vetting by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if a "right to try" bill passes the state Legislature.

The Assembly Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing Friday for AB164, which would allow patients to use drugs that have cleared the first phase of testing by the FDA as long as they're supervised by a doctor. Similar laws have passed in five states, and are under consideration in more than two dozen others.

"I hope that this passes," said Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, a Las Vegas Democrat who's sponsoring the bill. "It will make life a little easier in terms of getting medicati]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:02:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Gov. Mead presses lawmakers for new health care solutions]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-mead-presses-lawmakers-for-new-health-care-solutions/article/feed/211499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-mead-presses-lawmakers-for-new-health-care-solutions/article/feed/211499?custom_click=rss CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead told state lawmakers Friday that, having rejected Medicaid expansion, the burden's on them to come up with a solution for addressing health care problems in the state.

Mead addressed the Senate and the House in closing remarks at the end of the general legislative session on Friday.

Both houses of the Legislature voted to reject more than $100 million a year in federal funding to expand the Medicaid program that would extend health care coverage to 17,600 low-income adults. Mead has been an opponent of Medicaid expansion, an element of the federal Affordable Care Act, but came into this session asking lawmakers to approve it.

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]]> CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead told state lawmakers Friday that, having rejected Medicaid expansion, the burden's on them to come up with a solution for addressing health care problems in the state.

Mead addressed the Senate and the House in closing remarks at the end of the general legislative session on Friday.

Both houses of the Legislature voted to reject more than $100 million a year in federal funding to expand the Medicaid program that would extend health care coverage to 17,600 low-income adults. Mead has been an opponent of Medicaid expansion, an element of the federal Affordable Care Act, but came into this session asking lawmakers to approve it.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:03:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Deadly bird flu strain jeopardizes Minnesota turkey exports]]> http://gazette.com/deadly-bird-flu-strain-jeopardizes-minnesota-turkey-exports/article/feed/211426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deadly-bird-flu-strain-jeopardizes-minnesota-turkey-exports/article/feed/211426?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza wiped out a flock of 15,000 birds in about a week.

Health officials in the country's largest turkey-producing state say farmers are taking extra precautions and the strain is unlikely to infect humans. The head of the state's turkey farming association says he's "guardedly optimistic" the flu can be contained. But the rapid action in Europe, Central America and elsewhere could jeopardize up to about $100 million in international exports.

The H5N2 strain will have "a huge impact" on Minnesota's turkey exports, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Associat

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]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza wiped out a flock of 15,000 birds in about a week.

Health officials in the country's largest turkey-producing state say farmers are taking extra precautions and the strain is unlikely to infect humans. The head of the state's turkey farming association says he's "guardedly optimistic" the flu can be contained. But the rapid action in Europe, Central America and elsewhere could jeopardize up to about $100 million in international exports.

The H5N2 strain will have "a huge impact" on Minnesota's turkey exports, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Associat]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:02:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Montana Senators hear mental health proposals]]> http://gazette.com/montana-senators-hear-mental-health-proposals/article/feed/211427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-senators-hear-mental-health-proposals/article/feed/211427?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State senators heard on Friday a slate of bills to expand Montana's mental health care system, many of which overlap with the governor's plan.

Three Republican proposals and two Democratic bills were heard in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee, which dedicated more than three hours to the measures.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman testified in favor of the three Republican bills that would open more mental health crisis centers and put additional beds in the four existing ones. Hoffman said West House, the crisis center located in his county, has had huge success rehabilitating people who would otherwise be transferred to the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.

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]]> HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State senators heard on Friday a slate of bills to expand Montana's mental health care system, many of which overlap with the governor's plan.

Three Republican proposals and two Democratic bills were heard in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee, which dedicated more than three hours to the measures.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman testified in favor of the three Republican bills that would open more mental health crisis centers and put additional beds in the four existing ones. Hoffman said West House, the crisis center located in his county, has had huge success rehabilitating people who would otherwise be transferred to the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:16:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Jail looms for mom who fled with son to fight circumcision]]> http://gazette.com/jail-looms-for-mom-who-fled-with-son-to-fight-circumcision/article/feed/211452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jail-looms-for-mom-who-fled-with-son-to-fight-circumcision/article/feed/211452?custom_click=rss DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman who fled with her son while fighting to prevent his circumcision will face imprisonment if she doesn't return and allow the surgery to proceed, a judge ruled Friday.

