<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Mon, 02 May 2016 02:29:09 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Closing arguments set in 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer trial]]> http://gazette.com/closing-arguments-set-in-grim-sleeper-serial-killer-trial/article/feed/344073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/closing-arguments-set-in-grim-sleeper-serial-killer-trial/article/feed/344073?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "Grim Sleeper" serial killer trial is coming to a close in Los Angeles after months of testimony.

Closing arguments were scheduled to begin Monday morning in the trial of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. He's charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007. They were shot or strangled and their bodies dumped in alleys and trash bins in South Los Angeles and nearby areas.

The killer was nicknamed the "Grim Sleeper" because of a 14-year gap between some attacks.

Prosecutors allege that gun or DNA evidence connects Franklin to the killings but his defense lawyers argue that some DNA samples taken from victims or their clothing didn't match Franklin.

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]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 02:39:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawmakers approve 'step therapy' and welfare reform bill]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-approve-step-therapy-and-welfare-reform-bill/article/feed/344074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-approve-step-therapy-and-welfare-reform-bill/article/feed/344074?custom_click=rss TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have approved a bill aimed at changing welfare policies and reducing prescription costs within the state's Medicaid program.

The Senate approved the measure early Monday morning on a 27-13 vote after the House passed it Sunday night, 79-43. The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

GOP leaders saw the measure as crucial to resolving budget issues because it would reduce the state's costs in providing health coverage to poor and disabled residents by nearly $11 million a year.

It would allow Medicaid to use so-called step therapy with prescriptions and require participants to try a less expensive drug before being allowed to get a more expensive one.

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]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 02:37:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Nursing homes starting to offer more individualized menus]]> http://gazette.com/nursing-homes-starting-to-offer-more-individualized-menus/article/feed/344067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nursing-homes-starting-to-offer-more-individualized-menus/article/feed/344067?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — There is a growing trend among the nation's 15,600 nursing homes to abandon rigid menus and strict meal times in favor of a more individualized approach toward food.

Advocates pushing for the change say it has taken more than three decades to get there.

Now, the federal government is proposing regulations that would require facilities to create menus that reflect religious, cultural and ethnic needs and preferences. Further, the proposed rules would empower nursing home residents with the "right to make personal dietary choices."

The government acknowledges that the nation's 1.4 million nursing home residents are diverse and that "it may be challenging" to meet every preference.

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]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 02:22:44 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Kansas lawmakers approve bill on drugs, welfare]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-kansas-lawmakers-approve-bill-on-drugs-welfare/article/feed/343917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-kansas-lawmakers-approve-bill-on-drugs-welfare/article/feed/343917?custom_click=rss TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Legislature (all times local):

1:40 a.m. Monday

Kansas legislators have approved a bill aimed at changing welfare policies and reducing prescription costs within the state's Medicaid program.

The Senate approved the measure early Monday morning on a 27-13 vote after the House passed it Sunday night, 79-43. It goes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

GOP leaders saw the measure as crucial to resolving budget issues because it would reduce the state's costs in providing health coverage to poor and disabled residents by nearly $11 million a year.

It would allow Medicaid to use "step therapy" with prescriptions and require participants to try a less expensive drug bef

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]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 01:42:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants]]> http://gazette.com/last-dance-final-performance-for-ringling-bros.-elephants/article/feed/344054?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/last-dance-final-performance-for-ringling-bros.-elephants/article/feed/344054?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views.

Six Asian elephants danced, balanced on each others' backs and sat on their hind legs during their last show in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday.

"This is a very emotional time for us," Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd as the performance came to an end.

He called elephants beloved members of the circus family and thanked the animals for more than 100 years of service.

"We love our girls.

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]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 01:20:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise]]> http://gazette.com/monkey-bars-alert-playground-concussions-are-on-the-rise/article/feed/344047?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/monkey-bars-alert-playground-concussions-are-on-the-rise/article/feed/344047?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Playground concussions are on the rise, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.

That's according to a new study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers there examined national data from 2001 through 2013 on playground injuries to kids aged 14 and younger who received emergency-room treatment. Of almost 215,000 kids on average treated yearly, almost 10 percent had traumatic brain injuries including concussions.

Most injuries were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend shows kids' concussions don't only happen in sports.

