<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:17:29 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[A look at efforts to legalize physician-assisted deaths]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-at-efforts-to-legalize-physician-assisted-deaths/article/feed/278771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-efforts-to-legalize-physician-assisted-deaths/article/feed/278771?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California's governor has signed a bill that will give the terminally ill in the nation's most populous state the right to end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor.

Right-to-die advocates have been pushing for decades to get such legislation passed in the state and say Monday's signing is a major victory that could spur other states to follow suit.

Opponents disagree and are launching a drive for a referendum to overturn the law. They say similar bills in numerous states have stalled. The Catholic Church and advocates for people with disabilities say it legalizes premature suicide and puts terminally ill patients at risk for coerced death.

California is the fifth state to allow doctors to ass

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:34:13 -0600 <![CDATA[California to address overuse of medication for foster kids]]> http://gazette.com/california-to-address-overuse-of-medication-for-foster-kids/article/feed/278766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-to-address-overuse-of-medication-for-foster-kids/article/feed/278766?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on legislation signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local):

4:16 p.m.:

Gov. Jerry Brown is tackling the overuse of psychiatric drugs on California foster children.

Brown announced Tuesday that he signed a series of bills responding to concerns that group homes rely too heavily on medications to control the behavior of foster kids.

The governor signed SB238 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat, which would alert social workers when drugs are overprescribed and warn of dangerous drug interactions.

The County Welfare Directors Association of California applauded the measure for giving child welfare workers better tools and training.

Brown also s

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:16:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Assisted suicide opponents vow to fight California law]]> http://gazette.com/assisted-suicide-opponents-vow-to-fight-california-law/article/feed/278755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/assisted-suicide-opponents-vow-to-fight-california-law/article/feed/278755?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Opponents of California legislation allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for the terminally ill are launching a drive for a referendum to overturn the law.

A group called Seniors Against Suicide filed paperwork with the Attorney General's Office on Tuesday asking that the issue be placed on the ballot in November 2016.

To qualify, they must collect 365,880 signatures by Jan. 3 — 90 days from the enactment of the law.

It comes a day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.

Right-to-die advocates say the law's passage reflects growing support for the right.

Opponents say it legalizes premature suicide and put terminally ill patients at risk for coerced death.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:04:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Transplanting ovarian tissue helps some women have babies]]> http://gazette.com/transplanting-ovarian-tissue-helps-some-women-have-babies/article/feed/278780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/transplanting-ovarian-tissue-helps-some-women-have-babies/article/feed/278780?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — The biggest study ever of women who had ovarian tissue removed, frozen and transplanted suggests the experimental technique is safe and can help about one third of them to have babies.

The procedure is intended for women with cancer who wish to preserve their fertility, since cancer treatments can harm the ovaries. Scientists typically remove one ovary and cut it into strips before freezing them. Years later after the woman has recovered from cancer, doctors typically graft some of the thawed-out tissue onto the remaining ovary.

Researchers followed 41 women in Denmark who underwent the procedure from 2003 to 2014. Among the 32 women in the study who wanted children, 10 later got pregnant and gave birth.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:02:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Ben Gordon goes vegan for a stint, notices improved energy]]> http://gazette.com/ben-gordon-goes-vegan-for-a-stint-notices-improved-energy/article/feed/278781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ben-gordon-goes-vegan-for-a-stint-notices-improved-energy/article/feed/278781?custom_click=rss OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ben Gordon ate avocados any time of day for their healthy fat, and also fueled his workouts with oatmeal and different juices or nutrient-rich smoothies.

Gordon went the vegan route — no dairy or meat — for a stretch a few months back.

"With that diet you have to kind of be creative," the new Golden State guard said. "At that time I had a chef so it was a little bit easier."

Gordon is back to a more "normal" diet as the season gets underway and he looks to play a part on the defending NBA champions.

He is eating meat again to gain back some of the weight he lost as a vegan for about the final six weeks of the season last spring and several weeks of the offseason.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:55:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Mobile mammography lab to visit downtown Colorado Springs for Breast Cancer Awareness Month]]> http://gazette.com/mobile-mammography-lab-to-visit-downtown-colorado-springs-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/article/1560758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mobile-mammography-lab-to-visit-downtown-colorado-springs-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/article/1560758?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs women over age 40, if you haven't yet scheduled your yearly mammogram, you'll be able to get one on the go downtown on Monday, Oct. 12.

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Pink Life Saver will provide mammography screenings on Tejon Street, next to Acacia Park, from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday. But you need to schedule your test now.

