<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:44:09 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study]]> http://gazette.com/preventive-treatment-for-peanut-allergies-succeeds-in-study/article/feed/541212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/preventive-treatment-for-peanut-allergies-succeeds-in-study/article/feed/541212?custom_click=rss

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study.

Millions of children are allergic to peanuts, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut, contained in a capsule and sprinkled over food, as a way to prevent that by gradually getting them used to very small amounts.

California-based Aimmune Therapeutics said 67 percent of kids who had its experimental treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the study, compared to only 4 percent of others given a d

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:46:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Michigan State general counsel retiring amid Nassar fallout]]> http://gazette.com/michigan-state-general-counsel-retiring-amid-nassar-fallout/article/feed/541284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michigan-state-general-counsel-retiring-amid-nassar-fallout/article/feed/541284?custom_click=rss EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has announced the departure of its longtime vice president for legal affairs as it deals with fallout over a disgraced sports doctor who sexually assaulted female athletes.

The East Lansing school announced Tuesday that Bob Noto was retiring, effective March 5. He had been MSU's general counsel since 1995.

University Interim President John Engler praised Noto's service. Trustee Brian Mosallam has sought Noto's resignation and an independent review of the legal department's handling of issues related to former doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to decades in prison.

Kristine Zayko, deputy general counsel, takes Noto's job on an acting basis.

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:38:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Premature baby named after curling rock island defies odds]]> http://gazette.com/premature-baby-named-after-curling-rock-island-defies-odds/article/feed/541275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/premature-baby-named-after-curling-rock-island-defies-odds/article/feed/541275?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Long before her frightening birth, before the awful moments when everyone wondered if she would survive, before anyone knew how tough she could be, Ailsa Polo's destiny was linked to an isle of granite.

Both her parents were curlers, members of a tight-knit sport where an intense reverence for the game tends to bleed over into the players' personal lives. And so it was only natural that Joe and Kristin Polo decided to name their future daughter Ailsa, after the Scottish island where the granite that makes curling rocks is mined.

The Polos couldn't have foreseen how fortuitous her name would be.

Today, Joe Polo finds himself in Pyeongchang, competing on the U.S.

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:39:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums]]> http://gazette.com/trump-plan-less-health-insurance-for-lower-premiums/article/feed/541182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-plan-less-health-insurance-for-lower-premiums/article/feed/541182?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration spelled out a plan on Tuesday to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums.

The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former President Barack Obama's health law. Individuals could buy so-called "short-term" policies for up to 12 months. But the coverage would omit key consumer protections and offer fewer benefits, making it unattractive for people with health problems.

The plans would come with a disclaimer that they don't meet the Affordable Care Act's safeguards, such as guaranteed coverage, ten broad classes of benefits, and dollar limits on c

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:29:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Grocer Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push]]> http://gazette.com/grocer-albertsons-eyes-rite-aid-deal-in-health-care-push/article/feed/541163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grocer-albertsons-eyes-rite-aid-deal-in-health-care-push/article/feed/541163?custom_click=rss

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits.

Albertsons Companies executives said Tuesday that their purchase of Rite Aid's more than 2,500 remaining stores will help the combined company become a "leader in food, health and wellness."

The combination will have 4,892 stores and more than 4,300 pharmacies with a stronger presence on both coasts of the U.S. market. Leaders of both companies said the deal will help attract pharmacy customers who tend to spend more at Albertsons grocery stores.

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:56:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy firefighter hopes his cancer battle can help others]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-firefighter-hopes-his-cancer-battle-can-help-others/article/1621308?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-firefighter-hopes-his-cancer-battle-can-help-others/article/1621308?custom_click=rss

An Air Force Academy firefighter who battled the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires is now in the fight of his life against a rare cancer.

Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Linta was set to retire at the end of last year after almost 23 years fighting fires.

Everything was in order. His retirement ceremony was behind him, he had a contracting job lined up in Afghanistan. All he needed were some glasses.

The morning of his optometry appointment Linta woke up thinking, "something isn't right."

"I started getting some bad migraines in September," Linta said. "Something was impeding my eye from going all the way up."

Nine days later, he was told he had a large tumor behind his left eye.

