<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:40:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hillary Rodham Clinton tours NYC child center in Brooklyn]]> http://gazette.com/hillary-rodham-clinton-tours-nyc-child-center-in-brooklyn/article/feed/219422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hillary-rodham-clinton-tours-nyc-child-center-in-brooklyn/article/feed/219422?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton toured an early childhood development center in New York City on Wednesday, appearing alongside the city's first lady to launch a "Talk to Your Baby" public awareness campaign.

But, for many political reporters in the room, the backdrop of the event served as the story.

That's because Clinton appeared in Brooklyn, a mere 5½ miles from the rumored location of the headquarters of her not-quite-announced-yet presidential campaign.

Reporters and photographers packed a small room at the SCO/FirstStepNYC, bewildering staffers at the modest education center in Brownsville.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton toured an early childhood development center in New York City on Wednesday, appearing alongside the city's first lady to launch a "Talk to Your Baby" public awareness campaign.

But, for many political reporters in the room, the backdrop of the event served as the story.

That's because Clinton appeared in Brooklyn, a mere 5½ miles from the rumored location of the headquarters of her not-quite-announced-yet presidential campaign.

Reporters and photographers packed a small room at the SCO/FirstStepNYC, bewildering staffers at the modest education center in Brownsville.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:34:38 -0600 <![CDATA[217 suspected Massachusetts heroin overdose deaths this year]]> http://gazette.com/217-suspected-massachusetts-heroin-overdose-deaths-this-year/article/feed/219443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/217-suspected-massachusetts-heroin-overdose-deaths-this-year/article/feed/219443?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state police are reporting more than 200 suspected heroin overdose deaths during the first three months of this, a figure that doesn't even include the state's three largest cities.

According to the statistics provided by the state police, there were 72 suspected heroin overdose deaths in March. The totals for the first two months of the year were similar: 72 deaths in February and 73 in January.

Among the March deaths, 54 were men and 18 women. The average age of those who died was 36.

The 217 fatalities were recorded in every region of Massachusetts, but state police noted they don't keep the records of suspected heroin deaths in Boston, Worcester and Springfield, so the statewide total w

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state police are reporting more than 200 suspected heroin overdose deaths during the first three months of this, a figure that doesn't even include the state's three largest cities.

According to the statistics provided by the state police, there were 72 suspected heroin overdose deaths in March. The totals for the first two months of the year were similar: 72 deaths in February and 73 in January.

Among the March deaths, 54 were men and 18 women. The average age of those who died was 36.

The 217 fatalities were recorded in every region of Massachusetts, but state police noted they don't keep the records of suspected heroin deaths in Boston, Worcester and Springfield, so the statewide total w]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:18 -0600 <![CDATA[App aids monitoring of West Africa travelers for Ebola]]> http://gazette.com/app-aids-monitoring-of-west-africa-travelers-for-ebola/article/feed/219356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/app-aids-monitoring-of-west-africa-travelers-for-ebola/article/feed/219356?custom_click=rss Maryland residents who have been to any of the three West African countries battling an Ebola outbreak now can use their smartphone or computer to report possible symptoms to the state health department, the agency and the application's developer said Wednesday.

The state has committed up to $100,000 to the system, which enables those in the 21-day monitoring program to send their twice-daily temperature readings and other information directly to the agency instead of reporting by telephone. The app, which is free, eventually will be linked to Maryland's database of those being monitored, further automating the flow of information to state and federal authorities, said developer emocha Mobile Health Inc.

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]]> Maryland residents who have been to any of the three West African countries battling an Ebola outbreak now can use their smartphone or computer to report possible symptoms to the state health department, the agency and the application's developer said Wednesday.

The state has committed up to $100,000 to the system, which enables those in the 21-day monitoring program to send their twice-daily temperature readings and other information directly to the agency instead of reporting by telephone. The app, which is free, eventually will be linked to Maryland's database of those being monitored, further automating the flow of information to state and federal authorities, said developer emocha Mobile Health Inc.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Too much iced tea caused Arkansas man's kidney problems]]> http://gazette.com/too-much-iced-tea-caused-arkansas-mans-kidney-problems/article/feed/219461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/too-much-iced-tea-caused-arkansas-mans-kidney-problems/article/feed/219461?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.

They ruled out several potential causes before stumbling on a reason for the 56-year-old man's kidney problems. He said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts.