The 38-foot bright pink UCHealth coach includes a mammography unit, waiting area and changing room for privacy. A screening takes just 15-20 minutes.

To schedule a mammogram at the event in Acacia Park, call 720-848-1030. Women age 40 or older seeking a screening need to bring their current insurance card and a photo ID.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:50:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico City investigates reports of dog poisoning at park]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-city-investigates-reports-of-dog-poisoning-at-park/article/feed/278595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-city-investigates-reports-of-dog-poisoning-at-park/article/feed/278595?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A popular dog run in a picturesque Mexico City park remained closed Tuesday following reported cases of dog poisoning.

Orange tape surrounded the fenced-off dog area at Parque Mexico in the well-to-do Condesa neighborhood in the central part of the capital. Large banners hung on the fence warning of a "Red Alert" that dogs are being poisoned. The shady area where dogs usually play was empty and unusually silent.

Smaller paper signs posted throughout the park by the local government advised dog owners to keep their pets on leashes while an investigation into the poisoning continued.

Several police officers standing outside the dog run said they did not know when it would reopen.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:31:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Maine CDC probing 2 E. coli cases for Oxford fair links]]> http://gazette.com/maine-cdc-probing-2-e.-coli-cases-for-oxford-fair-links/article/feed/278749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maine-cdc-probing-2-e.-coli-cases-for-oxford-fair-links/article/feed/278749?custom_click=rss OXFORD, Maine (AP) — Two Maine children have been hospitalized with symptoms associated with E. coli, and state health officials said Tuesday they are investigating whether their illness can be traced to the Oxford County fair.

The state Center for Disease Control and Prevention is looking for common links, including that both children from Androscoggin County attended the fair last month. The CDC is sending the state veterinarian and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the fair to investigate, a spokesman said. They'll be looking at animal exhibits, among other things.

State veterinarian Michele Walsh said she will look for environmental samples at the fairgrounds. Fair President Jackie Young said she's

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:23:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Wal-Mart expands protein bars to main grocery aisles]]> http://gazette.com/wal-mart-expands-protein-bars-to-main-grocery-aisles/article/feed/278644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wal-mart-expands-protein-bars-to-main-grocery-aisles/article/feed/278644?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Protein and health bars at Wal-Mart are getting ready for prime time.

The world's largest retailer plans to expand its offering of bars like Special K and Clif beyond the over-the counter section that features diet supplements to the more visible main grocery aisles of some of its stores, starting in January. Wal-Mart is also considering eventually placing these nutritional bars near the cash registers.

The move comes as the world's largest retailer, along with many other rivals, are going on a health kick as they fight to grab a bigger share of the wellness and healthy food business. Target Corp. announced last month that it was pushing granola bars and healthy grab-and-go snacks over candy at the checkou

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:18:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Patrick Kennedy memoir creates rift among his family]]> http://gazette.com/patrick-kennedy-memoir-creates-rift-among-his-family/article/feed/278587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patrick-kennedy-memoir-creates-rift-among-his-family/article/feed/278587?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A memoir by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy has created a rift with family members upset over his portrayal of family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness, including that of his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Kennedy on Tuesday defended his book, "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past And Future of Mental Illness and Addiction," which was released Monday. He said he loves his family but feels it is important for him break the stigma and shame of mental illness and substance abuse by talking openly about what he and relatives have suffered — even if it does mean a change in the "family dynamic."

"If I can't talk about these things, who else is?" Kennedy said

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:49:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Express Scripts to cover pricey new cholesterol treatments]]> http://gazette.com/express-scripts-to-cover-pricey-new-cholesterol-treatments/article/feed/278741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/express-scripts-to-cover-pricey-new-cholesterol-treatments/article/feed/278741?custom_click=rss The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year.

Express Scripts said Tuesday that it will pay for prescriptions of Amgen Inc.'s Repatha as well as Praluent from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. under a few conditions designed to control costs.

The decision comes as soaring drug prices draw criticism from patients, doctors and politicians, as well as insurers and employers that generally pay most of the prescription bill. Praluent and Repatha both stirred worry, in particular, because of their potential to be used by millions of patients.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:09:04 -0600 <![CDATA[1 dead in Oklahoma from multistate salmonella outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/1-dead-in-oklahoma-from-multistate-salmonella-outbreak/article/feed/278734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-dead-in-oklahoma-from-multistate-salmonella-outbreak/article/feed/278734?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One person has died in Oklahoma as a multistate outbreak of salmonella infection linked to imported cucumbers continues.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Monday, 732 people infected with outbreak strains of salmonella have been reported in 35 states.

