<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:53:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Patients heap scorn on cancer doctor at his sentencing]]> http://gazette.com/patients-heap-scorn-on-cancer-doctor-at-his-sentencing/article/feed/249970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patients-heap-scorn-on-cancer-doctor-at-his-sentencing/article/feed/249970?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.

A federal judge set aside hours to hear from victims of Dr. Farid Fata, who faces sentencing this week for fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Some entered court with canes. Others wore elastic sleeves on their wrists, their joints weakened by years of unnecessary chemotherapy. They said they were betrayed by a soft-spoken doctor who won their trust but left them broke and devastated.

"Ten minutes just isn't enough time" to speak, said Laura Stedtfeld, who blames F

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.

A federal judge set aside hours to hear from victims of Dr. Farid Fata, who faces sentencing this week for fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Some entered court with canes. Others wore elastic sleeves on their wrists, their joints weakened by years of unnecessary chemotherapy. They said they were betrayed by a soft-spoken doctor who won their trust but left them broke and devastated.

"Ten minutes just isn't enough time" to speak, said Laura Stedtfeld, who blames F]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:48:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: Number of US heroin users rose 300,000 over a decade]]> http://gazette.com/report-number-of-us-heroin-users-rose-300000-over-a-decade/article/feed/250079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-number-of-us-heroin-users-rose-300000-over-a-decade/article/feed/250079?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the number of U.S. heroin user has grown by about 300,000 over a decade. Most of the increase was in whites, across income levels.

Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday. It's based on annual face-to-face surveys of about 67,000 Americans — the government's main source of data on use of illegal drugs.

In recent surveys, nearly 3 in every 1,000 Americans said they used heroin in the previous year. That's up from under 2 per 1,000 about a decade ago.

The researchers found that people who abused opioid painkillers were 40 times more likely to

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the number of U.S. heroin user has grown by about 300,000 over a decade. Most of the increase was in whites, across income levels.

Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday. It's based on annual face-to-face surveys of about 67,000 Americans — the government's main source of data on use of illegal drugs.

In recent surveys, nearly 3 in every 1,000 Americans said they used heroin in the previous year. That's up from under 2 per 1,000 about a decade ago.

The researchers found that people who abused opioid painkillers were 40 times more likely to]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:48:03 -0600 <![CDATA[35 people test positive for tuberculosis at El Paso school]]> http://gazette.com/35-people-test-positive-for-tuberculosis-at-el-paso-school/article/feed/250080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/35-people-test-positive-for-tuberculosis-at-el-paso-school/article/feed/250080?custom_click=rss EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Public health officials say nearly three dozen students and staff at a West Texas school have tested positive for tuberculosis since examinations began in mid-June.

The El Paso Department of Public Health ordered tests for 163 students and eight staff members at Frank Macias Elementary School after an active case of tuberculosis was discovered at the school last month. Of the 150 or so people who have been tested, 29 children and six staff members tested positive for the infectious bacterial disease.

Another round of testing will begin Wednesday for 40 more children and the school's entire staff of about 100 adults. It's expected to be complete by the end of the week.

Last year, 44 cases of tuber

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]]> EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Public health officials say nearly three dozen students and staff at a West Texas school have tested positive for tuberculosis since examinations began in mid-June.

The El Paso Department of Public Health ordered tests for 163 students and eight staff members at Frank Macias Elementary School after an active case of tuberculosis was discovered at the school last month. Of the 150 or so people who have been tested, 29 children and six staff members tested positive for the infectious bacterial disease.

Another round of testing will begin Wednesday for 40 more children and the school's entire staff of about 100 adults. It's expected to be complete by the end of the week.

Last year, 44 cases of tuber]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:48:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Legislative Democrats introduce bills for breast milk banks]]> http://gazette.com/legislative-democrats-introduce-bills-for-breast-milk-banks/article/feed/249939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legislative-democrats-introduce-bills-for-breast-milk-banks/article/feed/249939?custom_click=rss LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Democratic minority in the Michigan Legislature have introduced bills setting out rules for sharing of human breast milk in the state.

Rep. Erika Geiss of Taylor has sponsored a measure to create standards for human milk banks in Michigan.

When she announced the legislation in March, Geiss said repeated research shows that feeding breast milk to premature infants has both short- and long-term benefits for the babies.

