<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:12:08 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Arizona health insurance co-op to close shop Dec. 31]]> http://gazette.com/arizona-health-insurance-co-op-to-close-shop-dec.-31/article/feed/293912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arizona-health-insurance-co-op-to-close-shop-dec.-31/article/feed/293912?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Executives with Arizona's nonprofit health insurance co-op said Tuesday that they have failed to come up with additional financial backing and the insurer plans to shut down all operations Dec. 31.

The announcement by Meritus Health Partners means 59,000 Arizonans it now covers need to find a new insurer by Dec. 15 if they want coverage on Jan. 1.

The decision comes nearly a month after the state Department of Insurance suspended its right to sell new policies or renew current ones and placed it under formal supervision. Federal officials also pulled its policies from the health insurance marketplace website late last month.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:58:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs law firm teams with Uber to offer free rides to families with ailing children]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-law-firm-teams-with-uber-to-offer-free-rides-to-families-with-ailing-children/article/1564244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-law-firm-teams-with-uber-to-offer-free-rides-to-families-with-ailing-children/article/1564244?custom_click=rss

Studies show that seriously ill children heal faster and cope better when they're supported and surrounded by loved ones, but access to medical care - and the challenges and expenses incurred by travel - can pose major obstacles for many families.

Those staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado often have traveled great distances and exhausted savings to be with their children during hospitalizations.

To help ease their burdens during the holiday season, Colorado Springs law firm McCormick & Murphy has teamed with ridesharing service Uber to offer free transport to families with ailing children staying at the city's Ronald McDonald House.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:25:56 -0700
<![CDATA[2 teens escape juvenile treatment center in Harrisburg]]> http://gazette.com/2-teens-escape-juvenile-treatment-center-in-harrisburg/article/feed/293913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-teens-escape-juvenile-treatment-center-in-harrisburg/article/feed/293913?custom_click=rss HARRISBURG, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services say two teenagers have escaped the Harrisburg Juvenile Treatment Center in northeastern Arkansas.

DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says in a news release that the 16- and 17-year-old boys escaped Tuesday when they were walking out of their dormitory and ran from staff. Webb says staff members chased the two, but were unable to catch them and that local law officers were unable to find the two.

Webb says both teenagers were being held on felony charges, but that state law prohibits release of the specific crimes.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:21:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Utility plans to mask awful odor from uncontrolled gas leak]]> http://gazette.com/utility-plans-to-mask-awful-odor-from-uncontrolled-gas-leak/article/feed/293628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utility-plans-to-mask-awful-odor-from-uncontrolled-gas-leak/article/feed/293628?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility trying to stop a monthlong leak at a massive natural gas storage facility near a Los Angeles neighborhood said Tuesday it planned to use a mist to mask the sickening stench as work continues — possibly for three more months — to plug the well.

SoCalGas officials told county supervisors the substance is safe and would neutralize the rotten-egg smell that has led to more than 660 complaints by residents to the air board about nausea, headaches and dizziness.

Porter Ranch residents attended the supervisors meeting to criticize the company's delay in owning up to the leak that began Oct. 23 and said they are wary of claims the deodorizing mist is harmless and fear it could cause unknown chemical

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:06:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Agency: 19 people ill in E. coli outbreak tied to Costco]]> http://gazette.com/agency-19-people-ill-in-e.-coli-outbreak-tied-to-costco/article/feed/293864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agency-19-people-ill-in-e.-coli-outbreak-tied-to-costco/article/feed/293864?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — Nineteen people in seven states, including Montana, Utah and Colorado, have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to chicken salad bought at Costco, federal health officials said Tuesday.

People who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday were advised to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick.

The strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli can be life-threatening, but no deaths have been reported in the current outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said five people have been hospitalized and two have developed a type of kidney failure.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:30:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Federal grand jury indicts Beckley doctor on drug charges]]> http://gazette.com/federal-grand-jury-indicts-beckley-doctor-on-drug-charges/article/feed/293891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-grand-jury-indicts-beckley-doctor-on-drug-charges/article/feed/293891?custom_click=rss BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Beckley pain clinic doctor whose office was raided by authorities earlier this month.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Dr. Jose J. Gordinho faces 21 counts related to illegal distribution of controlled substances.

Goodwin says State Police and the FBI executed a search warrant at Gordinho's office on Nov. 12. He was arrested that day and has been held since in the Southern Regional Jail.

