<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 24 May 2016 10:05:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Tragically Hip's Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal cancer]]> http://gazette.com/tragically-hips-gord-downie-diagnosed-with-terminal-cancer/article/feed/353006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tragically-hips-gord-downie-diagnosed-with-terminal-cancer/article/feed/353006?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian rootsy rock band The Tragically Hip announced Tuesday that its lead singer, Gord Downie, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

In postings on its website and Facebook page, the band said the 52-year-old Downie, a father of four, was diagnosed with the condition in December. It said "he's endured a lot of difficult times, and has been fighting hard."

Despite the diagnosis, it said, Downie and the band plan to tour this summer, because it "feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us." The message said dates and details for the tour will be coming this week.

The specialist treating Downie, neuro-oncologist Dr. James Perry, will hold a news conference in Toronto on Tu

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 10:02:33 -0600 <![CDATA[1 of 3 deaths in EU avoidable if optimal care was available]]> http://gazette.com/1-of-3-deaths-in-eu-avoidable-if-optimal-care-was-available/article/feed/353074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-of-3-deaths-in-eu-avoidable-if-optimal-care-was-available/article/feed/353074?custom_click=rss BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's statistical agency says that one out of three deaths in the 28-nation bloc would be avoidable if optimal health care was available.

Eurostat said Tuesday that the situation was at its worst in Romamia, where 49.4 percent of all deaths were deemed avoidable "in the light of current medical knowledge and technology." France came out best with only 23.8 percent of deaths considered avoidable.

In the bloc of 508 million, 1.7 million people under 75 died in 2013, the last year where statistics were available. The majority of preventable deaths were caused by heart attacks at 32 percent, ahead of strokes with 16 percent. Colorectal cancer and breast cancer followed.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:45:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Pharmacy board out as sole medical pot regulator in Ohio]]> http://gazette.com/pharmacy-board-out-as-sole-medical-pot-regulator-in-ohio/article/feed/352904?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pharmacy-board-out-as-sole-medical-pot-regulator-in-ohio/article/feed/352904?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board is being scrapped over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.

Sen. David Burke, a pharmacist behind the idea, called the arrangement the most responsible way to oversee marijuana as medicine. He said Tuesday that changes were needed to strike a workable compromise.

Sen. Bill Coley chairs the committee considering Ohio's fast-tracked medical marijuana bill. Coley says the new plan requires pharmacists at dispensaries, but leaves doctors under the medical board and places cultivation and processing under the state Commerce Department.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:29:27 -0600 <![CDATA[State officials to distribute Zika prevention kits]]> http://gazette.com/state-officials-to-distribute-zika-prevention-kits/article/feed/353058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-officials-to-distribute-zika-prevention-kits/article/feed/353058?custom_click=rss DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware state officials will begin distributing Zika prevention kits to pregnant women.

Local news outlets report that public health officials will deliver kits containing condoms, mosquito repellent and thermometers to clinics certified to serve families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children.

Pregnant women seeking services through the program will receive a kit after completing a questionnaire regarding travel history and pregnancy status.

Director of Delaware's Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says that officials are working closely with many partners to inform the public about reducing the potential of local transmission.

The annou

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:20:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Concussion group says ex-NFL player Bubba Smith had CTE]]> http://gazette.com/concussion-group-says-ex-nfl-player-bubba-smith-had-cte/article/feed/353025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/concussion-group-says-ex-nfl-player-bubba-smith-had-cte/article/feed/353025?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The Concussion Legacy Foundation says former NFL defensive end Bubba Smith was diagnosed with the brain disease CTE by researchers after his death.

Smith died in 2011 at 66. He's one of 90 former NFL players diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy since 2008 at a brain bank affiliated with Veteran Affairs, Boston University and the foundation. Out of four stages of the disease, the foundation says Smith had stage 3 CTE.

Smith was the first pick in the 1967 NFL draft after a career at Michigan State, which led him to the College Football Hall of Fame. He played a total of nine seasons for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers.

He became an actor and is best known for playing Mose

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:52:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-roundup-recent-editorials-in-oklahoma-newspapers/article/feed/353020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-roundup-recent-editorials-in-oklahoma-newspapers/article/feed/353020?custom_click=rss Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:

The Journal Record, May 23, 2016

A courageous veto

Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday did one of the best things she's done since taking office. She vetoed a ridiculous bill that would have cost Oklahoma taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars and added to the congestion in the court system.

