<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:26:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight]]> http://gazette.com/struggle-to-explain-what-motivated-co-pilot-in-doomed-flight/article/feed/218325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/struggle-to-explain-what-motivated-co-pilot-in-doomed-flight/article/feed/218325?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside.

There may never be a convincing explanation for such devastating acts of violence, but experts say certain personality disorders such as extreme narcissism can help push people who want to take their own lives to take those of others at the same time.

But as German prosecutors search for what might have motivated co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to deliberately smash the Germanwings plane carrying 149 other people into the French Alps, many experts caution against speculating on a diagnosis.

"We don't have a clue what was going through his mind," said Dr.

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]]> LONDON (AP) — A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside.

There may never be a convincing explanation for such devastating acts of violence, but experts say certain personality disorders such as extreme narcissism can help push people who want to take their own lives to take those of others at the same time.

But as German prosecutors search for what might have motivated co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to deliberately smash the Germanwings plane carrying 149 other people into the French Alps, many experts caution against speculating on a diagnosis.

"We don't have a clue what was going through his mind," said Dr.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:45:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county]]> http://gazette.com/bird-flu-found-in-a-top-minnesota-turkey-producing-county/article/feed/218251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bird-flu-found-in-a-top-minnesota-turkey-producing-county/article/feed/218251?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has infected a third turkey farm in the state, this time a commercial flock of 39,000 birds in Stearns county in central Minnesota. The county is No. 2 in turkey production in Minnesota and is also one of the state's top chicken and egg producers.

State Veterinarian Bill Hartmann said one of the four barns at the Stearns County farm was infected and that many turkeys in

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has infected a third turkey farm in the state, this time a commercial flock of 39,000 birds in Stearns county in central Minnesota. The county is No. 2 in turkey production in Minnesota and is also one of the state's top chicken and egg producers.

State Veterinarian Bill Hartmann said one of the four barns at the Stearns County farm was infected and that many turkeys in ]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:30:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Attorneys: Sterilizations were part of plea deal talks]]> http://gazette.com/attorneys-sterilizations-were-part-of-plea-deal-talks/article/feed/218231?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorneys-sterilizations-were-part-of-plea-deal-talks/article/feed/218231?custom_click=rss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the district attorney has banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.

In the most recent case, first reported by The Tennessean, a woman with a 20-year history of mental illness had been charged with neglect after her 5-day-old baby mysteriously died. Her defense attorney says the prosecutor assigned to the case wouldn't go forward with a plea deal to keep the woman out of prison unless she had the surgery.

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]]> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the district attorney has banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.

In the most recent case, first reported by The Tennessean, a woman with a 20-year history of mental illness had been charged with neglect after her 5-day-old baby mysteriously died. Her defense attorney says the prosecutor assigned to the case wouldn't go forward with a plea deal to keep the woman out of prison unless she had the surgery.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:01:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Oklahoma measles patient went through Will Rogers airport]]> http://gazette.com/oklahoma-measles-patient-went-through-will-rogers-airport/article/feed/218249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-measles-patient-went-through-will-rogers-airport/article/feed/218249?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A person in Oklahoma with measles traveled through Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and may have exposed others to the virus, according to airport officials.

The state Health Department said Friday the infected person lives in Stillwater and has the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997.

The airport said in a news release that the person was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport that arrived at 9:30 p.m. on March 12th. The person then went to the United baggage claim area.

"The airport advises travelers and visitors that were in the terminal building on Thursday, March 12 from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.

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]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A person in Oklahoma with measles traveled through Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and may have exposed others to the virus, according to airport officials.

The state Health Department said Friday the infected person lives in Stillwater and has the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997.

The airport said in a news release that the person was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport that arrived at 9:30 p.m. on March 12th. The person then went to the United baggage claim area.

"The airport advises travelers and visitors that were in the terminal building on Thursday, March 12 from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:30:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Guinea deploys police as Sierra Leoneans flee Ebola lockdown]]> http://gazette.com/guinea-deploys-police-as-sierra-leoneans-flee-ebola-lockdown/article/feed/218219?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guinea-deploys-police-as-sierra-leoneans-flee-ebola-lockdown/article/feed/218219?custom_click=rss

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease, an official said Saturday.