Several counts allege Gordinho distributed oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and morphine that weren't for legitimate medical purposes.

Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Gordinho's arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 30 in federal

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:47:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Judge: Woman with cancer can try to buy marijuana in Maine]]> http://gazette.com/judge-woman-with-cancer-can-try-to-buy-marijuana-in-maine/article/feed/293865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-woman-with-cancer-can-try-to-buy-marijuana-in-maine/article/feed/293865?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman with late-stage lung cancer can seek to buy medical marijuana in Maine before dispensaries open in New Hampshire, a judge ruled Tuesday.

New Hampshire lawmakers approved the use of marijuana by people suffering from a limited number of diseases and medical conditions more than two years ago, but the first four dispensaries won't open until next year. Linda Horan, 64, says she might be dead by then and sued the state in hopes of getting an identification card that would allow her to purchase marijuana in Maine instead.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:37:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Excerpts from emails between Coke, anti-obesity group]]> http://gazette.com/excerpts-from-emails-between-coke-anti-obesity-group/article/feed/293636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/excerpts-from-emails-between-coke-anti-obesity-group/article/feed/293636?custom_click=rss A nonprofit founded to fight obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke doesn't influence its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the company was instrumental in shaping the group.

Below are excerpts of emails between the group's leaders and Coke executives starting in late 2012, when the network was still just an idea.

Rhona Applebaum is Coke's chief health and science officer; the company says it has accepted her retirement. James Hill is the group's president and a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. John Peters is also a professor at the university and a leader of the group.



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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:24:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-challenges-illinois-ban-on-marijuana-campaign-money/article/feed/293787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-challenges-illinois-ban-on-marijuana-campaign-money/article/feed/293787?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Two Libertarian political candidates have asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional an Illinois ban on political contributions from the state's new medical marijuana industry.

The candidates — Claire Ball of Addison and Scott Schluter of Marion — filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago last week in which they say they support marijuana legalization and want to solicit campaign donations from marijuana businesses. Illinois law bars such contributions.

Ball is running for state comptroller. Schluter is running for state representative in southern Illinois' 117th District. They argue that banning campaign donations from marijuana businesses infringes on the First Amendment's guarantee of fr

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:19:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Bartender accused of threatening Boehner to be released]]> http://gazette.com/bartender-accused-of-threatening-boehner-to-be-released/article/feed/293759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bartender-accused-of-threatening-boehner-to-be-released/article/feed/293759?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Cincinnati-area bartender accused of threatening to kill John Boehner will be released from custody after a federal judge said Tuesday that the man was of low risk to the community and has enough support to live a productive life.

Michael Hoyt, who had worked as a bartender at a country club in Boehner's suburban community, was accused of threatening to kill the then-U.S. House speaker with a gun or by poisoning his drink. In July, U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black ruled Hoyt, now 45, was insane at the time of the offense, threatening to kill a U.S. official. He found him not guilty and ordered his evaluation at a federal medical center.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:14:14 -0700 <![CDATA[GOP sets Senate push against health law, Planned Parenthood]]> http://gazette.com/gop-sets-senate-push-against-health-law-planned-parenthood/article/feed/293827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-sets-senate-push-against-health-law-planned-parenthood/article/feed/293827?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans hope a post-Thanksgiving drive to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal funds will spotlight their fierce support for top-tier conservative causes. The certain veto waiting at the White House will only help them sharpen their stance for voters, they say.

Yet even as GOP leaders express optimism that they'll push the bill through the Senate, the run-up to the debate reveals the tightrope they face to win the needed votes.

It also features the rare spectacle of prominent anti-abortion groups publicly pressuring two of their normally stalwart supporters who are battling for the Republican presidential nomination.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:43:07 -0700 <![CDATA[HIV now treatable but most states keep laws criminalizing it]]> http://gazette.com/hiv-now-treatable-but-most-states-keep-laws-criminalizing-it/article/feed/293853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hiv-now-treatable-but-most-states-keep-laws-criminalizing-it/article/feed/293853?custom_click=rss Charlie Sheen's recent revelation that he's HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated and that the U.S. Department of Justice says should be revised.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 33 states have HIV criminal laws, the earliest dating to 1986 when fears about AIDS were intense. Most were enacted over the next few years, before antiretroviral therapies sharply reduced the risk of transmission and transformed HIV into what is now considered a manageable medical condition.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:41:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Costco pulls chicken salad from shelves]]> http://gazette.com/costco-pulls-chicken-salad-from-shelves/article/feed/293835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/costco-pulls-chicken-salad-from-shelves/article/feed/293835?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials say chicken salad from Costco may be linked to several recent cases of food poisoning in four states, including Montana.

