<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:15:22 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA['Pharma Bro' arrives at low-security federal prison]]> http://gazette.com/pharma-bro-arrives-at-low-security-federal-prison/article/feed/557983?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pharma-bro-arrives-at-low-security-federal-prison/article/feed/557983?custom_click=rss

FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey.

Martin Shkreli was moved Tuesday from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix. According to its handbook , there are no bars, towers, or locks on rooms. Inmates must demonstrate a high degree of responsibility, and "the expectations are that each inmate will comply."

Shkreli, who was dubbed "Pharma Bro" for his loutish behavior, was sentenced last month to seven years in prison for securities fraud. He was also fined $75,000.

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:47:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Novartis 1Q profit jumps 12 percent as heart drug sales soar]]> http://gazette.com/novartis-1q-profit-jumps-12-percent-as-heart-drug-sales-soar/article/feed/557970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/novartis-1q-profit-jumps-12-percent-as-heart-drug-sales-soar/article/feed/557970?custom_click=rss GENEVA (AP) — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis says net income jumped 12 percent in the first quarter, pointing to explosive growth in its heart-failure drug Entresto as its rollout continues, and powerful double-digit percentage growth for psoriasis drug Cosentyx.

The Basel-based powerhouse, one of the world's largest drug companies, said Thursday that first-quarter net profit under new CEO Vas Narasimhan rose to $2.03 billion when accounting for currency changes, up from $1.67 billion a year earlier.

Net sales rose 4 percent to $12.69 billion.

Sales of Cosentyx jumped 35 percent to $580 million, and Entresto sales soared 126 percent to $200 million.

Generics and biosimilars unit Sandoz saw U.S. sales dro

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:32:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Ahead of 420, advocates and critics reflect on pot in the US]]> http://gazette.com/ahead-of-420-advocates-and-critics-reflect-on-pot-in-the-us/article/feed/557962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ahead-of-420-advocates-and-critics-reflect-on-pot-in-the-us/article/feed/557962?custom_click=rss

America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday: Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.

Yet cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and it still has many opponents.

Here's a look at what some advocates and critics have to say about the state of marijuana in the U.S. today:

JOY HOLLINGSWORTH, SHELTON, WASHINGTON

Family owns a marijuana farm south of Seattle, where they grow about 9,000 plants and employ 30 people at peak harve

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:17:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Red Bulls put focus on accommodating fans with special needs]]> http://gazette.com/red-bulls-put-focus-on-accommodating-fans-with-special-needs/article/feed/557900?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-bulls-put-focus-on-accommodating-fans-with-special-needs/article/feed/557900?custom_click=rss

Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre was so committed to making sure young fans with autism and their families were welcomed to the team's matches that he gave up his office.

Inspired by his 10-year-old daughter Julia, who is on the autism spectrum, de Grandpre paved the way last spring when the Red Bulls became the first Major League Soccer team to create a "sensory room" to provide a safe space for young fans who might get overwhelmed in a stadium environment.

The Red Bulls' GM got the idea from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had just opened a similar room at Quicken Loans Arena. The only problem? Red Bull Arena was short on space.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:04:09 -0600 <![CDATA[A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380]]> http://gazette.com/a-boom-a-whoosh-of-air-and-then-terror-on-flight-1380/article/feed/557897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-boom-a-whoosh-of-air-and-then-terror-on-flight-1380/article/feed/557897?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There was a loud boom, and the plane started shaking violently. Air whooshed through the cabin, and snow-like debris floated down the aisle as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Some passengers wondered if they would ever hug their children again. At least one bought in-flight Wi-Fi as the jet descended so he could say goodbye to his loved ones.

A blown engine on a Southwest Airlines jet Tuesday hurled shrapnel at the aircraft and led to the death of a passenger who was nearly blown out of a broken window of the Boeing 737.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:33:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Proposed Illinois ban on youth tackle football dead for now]]> http://gazette.com/proposed-illinois-ban-on-youth-tackle-football-dead-for-now/article/feed/557809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proposed-illinois-ban-on-youth-tackle-football-dead-for-now/article/feed/557809?custom_click=rss

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma by banning Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football lacks the votes this spring, its sponsor said Wednesday.

Rep. Carol Sente said parents and taxpayers "need more time to absorb the evidence" of a link between repeated blows to the brain and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a dementia-like, degenerative disease characterized by memory loss, violent urges, depression and other cognitive troubles.