In a stinging rebuke of the mother, Heather Hironimus, Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen said she had successfully dragged out a legal battle and was "reprehensible" for going missing with the boy and for conduct that has put the 4-year-old in a public spotlight "making him an object of curiosity and worse." He found her in contempt and demanded she appear in court Tuesday with the child or he would command police to find her.

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]]> DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman who fled with her son while fighting to prevent his circumcision will face imprisonment if she doesn't return and allow the surgery to proceed, a judge ruled Friday.

In a stinging rebuke of the mother, Heather Hironimus, Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen said she had successfully dragged out a legal battle and was "reprehensible" for going missing with the boy and for conduct that has put the 4-year-old in a public spotlight "making him an object of curiosity and worse." He found her in contempt and demanded she appear in court Tuesday with the child or he would command police to find her.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:16:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Last surgeries underway in 12-person kidney transplant chain]]> http://gazette.com/last-surgeries-underway-in-12-person-kidney-transplant-chain/article/feed/211263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/last-surgeries-underway-in-12-person-kidney-transplant-chain/article/feed/211263?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Surgeons have started the final operations in an organ donation chain that will result in six patients getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital.

Three surgeries Thursday and three Friday at the California Pacific Medical Center represent the largest kidney donation chain in the 44-year history of the hospital's transplant center.

The patients are between 24 to 70 years old, and most are from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Those who had surgery Thursday were resting comfortably in recovery rooms.

Domino-like kidney swaps are becoming increasingly common when a donor's kidney is incompatible with a relative or friend who needs one.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Surgeons have started the final operations in an organ donation chain that will result in six patients getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital.

Three surgeries Thursday and three Friday at the California Pacific Medical Center represent the largest kidney donation chain in the 44-year history of the hospital's transplant center.

The patients are between 24 to 70 years old, and most are from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Those who had surgery Thursday were resting comfortably in recovery rooms.

Domino-like kidney swaps are becoming increasingly common when a donor's kidney is incompatible with a relative or friend who needs one.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:47:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Father of Ohio teen poisoned by caffeine powder files suit]]> http://gazette.com/father-of-ohio-teen-poisoned-by-caffeine-powder-files-suit/article/feed/211367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/father-of-ohio-teen-poisoned-by-caffeine-powder-files-suit/article/feed/211367?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement's dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen's father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner was just days from graduating high school in northeast Ohio when, on May 27, his brother found him unresponsive in the family's home in LaGrange, southwest of Cleveland. A coroner ruled that Stiner died of cardiac arrhythmia and seizure due to acute caffeine toxicity. The amount of caffeine in his system was about 23 times greater than the level in a typical soda or coffee drinker.

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement's dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen's father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner was just days from graduating high school in northeast Ohio when, on May 27, his brother found him unresponsive in the family's home in LaGrange, southwest of Cleveland. A coroner ruled that Stiner died of cardiac arrhythmia and seizure due to acute caffeine toxicity. The amount of caffeine in his system was about 23 times greater than the level in a typical soda or coffee drinker.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:03:39 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball: Gatsby goes Western]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-gatsby-goes-western/article/1547266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-gatsby-goes-western/article/1547266?custom_click=rss

It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night.

No oxymoron this.

The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Some of the fashionable gents wore dress cowboy boots with their tuxedoes while some of the women happily opted for custom boots beneath their long gowns instead of kill-your-feet-by-evening's -end stilettos.

The Western theme was throughout. Greeting arrivals on the blustery night were the Girl of the West Rachael Braaten and her Aide Allison Mitchell representing this summer's 75th anniversary



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It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night.

No oxymoron this.

The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Some of the fashionable gents wore dress cowboy boots with their tuxedoes while some of the women happily opted for custom boots beneath their long gowns instead of kill-your-feet-by-evening's -end stilettos.

