<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sat, 23 May 2015 06:02:55 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets]]> By FRANK JORDANS http://gazette.com/german-woman-65-gives-birth-to-quadruplets/article/feed/236513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/german-woman-65-gives-birth-to-quadruplets/article/feed/236513?custom_click=rss BERLIN (AP) — A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday.

Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl — Neeta — and three boys — Dries, Bence and Fjonn — by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday, RTL said. The newborns weighed between 655 grams (1 lb., 7 ounces) and 960 grams (2 lbs., 2 ounces) each.

A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications couldn't yet be ruled out, because they were born in the 26th week of pregnancy. Their mother was doing well, the spokeswoman said.

"Ms. Raunigk basically has no medical risk

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]]> BERLIN (AP) — A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday.

Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl — Neeta — and three boys — Dries, Bence and Fjonn — by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday, RTL said. The newborns weighed between 655 grams (1 lb., 7 ounces) and 960 grams (2 lbs., 2 ounces) each.

A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications couldn't yet be ruled out, because they were born in the 26th week of pregnancy. Their mother was doing well, the spokeswoman said.

"Ms. Raunigk basically has no medical risk]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 06:16:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list]]> By ED WHITE http://gazette.com/hearing-set-on-adding-autism-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/236172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hearing-set-on-adding-autism-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/236172?custom_click=rss VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state is taking public comment on a request to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

A hearing is planned for Wednesday in Lansing. The petition was filed by Lisa Smith of Wayne County's Van Buren Township whose 6-year-old son takes oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.

Noah is registered to use marijuana to control epileptic seizures. The effect on his autism was an unexpected benefit. Smith says kicks, punches and other severe acts have stopped.

Smith wants other families to get the same result. That's why she wants autism added to the medical marijuana list.

Dr. Harry Chugani (Shu-GAW'-nee) of Children's Hospital of Michigan says it

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]]> VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state is taking public comment on a request to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

A hearing is planned for Wednesday in Lansing. The petition was filed by Lisa Smith of Wayne County's Van Buren Township whose 6-year-old son takes oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.

Noah is registered to use marijuana to control epileptic seizures. The effect on his autism was an unexpected benefit. Smith says kicks, punches and other severe acts have stopped.

Smith wants other families to get the same result. That's why she wants autism added to the medical marijuana list.

Dr. Harry Chugani (Shu-GAW'-nee) of Children's Hospital of Michigan says it]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 05:01:30 -0600 <![CDATA[North Dakota health officials warn about hantavirus]]> http://gazette.com/north-dakota-health-officials-warn-about-hantavirus/article/feed/236493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-dakota-health-officials-warn-about-hantavirus/article/feed/236493?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Spring cleaning season is here and the North Dakota Health Department says people should be aware of the risk of being infected by hantavirus.

Health officials are warning residents to be aware of the presence of rodents when cleaning up houses, barns, outbuildings and other places that have been closed off for long periods of time.

People can catch hantavirus by being exposed to the droppings of infected rodents or by a bite.

Hantavirus has killed seven people and infected six others in North Dakota since 1993.

When cleaning areas where rodents may nest, officials recommend using rubber or plastic gloves and spraying or soaking the area with a mixture of bleach and water to reduce dust and

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]]> BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Spring cleaning season is here and the North Dakota Health Department says people should be aware of the risk of being infected by hantavirus.

Health officials are warning residents to be aware of the presence of rodents when cleaning up houses, barns, outbuildings and other places that have been closed off for long periods of time.

People can catch hantavirus by being exposed to the droppings of infected rodents or by a bite.

Hantavirus has killed seven people and infected six others in North Dakota since 1993.

When cleaning areas where rodents may nest, officials recommend using rubber or plastic gloves and spraying or soaking the area with a mixture of bleach and water to reduce dust and]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 02:16:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Animal protection group: suspected dog flu in Massachusetts]]> http://gazette.com/animal-protection-group-suspected-dog-flu-in-massachusetts/article/feed/236431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/animal-protection-group-suspected-dog-flu-in-massachusetts/article/feed/236431?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based animal protection group says it's preparing for a possible influx of canine influenza after a terrier in Massachusetts came down with symptoms resembling those of a dog flu strain that has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest.