She says that's regardless of whether the milk comes from the mother or another woman.

Geiss says many women don't know that donated breast milk is an option.

Sen. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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]]> LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Democratic minority in the Michigan Legislature have introduced bills setting out rules for sharing of human breast milk in the state.

Rep. Erika Geiss of Taylor has sponsored a measure to create standards for human milk banks in Michigan.

When she announced the legislation in March, Geiss said repeated research shows that feeding breast milk to premature infants has both short- and long-term benefits for the babies.

She says that's regardless of whether the milk comes from the mother or another woman.

Geiss says many women don't know that donated breast milk is an option.

Sen. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she is disappointed at last week's court ruling, but says comparing the mercury rule to the nearly finalized climate plan is "comparing apples and oranges."

McCarthy says the Obama administration is on track to complete the so-called Clean Power Plan' next month. The plan sets unprecedented carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants that contribute to global warming.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says a Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she is disappointed at last week's court ruling, but says comparing the mercury rule to the nearly finalized climate plan is "comparing apples and oranges."

McCarthy says the Obama administration is on track to complete the so-called Clean Power Plan' next month. The plan sets unprecedented carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants that contribute to global warming.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:48:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Panel: Politics among reasons for botched UN Ebola response]]> http://gazette.com/panel-politics-among-reasons-for-botched-un-ebola-response/article/feed/250011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panel-politics-among-reasons-for-botched-un-ebola-response/article/feed/250011?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The Ebola outbreak exposed the U.N. health agency's organizational failings, a panel reported Tuesday — but it didn't blame any individuals at the World Health Organization for its bungled response last year to the deadly crisis.

The report instead criticized WHO's bureaucratic culture, saying the agency's sluggish efforts to contain the virus were partly explained by "a hope that the crisis could be managed by good diplomacy."

The panel's chief, Barbara Stocking, a former head of Oxfam GB, said it didn't single anyone out.

"We didn't go into it saying, 'We must blame somebody,'" Stocking said. "We were much more focused on this being a learning exercise.

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]]> LONDON (AP) — The Ebola outbreak exposed the U.N. health agency's organizational failings, a panel reported Tuesday — but it didn't blame any individuals at the World Health Organization for its bungled response last year to the deadly crisis.

The report instead criticized WHO's bureaucratic culture, saying the agency's sluggish efforts to contain the virus were partly explained by "a hope that the crisis could be managed by good diplomacy."

The panel's chief, Barbara Stocking, a former head of Oxfam GB, said it didn't single anyone out.

"We didn't go into it saying, 'We must blame somebody,'" Stocking said. "We were much more focused on this being a learning exercise.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:03:14 -0600 <![CDATA[At least 5 kids got wrong immunizations at New Jersey clinic]]> http://gazette.com/at-least-5-kids-got-wrong-immunizations-at-new-jersey-clinic/article/feed/250040?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-least-5-kids-got-wrong-immunizations-at-new-jersey-clinic/article/feed/250040?custom_click=rss SALEM, N.J. (AP) — At least five children were given the wrong immunizations at a health clinic for the uninsured, including a 2-year-old boy who got an "excessive dose" of a cervical cancer prevention vaccine, authorities said.

The Salem County-run "Shots for Tots" program has been shuttered while officials try to determine how and why the errors occurred. Two full-time nurses who ran the clinic have resigned from the county Health Department, and the county prosecutor's office is reviewing the matter.

None of the children has apparently suffered any adverse health effects because of the errors. But the county has agreed to pay for the children's medical monitoring costs "for the foreseeable future.

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]]> SALEM, N.J. (AP) — At least five children were given the wrong immunizations at a health clinic for the uninsured, including a 2-year-old boy who got an "excessive dose" of a cervical cancer prevention vaccine, authorities said.

The Salem County-run "Shots for Tots" program has been shuttered while officials try to determine how and why the errors occurred. Two full-time nurses who ran the clinic have resigned from the county Health Department, and the county prosecutor's office is reviewing the matter.

None of the children has apparently suffered any adverse health effects because of the errors. But the county has agreed to pay for the children's medical monitoring costs "for the foreseeable future.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:47:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Gov. Hogan makes first public appearance since chemotherapy]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-hogan-makes-first-public-appearance-since-chemotherapy/article/feed/250048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-hogan-makes-first-public-appearance-since-chemotherapy/article/feed/250048?custom_click=rss ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has made his first public appearance since finishing his opening round of chemotherapy last week.