The Western theme was throughout. Greeting arrivals on the blustery night were the Girl of the West Rachael Braaten and her Aide Allison Mitchell representing this summer's 75th anniversary

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<![CDATA[20 people to undergo shots after stray kitten tests positive for rabies in northeast Colorado Springs]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/20-people-to-undergo-shots-after-stray-kitten-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1547203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/20-people-to-undergo-shots-after-stray-kitten-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1547203?custom_click=rss

Twenty people must undergo a series of preventative shots after a kitten tested positive for rabies in northeast Colorado Springs.

It's the first confirmed case of rabies in a domesticated cat in El Paso County since 1966, according to county public health officials.

A family living near Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard took in the 6-month-old stray kitten in early February, and it started showing symptoms Feb. 22 or 23, said Shannon Rowe, the health department's communicable disease program manager.

Family members took the kitten to a veterinarian Feb. 24, and the vet reported the animal to the health department the next day.

The test came back positive for rabies Friday, the health department said.



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Twenty people must undergo a series of preventative shots after a kitten tested positive for rabies in northeast Colorado Springs.

It's the first confirmed case of rabies in a domesticated cat in El Paso County since 1966, according to county public health officials.

A family living near Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard took in the 6-month-old stray kitten in early February, and it started showing symptoms Feb. 22 or 23, said Shannon Rowe, the health department's communicable disease program manager.

Family members took the kitten to a veterinarian Feb. 24, and the vet reported the animal to the health department the next day.

The test came back positive for rabies Friday, the health department said.

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<![CDATA[Guide offers tips, resources to avoid senior hospitalizations]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/guide-offers-tips-resources-to-avoid-senior-hospitalizations/article/1547232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guide-offers-tips-resources-to-avoid-senior-hospitalizations/article/1547232?custom_click=rss

Family members can play a pivotal role in maintaining the health and independence of senior loved ones by taking steps ahead of time to recognize and address major risk factors in the aging adult's home or lifestyle.

Forty-seven percent of aging adults have put their health at risk by delaying medical attention, and nearly 50 percent of senior hospitalizations are preventable, according to a survey of geriatric nurses by Home Instead Senior Care, whose franchises provide home care, support and companionship services for older adults living independently.



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Family members can play a pivotal role in maintaining the health and independence of senior loved ones by taking steps ahead of time to recognize and address major risk factors in the aging adult's home or lifestyle.

Forty-seven percent of aging adults have put their health at risk by delaying medical attention, and nearly 50 percent of senior hospitalizations are preventable, according to a survey of geriatric nurses by Home Instead Senior Care, whose franchises provide home care, support and companionship services for older adults living independently.

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<![CDATA[Ruining the athlete: Parents, coaches err by forcing children into just one sports]]> By Milo F. Bryant Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/ruining-the-athlete-parents-coaches-err-by-forcing-children-into-just-one-sports/article/1547228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ruining-the-athlete-parents-coaches-err-by-forcing-children-into-just-one-sports/article/1547228?custom_click=rss

Soapbox in place. Stepping onto it.

We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Early specialization among our young sports enthusiasts is bordering on an epidemic. Call it the systematic killing of the great athlete. And we are the culprits.

"We" refers to the adults among us who force children to play one sport, forsaking all others; guilt, coerce or pressure other adults to continue their children in season after season of participation in order to keep the athlete in an organization's developmental pipeline; spend inordinate amounts of money on children's sports programs and expect a financial return on the investment.

Systematic and institutional death. Cue the organ.



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Soapbox in place. Stepping onto it.

We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Early specialization among our young sports enthusiasts is bordering on an epidemic. Call it the systematic killing of the great athlete. And we are the culprits.

"We" refers to the adults among us who force children to play one sport, forsaking all others; guilt, coerce or pressure other adults to continue their children in season after season of participation in order to keep the athlete in an organization's developmental pipeline; spend inordinate amounts of money on children's sports programs and expect a financial return on the investment.

Systematic and institutional death. Cue the organ.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:40:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Live Well: Yoga can help improve fertility in new class series]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-can-help-improve-fertility-in-new-class-series/article/1547230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-can-help-improve-fertility-in-new-class-series/article/1547230?custom_click=rss

Trying, and failing, to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term can be a silent killer of the spirit.

At a time when emotional support is paramount, women and men struggling with fertility often don't talk about it.