Officials at the Angell Animal Medical Center announced Friday that they suspect a 5-year-old female terrier from Watertown that was brought to the center's Waltham location May 3 had the virulent flu strain, which doesn't affect humans. They're awaiting test results for confirmation. The center is run by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The terrier is recovering at home.

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based animal protection group says it's preparing for a possible influx of canine influenza after a terrier in Massachusetts came down with symptoms resembling those of a dog flu strain that has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest.

Officials at the Angell Animal Medical Center announced Friday that they suspect a 5-year-old female terrier from Watertown that was brought to the center's Waltham location May 3 had the virulent flu strain, which doesn't affect humans. They're awaiting test results for confirmation. The center is run by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The terrier is recovering at home.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 19:31:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-officials-bacterial-infections-sickened-children/article/feed/236424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-officials-bacterial-infections-sickened-children/article/feed/236424?custom_click=rss MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas.

The Mexican Institute for Social Security said Friday that investigators identified Staphylococcus hominis. It said early suspicions that the illnesses stemmed from a contaminated Hepatitis B vaccine were incorrect.

Investigators found the bacterial contamination occurred when the vaccine was given to the children in the Indian village of La Pimienta in the township of Simojovel. There were no other adverse reactions in any of the more than 100,000 doses of the same vaccine given in other

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]]> MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas.

The Mexican Institute for Social Security said Friday that investigators identified Staphylococcus hominis. It said early suspicions that the illnesses stemmed from a contaminated Hepatitis B vaccine were incorrect.

Investigators found the bacterial contamination occurred when the vaccine was given to the children in the Indian village of La Pimienta in the township of Simojovel. There were no other adverse reactions in any of the more than 100,000 doses of the same vaccine given in other]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 19:03:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Man burned in blast making hash oil sues butane businesses]]> By TIM FOUGHT http://gazette.com/man-burned-in-blast-making-hash-oil-sues-butane-businesses/article/feed/236425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-burned-in-blast-making-hash-oil-sues-butane-businesses/article/feed/236425?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon medical marijuana patient who was badly burned in an explosion while he was legally using butane as a solvent to make hash oil is suing the makers and sellers of the fuel.

Kevin Tveisme, 28, of Portland, was injured in 2013 when his furnace clicked on, igniting butane vapor. The explosion destroyed his garage and injured a friend, Joseph Westom, who died 18 days later.

Treating marijuana with butane as a solvent extracts the potent hash oil at a low cost, but butane vapor is volatile. Explosions have become more common with the spread of legal medical and recreational marijuana.

As a medical marijuana cardholder, Tveisme was allowed to make hash oil under Oregon law, the lawsuit says.

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]]> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon medical marijuana patient who was badly burned in an explosion while he was legally using butane as a solvent to make hash oil is suing the makers and sellers of the fuel.

Kevin Tveisme, 28, of Portland, was injured in 2013 when his furnace clicked on, igniting butane vapor. The explosion destroyed his garage and injured a friend, Joseph Westom, who died 18 days later.

Treating marijuana with butane as a solvent extracts the potent hash oil at a low cost, but butane vapor is volatile. Explosions have become more common with the spread of legal medical and recreational marijuana.

As a medical marijuana cardholder, Tveisme was allowed to make hash oil under Oregon law, the lawsuit says.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 19:01:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Alzheimer's patient won't be charged in killing]]> http://gazette.com/alzheimers-patient-wont-be-charged-in-killing/article/1552393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alzheimers-patient-wont-be-charged-in-killing/article/1552393?custom_click=rss GOLDEN — Prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in Lakewood.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said Friday the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo had deemed Homer Castor incompetent. Prosecutor Scott Storey says Castor will likely spend the rest of his life in the institute.

Police say Castor beat 76-year-old Gerald Propp to death on Feb. 21 in the room they shared at Atria Applewood.

Staff at the facility said Castor's mental illness made him difficult to understand and at times aggressive. An earlier encounter between the roommates left Propp, a fellow dementia



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GOLDEN — Prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in Lakewood.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said Friday the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo had deemed Homer Castor incompetent. Prosecutor Scott Storey says Castor will likely spend the rest of his life in the institute.

Police say Castor beat 76-year-old Gerald Propp to death on Feb. 21 in the room they shared at Atria Applewood.