The tumor was the length

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:50:53 -0700
<![CDATA[The internet can be a hypochondriac's worst friend]]> http://gazette.com/the-internet-can-be-a-hypochondriacs-worst-friend/article/1621332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-internet-can-be-a-hypochondriacs-worst-friend/article/1621332?custom_click=rss My 9-year-old came home from skiing and said his eyes hurt. He'd been wearing goggles all day, but I felt a pang of worry: Could it be snow blindness? (He was fine.)

I've had jaw pain, dizziness or stomach flu, and I start wondering about heart attacks, tumors, even Ebola.

I can rationalize away my fears when symptoms stop. Then a new problem arises, and I'm online, searching for signs of my imminent demise.

I'm not the only one. An informal poll of friends turned up a list of inaccurate self-diagnoses that included malaria, multiple sclerosis, West Nile virus, a femoral hernia, cancer and a post-hysterectomy pregnancy.

Health anxiety is extremely common if not universal, says Thomas Fergus, a clinical

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:41:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study]]> http://gazette.com/preventive-treatment-for-peanut-allergies-succeeds-in-study/article/1621351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/preventive-treatment-for-peanut-allergies-succeeds-in-study/article/1621351?custom_click=rss

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped children tolerate nuts in a major study.

Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut flour, contained in a capsule and sprinkled over food, as a way to prevent that.

California-based Aimmune (AIM-yoon) Therapeutics said 67 percent of kids who had its treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the study, compared to only 4 percent of others given a dummy powder.

The study involved nearly 500

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture]]> http://gazette.com/stuck-in-an-opioids-crisis-officials-turn-to-acupuncture/article/feed/541100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stuck-in-an-opioids-crisis-officials-turn-to-acupuncture/article/feed/541100?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain.

"I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said.

Harris also didn't want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty prescription painkillers.

Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by many medical experts, acupuncture is increasingly being embraced by patients and doctors, sometimes as an alternative to the powerful painkillers behind the nation's opioid crisis.

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:48:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Brain drain leaves Balkan nations on more uneven footing]]> http://gazette.com/brain-drain-leaves-balkan-nations-on-more-uneven-footing/article/feed/541143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brain-drain-leaves-balkan-nations-on-more-uneven-footing/article/feed/541143?custom_click=rss BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Marina Stevanov never doubted she would leave her native Serbia as soon as she earned her medical degree with top grades.

Now, the 25-year-old doctor is packing her diploma, thick medicine books and a German language dictionary for a move to Austria, where an elite hospital offered her a job that will train her to specialize in vascular surgery.

She doesn't plan to return any time soon.

Rampant unemployment, low wages, corruption and a lack of opportunity to advance careers are driving thousands of young and educated adults to emigrate from Europe's Balkan nations.

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:08:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympian Peggy Fleming to speak at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/olympian-peggy-fleming-to-speak-at-broadmoor-in-colorado-springs/article/1621333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympian-peggy-fleming-to-speak-at-broadmoor-in-colorado-springs/article/1621333?custom_click=rss

Figure skating queen Peggy Fleming is one of the lucky ones.

At 50, she caught her breast cancer in its earliest stages and eradicated it through radiation alone.

"I had a (healthy) mammogram a few months earlier and physically noticed the lump as I was stretching," said Fleming, 69, from her home in Denver. "The message is: early detection when it comes to any disease. If you feel or see something, you don't self-diagnose. You go get an opinion from a physician. Catching a disease early is much more curable in most cases."

The Olympian will be a keynote speaker and share her life story at the Women's Weekend of Wellness at The Broadmoor March 8 through 10.

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:15:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Feb. 20, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-20-2018/article/1621331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-20-2018/article/1621331?custom_click=rss 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 listings@gazette.com.

Charity Ball - To benefit a local Alzheimer's Association, 8 p.m.-midnight April 7, Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $50 in advance, $65 at door. Reservations: maskedtillmidnight.com.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, tinyurl.com/yanx8k37. - Fibromyalgia in Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 28. - Bone Builders & Bone Breakers, 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 5. - Understand Your DNR Status, 1-2:30 p.m. March 5. - Medicare Basics, 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 8. - Balance &

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]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:15:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs hospital construction projects pass key milestone]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hospital-construction-projects-pass-key-milestone/article/1621105?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hospital-construction-projects-pass-key-milestone/article/1621105?custom_click=rss

Two major hospital construction projects that are changing the skyline of northern Colorado Springs are reaching major milestones this month.