The deployment, led by the head of the national gendarmerie, was sent late Friday night to the town of Forecariah, said gendarmerie spokesman Mamadou Alpha Barry, adding that the area is "secure."

Residents reported tension in the region resulting from a large influx of Sierra Leoneans in the days leading up to the lockdown, which went into effect on Friday and ends Sunday.

"Why would they leave their country if they didn't have Ebola?" said Forecariah resident Mamad

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]]> FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease, an official said Saturday.

The deployment, led by the head of the national gendarmerie, was sent late Friday night to the town of Forecariah, said gendarmerie spokesman Mamadou Alpha Barry, adding that the area is "secure."

Residents reported tension in the region resulting from a large influx of Sierra Leoneans in the days leading up to the lockdown, which went into effect on Friday and ends Sunday.

"Why would they leave their country if they didn't have Ebola?" said Forecariah resident Mamad]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:03:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Medicaid expansion enrollment soars; waiver hurdle remains]]> http://gazette.com/medicaid-expansion-enrollment-soars-waiver-hurdle-remains/article/feed/218200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medicaid-expansion-enrollment-soars-waiver-hurdle-remains/article/feed/218200?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mary Amick went 15 years without health insurance while working a minimum-wage job at a small country store outside Coldwater.

She sometimes visited a free clinic but mostly put off addressing her medical ailments, needing to buy food and pay utility bills instead. But not long after hurting her shoulder in a fall last year, she got a letter from the state saying she was eligible for insurance under Michigan's expanded Medicaid program.

"I felt like I had won the lottery," the 57-year-old Quincy woman said.

With her insurance card, she visited a doctor who decided to X-ray her clavicle. It turned up a lesion on her lung — she had cancer.

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]]> LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mary Amick went 15 years without health insurance while working a minimum-wage job at a small country store outside Coldwater.

She sometimes visited a free clinic but mostly put off addressing her medical ailments, needing to buy food and pay utility bills instead. But not long after hurting her shoulder in a fall last year, she got a letter from the state saying she was eligible for insurance under Michigan's expanded Medicaid program.

"I felt like I had won the lottery," the 57-year-old Quincy woman said.

With her insurance card, she visited a doctor who decided to X-ray her clavicle. It turned up a lesion on her lung — she had cancer.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:15:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Colleges getting out of health insurance business]]> http://gazette.com/colleges-getting-out-of-health-insurance-business/article/feed/218230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colleges-getting-out-of-health-insurance-business/article/feed/218230?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

Experts are divided on whether this change will be good or bad for students. Some call it an inevitable result of health care reform and a money-saver for students since insurance in the marketplace is usually cheaper than the college plans. Others worry that more students will go without health insurance since their premiums won't be folded into the lump sum they pay for school, and they say college health plans offer more coverage for the money than other options.

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]]> SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

Experts are divided on whether this change will be good or bad for students. Some call it an inevitable result of health care reform and a money-saver for students since insurance in the marketplace is usually cheaper than the college plans. Others worry that more students will go without health insurance since their premiums won't be folded into the lump sum they pay for school, and they say college health plans offer more coverage for the money than other options.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:02:21 -0600 <![CDATA[In Tallahassee, there's a low-profile push for child welfare]]> http://gazette.com/in-tallahassee-theres-a-low-profile-push-for-child-welfare/article/feed/218223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-tallahassee-theres-a-low-profile-push-for-child-welfare/article/feed/218223?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a state legislative session preoccupied with gambling, guns, booze and tax cuts, the Children's Movement of Florida is pushing a cause that gets little attention: health care and early education for children from poor families.

It may not draw high-powered lobbyists to the Capitol rotunda, but Vance Aloupis, director of the group, said it's about the future.

"Way too often these issues that are truly foundational to the future of our state are going unnoticed," he said. "Every year we drag our feet, a child gets a year older.

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]]> TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a state legislative session preoccupied with gambling, guns, booze and tax cuts, the Children's Movement of Florida is pushing a cause that gets little attention: health care and early education for children from poor families.

