<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:32:28 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Illinois lawmakers to propose measure to battle heroin abuse]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-lawmakers-to-propose-measure-to-battle-heroin-abuse/article/feed/209700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-lawmakers-to-propose-measure-to-battle-heroin-abuse/article/feed/209700?custom_click=rss SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Democratic Rep. Lou Lang and Republican Rep. John Anthony say their bill follows a panel of lawmakers' meetings around the state to learn more about a rise in heroin use and its correlation to prescription drug abuse. Lang shared details of the legislation with The Associated Press ahead of its filing.

The legislation would require drugs combatting heroin overdoses to be dispensed and administered more widely. It would require the state board of education to develop a heroin and opiate drug prevention program. It would also designate pharmacies to take back unused painkillers.

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]]> SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Democratic Rep. Lou Lang and Republican Rep. John Anthony say their bill follows a panel of lawmakers' meetings around the state to learn more about a rise in heroin use and its correlation to prescription drug abuse. Lang shared details of the legislation with The Associated Press ahead of its filing.

The legislation would require drugs combatting heroin overdoses to be dispensed and administered more widely. It would require the state board of education to develop a heroin and opiate drug prevention program. It would also designate pharmacies to take back unused painkillers.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:30:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines]]> http://gazette.com/survey-parents-increasingly-ask-doctors-to-delay-vaccines/article/feed/209692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survey-parents-increasingly-ask-doctors-to-delay-vaccines/article/feed/209692?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests.

The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month; and 1 in 4 said those numbers had increased since the previous year.

More about the survey in Monday's Pediatrics and delaying childhood vaccines:

THE STUDY

The researchers surveyed 534 doctors by email or regular mail in 2012.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests.

The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month; and 1 in 4 said those numbers had increased since the previous year.

More about the survey in Monday's Pediatrics and delaying childhood vaccines:

THE STUDY

The researchers surveyed 534 doctors by email or regular mail in 2012.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:01:53 -0700 <![CDATA[AP EXPLAINS: Supreme Court case against Obama's health law]]> http://gazette.com/ap-explains-supreme-court-case-against-obamas-health-law/article/feed/209690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-explains-supreme-court-case-against-obamas-health-law/article/feed/209690?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote in favor. An explanation of the legal case:

FOUR WORDS DETERMINE THE LAW'S FUTURE

The lawsuit focuses on the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, that allow people to find coverage if they don't get insurance through their jobs or the government. The federal government, through the HealthCare.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote in favor. An explanation of the legal case:

FOUR WORDS DETERMINE THE LAW'S FUTURE

The lawsuit focuses on the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, that allow people to find coverage if they don't get insurance through their jobs or the government. The federal government, through the HealthCare.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:30:53 -0700 <![CDATA[GOP senators pledge help if court bars health law subsidies]]> http://gazette.com/gop-senators-pledge-help-if-court-bars-health-law-subsidies/article/feed/209672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-senators-pledge-help-if-court-bars-health-law-subsidies/article/feed/209672?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah are saying they have a plan to do that in a Washington Post opinion article posted online late Sunday.

They provide no detail on how much assistance they would propose, its duration or how to pay for it.

Nor do they say how they would address divisions among Republicans or Obama administration opposition to any weakening of the 2010 law.

The court hears arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the subsid

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah are saying they have a plan to do that in a Washington Post opinion article posted online late Sunday.

They provide no detail on how much assistance they would propose, its duration or how to pay for it.

Nor do they say how they would address divisions among Republicans or Obama administration opposition to any weakening of the 2010 law.

The court hears arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the subsid]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:46:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Hawaiian Home Lands among things to watch at Legislature]]> http://gazette.com/hawaiian-home-lands-among-things-to-watch-at-legislature/article/feed/209666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaiian-home-lands-among-things-to-watch-at-legislature/article/feed/209666?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — A coalition representing Native Hawaiian homesteaders has created a plan outlining ways to improve the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Their plan calls on the state government to fully fund the department, which is responsible for administering the Hawaiian Home Lands Commission Act.

