<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:11:39 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA['Pharma Bro' defies advice to keep quiet before fraud trial]]> http://gazette.com/pharma-bro-defies-advice-to-keep-quiet-before-fraud-trial/article/feed/471931?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pharma-bro-defies-advice-to-keep-quiet-before-fraud-trial/article/feed/471931?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" just won't keep his mouth shut.

Even with his federal securities fraud trial set to begin Monday, Martin Shkreli has blatantly defied his attorneys' advice to lay low. The former pharmaceutical CEO, who became a pariah after raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000 percent, has been preening for cameras and trolling on social media, potentially complicating his defense.

"I'm excited," Shkreli said of the trial in a brief phone call last week to The Associated Press. "I can't wait."

Since his high-profile arrest in late 2015 when he was led into court in a gray hoodie, Shkreli has been free on bail and free to speak his mind.

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:35:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Pharmacy head to be sentenced in deadly meningitis outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/pharmacy-head-to-be-sentenced-in-deadly-meningitis-outbreak/article/feed/471932?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pharmacy-head-to-be-sentenced-in-deadly-meningitis-outbreak/article/feed/471932?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The co-founder of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy is set to be sentenced in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more.

Barry Cadden was acquitted of second-degree murder charges under federal racketeering law, but convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges. Sentencing is scheduled for Monday in federal court in Boston.

Cadden was charged in connection with a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that was traced to contaminated injections of medical steroids made by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

Prosecutors say Cadden ran the center in a dangerous way by skirting industry regulations on sterility in an effort to push production and

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:19:12 -0600 <![CDATA[A legislative decision in Denver brings joy - and relief - to rural hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/a-legislative-decision-in-denver-brings-joy-and-relief-to-rural-hospitals/article/1605899?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-legislative-decision-in-denver-brings-joy-and-relief-to-rural-hospitals/article/1605899?custom_click=rss

HUGO - Dotty Peterson, a 76-year-old retiree who lives in this small eastern plains town about 100 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, took a nasty spill and suffered a concussion in February.

"When she fell and hit her head, I thought she was gone," said her husband, Pete, who sat with Dotty recently at a family cafe in this rural burg of about 650 residents.

"I'm a retired Air Force helicopter pilot. I saw too many dead ones in Vietnam. I thought I had lost her," Pete said of his wife of 47 years. "I really did."

Dotty was rushed to Lincoln Community Hospital, a local landmark that prides itself on the motto, "Neighbors caring for neighbors.

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Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:57:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Healthy after kidney transplant, Merritt returns to worlds]]> http://gazette.com/healthy-after-kidney-transplant-merritt-returns-to-worlds/article/feed/471909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/healthy-after-kidney-transplant-merritt-returns-to-worlds/article/feed/471909?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Aries Merritt will be making a return to the world championships. This time, with a working kidney.

The world-record holder Merritt finished second behind Aleec Harris in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. track and field championships Sunday. His place — as long as it was top three — didn't really matter. He just wanted a spot.

Merritt won bronze at the 2015 world championships in Beijing with his kidneys barely functioning because of a genetic disorder. He received the transplant from his sister less than a week later. Now healthy, he's ready to see what he can do with worlds being held at the venue where he won an Olympic gold medal during the 2012 London Games.

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:21:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Mental Health Institute passes inspection]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-mental-health-institute-passes-inspection/article/feed/471873?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-mental-health-institute-passes-inspection/article/feed/471873?custom_click=rss PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is no longer in "immediate jeopardy" of losing federal Medicare funding.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/2ta1Hl2 ) staff members were informed Thursday the hospital had passed an inspection by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, giving the institution conditional approval to keep receiving Medicare funds.

Medicare funding make up about 13 percent of the hospital's budget.

Director of Behavioral Health at the Department of Human Services Nancy VanDeMark says there is no timetable for when the hospital might be inspected again.

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:09:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-FSU star Myron Rolle ready to begin med school residency]]> http://gazette.com/ex-fsu-star-myron-rolle-ready-to-begin-med-school-residency/article/feed/471820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-fsu-star-myron-rolle-ready-to-begin-med-school-residency/article/feed/471820?custom_click=rss

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Myron Rolle has accomplished many things on and off the field. His biggest ones, though, might still be coming up.