The Oklahoma death brings the total number of fatalities to four. There was no immediate information available on the identity or hometown of the Oklahoma victim.

Scientists say It can take up to a week from the time people eat food contaminated with salmonella before they get sick.

Also, cucumbers have a shelf life of up to 14 days, and it's not unexpected to continue to see illnesses reported after the recalls.


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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:03:32 -0600 <![CDATA[EPA finds hazardous waste violations at Missouri-Kansas City]]> http://gazette.com/epa-finds-hazardous-waste-violations-at-missouri-kansas-city/article/feed/278728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-finds-hazardous-waste-violations-at-missouri-kansas-city/article/feed/278728?custom_click=rss LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City will pay a $23,679 civil penalty as part of a settlement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal regulations involving the storage and handling of hazardous waste.

The EPA announced Tuesday in a news release that inspections at Missouri-Kansas City's midtown campus and its School of Dentistry found the university did not properly determine if two solid waste streams contained hazardous waste. The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requires organizations that produce solid waste to make that determination and manage the hazardous waste properly until disposal, the EPA said.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:40:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-stops-paying-local-health-clinics-for-std-testing/article/feed/278633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-stops-paying-local-health-clinics-for-std-testing/article/feed/278633?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has notified more than 100 jails, health departments and family planning programs that the state will no longer provide free testing for HIV, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases at state labs, a move that shifts the cost to local jurisdictions.

The change hits local health departments that already are cutting staff, suspending programs and reducing hours in response to a budget stalemate in Springfield that has stalled normal state funding.

The state's two government labs, in Chicago and Carbondale, will no longer accept STD specimens starting this week, according to a Sept. 30 memo from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The notification was first reported by the Springfield bure

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:36:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Multi-disciplinary approach gives Cancer Center edge on treatment]]> http://gazette.com/multi-disciplinary-approach-gives-cancer-center-edge-on-treatment/article/1560729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/multi-disciplinary-approach-gives-cancer-center-edge-on-treatment/article/1560729?custom_click=rss When it comes to cancer care, more is more, and no one knows this better than Toni Green-Cheatwood, Director of Breast Oncology at Penrose Cancer Center. “There are so many factors to consider after both receiving and giving a breast cancer diagnosis,” she said. “Ultimately, we work to ensure all our patients and staff have the tools they need to move confidently into treatment and recovery, and a multi-disciplinary approach is a great way to do that.”

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:29:59 -0600
<![CDATA[$350K 3-year grant for new diabetes prevention program]]> http://gazette.com/350k-3-year-grant-for-new-diabetes-prevention-program/article/feed/278684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/350k-3-year-grant-for-new-diabetes-prevention-program/article/feed/278684?custom_click=rss NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans is getting $350,000 over three years to set up a diabetes prevention program.

Officials say the program will start at five health centers and eventually will expand to centers across New Orleans.

People who are overweight, don't eat a healthy diet and are not active are the most likely to develop type 2 diabetes, once called adult-onset diabetes.

The clinics will provide educational sessions on diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, managing stress and overcoming barriers, to help participants lose 7 percent of their weight and increase physical activity to 2½ hours a week.

Market Umbrella, which runs four weekly farmers markets, will provide

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:47:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Fired Minnesota Lottery executive sues for her job back]]> http://gazette.com/fired-minnesota-lottery-executive-sues-for-her-job-back/article/feed/278695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fired-minnesota-lottery-executive-sues-for-her-job-back/article/feed/278695?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former senior executive at the Minnesota State Lottery who was fired amid a bout with alcohol abuse is suing her ex-boss and the state on claims she was discriminated against because of her gender and her chemical dependency.

Johnene Canfield filed a lawsuit Friday in Ramsey County District Court that seeks reinstatement to the $100,000-a-year assistant lottery director post. She is also seeking damages for lost wages and emotional distress since being put on leave in December following her arrest in a suspected drunken driving crash. Canfield ultimately was terminated as a state employee in July but had been formally removed from her executive post two months earlier.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:33:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Healing Touch can help reduce pain in cancer patients and others]]> http://gazette.com/healing-touch-can-help-reduce-pain-in-cancer-patients-and-others/article/1560702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/healing-touch-can-help-reduce-pain-in-cancer-patients-and-others/article/1560702?custom_click=rss

When a traumatic cycling accident left Michael Haubert with a broken femur, he turned to a form of healing many might not be aware of - Healing Touch.

