<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:02:06 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rivera: Benjamin 'a little heavy,' working to lose weight]]> http://gazette.com/rivera-benjamin-a-little-heavy-working-to-lose-weight/article/feed/456880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rivera-benjamin-a-little-heavy-working-to-lose-weight/article/feed/456880?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's a little concerned over Kelvin Benjamin's weight, but disputed reports that the team's starting wide receiver has ballooned to 280 pounds.

Rivera said Saturday after the NFL draft that the former first-round draft pick is a "little heavy" right now, but is working hard to lose weight during the team's offseason conditioning program.

"We have talked about what he has to do and he's done a great job with it," Rivera said. "Am I concerned? Yes, because he is heavy. I will admit that right now. But is he working hard? Yes he is."

Benjamin, who is listed as 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds on the team's roster, has struggled with keeping his weight down in the past.


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]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:39:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Senden on leave from PGA Tour after son diagnosed with tumor]]> http://gazette.com/senden-on-leave-from-pga-tour-after-son-diagnosed-with-tumor/article/feed/456841?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senden-on-leave-from-pga-tour-after-son-diagnosed-with-tumor/article/feed/456841?custom_click=rss AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Australian professional golfer John Senden says his son Jacob has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

In a statement provided by the PGA on Saturday, Senden says he withdrew from this week's PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans to join his wife, Jackie, in supporting their 13-year-old son.

Senden says his family will "stand strong ... and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer-free."

The 46-year-old Senden says he is grateful for the outpouring of love his family has received since the diagnosis and asks those aware of Jacob's condition to keep him in their prayers and hearts.

Senden says he has no timeline for his return to the PGA Tour.

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]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:21:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Red Bull Arena introduces space for autistic kids]]> http://gazette.com/red-bull-arena-introduces-space-for-autistic-kids/article/feed/456806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-bull-arena-introduces-space-for-autistic-kids/article/feed/456806?custom_click=rss HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The Red Bulls have announced plans for a permanent sensory-friendly space at their stadium for families impacted by autism.

Formerly executive offices, the space overlooking midfield is a calm area that is free from the crowds and the noise of Red Bull Arena during matches. Families can use it for free.

The team announced the new space on Saturday before the Red Bulls were set to host the Chicago Fire. It was Autism Awareness Night at the stadium.

"Families deserve to feel welcome and comfortable each time they step foot into Red Bull Arena, not just one night a year," Red Bulls GM Marc de Grandpre said in a statement released by the club.

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]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:39:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Steelers grab Pitt star, cancer survivor James Conner]]> http://gazette.com/steelers-grab-pitt-star-cancer-survivor-james-conner/article/feed/456638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/steelers-grab-pitt-star-cancer-survivor-james-conner/article/feed/456638?custom_click=rss PITTSBURGH (AP) — A year ago, James Conner was in the middle of chemotherapy treatment as it waged a battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma that left the Pittsburgh star running back drained but resolute.

Conner never doubted he'd make the NFL. Even as the drugs sapped his strength and wreaked havoc on his immune system.

Then the phone rang on Friday night as the third round of the 2017 NFL draft neared a close. It was the Pittsburgh Steelers offering him a job. And just like that, Conner's journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor to professional football player was over.

Yet Steelers running backs coach James Saxon wanted to make one thing very clear after the Steelers took him with the 105th overall pick in the dra

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:19:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Giants: Bumgarner suffered AC sprain, out 3 months]]> http://gazette.com/giants-bumgarner-suffered-ac-sprain-out-3-months/article/feed/456655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giants-bumgarner-suffered-ac-sprain-out-3-months/article/feed/456655?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break following injuries sustained in a dirt-biking accident.

The 27-year-old suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in the April 20 crash on the team's day off in Colorado.

Bumgarner started rehab Friday focused on improving his range of motion, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday. He is not expected to return before the All-Star break, which runs from July 10-13.

Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season. He is in the last guaranteed season of a $35.56 million, six-year contract that includes team options for 2018 and 2019.

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:13:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas]]> http://gazette.com/review-coal-terminal-would-boost-global-climate-warming-gas/article/feed/456589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/review-coal-terminal-would-boost-global-climate-warming-gas/article/feed/456589?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday.

Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview wants to build the facility along the Columbia River near the city of Longview to handle up to 44 million tons of coal a year. Coal would arrive by train from Montana, Wyoming and other states to be stored and loaded on ships heading to energy-hungry markets in Asia.

