<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:14:06 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25]]> http://gazette.com/max-ritvo-poet-who-chronicled-cancer-battle-dies-at-25/article/feed/390628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/max-ritvo-poet-who-chronicled-cancer-battle-dies-at-25/article/feed/390628?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.

Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday.

Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects bones and soft tissue in children and young adults.

Treatment brought about a remission that permitted Ritvo to finish high school and attend Yale University, where he performed in an improv comedy group. His teachers included Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck.

Ritvo's cancer returned in his senior year, but he completed Yale and this year earned a master's degree f

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:28:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Sickly humpback whale spotted in Hawaii waters]]> http://gazette.com/sickly-humpback-whale-spotted-in-hawaii-waters/article/feed/390588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sickly-humpback-whale-spotted-in-hawaii-waters/article/feed/390588?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii humpback whale experts are reporting the sighting of a sickly humpback whale off Maui.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Malia Chow said Friday the animal is emaciated and covered in whale lice. At least four sharks were following the whale. She says these are all indicators of a whale in distress.

She says the whale isn't entangled and doesn't appear to have been struck by a vessel. She says the animal's poor condition is a mystery.

Hawaii's humpback whales normally spend their summers feeding in cold places like Alaska and return to the islands in September or October.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:39:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Hospital Superbug Outbreak story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-hospital-superbug-outbreak-story/article/feed/390563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-hospital-superbug-outbreak-story/article/feed/390563?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a Feb. 20, 2015 story about an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, The Associated Press mischaracterized a statement an expert made about proving the cause of an infection. Lawrence Muscarella, a health care and sterilization expert, said he was suggesting an argument hospitals might use when he said, "Proving causation is impossible." Muscarella said an infection can be proven to come from a hospital instrument.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:40:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Judge won't block California's strict child vaccination law]]> http://gazette.com/judge-wont-block-californias-strict-child-vaccination-law/article/feed/390536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-wont-block-californias-strict-child-vaccination-law/article/feed/390536?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the strictest in the nation for eliminating exemptions based on religious and personal beliefs.

The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego comes as the law faces its first test with the end of summer break.

A lawsuit filed by 17 families and two foundations sought an injunction while the lawsuit works its way through the courts. The law went into effect July 1 and eliminated religious and personal beliefs as reasons for opting out of the state's mandatory immunizations.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:32:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Group to provide day of free dental care in Omaha]]> http://gazette.com/group-to-provide-day-of-free-dental-care-in-omaha/article/feed/390547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-to-provide-day-of-free-dental-care-in-omaha/article/feed/390547?custom_click=rss OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Dentistry from the Heart will hold its third annual day of free dentistry at Premier Dental in southwest Omaha.

The event Saturday will provide free fillings, extractions and cleanings for those in need. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the last two years, the services has helped 215 patients and given away $90,000 in free dental care.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:59:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Panel: Depression screening for kids could prevent suicides]]> http://gazette.com/panel-depression-screening-for-kids-could-prevent-suicides/article/feed/390457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panel-depression-screening-for-kids-could-prevent-suicides/article/feed/390457?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A panel seeking ways to fix Montana's highest-in-the-nation suicide rate is recommending mandatory depression screening of all schoolchildren beginning at age 11 and programs teaching coping skills to kids as young as 6.

Preventing suicide and lifting the stigma of depression is a slow process that will require a cultural shift that begins in Montana schools, Karl Rosston, the state Department of Public Health and Human Services' suicide prevention coordinator, told a legislative committee Friday.

"This is the place where we really want to make an impact," said Rosston, who is also a member of the Suicide Mortality Review Team. "We need to start at an earlier and earlier age to give them coping and resi

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:40:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Maker recalls fresh-cut vegetables from stores in Southeast]]> http://gazette.com/maker-recalls-fresh-cut-vegetables-from-stores-in-southeast/article/feed/390520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maker-recalls-fresh-cut-vegetables-from-stores-in-southeast/article/feed/390520?custom_click=rss RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.

Conroe, Texas-based Country Fresh Inc. said Friday that the recall involves its vegetable products shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The vegetables carried the Country Fresh and store labels at Bi-Lo, Fresh Point, Harris Teeter, Publix, QuikTrip, Spinx, Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie stores. The recalled items had "best if used by" dates of Aug. 7 through 19.