The state Department of Public Health and Human Services says six people from Yellowstone, Gallatin and Lewis and Clark counties have been sickened by E. coli since late October. Two cases required hospitalization. Other cases have been reported in Washington, Colorado and Utah.

Investigators have identified Costco chicken salad as a risk factor. Health officials say customers who still have Costco chicken salad with sell-by dates between Oct. 18 and Nov. 23 should not eat it due to risk of illness. Costco has removed the product from its shelves.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:23:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Correction: Legal Marijuana story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-legal-marijuana-story/article/feed/291335?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-legal-marijuana-story/article/feed/291335?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In a story Nov. 15 about New Jersey debating legalizing marijuana, The Associated Press reported erroneously on who must pay a $200 fee to register with the state's medical marijuana program. Patients and caregivers must pay the fee, not patients and doctors.

A corrected version of the story is below:

New Jersey lawmakers holding hearing on legalizing marijuana

New Jersey lawmakers holding hearing on legalizing, regulating, taxing marijuana

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are set to hear testimony on legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.

The judiciary committee is scheduled on Monday to hear from clergy, health professionals, law enforcement officials and other po

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:09:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Cancer, heart disease cause of most deaths in Wisconsin]]> http://gazette.com/cancer-heart-disease-cause-of-most-deaths-in-wisconsin/article/feed/293826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cancer-heart-disease-cause-of-most-deaths-in-wisconsin/article/feed/293826?custom_click=rss MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Cancer and heart disease continue to be the most common causes of death in Wisconsin in 2014.

The state Department of Health Services reports Tuesday that 50,137 Wisconsin residents died in 2014. That is up 220 from 2013.

Cancer and heart disease accounted for 45 percent of all deaths, followed by unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases and stroke. Cancer and heart disease have been the leading causes of death for years.

Of those who died in 2014, 55 percent were cremated and 40 percent were buried.

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:48:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Happy healthy holidays: Prevent spread of illness in your family this season]]> http://gazette.com/happy-healthy-holidays-prevent-spread-of-illness-in-your-family-this-season/article/1564216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/happy-healthy-holidays-prevent-spread-of-illness-in-your-family-this-season/article/1564216?custom_click=rss

The holidays can be a magical time of year for families – unless everyone’s passing around a cold or flu bug.

“There are a few simple things you can do to minimize the spread of illness during the winter,” said Craig Webb, MD, FAAP, pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente. Webb joined the Kaiser Permanente Parkside Medical offices, 215 S. Parkside Drive, in September.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:23:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Hassan: More die from drug overdoses than car crashes]]> http://gazette.com/hassan-more-die-from-drug-overdoses-than-car-crashes/article/feed/293817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hassan-more-die-from-drug-overdoses-than-car-crashes/article/feed/293817?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Drug overdoses have become the second most common cause of death in New Hampshire and could move into the top spot soon, Gov. Maggie Hassan told lawmakers Tuesday as they began tackling the state's substance abuse crisis.

Hassan was the first speaker to address a task force that will spend the next six weeks studying the issue and developing bills the Legislature will consider when its new session starts in January. She urged members to consider several proposals, include strengthening the state's prescription monitoring program, reducing the over-prescription of powerful pain medication, providing additional support to law enforcement, and streamlining access to substance abuse treatment and recovery service

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]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:17:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Nov. 24, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-nov.-24-2015/article/1564179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-nov.-24-2015/article/1564179?custom_click=rss


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Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - 6 Warning Signs Not to Ignore, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, $1. - Motion and Mobility: Being Active as We Age, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Monday, $1. - Hands on Healing, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3, $1. - Preparing Your Wishes So Your Loved Ones Don't Have to, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 8, $1.

Fundraising Roast - Honoring Jim Johnson of GE Johnson Construction, to benefit

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:44:06 -0700
<![CDATA[How you can avoid holiday weight gain - with help from dietitians]]> http://gazette.com/how-you-can-avoid-holiday-weight-gain-with-help-from-dietitians/article/1564183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-you-can-avoid-holiday-weight-gain-with-help-from-dietitians/article/1564183?custom_click=rss

Last year, the week before Thanksgiving, Meredy Brownstein, a Colorado Springs-based Weight Watchers leader, asked members at her meeting, "How many pounds do you think the average person gains during the holidays?"

