<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:45:36 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Mother uncovers lasting impact of baby son's organ donation]]> http://gazette.com/mother-uncovers-lasting-impact-of-baby-sons-organ-donation/article/feed/402133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mother-uncovers-lasting-impact-of-baby-sons-organ-donation/article/feed/402133?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood.

Only no one could tell the Washington mother if that precious donation really made a difference. So Gray embarked on an unusual journey to find out, revealing a side of science laymen seldom glimpse.

"Infant eyes are like gold," a Harvard scientist told her.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:31:36 -0600 <![CDATA[$2M to UMMC for rural emergency communication pilot project]]> http://gazette.com/2m-to-ummc-for-rural-emergency-communication-pilot-project/article/feed/402240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2m-to-ummc-for-rural-emergency-communication-pilot-project/article/feed/402240?custom_click=rss JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is getting $2 million for a pilot project to train rural first responders to use a statewide communications system to get long-distance help for patients.

Firefighters and law enforcement workers usually are the first to see accident or storm victims, Dr. Damon Darsey, medical director for the Mississippi Center for Emergency Services, said in a news release.

"The program will allow these people to get training on how to collect data and communicate findings early in the process — to provide the best care possible, but also communicate that care downstream so that whatever hospital the patient goes to will have the best information possible," he said.


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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:43:54 -0600
<![CDATA[States: OK to use river after sewage leak; businesses: whew!]]> http://gazette.com/states-ok-to-use-river-after-sewage-leak-businesses-whew/article/feed/402228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/states-ok-to-use-river-after-sewage-leak-businesses-whew/article/feed/402228?custom_click=rss MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi and Louisiana authorities say it's again safe to swim, wade, and fish in the Bogue Chitto River, and people who live and work on the waterway are relieved.

People have been warned away from the river since Sept. 16, when a levee breach at a Mississippi sewage plant spilled 1.3 million gallons of stormwater-diluted sewage into the river. Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Department of Health said Friday that the advisories were lifted.

The breach apparently was caused by beavers tunneling into the levee, The Enterprise-Journal of McComb reported (http://bit.ly/2daaM1R ).

"Those rascal beavers!" said Kim?Van?Dan of Canoe and Trail Outpost in Tylertown, M

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:20:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Plate umpire Layne hit in mask, leaves Mariners-Twins game]]> http://gazette.com/plate-umpire-layne-hit-in-mask-leaves-mariners-twins-game/article/feed/402221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plate-umpire-layne-hit-in-mask-leaves-mariners-twins-game/article/feed/402221?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a foul ball in the first inning and had to leave Sunday's game between Seattle and Minnesota because of concussion-like symptoms.

A foul off the bat of the Mariners' Robinson Cano ricocheted directly off Layne's mask.

Layne stumbled to his right and was grabbed by catcher Juan Centeno, who was quickly aided by Cano. Layne was tended to by Minnesota trainers for a few minutes before gingerly leaving the field.

Hunter Wendelstedt took over home plate duties. Layne was the crew chief for the game at Target Field.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:46:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Just say no to Narcan? Heroin rescue efforts draw backlash]]> http://gazette.com/just-say-no-to-narcan-heroin-rescue-efforts-draw-backlash/article/feed/402202?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/just-say-no-to-narcan-heroin-rescue-efforts-draw-backlash/article/feed/402202?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI (AP) — First responders in U.S. communities reeling from waves of heroin overdoses say some people tell them they should just say no to using so many resources on drug abusers.

Authorities say people have expressed frustration about rescuing addicts who often immediately resume using the potentially deadly drug. There are also concerns voiced about the wide-ranging social and government budget costs involved, including for the overdose antidote naloxone.

Some signs of heroin overdose backlash:

— Gov. Paul LePage in hard-hit Maine vetoed legislation this year to expand access to naloxone, usually under the brand name Narcan. He has explained that when people are receiving a dozen or more doses, they should

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:44:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Nebraska town considers banning smoking in apartments]]> http://gazette.com/nebraska-town-considers-banning-smoking-in-apartments/article/feed/402159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nebraska-town-considers-banning-smoking-in-apartments/article/feed/402159?custom_click=rss

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Some leaders in a blue-collar Nebraska suburb that's home to Offutt Air Force Base are borrowing an idea from a vastly more liberal state: Ban apartment renters from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside.

The proposal, which would be one of the few such restrictions outside of California and is similar to federal rules for public housing across the U.S., isn't meant to protect the health of the city's 50,000 residents, but instead to prevent fires.