Unscheduled, Hogan came downstairs on Monday from his second-floor Annapolis office to open the restored Old Senate Chamber to visitors.

Hogan completed his first course of chemotherapy last week for treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He told the visitors that he felt "pretty good" and wasn't feeling some of the harsh side effects of the treatment.

Hogan says that opening the chamber back to the public was a historic event in itself.

The chamber was closed for three years while undergoing $8 million in work to restore it to its appearance when Washington addressed Co

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]]> ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has made his first public appearance since finishing his opening round of chemotherapy last week.

Unscheduled, Hogan came downstairs on Monday from his second-floor Annapolis office to open the restored Old Senate Chamber to visitors.

Hogan completed his first course of chemotherapy last week for treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He told the visitors that he felt "pretty good" and wasn't feeling some of the harsh side effects of the treatment.

Hogan says that opening the chamber back to the public was a historic event in itself.

The chamber was closed for three years while undergoing $8 million in work to restore it to its appearance when Washington addressed Co]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:33:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Moving the future: Diagnosis of ADHD is too easy to make]]> http://gazette.com/moving-the-future-diagnosis-of-adhd-is-too-easy-to-make/article/1555126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/moving-the-future-diagnosis-of-adhd-is-too-easy-to-make/article/1555126?custom_click=rss

Stop with the Ritalin, Conceta, Metadate and Methylin, and play with the children.

Pass on the Adderall, Vyvanse and Dextrostat, and instead corral the kids, find a ball and get outside to kick, hit, throw, catch and run.

Those are some of the drugs given to folks, including a lot of children, diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD. And those are some of the things I've used to the battle the disorder.

This won't be popular with some, but I care more about a drugged-up 5-year-old than I do about folks' feelings. I care that a 7-year-old attends camp sleep-deprived, lethargic and not wanting to play.



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Stop with the Ritalin, Conceta, Metadate and Methylin, and play with the children.

Pass on the Adderall, Vyvanse and Dextrostat, and instead corral the kids, find a ball and get outside to kick, hit, throw, catch and run.

Those are some of the drugs given to folks, including a lot of children, diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD. And those are some of the things I've used to the battle the disorder.

This won't be popular with some, but I care more about a drugged-up 5-year-old than I do about folks' feelings. I care that a 7-year-old attends camp sleep-deprived, lethargic and not wanting to play.

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<![CDATA[Live Well: New meditation classes can help kids]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-new-meditation-classes-can-help-kids/article/1555125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-new-meditation-classes-can-help-kids/article/1555125?custom_click=rss

It isn't just adults who can benefit from meditation - children can, too.

Katy Allred, 33, recently started a local meditation class for kids. Meditation is a familiar practice for her; she began the habit at 25 after developing a kidney infection that could have taken her life. It was overwhelmingly clear she needed to become more present to her body.

"It really changed my life," she said. "It brings you in touch with yourself and how you relate to others. I became more open and more compassionate with myself."

Allred taught meditation to adults in Denver, but after having a daughter 17 months ago decided to dedicate herself to teaching kids. Her classes are at Omtastic Yoga.

Julia Endicott took her 10-year-old



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It isn't just adults who can benefit from meditation - children can, too.

Katy Allred, 33, recently started a local meditation class for kids. Meditation is a familiar practice for her; she began the habit at 25 after developing a kidney infection that could have taken her life. It was overwhelmingly clear she needed to become more present to her body.

"It really changed my life," she said. "It brings you in touch with yourself and how you relate to others. I became more open and more compassionate with myself."

Allred taught meditation to adults in Denver, but after having a daughter 17 months ago decided to dedicate herself to teaching kids. Her classes are at Omtastic Yoga.

Julia Endicott took her 10-year-old

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<![CDATA[The battle for control of the growing breast milk industry]]> http://gazette.com/the-battle-for-control-of-the-growing-breast-milk-industry/article/feed/249929?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-battle-for-control-of-the-growing-breast-milk-industry/article/feed/249929?custom_click=rss

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee.

Going for as much as $4 per ounce, breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units.

The debate among the for-profit and nonprofit organizations can be sharp-elbowed.