It may not draw high-powered lobbyists to the Capitol rotunda, but Vance Aloupis, director of the group, said it's about the future.

"Way too often these issues that are truly foundational to the future of our state are going unnoticed," he said. "Every year we drag our feet, a child gets a year older.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:48:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockingham County gets top health rating; Coos is last]]> http://gazette.com/rockingham-county-gets-top-health-rating-coos-is-last/article/feed/218215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockingham-county-gets-top-health-rating-coos-is-last/article/feed/218215?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new report once again ranks Rockingham County as New Hampshire's healthiest, while Coos County remains at the bottom of the list.

The sixth annual report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute rates counties nationwide in two categories — health outcomes and health factors.

Health outcomes are measured by longevity and quality of life. Health factors include tobacco, alcohol and drug use; access to and quality of health care; air and water quality; and income, education and employment among others.

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]]> CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new report once again ranks Rockingham County as New Hampshire's healthiest, while Coos County remains at the bottom of the list.

The sixth annual report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute rates counties nationwide in two categories — health outcomes and health factors.

Health outcomes are measured by longevity and quality of life. Health factors include tobacco, alcohol and drug use; access to and quality of health care; air and water quality; and income, education and employment among others.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:45:53 -0600 <![CDATA[New England editorial roundup]]> http://gazette.com/new-england-editorial-roundup/article/feed/1785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-england-editorial-roundup/article/feed/1785?custom_click=rss The Providence (R.I.) Journal, March 26, 2015

Pete Rose has re-applied for reinstatement to baseball, and Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's new commissioner, has agreed to meet privately with him. Manfred has also said he would be open to considering legalized gambling on the game, a very ominous development. We sincerely hope these are not signs that baseball, out of mindless greed, is going to cave on this terrible threat to its integrity.

Rose lost his place in baseball — and his eligibility for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where he otherwise easily belongs — because he was found to have bet on a game in which his team played.

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]]> The Providence (R.I.) Journal, March 26, 2015

Pete Rose has re-applied for reinstatement to baseball, and Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's new commissioner, has agreed to meet privately with him. Manfred has also said he would be open to considering legalized gambling on the game, a very ominous development. We sincerely hope these are not signs that baseball, out of mindless greed, is going to cave on this terrible threat to its integrity.

Rose lost his place in baseball — and his eligibility for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where he otherwise easily belongs — because he was found to have bet on a game in which his team played.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:15:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Tax season surprise: Some Coloradans find they have to pay up despite having health insurance]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/tax-season-surprise-some-coloradans-find-they-have-to-pay-up-despite-having-health-insurance/article/1548680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tax-season-surprise-some-coloradans-find-they-have-to-pay-up-despite-having-health-insurance/article/1548680?custom_click=rss For John Soderberg, a $237 tax bill wasn't much of a concern considering the thousands of dollars in health insurance costs he saved through the Affordable Care Act.

"Tax season for me was essentially a wash," Soderberg said.

But for thousands of other people in Colorado, a few wrinkles at the heart of the 5-year-old health care law will determine whether they share his feelings.

For the first time since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, people have to settle up with the federal government during tax season - either because they went without insurance or because they received too much or too little in the form of insurance subsidies.

Tax preparers say filings have run the gamut.



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For John Soderberg, a $237 tax bill wasn't much of a concern considering the thousands of dollars in health insurance costs he saved through the Affordable Care Act.

"Tax season for me was essentially a wash," Soderberg said.

But for thousands of other people in Colorado, a few wrinkles at the heart of the 5-year-old health care law will determine whether they share his feelings.

For the first time since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, people have to settle up with the federal government during tax season - either because they went without insurance or because they received too much or too little in the form of insurance subsidies.

Tax preparers say filings have run the gamut.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:13:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola]]> http://gazette.com/sierra-leoneans-to-stay-home-in-final-push-to-stop-ebola/article/feed/217888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sierra-leoneans-to-stay-home-in-final-push-to-stop-ebola/article/feed/217888?custom_click=rss

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.

Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it. Teams were also going to search for Ebola cases, particularly in regions around the capital and in the north, where flare-ups persist.

Streets were largely empty Friday except for police on patrols and soldiers and their checkpoints. Muslims were allowed to go to Friday prayers but attendance was low, and the streets emptied quickly after services. Christians will be allowed to go to church on Sunday.

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]]> FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.

Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it. Teams were also going to search for Ebola cases, particularly in regions around the capital and in the north, where flare-ups persist.

Streets were largely empty Friday except for police on patrols and soldiers and their checkpoints. Muslims were allowed to go to Friday prayers but attendance was low, and the streets emptied quickly after services. Christians will be allowed to go to church on Sunday.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:16:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Young 9-1-1 heroes honored by El Paso County Sheriff]]> BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/young-9-1-1-heroes-honored-by-el-paso-county-sheriff/article/1548679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/young-9-1-1-heroes-honored-by-el-paso-county-sheriff/article/1548679?custom_click=rss

Two children were recognized on Friday by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder with 9-1-1 Hero Awards.

On Feb. 6, 11-year-old Rachel Reyes called 9-1-1 because her mother was choking in their home. She had the presence of mind to stay on the line for 12 minutes and give dispatchers updates to help medical crews deal with the crisis when they arrived to the home.

"I just like to do the right thing," Rachel said. "I'm glad my Mom didn't die."

Leon Conn, 12, called 9-1-1 on Nov. 22 because his mother had a medical emergency. Leon provided the address and phone number to crews and stayed on the line until help arrived.

"My Dad taught me that 9-1-1 is one of the most useful phone numbers, and I called it," Leon said.



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Two children were recognized on Friday by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder with 9-1-1 Hero Awards.

On Feb. 6, 11-year-old Rachel Reyes called 9-1-1 because her mother was choking in their home. She had the presence of mind to stay on the line for 12 minutes and give dispatchers updates to help medical crews deal with the crisis when they arrived to the home.

"I just like to do the right thing," Rachel said. "I'm glad my Mom didn't die."

Leon Conn, 12, called 9-1-1 on Nov. 22 because his mother had a medical emergency. Leon provided the address and phone number to crews and stayed on the line until help arrived.

"My Dad taught me that 9-1-1 is one of the most useful phone numbers, and I called it," Leon said.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:10:01 -0600
<![CDATA[House Democrats feature education, mental health in budget]]> http://gazette.com/house-democrats-feature-education-mental-health-in-budget/article/feed/218129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-democrats-feature-education-mental-health-in-budget/article/feed/218129?custom_click=rss OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Highlights from the $38.8 billion state operating budget for 2016-17 unveiled by Democratic leaders of Washington's House of Representatives Friday morning:

—K-12 EDUCATION: The proposed budget spends $3.2 billion more on K-12 education than the previous two-year budget, but about $1.5 billion of that is new spending, which includes $412 million to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, $741 million to cover the cost of textbooks, supplies and other costs of running schools, $180 million for all-day kindergarten for children statewide, and $70 million to help make students college and career ready via programs including guidance counseling and support for bilingual students.

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]]> OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Highlights from the $38.8 billion state operating budget for 2016-17 unveiled by Democratic leaders of Washington's House of Representatives Friday morning:

—K-12 EDUCATION: The proposed budget spends $3.2 billion more on K-12 education than the previous two-year budget, but about $1.5 billion of that is new spending, which includes $412 million to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, $741 million to cover the cost of textbooks, supplies and other costs of running schools, $180 million for all-day kindergarten for children statewide, and $70 million to help make students college and career ready via programs including guidance counseling and support for bilingual students.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:46:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Bill would require immunization opt-outs to be notarized]]> http://gazette.com/bill-would-require-immunization-opt-outs-to-be-notarized/article/feed/218096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-would-require-immunization-opt-outs-to-be-notarized/article/feed/218096?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut parents and guardians who want their children exempted from certain immunizations would need their wishes to be notarized under proposed legislation.

Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter, co-chairman of the legislature's Public Health Committee, supports the bill. He said Friday that if parents are going to "claim something this serious, it should be notarized." He listed a number of documents requiring a notary's signature, including notice of an abandoned vessel.

He said religious exemptions from immunizations in Connecticut have climbed from 300 to 1,400 in the past decade.

Numerous parents have balked at the bill, saying it infringes on their freedom to exercise their religious beliefs.

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut parents and guardians who want their children exempted from certain immunizations would need their wishes to be notarized under proposed legislation.

Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter, co-chairman of the legislature's Public Health Committee, supports the bill. He said Friday that if parents are going to "claim something this serious, it should be notarized." He listed a number of documents requiring a notary's signature, including notice of an abandoned vessel.

He said religious exemptions from immunizations in Connecticut have climbed from 300 to 1,400 in the past decade.

Numerous parents have balked at the bill, saying it infringes on their freedom to exercise their religious beliefs.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:31:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Deal signs order requiring readiness for marijuana law]]> http://gazette.com/deal-signs-order-requiring-readiness-for-marijuana-law/article/feed/218006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deal-signs-order-requiring-readiness-for-marijuana-law/article/feed/218006?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — In an emotional ceremony in his Capitol office, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill.

Deal said Friday he'll sign it into law soon after the current legislative session ends April 2 to avoid possible procedural conflicts with other pieces of legislation.

He said the bill, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will allow the use of cannabis oil for treatment of seizure disorders, cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson's and sickle cell anemia.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — In an emotional ceremony in his Capitol office, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill.

Deal said Friday he'll sign it into law soon after the current legislative session ends April 2 to avoid possible procedural conflicts with other pieces of legislation.

He said the bill, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will allow the use of cannabis oil for treatment of seizure disorders, cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson's and sickle cell anemia.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:01:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer]]> http://gazette.com/medical-experts-look-beyond-law-to-make-youth-sports-safer/article/feed/218130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-experts-look-beyond-law-to-make-youth-sports-safer/article/feed/218130?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine completed two days of meetings and programs with representatives from all 50 state high school athletic associations Friday at the NFL offices in Manhattan. The goal was to have decision-makers return to their states and push high schools to put into place recommendations on how best to handle potentially catastrophic medical conditions such as heat stroke, sudden cardiac arrest and head and neck injuries.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine completed two days of meetings and programs with representatives from all 50 state high school athletic associations Friday at the NFL offices in Manhattan. The goal was to have decision-makers return to their states and push high schools to put into place recommendations on how best to handle potentially catastrophic medical conditions such as heat stroke, sudden cardiac arrest and head and neck injuries.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:46:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospital]]> By Dan Elliott, Associated Press http://gazette.com/congressman-cancel-va-bonuses-use-them-for-denver-hospital/article/1548594?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congressman-cancel-va-bonuses-use-them-for-denver-hospital/article/1548594?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday.

Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, racked up huge cost overruns and fell far behind schedule.

Haggstrom retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation into the problems at the Denver hospital, the VA said. No phone listing for him could be found to seek comment.

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DENVER — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday.

Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, racked up huge cost overruns and fell far behind schedule.

Haggstrom retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation into the problems at the Denver hospital, the VA said. No phone listing for him could be found to seek comment.

Coffman and Colorado Sen.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:51:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Blog: How long until a habit?]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/blog-how-long-until-a-habit/article/1548600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-how-long-until-a-habit/article/1548600?custom_click=rss The other day I was listening to the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ podcast. Rubin also wrote "The Happiness Project."

She and her sister were discussing the myths around how many days until you develop a habit. We've all heard 21 days or whatever other number suddenly becomes trendy.

What do you believe? A magic timeframe of three weeks has never held water with me. And the ladies on the podcast agreed. It's all subjective. There is no certain number of days that is guaranteed to make a habit stick.

So how do you form a habit? Do you have a particular trick or piece of advice? I'm not bragging, but I am pretty good at developing a habit. However, this can have its dark side. I'm talking about how a



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The other day I was listening to the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ podcast. Rubin also wrote "The Happiness Project."