Staff at the facility said Castor's mental illness made him difficult to understand and at times aggressive. An earlier encounter between the roommates left Propp, a fellow dementia

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<![CDATA[VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital]]> http://gazette.com/va-must-find-millions-to-finish-troubled-denver-hospital/article/1552392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-must-find-millions-to-finish-troubled-denver-hospital/article/1552392?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.

But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington.

The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project's spending cap by $100 million, enough to continue work for three weeks. The House approved the measure Thursday.

Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department still must find up to $830 million to finish the vastly over-budget hospital without taking services away from veterans elsewhere and possibly scale back the project.

"Much hard work remains to be done," Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said



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DENVER — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.

But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington.

The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project's spending cap by $100 million, enough to continue work for three weeks. The House approved the measure Thursday.

Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department still must find up to $830 million to finish the vastly over-budget hospital without taking services away from veterans elsewhere and possibly scale back the project.

"Much hard work remains to be done," Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said

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<![CDATA[Some of the major bills approved by Oklahoma Legislature]]> By SEAN MURPHY http://gazette.com/some-of-the-major-bills-approved-by-oklahoma-legislature/article/feed/236331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-of-the-major-bills-approved-by-oklahoma-legislature/article/feed/236331?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up the 2015 legislative session on Friday, one week before its constitutionally mandated deadline, by passing dozens of last-minute measures. Among them are several related to the $7.1 billion state budget.

Other major bills have already been signed by Gov. Mary Fallin since the legislative session began in February. Following is a look at some of those new laws:

ANTI-ABORTION MEASURES: Fallin signed two bills that were pushed by anti-abortion activists, including one that will ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

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]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up the 2015 legislative session on Friday, one week before its constitutionally mandated deadline, by passing dozens of last-minute measures. Among them are several related to the $7.1 billion state budget.

Other major bills have already been signed by Gov. Mary Fallin since the legislative session began in February. Following is a look at some of those new laws:

ANTI-ABORTION MEASURES: Fallin signed two bills that were pushed by anti-abortion activists, including one that will ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:47:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Effort to expand police mental health coverage progresses]]> By SUSAN HAIGH http://gazette.com/effort-to-expand-police-mental-health-coverage-progresses/article/feed/236370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/effort-to-expand-police-mental-health-coverage-progresses/article/feed/236370?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A long-running effort to extend workers' compensation benefits to police officers who receive mental health injuries on the job cleared a key hurdle Friday after years of defeat in the General Assembly.

While the bill passed the Senate 25-11, some lawmakers predicted it faces trouble in the House of Representatives because it now encompasses a second bill. That proposal would extend workers' compensation coverage to certain firefighters who acquire various forms of cancer.

Under the bill, such cancers are presumed to have developed while in the line of duty, after a firefighter inhaled or absorbed noxious fumes or poisonous gases.

Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, voted against the legislation.

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A long-running effort to extend workers' compensation benefits to police officers who receive mental health injuries on the job cleared a key hurdle Friday after years of defeat in the General Assembly.

While the bill passed the Senate 25-11, some lawmakers predicted it faces trouble in the House of Representatives because it now encompasses a second bill. That proposal would extend workers' compensation coverage to certain firefighters who acquire various forms of cancer.

Under the bill, such cancers are presumed to have developed while in the line of duty, after a firefighter inhaled or absorbed noxious fumes or poisonous gases.

Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, voted against the legislation.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:47:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care]]> By MATTHEW DALY http://gazette.com/senate-tweaks-veterans-health-law-to-boost-specialized-care/article/feed/236397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-tweaks-veterans-health-law-to-boost-specialized-care/article/feed/236397?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.

The measure relaxes a rule that makes getting specialized care from local doctors difficult for some veterans, especially those in rural areas. Senators approved the bill by voice vote as they rushed to wrap up legislative work before a weeklong Memorial Day recess.

The Senate bill would open up private care to veterans who live within 40 miles of a medical facility run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so long as the VA site does not offer the care required.

Senators said the measure was needed because some veterans were unable to get federally paid medical care from private doc

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.

The measure relaxes a rule that makes getting specialized care from local doctors difficult for some veterans, especially those in rural areas. Senators approved the bill by voice vote as they rushed to wrap up legislative work before a weeklong Memorial Day recess.

