<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:33:29 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Houston's Savage returned to game after concussion]]> http://gazette.com/houstons-savage-returned-to-game-after-concussion/article/feed/520351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/houstons-savage-returned-to-game-after-concussion/article/feed/520351?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback Tom Savage was cleared to re-enter Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers for one series after sustaining a concussion, raising questions about the NFL's procedure for evaluating such injuries during games.

Savage was injured with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter of Houston's 26-16 loss when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms shaking and lifted upward .

He was taken to the medical tent where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series.

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:22:45 -0700 <![CDATA[New drug could stall deadly symptoms of rattlesnake bite]]> http://gazette.com/new-drug-could-stall-deadly-symptoms-of-rattlesnake-bite/article/1616949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-drug-could-stall-deadly-symptoms-of-rattlesnake-bite/article/1616949?custom_click=rss TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and trouble breathing.

It's a race against time to get to a hospital, the only place that readily offers anti-venom. The longer it takes to get treatment, the higher the odds of long-term injury or death.

One University of Arizona doctor hopes to buy people more time before they get to the hospital.

Professor Vance Nielsen, the vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the College of Medicine - Tucson, said his research could help stall the spread of rattlesnake venom through the body.



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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:31:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices]]> http://gazette.com/price-hikes-push-health-insurance-shoppers-into-hard-choices/article/feed/520224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/price-hikes-push-health-insurance-shoppers-into-hard-choices/article/feed/520224?custom_click=rss

The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans buy individual health insurance with income-based tax credits.

But some who make too much for that assistance are struggling to stay covered heading into next year.

Some are considering options outside insurance such as a medical cost-sharing ministry. These ministries are not insurance, but they allow people to band together to share expenses. And belonging to one allows customers to escape the ACA's penalty for remaining uninsured.

Others are mulling skipping coverage entirely — a decision that could lead to a fine and huge bills if an emergency hits.

The sign-up period for 2018 coverage closes on Friday in most states.

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:05:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado AG Coffman says evidence supports syringe exchange programs]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-ag-coffman-says-evidence-supports-syringe-exchange-programs/article/1616837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-ag-coffman-says-evidence-supports-syringe-exchange-programs/article/1616837?custom_click=rss

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman doesn't need any more proof that syringe exchange programs and supervised drug injection sites can work, and can help Colorado.

"The data is dead bodies washing up in Cherry Creek," Coffman said. "I think it's people found with needles in their arms on Colfax. I think it is dead children being buried by their parents."

Her endorsement of such programs came Friday during the final day of the Colorado Health Institute's annual conference in Englewood, which included a wide-ranging panel discussion with most candidates vying to succeed term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper in fall 2018.



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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:16:44 -0700
<![CDATA[A mother got the flu from her children — and was dead two days later]]> http://gazette.com/a-mother-got-the-flu-from-her-children-and-was-dead-two-days-later/article/1616863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-mother-got-the-flu-from-her-children-and-was-dead-two-days-later/article/1616863?custom_click=rss

The children were the first to get sick. They spent Thanksgiving with sore throats and chills and fevers. By the end of the long weekend, the adults who had gathered for the family’s holiday meal in Phoenix were feeling flu symptoms, too.

“We were all together for Thanksgiving, and the little kids got sick, then the adults got sick,” Stephanie Gonzalez told CBS News. “It traveled through our family. Everybody kind of got over it. Everybody was fine.”

Everybody but Alani “Joie” Murrieta.

Feeling ill, the mother of two left work early Nov. 26, then trudged into Urgent Care the next day. Doctors prescribed Tamiflu and rest, but neither worked.

The next day was worse.



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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:14:47 -0700
<![CDATA[New drug could stall deadly symptoms of rattlesnake bite]]> http://gazette.com/new-drug-could-stall-deadly-symptoms-of-rattlesnake-bite/article/feed/519897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-drug-could-stall-deadly-symptoms-of-rattlesnake-bite/article/feed/519897?custom_click=rss TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and trouble breathing.

It's a race against time to get to a hospital, the only place that readily offers anti-venom. The longer it takes to get treatment, the higher the odds of long-term injury or death.