"A few close friends or family members might know," said Kate Potvin, a local yoga teacher who recently started offering Yoga for Fertility classes. "One in seven couples will struggle with fertility - that's a lot. But we don't often know."

About 11 percent of women across the country, ages 15-44, have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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Trying, and failing, to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term can be a silent killer of the spirit.

At a time when emotional support is paramount, women and men struggling with fertility often don't talk about it.

"A few close friends or family members might know," said Kate Potvin, a local yoga teacher who recently started offering Yoga for Fertility classes. "One in seven couples will struggle with fertility - that's a lot. But we don't often know."

About 11 percent of women across the country, ages 15-44, have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:23:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting March 3, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-3-2015/article/1547225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-3-2015/article/1547225?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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. March 18, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10. "Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11

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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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. March 18, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10. "Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Blog: Jump in the water to mix up your workout]]> By Stephanie Swearngin, stephanie.swearngin@gazette.com http://gazette.com/blog-jump-in-the-water-to-mix-up-your-workout/article/1547193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-jump-in-the-water-to-mix-up-your-workout/article/1547193?custom_click=rss

Water aerobics. Yes, it tends to attract an older population and people with injuries, but it also can be a great challenge to add to your workout routine. Properly using the water’s resistance can increase muscle strength and endurance while staying easy on the joints.

Participants can burn up to 500 calories per hour in a water aerobics class, according to the Aquatic Exercise Association. But the actual amount you burn will depend on your size, the intensity of your movements as well as water temperature and depth. Faster movements that incorporate the upper and lower body in deep water will give you the greatest calorie burn.

There are several water class formats offered.



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Water aerobics. Yes, it tends to attract an older population and people with injuries, but it also can be a great challenge to add to your workout routine. Properly using the water’s resistance can increase muscle strength and endurance while staying easy on the joints.

Participants can burn up to 500 calories per hour in a water aerobics class, according to the Aquatic Exercise Association. But the actual amount you burn will depend on your size, the intensity of your movements as well as water temperature and depth. Faster movements that incorporate the upper and lower body in deep water will give you the greatest calorie burn.

There are several water class formats offered.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:29:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Newspaper: Nurse who survived Ebola plans lawsuit against hospital]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/newspaper-nurse-who-survived-ebola-plans-lawsuit-against-hospital/article/1547179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/newspaper-nurse-who-survived-ebola-plans-lawsuit-against-hospital/article/1547179?custom_click=rss

DALLAS — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Nina Pham told The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1M0Lhdr ) in the interview that she is preparing to file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. She said she continues to suffer from body aches and insomnia after contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.



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DALLAS — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Nina Pham told The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1M0Lhdr ) in the interview that she is preparing to file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. She said she continues to suffer from body aches and insomnia after contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:38:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs nurse-turned-student keeps running fun by transitioning to shorter distances]]> by Kevin Carmody sports@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-nurse-turned-student-keeps-running-fun-by-transitioning-to-shorter-distances/article/1547114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-nurse-turned-student-keeps-running-fun-by-transitioning-to-shorter-distances/article/1547114?custom_click=rss

When Paulette Painter decided to boost her career by pursuing a bachelor's degree, the longtime nurse realized she had much less time to devote to running.

With that, the joy of the sport had begun to fade.

Fortunately, she also decided to trim back her mileage to counter the added time of hitting the books, and it seems to have paid off.

Painter, 46, took the women's crown in the 10K category Saturday in the Pikes Peak Road Runners' fourth and final winter series race in Black Forest, also winning the overall series title in the process.

"I ran the long course last year, and it was too much with work and school," said Painter, a 21-year resident of Colorado Springs. "I thought it would be more fun to do the short



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When Paulette Painter decided to boost her career by pursuing a bachelor's degree, the longtime nurse realized she had much less time to devote to running.

With that, the joy of the sport had begun to fade.

Fortunately, she also decided to trim back her mileage to counter the added time of hitting the books, and it seems to have paid off.

Painter, 46, took the women's crown in the 10K category Saturday in the Pikes Peak Road Runners' fourth and final winter series race in Black Forest, also winning the overall series title in the process.