She and her sister were discussing the myths around how many days until you develop a habit. We've all heard 21 days or whatever other number suddenly becomes trendy.

What do you believe? A magic timeframe of three weeks has never held water with me. And the ladies on the podcast agreed. It's all subjective. There is no certain number of days that is guaranteed to make a habit stick.

So how do you form a habit? Do you have a particular trick or piece of advice? I'm not bragging, but I am pretty good at developing a habit. However, this can have its dark side. I'm talking about how a

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<![CDATA[El Paso County gets grant to prep for Ebola]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-gets-grant-to-prep-for-ebola/article/1548553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-gets-grant-to-prep-for-ebola/article/1548553?custom_click=rss The El Paso County Board of Health on Wednesday formally accepted $95,000 in federal funding to better prepare the county for the Ebola virus.

The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of nearly $2.2 million being allocated across Colorado to prepare for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 10,000 people, almost entirely in West Africa.

The outbreak has subsided in recent months and no cases have been reported in Colorado. Still, health officials say that by preparing for Ebola, they can better ready the state against other - perhaps yet unknown - viruses.

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The El Paso County Board of Health on Wednesday formally accepted $95,000 in federal funding to better prepare the county for the Ebola virus.

The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of nearly $2.2 million being allocated across Colorado to prepare for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 10,000 people, almost entirely in West Africa.

The outbreak has subsided in recent months and no cases have been reported in Colorado. Still, health officials say that by preparing for Ebola, they can better ready the state against other - perhaps yet unknown - viruses.

In El Paso County, for instance, officials plan to conduct at last one table-top exercise on how to deal with the spread of

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:21:39 -0600
<![CDATA[VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/va-hospital-construction-chief-retires-amid-investigation/article/1548546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-hospital-construction-chief-retires-amid-investigation/article/1548546?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said.

Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the hospital under construction in the Denver suburb of Aurora were unacceptable.

The VA said last week the new Denver facility would cost $1.73 billion, more than twice the estimated cost at the time the first contracts were awarded in 2010. The department was also under fire for cost overruns and construction delays at veterans hospitals in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.



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DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said.

Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the hospital under construction in the Denver suburb of Aurora were unacceptable.

The VA said last week the new Denver facility would cost $1.73 billion, more than twice the estimated cost at the time the first contracts were awarded in 2010. The department was also under fire for cost overruns and construction delays at veterans hospitals in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:08:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Yoga school regulation exemption passes Colorado Legislature]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/yoga-school-regulation-exemption-passes-colorado-legislature/article/1548530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yoga-school-regulation-exemption-passes-colorado-legislature/article/1548530?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado lawmakers have agreed to exempt yoga teaching programs from regulation.

A bill sent to the governor for his signature Wednesday would change a regulation that consider yoga-teacher classes a type of occupational training subject to state oversight.

The bill was inspired by news that a state agency planned to expand oversight of the schools, where people learn to become yoga instructors.

The Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools recently sent letters to about 80 yoga studios saying the agency planned to step up regulation of teacher training.

Yoga studios opposed the change, which would have come with state inspections and fees of about $2,000.

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DENVER — Colorado lawmakers have agreed to exempt yoga teaching programs from regulation.

A bill sent to the governor for his signature Wednesday would change a regulation that consider yoga-teacher classes a type of occupational training subject to state oversight.

The bill was inspired by news that a state agency planned to expand oversight of the schools, where people learn to become yoga instructors.

The Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools recently sent letters to about 80 yoga studios saying the agency planned to step up regulation of teacher training.

Yoga studios opposed the change, which would have come with state inspections and fees of about $2,000.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:38:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs tai chi instructor's trip to China will make history]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tai-chi-instructors-trip-to-china-will-make-history/article/1548448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tai-chi-instructors-trip-to-china-will-make-history/article/1548448?custom_click=rss

On a bright, sunny Tuesday morning, almost two dozen people gathered in the serene, plant-filled space of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.

Comfortably dressed, the equal mix of women and men murmured to each other as they waited for instructor and school founder Michael Paler to begin the tai chi 24 form class. At precisely 9:45 a.m., the tall, graceful 39-year-old, wearing a dark flowing uniform with his hair pulled back into a long braid, quietly exited his office and took his place at the front of the group.