"It was the only reasonable explanation," said Dr. Umbar Ghaffar of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She and two other doctors describe the case in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

The unidentified man went to the hospital last May with nausea, weakness, fatigue and body

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.

They ruled out several potential causes before stumbling on a reason for the 56-year-old man's kidney problems. He said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts.

"It was the only reasonable explanation," said Dr. Umbar Ghaffar of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She and two other doctors describe the case in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

The unidentified man went to the hospital last May with nausea, weakness, fatigue and body]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Michigan nonprofit gets $5.2 million to boost fresh food]]> http://gazette.com/michigan-nonprofit-gets-5.2-million-to-boost-fresh-food/article/feed/219469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michigan-nonprofit-gets-5.2-million-to-boost-fresh-food/article/feed/219469?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan nonprofit will get $5.2 million to help boost the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables for those getting food assistance by expanding a program allowing people to get more for their money at grocery stores and farmers markets, officials said Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the multiyear funding for the Fair Food Network as part of $31.5 million being distributed nationwide. The money seeks to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

"Encouraging low-income families to put more healthy food in their grocery baskets is part of USDA's ongoing commitment to improving the diet and health of all Americans," U.S. Agri

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan nonprofit will get $5.2 million to help boost the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables for those getting food assistance by expanding a program allowing people to get more for their money at grocery stores and farmers markets, officials said Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the multiyear funding for the Fair Food Network as part of $31.5 million being distributed nationwide. The money seeks to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

"Encouraging low-income families to put more healthy food in their grocery baskets is part of USDA's ongoing commitment to improving the diet and health of all Americans," U.S. Agri]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Snyder OKs funding bills for autism programs, trauma system]]> http://gazette.com/snyder-oks-funding-bills-for-autism-programs-trauma-system/article/feed/219480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snyder-oks-funding-bills-for-autism-programs-trauma-system/article/feed/219480?custom_click=rss LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation authorizing larger withdrawals from an autism fund and a crime victims' fund to help balance the state budget.

One law OK'd Wednesday shifts an additional $3 million from a fund that help health insurers offset the cost of covering autism benefits and directs it to autism centers at Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan universities.

Another law moves an additional $1.3 million from the Crime Victim's Rights Fund toward a statewide emergency medical trauma system.

The bills help Snyder implement an executive order he issued in February to help address a $412 million shortfall in the current fiscal year.

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]]> LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation authorizing larger withdrawals from an autism fund and a crime victims' fund to help balance the state budget.

One law OK'd Wednesday shifts an additional $3 million from a fund that help health insurers offset the cost of covering autism benefits and directs it to autism centers at Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan universities.

Another law moves an additional $1.3 million from the Crime Victim's Rights Fund toward a statewide emergency medical trauma system.

The bills help Snyder implement an executive order he issued in February to help address a $412 million shortfall in the current fiscal year.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Johns Hopkins sued over sexually transmitted disease study]]> http://gazette.com/johns-hopkins-sued-over-sexually-transmitted-disease-study/article/feed/219479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/johns-hopkins-sued-over-sexually-transmitted-disease-study/article/feed/219479?custom_click=rss BALTIMORE (AP) — More than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were infected with venereal diseases.

The lawsuit in Baltimore seeks $1 billion in damages for individuals, spouses and children of people infected with syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases through a U.S. government program between 1945 and 1956.

The suit claims Johns Hopkins officials had "substantial influence" over the studies, controlling some advisory panels, and were involved in planning and authorizing the experiments.

An attorney for Hopkins calls the suit "baseless."

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]]> BALTIMORE (AP) — More than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were infected with venereal diseases.

The lawsuit in Baltimore seeks $1 billion in damages for individuals, spouses and children of people infected with syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases through a U.S. government program between 1945 and 1956.

The suit claims Johns Hopkins officials had "substantial influence" over the studies, controlling some advisory panels, and were involved in planning and authorizing the experiments.

An attorney for Hopkins calls the suit "baseless."

It's the latest in]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during chase]]> http://gazette.com/teen-who-got-heart-transplant-dies-in-crash-during-chase/article/feed/219478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-who-got-heart-transplant-dies-in-crash-during-chase/article/feed/219478?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Police records show an Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant gave him a second chance died when he lost control of a stolen car while fleeing police.

An incident report from Roswell police says 17-year-old Anthony Tremayne Stokes died Tuesday. An officer was pursuing the black Honda Accord because it fit the description of a vehicle involved in a home invasion a short time earlier.