Opposition to restrictions on America's most popular sport stifled it for now. Sente, a Vernon Hills Democrat, said she will not call the legislation for a House vote before the General Assembly's scheduled May 31

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:39:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge says no to law firm on concussion settlement]]> http://gazette.com/judge-says-no-to-law-firm-on-concussion-settlement/article/feed/557878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-says-no-to-law-firm-on-concussion-settlement/article/feed/557878?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has denied a law firm's request to be added as an administrator of the NFL's estimated $1 billion concussion settlement.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected an attempt from the Locks Law Firm to join the process that compensates former players for head injuries they sustained during their careers. The firm had claimed that the process was going too slowly.

In a two-page order issued Wednesday, Brody said existing administrator Seeger Weiss has done a "fine job."

The settlement resolved thousands of lawsuits that accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the risks of repeated concussions.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:38:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Doctors-ABRIDGED story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-sexual-misconduct-doctors-abridged-story/article/feed/556720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-sexual-misconduct-doctors-abridged-story/article/feed/556720?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story sent April 16 about sexual misconduct by doctors, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a health services researcher with nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen. Her name is Azza AbuDagga, not Azza Abbudagga.

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<![CDATA[Brain science institute at Brown receives $100M gift]]> http://gazette.com/brain-science-institute-at-brown-receives-100m-gift/article/feed/557816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brain-science-institute-at-brown-receives-100m-gift/article/feed/557816?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University's brain science institute has been given $100 million to advance the understanding of the brain and what causes Lou Gehrig's disease, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

The Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island, announced the donation from alumnus Robert Carney and his wife, Nancy, on Wednesday.

Institute Director Diane Lipscombe says she hopes the funding can be used to help figure out why neurons die in neurodegenerative disorders.

She says that could lead to cures and new treatments.

The Brown Institute for Brain Science will be named after the Carneys.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:02:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Nearly half of Americans breathe dirty air, report finds]]> http://gazette.com/nearly-half-of-americans-breathe-dirty-air-report-finds/article/1624559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nearly-half-of-americans-breathe-dirty-air-report-finds/article/1624559?custom_click=rss

More than two of every five Americans reside in counties with unhealthy levels of smog and air pollution, thanks largely to the effect of global warming, health researchers report.

Ozone levels spiked in the United States in 2016, which was the nation's second-hottest year on record, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report, released Wednesday.

"As heat increases, ozone forms more rapidly, so we had more cities with more ozone days," said report author Janice Nolen, assistant vice president of national policy for the lung association. "We saw a lot of evidence in 2016 of the impact that climate change and global warming is going to have on us.



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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:42:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Recipes for recovery after long workouts? Colorado Springs swimmer and triathlete trainer has tips]]> http://gazette.com/recipes-for-recovery-after-long-workouts-colorado-springs-swimmer-and-triathlete-trainer-has-tips/article/1624446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recipes-for-recovery-after-long-workouts-colorado-springs-swimmer-and-triathlete-trainer-has-tips/article/1624446?custom_click=rss

With our high altitude and dry climate, most exercise enthusiasts know it's vital to rehydrate when working out.

"Drink every 15 minutes during your workout," said Dave Burgess, head coach of Podium Training Systems, which trains swimmers and triathletes.

It's also vital to refuel - more frequently than you might think. He talked about this at his recent cooking class, Plant-Based Diet for Athletes.

"For shorter workouts, 45 minutes or less, you most likely don't need to worry about refueling immediately," he said. "Just have your regularly next-scheduled meal."

But if you're doing a long workout, you need to have what Burgess calls a recovery meal plan.



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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:47:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Going deep to study exercise's molecular nitty-gritty]]> http://gazette.com/going-deep-to-study-exercises-molecular-nitty-gritty/article/feed/557673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/going-deep-to-study-exercises-molecular-nitty-gritty/article/feed/557673?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — About 120 scientists from around the U.S. are in Louisiana as part of a six-year, $170 million program to study the molecular nitty-gritty of exercise.

Their 12 universities and institutions are getting part of the money to study 2,400 sedentary adults and 300 highly active people.

Most of the sedentary people will get three months of supervised endurance or resistance training. One-fifth will remain sedentary.