Rolle's dream of becoming a doctor came to fruition on May 20 when he graduated from Florida State's College of Medicine. The former All-American safety and Rhodes Scholar has not had much time to reflect on the accomplishment. He moved to Boston at the beginning of June and will start his residency at the Harvard Medical School's neurosurgery program at Massachusetts General Hospital on July 1.

"It felt great to graduate," said Rolle, 30. "It put the finishing touches on an incredible and blessed story."

While growing up in Galloway, New Jersey, Rolle looked up to two people —

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:21:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Q&A: Afraid of sharks? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk]]> http://gazette.com/qa-afraid-of-sharks-flu-asteroids-pose-far-greater-risk/article/feed/471794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-afraid-of-sharks-flu-asteroids-pose-far-greater-risk/article/feed/471794?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — You might want a bigger boat, but you probably don't need better odds.

The confirmed return of great white sharks to Cape Cod has rattled some boaters and beachgoers. Yet the chances of an encounter involving a human are infinitesimally small, and the likelihood of an attack resulting in serious injury or death is smaller still.

How small? With apologies to "The Hunger Games," may the odds be ever in your favor — because they are.

In 2016, there were 53 unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. — none fatal — according to the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File. Thirty-two were in Florida; 10 in Hawaii; four in California; three in North Carolina; two in South Carolina; a

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:47:09 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails a pink girls' night out]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-a-pink-girls-night-out/article/1605654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-a-pink-girls-night-out/article/1605654?custom_click=rss

The gals donned pink, cowgirl hats and boots, rallied their friends and went Western at the 10th anniversary Cowgirls & Cocktails on June 2.

More than 350 were in the Norris-Penrose Event Center Indoor Arena for the volunteer event, which has raised almost a half-million dollars to help breast cancer patients.

With Ashlee Tatum & The Longshot Revival providing the background music, the women shopped, sipped signature cocktails and had silly fun.

Money raised, more than $85,000 that night, will help with practical unmet needs such as wig vouchers, Angel Heart meal delivery, transportation to treatments and soft pocket camisoles.

Manning the bars were the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Board and Foundation fellows

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[What to do when your child comes out as LGBTQ]]> http://gazette.com/what-to-do-when-your-child-comes-out-as-lgbtq/article/1605856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-to-do-when-your-child-comes-out-as-lgbtq/article/1605856?custom_click=rss

So your child just came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. What do you do?

The best initial response from parents is to “give their child a hug, to say that you love them,” said Kathy Godwin, board vice president for the organization PFLAG, which supports the LGBT community and helps to educate parents, families and friends.

"And then you can follow up and say, ‘You know, I don’t know everything I need to know, so give me a moment and some time, and with your help we’ll both go through this journey,' " Godwin says.

While each situation will be different, a parent should first reassure a child "that you have their back and that you love them unconditionally," says Elijah C.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:31:26 -0600
<![CDATA[3,000-year-old wooden toe prosthetic discovered on Egyptian mummy]]> http://gazette.com/3000-year-old-wooden-toe-prosthetic-discovered-on-egyptian-mummy/article/1605859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3000-year-old-wooden-toe-prosthetic-discovered-on-egyptian-mummy/article/1605859?custom_click=rss

A wooden big toe that enabled a priest's daughter to walk around 3,000 years ago has been found to be even more complex than researchers believed. It is thought to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found.

"By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the prosthesis to each other, the artificial limb had a balancing effect and gave, to some extent, a freedom of movement," said Andrea Loprieno-Gnirs of the University of Basel. The team's research has not been published yet.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:58:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Troubled Colorado state mental hospital can’t keep up with inmate competency evaluations]]> http://gazette.com/troubled-colorado-state-mental-hospital-cant-keep-up-with-inmate-competency-evaluations/article/1605744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/troubled-colorado-state-mental-hospital-cant-keep-up-with-inmate-competency-evaluations/article/1605744?custom_click=rss

The state mental hospital cannot keep up with an unexpected surge in court-ordered competency evaluations for accused criminals, the Colorado Department of Human Services said Thursday in asking for relief from a long-standing lawsuit.

The department filed to invoke “special circumstances” in a case lodged against the state by Disability Law Colorado. State officials informed the advocacy group in a letter Thursday that the mental hospital cannot hold up its end of the settlement agreement, which requires jail inmates to receive mental health evaluations or treatment within 28 days of receiving paperwork from a judge.

