<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:48:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Kelly Ripa not saying who she'd like as new 'Live!' co-host]]> http://gazette.com/kelly-ripa-not-saying-who-shed-like-as-new-live-co-host/article/feed/379021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kelly-ripa-not-saying-who-shed-like-as-new-live-co-host/article/feed/379021?custom_click=rss WATER MILL, N.Y. (AP) — If Kelly Ripa has a preference for who will join her as the co-host of "Live! With Kelly" she isn't saying who it is.

Ripa said Saturday that naming a favorite candidate to join her on the morning talk show would be "like telling you who my favorite child is."

Ripa spoke at a designer clothing sale to benefit ovarian cancer research in Water Mill, New York.

Organizers say the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's Super Saturday sale raised $3.4 million last year.

Ripa said the cause is dear to her heart because she lost a close family friend to ovarian cancer when she was growing up.

Ripa's former co-host on "Live!" was retired NFL great Michael Strahan.

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:07:28 -0600 <![CDATA[What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go']]> http://gazette.com/whats-troubling-athletes-arriving-in-rio-no-pokemon-go/article/feed/378741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whats-troubling-athletes-arriving-in-rio-no-pokemon-go/article/feed/378741?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares?

But no "Pokemon Go"? That's an outrage!

If there were ever a more "First World problem" for the Zika-plagued, water-polluted Rio Olympics, it's Brazil's lack of access to the hit mobile game, which has united players the world over.

Since debuting to wild adulation in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand this month, the game from Google spinoff Niantic Inc. has spread like wildfire, launching in more than 30 countries or territories — but not Brazil.

For athletes and other visitors caught up in the wave, not having access is just one more knock against an Olympics that officials are racing to get

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:30:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Earnhardt says no change in concussion-like symptoms]]> http://gazette.com/earnhardt-says-no-change-in-concussion-like-symptoms/article/feed/378951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/earnhardt-says-no-change-in-concussion-like-symptoms/article/feed/378951?custom_click=rss

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent.

NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion.

Earnhardt tweeted Saturday there was no change in his condition. He wrote: "Symptoms have plateaued over the last week. Balance/Gaze Stabilization are only issues. Docs preaching patience."

Jeff Gordon came out of retirement to drive for Earnhardt last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Gordon will race the No. 88 car again this weekend at Pocono Raceway. No decision has been made by Hendrick Motorsports about next week's race at Watkins Glen

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:54:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Couple turned tragedy into support for grieving families]]> http://gazette.com/couple-turned-tragedy-into-support-for-grieving-families/article/feed/378952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/couple-turned-tragedy-into-support-for-grieving-families/article/feed/378952?custom_click=rss ODENVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The path to healing after the loss of a child is a slow one.

No one knows that better than Abby and Cary Nicholas, of Odenville, who lost their beloved twins at 22 weeks gestation.

"The first year it was so overwhelming," Abby said. "We couldn't believe it actually happened."

In an attempt to give themselves and others "a little peace," the Nicholases and their friends, Justin and Loni Hodge, who lost a daughter at 20 weeks gestation, founded the Baby Steps Memorial Run eight years ago.

The event supports The Amelia Center at Children's of Alabama, which provides counseling and support groups for those who have lost loved ones.

This year's 5K and one mile memorial run is set for Satu

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:27:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Insurer's demise forces Ohioans to find new coverage]]> http://gazette.com/insurers-demise-forces-ohioans-to-find-new-coverage/article/feed/378953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insurers-demise-forces-ohioans-to-find-new-coverage/article/feed/378953?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohioans have been pushed to find new health insurance this summer as their financially troubled carrier winds down operations, an inconvenience that could come with a higher price tag.

Becky Mohler said she went to get a prescription filled only to be told by the pharmacist that her insurer was being liquidated, and she would have to pay the full cost of her medicine. She later got a letter from the suburban Columbus-based Coordinated Health Mutual Inc. about its financial troubles.

"I had no idea that something like this could happen," said Mohler, 60, of Logan.

Ohio regulators took over the company in late May after a judge granted the state's request to do so.