The study was published online Monday in Pediatrics.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 23:56:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros.]]> http://gazette.com/elephants-perform-for-final-time-at-ringling-bros./article/feed/343868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elephants-perform-for-final-time-at-ringling-bros./article/feed/343868?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants on Sunday, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists.

"This is a very emotional time for us," Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd as the performance came to an end in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday.

He called the six Asian elephants beloved members of the circus family and thanked the animals for more than 100 years of service.

"We love our girls. Thank you so much for so many years of joy," he said as the elephants left the ring for a final time. "That's history tonight there, la

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 21:21:08 -0600 <![CDATA[2 reservation hospitals agree to quality-of-care changes]]> http://gazette.com/2-reservation-hospitals-agree-to-quality-of-care-changes/article/feed/343973?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-reservation-hospitals-agree-to-quality-of-care-changes/article/feed/343973?custom_click=rss SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota will keep receiving crucial federal funding after agreeing to undertake significant measures to improve the quality of care provided to patients.

The Indian Health Service, which administers the hospitals on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations, announced Sunday that it reached last-chance remediation agreements with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Saturday. Under the agreements, the hospitals' management will be overhauled and a monitor will be appointed to provide periodic assessment reports. Emergency rooms at both facilities will be privatized, as previously proposed.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 18:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Gathering seeks ways to improve health of Detroit residents]]> http://gazette.com/gathering-seeks-ways-to-improve-health-of-detroit-residents/article/feed/343971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gathering-seeks-ways-to-improve-health-of-detroit-residents/article/feed/343971?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Health problems that disproportionally affect Detroit residents are the focus of a gathering at Wayne State University.

The inaugural Mayor's Summit on Health Equity is Monday and Tuesday at the Detroit university. Health disparity researchers will gather with officials from Detroit's department of public health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and key community organizations.

The event is led by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson.

In a statement, Duggan says those involved "are working to improve everyday life for Detroiters, and that makes health one of our top priorities.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 16:09:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Proposal would require insurance coverage for Lyme Disease]]> http://gazette.com/proposal-would-require-insurance-coverage-for-lyme-disease/article/feed/343959?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proposal-would-require-insurance-coverage-for-lyme-disease/article/feed/343959?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for doctor-prescribed Lyme Disease treatments.

The measure was tacked on to the nearly $40 billion state budget that was approved last Wednesday by the House of Representatives. It now goes to the Senate.

Rep. David Linsky, a Natick Democrat who filed the amendment, calls the tick-borne illness an epidemic that is spreading across the state at an alarming rate.

Linsky says some Massachusetts residents have run up more than $50,000 in out-of-pocket costs for Lyme Disease treatment.

The measure would require insurers to provide coverage but doesn't specify the type of treatment.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 15:20:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Phoenix-area man injured, horse killed by lightning strike]]> http://gazette.com/phoenix-area-man-injured-horse-killed-by-lightning-strike/article/feed/343949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phoenix-area-man-injured-horse-killed-by-lightning-strike/article/feed/343949?custom_click=rss BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man remains hospitalized at a Phoenix burn unit after being struck by lightning while horseback riding.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old man was in a Phoenix suburb around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when lightening struck.

According to deputies, the man and two relatives were riding home after they observed a storm moving in.

The lightning then hit, killing the man's horse instantly.

The rider suffered burns on his upper body.

Deputies say he was transported from the Buckeye area to Maricopa Medical Center in critical condition.

Authorities expect him to survive.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 15:10:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Pueblo hospitals, doctors worried about new mothers' marijuana use]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-hospitals-doctors-worried-about-new-mothers-marijuana-use/article/1575189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-hospitals-doctors-worried-about-new-mothers-marijuana-use/article/1575189?custom_click=rss

Dr. Steven Simerville worries about the number of babies being born in Pueblo with marijuana in their bodies.

The medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center finds that mothers who abhor smoking cigarettes during pregnancy see no harm in smoking a joint.

"What I'm seeing in our nursery is a dramatic increase in babies who test positive for marijuana," he said. "The interesting thing for me is the number of mothers who use marijuana and want to breast feed. They don't believe marijuana is harmful."

In an unusual political campaign, Pueblo's hospitals and some of its doctors have joined a petition drive to stop sales of recreational marijuana throughout Pueblo County.