It was not a run-of-the-mill veto. Fallin put down Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm's bill that would have made performing an abortion in Oklahoma a felony punishable by three years in prison and permanent revocation of a doctor's medical license. The bill passed on a 33-12 vote in the Senate with no debate on Thursday; it passed 59-9 in the 101-member House on April 21.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:16:12 -0600 <![CDATA[34-year-old orangutan dies at Columbus Zoo]]> http://gazette.com/34-year-old-orangutan-dies-at-columbus-zoo/article/feed/352990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/34-year-old-orangutan-dies-at-columbus-zoo/article/feed/352990?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 34-year-old orangutan named Sally has died at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The zoo says Sally died while undergoing treatment for pneumonia. Zoo officials say she had a chronic respiratory disease, which she had been treated for several times in recent years.

Officials say the respiratory disease made Sally more susceptible to pneumonia. She died Saturday.

The Sumatran orangutan arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2006 from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Zoo officials say the median life expectancy for a Sumatran orangutan in a North American zoo is 28 years.

The zoo's Facebook page says Sally's animal-care team described her as a "sassy princess" with a feisty personality.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 06:41:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Rory McIlroy concerned about Zika ahead of Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rory-mcilroy-concerned-about-zika-ahead-of-olympics/article/feed/352972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rory-mcilroy-concerned-about-zika-ahead-of-olympics/article/feed/352972?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Rory McIlroy has concerns about the Zika virus as he prepares to play at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The four-time major winner said he is monitoring the outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects.

"I have been reading a lot of reports about Zika and there have been some articles coming out saying that it might be worse than they're saying and I have to monitor that situation," McIlroy told the BBC.

McIlroy is scheduled to play for Ireland as golf makes its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

The 27-year-old McIlroy said he and his fiancee, Erica Stoll, may consider starting a family "in the next couple of years.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 05:37:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Grilled vegetables put a new spin on shrimp salad]]> http://gazette.com/grilled-vegetables-put-a-new-spin-on-shrimp-salad/article/1576781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grilled-vegetables-put-a-new-spin-on-shrimp-salad/article/1576781?custom_click=rss

The all-grilled salad has become a staple in our house over the years - it's versatile, easy, has minimal cleanup and, of course, it's right up our healthy-eating alley.

A hot grill coaxes out the sweetness from anything we toss on it, and that tiny bit of char flavor is like a kiss of summer. So, even if I don't "have" to cook something - such as cabbage in a slaw - if the fire is roaring, I'll let the ingredient enjoy a few minutes of grill time, just for flavor. Super healthy foods become craveable with the arrival of the backyard barbecue season.

To make a tasty, all-grilled salad, follow a few simple tips. First, invest a few bucks in an oil mister, which allows you to coat veggies and fish with just enough fat to keep

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Fitness star Tracy Anderson: stop aspiring to a celeb body]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-star-tracy-anderson-stop-aspiring-to-a-celeb-body/article/1576779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-star-tracy-anderson-stop-aspiring-to-a-celeb-body/article/1576779?custom_click=rss

MIAMI - She's sculpted the bodies of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez and runs a multimillion-dollar fitness empire with 218,000 Instagram followers, but Tracy Anderson is tired of talking about how to achieve the perfect celebrity body.

Anderson has turned down several offers for reality shows and says she no longer accepts new celebrity clients. She'd rather talk about what exercise can do for your mental health than how it can get you six-pack abs.

"What celebrities are doing is really irrelevant," Anderson said in a recent interview while in Miami for a breast cancer fundraiser.

"I feel like we're constantly dimming our own lights by showing there's a demand for, 'Oh my gosh, that celebrity is carrying that drink.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Throwing a punch at Parkinson's]]> http://gazette.com/throwing-a-punch-at-parkinsons/article/1576778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/throwing-a-punch-at-parkinsons/article/1576778?custom_click=rss

I'm on the heavy bag, throwing left jabs, ignoring the relentless blare of Kanye's "Drive Slow, Homie" played at a volume that would raise the dead. I punch to a one-two count: left jab, right cross. I'm working as hard as I've ever worked, and even in this unheated gym I sweat as if it's a sauna. - Finally, the bell rings. It feels as if I've been at it for an hour; actually, three minutes have passed. The ensuing one-minute break seems to last four seconds. Let's be clear: Boxing, even when the opponent is only a heavy bag, is a brutal sport. But brutality is needed, even welcome, when you're facing a progressive, incurable neurological disease. I have Parkinson's disease, and it causes my body to just freeze up. Weirdly enough,

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 24, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-24-2016/article/1576777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-24-2016/article/1576777?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. May 31, Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.