The Senate bill would open up private care to veterans who live within 40 miles of a medical facility run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so long as the VA site does not offer the care required.

Senators said the measure was needed because some veterans were unable to get federally paid medical care from private doc]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:32:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Dentist accused of running 'house of horrors' agrees to quit]]> By JASON DEAREN http://gazette.com/dentist-accused-of-running-house-of-horrors-agrees-to-quit/article/feed/236321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dentist-accused-of-running-house-of-horrors-agrees-to-quit/article/feed/236321?custom_click=rss

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida children's dentist accused of running a "house of horrors" that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing dentistry.

Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville faces multiple lawsuits and his office has been picketed in recent weeks by parents carrying signs as a growing number of ex-patients complain about his practices.

In addition, Florida officials launched an investigation and attorneys said the state was working on an emergency order to shut him down.

The Florida Department of Health said Schneider voluntarily relinquished his license to practice in the state.

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]]> ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida children's dentist accused of running a "house of horrors" that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing dentistry.

Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville faces multiple lawsuits and his office has been picketed in recent weeks by parents carrying signs as a growing number of ex-patients complain about his practices.

In addition, Florida officials launched an investigation and attorneys said the state was working on an emergency order to shut him down.

The Florida Department of Health said Schneider voluntarily relinquished his license to practice in the state.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:16:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Plague in Idaho ground squirrels prompts health warning]]> By KEITH RIDLER http://gazette.com/plague-in-idaho-ground-squirrels-prompts-health-warning/article/feed/236348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plague-in-idaho-ground-squirrels-prompts-health-warning/article/feed/236348?custom_click=rss BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ground squirrels south of Boise have tested positive for plague, and humans and pets should avoid the area, Idaho health officials say.

The bacterial disease can be spread by the bites of fleas or by direct contact with infected animals, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said in a statement Friday.

"We would probably advise people not to go out in that area," said Tom Shanahan, spokesman for the agency. "If you go out there, you need to take precautions."

Officials said that includes insect repellent and staying away from dead animals. Pets should be protected with flea-repellent products and not be allowed to roam free, which increases the chances of a pet rolling on a dead ground squirre

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]]> BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ground squirrels south of Boise have tested positive for plague, and humans and pets should avoid the area, Idaho health officials say.

The bacterial disease can be spread by the bites of fleas or by direct contact with infected animals, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said in a statement Friday.

"We would probably advise people not to go out in that area," said Tom Shanahan, spokesman for the agency. "If you go out there, you need to take precautions."

Officials said that includes insect repellent and staying away from dead animals. Pets should be protected with flea-repellent products and not be allowed to roam free, which increases the chances of a pet rolling on a dead ground squirre]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:32:06 -0600 <![CDATA[After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son's circumcision]]> By MATT SEDENSKY http://gazette.com/after-week-in-jail-florida-mom-agrees-to-sons-circumcision/article/feed/236146?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-week-in-jail-florida-mom-agrees-to-sons-circumcision/article/feed/236146?custom_click=rss

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's yearslong battle with her child's father over the boy's circumcision ended Friday after she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail.

In a remarkable turnaround after a week behind bars for contempt and an initial hearing in which she was ordered to remain jailed, court reconvened and a sobbing Heather Hironimus signed paperwork giving approval for the 4-year-old boy's surgery, recoiling in tears and clasping her shackled hands after it was done. The shift, though under duress, threatened the hero status given to Hironimus by a bubbling movement of anti-circumcision advocates who have followed the case's every turn.

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]]> DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's yearslong battle with her child's father over the boy's circumcision ended Friday after she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail.

In a remarkable turnaround after a week behind bars for contempt and an initial hearing in which she was ordered to remain jailed, court reconvened and a sobbing Heather Hironimus signed paperwork giving approval for the 4-year-old boy's surgery, recoiling in tears and clasping her shackled hands after it was done. The shift, though under duress, threatened the hero status given to Hironimus by a bubbling movement of anti-circumcision advocates who have followed the case's every turn.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:32:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Attorney general studying possible medical marijuana plan]]> By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS http://gazette.com/attorney-general-studying-possible-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/236364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorney-general-studying-possible-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/236364?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday he's studying the plausibility of a tightly crafted medical marijuana proposal, as much broader initiatives head toward Ohio voters.