Hands flew up. Answers ranged from 3 to 7 pounds.

"Despite exaggerated news headlines stating that Americans gain 5 to 10 pounds during the holiday season, scientific research proves this wrong," says Layne Lieberman, a Boulder-based dietitian and award-winning author of "Beyond the Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets of the Super-Healthy." "According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2000, on average Americans only gain about a pound during the holiday season, which starts on

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:38:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Tune up your body for ski season]]> http://gazette.com/tune-up-your-body-for-ski-season/article/1564185?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tune-up-your-body-for-ski-season/article/1564185?custom_click=rss

When the snow starts falling, people think of tuning up their skis or snowboard. You might check out your boots and bindings to make sure everything works right for the coming season.

But tuning up your body for the coming winter season is probably more important.

Many major ski resorts have already opened or will be open by Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But there's still time to get yourself in shape to enjoy the good snow when it piles up by mid-December. I've compiled a few good reasons to get off your duff and tune up your body.

Perhaps the best is to prevent injuries. A body that's in shape is less likely to suffer injuries from falls, muscle tears and fatigue-related problems.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:35:22 -0700
<![CDATA[List: Hospital projects planned in the Colorado Springa area]]> http://gazette.com/list-hospital-projects-planned-in-the-colorado-springa-area/article/1564086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-hospital-projects-planned-in-the-colorado-springa-area/article/1564086?custom_click=rss

Four systems plan to build, expand and renovate seven hospitals and other facilities during next several years around Colorado Springs.

Those projects include:  

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services - The operator of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center projects total about $700 million. The nonprofit announced plans in September to spend $100 million on a 134,000-square-foot addition to St. Francis Medical Center, 6001 E. Woodmen Road, scheduled for completion by 2018.

The addition will include a new emergency room that will add 17 beds to the current 23, three more operating rooms and space to build out six more, and doubling the number of neonatal intensive care beds from 25 to 50.

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:55:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Health-care building boom underway in Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/health-care-building-boom-underway-in-colorado-springs-area/article/1564077?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-care-building-boom-underway-in-colorado-springs-area/article/1564077?custom_click=rss

Hospital and health-care construction is booming in the Colorado Springs area - about $1 billion in projects are planned during the next several years by UCHealth Memorial Hospital, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Children's Hospital Colorado and Adeptus Health Inc., the parent company of First Choice Emergency Rooms.

The projects include three new hospitals, two hospital expansions, two major hospital renovations and several clinics, laboratories and related facilities slated to be completed during the next five years or so, but doesn't include long-term care facilities or small medical and dental offices.

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:51:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Swing state Colorado mulls universal health care proposal]]> http://gazette.com/swing-state-colorado-mulls-universal-health-care-proposal/article/1564069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/swing-state-colorado-mulls-universal-health-care-proposal/article/1564069?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A new plan for government-run health care that covers everyone is coming from a surprising corner: Colorado, a politically moderate swing state where Republicans and Democrats often share control of state government.

Universal coverage proposals — known as "single-payer" — have failed time and again in the United States. Left-leaning Vermont recently pursued such a system, only to abandon it as too expensive. President Obama's health care law doesn't cover everyone and has sparked enormous political backlash.

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 12:55:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Memorial Hospital's high performance results in $1.3 million payment to city]]> http://gazette.com/memorial-hospitals-high-performance-results-in-1.3-million-payment-to-city/article/1563728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memorial-hospitals-high-performance-results-in-1.3-million-payment-to-city/article/1563728?custom_click=rss

Memorial Hospital's lease paid off in a new way this year.

The hospital system shared about $1.3 million of its revenue with Colorado Springs on Wednesday, signaling Memorial's improved financial footing amid expanded Medicaid reimbursements and increased patient visits, admissions and surgeries.

"As you can imagine, there's been a lot of work over the last few years to improve Memorial," said Dan Rieber, the hospital's chief financial officer.

Wednesday's one-time payment adds to the $5.6 million that University of Colorado Health agreed to pay annually when it began leasing the city-owned hospital in October 2012.