Colorado Springs Reason to Hope Fundraising Luncheon - Noon- 1 p.m. Tuesday, Antlers hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Free, donations accepted to benefit the

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Develop mudita, practice of feeling joy for others]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-develop-mudita-practice-of-feeling-joy-for-others/article/1576773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-develop-mudita-practice-of-feeling-joy-for-others/article/1576773?custom_click=rss

Have you ever looked around the room during a yoga class and coveted somebody else's pose?

I have. There are some gorgeous extended side angles in this world. And I never met a graceful dancer pose I didn't admire.

That's where my head sometimes goes, especially on those days when my hips grumble as they open into a warrior pose or my yoga pants squeeze a little too tightly and some lithe woman unrolls her mat next to mine.

And then there are those moments off the mat when I have a yen for somebody else's seemingly ideal life, job, haircut, ability to articulate exactly how she feels. On my better days I can admire a fellow yogi's amazing practice.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness]]> http://gazette.com/as-zika-spreads-florida-town-a-study-in-bug-borne-illness/article/feed/352952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-zika-spreads-florida-town-a-study-in-bug-borne-illness/article/feed/352952?custom_click=rss

RIO, Fla. (AP) — A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid's riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt so sick he went to the hospital.

Heid thought the neighborhood children were passing a bug around their circle. She never suspected a virus carried by bugs hovering around their birdbaths and tarp-covered boats — until health officials left pamphlets at their houses asking for blood samples if they recently suffered from fevers and joint or muscle pain.

The dengue fever outbreak infected 28 people in August and September 2013. It caught Florida's Atlantic coast by surprise.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 02:53:48 -0600 <![CDATA[South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff]]> http://gazette.com/south-dakota-indian-hospital-threatened-with-funds-cutoff/article/feed/352777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-dakota-indian-hospital-threatened-with-funds-cutoff/article/feed/352777?custom_click=rss SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City — the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.

Inspectors with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers the government's health care programs for the needy, disabled and elderly, found problems at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City during an unannounced survey earlier this month. The hospital is run by Indian Health Service, which provides health care to tribal members through a network of hospitals on and off reservations as part of the U.S. government's treaty obligations to Nativ

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 23:45:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Right-to-die bill clears NY legislative hurdle]]> http://gazette.com/right-to-die-bill-clears-ny-legislative-hurdle/article/feed/352905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/right-to-die-bill-clears-ny-legislative-hurdle/article/feed/352905?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bill that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician has cleared a hurdle in New York's state Legislature.

The proposal would require two physicians to certify the patient's illness is terminal. Physicians could refuse to agree to the request for any reason.

The Assembly's Health Committee passed the bill Monday. It faces significant challenges in the full Legislature, but advocates hailed the committee's vote as a "historic" step.

Supporters say the bill gives suffering patients the freedom to end their lives with dignity but has proper safeguards.

Opponents worry the measure would be abused and say the bill is being rushed through the Legi

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 23:40:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast]]> http://gazette.com/kicking-the-habit-adult-smoking-rate-in-us-is-falling-fast/article/feed/352895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kicking-the-habit-adult-smoking-rate-in-us-is-falling-fast/article/feed/352895?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before.

The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report.

The rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked.

The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year.

The last time there was a drop nearly as big was from 1992 to 1993, when the smoking rate fell 1.5 percentage points, according to Brian King of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC reported the ne

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 23:32:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Chicago has ambulance equipped to handle infectious diseases]]> http://gazette.com/chicago-has-ambulance-equipped-to-handle-infectious-diseases/article/feed/352874?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chicago-has-ambulance-equipped-to-handle-infectious-diseases/article/feed/352874?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Department now has on the street its first ambulance outfitted with a pressurized plastic tent so that it can transport patients suffering from infectious diseases.

The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1NH0gAd ) reports the specially-equipped ambulance that also has an air filtration system is the city's response to the worldwide Ebola scare of 2014.

The city has already ordered two more of the tents — each of which cost $3,000. Once they arrive, the department plans to equip two other ambulances and station them in different areas of the city so that firefighters can respond as quickly as possible to infectious disease emergencies anywhere in the city.

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 21:37:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: NFL sought to influence study on brain injuries]]> http://gazette.com/report-nfl-sought-to-influence-study-on-brain-injuries/article/feed/352687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-nfl-sought-to-influence-study-on-brain-injuries/article/feed/352687?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking the project away from a researcher who the NFL feared was biased.

