<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:42:47 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[In Kuwait, 'too many foreigners' becomes a frequent refrain]]> http://gazette.com/in-kuwait-too-many-foreigners-becomes-a-frequent-refrain/article/feed/446043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-kuwait-too-many-foreigners-becomes-a-frequent-refrain/article/feed/446043?custom_click=rss

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's first new government hospital in more than three decades will soon open its doors — but only to Kuwaiti citizens.

It's the latest in a series of steps targeting foreigners, including laborers who build high-rise towers, sweep the roads and clean toilets in this tiny oil-rich emirate: a group that far outnumbers the native population.

The 304 million dinar ($997 million) Jaber Hospital, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Kuwait City, is expected to open in the coming months. It will be the first government hospital built in Kuwait since 1984, taking some pressure off an overburdened public health system.


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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:06:46 -0700 <![CDATA[School district teams with Sandy Hook mom to teach empathy]]> http://gazette.com/school-district-teams-with-sandy-hook-mom-to-teach-empathy/article/feed/446040?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/school-district-teams-with-sandy-hook-mom-to-teach-empathy/article/feed/446040?custom_click=rss

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school district has teamed with the mother of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim to help teach elementary school children about empathy.

Nelba Marquez-Greene, who also is a licensed family therapist, and Craig Muzzy, a teacher at New Britain's Chamberlain Elementary School, developed the Love Wins program, which is now being used in four city schools.

The social and emotional learning campaign involves extension activities such as this week's Friendship Day, where students made cards and bracelets for each other.

It also has a clinical component involving therapists who help educators identify students who may need extra help with social skills.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:36:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process]]> http://gazette.com/court-considers-constitutionality-of-ohio-execution-process/article/feed/446039?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-considers-constitutionality-of-ohio-execution-process/article/feed/446039?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court is hearing arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again.

State attorneys say they've provided plenty of evidence to show that the contested first drug in Ohio's three-drug method will put inmates into a deep state of unconsciousness.

The state also argues that the U.S. Supreme Court last year upheld the use of that drug, midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam), in a case out of Oklahoma.

Lawyers for death row inmates are challenging the effectiveness of midazolam.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati scheduled arguments Tuesday.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:34:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597299?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON  — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies. Congressional auditors said spot checks found four VA hospitals skipped monthly inspections of drug

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:10:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Fox News host Brenda Buttner dies at age 55]]> http://gazette.com/fox-news-host-brenda-buttner-dies-at-age-55/article/feed/446024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fox-news-host-brenda-buttner-dies-at-age-55/article/feed/446024?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Brenda Buttner, host of Fox News Channel's "Bulls and Bears" has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55.

Buttner served as CNBC's Washington correspondent and hosted the network's "The Money Club" before joining Fox News in 2000.

Buttner graduated from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto paid tribute to Buttner on his show "Your World with Neil Cavuto." He praised her intelligence and sense of humor, saying "business journalism is never going to be the same."

Fox News announced her death on Monday.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:28:27 -0700 <![CDATA[AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-drugs-vanish-at-some-va-hospitals/article/1597249?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies. Congressional auditors said spot checks found four VA hospitals skipped monthly inspections of drug stocks or

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:09:36 -0700
<![CDATA[House GOP hails health plan that Democrats call inadequate]]> http://gazette.com/house-gop-hails-health-plan-that-democrats-call-inadequate/article/feed/445918?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-gop-hails-health-plan-that-democrats-call-inadequate/article/feed/445918?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers.

But Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor.

Republican leaders gave lawmakers a broad summary of their ideas last week.

The package lacks detail and has no estimates of cost or the number of people it would serve.

It's also uncertain if enough Republicans would support it. They've been unable to do that despite trying for seven years to dismantle Obama's law.

The GOP plan would refashion the Medicaid program for the poor.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:14:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Albert Pujols is ramping up recovery from surgery for Angels]]> http://gazette.com/albert-pujols-is-ramping-up-recovery-from-surgery-for-angels/article/feed/445891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/albert-pujols-is-ramping-up-recovery-from-surgery-for-angels/article/feed/445891?custom_click=rss

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols is almost ready to get a running start on the second half of his mega-contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Pujols is making steady progress in his recovery from foot surgery. The three-time NL MVP is doing rehabilitation work at the Angels' spring training complex with the goal of being ready to play on opening day.

"It's been really good," Pujols told reporters on Sunday. "No soreness at all afterward. That's a good sign, anytime you get to start hitting in the cage and moving around and doing agility (drills). I expect myself to probably get a little sore when I get on the field, because it's a different movement than being on carpet or whatever. I don't think I'll have any setbacks.