The light touch energy therapy affects people differently, but it almost always leaves a person in a deeper state of relaxation - exactly what the body needs to heal.

Haubert has experienced multiple sessions of the therapy over the last 18 months.

"I would say that many people will find positive benefits but in different ways," he said, "some physical, others mental and/or spiritually. It put my mind and body at ease from my injury and all the stress and demands that come with trying to balance major injury recovery with integration to normal life and work.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:53:13 -0600
<![CDATA[New fitness center combines health, wellness, performance with EXOS technology]]> http://gazette.com/new-fitness-center-combines-health-wellness-performance-with-exos-technology/article/1559491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-fitness-center-combines-health-wellness-performance-with-exos-technology/article/1559491?custom_click=rss Sponsored: Colorado Springs is stepping up its fitness game with the introduction of a completely renovated and well-appointed fitness and wellness facility this fall.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:06:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Don't get drunk: advice college kids may not get from docs]]> http://gazette.com/dont-get-drunk-advice-college-kids-may-not-get-from-docs/article/1560693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-get-drunk-advice-college-kids-may-not-get-from-docs/article/1560693?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO - Government researchers say "deplorably" few college students are warned by doctors about the danger from alcohol and drugs or encouraged to reduce drinking or substance use.

Their survey suggests that most doctors ask college students and other young adults about alcohol or drug use at regularly scheduled visits. But doctors don't go much beyond that initial question less than half of the time.

The study by National Institutes of Health researchers was published in JAMA Pediatrics. Some highlights about the findings:


About 2,100 college students and other young adults across the country were asked in 2012 and 2013 if they'd seen a doctor in the previous year and had been asked and counseled

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:10:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Easy breakfast bowls are another reason to cook up quinoa]]> http://gazette.com/easy-breakfast-bowls-are-another-reason-to-cook-up-quinoa/article/1560692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/easy-breakfast-bowls-are-another-reason-to-cook-up-quinoa/article/1560692?custom_click=rss

I apologize if you've heard this from me before, but I must once again urge you to cook up a huge batch of quinoa and keep it in your fridge (or freezer!) for recipes all week.

It's just such a healthful and versatile ingredient, I find myself making it more and more. It's packed with protein, full of fiber and vitamins, and - bonus! - it's gluten-free. It also happens to pair splendidly with so many other ingredients. So trust me and take the few minutes needed to cook up a big batch you can dig into all week.

Your handy stock of quinoa can be used to boost nutrients in salads, be added to smoothies, get topped with grilled veggies, tofu, fish or meat, be spooned into soups instead of noodles or rice, or get topped with

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:10:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Oct. 6, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-6-2015/article/1560689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-6-2015/article/1560689?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 9:30-11:10 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Monday, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Medicare Made Clear, 10-11 a.m. Thursday, free. - Aging is Not a Disease,

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Think Pink: Former Penrose nurse celebrates 5 years cancer free]]> http://gazette.com/think-pink-former-penrose-nurse-celebrates-5-years-cancer-free/article/1560637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/think-pink-former-penrose-nurse-celebrates-5-years-cancer-free/article/1560637?custom_click=rss

Join us for Think Pink!

The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center and ribbon sponsors Peak Vista Community Health Centers and RU Tattooed to bring you inspiring stories of local breast cancer survivors and a behind-the-scenes look at the care process from physicians, surgeons, nurses and volunteers throughout October.

Mary Wall has spent a better part of her 71 years in hospitals, but when she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer, she got a fresh perspective on the care process she was so familiar with.

The former Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Mary graduated from nursing school in 1965 and started

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:08:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette to host one-day Successful Aging Expo]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-to-host-one-day-successful-aging-expo/article/1560222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-to-host-one-day-successful-aging-expo/article/1560222?custom_click=rss

We navigate toward it from day one, but aging and retirement still can sneak up on us. It's only natural: The practical life changes that come with growing older can be hard to conceptualize and accept in a procrastination-prone society whose "new 30" keeps creeping up.

But graceful and healthy aging is informed aging, and to help the adult community engage in those important discussions and prepare for the practical and emotional lifestyle adjustments ahead, The Gazette will host a free, one-day Successful Aging Expo on Saturday.