All 2,700 will be tested and give muscle, fat and blood samples at the start and after three months.

The scientists will supervise and study those samples and tests.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:45:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Woman hurt at Ohio fair gets $1.8M from ride owner, others]]> http://gazette.com/woman-hurt-at-ohio-fair-gets-1.8m-from-ride-owner-others/article/feed/557631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-hurt-at-ohio-fair-gets-1.8m-from-ride-owner-others/article/feed/557631?custom_click=rss NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year's Ohio State Fair will receive $1.8 million.

A judge this week approved the settlement that calls for the ride's owner, Amusements of America, and two private inspection companies to pay Jennifer Lambert's legal fees and medical expenses.

The settlement includes a trust to pay for ongoing care for Lambert, who remains in a long-term care facility.

Lambert will get $1.1 million and the remainder will pay attorneys and other expenses.

She was 18 when a carriage on the Fire Ball ride broke apart last July, killing a teenager and seriously injuring her and three others.

The family of the man who died has re

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:44:03 -0600 <![CDATA[UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central receives top trauma care status]]> http://gazette.com/uchealth-memorial-hospital-central-receives-top-trauma-care-status/article/1624488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uchealth-memorial-hospital-central-receives-top-trauma-care-status/article/1624488?custom_click=rss

UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central joined Colorado's elite hospitals this week in becoming the only non-Denver area facility with the state's highest trauma care designation.

The hospital's move caps nearly five years of work seeking a Level I trauma center, which only three other Colorado hospitals have. It also makes good on a promise by UCHealth leaders in 2012 to create the first such center in Colorado Springs, as part of the hospital system's lease of city-owned Memorial Hospital.

The designation, announced by hospital officials Tuesday, means fewer southern Colorado patients will have to fly over Colorado Springs on their way to the Denver area for trauma care, and more Pikes Peak region patients can avoid being



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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:01:33 -0600
<![CDATA[AP FACT CHECK: No, tax-filing migraines are not going away]]> http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-no-tax-filing-migraines-are-not-going-away/article/feed/557494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-no-tax-filing-migraines-are-not-going-away/article/feed/557494?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Tax Day, President Donald Trump and a chorus of Republicans announced that Tuesday's filing deadline marked the last time that figuring out taxes will drive Americans crazy. Not so.

Vice President Mike Pence hailed a new era of simplicity for tax filers starting next year in a tweet that also repeated the myth that the tax cuts are the largest ever. Trump himself, in USA Today, declared: "This is the last year Americans will fill out outdated, complicated tax forms."

The talking point spread like wildfire.

"It's out with the old and in with the new," said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was more seasonal about it: "I still think of spring as the perfect time to say,

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:10:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: Treatment, enforcement for Colorado heroin fight]]> http://gazette.com/officials-treatment-enforcement-for-colorado-heroin-fight/article/feed/557476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-treatment-enforcement-for-colorado-heroin-fight/article/feed/557476?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they hope a two-fold approach will prevent the growth of the state's heroin epidemic.

Federal and state officials announced plans to focus on prosecuting dealers and use local law enforcement to link people addicted to the drug to treatment options.

According to an updated report also released Tuesday, 228 people died in Colorado in 2016 from heroin overdoses. That's an increase of 43 percent compared to 2015, when 160 heroin overdose deaths were reported.

Colorado U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said his office is working with the Drug Enforcement Agency and local prosecutors to bring federal charges against traffickers of heroin, fentanyl and other dangerous drugs.

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:30:50 -0600 <![CDATA[US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety]]> http://gazette.com/us-regulators-float-ideas-for-boosting-medical-device-safety/article/feed/557427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-regulators-float-ideas-for-boosting-medical-device-safety/article/feed/557427?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government's system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments.

The plan from the Food and Drug Administration includes few immediate changes, but lists a number of ideas and proposals with the goal of improving safeguards on pacemakers, artificial joints, medical scanners and other devices.

Among other measures, the FDA will consider requiring more training for doctors who implant certain high-risk devices. But that step, like others floated by the agency, might require new guidelines or regulations. Other proposals may require additional money f

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:10:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-based-drug-gets-positive-review-from-us-agency/article/feed/557385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-based-drug-gets-positive-review-from-us-agency/article/feed/557385?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn't get users high — as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. If successful, the company's liquid formula would be the first government-approved drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration's approval would technically limit the treatment to a small group of epilepsy patients.