One University of Arizona doctor hopes to buy people more time before they get to the hospital.

Professor Vance Nielsen, the vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the College of Medicine - Tucson, said his research could help stall the spread of rattlesnake venom through the body.

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]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:05:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Drug companies sue to block California drug price law]]> http://gazette.com/drug-companies-sue-to-block-california-drug-price-law/article/feed/519844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drug-companies-sue-to-block-california-drug-price-law/article/feed/519844?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases.

The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control allergic reactions.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group for drugmakers, said in its lawsuit that California's law illegally tries to dictate national health policy. Because the law is tied to a national measure of drug prices, PhRMA argues that California's advance notification requirement could restrict drugmakers' abili

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:41:09 -0700 <![CDATA[California opens online system to license new pot industry]]> http://gazette.com/california-opens-online-system-to-license-new-pot-industry/article/feed/519840?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-opens-online-system-to-license-new-pot-industry/article/feed/519840?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state's legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market.

After months in development, an online system launched and will allow retailers, distributors and testing labs to seek state licenses, which are required to conduct business.

Recreational pot sales start in California on Jan. 1, joining the long-running medical cannabis industry.

"Now that applications are coming in, we can officially move one step closer to issuing California's first state licenses for commercial cannabis activity," Lori Ajax, who heads the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, said in a statement.

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:03:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur]]> http://gazette.com/blood-test-may-help-predict-which-breast-cancers-will-recur/article/feed/519658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blood-test-may-help-predict-which-breast-cancers-will-recur/article/feed/519658?custom_click=rss

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

It was the largest experiment so far to use these tests, called liquid biopsies , for breast cancer. Results suggest they someday may help reveal which women need longer preventive therapy and which ones can be spared it.

"It could be providing an early warning sign" for some women that cancer is returning, said Dr. Joseph Sparano of Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care in New York.

On the other hand, "if you had a negative test, there was a 98 percent chance you would not have a recurrence in the next two years" and perhaps could s

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:09:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Artificial life just moved a step closer to reality]]> http://gazette.com/artificial-life-just-moved-a-step-closer-to-reality/article/1616816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/artificial-life-just-moved-a-step-closer-to-reality/article/1616816?custom_click=rss

At the core of all life on Earth is the molecule deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). From the different combinations of DNA’s nucleotide bases — adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T) — come the various genetic expressions of a living being. But what if you could add more letters to this genetic alphabet?

Back in 2014, chemical biologist Floyd Romesberg did just that. He and his team at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, expanded the natural genetic alphabet to include an X and a Y in a strain of E.coli bacteria. Now, they’ve taken that work one step further through a study recently published in the journal Nature.



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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:41:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Parents, embrace the gross. Humor can teach kids about their bodies.]]> http://gazette.com/parents-embrace-the-gross.-humor-can-teach-kids-about-their-bodies./article/1616799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/parents-embrace-the-gross.-humor-can-teach-kids-about-their-bodies./article/1616799?custom_click=rss

Children love potty humor. Although no one wants their kids to shout "pee" or "poop" in a restaurant, if your child is fixated on boogers, belching and bad breath, you can use this as an opportunity to discuss how the body works.

As a pediatrician and father, I often use potty humor to explain things to my young patients, sometimes as their parents look on in shock. But guess what? The kids remember when I tell them why they have flatulence. And I hope I'm giving their parents an excuse to have a little fun, too.

Always here to help, here are some gross facts and ways to explain the body's inner workings from my new book, "The Fantastic Body."

Remember, parents, it's not gross; it's the amazing body. Here's how you can



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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:48:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Bird flu: Dutch farmers ordered to keep poultry indoors]]> http://gazette.com/bird-flu-dutch-farmers-ordered-to-keep-poultry-indoors/article/feed/519664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bird-flu-dutch-farmers-ordered-to-keep-poultry-indoors/article/feed/519664?custom_click=rss THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government has ordered the country's farmers to keep all poultry indoors after bird flu was discovered at a duck farm.

Authorities issued the order Friday after a suspected highly pathogenic variant of the H5 bird flu was discovered at the farm in Biddinghuizen, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Amsterdam. All 16,000 ducks at the farm will be culled.