With the state debating whether to legalize marijuana, it's logical to explore what the alternatives are, said DeWine, a Republican who opposes making recreational marijuana legal.

As long as assurances against abuse are in place, "I know there's a lot of people who might be for medical marijuana," DeWine said.

DeWine said it's worth studying what is happening in other states when it comes to medical marijuana, something he's ordered his office to explore.

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With the state debating whether to legalize marijuana, it's logical to explore what the alternatives are, said DeWine, a Republican who opposes making recreational marijuana legal.

As long as assurances against abuse are in place, "I know there's a lot of people who might be for medical marijuana," DeWine said.

DeWine said it's worth studying what is happening in other states when it comes to medical marijuana, something he's ordered his office to explore.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:02:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Iowa reports new bird flu turkey case in Pocahontas County]]> http://gazette.com/iowa-reports-new-bird-flu-turkey-case-in-pocahontas-county/article/feed/236386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iowa-reports-new-bird-flu-turkey-case-in-pocahontas-county/article/feed/236386?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say an additional turkey farm in Pocahontas County has tested positive for bird flu. If confirmed, the case will be the third in that county. The case brings the Iowa total to 64 farms with bird flu.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture estimates 21,000 turkeys on the farm. Iowa has just over 1 million turkeys already killed or to be euthanized as a result of the virus.

Iowa will lose more than 25 million birds, mostly chickens, as a result of the disease which first surfaced just over a month ago.

The spread of the disease seems to be slowing with fewer new cases reported daily. Minnesota reported no new cases Friday, the seventh day with no new cases reported.

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]]> DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say an additional turkey farm in Pocahontas County has tested positive for bird flu. If confirmed, the case will be the third in that county. The case brings the Iowa total to 64 farms with bird flu.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture estimates 21,000 turkeys on the farm. Iowa has just over 1 million turkeys already killed or to be euthanized as a result of the virus.

Iowa will lose more than 25 million birds, mostly chickens, as a result of the disease which first surfaced just over a month ago.

The spread of the disease seems to be slowing with fewer new cases reported daily. Minnesota reported no new cases Friday, the seventh day with no new cases reported.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:02:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Indy 500 broadcast to introduce real-time telemetry to fans]]> http://gazette.com/indy-500-broadcast-to-introduce-real-time-telemetry-to-fans/article/feed/236373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indy-500-broadcast-to-introduce-real-time-telemetry-to-fans/article/feed/236373?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — During the broadcast of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, fans watching on television will be able to see just how much physical strain is put on a driver's body during the race.

ABC has outfitted James Jakes and Sage Karam with sensors near the base of their hearts that will report real-time telemetry, including heart rate, respiration and calorie burn rate, as their cars careen around the speedway at more than 220 mph.

The system was developed by Dr. Terry Lyles, an expert in human performance, stress management and life coaching who works with top teams in IndyCar, NASCAR and sports cars.

ESPN analyst Jerry Punch said the idea is to show how the stress on a driver changes as the race evolves, particula

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]]> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — During the broadcast of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, fans watching on television will be able to see just how much physical strain is put on a driver's body during the race.

ABC has outfitted James Jakes and Sage Karam with sensors near the base of their hearts that will report real-time telemetry, including heart rate, respiration and calorie burn rate, as their cars careen around the speedway at more than 220 mph.

The system was developed by Dr. Terry Lyles, an expert in human performance, stress management and life coaching who works with top teams in IndyCar, NASCAR and sports cars.

ESPN analyst Jerry Punch said the idea is to show how the stress on a driver changes as the race evolves, particula]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:17:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Penrose-St. Francis treatments help prevent future strokes]]> http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-treatments-help-prevent-future-strokes/article/1552374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-treatments-help-prevent-future-strokes/article/1552374?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: At age 69, Restituta Kilmer had her first stroke; at age 72, she had her second – and what should be her last, thanks to the quick action of the stroke management team at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Penrose-St. Francis provides 24/7 advanced stroke treatment and was named a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, the region’s leading healthcare network.