Councilman Don Preister proposed the ban, which wouldn't affect duplexes and single-family homes, in August after cigarette smoking at a single Bellevue apartment complex led to two fires a month earlier.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:39:39 -0600 <![CDATA[7 overdose deaths in 1 day reported in Cleveland area]]> http://gazette.com/7-overdose-deaths-in-1-day-reported-in-cleveland-area/article/feed/402138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/7-overdose-deaths-in-1-day-reported-in-cleveland-area/article/feed/402138?custom_click=rss Authorities were trying Sunday to discover the types of drugs involved in a spate of overdoses that killed seven people in the Cleveland area a day earlier.

The deaths Saturday was the latest outbreak of drug overdose deaths in Ohio.

Tests were being conducted to figure out which drugs were involved, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said. Officials suspect they were either heroin or fentanyl.

"This cluster of deaths is deeply concerning," Gilson said in a statement. "Although there is no clear link between the individuals, this number clearly raises the possibility of a very deadly drug in our community."

He issued a warning to take extreme caution while also advising people not to use illicit drugs.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:30:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Doctors 'prescribe' fresh produce with help from food banks]]> http://gazette.com/doctors-prescribe-fresh-produce-with-help-from-food-banks/article/feed/402168?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctors-prescribe-fresh-produce-with-help-from-food-banks/article/feed/402168?custom_click=rss

OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The idea is simple: Load fresh fruits and vegetables into a refrigerator truck and drive it to a health clinic, then have a doctor write a "prescription" for food to improve the diets of low-income people with diabetes and high blood pressure.

U.S. food banks — the organizations on the front lines of fighting hunger — increasingly are promoting "food as medicine" strategies designed to address, not exacerbate, the high rate of chronic health problems among the poor.

One-third of households using food banks are feeding a family member with diabetes, and 58 percent have a family member with high blood pressure, according to a recent survey by Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:13:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Rhode Island Hospital gets $1.9M to study childhood health]]> http://gazette.com/rhode-island-hospital-gets-1.9m-to-study-childhood-health/article/feed/402203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rhode-island-hospital-gets-1.9m-to-study-childhood-health/article/feed/402203?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Hospital is getting a nearly $1.9 million federal grant to study how environmental factors in early childhood can affect the health of children and adolescents.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced last week that the National Institutes of Health is awarding the money.

The funding will allow Rhode Island Hospital to build a network that will support a four-year project enabling Hasbro Children's Hospital, Women and Infants Hospital and Brown University to conduct pediatric clinical trials.

The goal is to better understand how maternal and environmental influences can play a role in diseases and other health conditions including autism, obesity and asthma.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:10:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Things to know about Nevada's legal pot ballot measure]]> http://gazette.com/things-to-know-about-nevadas-legal-pot-ballot-measure/article/feed/402192?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/things-to-know-about-nevadas-legal-pot-ballot-measure/article/feed/402192?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada joins California, Arizona, Massachusetts and Arizona as one of five states voting this November on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Here are things to know about Question 2:


If the measure passes the statewide ballot in November, it would allow adults to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana, or 1/8 ounce of concentrated marijuana, effective Jan. 1.

The measure directs the Nevada Department of Taxation to adopt regulations by the end of 2017 on details such as how to issue recreational marijuana business licenses, how to prevent the substance from getting to people under the age of 21 and how to test marijuana's potency.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:58:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Pharmacy school leads program to help Medicare patients]]> http://gazette.com/pharmacy-school-leads-program-to-help-medicare-patients/article/feed/402160?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pharmacy-school-leads-program-to-help-medicare-patients/article/feed/402160?custom_click=rss AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A pharmacy school is launching a program to help Medicare patients in Alabama unable to afford medications.

The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University is reaching out to pharmacists and pharmacies to join the Certified Aging Resource Educated Specialists, or CARES, Pharmacy Network, the Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/2crvmP3) reported. The idea for the network was born from a Medicare outreach project between the school and the Alabama Department of Senior Services.

Salisa Westrick is leading the charge in pushing the initiative forward. She is the associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:41:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Connecticut health exchange hires new call center vendor]]> http://gazette.com/connecticut-health-exchange-hires-new-call-center-vendor/article/feed/402188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/connecticut-health-exchange-hires-new-call-center-vendor/article/feed/402188?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Virginia-based company is taking over the call center operations for Connecticut's health insurance exchange and will implement a new health insurance adviser program to help customers seeking coverage.

Access Health CT has executed a contract with Faneuil Inc. The company has provided eligibility and enrollment support to state-based health insurance exchanges across the United States.

Faneuil was selected following a competitive bidding process. It replaces Virginia-based MAXIMUS, which was running the Connecticut exchange's customer care operations.

Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh says Faneuil will recruit approximately 20 certified insurance brokers to help with the 2017 open enrollment

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:34:08 -0600 <![CDATA[AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination]]> http://gazette.com/aids-pageant-in-uganda-seeks-to-stem-stigma-discrimination/article/feed/402140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aids-pageant-in-uganda-seeks-to-stem-stigma-discrimination/article/feed/402140?custom_click=rss

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives.

Because the girl had AIDS, which can fuel stigmatization and invite harsh judgment, the mother wanted her daughter's condition kept a secret within the family.

Yet as she grew older, Natukunda, now 18 and the latest winner of a beauty pageant for young Ugandan women with the virus that causes AIDS, yearned to live openly, even if it meant people saying harsh things behind her back.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:53:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Health officials: Multistate E.coli outbreak sickens 7]]> http://gazette.com/health-officials-multistate-e.coli-outbreak-sickens-7/article/feed/402041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-officials-multistate-e.coli-outbreak-sickens-7/article/feed/402041?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control says a multistate outbreak of E.coli has sickened seven people, sending five to the hospital.

The CDC said Saturday that the outbreak of E. coli, which can cause intestinal illnesses, likely is linked to beef products from Adams Farms Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts.

People from 1 year old to 74 years old have become sick. They're from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC says five people who were interviewed said they'd eaten ground beef in the week before getting sick and that tests conducted in Connecticut on leftover ground beef from an ill person's home and a restaurant found E. coli.

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:05:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Warnings issued after infections linked to drinking raw milk]]> http://gazette.com/warnings-issued-after-infections-linked-to-drinking-raw-milk/article/feed/401950?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warnings-issued-after-infections-linked-to-drinking-raw-milk/article/feed/401950?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Public health agencies in southern Colorado have issued warnings while they investigate an outbreak of infections linked to raw milk.

Health officials said as many as 20 people have reported becoming sick after drinking raw milk supplied by Larga Vista Ranch in Pueblo County. The ranch has not been cited by health officials.

Phone calls to the ranch were not answered on Saturday, and they did not respond immediately to an email seeking comment.

The infection causes fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, and it can be fatal, officials said.

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:42:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Warning issued after 20 sickened by raw milk from ranch in Pueblo County]]> http://gazette.com/warning-issued-after-20-sickened-by-raw-milk-from-ranch-in-pueblo-county/article/1586248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warning-issued-after-20-sickened-by-raw-milk-from-ranch-in-pueblo-county/article/1586248?custom_click=rss

Up to 20 people have been sickened from raw milk supplied by a ranch in Pueblo County, leading health officials to warn against drinking unpasteurized milk from the farm.

The outbreak of campylobacteriosis - an infection causing nausea and diarrhea - stems from raw milk distributed by Larga Vista Ranch, which is about 20 miles east of Pueblo, according to El Paso and Pueblo county health officials.

The infections highlight the dangers of drinking raw, unpasteurized milk, said Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, El Paso County Public Health's medical director.

"Sometimes people think that raw foods of all kinds are healthier," she said. "But in this case, raw milk is very dangerous to be drinking."

Since Aug.

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:31:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Leprosy found in California elementary school student]]> http://gazette.com/leprosy-found-in-california-elementary-school-student/article/1586200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leprosy-found-in-california-elementary-school-student/article/1586200?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — A case of leprosy, extremely rare in the United States, has been diagnosed in a Southern California elementary school student, sending health officials scrambling to reassure parents and the public that the disease is hard to transmit and easy to treat.

Two children from Indian Hills Elementary School in Jurupa Valley had initially been diagnosed by a local doctor with the condition known medically as Hansen's disease, Riverside County health officials said Thursday. But this week they received results from the National Hansen's Disease Laboratory Research Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and they showed that only one of the children had tested positive.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:24:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Hundreds of military, VA patients warned of dirty endoscope risk at Air Force Academy clinic]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-military-va-patients-warned-of-dirty-endoscope-risk-at-air-force-academy-clinic/article/1586040?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-military-va-patients-warned-of-dirty-endoscope-risk-at-air-force-academy-clinic/article/1586040?custom_click=rss

A bungled cleaning procedure for medical equipment at a clinic shared by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Air Force Academy could put 267 patients at risk for hepatitis or human immunodeficiency virus.

The VA announced the problem Wednesday afternoon, saying an airman at the clinic skipped a step in cleaning gastrointestinal endoscopes. While the cleaning problem was identified more than a week ago, the agency and the Air Force began notifying patients of the issue Wednesday, VA spokesman Daniel Warvi said.

"Starting today at noon, I have two specially trained nurses calling all of the 61 affected veterans," Warvi said.