Representatives from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and other groups will share their proposal with lawmakers in a joint meeting of Senate and House committees on Monday.

The plan was developed by beneficiaries of the act, who are supposed to have access to lands placed in trust for Native Hawaiians. It calls for more transparency and openness between the government and the beneficiaries of the land trust.

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]]> HONOLULU (AP) — A coalition representing Native Hawaiian homesteaders has created a plan outlining ways to improve the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Their plan calls on the state government to fully fund the department, which is responsible for administering the Hawaiian Home Lands Commission Act.

Representatives from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and other groups will share their proposal with lawmakers in a joint meeting of Senate and House committees on Monday.

The plan was developed by beneficiaries of the act, who are supposed to have access to lands placed in trust for Native Hawaiians. It calls for more transparency and openness between the government and the beneficiaries of the land trust.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Ultra-small U-M logo shows possible new drug delivery tool]]> http://gazette.com/ultra-small-u-m-logo-shows-possible-new-drug-delivery-tool/article/feed/209634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ultra-small-u-m-logo-shows-possible-new-drug-delivery-tool/article/feed/209634?custom_click=rss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — It may be one of the tiniest University of Michigan logos ever made, but it's more than just an effort to show "how small can you go."

Researchers at the Ann Arbor school's College of Engineering have replicated a 3-micron-thick, two-layered block "M'' to test a system that they say could be used to deliver drugs at different times and rates or to different parts of the body.

The engineers have demonstrated new precision manufacturing methods capable of producing particles 10 or more layers thick, the university said. The particles can be as small as 25 nanometers across. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or about 10 times the diameter of a single atom of helium.

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]]> ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — It may be one of the tiniest University of Michigan logos ever made, but it's more than just an effort to show "how small can you go."

Researchers at the Ann Arbor school's College of Engineering have replicated a 3-micron-thick, two-layered block "M'' to test a system that they say could be used to deliver drugs at different times and rates or to different parts of the body.

The engineers have demonstrated new precision manufacturing methods capable of producing particles 10 or more layers thick, the university said. The particles can be as small as 25 nanometers across. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or about 10 times the diameter of a single atom of helium.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:46:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Washington flu season most deadly in years, but not over]]> http://gazette.com/washington-flu-season-most-deadly-in-years-but-not-over/article/feed/209573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/washington-flu-season-most-deadly-in-years-but-not-over/article/feed/209573?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — The deadliest flu season in Washington state in at least five years is winding down, but it's not yet over.

State health officials say state labs have confirmed at least 120 flu deaths since the season started in September, but only a fraction of those who die from the flu are tested for the virus.

"We know the total is much higher than that," said Donn Moyer, spokesman for the Washington Department of Health.

Flu death numbers are underreported because influenza may not be listed as a cause of death, testing may not have been performed and some test results may not have been reported to public health officials.

Last year's full season left 79 people dead, according to lab reports.

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]]> SEATTLE (AP) — The deadliest flu season in Washington state in at least five years is winding down, but it's not yet over.

State health officials say state labs have confirmed at least 120 flu deaths since the season started in September, but only a fraction of those who die from the flu are tested for the virus.

"We know the total is much higher than that," said Donn Moyer, spokesman for the Washington Department of Health.

Flu death numbers are underreported because influenza may not be listed as a cause of death, testing may not have been performed and some test results may not have been reported to public health officials.

Last year's full season left 79 people dead, according to lab reports.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:01:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Young girl's story may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil]]> http://gazette.com/young-girls-story-may-lead-idaho-to-approve-marijuana-oil/article/feed/209583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/young-girls-story-may-lead-idaho-to-approve-marijuana-oil/article/feed/209583?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal.

Her Boise, Idaho, family learned that oil extracted from marijuana had helped other children and wanted to see if it would help Alexis too.

"Parent to parent, when you're in a small community and 10 people that you know are all having success, that's no longer anecdotal," Clare Carey, her mother, said. "That's hope."

But Idaho's stringent marijuana laws do not allow for medicinal use. The family began lobbying lawmakers to decriminalize the oil almost

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]]> BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal.

Her Boise, Idaho, family learned that oil extracted from marijuana had helped other children and wanted to see if it would help Alexis too.