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:37:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Ivan Koloff, wrestling's "Russian Bear," dies at 74]]> http://gazette.com/ivan-koloff-wrestlings-russian-bear-dies-at-74/article/feed/445783?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ivan-koloff-wrestlings-russian-bear-dies-at-74/article/feed/445783?custom_click=rss GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Ivan Koloff, the Canadian professional wrestler known as "The Russian Bear" in the ring, had died after fighting liver cancer. He was 74.

Koloff's daughter, Rachel Marley, and the WWE confirmed the death.

"I'm sad to wake up and hear of the passing of my very close friend the Russian Bear Ivan Koloff," former wrestler Ric Flair tweeted. "You will be missed My Friend. Rest in peace."

Born in Montreal as Oreal Perras, Koloff was one of wrestling's top villains in the 1970 and 1980s. In 1971, he pinned Bruno Sammartino in Madison Square Garden to take the WWWF title.

Koloff later was an ordained minister in Greenville.

The death came a day after fellow former wrestler George "The Anima

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:15:57 -0700 <![CDATA[One Billion Rising rally in Colorado shakes up stigma surrounding abuse survivors]]> http://gazette.com/one-billion-rising-rally-in-colorado-shakes-up-stigma-surrounding-abuse-survivors/article/1597178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-billion-rising-rally-in-colorado-shakes-up-stigma-surrounding-abuse-survivors/article/1597178?custom_click=rss

DENVER – Energy at Saturday’s rally at the 16th St. Mall reflected the event’s title: Rising.

Hundreds filled the sidewalks outside of the Denver Pavilions on Saturday morning for the One Billion Rising rally.

The event started back in 2012 after World Health Organization statistics found one in three women across the globe are sexually or physically abused during their lifetime.

“They determined that equals to over one billion women and girls throughout the world, based on our population,” said event co-organizer Tangie Lancaster.

Read the full story at thedenverchannel.

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:53:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Royals pitcher Maness opts for pioneer elbow surgery]]> http://gazette.com/royals-pitcher-maness-opts-for-pioneer-elbow-surgery/article/feed/445765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/royals-pitcher-maness-opts-for-pioneer-elbow-surgery/article/feed/445765?custom_click=rss SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals right-hander Seth Maness is like many pitchers in spring training, trying to earn a bullpen job.

Maness also is a willing guinea pig, coming off a new surgical procedure that has the baseball industry's attention.

Maness opted to pass on Tommy John surgery to repair the right elbow that blew out last season and try a different procedure that could cut the recovery time significantly. It normally takes 12 to 18 months to return from the Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

St. Louis orthopedic surgeon Dr. George Paletta suggested another procedure called "primary repair" to Maness and was cautiously optimistic that he could be back pitching when the season opened or soon a

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:26:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks]]> http://gazette.com/milwaukee-to-pokemon-monsters-get-a-permit-to-enter-parks/article/feed/445703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/milwaukee-to-pokemon-monsters-get-a-permit-to-enter-parks/article/feed/445703?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — "Pokemon Go" monsters can roam virtually wherever they please, but they'll need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks.

At the height of the game's popularity last summer, the large crowds it attracted to one Milwaukee park left county officials at a loss for how to deal with the sudden influx of players and the trash they left behind. With more augmented-reality games in development, the permitting process Milwaukee County set up puts it at the forefront of an emerging challenge for government officials who want to regulate them.

"We're prepared for all of them now," said County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman, who wrote the proposal setting up a permitting process that County Executive Chris Abele signe

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:11:07 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico reconsiders subsidies to high-risk insurance pool]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-reconsiders-subsidies-to-high-risk-insurance-pool/article/feed/445485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-reconsiders-subsidies-to-high-risk-insurance-pool/article/feed/445485?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's administration sought Friday to shift the state's financial obligations for a group of 2,700 people with serious and expensive medical conditions to the private health insurance market.

Legislation drafted in response to a state budget crisis would reduce tax credits and other subsidies that help underwrite New Mexico's high-risk medical insurance pool, an insurer of last resort for the chronically ill.

At a legislative hearing, the proposal was met with strong objections from insurance carriers and physician groups that warned it could weaken the pool and drive up health premiums for people who are covered individually or through small businesses.

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]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:25:36 -0700 <![CDATA[NASCAR beefs up concussion testing before season begins]]> http://gazette.com/nascar-beefs-up-concussion-testing-before-season-begins/article/feed/445591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nascar-beefs-up-concussion-testing-before-season-begins/article/feed/445591?custom_click=rss

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was confident NASCAR took the right step Friday when it beefed up its concussion protocol by adding a consistent screening rule at all venues.