Zoos also have been ordered to prevent their birds from coming into contact with wild waterfowl.

The Netherlands has a huge poultry industry, producing eggs and meat that are exported around the world.

Many egg producers suffered major financial losses earlier this year after the illegal use of a pesticide on laying hens

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:53:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine]]> http://gazette.com/philippines-wants-money-back-from-sanofi-for-dengue-vaccine/article/feed/519605?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philippines-wants-money-back-from-sanofi-for-dengue-vaccine/article/feed/519605?custom_click=rss

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the health chief said Friday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the government will also seek compensation for treatment of children who may develop severe dengue. No deaths have been confirmed, but at least one immunized child has developed dengue.

The Department of Health put on hold its dengue immunization drive, which was launched last year and is the world's first such public program, after France-based Sanofi Pasteur rele

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:38:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Eagles TE Zach Ertz practices, still in concussion protocol]]> http://gazette.com/eagles-te-zach-ertz-practices-still-in-concussion-protocol/article/feed/519543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagles-te-zach-ertz-practices-still-in-concussion-protocol/article/feed/519543?custom_click=rss ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has returned to practice on a limited basis.

Ertz is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, but he joined his teammates for their workout at Angel Stadium on Thursday.

Ertz took a big hit in the Eagles' loss at Seattle last weekend. He hopes to play Sunday when Philadelphia (10-2) visits the Los Angeles Rams (9-3), and his return to practice suggests a reason to be hopeful.

Ertz was born in Orange County. He is the Eagles' leading receiver with 57 catches for 663 yards and seven touchdowns.

He didn't return to the Eagles' 24-10 loss in Seattle last Sunday after getting hit by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald in the third quarter.

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]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:31:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Tents considered blessing for homeless in San Diego]]> http://gazette.com/tents-considered-blessing-for-homeless-in-san-diego/article/feed/519206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tents-considered-blessing-for-homeless-in-san-diego/article/feed/519206?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For Christine Wade, the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot, was far better than their previous home — a shelter where rats ate through the family's bags of clothes.

"It's peaceful here," Wade, 31 and eight months pregnant, said in an October interview at the campground.

A tent, of course, is not a home. But for these San Diegans, it is a blessing.

Like other major cities all along the West Coast, San Diego is struggling with a homeless crisis. In a place that bills itself as "America's Finest City," spiraling real estate values have contributed to spiraling homelessness, leaving more than 3,200 people living on the streets or in their cars.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Christine Wade found a haven in the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot.

It was, at least, far better than their previous home in the city, a shelter where rats ate through the family's bags of clothes and chewed on 2-year-old Jaymason's stroller. Roughly 50 of the encampment's 200 residents were children, so Wade's kids had plenty of playmates.

"It's peaceful here," Wade, 31, who is eight months pregnant, said in an October interview. "There's coffee first thing in the morning. We can hang out here in the daytime. I mean what more could you ask for?"

A tent, of course, is not a home. But for these San Diegans, it is a blessing.

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]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:50:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Congress averts shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill]]> http://gazette.com/congress-averts-shutdown-sends-trump-stopgap-spending-bill/article/feed/519256?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-averts-shutdown-sends-trump-stopgap-spending-bill/article/feed/519256?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The shutdown reprieve came as all sides issued optimistic takes on an afternoon White House meeting between top congressional leaders and President Donald Trump.

The measure passed the House 235-193, mostly along party lines, and breezed through the Senate on a sweeping 81-14 tally barely an hour later. It would keep the government running through Dec. 22, when another, and more difficult, shutdown problem awaits.

The bill now heads to Trump for his signature.

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]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:27:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets ]]> http://gazette.com/veterinarians-seek-permission-to-research-pot-meds-for-pets/article/1616773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterinarians-seek-permission-to-research-pot-meds-for-pets/article/1616773?custom_click=rss

BEND, Ore. — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well.

"The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and Quiet' is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety."

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.

That's because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can



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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:11:46 -0700
<![CDATA[The Latest: Senate approves bill to avert shutdown]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-approves-bill-to-avert-shutdown/article/feed/519359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-approves-bill-to-avert-shutdown/article/feed/519359?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local):

616 p.m.