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:24:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Portland, Maine, sued over firing of pregnant worker]]> http://gazette.com/portland-maine-sued-over-firing-of-pregnant-worker/article/feed/378939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/portland-maine-sued-over-firing-of-pregnant-worker/article/feed/378939?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city is facing a lawsuit brought by a former worker who says she was fired days after she told her boss she was pregnant.

Emily Norris of Westbrook began working for the city in August of 2015. She told her supervisor on Oct. 1 that she needed to stop spending part of her daily shift at a homeless shelter because she was pregnant. On Oct. 6, she was fired.

Her lawsuits says her supervisor told her she had taken too much time off in the first two months of work, including three and a half sick days and one when her dog died.

A city spokeswoman says she can't comment on personnel matters.

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:06:25 -0600 <![CDATA[More bug spray, less dining al fresco planned in Zika zone]]> http://gazette.com/more-bug-spray-less-dining-al-fresco-planned-in-zika-zone/article/feed/378876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-bug-spray-less-dining-al-fresco-planned-in-zika-zone/article/feed/378876?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — As word spread that Miami's hippest neighborhood was now considered ground zero for the first mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika virus in the U.S. mainland, many residents vowed to take precautions, local officials urged tourists not to change travel plans and mosquito-control workers geared up for war against the pests.

"Zika is now here," Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday.

Some Miami residents said Friday that they were stocking up on mosquito repellent and planning to bring lunches to work instead of sitting at outdoor cafe tables under the Wynwood neighborhood's bright murals.

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:30:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika]]> http://gazette.com/officials-encourage-travelers-not-to-shun-florida-for-zika/article/feed/378875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-encourage-travelers-not-to-shun-florida-for-zika/article/feed/378875?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Florida mosquitoes have likely spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, and Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says the tourism-dependent state may face an economic crisis if visitors start canceling plans to come here.

But officials in Miami and Orlando caution against panic, and the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are no plans to recommend limiting travel to South Florida.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says potential visitors to Florida shouldn't think twice about coming to the Sunshine State.

Jacob's jurisdiction covers the Orlando area's major theme parks in the Orlando area.

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 02:31:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Co-founder of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright, dies at 69]]> http://gazette.com/co-founder-of-autism-speaks-suzanne-wright-dies-at-69/article/feed/378836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/co-founder-of-autism-speaks-suzanne-wright-dies-at-69/article/feed/378836?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A co-founder of the advocacy group Autism Speaks has died after helping build it into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder. Suzanne Wright was 69.

Organization spokeswoman Aurelia Grayson says Wright died of pancreatic cancer Friday at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

She and her husband, former NBC Universal CEO Bob Wright, founded Autism Speaks in 2005 after their grandson's diagnosis. The New York-based organization funds research, raises awareness and spotlights the needs of people with autism and their families.

As part of her role, she appeared at events at the United Nations annually for eight years on World Autism Awareness Day. It's April 2.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:47:44 -0600 <![CDATA[GMO wheat found in Washington state could affect US trade]]> http://gazette.com/gmo-wheat-found-in-washington-state-could-affect-us-trade/article/feed/378682?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gmo-wheat-found-in-washington-state-could-affect-us-trade/article/feed/378682?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food.

The Food and Drug Administration says genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are safe and little scientific concern exists about the safety of those on the market. But critics say not enough is known about their risks, and they want GMOs labeled so people know what's in their food.

On Friday, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:19:41 -0600 <![CDATA[TCU loses 7-year-old fan Micah Ahern to cancer]]> http://gazette.com/tcu-loses-7-year-old-fan-micah-ahern-to-cancer/article/feed/378806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tcu-loses-7-year-old-fan-micah-ahern-to-cancer/article/feed/378806?custom_click=rss

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A 7-year-old Texas boy who was a beloved part of the TCU' baseball team's three consecutive trips to the College World Series has died following a battle with cancer.

Micah Ahern had undergone more than 10 operations since 2010 after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that attacks small children.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle posted in a tweet that the Horned Frogs had lost a teammate with Micah's passing Thursday. The coach also wrote, "Heaven gained, not just an Angel, but a Warrior!"