"Good to see progress being made and implemented. Health and safety is top priority," Earnhardt tweeted .

Earnhardt, long NASCAR's most popular driver, was sidelined for the second half of last season with a concussion. Earnhardt missed the final 18 races with nausea, vision and balance issues after at least the fifth concussion of his career following a June wreck.

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]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:04:38 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Senator seeks immediate reporting of sex abuse]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-senator-seeks-immediate-reporting-of-sex-abuse/article/feed/445540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-senator-seeks-immediate-reporting-of-sex-abuse/article/feed/445540?custom_click=rss

MASON, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on a criminal case against a Michigan sports doctor who is charged with sexual assault (all times local):


6:30 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce legislation requiring Olympic national governing bodies to immediately report sexual abuse allegations.

The California Democrat's announcement Friday comes in response to Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics' delay in reporting a female athlete's concerns about a sports doctor.

USA Gymnastics went to federal authorities a month after starting an internal investigation into Dr. Larry Nassar.

Nassar, who also treated female gymnasts at Michigan State University, quit USA Gymnastics in 2015 after the investigatio

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]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:37:13 -0700 <![CDATA[After brain tumor, Matt Tifft welcomes 'different chapter']]> http://gazette.com/after-brain-tumor-matt-tifft-welcomes-different-chapter/article/feed/445634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-brain-tumor-matt-tifft-welcomes-different-chapter/article/feed/445634?custom_click=rss

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Matt Tifft still has scars on either side of his head, a constant reminder of the brain tumor that sidelined him most of last year.

He realizes it's part of his story for now, maybe forever.

And that's OK with him. But he's ready to move forward.

A new season should help. His starts as early as possible: With a ride in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

"It's a different chapter," Tifft said Friday. "I feel great. I feel 100 percent fine and I'm ready to do my job. I'm happy we're starting Speedweeks to get that conversation more to being on the racetrack. At the same time, I want to move the chapter of my health to being able to help others. That's t

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]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:08:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Michigan sports doctor to stand trial in sexual assault case]]> http://gazette.com/michigan-sports-doctor-to-stand-trial-in-sexual-assault-case/article/feed/445569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michigan-sports-doctor-to-stand-trial-in-sexual-assault-case/article/feed/445569?custom_click=rss

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A sports doctor who treated female gymnasts at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics was ordered to stand trial Friday after a woman described how he sexually abused her for years during her childhood.

Judge Donald Allen Jr. found there was enough evidence to warrant a trial for Dr. Larry Nassar on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Separately, dozens of women and girls — many of them gymnasts — have come forward and accused Nassar of molesting them when they went to him for treatment as far back as the 1990s. He is also facing federal child porn charges.



Nassar, 53, received a medical degree from Michigan State in 1993 and returned to teach a

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]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:14:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Correction: Tiffany-Cancer Lawsuit story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-tiffany-cancer-lawsuit-story/article/feed/445331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-tiffany-cancer-lawsuit-story/article/feed/445331?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In a story Feb. 16 about a discrimination lawsuit against Tiffany & Co., The Associated Press erroneously reported the timing of when the employee alerted the company she would have to take leave for her fourth surgery. It was in October 2015, not 2014.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Lawsuit: Tiffany pushed out employee with cancer mutation

A former employee of Tiffany & Co. says the jewelry maker pushed her out of the New York-based company after she had her breasts and ovaries removed to avoid getting cancer


Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former employee of Tiffany & Co. says the jewelry maker pushed her out after she had her br

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]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:29:08 -0700 <![CDATA[New X-ray machine makes Colorado Springs cleft palate clinic a one-stop-shop]]> http://gazette.com/new-x-ray-machine-makes-colorado-springs-cleft-palate-clinic-a-one-stop-shop/article/1596990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-x-ray-machine-makes-colorado-springs-cleft-palate-clinic-a-one-stop-shop/article/1596990?custom_click=rss

For Brettney O'Connell and her two young children, the hectic life of getting care when both kids are born with cleft palates is all too familiar.

The 29-year-old woman, her son Jordan, 9, and daughter Lindsey, 7, talked about the challenges they face shortly after the two kids took part in a ribbon cutting Thursday morning at Children's Hospital Colorado. The event unveiled a piece of crucial equipment that will make the lives of the O'Connell's and similar families much easier.

"When Jordan was a baby, we had to drive two hours, twice a week for a while," Brettney O'Connell said. "We did that for about two months."