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<![CDATA[Jail didn't save video footage showing cell of man who died]]> http://gazette.com/jail-didnt-save-video-footage-showing-cell-of-man-who-died/article/feed/343943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jail-didnt-save-video-footage-showing-cell-of-man-who-died/article/feed/343943?custom_click=rss RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a mentally ill inmate who died at a Virginia jail is criticizing officials' decision not to save video footage captured outside the man's cell in the days leading up to his death.

Lt. Col. Eugene Taylor III, an assistant superintendent at the jail, told the Richmond Times Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1X2hyts) earlier this month that video images outside Jamycheal Mitchell's cell showed him receiving food through a slot in a door.

But when the newspaper sought a copy of the video, it was told it no longer exists.

Taylor said the system automatically records over existing video every 18 days. The video wasn't saved because it didn't show any type of criminality or n

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 13:30:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Slovakia's premier leaves hospital after heart surgery]]> http://gazette.com/slovakias-premier-leaves-hospital-after-heart-surgery/article/feed/343870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/slovakias-premier-leaves-hospital-after-heart-surgery/article/feed/343870?custom_click=rss

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister has been discharged from a clinic in the capital following heart surgery.

The 51-year-old Robert Fico was hospitalized April 14 following a cardiac examination at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and was operated on April 22.

Officials declined to give any details about the surgery at the request of Fico's family.

On Sunday, Fico announced his discharge from the clinic on Facebook and thanked the doctors, nurses and all medical personnel at the institute.

The clinic in Bratislava confirmed that, saying his condition has improved and Fico will recuperate at home.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 12:03:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Tests confirm asbestos at WVU Coliseum]]> http://gazette.com/tests-confirm-asbestos-at-wvu-coliseum/article/feed/343905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tests-confirm-asbestos-at-wvu-coliseum/article/feed/343905?custom_click=rss MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University official says test results at the WVU Coliseum confirm the presence of asbestos in materials that were exposed during recent construction activities.

WVU Environmental Health and Safety John Principe says the material discovered Friday was in an area above ceilings in restroom entrances that surround the concourse. He says the asbestos did not pose a health hazard and was only exposed by renovation work. He says the Coliseum was closed immediately after the asbestos was found.

WVU says the building will remain closed Monday as the collection of air samples continues.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 10:27:08 -0600 <![CDATA[UConn again bringing in therapy dogs for finals week]]> http://gazette.com/uconn-again-bringing-in-therapy-dogs-for-finals-week/article/feed/343889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uconn-again-bringing-in-therapy-dogs-for-finals-week/article/feed/343889?custom_click=rss STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is providing its students with therapy dogs to help relieve the stress of final exams.

The dogs will be available for petting at the school's Homer Babbidge Library from Monday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

The program, named "Paws to Relax," began in the spring of 2010, when a library staff member suggested that puppies might help students cope with stress during finals week.

Registered therapy dogs from multiple organizations including Cold Noses, Warm Hearts; Allen's Angels; and Tails of Joy are taking part in the program.

The school says it is keeping the dogs in a space that won't impact students with allergies who may also need to use the library.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 09:56:45 -0600 <![CDATA[May is National Stroke Awareness Month]]> http://gazette.com/may-is-national-stroke-awareness-month/article/1575036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/may-is-national-stroke-awareness-month/article/1575036?custom_click=rss

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke threatens millions of lives; one occurring every 40 seconds and taking a life approximately every four minutes. Although largely preventable, treatable and beatable, stroke can happen to anyone, at any age and at any time. Killing nearly 130,000 people each year, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S.

Throughout the month of May, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and the Gazette are partnering to bring you tips on stroke prevention and risk factors, as well as feature stories of local stroke survivors and the physicians who helped save their lives.  Penrose-St.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:54:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Read this before blaming road rage on your cat]]> http://gazette.com/read-this-before-blaming-road-rage-on-your-cat/article/1574844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/read-this-before-blaming-road-rage-on-your-cat/article/1574844?custom_click=rss

Pity the cats. They're always getting blamed for something.

In the 13th century, Pope Gregory IX declared them evil and worthy of death, which led to their widespread killing. More recently, they've been accused of killing off U.S. birds and other wildlife, as well as of being all-around jerks.

Now there's this: Cats cause road rage.

That's been one common takeaway from a study, published last month in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, that is the latest to link the common parasitic infection toxoplasmosis to behavior changes or psychiatric disorders in humans.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:47:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Teen birth rates plunge, but racial disparities persist]]> http://gazette.com/teen-birth-rates-plunge-but-racial-disparities-persist/article/1574999?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-birth-rates-plunge-but-racial-disparities-persist/article/1574999?custom_click=rss

Birth rates are falling dramatically for blacks and Hispanics teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens.