The Air Force Academy said its 206 patients were also getting calls.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:59:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Lawmakers want perjury investigation over costly Colorado VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-want-perjury-investigation-over-costly-colorado-va-hospital/article/1586101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-want-perjury-investigation-over-costly-colorado-va-hospital/article/1586101?custom_click=rss

A bipartisan group of lawmakers formally asked the U.S. Justice Department Thursday to investigate whether Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a Denver-area hospital.

Twelve Republicans and nine Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"It is an absolute fact that numerous VA officials repeatedly misled Congress regarding cost overruns related to the replacement Denver VA medical center," committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, said as he announced the request.

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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:30:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado medical pot law poised to add PTSD as qualifier]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-medical-pot-law-poised-to-add-ptsd-as-qualifier/article/1586003?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-medical-pot-law-poised-to-add-ptsd-as-qualifier/article/1586003?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Post-traumatic stress disorder may be added to Colorado's medical marijuana program — over the Health Department's objections.

A panel of state lawmakers has scheduled a vote Wednesday to give PTSD patients the ability to get a doctor's recommendation for pot, something many patient advocates have been seeking for more than a decade.

Colorado's 2000 medical pot law does not name PTSD but says that medical conditions could be added later. However, the state Board of Health has rejected multiple petitions to consider PTSD a condition for which doctors can recommend pot.

The vote Wednesday won't have any legal effect. But policy decisions by the interim legislative panels usually carry significant

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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:20:59 -0600
<![CDATA[The '5-second rule' for eating food? Scientists just demonstrated how gross it is]]> http://gazette.com/the-5-second-rule-for-eating-food-scientists-just-demonstrated-how-gross-it-is/article/1585892?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-5-second-rule-for-eating-food-scientists-just-demonstrated-how-gross-it-is/article/1585892?custom_click=rss

Imagine it's lunch. You are holding a fat slice of watermelon. It looks delicious. You move in for a bite. But something goes terribly wrong. The fruit slips from your juice-slicked fingers. Time slows as the nutritious treat tumbles to the linoleum.

Eh. You shrug, scooping up the slice. Maybe you make a halfhearted attempt to brush it clean. Maybe you even invoke that childhood decree - the five-second rule - as you sink your teeth into its melon flesh.

If you are unfamiliar with the rule, if you were never a klutzy fourth-grader with a sweet tooth and a fistful of M&Ms, it is simply this: If you drop food to the ground, you have a five-second window to pick it up and the snack will remain clean enough to eat.

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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:53:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Health insurance rates up more than 20 percent in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/health-insurance-rates-up-more-than-20-percent-in-colorado/article/1585980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-insurance-rates-up-more-than-20-percent-in-colorado/article/1585980?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Coloradans shopping for health insurance will see double-digit rate hikes next year, a result of insurers leaving the market and cutting plans.

The state Division of Insurance announced Tuesday that the cost of individual plans is going up by an average of 20.4 percent. The rate hikes will affect about 450,000 people in Colorado who don't have insurance covered by an employer and also don't qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.

In the small group market, which is made of up small employers, rate increases are much more moderate, averaging 2.1 percent.

About 92,000 people must find new coverage in Colorado next year because their insurance companies have left the market.

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:00:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Loathe your job in your 20s or 30s? That may hurt your health by your 40s]]> http://gazette.com/loathe-your-job-in-your-20s-or-30s-that-may-hurt-your-health-by-your-40s/article/1585894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/loathe-your-job-in-your-20s-or-30s-that-may-hurt-your-health-by-your-40s/article/1585894?custom_click=rss

Your first job can be a grind. Many of us start out in gigs that we never thought we'd have to take.

For those of us who are lucky, the situation is temporary and a stepping stone to something we love, but for others it can be the start of many years of a career that we hate.

At least you have your health, right? Actually, it looks like the consequences of your unhappiness with your work may impact your physical and mental well- being - and perhaps sooner than you might think.

An analysis by Ohio State University's Jonathan Dirlam and Hui Zheng, presented last month at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting, shows that job satisfaction in your late 20s and 30s appears to be linked to your

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:08:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Company launches online tool to help find missing people with Alzheimer's disease]]> http://gazette.com/company-launches-online-tool-to-help-find-missing-people-with-alzheimers-disease/article/1585918?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/company-launches-online-tool-to-help-find-missing-people-with-alzheimers-disease/article/1585918?custom_click=rss

A free online tool launched by Home Instead Senior Care Network will allow caregivers in Colorado Springs to alert family, friends and others to be on the lookout for a missing person with Alzheimer's disease.

Called the Missing Senior Network, the platform can be accessed at www.MissingSeniorNetwork.com.