TCU players considered Micah a hero and friend since he was first introduced to the team in 2013 through Team IMPACT, an organization that matches children suffering from chronic or life-threaten

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:04:01 -0600 <![CDATA['Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US]]> http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378571?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed to have contracted the virus locally through mosquito bites, Gov. Rick Scott said.

No mosquitoes in Florida have actually been found to be carrying Zika, despite the testing of 19,000 by the state lab. But other methods of Zika transmission, such as travel to a stricken country or sex with an infected person, have been ruled out.

"Zika is now here," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers f

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:55:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Rauner signs plan limiting mentally ill from owning guns]]> http://gazette.com/rauner-signs-plan-limiting-mentally-ill-from-owning-guns/article/feed/378809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rauner-signs-plan-limiting-mentally-ill-from-owning-guns/article/feed/378809?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns.

The proposal Rauner signed Friday strengthens existing law by requiring circuit court clerks to report the names of people a judge deems mentally disabled to the Illinois State Police at least twice a year. The new law takes effect immediately.

Under the old law, a person deemed by a judge to have a mental illness could lose his or her gun owner identification card. One of the plan's sponsors, Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison, had said that not all counties in the state were complying.

She has said her proposal would create better communication between court clerks and state police


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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:46:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Justices deciding if solar referendum qualifies for ballot]]> http://gazette.com/justices-deciding-if-solar-referendum-qualifies-for-ballot/article/feed/378805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justices-deciding-if-solar-referendum-qualifies-for-ballot/article/feed/378805?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Supreme Court justices are considering whether to allow a measure reversing a recent rooftop solar rate hike onto the November ballot.

Justices heard arguments Friday from the No Solar Tax PAC, which is backed by SolarCity. They're appealing a lower court ruling that found their proposed referendum didn't qualify and should be pursued in a different format as an initiative petition.

The referendum seeks to remove portions of a Nevada law passed last year that authorized the controversial rate hike.

The Citizens for Solar and Energy Fairness PAC that's backed largely by NV Energy is opposing the referendum. The group's lawyer says a description of its effect is misleading to voters.


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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:30:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Compounding center owner, husband admit to cash withdrawals]]> http://gazette.com/compounding-center-owner-husband-admit-to-cash-withdrawals/article/feed/378786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/compounding-center-owner-husband-admit-to-cash-withdrawals/article/feed/378786?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — The majority owner of the New England Compounding Center and her husband have pleaded guilty to illegally withdrawing cash following the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Carla Conigliaro, 53, and her husband Douglas, 55, of Dedham admitted in federal court Friday to withdrawing $124,000 in cash from their bank accounts in a manner intended to defeat financial reporting requirements.

The couple was not charged with having an active role in managing the compounding center.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 1.

The 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 people in 20 states.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:45:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Ice Bucket Challenge funds lead to medical breakthrough in ALS]]> http://gazette.com/ice-bucket-challenge-funds-lead-to-medical-breakthrough-in-als/article/1581295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ice-bucket-challenge-funds-lead-to-medical-breakthrough-in-als/article/1581295?custom_click=rss

The Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral on social media from July 2014 to August 2014, actually raised enough money to help lead to a significant medical breakthrough in research for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The ALS Association announced Monday that researchers part of the Project MinE's global gene sequencing effort, which was funded through Ice Bucket Challenge donations, were able to identify a new gene, NEK1.

The NEK1 gene now "ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease, providing scientists with another potential target for therapy development," the ALS Association said in a statement.

The Ice Bucket Challenge involved people dumping ice water over their heads to raise

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:14:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Heart rate monitors help get rid of the guesswork, are popular in fitness classes across Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/heart-rate-monitors-help-get-rid-of-the-guesswork-are-popular-in-fitness-classes-across-colorado-springs/article/1581187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heart-rate-monitors-help-get-rid-of-the-guesswork-are-popular-in-fitness-classes-across-colorado-springs/article/1581187?custom_click=rss

Treadmill incline? Ten percent. Speed? 4.2. Heart rate zone? Still in the green.

As I huffed and puffed away on the treadmill and rowing machine, my eyes kept wandering up to the large scoreboards looming over the dim, cool room at Orangetheory Fitness, a chain of fitness gyms across the country. There it was - my heart rate and the number of calories I was allegedly torching during a combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight training.