No government shutdown — for now.

The Senate has voted 81-14 for a spending bill to keep the government open until Dec. 22. The Senate approval comes about an hour after the House backed the measure.

The bill now heads to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.

The measure provides funds to government agencies, from the Defense Department to the IRS. The two-week spending bill also makes money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program. That widely popular program provides medical care to more than 8 million children.

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BEND, Ore. (AP) — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well.

"The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and Quiet' is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety."

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.

That's because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.

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]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:05:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Ohio awards $10M to boost opioid, addiction breakthroughs]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-awards-10m-to-boost-opioid-addiction-breakthroughs/article/feed/519214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-awards-10m-to-boost-opioid-addiction-breakthroughs/article/feed/519214?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio awarded $10 million in grants Thursday to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic.

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the grants for ideas that include development of pain management alternatives and a mobile app to improve addiction treatment.

The seven grant winners emerged from a field of 44 initial projects submitted by hospitals, universities and various medical device, software and pharmaceutical developers. About $2 million less was awarded than the commission had made available.

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]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:38:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Documentary 'Heal' explores mind's power to abolish disease]]> http://gazette.com/documentary-heal-explores-minds-power-to-abolish-disease/article/1616570?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/documentary-heal-explores-minds-power-to-abolish-disease/article/1616570?custom_click=rss

Disease takes root in the mind, so the mind can unroot disease, a new documentary declares.

Although our thoughts can make us sick, they also can guide us to health, says the film "Heal."

The documentary has had a limited release in Denver and other big cities since Oct. 27. It will be shown in theaters nationally and private viewings beginning Tuesday.

The 105-minute film is the directorial debut for actress Kelly Noonan Gores ("10 Years," "Not Another Not Another Movie") and is produced by Adam Schomer ("One Little Pill," "The Polygon").

Gores said by phone that she developed the idea to make this film for 10 years.



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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:16:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Doctors identify brain abnormalities in Cuba attack patients]]> http://gazette.com/doctors-identify-brain-abnormalities-in-cuba-attack-patients/article/1616653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctors-identify-brain-abnormalities-in-cuba-attack-patients/article/1616653?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.

It's the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led to perceptible changes in their brains. The finding is also one of several factors fueling growing skepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.

Medical testing has revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts that let different parts of the brain communicate, several U.S.



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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:50:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Skyrocketing fentanyl seizures illustrate its growing contribution to opioid crisis]]> http://gazette.com/skyrocketing-fentanyl-seizures-illustrate-its-growing-contribution-to-opioid-crisis/article/1616667?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/skyrocketing-fentanyl-seizures-illustrate-its-growing-contribution-to-opioid-crisis/article/1616667?custom_click=rss

U.S. border patrol agents snagged about two pounds of fentanyl in 2013. This year, they seized nearly 1,500 pounds of the deadly substance.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is many times more potent than heroin, has exploded onto the nation's illicit drug scene over the past few years - so much so that many experts are identifying it as the most dangerous and widespread culprit in the opioid abuse crisis.

Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security reported a dramatic spike over the past five years in seizures of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs at U.S. ports of entry. Although most of the smuggling attempts occur along the country's border with Mexico, the agency said traffickers are increasingly using international



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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:55:05 -0700
<![CDATA[UnitedHealth Group's Optum to acquire dialysis-center chain DaVita for $4.9B]]> http://gazette.com/unitedhealth-groups-optum-to-acquire-dialysis-center-chain-davita-for-4.9b/article/1616644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unitedhealth-groups-optum-to-acquire-dialysis-center-chain-davita-for-4.9b/article/1616644?custom_click=rss

The nation's biggest health insurer is spending nearly $5 billion to buy hundreds of clinics, just three days after rival Aetna announced a tie up with CVS Health.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Wednesday that its Optum segment will buy the Denver-based DaVita Medical Group from DaVitaInc. in a cash deal expected to close next year for $4.9 billion.

DaVita Medical Group runs nearly 300 primary and specialty care clinics in several states. It also operates urgent care and outpatient surgery centers.

Optum has been adding clinics and expanding the care it provides in recent years.