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:56:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Live Well: Midday gentle stretching class helps add movement to your day]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-midday-gentle-stretching-class-helps-add-movement-to-your-day/article/1563618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-midday-gentle-stretching-class-helps-add-movement-to-your-day/article/1563618?custom_click=rss

We all know by now that sitting all day is not a boon to your health.

A new downtown option now exists to help you add a little movement to your day.

Tessa Danielle, a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is offering gentle 30-minute stretch classes around the midday hour. It's ideal for downtown workers and for those who don't want to get sweaty enough to need a shower.

"Taking time in the middle of the day sets you up for a more productive afternoon," Danielle said, "when people get that slump."

I dropped in on Danielle's class recently. It's located in a hardwood-floored room in the Rutledge building on the corner of Kiowa and Tejon streets.

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:11:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Nov. 17, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-nov.-17-2015/article/1563623?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-nov.-17-2015/article/1563623?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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"American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry" Concert Movie - To benefit Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Carmike Chapel Hills 13, 1770 Briargate Blvd., $12.50; movietickets.com.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000,

csseniorcenter.com. - The Future of Medicare, 1-2 p.m. Monday, free. - 6 Warning Signs Not to Ignore, 10-11 a.m. Nov. 25, $1. - Motion and Mobility: Being Active as We Age, 12:45-1:45 p.m.

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:15:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Parents, children learn to meld body, mind and spirit]]> http://gazette.com/parents-children-learn-to-meld-body-mind-and-spirit/article/1563622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/parents-children-learn-to-meld-body-mind-and-spirit/article/1563622?custom_click=rss

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Molly Schreiber softly asked her little yogis to bring their hands to their heart center.

Four-year-old Via Castaneda-Henkel, who sat contently in her daddy's lap, placed her palms together. Her little feet dangled over his crossed legs.

With an effortless bow, the little yogis and their adult counterparts welcomed each other with namaste at Body & Soul Wellness Center and Spa.

More and more children are learning to meld their body, mind and spirit through the ancient practice of yoga.

Children substantially increased the practice of yoga between 2007 and 2012, according to a February study published in National Health Statistics Reports. Overall, 3.1 percent of children ages 4 to 17 years used

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]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:15:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Channeling the muse on the mat]]> http://gazette.com/channeling-the-muse-on-the-mat/article/1563619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/channeling-the-muse-on-the-mat/article/1563619?custom_click=rss

Last week as I was doing some research for a story, inspiration knocked me upside the head.

Isn't it interesting when and were the muse visits?

What does creative inspiration feel like to you and when does it come? And please don't tell me you're not creative. That's one of my pet peeve blanket statements to hear, along with somebody who tells me they're no good at yoga.

I believe we are all creative. To be born human means you have creativity lurking in that big mammalian brain of yours. Granted, perhaps the ways in which you're creative differ from that of society's generalized definition of creativity.

You don't have to paint masterful paintings like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, compose symphonies like Johann

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]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:15:13 -0700 <![CDATA[AMA: Marijuana use in pregnancy may pose risks, warnings needed]]> http://gazette.com/ama-marijuana-use-in-pregnancy-may-pose-risks-warnings-needed/article/1563567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ama-marijuana-use-in-pregnancy-may-pose-risks-warnings-needed/article/1563567?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO — Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms.

That message would be written on medical and recreational marijuana products and posted wherever they're sold if the nation's most influential doctors group has its way.

The American Medical Association agreed Monday to push for regulations requiring such warnings be written on medical and recreational pot products and posted wherever they're sold. The decision was made based on studies suggesting marijuana use may be linked with low birth weight, premature birth and behavior problems in young children.

Critics say evidence of harm is weak, but while advocates agree that more research is needed, they say erring on the

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:01:43 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Signature Chefs event supports the March of Dimes]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-signature-chefs-event-supports-the-march-of-dimes/article/1563238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-signature-chefs-event-supports-the-march-of-dimes/article/1563238?custom_click=rss

For 77 years the March of Dimes has put the focus on babies, its work aimed at helping prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant death.

That's especially important in Colorado where 1 out of every 10 babies is born prematurely, the leading cause of newborn death nationwide, said Southern Colorado Division Director Moyra Hower.

On Oct. 15 more than 300 people were at The Broadmoor to support the March of Dimes as it continues its research and work. More than $125,000 was raised at the Signature Chefs Auction, where culinary delights by area chefs were available for the sampling.

Gala decor saluted the military and the families who are often far from extended families when moms are pregnant and babies are born,

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