I was working hard enough that I could not have passed the talk test - where you can talk but not sing during an activity - but the heart rate monitor strapped around my torso was telling a different story. I'd moved into vigorous territory, yet I couldn't get my heart rate high enough

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:20:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-26-2016/article/1581188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-26-2016/article/1581188?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.

ADA Classic 5K - To benefit the American Diabetes Association, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache La Poudre St., $28. Registration: csgrandprix.com/10k.html.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, East Library. 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink classes, screenings and programs - Registration: 444-2273, uchealth.org/healthlink. - Healthy Eating, Healthy

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado resident leading national retail push for CW Hemp]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-resident-leading-national-retail-push-for-cw-hemp/article/1581026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-resident-leading-national-retail-push-for-cw-hemp/article/1581026?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — The nondescript building in east Boulder is like many other in the city; is, in fact, identical to several surrounding structures. Passing motorists and pedestrians wouldn't know that there's a multi-million dollar manufacturing operation inside. And that's the way the folks at CW Hemp want it.

Even if someone did manage to peek inside the 18,000-square-foot lab, warehouse and office space, they wouldn't know that one of the most famous strains of hemp in the world is processed here, reported the Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/29vxtMC).

Between 600 and 1,000 units of CW's product ship from the premises each month, extracted from a strain of the plant called Charlotte's Web, made famous by the 2013

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:34:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: 5 tips in yoga etiquette 101]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-5-tips-in-yoga-etiquette-101/article/1580669?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-5-tips-in-yoga-etiquette-101/article/1580669?custom_click=rss

Sometimes all you want is a yoga class - a chance to be alone and forget your pesky thoughts, and a space to breathe, stretch your limbs and rejuvenate in a peaceful savasana.

Then you relax on your mat and suddenly realize this is not that class. Somebody next to you clearly hasn't showered in the past week. Another practitioner unrolls her mat an inch away from yours, and two girls behind you won't stop talking about their Tinder dates.

Sure, this could be an ideal opportunity to practice your yoga and be open and accepting of the moment. But this also could be the point you wish Miss Manners had tackled proper yoga etiquette.

A decade of attending yoga classes has led me to these observations:

- Good mat mojo -

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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:42:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs doctor among 4 in state to have license suspended for medical marijuana authorizations]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-doctor-among-4-in-state-to-have-license-suspended-for-medical-marijuana-authorizations/article/1580719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-doctor-among-4-in-state-to-have-license-suspended-for-medical-marijuana-authorizations/article/1580719?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs doctor was among four physicians whose licenses were suspended Tuesday after state regulators claimed the doctors wrongfully allowed hundreds of people to grow extra medical marijuana plants.

Dr. William Tyler Stone's license was suspended after the Colorado Medical Board questioned the medical necessity of allowing people to grow scores of marijuana plants.

Currently, doctors can authorize medical marijuana for eight conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, seizures, severe nausea and severe pain. Any patients seeking to grow more than the state's standard plant count - six - must get clearance by a doctor.

Stone authorized at least 400 people to grow 75 or more marijuana plants from Jan.

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:04:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Do yoga at Coors Field, then catch a baseball game]]> http://gazette.com/do-yoga-at-coors-field-then-catch-a-baseball-game/article/1580671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/do-yoga-at-coors-field-then-catch-a-baseball-game/article/1580671?custom_click=rss

Yoga and baseball go together like hot dogs and hamburgers.

The fourth annual Yoga Day at Coors Field on Aug. 6 gives yogis the chance to practice on the field in the morning and take in a game between the Colorado Rockies and the Miami Marlins at night. And, before you ask: No, Rockies players won't be doing warrior poses next to you during class. The $20-$65 price includes yoga class, a ticket to the game and a Rockies-themed yoga promotional item.

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:40:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 19, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-19-2016/article/1580674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-19-2016/article/1580674?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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

ADA Classic 5K - To benefit the American Diabetes Association, 8:30 a.m. July 30, Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache La Poudre St., $28. Registration: csgrandprix.com/10k.html.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View.