"Parent to parent, when you're in a small community and 10 people that you know are all having success, that's no longer anecdotal," Clare Carey, her mother, said. "That's hope."

But Idaho's stringent marijuana laws do not allow for medicinal use. The family began lobbying lawmakers to decriminalize the oil almost]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:47:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Oklahoma Right to Try expands access to experimental drugs]]> http://gazette.com/oklahoma-right-to-try-expands-access-to-experimental-drugs/article/feed/209613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-right-to-try-expands-access-to-experimental-drugs/article/feed/209613?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ted Harada says that, statistically, he shouldn't be alive today.

The 43-year-old former manager for FedEx in Atlanta was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in August 2010, and the average lifespan for someone with the disease is two to five years after diagnosis.

Harada was accepted into a clinical trial for ALS patients that involved an experimental medical procedure, and he said it dramatically slowed the disease's progression.

"I still have ALS. But I'm alive and enjoying my family," Harada said. "Someone who is dying with no other option should be allowed to take that educated, elevated risk. It's not guaranteed, it's just a right to try.

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]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ted Harada says that, statistically, he shouldn't be alive today.

The 43-year-old former manager for FedEx in Atlanta was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in August 2010, and the average lifespan for someone with the disease is two to five years after diagnosis.

Harada was accepted into a clinical trial for ALS patients that involved an experimental medical procedure, and he said it dramatically slowed the disease's progression.

"I still have ALS. But I'm alive and enjoying my family," Harada said. "Someone who is dying with no other option should be allowed to take that educated, elevated risk. It's not guaranteed, it's just a right to try.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:15:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Sierra Leone's vice president in quarantine for Ebola]]> http://gazette.com/sierra-leones-vice-president-in-quarantine-for-ebola/article/feed/209555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sierra-leones-vice-president-in-quarantine-for-ebola/article/feed/209555?custom_click=rss

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.

Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium. Sam-Sumana will carry out his presidential duties from his home.

He is the highest ranking African official to be in quarantine in this Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is fast approaching a death toll of 10,000. The news highlights the rise of new cases in Sierra Leone, which has experienced a setback in curbing the spread of Ebola.

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]]> FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.

Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium. Sam-Sumana will carry out his presidential duties from his home.

He is the highest ranking African official to be in quarantine in this Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is fast approaching a death toll of 10,000. The news highlights the rise of new cases in Sierra Leone, which has experienced a setback in curbing the spread of Ebola.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:02:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Brookings powerlifter raises money for sick children]]> http://gazette.com/brookings-powerlifter-raises-money-for-sick-children/article/feed/209529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brookings-powerlifter-raises-money-for-sick-children/article/feed/209529?custom_click=rss BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A weight training enthusiast from Brookings is using powerlifting to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Jackie Geppert was recruited several weeks ago to join the Midwest-based Relentless powerlifting team, which raises money for a large charitable effort called HopeKids. The mission of the organization is to provide ongoing events, activities and a supportive community for families of children with serious diseases or disorders, such as cancer.

Geppert told The Brookings Register that Relentless helps HopeKids by offering strong people who raise money and lift weights for those who cannot.

She said her team will help kids in Minnesota and South Dakota by contributing money for

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]]> BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A weight training enthusiast from Brookings is using powerlifting to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Jackie Geppert was recruited several weeks ago to join the Midwest-based Relentless powerlifting team, which raises money for a large charitable effort called HopeKids. The mission of the organization is to provide ongoing events, activities and a supportive community for families of children with serious diseases or disorders, such as cancer.

Geppert told The Brookings Register that Relentless helps HopeKids by offering strong people who raise money and lift weights for those who cannot.

She said her team will help kids in Minnesota and South Dakota by contributing money for ]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:23:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Reclaimed land offers new development opportunities]]> http://gazette.com/reclaimed-land-offers-new-development-opportunities/article/feed/209584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reclaimed-land-offers-new-development-opportunities/article/feed/209584?custom_click=rss MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — An old abandoned factory can go beyond being a rusty eyesore.