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:22:14 -0600 <![CDATA[California seeks control of unruly medical pot industry]]> http://gazette.com/california-seeks-control-of-unruly-medical-pot-industry/article/feed/456532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-seeks-control-of-unruly-medical-pot-industry/article/feed/456532?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry.

State regulators released draft regulations Friday intended to impose order on the loosely organized marketplace created over two decades ago.

The proposal would establish the first comprehensive rules for growing, testing, transporting and selling medical pot in the state that is home to 1 in 8 Americans.

Voters last year agreed to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in 2018. The state is faced with the challenging task of trying to govern a vast, emerging cannabis industry with a projected value of $7 billion.

Similar rules are being created for the recreational industry. There are differences, and a bil

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:36:50 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA approves 1st targeted drug for certain leukemia patients]]> http://gazette.com/fda-approves-1st-targeted-drug-for-certain-leukemia-patients/article/feed/456537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-approves-1st-targeted-drug-for-certain-leukemia-patients/article/feed/456537?custom_click=rss

U.S. regulators Friday approved the first targeted drug for certain patients with an aggressive form of leukemia.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for adults with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, who have a genetic mutation called FLT3. Also OK'd was a test to identify those patients. The drug, Rydapt, known chemically as midostaurin, is used along with chemotherapy.

"Prior to the approval of midostaurin, the treatment of AML had been relatively unchanged for more than 25 years," Dr. Richard Stone of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said in a statement. He led testing of Rydapt, funded by the drug's maker, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:00:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna]]> http://gazette.com/appeals-court-upholds-decision-to-block-anthem-bid-for-cigna/article/feed/456457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/appeals-court-upholds-decision-to-block-anthem-bid-for-cigna/article/feed/456457?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem's bid to buy rival Cigna, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.

The 2-1 decision upholds a federal judge's ruling in February that said the proposed $48 billion acquisition would further reduce competition in the already concentrated health insurance market.

Anthem argued the combination would save $2.4 billion in medical costs and lead to lower consumer premiums. But the Justice Department said Anthem had no real plan to reach those savings. The government sued last summer to block the deal amid concerns over its effect on prices and consumer choices. The case went to trial late la

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:51:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP]]> http://gazette.com/fears-of-losing-pre-existing-conditions-protection-under-gop/article/feed/456526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fears-of-losing-pre-existing-conditions-protection-under-gop/article/feed/456526?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns.

In a strongly worded statement this week, the American Medical Association said the Republican protections "may be illusory." The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network said the plan could take the nation back to a "patchwork system" that pushes costs on people with life-threatening conditions.

Such stark messages may be connecting with lawmakers anxious about making the right decision on issues that touch every family. Rep. Patric

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:50:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Study finds health care overhaul would burden New Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/study-finds-health-care-overhaul-would-burden-new-mexico/article/feed/456355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-finds-health-care-overhaul-would-burden-new-mexico/article/feed/456355?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An analysis commissioned by an Albuquerque-based advocacy group on poverty issues has found that Republican plans to overhaul Medicaid health care would likely shift billions of dollars in costs to New Mexico's state government by 2026.

The study released Thursday by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty concluded that New Mexico state government would be compelled to pay an additional $3 billion from 2020 to 2026 to maintain current levels of Medicaid coverage and services.

New Mexico is one of the 31 states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act to adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The state's uninsured rate has been cut in half since 2013 w

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:19:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Diners may have to wait longer for restaurant calorie counts]]> http://gazette.com/diners-may-have-to-wait-longer-for-restaurant-calorie-counts/article/feed/456328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diners-may-have-to-wait-longer-for-restaurant-calorie-counts/article/feed/456328?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers hoping to find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again.

New government rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant meals are set to go into effect next week after years of delays. But they could be pushed back again if grocery stores, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains get their way.

Originally passed as part of the health care overhaul in 2010, the law requires restaurants and other establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays.

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:38:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft]]> http://gazette.com/young-cancer-survivor-gets-his-wish-at-nfl-draft/article/feed/456275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/young-cancer-survivor-gets-his-wish-at-nfl-draft/article/feed/456275?custom_click=rss

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — T.J. Owuanibe got his wish: The 14-year-old shared center stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens' top draft pick.