The NFL had agreed to donate $30 million to the NIH to fund brain research but backed out after the institutes went ahead with a $16 million grant to prominent Boston University researcher Robert Stern. He's a leading expert on the link between football and brain diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Taxpayers are instead bea

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 21:30:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Fed inspectors find sick, dead animals at pet dealer ranch]]> http://gazette.com/fed-inspectors-find-sick-dead-animals-at-pet-dealer-ranch/article/feed/352637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fed-inspectors-find-sick-dead-animals-at-pet-dealer-ranch/article/feed/352637?custom_click=rss Federal inspectors found sick and dead animals, inadequate sanitation, untrained employees performing euthanasia and other deficiencies at a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer that supplied major pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report on its January inspection of Holmes Chinchilla Ranch that said inspectors found dozens of animals in need of veterinary treatment for symptoms ranging from hair loss to eye abnormalities to lethargy.

USDA spent several days at Holmes after an animal-rights group shot video purporting to show substandard conditions at the dealer's facility in Barto, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, where it keeps thousands of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbi

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:51:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Prevention is the best medicine for stroke]]> http://gazette.com/prevention-is-the-best-medicine-for-stroke/article/1576709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prevention-is-the-best-medicine-for-stroke/article/1576709?custom_click=rss

While 87 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes, caused by a blocked artery resulting in a lack of blood flow to the brain, an equally critical type of stroke, hemorrhagic, occurs when weakened blood vessels rupture and the accumulating blood compresses brain tissue.

“Ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes have the same symptoms and both can be devastating,” Kelly Lockhart, MD, specializing in Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease at Colorado Springs Pulmonary Consultants, said. “The only way to tell the difference is with a CT scan.”

Even though hemorrhagic strokes are less common, they are responsible for nearly 40 percent of all stroke deaths.

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Mon, 23 May 2016 08:41:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Mini-stroke doesn’t mean mini- problem]]> http://gazette.com/mini-stroke-doesnt-mean-mini-problem/article/1576557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mini-stroke-doesnt-mean-mini-problem/article/1576557?custom_click=rss

Because of complications from high blood pressure, Mary Guinn was already in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, when she had her first stroke.

“I was supposed to go home the next day. It happened in the middle of the night,” she said.  “The nurse came in and was trying to get me out of bed but I couldn’t stand, and I told her ‘I think I’ve had a stroke.’”

The nurse wasn’t convinced, but an MRI confirmed that Guinn had indeed suffered a stroke.  Her doctor at St. Thomas More transferred her right away to Penrose Hospital, part of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs.


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Fri, 20 May 2016 13:50:07 -0600
<![CDATA[When it comes to stroke, healthy eating matters]]> http://gazette.com/when-it-comes-to-stroke-healthy-eating-matters/article/1575700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/when-it-comes-to-stroke-healthy-eating-matters/article/1575700?custom_click=rss

Healthy food habits are a crucial part of ongoing health for recovering stroke patients as well as those at risk for a stroke. Proper adjustments to diet and nutrition can play an effective role in the prevention of stroke, and provide a fundamental tool during the recovery process.

Melaina Bjorklund, MS, RD, Clinical Dietician at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, says that the dietary guidelines for recovering stroke patients and those with risk factors are very similar. “Both patients should be focusing on a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables,” said Bjorklund. “Whole grains that are high in fiber can help reduce cholesterol.

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Fri, 20 May 2016 13:48:25 -0600
<![CDATA[While challenging, stroke doesn’t mean the end of hope]]> http://gazette.com/while-challenging-stroke-doesnt-mean-the-end-of-hope/article/1576187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/while-challenging-stroke-doesnt-mean-the-end-of-hope/article/1576187?custom_click=rss

After a patient has suffered a stroke, a major concern for doctors is when to let them start driving again. . Stroke survivors want to get back to driving, and returning to independence after a stroke is important — but safety is more so.

“The driving rehabilitation program at Penrose is excellent,” stroke survivor Mackie Johnson said.  “They took time with me, and drove around with me, and made sure my eyes were able to focus on the right things.”

As a result of experiencing a cerebellar stroke, a stroke in the lower part of the brain at the brain stem, at age 64, Johnson’s body movement, eye movement, balance, and fine motor skills were significantly impacted and he was

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Fri, 20 May 2016 13:48:01 -0600
<![CDATA[CDC says 157 pregnant women in US test positive for Zika]]> http://gazette.com/cdc-says-157-pregnant-women-in-us-test-positive-for-zika/article/1576545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdc-says-157-pregnant-women-in-us-test-positive-for-zika/article/1576545?custom_click=rss

The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is counting cases.

Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant women had both Zika symptoms and positive blood tests. In a change announced Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will count all women who tested positive — regardless of symptoms.

There are now 157 pregnant women infected with Zika in the 50 states, up from 48 last week.

Zika can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities. Recently published reports indicate that some pregnant women with laboratory evidence of a recent Zika infection but without symptoms

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Fri, 20 May 2016 09:22:30 -0600
<![CDATA[New penis recipient looks forward to being a 'complete' man]]> http://gazette.com/new-penis-recipient-looks-forward-to-being-a-complete-man/article/1576394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-penis-recipient-looks-forward-to-being-a-complete-man/article/1576394?custom_click=rss

BOSTON — The recipient of the nation's first penis transplant says he is looking forward to walking out of the hospital a "complete" man.

"There is no doubt in my mind that everything is going to work. And I mean everything," 64-year-old Thomas Manning said Wednesday with a grin as he continued to recover at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. "You can interpret that any way you wish."

Seated by a window overlooking the Charles River, Manning was upbeat and chatty after undergoing the 15-hour operation last week.

The former Halifax, Massachusetts, bank courier whose organ was amputated after he was diagnosed with penile cancer in 2012 has been ambling around his room with a walker and said he doesn't

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Wed, 18 May 2016 16:48:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Minutes matter when it comes to stroke]]> http://gazette.com/minutes-matter-when-it-comes-to-stroke/article/1576365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minutes-matter-when-it-comes-to-stroke/article/1576365?custom_click=rss

On the Sunday following Thanksgiving 2011, Susan Huff was talking with a neighbor who became alarmed at noticing Huff’s face drooping while also starting to slur her words.

“A couple weeks before that I had fallen and hit my head pretty hard, nearly passing out” Huff said.  “I had been experiencing really bad headaches since, and my neighbor came by to check up on me.”

Huff was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered a blood clot was preventing blood from reaching her brain, otherwise known as an ischemic stroke. Nearly 87 percent of all strokes fall under ischemic strokes.

“I guess I had a lot of brain swelling. I really don’t remember much because I was pretty

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Wed, 18 May 2016 11:31:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Stroke survivor credits outpatient rehabilitation for getting back to life]]> http://gazette.com/stroke-survivor-credits-outpatient-rehabilitation-for-getting-back-to-life/article/1576278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stroke-survivor-credits-outpatient-rehabilitation-for-getting-back-to-life/article/1576278?custom_click=rss

“Thank God for the rehabilitation program at Penrose-St. Francis,” stroke survivor Keith Guibert said.  “I am walking and getting around pretty good, and I’m getting ready to do my driver’s evaluation because of the program.”

After suffering a bleeding, or hemorrhagic stroke, on St. Patrick’s Day 2015, Guibert was a patient on the 8th floor at Penrose Hospital for two months. Since being discharged, he has been actively partaking in the outpatient rehabilitation program through Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

“I was in the garage getting something out of the freezer for dinner, and my other half wasn’t home,” Guibert said.  “I laid on the floor

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Wed, 18 May 2016 11:29:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Note to self, from skin: Wear more sunscreen in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/note-to-self-from-skin-wear-more-sunscreen-in-colorado/article/1576265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/note-to-self-from-skin-wear-more-sunscreen-in-colorado/article/1576265?custom_click=rss

Ken Landau thought he was doing a decent job protecting his skin. The voice of Colorado College men's hockey spent most workdays in a world where sun's a kind of Kryptonite, and when he played outside, he did as advised, avoiding peak hours and wearing sunscreen.

It wasn't enough for the 56-year-old Aurora resident, whose mother died from melanoma, the rarest and most fatal form of skin cancer.

"It's very close to me in a family-history sense. I'm fair-skinned, burn easily, and when I had hair on my head, I was a redhead," said Landau, a Minnesota native and the Tigers' play-by-play announcer for more than a decade. "I would use sunblock when I knew I was going to be outside for a long period of time, which is not the right

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Genetically engineered crops are safe for humans and animals to eat and have not caused increases in cancer, obesity, gastrointestinal illnesses, kidney disease, autism or allergies, an exhaustive report from the National Academies of Science released Tuesday found.

Work on the 388-page report began two years ago and was conducted by a committee of more than 50 scientists, researchers and agricultural and industry experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It reviewed more than 900 studies and data covering the 20 years since genetically modified crops were first introduced.

Overall, genetically engineered (GE) crops saved farmers in the United States money

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