The Hispanic teen birth rate fell by half over about eight years, and the black teen birth rate dropped nearly that much. But even with those declines, the white teen birth rate is still only half as high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

"Despite this historic progress, profound disparities remain," said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

The teen birth rate has been falling since 1991, which experts attribute to more teens using birth control and more waiting until they are



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:41:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Stress, mental illness are leading causes of lost days at work]]> http://gazette.com/stress-mental-illness-are-leading-causes-of-lost-days-at-work/article/1574979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stress-mental-illness-are-leading-causes-of-lost-days-at-work/article/1574979?custom_click=rss Heavy lifting, slippery floors and chronic pain no longer dominate the causes of lost days in the workplace.

Behavioral health problems do.

With that in mind, the Colorado Culture of Health Conference focused its wellness sessions on mental health this year.

About 550 people — business owners, public health officials, community leaders — came to the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday to hear jarring statistics and reassuring suggestions about helping employees with treatable mental illnesses.

One in every four people struggle with mental health challenges each year, they were told. Antidepressants are now the third most prescribed drugs in the country.



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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:32:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Medical students begin training at new CU School of Medicine branch in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/medical-students-begin-training-at-new-cu-school-of-medicine-branch-in-colorado-springs/article/1574897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-students-begin-training-at-new-cu-school-of-medicine-branch-in-colorado-springs/article/1574897?custom_click=rss

Born in an old brick hospital looking out on downtown Colorado Springs, Cody Brevik has always considered this city home.

Now, he wants to be the one who wears a white coat and cares for the Pikes Peak region's next generation of natives and newcomers.

On Tuesday, Brevik and 21 other medical students began training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine's new branch in Colorado Springs. In doing so, the school took its biggest step yet in realizing a years-long goal of training third and fourth-year medical students here.

Shortly after sunrise, the students gathered for hours of orientation sessions, personality assessments and small-group discussions on professionalism.



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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:57:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: Finding a new skill, and a perma-smile, while fencing]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-finding-a-new-skill-and-a-perma-smile-while-fencing/article/1574845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-finding-a-new-skill-and-a-perma-smile-while-fencing/article/1574845?custom_click=rss

Since seemingly the dawn of time, people have tried to impale each other with swords.

The carnage morphed slowly into military training and eventually into the sport of modern fencing around the 15th century. Fencing made its Olympic debut with men at the 1896 Games in Athens; women followed suit at the 1924 Games in Paris.

My knowledge of the sport consisted of its two questionable fashion choices: a beekeeper-like mask and white straight jacket. Oh, and that "Murder She Wrote" episode when a character was killed with a poison-coated foil.

But 60 minutes on a recent Monday night changed my outlook.



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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:47:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Born to run? It may be possible to nurture a preference for exercise in the womb]]> http://gazette.com/born-to-run-it-may-be-possible-to-nurture-a-preference-for-exercise-in-the-womb/article/1574847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/born-to-run-it-may-be-possible-to-nurture-a-preference-for-exercise-in-the-womb/article/1574847?custom_click=rss

Pregnancy experts, including those at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommend that most pregnant women get 30 minutes of exercise a day. If that feels a little onerous, consider new findings out of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston suggesting that love of physical activity might start in the womb.

So maybe women who won't exercise for their own sake will do it for the baby.

The research in question involved mice, not women. A team led by Robert A. Waterland, an assistant professor of pediatrics, nutrition, and molecular and human genetics, selected female mice that enjoyed running, according to a press release. ("Enjoyed"? Did they smile?) Half of them were put in cages with running wheels

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]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:50:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-26-2016/article/1574846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-26-2016/article/1574846?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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

Chocoholic Frolic - To benefit Kidpower, 7-10 p.m. May 7, The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., $65. Reservations: kidpowercs.org.

Discover Goodwill's Annual Dinner - 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $85 Reservations: discovermy goodwill.org.

Golf Classic - 12:30 p.m. May 4, to benefit Homeward Pikes Peak, The Broadmoor West Golf Course, 1 Lake Ave. Registration: tinyurl.com/z74tvnd.