Local media reported in August 2013 that doctors refused to put Stokes on the transplant waiting list because of "a history of non-compliance." Stokes, who was 15, needed a new heart because he suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy.

The hospital quickly reversed course and agreed to put Stokes on the list. He recei

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — Police records show an Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant gave him a second chance died when he lost control of a stolen car while fleeing police.

An incident report from Roswell police says 17-year-old Anthony Tremayne Stokes died Tuesday. An officer was pursuing the black Honda Accord because it fit the description of a vehicle involved in a home invasion a short time earlier.

Local media reported in August 2013 that doctors refused to put Stokes on the transplant waiting list because of "a history of non-compliance." Stokes, who was 15, needed a new heart because he suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy.

The hospital quickly reversed course and agreed to put Stokes on the list. He recei]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Tennessee GOP senator gives obscene response to protester]]> http://gazette.com/tennessee-gop-senator-gives-obscene-response-to-protester/article/feed/219372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tennessee-gop-senator-gives-obscene-response-to-protester/article/feed/219372?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state senator who has drawn the ire of supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal called a protester an obscene name in a video posted to YouTube.

The video captures an exchange between a protester and Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga at the legislative office complex Tuesday. A voice repeatedly asks the senator whether he would give up his state health insurance after contributing to the defeat of the measure to extend health insurance to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that the video was taken by Trae Haggard of East Ridge, who was on the Hill to demonstrate in support of Insure Tennessee.

"I was shocked he called a constituent th

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]]> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state senator who has drawn the ire of supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal called a protester an obscene name in a video posted to YouTube.

The video captures an exchange between a protester and Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga at the legislative office complex Tuesday. A voice repeatedly asks the senator whether he would give up his state health insurance after contributing to the defeat of the measure to extend health insurance to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that the video was taken by Trae Haggard of East Ridge, who was on the Hill to demonstrate in support of Insure Tennessee.

"I was shocked he called a constituent th]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:33:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Man sentenced to prison for misbranding ED drugs as natural]]> http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-to-prison-for-misbranding-ed-drugs-as-natural/article/feed/219457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-to-prison-for-misbranding-ed-drugs-as-natural/article/feed/219457?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former Ashe County resident has been sentenced to nine years in prison for bilking consumers out of almost $5 million by misrepresenting erectile dysfunction drugs as being "all natural" herbal supplements.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that 53-year-old Kamraz Rezapour was sentenced on Wednesday. Rezapour pleaded guilty in February 2014 to wire fraud and drug misbranding.

Rezapour was also ordered to pay a $15,000 fine, more than $44,000 in restitution and forfeiture of crime-related proceeds.

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]]> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former Ashe County resident has been sentenced to nine years in prison for bilking consumers out of almost $5 million by misrepresenting erectile dysfunction drugs as being "all natural" herbal supplements.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that 53-year-old Kamraz Rezapour was sentenced on Wednesday. Rezapour pleaded guilty in February 2014 to wire fraud and drug misbranding.

Rezapour was also ordered to pay a $15,000 fine, more than $44,000 in restitution and forfeiture of crime-related proceeds.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:20:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Spotting of toy rifle draws police response in Las Cruces]]> http://gazette.com/spotting-of-toy-rifle-draws-police-response-in-las-cruces/article/feed/219456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spotting-of-toy-rifle-draws-police-response-in-las-cruces/article/feed/219456?custom_click=rss

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The spotting of what proved to be a toy gun drew a police response to a medical building in Las Cruces.

Police spokesman Dan Trujillo says a 12-year-old boy visiting the MountainView Regional Medical Center Plaza medical building with family members Wednesday morning had a toy rifle.

According to Trujillo, the toy rifle was either in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic of some sort.

Trujillo says there was no evacuation, but he says people in the building were told to stay in their offices while police investigated the report of a gunman.

Trujillo says the situation was wrapped up quickly. He says it doesn't seem that the toy gun was pointed at anybody or that any crime was committed.

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]]> LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The spotting of what proved to be a toy gun drew a police response to a medical building in Las Cruces.

Police spokesman Dan Trujillo says a 12-year-old boy visiting the MountainView Regional Medical Center Plaza medical building with family members Wednesday morning had a toy rifle.

According to Trujillo, the toy rifle was either in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic of some sort.

Trujillo says there was no evacuation, but he says people in the building were told to stay in their offices while police investigated the report of a gunman.