The eighth grader at McDonogh School in Baltimore was diagnosed two years ago with brain cancer. He recently told Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic that he longed to join Goodell at the podium in Philadelphia when the Ravens — his favorite team — made their first-round selection.

And so, when Baltimore decided Thursday night to take Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick, Owuanibe jumped into action to help complete the process.

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:36:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law]]> http://gazette.com/georgia-lawmaker-deals-cannabis-oil-in-shadows-of-the-law/article/feed/456334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/georgia-lawmaker-deals-cannabis-oil-in-shadows-of-the-law/article/feed/456334?custom_click=rss

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in Macon, Georgia. The box is filled with derivatives of marijuana, which are then distributed around the southern state in the shadows of the law.

At the center of this drug network is state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican business executive and perhaps the last person many would expect to be pushing the edge of drug trafficking laws.

The problem is that while Georgia now allows very sick people to use medical marijuana, the state provides them with no legal way of obtaining it.

So Peake is taking matters into his own hands. He donates large sums to a foundation in Colorado, and somehow that box app

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:32:36 -0600 <![CDATA[American cyclist not expected to survive injuries from crash]]> http://gazette.com/american-cyclist-not-expected-to-survive-injuries-from-crash/article/feed/456292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-cyclist-not-expected-to-survive-injuries-from-crash/article/feed/456292?custom_click=rss TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — American cyclist Chad Young has a severe head injury following a crash at the Tour of the Gila, and his Axeon Hagens Berman team said late Thursday he is not expected to recover.

The 21-year-old Young crashed along with teammate Edward Anderson on a high-speed descent during the final stage Sunday. He was taken by helicopter from New Mexico to a hospital in Arizona, where he was initially listed in stable condition with severe facial lacerations.

On Tuesday, Young's team announced that he was in critical condition.

The last American cyclist to die from injuries sustained in a prominent North American bike race was Nicole Reinhart, who crashed during a race in 2000 in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:12:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Children of color face health, education disparities in Colorado, KIDS COUNT finds]]> http://gazette.com/children-of-color-face-health-education-disparities-in-colorado-kids-count-finds/article/1601892?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/children-of-color-face-health-education-disparities-in-colorado-kids-count-finds/article/1601892?custom_click=rss

Deep disparities exist between children of different racial and ethnic backgrounds across Colorado, a new report found.

Segregation within and between school districts appears to be driving education achievement gaps across the state, according to the latest KIDS COUNT in Colorado! 2017 report. And several health disparities also remain, including infant mortality rates and the number of children left uninsured in Colorado, it found.

"The gaps that we see between white kids in Colorado and kids of color in Colorado are due to a really complex history of policies that have affected different groups of kids and families in very different ways," said Sarah Hughes, the nonprofit's research director.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:52:52 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Discover Goodwill's Edgar Awards honor "Our Stars"]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-discover-goodwills-edgar-awards-honor-our-stars/article/1601888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-discover-goodwills-edgar-awards-honor-our-stars/article/1601888?custom_click=rss

The ballrooms were full as the stars came out for Discover Goodwill's Annual Dinner.

There were honoree stars, community partners and other celestial objects walking the red carpet April 18 at Broadmoor International Center.

You have your Oscars and Grammys, and this time it was The Edgars, named for Goodwill founder Edgar J. Helms.

For Discover Goodwill's President/CEO Karla Grazier it was sharing a "Journey Through the Galaxy" of a year serving 81,557 individuals and placing 9,731 in jobs.

The record-breaking year and all those who made it possible were described in a space journey online annual report for everyone to read later: tinyurl.com/mwc5gua

Tissues came out as honorees were introduced and their

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:16:54 -0600
<![CDATA['Plastic bag' womb could help keep premature babies alive]]> http://gazette.com/plastic-bag-womb-could-help-keep-premature-babies-alive/article/1601828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plastic-bag-womb-could-help-keep-premature-babies-alive/article/1601828?custom_click=rss

An artificial womb resembling a plastic bag has been used to keep premature lambs alive for four weeks outside of their own mother's womb and could one day be applied to premature babies.

The sealed bag, made of polythene, contains amniotic fluid to provide all the nutrients and protection needed for growth, an interface delivering oxygen just as an umbilical cord would, and exchanging gases just like a placenta.

The system works to mimic the environment of a natural womb and the team hopes to one day adapt the technology for use on premature babies.