The former 23-acre Chromalox grounds, for example, transformed from an empty factory between Memorial Boulevard and the neighboring Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County campus in Murfreesboro to pleasing city officials by emerging as a redevelopment.

The former factory location that built tubular metal electric heating elements now offers a mix of businesses, including a Regions Bank branch, a Burger King, an Office Depot and other stores that soon will include a Dollar General in a fast-growing city that reached a 2013 U.S. Census estimated population of 117,044.

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]]> MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — An old abandoned factory can go beyond being a rusty eyesore.

The former 23-acre Chromalox grounds, for example, transformed from an empty factory between Memorial Boulevard and the neighboring Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County campus in Murfreesboro to pleasing city officials by emerging as a redevelopment.

The former factory location that built tubular metal electric heating elements now offers a mix of businesses, including a Regions Bank branch, a Burger King, an Office Depot and other stores that soon will include a Dollar General in a fast-growing city that reached a 2013 U.S. Census estimated population of 117,044.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:23:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Lawmakers take up municipal sales taxes and autism coverage]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-take-up-municipal-sales-taxes-and-autism-coverage/article/feed/209522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-take-up-municipal-sales-taxes-and-autism-coverage/article/feed/209522?custom_click=rss PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers plan to consider measures on municipal sales taxes, insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder therapy and athletics policy for transgender students. Here's a look at some of the proposals they'll take up this week in Pierre:

TAX

A measure to allow municipalities to collect up to an additional 1 percent sales tax for capital expenditures is expected to be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Friday. House Majority Leader Brian Gosch said it would allow municipalities to raise significant revenue if passed.

Gosch said he wants to examine whether the hike is necessary before approving a tax increase.

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]]> PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers plan to consider measures on municipal sales taxes, insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder therapy and athletics policy for transgender students. Here's a look at some of the proposals they'll take up this week in Pierre:

TAX

A measure to allow municipalities to collect up to an additional 1 percent sales tax for capital expenditures is expected to be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Friday. House Majority Leader Brian Gosch said it would allow municipalities to raise significant revenue if passed.

Gosch said he wants to examine whether the hike is necessary before approving a tax increase.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:02:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Missing teen with Asperger's visiting from Sweden is found]]> http://gazette.com/missing-teen-with-aspergers-visiting-from-sweden-is-found/article/feed/209556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missing-teen-with-aspergers-visiting-from-sweden-is-found/article/feed/209556?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old Swedish boy with Asperger's syndrome who disappeared from a fast food restaurant in New York City has been found.

They say Marcus Kerttu was found at 1:15 a.m. Sunday at Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. Police say he was recognized by MTA police and reunited with his father.

The father told police his son disappeared on Friday while they were at a McDonald's in lower Manhattan.

The father said he got up to use the bathroom and when he returned his son was gone.

The father and son were supposed to fly back to Sweden on Saturday.

Asperger's is an autism spectrum disorder. It is characterized by difficulties with social interaction.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old Swedish boy with Asperger's syndrome who disappeared from a fast food restaurant in New York City has been found.

They say Marcus Kerttu was found at 1:15 a.m. Sunday at Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. Police say he was recognized by MTA police and reunited with his father.

The father told police his son disappeared on Friday while they were at a McDonald's in lower Manhattan.

The father said he got up to use the bathroom and when he returned his son was gone.

The father and son were supposed to fly back to Sweden on Saturday.

Asperger's is an autism spectrum disorder. It is characterized by difficulties with social interaction.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:17:07 -0700 <![CDATA[University of Vermont gets $500K to study farm health reform]]> http://gazette.com/university-of-vermont-gets-500k-to-study-farm-health-reform/article/feed/209554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/university-of-vermont-gets-500k-to-study-farm-health-reform/article/feed/209554?custom_click=rss BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont is going to be studying how health insurance and health care reforms are affecting the farm and ranch populations in the United States.

The grant — from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Communities and Regional Development — is part of a broader $14 million USDA effort to increase prosperity in rural parts of the country.

UVM Researcher Shoshanah Inwood says many farm families report the costs of health insurance and health care make it harder for them to grow their farm businesses.