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]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Eliminate standing water to curb mosquitoes]]> http://gazette.com/eliminate-standing-water-to-curb-mosquitoes/article/1580670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eliminate-standing-water-to-curb-mosquitoes/article/1580670?custom_click=rss

Midsummer is short-sleeve weather, an enjoyable time to be out with family and friends. But it also is the heart of mosquito season, so beware the escalating health risks caused by their bites.

The No. 1 prevention practice is eliminating any standing water that could serve as a mosquito-breeding site.

"Still water is a great environment" for the insects, said Scott Zide, founder of Mosquito Squad, a mosquito and tick control service with 200 locations. "One hundred-plus mosquitoes can be hatched from a single bottle cap full of water.

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]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[In medical mystery, caregiver of Zika patient gets virus]]> http://gazette.com/in-medical-mystery-caregiver-of-zika-patient-gets-virus/article/1580647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-medical-mystery-caregiver-of-zika-patient-gets-virus/article/1580647?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY — A person who cared for a Zika-infected relative in Utah also got the virus, but exactly how it was transmitted is a medical mystery, health officials announced Monday.

The tropical mosquito that mainly spreads Zika isn't found in the high-altitude area with cold winters where the two lived, Salt Lake County Health Department officials said. They didn't have sexual contact, which is how the virus is typically spread between adults when there's no mosquito bite or mother-to-child transmission.

"The new case in Utah is a surprise, showing that we still have more to learn about Zika," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention medical epidemiologist Erin Staples said.

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:49:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Woman found to spread Zika through sex for 1st time]]> http://gazette.com/woman-found-to-spread-zika-through-sex-for-1st-time/article/1580457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-found-to-spread-zika-through-sex-for-1st-time/article/1580457?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — A New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented.

Zika is usually spread by mosquitoes, and health officials have known for some time that men can spread it through sex. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case Friday and updated its advice for pregnant women.

The CDC now advises them to use protection if their sex partner has traveled to a Zika-infected region, whether the partner is a man or a woman.

The Zika virus causes only a mild illness, at worst, in most people. But infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects for the fetus. The New York

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:45:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado wildfires prompt air quality advisory]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-wildfires-prompt-air-quality-advisory/article/1580110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-wildfires-prompt-air-quality-advisory/article/1580110?custom_click=rss

Smoke drifting from wildfires burning across Colorado Monday could leave some residents feeling under the weather, local health officials said.

Dr. Brendan Browning, an emergency room physician at Memorial Hospital, said smoke inhalation may affect the upper respiratory system in ways similar to allergies. Symptoms can include cough, congestion, runny nose and red or irritated eyes.

"Any exposure to smoke can lead to coughing, wheezing and generalized shortness of breath, but people with preexisting lung conditions would experience symptoms sooner," Browning said. "You're going to have more pronounced symptoms the closer you are to the fire, but people here in Colorado Springs can still experience these symptoms.

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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Forget the gym, workout buffs hit up national landmarks]]> http://gazette.com/forget-the-gym-workout-buffs-hit-up-national-landmarks/article/1580124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forget-the-gym-workout-buffs-hit-up-national-landmarks/article/1580124?custom_click=rss

At the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Joe Hendricks' free workout on Saturday mornings had been drawing a few hundred people.

But two years ago, he said, the city ordered groups with more than 20 people to limit sessions to Sunday only.

Now, roughly 200 join him for a Sunday workout that includes everything from backward crawls up the bleachers to "piggy back" exercises where you carry your partner. Hendricks, 53, leads the workouts alongside several other fitness groups and soloists at the sandstone monoliths where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.

"It's a workout mecca really for Denver. It's just so energizing to have so many people around you and real motivating. People are high-fiving each other.

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Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Nurse Chats - Stroke, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, $1. - Healthy Weight Loss, 10-11 a.m. Monday, $1. Jeffrey Davis Sepsis Challenge 5K - To benefit Sepsis Alliance, 10 a.m. July 23, Marcos Pizza, 9420 Briar Village Point, Suite 170, $40. Registration: jeffreydavis5k.org.

IREM Charity Run, Walk or Crawl - To benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado NICU, 6:30-11 a.m.

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