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]]> TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee.

Going for as much as $4 per ounce, breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units.

The debate among the for-profit and nonprofit organizations can be sharp-elbowed.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:03:11 -0600 <![CDATA[No West Nile found in latest mosquito tests in Rhode Island]]> http://gazette.com/no-west-nile-found-in-latest-mosquito-tests-in-rhode-island/article/feed/250031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-west-nile-found-in-latest-mosquito-tests-in-rhode-island/article/feed/250031?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State environmental officials say they did not find West Nile virus in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that 134 mosquito samples from 23 traps set statewide during the week of June 23 came back negative for both West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Results from 149 additional samples collected from 29 traps set June 30 are pending.

To date, no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year in Rhode Island.

DEM says the best prevention against mosquito-borne illness is preventing bites.

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]]> PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State environmental officials say they did not find West Nile virus in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that 134 mosquito samples from 23 traps set statewide during the week of June 23 came back negative for both West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Results from 149 additional samples collected from 29 traps set June 30 are pending.

To date, no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year in Rhode Island.

DEM says the best prevention against mosquito-borne illness is preventing bites.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:32:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Kansas opens state workers' health plan to same-sex spouses]]> http://gazette.com/kansas-opens-state-workers-health-plan-to-same-sex-spouses/article/feed/250030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kansas-opens-state-workers-health-plan-to-same-sex-spouses/article/feed/250030?custom_click=rss TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The health insurance plan for Kansas state government workers is allowing married gay and lesbian couples to obtain coverage for their spouses.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Sara Belfry says the health plan began accepting coverage applications Tuesday.

The department's policy change follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. Kansas had banned gay marriage.

Gov. Sam Brownback said last week his administration was reviewing the ruling and studying its implications before extending benefits to same-sex married couples.

Belfry says the legal review led the department to open the state employees' health plan to ga

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]]> TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The health insurance plan for Kansas state government workers is allowing married gay and lesbian couples to obtain coverage for their spouses.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Sara Belfry says the health plan began accepting coverage applications Tuesday.

The department's policy change follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. Kansas had banned gay marriage.

Gov. Sam Brownback said last week his administration was reviewing the ruling and studying its implications before extending benefits to same-sex married couples.

Belfry says the legal review led the department to open the state employees' health plan to ga]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:32:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Scientologists appealing rejection of drug rehab center plan]]> http://gazette.com/scientologists-appealing-rejection-of-drug-rehab-center-plan/article/feed/250021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scientologists-appealing-rejection-of-drug-rehab-center-plan/article/feed/250021?custom_click=rss FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Lawyers for a Scientology-affiliated drug rehab facility are appealing a Frederick County Council vote that rejected a plan to turn a former presidential fishing spot into a Narconon drug rehabilitation center.

A request for judicial review was filed in Frederick County Circuit court on Wednesday, though the short filing did not specify reasons for the appeal.

Bruce Dean, an attorney for the project, says it was premature to describe the grounds for the appeal.

The Frederick County Council voted 6-1 in June against placing Trout Run on the county's historic register. The designation would have enabled Social Betterment Properties to make changes otherwise barred by land-use restrictions.

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]]> FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Lawyers for a Scientology-affiliated drug rehab facility are appealing a Frederick County Council vote that rejected a plan to turn a former presidential fishing spot into a Narconon drug rehabilitation center.

A request for judicial review was filed in Frederick County Circuit court on Wednesday, though the short filing did not specify reasons for the appeal.

Bruce Dean, an attorney for the project, says it was premature to describe the grounds for the appeal.

The Frederick County Council voted 6-1 in June against placing Trout Run on the county's historic register. The designation would have enabled Social Betterment Properties to make changes otherwise barred by land-use restrictions.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:48:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Farmers Insurance Group to pay $84M settlement over coverage]]> http://gazette.com/farmers-insurance-group-to-pay-84m-settlement-over-coverage/article/feed/249998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/farmers-insurance-group-to-pay-84m-settlement-over-coverage/article/feed/249998?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Farmers Insurance Group will pay $84.4 million to settle a 2002 lawsuit that said Texas policyholders unknowingly paid higher premiums for less coverage.

The settlement announced Monday involves state claims of violations of the Texas Deceptive Practices Act and the Texas Insurance Code.