The action means inmates whose mental competency is in question could sit longer behind bars as

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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:25:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Style vs safety: Do too many football helmets pose a risk?]]> http://gazette.com/style-vs-safety-do-too-many-football-helmets-pose-a-risk/article/feed/471648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/style-vs-safety-do-too-many-football-helmets-pose-a-risk/article/feed/471648?custom_click=rss

Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations.

The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a statement. Now, the NCAA wants to determine whether style is coming at the expense of safety.

The governing body's football oversight committee will meet this week in Indianapolis and is to begin studying whether multiple helmets could lead to more concussions and serious head and neck injuries.

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]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:38:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Consumer issues stemming from the GOP health care initiative]]> http://gazette.com/consumer-issues-stemming-from-the-gop-health-care-initiative/article/feed/471550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/consumer-issues-stemming-from-the-gop-health-care-initiative/article/feed/471550?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation's health care system. The impact for consumers would go well beyond "Obamacare."

Former President Barack Obama's signature law is usually associated with subsidized insurance markets like HealthCare.gov. But the Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid.

Not only would the GOP legislation scale back coverage through the insurance markets and phase out the Medicaid expansion, it would also make fundamental changes to the broader Medicaid program. The federal-state program covers low-income people, from newborns to elderly nursing home residents, from special-needs kids to young adults caught in the opioid epi

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]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:30:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Nevada's on-again, off-again marijuana sales back on]]> http://gazette.com/nevadas-on-again-off-again-marijuana-sales-back-on/article/feed/471355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevadas-on-again-off-again-marijuana-sales-back-on/article/feed/471355?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada regulators reaffirmed their intentions Friday to issue licenses necessary for retailers to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1 while complying with a court order in a lawsuit filed by alcohol wholesalers who want a piece of the pot distribution business.

The retail licensees could include as many as 25 medical dispensaries in the Las Vegas area and four others in Reno that already have medical retail licenses, as long as they adhere to packaging requirements in an emergency regulation to be adopted Monday, state Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:37:33 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Nevada's Heller opposes GOP health bill]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-nevadas-heller-opposes-gop-health-bill/article/feed/471416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-nevadas-heller-opposes-gop-health-bill/article/feed/471416?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate GOP health care bill (all times EDT):

8:45 p.m.

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says he opposes the GOP bill scuttling much of the Obama health care law, complicating the effort by party leaders to guide the measure through the Senate.

Heller is the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition.

He faces a difficult re-election fight next year. He said Friday he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:53:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Tifft back in Iowa after missing '16 race with brain tumor]]> http://gazette.com/tifft-back-in-iowa-after-missing-16-race-with-brain-tumor/article/feed/471470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tifft-back-in-iowa-after-missing-16-race-with-brain-tumor/article/feed/471470?custom_click=rss

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — To the outside world, NASCAR driver Matt Tifft was simply dealing with back pain to start last season.

When Tifft was alone, a series of painful and increasingly bizarre symptoms stemming from his brain had started to worry him a lot more than a bulging disk.

Tifft, an Xfinity series rookie in 2016, was suddenly extremely sensitive to light and besieged by pounding headaches. Tifft also fought bouts of paranoia and was stricken with social anxiety, something the affable driver had never experienced.

Tifft would even hear strange voices and music in his head late at night, when he was just trying to get his mind to rest.

"It wasn't like 'Oh my God. This is ruining my life. It was just that it

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:27:45 -0600 <![CDATA[5 GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it]]> http://gazette.com/5-gop-senators-now-oppose-health-bill-enough-to-sink-it/article/feed/471253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-gop-senators-now-oppose-health-bill-enough-to-sink-it/article/feed/471253?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.

Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:14:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Former NBA player Marcus Camby sued over nephew's drowning]]> http://gazette.com/former-nba-player-marcus-camby-sued-over-nephews-drowning/article/feed/471448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-nba-player-marcus-camby-sued-over-nephews-drowning/article/feed/471448?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — Former NBA player Marcus Camby has been named defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit over the drowning of his 9-year-old autistic nephew in a pond on Camby's Houston-area property last Thanksgiving.

The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday by the boy's father, Marcus Kendall McGhee, alleges that Camby was aware of the limitations of his nephew, Marcus Carter McGhee, but failed to supervise the child and used no protective measures to keep him away from the pond.

The boy was found dead two days after he was reported missing. He'd traveled to Texas from his home in the Hartford, Connecticut, area for the holiday.

Camby's property includes several acres in Pearland, a Houston suburb.