The goals of the project include understanding how health care insurance policy influences farmers' decisions to invest, expand and grow.

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]]> BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont is going to be studying how health insurance and health care reforms are affecting the farm and ranch populations in the United States.

The grant — from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Communities and Regional Development — is part of a broader $14 million USDA effort to increase prosperity in rural parts of the country.

UVM Researcher Shoshanah Inwood says many farm families report the costs of health insurance and health care make it harder for them to grow their farm businesses.

The goals of the project include understanding how health care insurance policy influences farmers' decisions to invest, expand and grow.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:16:18 -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" 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.]]> 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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<![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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]]> 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.]]> 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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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:54:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs could get family medicine residency program]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-could-get-family-medicine-residency-program/article/1546890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-could-get-family-medicine-residency-program/article/1546890?custom_click=rss

A Peak Vista Community Health Centers executive has been tabbed to lead the massive nonprofit's new residency program, which is scheduled to begin in summer 2016.

Dr. Scott Robinson, who began working at Peak Vista in 2010 as a physician before going on to lead six of its clinics, was selected this month to build the family medicine residency program. His job: create the second residency program south of Denver focused on training primary care physicians.

Training residents is viewed by health care experts as critical to addressing a shortage of primary care doctors in the Pikes Peak region because research shows that residents often go on to practice medicine near where they trained.

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Dr. Scott Robinson, who began working at Peak Vista in 2010 as a physician before going on to lead six of its clinics, was selected this month to build the family medicine residency program. His job: create the second residency program south of Denver focused on training primary care physicians.

Training residents is viewed by health care experts as critical to addressing a shortage of primary care doctors in the Pikes Peak region because research shows that residents often go on to practice medicine near where they trained.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:10:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Expert: Alzheimer's beating in Colorado shows disease's unpredictability]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/expert-alzheimers-beating-in-colorado-shows-diseases-unpredictability/article/1546878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expert-alzheimers-beating-in-colorado-shows-diseases-unpredictability/article/1546878?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Mental health experts say the case of an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient suspected of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in suburban Denver is rare and shows the difficulty of caring for those with the unpredictable disease, even for the specially trained.

Homer Castor, who faces charges in the beating death Saturday of Gerald Propp, 76, was known to be a challenge to staff at Atria Applewood in Lakewood because he would wander the facility at night.

Just 10 days before the deadly beating, staff noted another interaction between the men that left Propp with scratches on his neck.



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DENVER — Mental health experts say the case of an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient suspected of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in suburban Denver is rare and shows the difficulty of caring for those with the unpredictable disease, even for the specially trained.

Homer Castor, who faces charges in the beating death Saturday of Gerald Propp, 76, was known to be a challenge to staff at Atria Applewood in Lakewood because he would wander the facility at night.

Just 10 days before the deadly beating, staff noted another interaction between the men that left Propp with scratches on his neck.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:40:10 -0700
<![CDATA[New Memorial Hospital complaint claims employee retirement benefits suffered]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-memorial-hospital-complaint-claims-employee-retirement-benefits-suffered/article/1546843?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-memorial-hospital-complaint-claims-employee-retirement-benefits-suffered/article/1546843?custom_click=rss

Most Memorial Hospital employees moved from one pension plan to another when University of Colorado Health began leasing the facility in fall 2012.

But employees in the hospital's pediatric division were offered something entirely different, according to new claims in a lawsuit against Colorado Springs.

The pediatric division employees could only move from employer-based pension benefits to a retirement plan based on their own contributions, which resembled a 401(k) plan, according to an amended complaint filed Feb. 17. As a result, their maximum retirement benefits suffered when compared as a percentage of their average income, the complaint said.



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Most Memorial Hospital employees moved from one pension plan to another when University of Colorado Health began leasing the facility in fall 2012.

But employees in the hospital's pediatric division were offered something entirely different, according to new claims in a lawsuit against Colorado Springs.