Attorney General Ken Paxton says he's pleased that Texas consumers will finally have closure. The Texas Department of Insurance was also part of the lawsuit alleging Farmers Insurance Group engaged in discriminatory practices.

A settlement administrator has been assigned to handle restitution. Notices will be mailed within 60 days to people who may be eligible for a refund.

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Farmers Insurance Group will pay $84.4 million to settle a 2002 lawsuit that said Texas policyholders unknowingly paid higher premiums for less coverage.

The settlement announced Monday involves state claims of violations of the Texas Deceptive Practices Act and the Texas Insurance Code.

Attorney General Ken Paxton says he's pleased that Texas consumers will finally have closure. The Texas Department of Insurance was also part of the lawsuit alleging Farmers Insurance Group engaged in discriminatory practices.

A settlement administrator has been assigned to handle restitution. Notices will be mailed within 60 days to people who may be eligible for a refund.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:16:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Probe: No wrongdoing in autistic student's choking death]]> http://gazette.com/probe-no-wrongdoing-in-autistic-students-choking-death/article/feed/249993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/probe-no-wrongdoing-in-autistic-students-choking-death/article/feed/249993?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation has found no wrongdoing in the choking death of an autistic Brooklyn student.

The probe by the Special Commissioner of Investigation didn't find any misconduct by staff at the public school last October.

Dyasha Smith, a nonverbal 21-year-old, choked at P.S. 368.

Her mother had said she told school officials her daughter's food had to be cut up or she would swallow it whole.

The investigation concluded that it couldn't confirm that Smith chocked on a muffin or that it came from an unsecured classroom cabinet.

The Wall Street Journal says the family plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city within the month.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation has found no wrongdoing in the choking death of an autistic Brooklyn student.

The probe by the Special Commissioner of Investigation didn't find any misconduct by staff at the public school last October.

Dyasha Smith, a nonverbal 21-year-old, choked at P.S. 368.

Her mother had said she told school officials her daughter's food had to be cut up or she would swallow it whole.

The investigation concluded that it couldn't confirm that Smith chocked on a muffin or that it came from an unsecured classroom cabinet.

The Wall Street Journal says the family plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city within the month.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:47:00 -0600 <![CDATA[WHO says too few countries taxing tobacco products enough]]> http://gazette.com/who-says-too-few-countries-taxing-tobacco-products-enough/article/feed/249971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/who-says-too-few-countries-taxing-tobacco-products-enough/article/feed/249971?custom_click=rss MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Taxing cigarettes up to 75 percent of their retail price is the most effective way to reduce tobacco use, but too few governments levy high enough taxes, according to a World Health Organization global report released Tuesday.

The WHO's 2015 report on the global tobacco epidemic said more than half of the world's countries — encompassing about 2.8 billion people — had implemented at least one of six sets of agreed-upon tobacco-control policies. The figure is up from 2.3 billion when the previous report was released in 2013.

But it said many nations continue to have very low tobacco tax rates or no taxes at all. The report and officials said tobacco taxation could be a key source of funding to

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]]> MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Taxing cigarettes up to 75 percent of their retail price is the most effective way to reduce tobacco use, but too few governments levy high enough taxes, according to a World Health Organization global report released Tuesday.

The WHO's 2015 report on the global tobacco epidemic said more than half of the world's countries — encompassing about 2.8 billion people — had implemented at least one of six sets of agreed-upon tobacco-control policies. The figure is up from 2.3 billion when the previous report was released in 2013.

But it said many nations continue to have very low tobacco tax rates or no taxes at all. The report and officials said tobacco taxation could be a key source of funding to ]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:32:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 7, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-7-2015/article/1555124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-7-2015/article/1555124?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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 carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free. Registration: diabetes.org/colorado, Lauren, 1-720-855-1102, ext. 7012. - Getting Active Workshop, 5:30- 7 p.m. Aug. 20, Penrose Hospital.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave.. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Common Lab

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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 carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free. Registration: diabetes.org/colorado, Lauren, 1-720-855-1102, ext. 7012. - Getting Active Workshop, 5:30- 7 p.m. Aug. 20, Penrose Hospital.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave.. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Common Lab]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Lush conditions fuel Colorado increase in rabbit fever]]> http://gazette.com/lush-conditions-fuel-colorado-increase-in-rabbit-fever/article/1555076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lush-conditions-fuel-colorado-increase-in-rabbit-fever/article/1555076?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Fed by unusually lush vegetation, rabbits have been breeding like rabbits around Colorado, increasing the risk for what normally is a relatively rare bacterial disease in the state.