Camby could not immedi

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:14:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Under scrutiny, New Mexico opioid prescriptions taper off]]> http://gazette.com/under-scrutiny-new-mexico-opioid-prescriptions-taper-off/article/feed/471419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/under-scrutiny-new-mexico-opioid-prescriptions-taper-off/article/feed/471419?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people receiving opioid pain medication prescriptions or risky overlapping prescriptions has shown a notable decline in New Mexico since the state ordered doctors to check a database that can indicate whether a patient may be receiving narcotics from multiple sources, according to newly released statistics.

New Mexico has strengthened its prescription monitoring program in response to a surge in its drug overdose death rate in 2014, when the state ranked second only to West Virginia.

On Jan. 1, a law went into effect that requires health care providers to screen new and extended opioid prescriptions against a statewide electronic database.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:18:21 -0600 <![CDATA[USA Gymnastics doctor to stand trial on sex assault charges]]> http://gazette.com/usa-gymnastics-doctor-to-stand-trial-on-sex-assault-charges/article/feed/471348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-gymnastics-doctor-to-stand-trial-on-sex-assault-charges/article/feed/471348?custom_click=rss

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a longtime doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting six young gymnasts who said he molested them while they were seeking treatment for various injuries.

Judge Donald Allen Jr. made his decision after hearing testimony from the alleged victims over two days and watching a campus police interview of Dr. Larry Nassar.

It is one of four Michigan criminal cases against Nassar following reports last year in the Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:51:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Whipped cream dispenser reportedly explodes, kills fashion blogger Rebecca Burger]]> http://gazette.com/whipped-cream-dispenser-reportedly-explodes-kills-fashion-blogger-rebecca-burger/article/1605706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whipped-cream-dispenser-reportedly-explodes-kills-fashion-blogger-rebecca-burger/article/1605706?custom_click=rss

PARIS — French authorities are investigating the death of a fitness blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday.

The prosecutor's office in the eastern city of Mulhouse said an investigation is underway into Sunday's death of 33-year-old Rebecca Burger and whether a faulty siphon on a high-pressure canister used to make and dispense whipped cream was at fault. The prosecutor would not comment pending further investigation.

The magazine 60 Million Consumers reported the exploding canister hit Burger violently in the chest, causing her to suffer a heart attack.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:18:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Senate GOP health care plan draws warnings from Colorado health care experts]]> http://gazette.com/senate-gop-health-care-plan-draws-warnings-from-colorado-health-care-experts/article/1605739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-gop-health-care-plan-draws-warnings-from-colorado-health-care-experts/article/1605739?custom_click=rss

Senate Republicans' health care plan will inflict deeper cuts to Colorado's Medicaid program than previous proposals and reduce financial help for many people buying their insurance plans, Colorado health care experts said Thursday.

The bill, which Senate Republicans unveiled Thursday after months of closed-door talks, immediately came under fire by Colorado health care providers and Democrats. And it came amid protests led by people with disabilities, who say the bill places the interests of wealthy Americans ahead of those who are ill, disabled or poor.

"The cuts are really on the backs of individuals with disabilities," said Wilfred Romero, executive director of The Arc Pikes Peak Region, a nonprofit that operates thrift

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:02:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Senate GOP unveils 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard]]> http://gazette.com/senate-gop-unveils-obamacare-overhaul-but-not-all-aboard/article/1605693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-gop-unveils-obamacare-overhaul-but-not-all-aboard/article/1605693?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say.

After weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell., planned to release the proposal Thursday. The package represents McConnell's attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to stage next week.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:17:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Tularemia found in rabbit in northeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/tularemia-found-in-rabbit-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1605698?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tularemia-found-in-rabbit-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1605698?custom_click=rss

El Paso County Public Health officials confirmed Wednesday that a wild rabbit in northeast Colorado Springs died from tularemia, a bacterial infection.

No humans have been infected.

Known as "rabbit fever," the bacteria was found after a resident discovered several dead wild rabbits near a property at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Stetson Hills Boulevard.

Tularemia is common in rabbits, rodents and other small mammals and can cause fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, chest pain and coughing to people infected by it.

Antibiotics can effectively treat tularemia.