The pediatric division employees could only move from employer-based pension benefits to a retirement plan based on their own contributions, which resembled a 401(k) plan, according to an amended complaint filed Feb. 17. As a result, their maximum retirement benefits suffered when compared as a percentage of their average income, the complaint said.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:37:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Penrose-St. Francis seeking Colorado Springs site for possible third major campus]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-seeking-colorado-springs-site-for-possible-third-major-campus/article/1546773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-seeking-colorado-springs-site-for-possible-third-major-campus/article/1546773?custom_click=rss

Because it has no room to expand its main campus, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is looking for locations to build a third major campus by the end of the decade to accommodate its growth over the next two decades.

The 522-bed hospital system is considering three sites for the third campus and will select one by early summer, said Margaret Sabin, Penrose-St. Francis president and CEO.

She declined to disclose the locations of the sites, but said the system needs to look outside its main campus at 2222 N. Nevada Avenue.

"Our master facility planning process is indicating a third campus may be in our future and we are looking for a site because of growth. We would like to grow on this site, but it is a postage stamp



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Because it has no room to expand its main campus, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is looking for locations to build a third major campus by the end of the decade to accommodate its growth over the next two decades.

The 522-bed hospital system is considering three sites for the third campus and will select one by early summer, said Margaret Sabin, Penrose-St. Francis president and CEO.

She declined to disclose the locations of the sites, but said the system needs to look outside its main campus at 2222 N. Nevada Avenue.

"Our master facility planning process is indicating a third campus may be in our future and we are looking for a site because of growth. We would like to grow on this site, but it is a postage stamp

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:16:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs among 'fit' cities — with a footnote]]> By LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-among-fit-cities-with-a-footnote/article/1546794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-among-fit-cities-with-a-footnote/article/1546794?custom_click=rss

Let's all pat ourselves on the back — and then maybe go for a run.

Colorado Springs is near the head of the pack when it comes to the nation's healthier cities, but there's plenty of room to improve.

That's the thrust of an assessment released last week by betterdoctor.com, which ranked the Springs 16th of 85 major cities evaluated for its Fit City Index - trailing Aurora, the top-place finisher, and Denver, which came in sixth.

Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak and boasting dozens of parks and open spaces and hundreds of miles of trails, Colorado Springs is accustomed to receiving kudos for its fit, outdoorsy residents. But in this case, the city lost precious ground for its meager park spending, the



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Let's all pat ourselves on the back — and then maybe go for a run.

Colorado Springs is near the head of the pack when it comes to the nation's healthier cities, but there's plenty of room to improve.

That's the thrust of an assessment released last week by betterdoctor.com, which ranked the Springs 16th of 85 major cities evaluated for its Fit City Index - trailing Aurora, the top-place finisher, and Denver, which came in sixth.

Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak and boasting dozens of parks and open spaces and hundreds of miles of trails, Colorado Springs is accustomed to receiving kudos for its fit, outdoorsy residents. But in this case, the city lost precious ground for its meager park spending, the

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:18:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Eat Well: Healthy berries and flour-less pizza crust add up to good nutrition]]> By teresa j. farney teresa.farney@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eat-well-healthy-berries-and-flour-less-pizza-crust-add-up-to-good-nutrition/article/1546792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-healthy-berries-and-flour-less-pizza-crust-add-up-to-good-nutrition/article/1546792?custom_click=rss

Recently I came across two new-to-me products packed with healthy nutrients.

Let's start with aronia berries, or chokeberries. There's a reason they're called chokeberries: These purple berries offer an astringent taste. The fruit is native to North America and was a staple in the diets of Native Americans and early settlers.

The batch of frozen Superberries brand berries I sampled from was incredibly bitter. However, the fruit mellowed when cooked in something, such as pancakes, and was downright delicious with the addition of warm maple syrup. The berries also can be added to smoothies with endless flavor combinations that soften their taste.



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Recently I came across two new-to-me products packed with healthy nutrients.

Let's start with aronia berries, or chokeberries. There's a reason they're called chokeberries: These purple berries offer an astringent taste. The fruit is native to North America and was a staple in the diets of Native Americans and early settlers.