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<![CDATA[Stent saves local man’s last functioning carotid artery]]> http://gazette.com/stent-saves-local-mans-last-functioning-carotid-artery/article/1552363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stent-saves-local-mans-last-functioning-carotid-artery/article/1552363?custom_click=rss

Sponsored feature: On a typical day last fall, 76-year-old Joe Johann tilted his head back in front of the bathroom mirror and reached up to put a couple of eye drops in each eye. “As soon as I put my arms down I started getting dizzy,” he said. “I realized later, when my arm was raised, it was stressing out my artery and cutting off the blood flow.”

In 2001, Johann had his first stroke and doctors warned him that the carotid artery in the left side of his neck was completely blocked, leaving it up to his right artery to get blood to his brain. “We were told there wasn’t really anything we could do for it, that as long as the right side was open, it would be OK,” said Joe’s wife, Carol Johann. But after his dizzy spell, Joe



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Sponsored feature: On a typical day last fall, 76-year-old Joe Johann tilted his head back in front of the bathroom mirror and reached up to put a couple of eye drops in each eye. “As soon as I put my arms down I started getting dizzy,” he said. “I realized later, when my arm was raised, it was stressing out my artery and cutting off the blood flow.”

In 2001, Johann had his first stroke and doctors warned him that the carotid artery in the left side of his neck was completely blocked, leaving it up to his right artery to get blood to his brain. “We were told there wasn’t really anything we could do for it, that as long as the right side was open, it would be OK,” said Joe’s wife, Carol Johann. But after his dizzy spell, Joe

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Fri, 22 May 2015 10:42:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs blood center in need of donors]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-blood-center-in-need-of-donors/article/1552318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-blood-center-in-need-of-donors/article/1552318?custom_click=rss

A nonprofit that supplies blood to more than 100 hospitals across Colorado is seeking donations due to a blood shortage.

Bonfils Blood Center is asking people of all blood types - especially people with type O-negative - to give blood ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. A good supply of type O-negative blood is critical because it's the only type of blood that is universally transferable.

Several patients in Colorado have needed large amounts of blood lately, depleting supplies, said Liz Lambert, a Bonfils spokeswoman. Additionally, the nonprofit typically sees a drop in donations during holiday weekends.

"We like to keep enough on hand so that we're ready or any unexpected events as well," Lambert said.

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Bonfils Blood Center is asking people of all blood types - especially people with type O-negative - to give blood ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. A good supply of type O-negative blood is critical because it's the only type of blood that is universally transferable.

Several patients in Colorado have needed large amounts of blood lately, depleting supplies, said Liz Lambert, a Bonfils spokeswoman. Additionally, the nonprofit typically sees a drop in donations during holiday weekends.

"We like to keep enough on hand so that we're ready or any unexpected events as well," Lambert said.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:10:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Congress reaches construction deal on Aurora VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/congress-reaches-construction-deal-on-aurora-va-hospital/article/1552305?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-reaches-construction-deal-on-aurora-va-hospital/article/1552305?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver.

The Veterans Affairs Department was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its construction budget. It warned that construction would stop unless Congress acted by Sunday to lift a spending cap.

House Speaker John Boehner at first refused, arguing the VA needed to come up with a longer-term plan and make far-reaching internal changes in its culture.

He relented Thursday, agreeing to a short-term deal that will keep construction moving for three weeks while a long-term deal is negotiated.



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DENVER — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver.

The Veterans Affairs Department was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its construction budget. It warned that construction would stop unless Congress acted by Sunday to lift a spending cap.

House Speaker John Boehner at first refused, arguing the VA needed to come up with a longer-term plan and make far-reaching internal changes in its culture.

He relented Thursday, agreeing to a short-term deal that will keep construction moving for three weeks while a long-term deal is negotiated.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:56:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says]]> http://gazette.com/recent-youth-suicides-a-terrifying-situation-that-must-be-addressed-el-paso-county-official-says/article/1552272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-youth-suicides-a-terrifying-situation-that-must-be-addressed-el-paso-county-official-says/article/1552272?custom_click=rss

In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks.

"It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention before it happens," Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy chief medical examiner for the coroner's office, said Wednesday.

Both teens died from hanging themselves, he said, and both deaths have been deemed suicides, based on investigations.

Rumors that the choking game was involved in the cases are untrue, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said.



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In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks.