Pets that show symptoms - including fever, nasal and eye discharge and skin sores - should be taken to an animal hospital immediately.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:28:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Research shows that prolonged sitting may be harmful, even if you exercise regularly]]> http://gazette.com/research-shows-that-prolonged-sitting-may-be-harmful-even-if-you-exercise-regularly/article/1605715?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/research-shows-that-prolonged-sitting-may-be-harmful-even-if-you-exercise-regularly/article/1605715?custom_click=rss

You've probably heard the trendy phrase that "sitting is the new smoking." Although it's an exaggeration to equate the two behaviors -- nothing comes close to smoking in its many ruinous and deadly effects on the body -- research does show that prolonged sitting may be harmful, even if you exercise regularly.

Pooling results from more than 40 studies, researchers concluded that the more time people spend on their duffs -- whether at a desk, on the couch or in the car -- the greater their risk of premature death, cardiovascular disease, cancer and especially type 2 diabetes.

Regular exercise, particularly higher levels of physical activity, appears to blunt these harmful effects somewhat but may not eliminate them

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:15:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Four GOP senators say they can't vote for current Republican health care bill]]> http://gazette.com/four-gop-senators-say-they-cant-vote-for-current-republican-health-care-bill/article/1605709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/four-gop-senators-say-they-cant-vote-for-current-republican-health-care-bill/article/1605709?custom_click=rss

Four conservative Republican senators announced Thursday that they opposed the current version of GOP Senate leadership's health care bill as written.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement they're "not ready to vote for this bill." "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor," the senators said.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:33:23 -0600
<![CDATA[30 percent of Colorado voters 50 and older support House-passed health care bill, AARP survey finds]]> http://gazette.com/30-percent-of-colorado-voters-50-and-older-support-house-passed-health-care-bill-aarp-survey-finds/article/1605700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/30-percent-of-colorado-voters-50-and-older-support-house-passed-health-care-bill-aarp-survey-finds/article/1605700?custom_click=rss

Roughly three in 10 likely voters in Colorado age 50 or older support the U.S. House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, according to a poll released Thursday by the AARP that also found the state’s residents are overwhelmingly against cutting Medicaid funding.

The survey found that 81 percent of likely Colorado voters age 50 or older don’t want any Medicaid dollars cut — including 70 percent of Republicans and 91 percent of Democrats.

Eleven percent of the state’s likely voters 50 and above said they didn’t know if they supported or opposed the legislation.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:41:17 -0600
<![CDATA[GOP, Democrats clash on Senate floor after healthcare bill revealed]]> http://gazette.com/gop-democrats-clash-on-senate-floor-after-healthcare-bill-revealed/article/1605699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-democrats-clash-on-senate-floor-after-healthcare-bill-revealed/article/1605699?custom_click=rss

Republicans and Democrats clashed on the Senate floor Thursday when Democrats repeatedly asked for more time to review the GOP's new healthcare bill, a request that was repeatedly denied by the majority party.

Democrats also called on Republicans to torch their new bill and start over with them, a request that was also rejected by the GOP.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Thursday that lawmakers will begin consideration of the healthcare bill next week and could vote on it before the July 4 break, following Thursday's release of a 142-page "discussion draft." It's not clear when the actual bill text will be introduced.

Democrats have accused the GOP of drafting the plan in secret.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:37:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: Tackle sleep deprivation the ayurvedic way]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-tackle-sleep-deprivation-the-ayurvedic-way/article/1605692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-tackle-sleep-deprivation-the-ayurvedic-way/article/1605692?custom_click=rss

If I could make one health-related wish, it would be eight-hour bouts of deep, uninterrupted sleep every night for the rest of my life.

Western medicine and ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, agree - sleep is crucial to thriving.

As with many health quests, I turn to ayurveda, often called the sister science to yoga. Used for thousands of years, the system seeks to balance the body through diet, herbs and lifestyle choices.

Quality of sleep is the first thing that clinical ayurvedic specialist Carly Beaudin asks her clients who are embarking on the ayurvedic path.

"Ayurveda says the three pillars of life are sleep, digestion and sex," said Beaudin, owner and founder of Ancient Heart Ayurveda. "In our

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Colorado health officials have confirmed that the 80 people who became ill after attending the Rifle Rodeo early this month were stricken with a foodborne illness.

Garfield County Public Health announced the state lab's findings late Wednesday afternoon. Since the June 5 rodeo, the county and state health departments have had a team investigating the outbreak, using "nurses, licensed food inspectors, regional and state epidemiologists and the laboratory staff," according to the county.

"Lab samples sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment came back positive for Clostridium perfringens – a leading cause of foodborne illness," according to a county press release.

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