Listeria can cause serious infections in the young or frail.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:33:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Survival of quake victims depends on many factors]]> http://gazette.com/survival-of-quake-victims-depends-on-many-factors/article/feed/390515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survival-of-quake-victims-depends-on-many-factors/article/feed/390515?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — How long can people survive in the rubble of an earthquake?

A week or more under the best circumstances, some experts say. That means the trapped victims aren't seriously injured, they have air to breathe and the weather isn't too hot or too cold.

In Italy, more than 200 people have been rescued since a strong earthquake hit Wednesday, and rescue efforts are continuing. The quake struck in the middle of the night as people were sleeping, raising the possibility that more people were trapped in buildings.


The vast majority of rescues occur in the first 24 hours after a disaster. After that, the chances of survival drop as each day passes, experts say. Most victims are badly in

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:19:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Dozens treated as heroin overdose spikes hit several states]]> http://gazette.com/dozens-treated-as-heroin-overdose-spikes-hit-several-states/article/feed/390401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dozens-treated-as-heroin-overdose-spikes-hit-several-states/article/feed/390401?custom_click=rss CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in several states are scrambling to deal with a series of heroin overdose outbreaks affecting dozens of people and involving at least six deaths.

The spikes in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia over the past few days have seen rescue workers rushing from scene to scene to provide overdose antidote drugs.

While it's unclear if one dealer or batch is responsible for the multistate outbreak, the spikes reflect the potency of heroin flooding the Midwest.

In Cincinnati, police on Friday asked for the public's help in identifying the source of the heroin behind an estimated 78 overdoses in two days.

Officials in surrounding Hamilton County are calling the latest onslaught of overdos

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:16:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge refuses to suspend California's assisted death law]]> http://gazette.com/judge-refuses-to-suspend-californias-assisted-death-law/article/feed/390456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-refuses-to-suspend-californias-assisted-death-law/article/feed/390456?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California judge on Friday rejected a request by physicians to immediately suspend a new state law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia said the law will remain in effect for now. He also agreed to allow the physicians to pursue their lawsuit claiming the law lacks safeguards to protect against abuse.

The law took effect June 9 and allows terminally ill adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live.

Advocates argued that terminally ill people could face prolonged, painful deaths if the law is suspended.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:37:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Pittsburgh RB Conner tops list of notable player comebacks]]> http://gazette.com/pittsburgh-rb-conner-tops-list-of-notable-player-comebacks/article/feed/390249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pittsburgh-rb-conner-tops-list-of-notable-player-comebacks/article/feed/390249?custom_click=rss

The most stirring comeback of the college football season already has taken place.

Less than a year after his cancer diagnosis, Pittsburgh running back and 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year James Conner rejoined his teammates for training camp.

Conner's remarkable story is one of several examples of high-profile college football players returning to action after missing much of the 2015 season. Here's a look of some notable players returning from injury this season:


After rushing for 1,547 yards as a freshman in 2014, Chubb was on a similar pace last season until he tore the posterior cruciate ligament as well as two other ligaments in his left knee Oct. 10 at Tennes

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:25:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Dozens treated as heroin overdose spikes hit several states]]> http://gazette.com/dozens-treated-as-heroin-overdose-spikes-hit-several-states/article/feed/390497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dozens-treated-as-heroin-overdose-spikes-hit-several-states/article/feed/390497?custom_click=rss CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a surge in heroin overdoses in several states (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Officials in several states are scrambling to deal with a series of heroin overdose outbreaks affecting dozens of people and involving at least six deaths.

The spikes in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia over the past few days have seen rescue workers rushing from scene to scene to provide overdose antidote drugs.

It's unclear if one dealer or batch is responsible for the multistate outbreak. But the spikes reflect the potency of heroin now flooding the Midwest.

Police in Cincinnati on Friday asked for the public's help in identifying the source of the heroin behind an estimated 78 overdoses i

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:24:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Dempsey to miss Sounders game due to irregular heartbeat]]> http://gazette.com/dempsey-to-miss-sounders-game-due-to-irregular-heartbeat/article/feed/390474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dempsey-to-miss-sounders-game-due-to-irregular-heartbeat/article/feed/390474?custom_click=rss TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Sounders and U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey will miss Sunday's MLS match against Portland as he undergoes evaluations for an irregular heartbeat.

The Sounders announced Dempsey's status Friday, two days before their Cascadia showdown against the Timbers. He will miss at least Sunday's game but his status beyond that is still to be determined.