They were all there to learn from a man who soon will make tai chi history in the U.S., if not the Western Hemisphere.



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On a bright, sunny Tuesday morning, almost two dozen people gathered in the serene, plant-filled space of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.

Comfortably dressed, the equal mix of women and men murmured to each other as they waited for instructor and school founder Michael Paler to begin the tai chi 24 form class. At precisely 9:45 a.m., the tall, graceful 39-year-old, wearing a dark flowing uniform with his hair pulled back into a long braid, quietly exited his office and took his place at the front of the group.

They were all there to learn from a man who soon will make tai chi history in the U.S., if not the Western Hemisphere.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:45:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Eat Well: Colorado CSA programs help farmers during lean times]]> By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eat-well-colorado-csa-programs-help-farmers-during-lean-times/article/1548467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-colorado-csa-programs-help-farmers-during-lean-times/article/1548467?custom_click=rss

Have you done anything to acknowledge National Nutrition Month?

While thinking about nutrition shouldn't start or end in March, this is a good time to turn your attention to the season of fresh produce that's about to begin. Farmers markets are familiar stops when gathering farm-fresh foods, but there's another avenue: becoming a member of a Community Supported Agriculture program.

What is a CSA?

Farmers sell "shares" to consumers interested in the produce they grow throughout the summer. Some farmers grow vegetables, some fruits, and some offer other products. The share you purchase entitles you to a box of produce harvested that week. The contents change as the harvest changes.



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Have you done anything to acknowledge National Nutrition Month?

While thinking about nutrition shouldn't start or end in March, this is a good time to turn your attention to the season of fresh produce that's about to begin. Farmers markets are familiar stops when gathering farm-fresh foods, but there's another avenue: becoming a member of a Community Supported Agriculture program.

What is a CSA?

Farmers sell "shares" to consumers interested in the produce they grow throughout the summer. Some farmers grow vegetables, some fruits, and some offer other products. The share you purchase entitles you to a box of produce harvested that week. The contents change as the harvest changes.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:42:28 -0600
<![CDATA[The People's Pharmacy: Dissenters challenge pro-statin dogma]]> By Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. King Features Syndicate - http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-dissenters-challenge-pro-statin-dogma/article/1548464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-dissenters-challenge-pro-statin-dogma/article/1548464?custom_click=rss

There are few modern medications that have stirred as much controversy as statins. They have been hailed as magic bullets against heart disease since lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved in 1987.

Since then, tens of billions of dollars have been spent on drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), pitavastatin (Livalo), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Doctors tell patients that these cholesterol-lowering medications will protect them from a heart attack or stroke. Some cardiologists are so enthusiastic about the benefits of such drugs that they jokingly have suggested statins be put in the water supply.



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There are few modern medications that have stirred as much controversy as statins. They have been hailed as magic bullets against heart disease since lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved in 1987.

Since then, tens of billions of dollars have been spent on drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), pitavastatin (Livalo), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Doctors tell patients that these cholesterol-lowering medications will protect them from a heart attack or stroke. Some cardiologists are so enthusiastic about the benefits of such drugs that they jokingly have suggested statins be put in the water supply.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:40:27 -0600
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: To be a hero, be ready to take action]]> By James Hubbard Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-to-be-a-hero-be-ready-to-take-action/article/1548468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-to-be-a-hero-be-ready-to-take-action/article/1548468?custom_click=rss

I've enjoyed reading about the local heroes who the Red Cross is honoring this month in The Gazette. The articles got me to thinking - one of the basic traits of heroes is a willingness to take action. Sure, many commit acts of courage despite danger I can't imagine facing, but sometimes all it takes is availing oneself of an opportunity others choose to ignore.

Take the nurse who stopped for a wreck and discovered a 10-year-old with a bad gash on his cheek. While I'm sure she was ready to assist in any way, it turned out she didn't need extensive medical knowledge to help. She performed a lifesaving technique any layperson could do, applying pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

I expect that many passed by the scene.