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WASHINGTON — A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn't get users high — as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. If successful, the company's liquid formula would be the first government-approved drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration's approval would technically limit the treatment to a small group of epilepsy patients.



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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:34:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 17, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-17-2018/article/1624479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-17-2018/article/1624479?custom_click=rss Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits.



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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:31:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Collateral Impact: Illegal marijuana is spreading on public lands—here's what's concerning officials ]]> http://gazette.com/collateral-impact-illegal-marijuana-is-spreading-on-public-landsheres-whats-concerning-officials/article/1624408?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/collateral-impact-illegal-marijuana-is-spreading-on-public-landsheres-whats-concerning-officials/article/1624408?custom_click=rss

Deep in Colorado's national forests, shadowy teams of people are clearcutting underbrush, trenching hillsides for cultivation, diverting and damming streams to create reservoirs and using chemicals that are killing fish and wildlife. They leave behind animal carcasses, garbage and human waste, polluting mountain streams.

And the destruction is spreading.

In a state where growing and selling cannabis have been legal for years, illegal marijuana grow operations on national forests have been on the rise for at least the last three years, officials say.

In 2017, 71,000 pot plants were eradicated in the U.S. Forest Service's five-state Rocky Mountain Region.



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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:10:50 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Alzheimer's Association awaits a cure]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-alzheimers-association-awaits-a-cure/article/1624182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-alzheimers-association-awaits-a-cure/article/1624182?custom_click=rss

It's sad for everyone, "the long goodbye."

That's emcee Jon Karroll describing Alzheimer's at the April 3 Reason to Hope fundraising luncheon.

There are no survivors, but there is research and hope.

Amelia Schafer, interim executive director of the Colorado Alzheimer's Association, said new research underway in Colorado could have results in the next couple of years. Hundreds of research projects are underway nationwide, and the new federal budget increased the amount going to Alzheimer's research.

Today, 5.7 million Americans, 71,000 of them Coloradans, are living with Alzheimer's, Schafer said, and 1-in-5 Medicare dollars is spent on Alzheimer's care. "That is expected to increase to 1 out of every 3.

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]]> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:15:06 -0600 <![CDATA[E. coli outbreak in 11 states linked to store-bought romaine lettuce, CDC says]]> http://gazette.com/e.-coli-outbreak-in-11-states-linked-to-store-bought-romaine-lettuce-cdc-says/article/1624369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/e.-coli-outbreak-in-11-states-linked-to-store-bought-romaine-lettuce-cdc-says/article/1624369?custom_click=rss

An E. coli outbreak that has sickened nearly three dozen people in at least 11 states is linked to chopped romaine lettuce from Arizona, health officials said.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region, near the border to Southern California, may have caused the recent outbreak of Escherichia coli. The agency said it has not identified specific farms or companies that grew, supplied and distributed the contaminated vegetables.

None of the 35 people who have become sick since the outbreak began last month have died. But 22, including three people suffering from kidney failure, have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 17:10:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Healing process after breast cancer surgery may trigger cancer to spread, study says]]> http://gazette.com/healing-process-after-breast-cancer-surgery-may-trigger-cancer-to-spread-study-says/article/1624267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/healing-process-after-breast-cancer-surgery-may-trigger-cancer-to-spread-study-says/article/1624267?custom_click=rss

Doctors have long wondered why breast cancer patients are more likely to see their cancer spread within the first 18 months after a lumpectomy or mastectomy.

A new study suggests the wound healing that follows surgery may trigger this spread.

As the immune system works to heal the surgical scar, it stops restraining cancer cells that have wandered far from the tumor site, according to the study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine. Without this brake, those cancer cells are free to grow and become new, more dangerous tumors.

“It's not the actual surgery, but instead, it's the post-surgical wound response,” said Robert Weinberg, the paper’s senior author and a biologist at the



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Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:09:38 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. should lower its alcohol recommendation because its shortening our lives, study says]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-should-lower-its-alcohol-recommendation-because-its-shortening-our-lives-study-says/article/1624268?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-should-lower-its-alcohol-recommendation-because-its-shortening-our-lives-study-says/article/1624268?custom_click=rss

It's official, everyone: We're drinking too much booze and it's cutting us short of precious life.