Trujillo says the situation was wrapped up quickly. He says it doesn't seem that the toy gun was pointed at anybody or that any crime was committed.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:20:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Rep. J.D. Mesnard hospitalized for severe migraine]]> http://gazette.com/rep.-j.d.-mesnard-hospitalized-for-severe-migraine/article/feed/219458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rep.-j.d.-mesnard-hospitalized-for-severe-migraine/article/feed/219458?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker has been taken to a hospital from the state Capitol after suffering a severe migraine headache.

House Speaker David Gowan said Wednesday that Chandler Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard was at St. Joseph's Hospital in stable condition and undergoing tests.

House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says Mesnard had a severe migraine and took some medication. He then briefly fell unconscious and was treated by a doctor on duty at the House for the day.

The 34-year-old was taken to the hospital by an ambulance crew.

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker has been taken to a hospital from the state Capitol after suffering a severe migraine headache.

House Speaker David Gowan said Wednesday that Chandler Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard was at St. Joseph's Hospital in stable condition and undergoing tests.

House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says Mesnard had a severe migraine and took some medication. He then briefly fell unconscious and was treated by a doctor on duty at the House for the day.

The 34-year-old was taken to the hospital by an ambulance crew.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:20:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Detroit Food Policy Council hosts annual summit this week]]> http://gazette.com/detroit-food-policy-council-hosts-annual-summit-this-week/article/feed/219273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/detroit-food-policy-council-hosts-annual-summit-this-week/article/feed/219273?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Food Policy Council is hosting an annual summit as part of efforts to help improve access to high-quality food in the city.

The "Detroit Food 2015" event takes place at Focus: HOPE and runs through Thursday.

As part of the gathering, more than 100 middle school and high school students from Detroit will hold a workshop to discuss the effects of hunger and malnutrition on young people in the city. They'll also work to develop ideas and policies to address the problem.

The event also seeks ways to boost employment in Detroit and contribute to the long-term well-being of the environment.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Food Policy Council is hosting an annual summit as part of efforts to help improve access to high-quality food in the city.

The "Detroit Food 2015" event takes place at Focus: HOPE and runs through Thursday.

As part of the gathering, more than 100 middle school and high school students from Detroit will hold a workshop to discuss the effects of hunger and malnutrition on young people in the city. They'll also work to develop ideas and policies to address the problem.

The event also seeks ways to boost employment in Detroit and contribute to the long-term well-being of the environment.

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http://www.detroitfoodpolicycouncil.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:03:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Iowa nonprofit says next trip for cancer survivors is Tibet]]> http://gazette.com/iowa-nonprofit-says-next-trip-for-cancer-survivors-is-tibet/article/feed/219390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iowa-nonprofit-says-next-trip-for-cancer-survivors-is-tibet/article/feed/219390?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based organization that leads adventure trips for cancer survivors revealed Wednesday its next excursion — a journey to Tibet to hike around Mount Kailash, which many religions have deemed a sacred site.

Dr. Richard Deming, who founded the nonprofit Above and Beyond Cancer in 2011, announced 24 people, primarily cancer survivors and caregivers, will take a two-week trip to the remote mountain in western Tibet in September.

"It's got this mythical designation that goes back centuries, and the hike itself is physically challenging," Deming said.

The announcement comes as two survivors are scheduled to share their accounts of a recent journey to Machu Picchu in Peru on Thursday at Drake

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]]> DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based organization that leads adventure trips for cancer survivors revealed Wednesday its next excursion — a journey to Tibet to hike around Mount Kailash, which many religions have deemed a sacred site.

Dr. Richard Deming, who founded the nonprofit Above and Beyond Cancer in 2011, announced 24 people, primarily cancer survivors and caregivers, will take a two-week trip to the remote mountain in western Tibet in September.

"It's got this mythical designation that goes back centuries, and the hike itself is physically challenging," Deming said.

The announcement comes as two survivors are scheduled to share their accounts of a recent journey to Machu Picchu in Peru on Thursday at Drake ]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:03:07 -0600 <![CDATA[NY issues regulations for medical marijuana program in works]]> http://gazette.com/ny-issues-regulations-for-medical-marijuana-program-in-works/article/feed/219380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-issues-regulations-for-medical-marijuana-program-in-works/article/feed/219380?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis are among the conditions for which New Yorkers can apply for the statewide medical marijuana program expected to start next year.