The batch of frozen Superberries brand berries I sampled from was incredibly bitter. However, the fruit mellowed when cooked in something, such as pancakes, and was downright delicious with the addition of warm maple syrup. The berries also can be added to smoothies with endless flavor combinations that soften their taste.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:35:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Autism expert Temple Grandin to speak in Colorado Springs]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/autism-expert-temple-grandin-to-speak-in-colorado-springs/article/1546788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/autism-expert-temple-grandin-to-speak-in-colorado-springs/article/1546788?custom_click=rss

Childhood isn't exactly a serene time, especially at its best.

Consider the traditional highlight activities - parades, circuses, even a visit with Santa at the mall - and then consider the sensory workout: the heart-jarring peal of a firetruck horn, the sharp smell of hay, the scratchy feel of a beard.

For someone with sensory processing disorder, life's ambient "noise" can be too much.

"Just imagine normal noises, like a noisy restaurant, that don't bother most people would really bother you," said Temple Grandin, a leading autism expert, best-selling author, inventor and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. "One person might have sound sensitivities and one person might have light sensitivities.



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Childhood isn't exactly a serene time, especially at its best.

Consider the traditional highlight activities - parades, circuses, even a visit with Santa at the mall - and then consider the sensory workout: the heart-jarring peal of a firetruck horn, the sharp smell of hay, the scratchy feel of a beard.

For someone with sensory processing disorder, life's ambient "noise" can be too much.

"Just imagine normal noises, like a noisy restaurant, that don't bother most people would really bother you," said Temple Grandin, a leading autism expert, best-selling author, inventor and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. "One person might have sound sensitivities and one person might have light sensitivities.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:34:01 -0700
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: Take steps for heart-healthy winter]]> By James Hubbard Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-take-steps-for-heart-healthy-winter/article/1546795?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-take-steps-for-heart-healthy-winter/article/1546795?custom_click=rss

After that warm start to February, I was hoping my snow shoveling was finished for the season. Wrong.

Did you know that more heart attacks occur in winter than any other season? Snow shoveling can play a role, but here's an interesting tidbit: Even in warmer regions of the country, there are more heart attacks in winter. While the reasons are unclear, there are some theories of which you might want to take note.

First, stress can be bad on the heart, and wintertime brings a mighty stressful holiday season.

Winter also brings shorter days, which means less sunshine. For some, that increases the risk of depression, and depression can lead to not caring as much about your health. You might exercise less, not follow your



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After that warm start to February, I was hoping my snow shoveling was finished for the season. Wrong.

Did you know that more heart attacks occur in winter than any other season? Snow shoveling can play a role, but here's an interesting tidbit: Even in warmer regions of the country, there are more heart attacks in winter. While the reasons are unclear, there are some theories of which you might want to take note.

First, stress can be bad on the heart, and wintertime brings a mighty stressful holiday season.

Winter also brings shorter days, which means less sunshine. For some, that increases the risk of depression, and depression can lead to not caring as much about your health. You might exercise less, not follow your

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:30:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Mental Health First Aid program looks to expand in Pikes Peak region]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/mental-health-first-aid-program-looks-to-expand-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1546760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mental-health-first-aid-program-looks-to-expand-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1546760?custom_click=rss

People gripped with depression, anxiety or even psychotic episodes need help the same way a heart attack patient needs CPR - with fast and effective care, mental health advocates say.

A swiftly expanding program aims to do just that.

Mental Health First Aid training is set to expand after a yearlong effort to raise awareness and develop an action plan for addressing mental illness in the Pikes Peak region. Spearheading the effort are the organizers of the Mental Health Begins With Me forums, and they plan to kick off the next phase of their work Wednesday.

"It's a tipping point in Colorado Springs with what we know and what we want to do," said Carol Scott, coordinator of Mental Health Begins With Me.

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A swiftly expanding program aims to do just that.

Mental Health First Aid training is set to expand after a yearlong effort to raise awareness and develop an action plan for addressing mental illness in the Pikes Peak region. Spearheading the effort are the organizers of the Mental Health Begins With Me forums, and they plan to kick off the next phase of their work Wednesday.

"It's a tipping point in Colorado Springs with what we know and what we want to do," said Carol Scott, coordinator of Mental Health Begins With Me.]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:25:28 -0700