Fifteen people have contracted tularemia, or rabbit fever, so far this year — just five fewer than in record-setting 1983.

State and local health officials are urging doctors to keep the disease in mind in diagnosing patients, and warning homeowners to take precautions while mowing and gardening, especially where bunnies are prevalent.

Rabbit fever is found across the country, with an average of 135 cases typically reported each year, much of them in the south central United States.



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DENVER — Fed by unusually lush vegetation, rabbits have been breeding like rabbits around Colorado, increasing the risk for what normally is a relatively rare bacterial disease in the state.

Fifteen people have contracted tularemia, or rabbit fever, so far this year — just five fewer than in record-setting 1983.

State and local health officials are urging doctors to keep the disease in mind in diagnosing patients, and warning homeowners to take precautions while mowing and gardening, especially where bunnies are prevalent.

Rabbit fever is found across the country, with an average of 135 cases typically reported each year, much of them in the south central United States.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:15:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Doctor skills factor in plan to streamline inpatient care]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-doctor-skills-factor-in-plan-to-streamline-inpatient-care/article/1555013?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-doctor-skills-factor-in-plan-to-streamline-inpatient-care/article/1555013?custom_click=rss

The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private-sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system.

The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the surgeons general of Army, Navy and Air Force are trying to address with a variety of initiatives to broaden the experience of active duty physicians.

The workload comparison data helped shape a Pentagon plan in spring 2014 to downsize at least eight and possibly 16 base hospitals to outpatient clinics and move many doctors' billets to larger hospitals and medical centers where



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The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private-sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system.

The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the surgeons general of Army, Navy and Air Force are trying to address with a variety of initiatives to broaden the experience of active duty physicians.

The workload comparison data helped shape a Pentagon plan in spring 2014 to downsize at least eight and possibly 16 base hospitals to outpatient clinics and move many doctors' billets to larger hospitals and medical centers where

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:44:40 -0600
<![CDATA[1st investigations wrapping up on over-budget VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/1st-investigations-wrapping-up-on-over-budget-va-hospital/article/1554852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1st-investigations-wrapping-up-on-over-budget-va-hospital/article/1554852?custom_click=rss

AURORA — The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

An Army Corps of Engineers review of the troubled project should wrap up in the next few weeks, Gibson said during a visit to the construction site in suburban Aurora.

An internal Veterans Affairs Department investigation into possible employee misconduct might already be finished, but the results won't be made public until after any disciplinary action is taken, Gibson said.

He hinted that some members of Congress who are calling for firings might be disappointed.



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AURORA — The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

An Army Corps of Engineers review of the troubled project should wrap up in the next few weeks, Gibson said during a visit to the construction site in suburban Aurora.

An internal Veterans Affairs Department investigation into possible employee misconduct might already be finished, but the results won't be made public until after any disciplinary action is taken, Gibson said.

He hinted that some members of Congress who are calling for firings might be disappointed.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:47:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Dog, rabbit infected with tularemia in El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/dog-rabbit-infected-with-tularemia-in-el-paso-county/article/1554752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-rabbit-infected-with-tularemia-in-el-paso-county/article/1554752?custom_click=rss

A dog was infected and at least one rabbit died recently in Yoder of tularemia - a bacterial infection known as "rabbit fever" that has spiked in recent years across Colorado.

The dog is being treated with antibiotics. People who were in contact with it will be assessed and monitored in the coming days, though none has tested positive for the disease, according to El Paso County Public Health.

The animal infections mark the first confirmed cases in El Paso County this year, and they come as the state deals with a spike in cases.

Twelve people across Colorado have contracted the disease this year, and 16 people were infected last year - far above the handful of cases reported annually.

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The dog is being treated with antibiotics. People who were in contact with it will be assessed and monitored in the coming days, though none has tested positive for the disease, according to El Paso County Public Health.

The animal infections mark the first confirmed cases in El Paso County this year, and they come as the state deals with a spike in cases.