The mother said that dealing with her children's condition that left them with openings in the roofs of

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:24:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Pet rats from El Paso County linked to multi-state virus outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/pet-rats-from-el-paso-county-linked-to-multi-state-virus-outbreak/article/1596972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-rats-from-el-paso-county-linked-to-multi-state-virus-outbreak/article/1596972?custom_click=rss

A rat breeding facility in El Paso County is linked to an outbreak of a rodent-borne virus that has reached 15 states.

El Paso County public health officials have confirmed that there have been two confirmed human cases of the Seoul virus in the county. The infected El Paso County rats originally came from breeding facilities in Illinois.

People can contract the diseases if they come into contact with urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents. The virus is not known to spread from person to person, El Paso County public health said in a statement.

The virus can lead to unpleasant symptoms - fever, headache, chills, nausea, and rashes - and, in rare cases, kidney disease, kidney failure or both. Most infections

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:40 -0700
<![CDATA[GOP leaders unveil new health law outline, divisions remain]]> http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-unveil-new-health-law-outline-divisions-remain/article/1596995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-unveil-new-health-law-outline-divisions-remain/article/1596995?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the problem that's plagued them for years: What's the party's plan and can Congress pass it?

At a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other party leaders described a broad vision for voiding much of President Barack Obama's 2010 statute and replacing it with conservative policies. It features a revamped Medicaid program for the poor, tax breaks to help people pay doctors' bills and federally subsidized state pools to assist those with costly medical conditions in buying insurance.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:42:44 -0700
<![CDATA[China carfentanil ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic]]> http://gazette.com/china-carfentanil-ban-a-game-changer-for-opioid-epidemic/article/1596957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-carfentanil-ban-a-game-changer-for-opioid-epidemic/article/1596957?custom_click=rss

SHANGHAI — So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic.

"It shows China's attitude as a responsible big country," Yu Haibin, the director of the Office of the National Narcotics Control Committee, told the Associated Press. "It will be a strong deterrent."

He added that China is actively considering other substances for sanction, including U-47700, an opioid marketed as an alternative to banned fentanyls.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:59:40 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball a 'Midwinter Night's Dream' to remember in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-a-midwinter-nights-dream-to-remember-in-colorado-springs/article/1596893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-a-midwinter-nights-dream-to-remember-in-colorado-springs/article/1596893?custom_click=rss

Elegant ladies in evening gowns and glittering Venetian masks took the arms of formally attired men, many wearing red ties, and strolled the lobby of Broadmoor Hall for an Elizabethan "Midwinter Night's Dream."

The 34th annual Heart Ball was one of those special nights to remember for the 380 patrons on Feb. 11.

Looking up as they entered the red and white ballroom, guests watched curiously what appeared to be cocoons suspended from the ceiling. Softly and quietly the cocoons opened for Cirque Du Soleil-style aerial silks performances by Dragonfly Aerial Company.

Highlights of the evening also included an unforgettable guitarist, Martin Gordon, the evening's Heart Survivor honoree.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:35:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Retired Manitou Springs nurse with end-stage cancer falls in love again, prepares for what comes next]]> http://gazette.com/retired-manitou-springs-nurse-with-end-stage-cancer-falls-in-love-again-prepares-for-what-comes-next/article/1596752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retired-manitou-springs-nurse-with-end-stage-cancer-falls-in-love-again-prepares-for-what-comes-next/article/1596752?custom_click=rss

After preparing as best she could to die seven years ago, Cherie Cree is still facing mortality's ticking clock.

It's closer to stopping now.

"Honestly, there's no reason why I should still be alive, but I am anyway," says Cherie, a retired registered nurse who lives on the same block in Manitou Springs where she was born 62 years ago.

The world knows all about last fall's astounding rescue of a dog from the rubble nine days after an earthquake hit in Italy. And the freeing of girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria, two years after they were abducted by a radical Islamist group.

Closer to home is Cherie's longevity.

In 2010, days after getting a routine mammogram, she was diagnosed with stage 4

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:56:51 -0700
<![CDATA[This podcast is so boring it puts people to sleep, and that's why insomniacs love it]]> http://gazette.com/this-podcast-is-so-boring-it-puts-people-to-sleep-and-thats-why-insomniacs-love-it/article/1596771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-podcast-is-so-boring-it-puts-people-to-sleep-and-thats-why-insomniacs-love-it/article/1596771?custom_click=rss

The problem with a good podcast is that it is interesting.

That is, it's a problem if you're an insomniac trying to lull yourself to sleep.