Also included in the final regulations posted by the New York Health Department are certain spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies and Huntington's Disease and symptoms including severe or chronic pain, seizures, severe nausea, persistent muscle spasms and wasting syndrome.

Under the law signed last July, patients with those diseases will be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug, which can be ingested or vaporized.

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]]> ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis are among the conditions for which New Yorkers can apply for the statewide medical marijuana program expected to start next year.

Also included in the final regulations posted by the New York Health Department are certain spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies and Huntington's Disease and symptoms including severe or chronic pain, seizures, severe nausea, persistent muscle spasms and wasting syndrome.

Under the law signed last July, patients with those diseases will be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug, which can be ingested or vaporized.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:35:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Many Colorado insanity plea patients still hospitalized]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/many-colorado-insanity-plea-patients-still-hospitalized/article/1548909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/many-colorado-insanity-plea-patients-still-hospitalized/article/1548909?custom_click=rss PUEBLO — More than half of the patients committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo during the past 10 years after being found not guilty by reason of insanity are still there.

Hospital officials say 135 patients were committed to the state hospital over the past 10 or so years after being found criminally insane by the courts, and 78 are currently still being treated as inpatients.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://tinyurl.com/pco7rf8 ) patients are not listed by crime. Hospital officials say they cannot discuss treatment of patients because of privacy issues.

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PUEBLO — More than half of the patients committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo during the past 10 years after being found not guilty by reason of insanity are still there.

Hospital officials say 135 patients were committed to the state hospital over the past 10 or so years after being found criminally insane by the courts, and 78 are currently still being treated as inpatients.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://tinyurl.com/pco7rf8 ) patients are not listed by crime. Hospital officials say they cannot discuss treatment of patients because of privacy issues.

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<![CDATA[Colorado trying again to add maternal warnings at marijuana shops]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-trying-again-to-add-maternal-warnings-at-marijuana-shops/article/1548860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-trying-again-to-add-maternal-warnings-at-marijuana-shops/article/1548860?custom_click=rss DENVER — A second attempt by Colorado lawmakers to require pot shops to post warnings for pregnant customers is moving ahead in the state Legislature.

A state House committee voted 10-3 to direct state health authorities to craft warnings to be posted in recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries. The warnings would tell pregnant women about "potential risks caused by marijuana."

The bill is slightly weaker than a warning bill lawmakers rejected in February. That version would have banned pot shops from recommending pot to pregnant women. The new version just forbids advertising aimed at pregnant women.



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DENVER — A second attempt by Colorado lawmakers to require pot shops to post warnings for pregnant customers is moving ahead in the state Legislature.

A state House committee voted 10-3 to direct state health authorities to craft warnings to be posted in recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries. The warnings would tell pregnant women about "potential risks caused by marijuana."

The bill is slightly weaker than a warning bill lawmakers rejected in February. That version would have banned pot shops from recommending pot to pregnant women. The new version just forbids advertising aimed at pregnant women.

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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs dermatology residency nearing capacity]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-dermatology-residency-nearing-capacity/article/1548864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-dermatology-residency-nearing-capacity/article/1548864?custom_click=rss

A dermatology residency program run through a Colorado Springs-based practice could reach full capacity this summer.

The Colorado Dermatology Institute expects to add its third and final resident in the coming months, said Jeffry Anderson, the institute's practice manager. The goal is to help alleviate a shortage of dermatologists and bring more home-grown talent to the Pikes Peak region, he said.

"The shortage of derm docs around the country is already acute, and the shortage of derm residencies is contributing to that," Anderson said.

The dermatology practice, which is owned by Anderson's son, Dr. Reagan Anderson, opened in 2010. The first resident began in July 2013, and funding from the U.S.

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]]> A dermatology residency program run through a Colorado Springs-based practice could reach full capacity this summer.

The Colorado Dermatology Institute expects to add its third and final resident in the coming months, said Jeffry Anderson, the institute's practice manager. The goal is to help alleviate a shortage of dermatologists and bring more home-grown talent to the Pikes Peak region, he said.

"The shortage of derm docs around the country is already acute, and the shortage of derm residencies is contributing to that," Anderson said.