"It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention before it happens," Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy chief medical examiner for the coroner's office, said Wednesday.

Both teens died from hanging themselves, he said, and both deaths have been deemed suicides, based on investigations.

Rumors that the choking game was involved in the cases are untrue, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 07:24:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Plan announced to streamline pediatric services at Memorial Hospital in wake of investigation]]> http://gazette.com/plan-announced-to-streamline-pediatric-services-at-memorial-hospital-in-wake-of-investigation/article/1552241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plan-announced-to-streamline-pediatric-services-at-memorial-hospital-in-wake-of-investigation/article/1552241?custom_click=rss

Children's Hospital Colorado employees will stay at Memorial Hospital Central, but most other signs of the Aurora-based hospital system will disappear after a wide-ranging investigation by state and federal regulators.

Memorial Hospital will take full control of its pediatric unit June 4 under a plan approved by state regulators intended to streamline operations and better coordinate care, the hospital systems announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Children's Hospital location will drop its license.

The announcement comes after an investigation by state and federal regulators found two inappropriate patient transfers - including one case of a child who died after a questionable transfer.

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Memorial Hospital will take full control of its pediatric unit June 4 under a plan approved by state regulators intended to streamline operations and better coordinate care, the hospital systems announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Children's Hospital location will drop its license.

The announcement comes after an investigation by state and federal regulators found two inappropriate patient transfers - including one case of a child who died after a questionable transfer.]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 04:05:06 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Grassroots NAMI, speakers help the community recognize mental illness]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-grassroots-nami-speakers-help-the-community-recognize-mental-illness/article/1552259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-grassroots-nami-speakers-help-the-community-recognize-mental-illness/article/1552259?custom_click=rss

Two stylish, polished and accomplished women took the stage May 6 before 510 breakfast guests. Any other day, they could have been convention speakers, sharing secrets of business success. But that morning, Camille Bzdek Blakely and her daughter, Patrice Winsor, stunned attendees, opening their personal lives with "Creativity, Finesse and Love: How to Manage Mental Illness as a Team."

At the "Embracing the Light" community breakfast, a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness, executive director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert said, "We underestimate how many people have a personal experience with mental illness in their lives, either their own mental health challenges or those of a loved one."

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Two stylish, polished and accomplished women took the stage May 6 before 510 breakfast guests. Any other day, they could have been convention speakers, sharing secrets of business success. But that morning, Camille Bzdek Blakely and her daughter, Patrice Winsor, stunned attendees, opening their personal lives with "Creativity, Finesse and Love: How to Manage Mental Illness as a Team."

At the "Embracing the Light" community breakfast, a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness, executive director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert said, "We underestimate how many people have a personal experience with mental illness in their lives, either their own mental health challenges or those of a loved one."

For Camille and Patrice, it's

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:35:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Headaches signal aneurysm, save woman’s life from stroke]]> http://gazette.com/headaches-signal-aneurysm-save-womans-life-from-stroke/article/1552234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/headaches-signal-aneurysm-save-womans-life-from-stroke/article/1552234?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: Teresa Olson knew something was not quite right when she was experiencing headaches for a month last fall, but the 59-year-old attributed them to menopause and tried not to worry.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:37:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness diaries: What to do if you stall on route to weight loss]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-what-to-do-if-you-stall-on-route-to-weight-loss/article/1552139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-what-to-do-if-you-stall-on-route-to-weight-loss/article/1552139?custom_click=rss

It happens to everyone. After deciding to eat better and exercise, those first few extra pounds come off pretty easily. It becomes exciting to see the positive lifestyle changes turn into results. But as the ultimate goal weight gets closer, something happens. The regular workout routine stops supplying the desired results. You hit a wall, also known as a plateau.

It can be frustrating. As a fitness professional, I've witnessed several reach this point and eventually give up.

Don't quit! Hitting a wall is the body's way of saying it's time to change it up and re-evaluate the weekly routine. Here are five tips to help you get over that wall:

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It happens to everyone. After deciding to eat better and exercise, those first few extra pounds come off pretty easily. It becomes exciting to see the positive lifestyle changes turn into results. But as the ultimate goal weight gets closer, something happens. The regular workout routine stops supplying the desired results. You hit a wall, also known as a plateau.