"We've developed a system that, as closely as possible, reproduces the environment of the womb and replaces the function of the placenta," said Dr.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:47:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Health fair coming to Manitou Springs this weekend]]> http://gazette.com/health-fair-coming-to-manitou-springs-this-weekend/article/1601774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-fair-coming-to-manitou-springs-this-weekend/article/1601774?custom_click=rss

The annual Manitou Springs Southern Colorado Health Fair will take place on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. Manitou Springs' Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., will host the event. In addition to blood and cancer screenings ranging from $20 to $45, the health fair will also offer a number of free tests. Professionals will be on site to answer participants' questions and give referrals. Online preregistration is available through the "Find a Fair" link at 9HealthFair.org. On Saturday, the fair will also accept payment by cash, check, or credit card. Participants who plan to attend the fair are encouraged to drink plenty of water and continue taking all prescribed medications.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:52:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow]]> http://gazette.com/hope-for-preemies-as-artificial-womb-helps-tiny-lambs-grow/article/1601783?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hope-for-preemies-as-artificial-womb-helps-tiny-lambs-grow/article/1601783?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

Today, premature infants weighing as little as a pound are hooked to ventilators and other machines inside incubators. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is aiming for a gentler solution, to give the tiniest preemies a few more weeks cocooned in a womb-like environment — treating them more like fetuses than newborns in hopes of giving them a better chance of healthy survival.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:11:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: Work to pluck weeds from landscape of your mind]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-work-to-pluck-weeds-from-landscape-of-your-mind/article/1601752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-work-to-pluck-weeds-from-landscape-of-your-mind/article/1601752?custom_click=rss

I often wonder if my days are one samskara after another; full of repetitive thoughts and actions, in other words.

Samskara is a word you might hear during neighborhood yoga class. It's Sanskrit for a subliminal impression, the unconscious pattern of behavior that shows up in bodies and lives. It's probably not difficult to think of an example of your own samskara: thoughts based on faulty perceptions, thoughts with no basis in reality, and fanciful imaginings, actions and responses that never seem to work but to which you repeatedly return.

From where does samskara come? That's easy - life. There's no way we'll ever get away from creating samskara, but we can work to keep it from ruling over us.

It's these

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]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 25, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-25-2017/article/1601733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-25-2017/article/1601733?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.

2017 Critters for Cancer Fundraiser - Professional pet portrait to benefit Children's Hospital for Cancer and Blood Disorder Clinic, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nicole Powell Photography, 7 E. Bijou St., $25; nicolepowellphotography.com/crittersforcancer.

Alpine Autism Center's 5K Walk - 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $25-$70. Registration: tinyurl.com/hjs3ywj.

Derby for Diabetes - To benefit the American Diabetes Association in

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]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Health Foundation OKs almost $1.4 million in grants]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-health-foundation-oks-almost-1.4-million-in-grants/article/1601694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-health-foundation-oks-almost-1.4-million-in-grants/article/1601694?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Health Foundation recently approved nearly $1.4 million in grants for 35 organizations in the Pikes Peak region, the foundation's third round of grants over two years that assist the work of public health programs in the area.

"It's an amazing honor to be able to support the great work that happens here and throughout the Pikes Peak region," Cari Davis, the foundation's executive director, said of the latest round of grants.

Grant seekers submit funding applications to the Health Foundation, which then considers several factors as it examines the requests.

Among them, Davis said, the foundation looks at how the requests match its mission of targeting immediate healthcare needs and encouraging

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:17:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Study: National medical marijuana laws would save lives — and a billion taxpayer dollars]]> http://gazette.com/study-national-medical-marijuana-laws-would-save-lives-and-a-billion-taxpayer-dollars/article/1601616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-national-medical-marijuana-laws-would-save-lives-and-a-billion-taxpayer-dollars/article/1601616?custom_click=rss

A fascinating study in Health Affairs last year by a father-daughter pair of public policy researchers found that Medicare prescriptions for things like painkillers, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications dropped sharply in states that introduced a medical marijuana program.

The implication? Offered the choice between taking medication prescribed by a doctor and self-medicating with pot, many older patients opted for the latter.

But the study left one big question unanswered: Since the study's authors — the University of Georgia's Ashley Bradford and W. David Bradford — only looked at Medicare data, they couldn't say for sure whether the findings held for younger patients too.