And that's where "Sleep With Me" comes in. The podcast is, intentionally, as boring as possible, and it has thousands of listeners across the country.

Drew Ackerman - or "Scooter" as he calls himself on the podcast - says that on "Sleep With Me," he plays the role of "your boring drunk friend." Each episode opens with the "Dear Scooter" theme song, then Ackerman introduces himself (as "Scooter," of course) and begins to talk, ceaselessly, and in the least interesting way. What does he talk about? It barely matters.

In his spinoff series, "Game of Drones," he simply recaps

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:13:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Live Well: 3 ways to cultivate love on Valentine's Day]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-3-ways-to-cultivate-love-on-valentines-day/article/1596751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-3-ways-to-cultivate-love-on-valentines-day/article/1596751?custom_click=rss

Happy Valentine's Day - what will you do in the name of love?

Listen, I know there are V Day haters out there, the ones who grumble and call it a faux holiday created by greedy greeting card companies. While that's not actually true - there is some history to back up the holiday - the exact origin of Valentine's Day has never been determined. Some postulations involve the executions of two men named Valentine on Feb. 14 of differing years in the third century A.D. There was also the feast of Lupercalia in mid-February when ancient Romans sacrificed animals and whipped women with their bloody hides.

Be still my beating heart.

But enough of the blood and gore. Let's move on to the lovey dovey stuff.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:51:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Why does the United States still let 12-year-olds get married?]]> http://gazette.com/why-does-the-united-states-still-let-12-year-olds-get-married/article/1596589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-does-the-united-states-still-let-12-year-olds-get-married/article/1596589?custom_click=rss

Michelle DeMello walked into the clerk’s office in Colorado thinking for sure someone would save her.

She was 16 and pregnant. Her Christian community in Green Mountain Falls was pressuring her family to marry her off to her 19-year-old boyfriend. She didn’t think she had the right to say no to the marriage after the mess she felt she’d made. “I could be the example of the shining whore in town, or I could be what everybody wanted me to be at that moment and save my family a lot of honor,” DeMello said. She assumed that the clerk would refuse to approve the marriage. The law wouldn’t allow a minor to marry, right?

Wrong, as DeMello, now 42, learned.

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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:01:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Louisville rocked by 52 overdose calls in just 32 hours]]> http://gazette.com/louisville-rocked-by-52-overdose-calls-in-just-32-hours/article/1596567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/louisville-rocked-by-52-overdose-calls-in-just-32-hours/article/1596567?custom_click=rss

Louisville, Kentucky, has seen an alarming spike in drug overdoses in recent days. According to The Courier-Journal newspaper, first responders took on 52 calls for overdoses in the 32 hours from 12:01 a.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday. One overdose was fatal.

The high number of overdoses isn’t new to Louisville and the surrounding county. Jefferson County had been averaging 22 overdoses a day this year. There have already been 695 overdoses through the first month of 2017, according to The Courier-Journal.

Of the 52 calls, 34 overdose victims were rushed to emergency rooms. A spokesperson for emergency services personnel described the overdoses as the “same old, same old.” The majority of the overdoses

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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:36:54 -0700
<![CDATA[This song is scientifically designed to make your baby happy]]> http://gazette.com/this-song-is-scientifically-designed-to-make-your-baby-happy/article/1596403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-song-is-scientifically-designed-to-make-your-baby-happy/article/1596403?custom_click=rss

Experts have teamed up to answer a question that any parent wishing to soothe or amuse a little one would appreciate the answer to: What kind of music do babies like?

Caspar Addyman, an expert in child development, and Lauren Stewart, a musical psychologist, were asked by U.K. baby food manufacturer Cow & Gate to analyze existing science about infant preferences in order come up with the ideal parameters for a baby-friendly pop hit—one that was "proven to make babies happy.

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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:26:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs garners high ranking for health-conscious cities]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-garners-high-ranking-for-health-conscious-cities/article/1596309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-garners-high-ranking-for-health-conscious-cities/article/1596309?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs earned the No. 3 spot among the nation's most health-conscious cities in a new study by personal finance group ValuePenguin. And with three cities statewide in the top 20, "Colorado conquers," according to a press release announcing the results, which put Denver at No. 8 and Aurora at No. 19.

For its survey of best and worst U.S. cities for healthy living, ValuePenguin considered factors such as the health habits of residents, access to fitness and recreation centers, proximity to nutritious food, and environmental quality.

Western cities fared better overall, with nine of the 10 top-ranked metro areas located in the left half of the country.

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:12:55 -0700