It can be frustrating. As a fitness professional, I've witnessed several reach this point and eventually give up.

Don't quit! Hitting a wall is the body's way of saying it's time to change it up and re-evaluate the weekly routine. Here are five tips to help you get over that wall:

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Tue, 19 May 2015 13:33:09 -0600
<![CDATA[And the fittest city in the United States is ...]]> http://gazette.com/and-the-fittest-city-in-the-united-states-is-.../article/1552150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/and-the-fittest-city-in-the-united-states-is-.../article/1552150?custom_click=rss

Access to parks and paths for jogging, walking and biking helped make the Washington, D.C., area the fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a study out Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Indianapolis area dropped from 46th in 2014 to become the least fit major metro area this year, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation.

The rankings, based on outdoor exercise options and rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes, are designed to be a "call to action" for areas to improve their infrastructures so they promote healthy lifestyles, says Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI advisory board and a professor of kinesiology at



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Access to parks and paths for jogging, walking and biking helped make the Washington, D.C., area the fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a study out Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Indianapolis area dropped from 46th in 2014 to become the least fit major metro area this year, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation.

The rankings, based on outdoor exercise options and rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes, are designed to be a "call to action" for areas to improve their infrastructures so they promote healthy lifestyles, says Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI advisory board and a professor of kinesiology at

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Tue, 19 May 2015 12:42:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 19, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-19-2015/article/1552138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-19-2015/article/1552138?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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. May 28, $150.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: Kathy, 520-2140, 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 31, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall, 601 N.

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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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. May 28, $150.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: Kathy, 520-2140, 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 31, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall, 601 N.]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs organization to offer free hepatitis C testing]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-organization-to-offer-free-hepatitis-c-testing/article/1551944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-organization-to-offer-free-hepatitis-c-testing/article/1551944?custom_click=rss

The test amounts to little more than a needle's prick on one finger.

But hidden deep in the ensuing droplets of blood could be lifesaving clues to a disease that kills more people each year than AIDS.

In honor of the national Hepatitis Testing Day, free hepatitis C tests will be offered Tuesday at Southern Colorado Health Network, also known as Southern Colorado AIDS Project, 1301 S. 8th St., Suite 200. Results from the test - which search for antibodies that can indicate whether further exams are needed - take less than 30 minutes to process.

People unknowingly carrying the disease, which can fester without symptoms for years, can benefits from the test for a lifetime, said Richard Rivers, prevention services manager

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But hidden deep in the ensuing droplets of blood could be lifesaving clues to a disease that kills more people each year than AIDS.

In honor of the national Hepatitis Testing Day, free hepatitis C tests will be offered Tuesday at Southern Colorado Health Network, also known as Southern Colorado AIDS Project, 1301 S. 8th St., Suite 200. Results from the test - which search for antibodies that can indicate whether further exams are needed - take less than 30 minutes to process.

People unknowingly carrying the disease, which can fester without symptoms for years, can benefits from the test for a lifetime, said Richard Rivers, prevention services manager]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 04:15:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado health insurance exchange raises fees]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-health-insurance-exchange-raises-fees/article/1551952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-health-insurance-exchange-raises-fees/article/1551952?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The board of directors of Colorado's health insurance exchange has raised fees that will be passed on to consumers as it and other states face decreased federal funding and struggle to predict enrollment figures.

The hike in administrative fees to 3.5 percent from 1.4 percent of premiums means a family of four paying monthly premiums of $1,000 would see its assessment more than double from $14 a month to $35.

Connect for Health Colorado chief executive officer Kevin Patterson said Friday they chose the middle of three options presented by staff, one that brings Colorado, which had had among the lowest assessments fees in the nation, in line with the federal exchange's fee.



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DENVER — The board of directors of Colorado's health insurance exchange has raised fees that will be passed on to consumers as it and other states face decreased federal funding and struggle to predict enrollment figures.

The hike in administrative fees to 3.5 percent from 1.4 percent of premiums means a family of four paying monthly premiums of $1,000 would see its assessment more than double from $14 a month to $35.

Connect for Health Colorado chief executive officer Kevin Patterson said Friday they chose the middle of three options presented by staff, one that brings Colorado, which had had among the lowest assessments fees in the nation, in line with the federal exchange's fee.

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