Now, we're getting

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:26:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Baseball helps Cheyenne Mountain senior thrive despite Asperger's syndrome, leads to scholarship]]> http://gazette.com/baseball-helps-cheyenne-mountain-senior-thrive-despite-aspergers-syndrome-leads-to-scholarship/article/1601602?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baseball-helps-cheyenne-mountain-senior-thrive-despite-aspergers-syndrome-leads-to-scholarship/article/1601602?custom_click=rss

Baseball helped Connor Dunaway blossom into the funny young man many of his teammates didn't even realize has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism.

"They have helped me come out of my shell so to speak," said the Cheyenne Mountain senior outfielder, who recently signed to play baseball for Bethany (Kan.) College.

Dunaway's journey to an NAIA scholarship was almost a lifelong one, starting with his first word, ball, at age 3, said his mother, Diane, a retired elementary teacher.

The fact that Connor's first word was spoken then was a sign something was different about the boy. The middle son of a military family was initially misdiagnosed with separation anxiety by Fort Carson counselors at age 6.

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:12:30 -0600
<![CDATA[A vending machine at the UC Davis campus dispenses Plan B pills]]> http://gazette.com/a-vending-machine-at-the-uc-davis-campus-dispenses-plan-b-pills/article/1601566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-vending-machine-at-the-uc-davis-campus-dispenses-plan-b-pills/article/1601566?custom_click=rss

(CNN) — Students at UC Davis can now press A4 for Plan B.

A new vending machine in a University of California Davis study room traded the usual Hot Cheetos and Red Bull for condoms, tampons, pregnancy tests, Advil, and the morning after pill (or Plan B). They call it the "Wellness To Go" Machine.

Stocking contraception rather than caffeine may seem out of place in a study area, but to former UC Davis student Parteek Singh it makes total sense.
Although the Wellness To Go machine was installed in early April, Singh spent two years working to make it happen.

"The more skeptical and negativity I got from people like 'oh it's not going to happen,' kind of pushed me more," Singh told CNN affiliate KTXL.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:44:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs hospital operator outsourcing environmental services operations, but employees keep jobs]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hospital-operator-outsourcing-environmental-services-operations-but-employees-keep-jobs/article/1601537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hospital-operator-outsourcing-environmental-services-operations-but-employees-keep-jobs/article/1601537?custom_click=rss

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will outsource its environmental services operations in June to Sodexo USA Inc., but all 117 employees at Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center will keep their jobs, current pay rates and benefits, the Colorado Springs-based hospital operator said Friday.

The move won't save or cost Penrose-St. Francis any money, but give it access to the French food service and facility management giant's infection-control practices and its worldwide buying power, said Kristi Olson, vice president of operations for the hospital operator, which is a unit of Centura Health.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:39:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Diet soda can increase risk of dementia and stroke, study finds]]> http://gazette.com/diet-soda-can-increase-risk-of-dementia-and-stroke-study-finds/article/1601527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diet-soda-can-increase-risk-of-dementia-and-stroke-study-finds/article/1601527?custom_click=rss

The quest to trim waistlines using artificial sweeteners could be backfiring, as researchers found artificially sweetened drinks like diet soda can increase a person's likelihood of stroke and dementia.

A study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found a daily diet soda puts a person at three times the risk of dementia and stroke compared to someone who drinks less than one a week.

It's another blow to diet soda, which has been the subject of recent unflattering studies. Purdue University found in 2013 it doesn't actually help us lose weight. Another 2007 study discovered those who drink diet soda are no less at risk of heart disease than those who drink regular soda.

Read the full

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:29:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 18, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-18-2017/article/1601273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-18-2017/article/1601273?custom_click=rss Health and wellness events in and around Colorado Springs for the week beginning April 18, 2017.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:12:20 -0600
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Colorado women won't have to make monthly trips to the pharmacy to get their prescription contraceptives anymore, thanks to Rep. Brittany Pettersen's two-year effort.

The Senate passed House Bill 1186 on a 22-11 vote and heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper. The measure passed the House 50-14 on March 21. The Senate sponsor was Don Coram, R-Montrose, who co-sponsored the bill in the House last year before being named to an open Senate seat.

"Sometimes you've just got to continue to have the conversation and you'll eventually get people to listen," Pettersen said Monday.

She said the bill will be a huge convenience when women don't have to go to a pharmacy every month, but it will also curb unplanned pregnancies for women who

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:05:28 -0600