Dempsey played 90 minutes and scored two goals in Seattle's 3-1 win over Portland last Sunday. He did not make the trip to Houston for the Sounders' midweek game, remaining in Seattle, although the team said that decision was made separately from the irregular heartbeat issue.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:16:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Oldest orangutan at Miami zoo dies after emergency procedure]]> http://gazette.com/oldest-orangutan-at-miami-zoo-dies-after-emergency-procedure/article/feed/390498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oldest-orangutan-at-miami-zoo-dies-after-emergency-procedure/article/feed/390498?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — The oldest orangutan at the Miami zoo has died after an emergency surgical procedure.

Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill said in a press release that 31-year-old Bonnie had been pregnant for several months and was scheduled for a full exam on Monday. She started experiencing elevated distress Thursday and needed an emergency surgical procedure to remove a non-viable fetus.

Magill says the surgery was successful but Bonnie was unable to survive the procedure.

Bonnie was born at the Audubon Zoo in Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1985, and arrived at Zoo Miami on May 8, 2009. She's survived by her mate, Mango.

Critically-endangered orangutans can top 200 pounds with an arm span close to eight feet and are the larges

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:05:13 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers]]> http://gazette.com/fda-expands-zika-screening-to-all-us-blood-centers/article/feed/390356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-expands-zika-screening-to-all-us-blood-centers/article/feed/390356?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.

Previously, blood testing was mostly limited to parts of Florida and Puerto Rico, where Zika is spreading. Screening will initially extend to states along the Gulf Coast and a few others.

"There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission," Dr. Peter Marks said in a Food and Drug Administration release. "At this time, the recommendation for testing the entire blood supply will help ensure that safe blood is available for all individuals who might need transfusion.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:41:39 -0600 <![CDATA[When workers don't get paid sick days, everyone else is more likely to get sick]]> http://gazette.com/when-workers-dont-get-paid-sick-days-everyone-else-is-more-likely-to-get-sick/article/1583762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/when-workers-dont-get-paid-sick-days-everyone-else-is-more-likely-to-get-sick/article/1583762?custom_click=rss

Maybe you prepare food for a living. Maybe you feel awfully nauseous. Maybe you clock in, anyway - rent is due in two weeks.

Working Americans often power through illness, advocates say, because the United States doesn't guarantee paid sick leave. Four in 10 private sector employees can't take a day off without losing income, according to government data.

Research from the Swiss Economic Institute's Stefan Pichler and Cornell University's Nicolas Ziebarth, published this week, explores what happens when paid sick leave becomes a right. They looked at data from Google Flu Trends and the Centers for Disease Control from 2003 to 2015 and found that, after U.S.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:59:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Fake Colorado doctor charged with sexual assault, criminal impersonation]]> http://gazette.com/fake-colorado-doctor-charged-with-sexual-assault-criminal-impersonation/article/1583495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fake-colorado-doctor-charged-with-sexual-assault-criminal-impersonation/article/1583495?custom_click=rss

A 36-year-old Denver surgical tech who posed as a doctor and ran his own clinic has been arrested on charges of criminal impersonation, unauthorized practice of medicine, sexual assault and child abuse.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s Office has charged Carlos Hernandez Fernandez with 10 felonies and three misdemeanors, according to a news release by Lynn Kimbrough, Morrissey’s spokeswoman.

Fernandez worked out of the Hernandez Fernandez Clinic at 424 S. Federal Blvd. at least since January of 2015.

Read more at denverpost.com.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:51:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Lawmakers demand information on EpiPen price increase]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-demand-information-on-epipen-price-increase/article/1583502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-demand-information-on-epipen-price-increase/article/1583502?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.

EpiPens are used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and the price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost less than $60 nine years ago. The cost is now closer to $400.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote Mylan, the company that manufactures the devices, and asked for more information on why the prices have increased. He cited the cost to parents whose children need them and also to schools that keep the EpiPens on hand. He noted the costs can also be passed on to taxpayers when children are covered by Medicaid or other government programs.

Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:07:48 -0600
<![CDATA[21 Coloradans have been infected with Zika this year, county health official says]]> http://gazette.com/21-coloradans-have-been-infected-with-zika-this-year-county-health-official-says/article/1583453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/21-coloradans-have-been-infected-with-zika-this-year-county-health-official-says/article/1583453?custom_click=rss

So far this year, 21 Coloradans have been infected with the Zika virus, although none contracted the virus while in the state, a county health official announced Monday.

Four of those Zika cases have occurred in Weld County, according to a news release from that county’s health department. All of the cases involved people who traveled outside of Colorado to areas where Zika is active, according to the news release..