"Many of our readers are over 50 and read The Gazette in print and online.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:28:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Congress OKs deal to finish over-budget Denver VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/congress-oks-deal-to-finish-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1560311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-oks-deal-to-finish-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1560311?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Congress has approved a deal to let the Veterans Affairs Department complete a long-delayed and over-budget medical center outside Denver, ending months of uncertainty about the future of the ambitious project.

The VA can now shift the $625 million it needs to finish the hospital from elsewhere within its budget after a series of votes on Wednesday in the House and Senate.

The deal also turns over big construction projects to the Army Corps of Engineers in the future because lawmakers don't trust the VA to manage them.

The Denver-area hospital is expected to cost nearly $1.7 billion, almost triple last year's estimate.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:48:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Analyst 'troubled' by fall in Colorado Springs unemployment rate]]> http://gazette.com/analyst-troubled-by-fall-in-colorado-springs-unemployment-rate/article/1560324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analyst-troubled-by-fall-in-colorado-springs-unemployment-rate/article/1560324?custom_click=rss The Colorado Springs area unemployment rate fell in August to a nearly 8-year low of 4.7 percent, but almost entirely because the labor force continues to shrink, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nearly 5,000 people have left the area job market since March, putting the local labor force at its lowest point since December 2009. Since March, the area's jobless rate has dropped 0.4 percentage points from 5.1 percent as the number of residents looking for work fell more than 1,500.

"This is troubling," said Tatiana Bailey, director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:40:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Stories of local breast cancer survivors, oncologists, caregivers to raise awareness this month]]> http://gazette.com/stories-of-local-breast-cancer-survivors-oncologists-caregivers-to-raise-awareness-this-month/article/1560321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stories-of-local-breast-cancer-survivors-oncologists-caregivers-to-raise-awareness-this-month/article/1560321?custom_click=rss

Think Pink: The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center and ribbon sponsor Peak Vista Community Health Centers to bring you inspiring stories of local breast cancer survivors and a behind-the-scenes look at the care process from physicians, surgeons, nurses and volunteers throughout October.

Plan to see plenty of pink mixed in with the orange and black this October – also known as Breast Cancer Awareness month and time for The Gazette’s annual Think Pink campaign.

The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:14:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Congress balks at deal to fund VA hospital in Aurora]]> http://gazette.com/congress-balks-at-deal-to-fund-va-hospital-in-aurora/article/1560273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-balks-at-deal-to-fund-va-hospital-in-aurora/article/1560273?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — With only days left to act, federal lawmakers failed Tuesday to reach a deal on how to finish construction of a VA hospital in Aurora that has made national headlines by busting its budget by more than $1 billion.

At issue is the final $625 million the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it needs to complete the facility. The VA already has spent about $1 billion on the $1.675 billion project, but it needs permission from Congress to spend another $625 million — and soon.

If Congress doesn't grant that permission by early October, VA officials have warned the project will run out of money and construction would grind to a halt.

As recently as last week, it appeared as if Congress would

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:38:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness diaries: Don't take a vacation from your workout]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-dont-take-a-vacation-from-your-workout/article/1560225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-dont-take-a-vacation-from-your-workout/article/1560225?custom_click=rss

Planning for a vacation is very exciting. Choosing the destination, arranging for all the travel and hotel accommodations and packing those bags also can be a little overwhelming.

Our vacation is a time to take a break from the real world, and getting away from our chaotic lives is a great way to relieve stress. But while we are writing the itinerary for the potential weeklong trip, daily workouts are hardly ever listed.

I have fallen into the vacation trap where I tell myself that "calories don't count" and try to convince myself that I will just work out extra hard when I return home. I pay no attention to portion control and eat all hours of the day while on vacation. And workouts are never on my agenda during my trip.

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:19:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Making life better at work in Colorado Springs: The case against sitting]]> http://gazette.com/making-life-better-at-work-in-colorado-springs-the-case-against-sitting/article/1560224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/making-life-better-at-work-in-colorado-springs-the-case-against-sitting/article/1560224?custom_click=rss

By now you've probably heard the bad news - sitting is the new smoking.

It's a gloomy state of affairs for worker bees chained to their desks for up to eight hours a day.

Research shows that sitting for extended time can have dire effects on your health, including obesity, metabolic syndrome and an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

So what's a health-conscious person to do?

Why, embrace stand-up and treadmill desks and exercise balls, that's what.

Mark Hartman, chief operating officer at St. Francis Medical Center, spends about 75 percent of his day at an Ergotron stand-up desk. He made the change about two years ago, though he started consciously making the effort to stand up

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:46:43 -0600