Twelve people across Colorado have contracted the disease this year, and 16 people were infected last year - far above the handful of cases reported annually.]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Manitou Incline, Barr Trail take a toll on those who hike them]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-barr-trail-take-a-toll-on-those-who-hike-them/article/1554721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-barr-trail-take-a-toll-on-those-who-hike-them/article/1554721?custom_click=rss

As Jerry Retherford struggled to breathe on the unforgiving steps of the Manitou Incline six years ago, he wasn't alone. There, by Retherford's side, was Jill Suarez, holding his hand as they waited for medical assistance. But it was too late. The 61-year-old, who had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro the previous year, died roughly 400 feet from the summit.

"I'll never ever forget that - the sound of his breathing and the way he looked," Suarez said. "Nobody wants to see anybody die."

If anyone knows the potential dangers of the abandoned cable car track, it's Suarez.

"I've seen it all happen; I know the risks," she said. "The Incline is in a class of its own in terms of rescue because it's so vertical."

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As Jerry Retherford struggled to breathe on the unforgiving steps of the Manitou Incline six years ago, he wasn't alone. There, by Retherford's side, was Jill Suarez, holding his hand as they waited for medical assistance. But it was too late. The 61-year-old, who had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro the previous year, died roughly 400 feet from the summit.

"I'll never ever forget that - the sound of his breathing and the way he looked," Suarez said. "Nobody wants to see anybody die."

If anyone knows the potential dangers of the abandoned cable car track, it's Suarez.

"I've seen it all happen; I know the risks," she said. "The Incline is in a class of its own in terms of rescue because it's so vertical."

She also knows

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:33:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man: Experimental stem-cell procedure worth the cost]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-experimental-stem-cell-procedure-worth-the-cost/article/1554706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-experimental-stem-cell-procedure-worth-the-cost/article/1554706?custom_click=rss

Burdened with a severely bum knee, Sandy Francis needed help - preferably without surgeons cutting through his knee bones, grinding them down and gluing on a new joint.

He opted for liposuction and a shot.

The unusual treatment - an injection of stem cells culled from fat in his abdomen - ranks among one of the fastest growing, yet least regulated or researched trends in medicine.

Clinics offering stem cell injections for worn-down knees, bad backs or even face-lifts have sprouted across the nation, growing from just a handful in 2010 to more than 170 as of mid-May, according to The Associated Press.



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Burdened with a severely bum knee, Sandy Francis needed help - preferably without surgeons cutting through his knee bones, grinding them down and gluing on a new joint.

He opted for liposuction and a shot.

The unusual treatment - an injection of stem cells culled from fat in his abdomen - ranks among one of the fastest growing, yet least regulated or researched trends in medicine.

Clinics offering stem cell injections for worn-down knees, bad backs or even face-lifts have sprouted across the nation, growing from just a handful in 2010 to more than 170 as of mid-May, according to The Associated Press.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:43:43 -0600
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: Summer brings return of mosquitoes, West Nile virus]]> http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-summer-brings-return-of-mosquitoes-west-nile-virus/article/1554723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-summer-brings-return-of-mosquitoes-west-nile-virus/article/1554723?custom_click=rss

After the record rainfall this spring, I've noticed a lot more greenery around the house - and a lot more bugs. While the bugs aren't as plentiful here as other states where I've lived, the number is higher than usual.

So, of course, that brings me to an annual Colorado concern - West Nile virus.

Here's the funny thing about mosquitoes: They don't like rain. But they love to lay their eggs in stagnant water. The longer it's been there, the better because it tends to have more nutrients. Too much rain can clean up things a bit too much for their liking. That said, mosquitoes are abundant this summer, so it's time to bone up on West Nile.

First, let's put the fear of this disease into context. Mosquitoes carry many

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]]> After the record rainfall this spring, I've noticed a lot more greenery around the house - and a lot more bugs. While the bugs aren't as plentiful here as other states where I've lived, the number is higher than usual.

So, of course, that brings me to an annual Colorado concern - West Nile virus.

Here's the funny thing about mosquitoes: They don't like rain. But they love to lay their eggs in stagnant water. The longer it's been there, the better because it tends to have more nutrients. Too much rain can clean up things a bit too much for their liking. That said, mosquitoes are abundant this summer, so it's time to bone up on West Nile.