March for Babies Walk - To benefit March of Dimes,

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]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:50:36 -0600 <![CDATA[VA study on whether dogs can heal vets with PTSD has critics]]> http://gazette.com/va-study-on-whether-dogs-can-heal-vets-with-ptsd-has-critics/article/1574587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-study-on-whether-dogs-can-heal-vets-with-ptsd-has-critics/article/1574587?custom_click=rss

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. "Clear," Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats.

"He's basically looking for ... anything that would be out of the ordinary. A bag. A particular weapon. People acting erratic," says Aguirre, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after three tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. At the cash register, Aguirre says "Block," and the dog places himself perpendicular to his master, creating a buffer to anyone who might approach.

Before Munger, a simple outing like this would have been terrifying if not



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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:47:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Eat Well: Easy recipes to lighten up Passover meal]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-easy-recipes-to-lighten-up-passover-meal/article/1574402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-easy-recipes-to-lighten-up-passover-meal/article/1574402?custom_click=rss

Passover, the eight-day Jewish festival that begins Saturday, isn't known for light, flavorful recipes. This year, let spring be the inspiration for lightening up Seder, the ceremonial opening meal.

The Seder plate, which serves as the centerpiece of the table, holds ritual foods including the shankbone (commemorating the sacrifice of lambs when the Hebrews fled Egypt), karpas (spring greens symbolizing the freshness of spring), charoset (sweet salad of apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon that represents the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to make bricks), a roasted egg (signifying springtime and renewal) and maror (bitter herbs such as horseradish, recalling the bitterness of slavery).

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:32:26 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Shopping for Chanel a benefit for Penrose-St. Francis Foundation]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-shopping-for-chanel-a-benefit-for-penrose-st.-francis-foundation/article/1574084?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-shopping-for-chanel-a-benefit-for-penrose-st.-francis-foundation/article/1574084?custom_click=rss

Now here's an exciting invitation for a Saturday afternoon of shopping: Chanel, Rodriguez, Saint Laurent.

Margaret Sabin, president/CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, invited friends and supporters of community health initiatives to her home to casually peruse, try on and buy new and gently used designer and couture items. Talk about the ultimate in recycling!

"Fashion with Compassion," which included the hostess's signature all-natural chocolate chip cookies, was a shopper's heaven benefit for the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation Leadership Circle, with projects including the Colorado Springs Police Department Culture of Fitness program, Penrose Hospital greenhouse and the Fire Department's CARES program.



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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:27:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 19, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-19-2016/article/1574401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-19-2016/article/1574401?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.

Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon and Fashion Show - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., free for survivors, $25 for supporters. Reservations required by April 30: komencoloradosouth.org.

Child Abuse Prevention Conference - Building Self-Healing Communities - 2:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, $40-$120. Registration: peacefulhouseholds.org.

Colorado

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]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:40:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado marijuana report: More adults using drug, but not kids]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-marijuana-report-more-adults-using-drug-but-not-kids/article/1574368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-marijuana-report-more-adults-using-drug-but-not-kids/article/1574368?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado kids aren't smoking more pot since the drug became legal — but their older siblings and parents certainly are.

That's according to a long-awaited report giving the most comprehensive data yet on the effects of Colorado's 2012 recreational marijuana law.

The state released a report Monday detailing changes in everything from pot arrests to tax collections to calls to Poison Control.

It says marijuana use by people under 18 didn't rise significantly in the years after the 2012 vote.

But use of the drug rose markedly among people 18 to 25, and among adults over age 26.



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<![CDATA[Some neighbors claim El Paso County wind farm is making them sick]]> http://gazette.com/some-neighbors-claim-el-paso-county-wind-farm-is-making-them-sick/article/1574322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-neighbors-claim-el-paso-county-wind-farm-is-making-them-sick/article/1574322?custom_click=rss

For several months, residents in El Paso County have painted a 145-turbine wind farm near Calhan as a monster.

A pair of advocates regularly address the Board of County Commissioners, and other landowners near the town of fewer than 800 people have used the Sheriff's Office's Rural Enforcement and Outreach Unit in Calhan as a place to vent about NextEra Energy's Golden West Wind Energy Project, which was completed in the fall.

An announcement Tuesday from Xcel Energy, one of the United States' largest electrical providers, could lead to louder voices speaking out against wind farms in eastern Colorado.

Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz said the company could begin a project in 2016 to place another 300 turbines in undisclosed



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