The hospitals are celebrating the "topping out" of their steel structures, marking the halfway point for UCHealth Memorial Hospital North and Children's Hospital's new Colorado Springs location.

Memorial North celebrated its topping out Feb. 7, 16 months after breaking ground on the 130,000-square-foot expansion that will add a new four-story tower to the hospital's campus northeast of Briargate Parkway and Union Boulevard. The $128 million project, which will open next spring, will add 40 painter beds dedicated to women's health services, including labor and delivery, post-partum and

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:01:22 -0700
<![CDATA["Shy kid" Karen Chen has a plan for fighting off nerves]]> http://gazette.com/shy-kid-karen-chen-has-a-plan-for-fighting-off-nerves/article/feed/540827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shy-kid-karen-chen-has-a-plan-for-fighting-off-nerves/article/feed/540827?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Karen Chen found herself in a room full of athletes, and she froze.

The 18-year-old American figure skater describes herself as a "shy kid," and her nerves were getting the best of her again. She was there hoping to trade collectable pins, a longstanding Olympic tradition that helps break the ice between people from different sports or countries.

She just couldn't do it.

"I was nervous," she said. "Like, 'What if this person doesn't want to trade pins with me? What if they already had my pin?' All these random thoughts raced (through) my head."

Worries like that have dictated much of Chen's young career, something she readily acknowledges.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:41:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Goepper's journey back from depression ends with 2nd medal]]> http://gazette.com/goeppers-journey-back-from-depression-ends-with-2nd-medal/article/feed/540635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/goeppers-journey-back-from-depression-ends-with-2nd-medal/article/feed/540635?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Nick Goepper wasn't ready four years ago. He can admit that now.

A bronze medal in Sochi when slopestyle skiing made its Olympic debut gave the 19-year-old a taste of fame he didn't know how to deal with. He partied with his friends back in Indiana for weeks. He drank too much. The edge that he brought to competitions across the world dulled. His motivation waned. Depression set in .

The journey back included a stint in rehab in the summer of 2016, some serious self-examination and more than a little growing up. Unassuming by nature, Goepper decided to talk openly about his struggles not necessarily to become a role model for those dealing with mental health concerns but simply to help with h

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:03:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Lakers' Channing Frye has appendectomy in Cleveland]]> http://gazette.com/lakers-channing-frye-has-appendectomy-in-cleveland/article/feed/540447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lakers-channing-frye-has-appendectomy-in-cleveland/article/feed/540447?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.

The team announced Saturday that its new acquisition had the laparoscopic procedure Friday night in Cleveland.

The Lakers say Frye will be re-evaluated after he returns to Los Angeles next weekend.

Frye was spending the All-Star break in Ohio with his family. He was with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Lakers on Feb. 8 along with Isaiah Thomas in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Frye is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game this season. He has appeared in one game for the Lakers.

"I'm pretty sure (now) that i got my appendix removed I'll be able to dunk at least 3xs a month now!" Frye tweeted, w

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]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:30:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: 'Vague awareness' of opioid epidemic in El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/report-vague-awareness-of-opioid-epidemic-in-el-paso-county/article/1621176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-vague-awareness-of-opioid-epidemic-in-el-paso-county/article/1621176?custom_click=rss

El Paso County has only a "vague awareness" of a drug epidemic claiming scores of lives every year and leaving far more people in the costly and dangerous throes of addiction.

And greater education - along with the creation of a long-sought needle exchange program - are the most cost-effective means to combat that epidemic.

Both were among the findings of a report this week by Community Health Partnership detailing El Paso County's readiness to stem the tide of overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin. Founded in 1992 by AspenPointe, the El Paso County Medical Society, El Paso County Public Health, Memorial Health System, Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Penrose-St.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:18:51 -0700
<![CDATA[No. 11 Clemson likely without guard Mitchell for No. 12 Duke]]> http://gazette.com/no.-11-clemson-likely-without-guard-mitchell-for-no.-12-duke/article/feed/540205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no.-11-clemson-likely-without-guard-mitchell-for-no.-12-duke/article/feed/540205?custom_click=rss

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson point guard Shelton Mitchell is doubtful with a concussion for the 11th-ranked Tigers game with No.12 Duke, further impacting a roster that has already stretched thin due to injuries.