The tool sends alerts through text messages and email and gives the option to post to 270,000 followers on the Home Instead Remember for Alzheimer's Facebook page.

"These frightening occurrences lead families to call our office and ask for help," Jerri Schomaker, of the Home Instead Senior Care, said in a statement.

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:07:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Sept. 20, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-sept.-20-2016/article/1585893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-sept.-20-2016/article/1585893?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.

92.9 Peak FM Day of Miracles Radiothon and Family Open House - To benefit the building of the new Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. radiothon, 3-6 p.m. open house, Friday, Children's Colorado, Urgent and Outpatient Specialty Care at Briargate, 4125 Briargate Blvd.; tinyurl.com/zjfrb89.

American Cancer Society Ute Pass Hike and Bike - 2 p.m. registration, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aspen Valley Ranch, 1150 South West Road, Woodland Park, $10. Registration:

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]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ACLU sues Colorado Medicaid over treatment of hep C patients]]> http://gazette.com/aclu-sues-colorado-medicaid-over-treatment-of-hep-c-patients/article/1585851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aclu-sues-colorado-medicaid-over-treatment-of-hep-c-patients/article/1585851?custom_click=rss DENVER — The ACLU has filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking to expand access under Colorado Medicaid to a drug to treat hepatitis C.

The American Civil Liberties Union suit was filed Monday. It follows lawsuits in other states that seek coverage under government insurance for a drug that has a high success rate in treating hepatitis C.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2cpBTbw) the Colorado suit says Medicaid patients can get the drug only after their livers have suffered some scarring.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which operates Medicare, had no immediate comment on the suit.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.

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Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:38:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Memorial Hospital CEO George Hayes to step down]]> http://gazette.com/memorial-hospital-ceo-george-hayes-to-step-down/article/1585395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memorial-hospital-ceo-george-hayes-to-step-down/article/1585395?custom_click=rss

Memorial Hospital's president and CEO plans to step down in early November, ending a nearly three-year run as one of the region's most powerful health care executives.

George Hayes, 60, who oversaw two hospital campuses and a host of newly-acquired medical practices in the growing system, announced his resignation Tuesday. He plans to leave his post Nov. 4.

"There's never a good time to do it, but I felt like this was as good of a time as any to make the move," Hayes said. "I think we've really repositioned Memorial over the last two and a half years or so."

No replacement was named. University of Colorado Health, which leases Memorial from Colorado Springs, will begin a search for a new president and chief executive

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Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:19:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Donated breast milk can make world of difference to babies, say Colorado Springs hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/donated-breast-milk-can-make-world-of-difference-to-babies-say-colorado-springs-hospitals/article/1585357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/donated-breast-milk-can-make-world-of-difference-to-babies-say-colorado-springs-hospitals/article/1585357?custom_click=rss

Human breast milk, no matter whose it is, does a baby good.

Lisa Tuttle's second son, Henry, was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1 pound and 11 ounces. He quickly needed nourishment and to get his gastrointestinal system working, but Tuttle's body wasn't able to produce the breast milk he needed for the first five days of his life.

"I started pumping the day of my delivery," said Tuttle, a registered nurse on the mom-baby unit at UCHealth Memorial Hospital. "We try to get any NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) mom pumping right away. It tells the body that you're going to breast-feed and it can take three to five days for milk to come in after a woman delivers.

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:16:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Fact Check: Is marijuana safer than alcohol?]]> http://gazette.com/fact-check-is-marijuana-safer-than-alcohol/article/1585300?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fact-check-is-marijuana-safer-than-alcohol/article/1585300?custom_click=rss

Arizona is one of five states with marijuana legalization on the ballot this fall, and the state's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, is not happy about it.

Ducey urged voters last week to reject legalization, saying it would exacerbate the state's existing opioid problem.

"If we want to expand this universe of people that are addicted and abusing drugs, well, you’ll have that chance in November," he said at a news conference. He added, "I don’t think that any state became stronger by being stoned."

Ducey cited the "unintended consequences" of legalization in Washington and Colorado, particularly the way marijuana "has infiltrated high schools with brownies and cookies and Pez dispensers and all-day

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"What can you start without being ready?"

That question jumped off the page of a book I was reading recently and made me pause. And consider. And then I emailed the question to myself to use as a theme in my yoga class.

The words took me down several paths. At first, I was reminded of those who tell me they want to start meditating and then tell me about the books they need to read or the workshops they need to take before they can begin. Though I'm not a meditation teacher, I do have some experience and a strong opinion - they need to plant their tush, close their eyes, get quiet and follow their breath.

Bam, they're meditating. They don't need all the prep work; they can start without being ready.

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