The dermatology practice, which is owned by Anderson's son, Dr. Reagan Anderson, opened in 2010. The first resident began in July 2013, and funding from the U.S.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:15:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Water therapy: Benefits of floatation tanks touted]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/water-therapy-benefits-of-floatation-tanks-touted/article/1548833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-therapy-benefits-of-floatation-tanks-touted/article/1548833?custom_click=rss

Our fair city is home to its first two flotation tanks, thanks to Kenna Herrmann, owner of IsoFloat in Old Colorado City.

Now some of you, upon hearing the words sensory deprivation tank, might flash back to the 1980 science-fiction/horror film "Altered States." William Hurt starred as a professor who experimented on himself by taking drugs and floating. That didn't work out too well for him.

Put that fear-driven association aside. These days, tanks (minus the drugs) are known for providing numerous positive side effects, including pain management, increased creativity, reduced stress and improved athletic performance.

"It's the weightlessness," Herrmann said. "When you're lying in bed at night, there's pressure on your



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Our fair city is home to its first two flotation tanks, thanks to Kenna Herrmann, owner of IsoFloat in Old Colorado City.

Now some of you, upon hearing the words sensory deprivation tank, might flash back to the 1980 science-fiction/horror film "Altered States." William Hurt starred as a professor who experimented on himself by taking drugs and floating. That didn't work out too well for him.

Put that fear-driven association aside. These days, tanks (minus the drugs) are known for providing numerous positive side effects, including pain management, increased creativity, reduced stress and improved athletic performance.

"It's the weightlessness," Herrmann said. "When you're lying in bed at night, there's pressure on your

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:22:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Celery root: It's not pretty, but it's pretty tasty in slaw]]> By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/celery-root-its-not-pretty-but-its-pretty-tasty-in-slaw/article/1548835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celery-root-its-not-pretty-but-its-pretty-tasty-in-slaw/article/1548835?custom_click=rss

It wasn't until I lived in France that I fully appreciated how underused celeriac - also called celery root - is here in the U.S.

In France, this knobby root cousin of the celery we are more familiar with is used in soups, as a puree and raw in salads, as well as in a typical French slawlike dish called "celeri remoulade."

Celery root imparts a celerylike flavor that softens when cooked. In purees (peel, cube, boil and mash), try pairing it with other tubers, such as a potato or yam, to balance the celery flavor. Raw celeriac works best when thinly sliced, julienned or grated.

In the produce aisle, look for a bumpy small globe about the size of a large softball.

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In France, this knobby root cousin of the celery we are more familiar with is used in soups, as a puree and raw in salads, as well as in a typical French slawlike dish called "celeri remoulade."

Celery root imparts a celerylike flavor that softens when cooked. In purees (peel, cube, boil and mash), try pairing it with other tubers, such as a potato or yam, to balance the celery flavor. Raw celeriac works best when thinly sliced, julienned or grated.

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It can be frustrating. As a fitness professional, I’ve witnessed several people reach this point and then eventually give up on themselves. Don’t quit! Hitting this wall is your body’s way of telling you that you need to change it up. This also is a good time to re-evaluate your weekly routine. Here are five tips to



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It happens to everyone. When we finally decide to start eating better and exercising, those first few extra pounds come off pretty easily. It becomes exciting to see the positive lifestyle changes turn into results we can see. But as we get closer to the ultimate goal weight, something happens. Your regular workout routine stops giving you the results you want. You hit a wall, also known as a plateau.

It can be frustrating. As a fitness professional, I’ve witnessed several people reach this point and then eventually give up on themselves. Don’t quit! Hitting this wall is your body’s way of telling you that you need to change it up. This also is a good time to re-evaluate your weekly routine. Here are five tips to

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:54:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman's master's project aim to improve students' healthy eating, fitness]]> BY ELLIE COLE Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-womans-masters-project-aim-to-improve-students-healthy-eating-fitness/article/1548739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-womans-masters-project-aim-to-improve-students-healthy-eating-fitness/article/1548739?custom_click=rss

Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country.

"That would be my dream," she said.

Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it to Patriot Elementary School on Fort Carson last year.

One of the important byproducts of the program became the positive interaction between the children and soldiers.

Leth created Fueling the Future in 2012-13 as part of her online master's program on military children and nutrition through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



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Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country.

"That would be my dream," she said.

Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it to Patriot Elementary School on Fort Carson last year.

One of the important byproducts of the program became the positive interaction between the children and soldiers.

Leth created Fueling the Future in 2012-13 as part of her online master's program on military children and nutrition through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:41:17 -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[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[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.

Coffman and Colorado Sen.



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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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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:31:06 -0600
<![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.

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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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