First, let's put the fear of this disease into context. Mosquitoes carry many]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 30, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-30-2015/article/1554718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-30-2015/article/1554718?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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 carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Sept. 23, $10. - American with Disabilities Act Basics, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, $3. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, $10. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free.

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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 carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Sept. 23, $10. - American with Disabilities Act Basics, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, $3. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, $10. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA['Sit-down' dinners improve seniors' lives, enrich families]]> http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.



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When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:26:44 -0600
<![CDATA[15 honored at National EMS Memorial Service in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/15-honored-at-national-ems-memorial-service-in-colorado-springs/article/1554593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/15-honored-at-national-ems-memorial-service-in-colorado-springs/article/1554593?custom_click=rss Before the families of fallen Emergency Medical Services personnel took the stage at Saturday's National EMS Memorial Service, keynote speaker Krista Haugen wanted to tell a story about compassion.

In her early days as a pediatric flight nurse, her mentor was called on to transport a child with a rare medical disorder to a nearby hospital. Doctors had told the family their little girl wasn't going to make it, and tens of relatives gathered around the room wearing plastic gloves. The father stood at the far end in tears, unable to watch the inevitable.

This is when the seasoned EMS nurse suggested he remove his gloves and run his hands through his daughter's hair.

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In her early days as a pediatric flight nurse, her mentor was called on to transport a child with a rare medical disorder to a nearby hospital. Doctors had told the family their little girl wasn't going to make it, and tens of relatives gathered around the room wearing plastic gloves. The father stood at the far end in tears, unable to watch the inevitable.

This is when the seasoned EMS nurse suggested he remove his gloves and run his hands through his daughter's hair.]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:16:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Plague confirmed in mule deer in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/plague-confirmed-in-mule-deer-in-colorado-springs/article/1554538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plague-confirmed-in-mule-deer-in-colorado-springs/article/1554538?custom_click=rss

A case of plague in a mule deer in west Colorado Springs has been confirmed by El Paso County Public Health.

Residents of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood should protect themselves from fleas, the health department says.

The confirmed plague case was announced Friday evening and is the first this year in the county. It is rare to find it in a mule deer, said Tom Gonzales, deputy director of the health department. It is more common in prairie dogs, rabbits or squirrels.

A teen in Fort Collins, Taylor Gaes, died June 8, according to 9News in Denver. The 16-year-old contracted septicemic plague, a rare strain.

The El Paso County health department did not determine what strain of plague the deer had.



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A case of plague in a mule deer in west Colorado Springs has been confirmed by El Paso County Public Health.

Residents of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood should protect themselves from fleas, the health department says.

The confirmed plague case was announced Friday evening and is the first this year in the county. It is rare to find it in a mule deer, said Tom Gonzales, deputy director of the health department. It is more common in prairie dogs, rabbits or squirrels.

A teen in Fort Collins, Taylor Gaes, died June 8, according to 9News in Denver. The 16-year-old contracted septicemic plague, a rare strain.

The El Paso County health department did not determine what strain of plague the deer had.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:10:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Supreme Court ruling provides certainty, safety net for Colorado health exchange, analysts say]]> http://gazette.com/supreme-court-ruling-provides-certainty-safety-net-for-colorado-health-exchange-analysts-say/article/1554472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supreme-court-ruling-provides-certainty-safety-net-for-colorado-health-exchange-analysts-say/article/1554472?custom_click=rss

The Supreme Court's ruling on health insurance subsidies in dozens of other states ensured two things for Colorado: Certainty and a safety net, health policy analysts said.

The biggest impact of Thursday's decision should be that it will allow the state to continue several wide-ranging health care reforms without fear of collapsing insurance markets elsewhere in the nation.

"While Coloradans were insulated, it would have impacted us eventually if the ruling had gone the other way," said Adam Fox, with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

The Supreme Court case only questioned subsidies offered on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, and it would have invalidated them had the justices ruled differently.

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The biggest impact of Thursday's decision should be that it will allow the state to continue several wide-ranging health care reforms without fear of collapsing insurance markets elsewhere in the nation.

"While Coloradans were insulated, it would have impacted us eventually if the ruling had gone the other way," said Adam Fox, with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

The Supreme Court case only questioned subsidies offered on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, and it would have invalidated them had the justices ruled differently.]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:35:54 -0600