"I ran the long course last year, and it was too much with work and school," said Painter, a 21-year resident of Colorado Springs. "I thought it would be more fun to do the short

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Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:46:26 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss

"Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.

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"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:30:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs medical team braves snowstorm to help Alamosa newborns]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-team-braves-snowstorm-to-help-alamosa-newborns/article/1547075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-team-braves-snowstorm-to-help-alamosa-newborns/article/1547075?custom_click=rss

Sleeping soundly on Friday morning, Kolton neared the moment when doctors could remove a tube that had helped him breathe for five days.

Call it a moment of calm after the storm of his nearly week-old life.

On Sunday, Kolton, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, was one of two newborns who needed critical care at an Alamosa hospital during a statewide snowstorm. His condition - as well as the birth of a baby who came three months early - led a medical team from St. Francis Medical Center in northeast Colorado Springs to make two harried, 300-plus-mile trips to get them in ambulances.

Five days later, the babies were more stable, and doctors took Kolton off a ventilator Friday night. That opened the possibility of



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Sleeping soundly on Friday morning, Kolton neared the moment when doctors could remove a tube that had helped him breathe for five days.

Call it a moment of calm after the storm of his nearly week-old life.

On Sunday, Kolton, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, was one of two newborns who needed critical care at an Alamosa hospital during a statewide snowstorm. His condition - as well as the birth of a baby who came three months early - led a medical team from St. Francis Medical Center in northeast Colorado Springs to make two harried, 300-plus-mile trips to get them in ambulances.

Five days later, the babies were more stable, and doctors took Kolton off a ventilator Friday night. That opened the possibility of

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Kaiser Permanente joins list of insurers for some care at UCCS' Lane Center]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/kaiser-permanente-joins-list-of-insurers-for-some-care-at-uccs-lane-center/article/1547076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kaiser-permanente-joins-list-of-insurers-for-some-care-at-uccs-lane-center/article/1547076?custom_click=rss

A new insurance company has agreed to cover care offered at the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, but only for a portion of its HealthCircle.

Kaiser Permanente clients ages 18 and older will be covered for visits to the center's Primary Care Clinic, the company and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Friday.

The move brings another insurance giant into the fold at the UCCS center, which has agreements with Medicare and several carriers, including Anthem, United Healthcare and Cigna.

The center opened in early 2014 aiming to offer a new level of integrated health care by placing numerous services in one building and easing the lines of communication between them.

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Kaiser Permanente clients ages 18 and older will be covered for visits to the center's Primary Care Clinic, the company and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Friday.

The move brings another insurance giant into the fold at the UCCS center, which has agreements with Medicare and several carriers, including Anthem, United Healthcare and Cigna.

The center opened in early 2014 aiming to offer a new level of integrated health care by placing numerous services in one building and easing the lines of communication between them.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:10:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Survivor profile: Stroke survivor credits St. Francis staff, facility with full recovery]]> By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-stroke-survivor-credits-st.-francis-staff-facility-with-full-recovery/article/1546941?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-stroke-survivor-credits-st.-francis-staff-facility-with-full-recovery/article/1546941?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: “My story is simple, but complicated,” Joe* said. It all started in May 2014, during a month-long trip to Hong Kong. “I developed a blood clot that traveled all the way through my body, my heart, my lungs – and got lodged in the right side of my brain.” As a result, Joe experienced a stroke on May 19 at age 60 and was simultaneously diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – disease of the heart muscle.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:08:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Survivor profile: Calcium Score Scan discovers blockage in man’s heart]]> By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-calcium-score-scan-discovers-blockage-in-mans-heart/article/1546940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-calcium-score-scan-discovers-blockage-in-mans-heart/article/1546940?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: If Marty Townsend could give any piece of advice, it would be not to put all your eggs in one basket – so to speak. “If something is wrong, don’t rely on the results of one test,” he said. “I relied on just one test and it could have killed me.”

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:04:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Celebrate heart health in style with fresh, red recipes]]> Courtesy of the American Heart Association http://gazette.com/celebrate-heart-health-in-style-with-fresh-red-recipes/article/1546939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celebrate-heart-health-in-style-with-fresh-red-recipes/article/1546939?custom_click=rss
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