The surprising Tigers (20-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), picked 13th in the 15-team league before the season, are in second place in the league standings largely because of an experienced lineup that has excelled at shutting out distractions on and off the court.

Since the frightening experience last summer when a fatal crash caused chaos outside the team hotel in Barcelona during the team's trip to Spain, Clemson has pulled itself together to achieve its highest ranking in nine years.

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]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:27:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Reds hoping Homer Bailey can stay healthy, lead rotation]]> http://gazette.com/reds-hoping-homer-bailey-can-stay-healthy-lead-rotation/article/feed/540196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reds-hoping-homer-bailey-can-stay-healthy-lead-rotation/article/feed/540196?custom_click=rss GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Homer Bailey went an entire offseason without surgery or rehabilitation sessions, the most encouraging sign for a Cincinnati Reds team that needs him to get back to the front of the rotation after three years of injuries.

"I finally had a normal winter, you might say," Bailey said.

The 31-year-old pitcher was expected to be a cornerstone of the staff when he got a $105 million, six-year deal before the 2014 season. Instead, he's pitched in only 26 games and gone 8-13 in the last three years while recovering from an operation to repair a tendon in his right forearm, Tommy John surgery and a procedure to remove bone spurs from the right elbow last February.

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]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:06:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/499?custom_click=rss ___

Trump decries 'far-fetched' collusion theories

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says "far-fetched theories" about collusion in the 2016 election "only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia." Trump is reacting to news that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for plotting to influence the 2016 campaign. Trump says, "It's time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks."


Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget cuts funding on two areas he's pledging to focus on — mental health and school safety — in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives

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]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:24:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Stocks stretch winning streak to 6 days despite turbulence]]> http://gazette.com/stocks-stretch-winning-streak-to-6-days-despite-turbulence/article/feed/540083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stocks-stretch-winning-streak-to-6-days-despite-turbulence/article/feed/540083?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed out their strongest week in five years Friday and have now recovered more than half of the losses they suffered in a plunge at the beginning of the month.

Investors got back to buying stocks almost as quickly as they started dumping them. The gain Friday was the sixth in a row for the Standard & Poor's 500 index. A combination of cheaper prices for stocks as well as solid company profits put investors back in a buying mood.

The S&P 500, which many index funds track, has risen almost 6 percent in its current streak. Investors haven't hesitated to buy the same types of stocks that did well before the market's recent slump, including technology companies and banks.

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]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:13:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates]]> http://gazette.com/food-box-idea-draws-criticism-from-democrats-advocates/article/feed/539970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/food-box-idea-draws-criticism-from-democrats-advocates/article/feed/539970?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed "America's Harvest Box."

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney likened the box to meal kit delivery service Blue Apron, and said the plan could save nearly $130 billion over 10 years. But the idea, tucked into President Donald Trump's 2019 budget, has caused a firestorm, prompting scathing criticism from Democrats and nutrition experts who say its primary purpose is to punish the poor.

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]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:25:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Flu kills 22 more children, bringing toll to 84 kids as worst season in a decade continues]]> http://gazette.com/flu-kills-22-more-children-bringing-toll-to-84-kids-as-worst-season-in-a-decade-continues/article/1621151?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flu-kills-22-more-children-bringing-toll-to-84-kids-as-worst-season-in-a-decade-continues/article/1621151?custom_click=rss

The worst flu season in a decade continues to take a grim toll, with 22 more child deaths reported Friday, bringing the total to 84.

The latest update, posted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also shows that the flu remained widespread in 48 states.

In a press conference Thursday about flu vaccines, acting CDC director Anne Schuchat said the flu season is far from over, even after 12 weeks of unusually persistent coast-to-coast misery.

“This flu season continues to be extremely challenging and intense, with very high levels of office visits for flu and hospitalization rates, all indications that flu activity is high and likely to continue for several more weeks,” she said.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:53:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs gets a Bean Sprouts café in Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gets-a-bean-sprouts-caf-in-garden-of-the-gods-visitor-and-nature-center/article/1621159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gets-a-bean-sprouts-caf-in-garden-of-the-gods-visitor-and-nature-center/article/1621159?custom_click=rss

Some big changes are under way at the café in the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Come mid-March, it will be re-branded Bean Sprouts - a hip & healthy café.