Health insurers have been pushing deeper into managing or providing patient care in order to cut costs and improve health, especially for those with



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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:58:29 -0700
<![CDATA[El Paso County commissioners eye $25K boost for health department]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-eye-25k-boost-for-health-department/article/1616621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-eye-25k-boost-for-health-department/article/1616621?custom_click=rss

El Paso County commissioners offered local public health leaders a small budget boost Tuesday to combat pathogens such as hepatitis C.

The commissioners tentatively allocated an additional $25,000 to El Paso County Public Health's roughly $16 million 2018 budget, specifically to combat the spread of communicable diseases.

The move came after two commissioners a day earlier helped torpedo a nonprofit's bid to create a needle exchange here, echoing the Board of County Commissioners' stance.

Such exchanges are touted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as key for reducing bloodborne diseases, which are on the rise in El Paso County.

Rates of hepatitis C have more than doubled in the county since 2013,



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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:32:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Live Well: 7 holiday self-care tips that will keep you Scrooges from raining on those candy cane parades]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-7-holiday-self-care-tips-that-will-keep-you-scrooges-from-raining-on-those-candy-cane-parades/article/1616572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-7-holiday-self-care-tips-that-will-keep-you-scrooges-from-raining-on-those-candy-cane-parades/article/1616572?custom_click=rss

How I would love to tell you I'm the holliest, jolliest little elf come December. But that, my friends, would be a gingerbread-covered lie. I'm mostly a Christmas crunch. I'm not the only one, right?

I love a few things about the holidays: "A Charlie Brown Christmas." "A Christmas Story." Poignant Vince Guaraldi Christmas music. Possible mistletoe interactions (this has never happened, but I remain hopeful). Tasteful white light displays. Saran-wrapped plates of Christmas cookies and fudge from neighbors. (This has only happened once, but again, I remain ever vigilant. It would probably help if I reciprocated.)

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to embrace the holidays.



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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:18:28 -0700
<![CDATA[El Paso County needle exchange appears dead after hitting Board of Health roadblock]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-needle-exchange-appears-dead-after-hitting-board-of-health-roadblock/article/1616538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-needle-exchange-appears-dead-after-hitting-board-of-health-roadblock/article/1616538?custom_click=rss

A needle exchange won't be opening in El Paso County for the foreseeable future.

The proposed program met swift opposition from most of the county's nine Board of Health members during their meeting Monday morning, running aground over the same concerns of enabled drug use that doomed a similar proposal four years ago.

Though no formal vote was held this time, a majority of the board directed El Paso County Public Health employees not to work with a nonprofit seeking to create an exchange on Colorado Springs' west side - effectively killing the proposal. "There are other compassionate ways to address this that need to be brought forward," said El Paso County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez.



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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Dec. 5, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-dec.-5-2017/article/1616571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-dec.-5-2017/article/1616571?custom_click=rss Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email listings@gazette.com.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Nurse Chats - Hepatitis, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. - Understanding Your DNR Status, 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday. - Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimers, 10 a.m.-noon Friday. - Truth About Hearing Aids, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 12. - Build & Elevate Healthy Relationships, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 13.

Newborn Hope "Hope & Noel" - 6 p.m. Friday, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $150. Reservations: newbornhope.org.

PILLAR - Call for location.

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]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:15:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Wisdom without a shelf life: Five enduring food rules you can trust]]> http://gazette.com/wisdom-without-a-shelf-life-five-enduring-food-rules-you-can-trust/article/1616569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wisdom-without-a-shelf-life-five-enduring-food-rules-you-can-trust/article/1616569?custom_click=rss Although "facts" about nutrition seem to change every week, some have stood the test of time.

Here are five rules that still provide good guidance, despite continually conflicting nutrition studies.

1. Choose a variety of food.

From 1980 to 1995, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans advised, "Eat a variety of foods." The 2015 Dietary Guidelines still say to "choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all food groups."

So what about popular eating plans that cut out major food groups - such as vegans avoiding dairy and paleo dieters skipping grains? Can diets be healthy if they lack "all food groups"? Foods can be mixed and matched in many ways to create a plan providing enough variety to meet

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