A spokesman for the state Health Department could not immediately be reached to verify the figure. State health officials previously confirmed two cases of the virus in Colorado.

Weld County also has had seven cases of West Nile virus.

“The public health message is to avoid

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:11:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 23, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-23-2016/article/1583464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-23-2016/article/1583464?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Combat Stress and the Prevention of Suicide in the Military Lecture - 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9, UCCS University Center, Room, 116, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free; 598-5367, uccs.edu/curiosity.

Komen Colorado South Race for the Cure - 6 a.m. Sept. 11, Garden of the Gods

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Woman treated by Vail doctor for multiple sclerosis for 5 years didn’t have the disease, lawsuit says]]> http://gazette.com/woman-treated-by-vail-doctor-for-multiple-sclerosis-for-5-years-didnt-have-the-disease-lawsuit-says/article/1583407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-treated-by-vail-doctor-for-multiple-sclerosis-for-5-years-didnt-have-the-disease-lawsuit-says/article/1583407?custom_click=rss A woman has filed a federal negligence lawsuit against her former Vail doctor claiming his mistaken multiple sclerosis diagnosis of her led to debilitating side effects including full-body pain, depression, insomnia and unnecessary costs.

Mercedes Aragon is seeking compensatory damages exceeding $75,000 against Dr. Gary M. Weiss of Vail in Denver U.S. District Court, according to the lawsuit filed Friday by her Denver attorneys, James Puga and Alex Wilschke.

The lawsuit says that Weiss, who currently lives in Florida, operated Weiss Medical Associates at 3971 Bighorn Rd. between Dec. 7, 2000 and 2013, as a specialist in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:28:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Tanning industry blames 10,000 salon closings on ‘Obamacare’]]> http://gazette.com/tanning-industry-blames-10000-salon-closings-on-obamacare/article/1583267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tanning-industry-blames-10000-salon-closings-on-obamacare/article/1583267?custom_click=rss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The tanning salon industry is feeling burned by “Obamacare.”

Business owners around the country say the little-noticed 10 percent tax on tanning in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has crippled the industry, forcing the closing of nearly 10,000 of the more than 18,000 tanning salons in the U.S.

Experts say the industry is overstating the effects of the “tan tax” and that it has been hurt by other factors, too, including public health warnings about the dangers of tanning and the passage of laws in dozens of states restricting the use of tanning salons by minors.

Nevertheless, some salon owners say the health care overhaul will be on their minds

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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:48:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Rabbit found with tularemia in Pueblo County]]> http://gazette.com/rabbit-found-with-tularemia-in-pueblo-county/article/1583240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rabbit-found-with-tularemia-in-pueblo-county/article/1583240?custom_click=rss

A rabbit has tested positive in Pueblo County for a naturally occurring disease called tularemia, confirming public health officials' suspicions that the bacterial disease is present throughout the region south of U.S. Highway 50, officials said Friday.

The infected rabbits have not had contact with people, according to a press release from the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

While no human cases have been confirmed in Pueblo this year, other parts of the state have seen tularemia cases in people who have been exposed to contaminated soil, drank infected water or inhaled bacteria, according to the release.

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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:07:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Marijuana researchers cautiously optimistic about future of drug despite DEA refusal to reclassify]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-researchers-cautiously-optimistic-about-future-of-drug-despite-dea-refusal-to-reclassify/article/1583241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-researchers-cautiously-optimistic-about-future-of-drug-despite-dea-refusal-to-reclassify/article/1583241?custom_click=rss

The Drug Enforcement Administration seemingly squashed medical marijuana last week when it refused to reclassify the drug, mainly citing a lack of research supporting its benefits.

The news was salt in a wound to researchers in Colorado who have been striving to do such studies but feel thwarted by the entities that say no good research exists.

It's a Catch-22, renowned marijuana researcher Sue Sisley said.

The Food and Drug Administration requires researchers to order medical marijuana from the federal government and test patients in a controlled environment. Until last week, that marijuana was nearly impossible to get.

Researchers were forced to do observational trials with patients who bought and used various

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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:37:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspensions re-instated for Colorado doctors who recommended high medical marijuana plant counts]]> http://gazette.com/suspensions-re-instated-for-colorado-doctors-who-recommended-high-medical-marijuana-plant-counts/article/1583189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspensions-re-instated-for-colorado-doctors-who-recommended-high-medical-marijuana-plant-counts/article/1583189?custom_click=rss Four Colorado doctors accused of over-recommending high plant counts for medical marijuana patients have had their suspensions re-instated, after a judge reversed course and tossed out their lawsuit.