And that's not just a warning to heavy boozers. Even the most casual drinkers among us, including those following U.S. government recommendations, can see months and years taken away by steadily hitting the hooch, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

The study, led by Dr. Angela Wood of the University of Cambridge, analyzed about 600,000 drinkers around the world. Their findings indicate the U.S. recommendation for alcohol is too high, could be leading to shorter life expectancies and therefore should be lowered.



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Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:09:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Jury awards former Memorial Hospital staffer nearly $1 million]]> http://gazette.com/jury-awards-former-memorial-hospital-staffer-nearly-1-million/article/1624133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-awards-former-memorial-hospital-staffer-nearly-1-million/article/1624133?custom_click=rss

A jury awarded a former UCHealth Memorial Hospital sonographer nearly $1 million Friday - thought to be the largest award of its kind in El Paso County - after ruling that she had been fired because she was a whistleblower who voiced concerns about patient safety.

Mary Elizabeth Falcone repeatedly reported her concerns about compliance with "high-level disinfection" procedures for vaginal ultrasound probes, says the lawsuit, filed in August 2016 in 4th Judicial District Court.

Falcone, 50, had worked as an ultrasound technician in the Radiology Department for more than two decades before she was fired in September 2015, the lawsuit says.

She primarily worked at Memorial Hospital Central at 1400 E. Boulder St.



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Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:20:41 -0600
<![CDATA[High blood pressure? Potassium could help.]]> http://gazette.com/high-blood-pressure-potassium-could-help./article/1624103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-blood-pressure-potassium-could-help./article/1624103?custom_click=rss High blood pressure has received a good amount of press in recent months. New guidelines have lowered the definition of hypertension to a blood pressure of 130/80 instead of 140/90. And the DASH diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, a well-studied, evidence-based plan, continues to be effective decades after its first release.

High blood pressure relates to the quality of the arteries and veins that transport blood through our body, and to overall cardiovascular health. Having normal blood pressure is critical to quality of life. Think of traffic on a freeway. If a city has bumper-to-bumper traffic, the entire system works inefficiently. Healthy vasculature and normal blood pressure mean traffic is smooth with no stops.

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]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:25:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Free monthly event in Colorado Springs educates public about holistic lifestyles]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-free-monthly-event-in-colorado-springs-educates-public-about-holistic-lifestyles/article/1624101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-free-monthly-event-in-colorado-springs-educates-public-about-holistic-lifestyles/article/1624101?custom_click=rss

A group of wellness professionals wants to help people live their best lives.

Essential Wellness Society was formed about a year ago and consists of local holistic small-business owners who want to help educate the community about living a healthier lifestyle. The society is about 650 members strong.

"Educating the community is our priority and providing free education," said Sarah Grant, an herbalist and owner of Essential Wellness Society. "We have the resources to educate, and that's what I'm really trying to push."

In an effort to do that, the society recently held its first free Wellness at Cottonwood event at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Three speakers addressed myth-busting alternative wellness. Subjects

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]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:20:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Avoid getting sick on a plane by choosing right seat]]> http://gazette.com/avoid-getting-sick-on-a-plane-by-choosing-right-seat/article/1624100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avoid-getting-sick-on-a-plane-by-choosing-right-seat/article/1624100?custom_click=rss

You board your flight, settle into your seat and suddenly you hear it: the sneezing, the coughing.

Given the close quarters, are you doomed? Not necessarily.

Proximity to a sick person is a key factor, says a study published last month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists.

Passengers two or more seats away and one row in front or back of a sick person are unlikely to be infected, reported the researchers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

But bring antibacterial wipes, as viruses can remain on surfaces such as tray tables, seat belts and lavatory handles, they reported.

The researchers monitored how often passengers moved about the cabin and interacted with fellow

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]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:20:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Big American sports leagues are pushing junk food on kids]]> http://gazette.com/big-american-sports-leagues-are-pushing-junk-food-on-kids/article/1624099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-american-sports-leagues-are-pushing-junk-food-on-kids/article/1624099?custom_click=rss

Kids and teens are seeing a lot of junk food ads while they're watching sports, potentially creating a link between athletic feats and unhealthy fare, says a study.

Most advertisements during the 10 sporting events most watched by viewers ages 2 to 17 featured unhealthy products, according to research published recently in the journal Pediatrics.

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