If you've heard the name, that's because 12 of these kid-focused cafés already opened around the country. This will be the first in Colorado. The café's goal is to spark kids' appetites for yummy, good-for-you food and delight grown-ups with a happier mealtime. The food has no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, no antibiotics and is allergy-friendly.

Bean Sprouts is the brainchild of two former college pals, now business partners Kelly Parthen and Shannon Payette Seip.

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]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:55:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Slain El Paso County deputy's family given health insurance free for a year]]> http://gazette.com/slain-el-paso-county-deputys-family-given-health-insurance-free-for-a-year/article/1621110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/slain-el-paso-county-deputys-family-given-health-insurance-free-for-a-year/article/1621110?custom_click=rss

Dependents of El Paso County employees killed on the job, including slain sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick, will continue receiving health insurance for up to a year at no cost, the board overseeing benefits decided unanimously Thursday.

Without the change, benefits for deceased employees' families, such as Flick's wife and 7-year-old twin children, would have expired at the end of the month.

"That was great news. It's been a worry for us for over a week," Sheriff Bill Elder said after the meeting. "It does give me some assurances that the Flick family will survive this long-term.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:07:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado flu season should start fading, state doctor says]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-flu-season-should-start-fading-state-doctor-says/article/1621113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-flu-season-should-start-fading-state-doctor-says/article/1621113?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The state epidemiologist says the influenza season in Colorado likely has peaked.

State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy says the record will likely fall before the end of February, but plenty of flu is still going around.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the state is on a record-setting pace. The state Department of Public Health and Environment said that through Sunday, 3,306 Colorado residents had been hospitalized with influenza this season.

The state record for influenza hospitalizations came in the 2014-15 season, with 3,397. Herlihy says the state will almost surely surpass that count.

The flu in Colorado, based on hospitalizations, peaked in the last week of December,

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:26:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Health insurance might end soon for family of fallen El Paso County sheriff's deputy]]> http://gazette.com/health-insurance-might-end-soon-for-family-of-fallen-el-paso-county-sheriffs-deputy/article/1620964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-insurance-might-end-soon-for-family-of-fallen-el-paso-county-sheriffs-deputy/article/1620964?custom_click=rss

At the Saturday funeral for slain Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick, his widow, Rachael, told thousands of people that one of her first questions after learning of his death was: "How am I going to take care of my kids?"

If El Paso County doesn't act quickly, those children might not have health insurance.

County officials plan to extend health insurance for Flick's widow and 7-year-old twins, who otherwise would lose their medical benefits at the end of the month.

The county's health plan trust board, which reviews the medical benefits, is to decide Thursday whether to extend the Flick family's insurance, setting a precedent for any county employee killed on the job, said Nicola Sapp, county chief financial officer.

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:06:12 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Gazette-El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund drive raises over $1.1 million for 20 nonprofits]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-gazette-el-pomar-empty-stocking-fund-drive-raises-over-1.1-million-for-20-nonprofits/article/1621021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-gazette-el-pomar-empty-stocking-fund-drive-raises-over-1.1-million-for-20-nonprofits/article/1621021?custom_click=rss

A fellow named Dave who had been on the street, but with a little help found a home, is one of the thousands of Gazette-El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund success stories.

At the Feb. 8 closing reception for the annual holiday drive, Kristy Milligan of recipient nonprofit Westside Cares described Dave, who always visits when he stops by for a cup of coffee from "the pot that's always on." The compassionate staff had been there for him when a homeless friend died.

Moving forward to a happier day, Dave shared that he and a friend finally had found a place to rent. They were just $200 short of moving in. Westside Cares helped them over that hurdle. The money Westside Cares received from ESF will fund seven months of the agency's

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:51:59 -0700
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A salmonella outbreak at an Aurora restaurant killed one and hospitalized three in November.

At least 33 people, including one employee, were infected at La California, a restaurant that has previously failed to meet health department standards.

The outbreak affected people who ate the restaurant’s family combo menu item from Nov. 10-14, according to a report from the Tri-County Health Department. Thirteen of the cases were confirmed while 20 were probable.

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CHICAGO — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.

Sarah Sherbert's first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed.

Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert's second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal symptoms and she was allowed to keep him in her room to encourage breast-feeding and bonding. His hospital stay was

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