The decision means the doctors will go through with administrative hearings in the hopes of having their suspensions lifted. An attorney for the doctors says an appeal of the lawsuit’s dismissal is also likely.

The four doctors — Gentry Dunlop, Robert Maiocco, Deborah Parr and William Stone — were suspended last month. The Colorado Medical Board said they made medical marijuana recommendations to more than 1,500 patients with authorizations for those patients to grow at least 75 plants each.


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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:45:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Human contracts West Nile virus in Pueblo County]]> http://gazette.com/human-contracts-west-nile-virus-in-pueblo-county/article/1583133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/human-contracts-west-nile-virus-in-pueblo-county/article/1583133?custom_click=rss

Pueblo has joined this season's list of counties where a human has contracted West Nile virus.

Lab tests confirmed the resident was infected, officials from the Pueblo City-County Health Department announced Thursday.

A mosquito pool in the region has also tested positive for the virus, the department stated.

"Pueblo experienced an increased amount of mosquitoes due to the increased rainfall and high water levels on the rivers," Jody Carrillo, division director disease prevention and emergency preparedness at the department, said in a statement. "It is important to take the necessary precautions."

Officials have confirmed 17 cases of West Nile virus in 11 Colorado counties this year, the health department said.

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:40:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado still seeking marijuana users to fill out first-ever health survey]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-still-seeking-marijuana-users-to-fill-out-first-ever-health-survey/article/1583131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-still-seeking-marijuana-users-to-fill-out-first-ever-health-survey/article/1583131?custom_click=rss

A first-of-its-kind survey designed to gauge the habits of marijuana users has garnered hundreds of responses since it launched last month, bringing state officials halfway to their feedback goal.

More than 700 Coloradans have taken the Cannabis Users Survey on Health, also known by the acronym "CUSH" after a popular slang word for marijuana, since it launched July 20. Officials from the state Department of Public Health and Environment are hoping at least 1,500 marijuana users will take the survey, which is open until Oct. 31.

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:22:47 -0600
<![CDATA[CVS becomes latest Colorado pharmacy to offer opioid antidote without prescription]]> http://gazette.com/cvs-becomes-latest-colorado-pharmacy-to-offer-opioid-antidote-without-prescription/article/1583031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cvs-becomes-latest-colorado-pharmacy-to-offer-opioid-antidote-without-prescription/article/1583031?custom_click=rss

A growing number of pharmacies in Colorado are offering the opioid-antidote naloxone without a prescription amid an epidemic of heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses.

CVS Health on Wednesday became the latest pharmacy to make the drug available that way - expanding access at nearly 40 locations across the state, the company announced. The move includes its three locations in Colorado Springs.

Across the nation, fatal opioid overdoses - from heroin and powerful painkillers such as oxycodone and fentanyl - have skyrocketed in recent years. The drugs suppress the respiratory system, causing people to stop breathing during an overdose.

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:26:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: Everything shifts in yoga, life in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-everything-shifts-in-yoga-life-in-colorado-springs/article/1582883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-everything-shifts-in-yoga-life-in-colorado-springs/article/1582883?custom_click=rss

A little more than a year ago, the cacophony of my neighborhood was driving me batty.

There were the four dogs next door, including a dachshund who made it his mission to acknowledge anything that moved - humans, cars, wind. Then there was the neighbor across the street who enjoyed a healthy dose of bass with his car stereo. You could hear him coming from blocks away. His roommates owned Harley-Davidson motorcycles that sat and collected dust during the day but came to rip-roaring life every night, usually leaving around 10 p.m. and returning around 2 a.m.

For somebody who is a great lover of quiet nights filled with the sound of chirping crickets, the noise pollution was a huge, stressful downer. I dreaded going home, and

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:38:54 -0600
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"By adopting a certain physical posture, a resonant chord is struck in spirit." - Bruce Lee

"Stand up straight!" - Your mom

Sloucher, unfurl thyself.

No, really. Feel the difference?

If so, you're likely among a population that rehabilitation specialists say is poised on the brink of a modern epidemic. "Don't slump!" is no longer an eye-roll-inducing parental missive but a rally cry - and warning - from those who deal with the musculoskeletal repercussions of bad posture daily.

"I primarily work with baby boomers and beyond, but it's not just an aging issue now.

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