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Take the nurse who stopped for a wreck and discovered a 10-year-old with a bad gash on his cheek. While I'm sure she was ready to assist in any way, it turned out she didn't need extensive medical knowledge to help. She performed a lifesaving technique any layperson could do, applying pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

I expect that many passed by the scene.]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:10:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting March 24, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-24-2015/article/1548465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-24-2015/article/1548465?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Listings appear on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits and at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: fax 636-0202 or email carlotta.olson@gazette.com.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10. - Basic Sign Language Course, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, $125. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 11 a.m. April 9, Cañon City, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 1-5 p.m. April 3, District 11 Administration, 1115 N. El Paso St.; Kathy, 520-2140, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April

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Listings appear on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits and at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: fax 636-0202 or email carlotta.olson@gazette.com.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10. - Basic Sign Language Course, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, $125. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 11 a.m. April 9, Cañon City, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 1-5 p.m. April 3, District 11 Administration, 1115 N. El Paso St.; Kathy, 520-2140, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Ebola money would help El Paso County prepare for next virus]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ebola-money-would-help-el-paso-county-prepare-for-next-virus/article/1548394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ebola-money-would-help-el-paso-county-prepare-for-next-virus/article/1548394?custom_click=rss Ebola may not make many headlines these days, but Colorado public health officials still plan to prepare for it.

Health departments across Colorado will receive nearly $2.2 million in federal funding beginning in April to prepare for the deadly virus, which ravaged parts of West Africa and caused a major public health scare before markedly subsiding in 2015.

The money is part of millions of dollars expected to be allocated across the nation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Yonette Hintzen-Schmidt, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

El Paso County Public Health's share will be $95,000, according to documents given to the county's Board of Health ahead of its

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Health departments across Colorado will receive nearly $2.2 million in federal funding beginning in April to prepare for the deadly virus, which ravaged parts of West Africa and caused a major public health scare before markedly subsiding in 2015.

The money is part of millions of dollars expected to be allocated across the nation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Yonette Hintzen-Schmidt, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

El Paso County Public Health's share will be $95,000, according to documents given to the county's Board of Health ahead of its]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:05:22 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/fda-approves-genetically-engineered-potatoes-apples-as-safe/article/1548286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-approves-genetically-engineered-potatoes-apples-as-safe/article/1548286?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

Okanagan, based in British Columbia, is trying to make apples a more convenient snack with its non-browning version. The company says bagged apples wouldn't have to be washed in antioxidants like they are now, a process that can affect taste.



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BOISE, Idaho — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

Okanagan, based in British Columbia, is trying to make apples a more convenient snack with its non-browning version. The company says bagged apples wouldn't have to be washed in antioxidants like they are now, a process that can affect taste.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:13:31 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County nurse sentenced in Medicaid fraud case]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-nurse-sentenced-in-medicaid-fraud-case/article/1548247?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-nurse-sentenced-in-medicaid-fraud-case/article/1548247?custom_click=rss A registered nurse who committed Medicaid fraud was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and must pay more than $90,000 in restitution and a hefty civil penalty.

Donna Everly, 61, of El Paso County, was sentenced on 133 counts of forgery and three counts of theft for submitting false timesheets to her employer, Pediatric Professional Health Care, claiming she worked many hours that she did not. That included time claimed for herself and her boyfriend, who worked for her, while they were out of state for personal matters, according to an affidavit for her arrest filed in August 2013.

Everly provided care in a medical foster home facility in Green Mountain Falls for her adopted children as well as others placed there.



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A registered nurse who committed Medicaid fraud was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and must pay more than $90,000 in restitution and a hefty civil penalty.

Donna Everly, 61, of El Paso County, was sentenced on 133 counts of forgery and three counts of theft for submitting false timesheets to her employer, Pediatric Professional Health Care, claiming she worked many hours that she did not. That included time claimed for herself and her boyfriend, who worked for her, while they were out of state for personal matters, according to an affidavit for her arrest filed in August 2013.

Everly provided care in a medical foster home facility in Green Mountain Falls for her adopted children as well as others placed there.

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