<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:35:31 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye]]> http://gazette.com/sen.-harry-reid-undergoes-surgery-on-eye/article/feed/199129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sen.-harry-reid-undergoes-surgery-on-eye/article/feed/199129?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago.

A spokesman said the surgery was successful and doctors are optimistic that the 75-year-old Reid will regain vision in his injured eye, although they are not yet able to say if that will be the case.

Spokesman Adam Jentleson says Reid will recuperate at his home in Washington this week.

Jentleson says that in addition to repairing bones in Reid's right brow, temple and cheek and removing a blood clot in his right eye, doctors removed additional blood from the front of the eye.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago.

A spokesman said the surgery was successful and doctors are optimistic that the 75-year-old Reid will regain vision in his injured eye, although they are not yet able to say if that will be the case.

Spokesman Adam Jentleson says Reid will recuperate at his home in Washington this week.

Jentleson says that in addition to repairing bones in Reid's right brow, temple and cheek and removing a blood clot in his right eye, doctors removed additional blood from the front of the eye.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:27:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Assisted suicide case goes to New Mexico appeals court]]> http://gazette.com/assisted-suicide-case-goes-to-new-mexico-appeals-court/article/feed/199037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/assisted-suicide-case-goes-to-new-mexico-appeals-court/article/feed/199037?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Do terminally-ill patients in the New Mexico already have a right to end their lives?

That's what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after the state and lawyers from a terminally-ill woman gave arguments on Monday.

The case involves a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer who is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico's laws preventing her from ending her life and putting doctors in legal trouble.

Last year, Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ruled the New Mexico Constitution prohibits the state from depriving a person of life, liberty or property without due process.

But the New Mexico Attorney General's Office appealed the ruling.

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]]> SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Do terminally-ill patients in the New Mexico already have a right to end their lives?

That's what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after the state and lawyers from a terminally-ill woman gave arguments on Monday.

The case involves a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer who is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico's laws preventing her from ending her life and putting doctors in legal trouble.

Last year, Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ruled the New Mexico Constitution prohibits the state from depriving a person of life, liberty or property without due process.

But the New Mexico Attorney General's Office appealed the ruling.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Kansas House committee working on plan to expand Medicaid]]> http://gazette.com/kansas-house-committee-working-on-plan-to-expand-medicaid/article/feed/199090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kansas-house-committee-working-on-plan-to-expand-medicaid/article/feed/199090?custom_click=rss

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hospital officials gave their backing Monday to a Kansas House committee's effort to expand the state Medicaid program to capture additional dollars under the federal health care overhaul, despite opposition to the plan from Republican leaders.

The Vision 2020 Committee heard supportive testimony from Tom Bell, president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association, and two top executives with Via Christi, the state's largest health system. They said expanding Medicaid as contemplated by the 2010 federal health care law would provide coverage to another 169,000 Kansas residents, including 100,000 with jobs.

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]]> TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hospital officials gave their backing Monday to a Kansas House committee's effort to expand the state Medicaid program to capture additional dollars under the federal health care overhaul, despite opposition to the plan from Republican leaders.

The Vision 2020 Committee heard supportive testimony from Tom Bell, president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association, and two top executives with Via Christi, the state's largest health system. They said expanding Medicaid as contemplated by the 2010 federal health care law would provide coverage to another 169,000 Kansas residents, including 100,000 with jobs.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Births rescheduled due to pending blizzard]]> http://gazette.com/births-rescheduled-due-to-pending-blizzard/article/feed/199130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/births-rescheduled-due-to-pending-blizzard/article/feed/199130?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some babies are arriving into the world early as a result of the winter storm.

Hospitals across Connecticut have cancelled elective surgeries scheduled for Tuesday.

Dr. Elizabeth Deckers, who is the medical director of labor and delivery for Hartford Hospital, says that meant the hospital had to move up two scheduled deliveries to Monday.

She says other patients who are expecting babies in the next few days are being told to watch for signs of labor and alert their doctors immediately, so arrangements can be made to get them to the hospital.

Hospitals across the state say they are asking staff for Tuesday shifts to come in Monday evening. Bridgeport Hospital spokesman John Cappiello says t

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some babies are arriving into the world early as a result of the winter storm.

Hospitals across Connecticut have cancelled elective surgeries scheduled for Tuesday.

Dr. Elizabeth Deckers, who is the medical director of labor and delivery for Hartford Hospital, says that meant the hospital had to move up two scheduled deliveries to Monday.

She says other patients who are expecting babies in the next few days are being told to watch for signs of labor and alert their doctors immediately, so arrangements can be made to get them to the hospital.

Hospitals across the state say they are asking staff for Tuesday shifts to come in Monday evening. Bridgeport Hospital spokesman John Cappiello says t]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Canada finds case of H7N9 bird flu in traveler]]> http://gazette.com/canada-finds-case-of-h7n9-bird-flu-in-traveler/article/feed/199075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canada-finds-case-of-h7n9-bird-flu-in-traveler/article/feed/199075?custom_click=rss TORONTO (AP) — Canadian health authorities said Monday they have diagnosed a case of bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China and suspect a man who travelled with her also had it.

This is the first time this particular type of bird flu — H7N9— has been detected in a Canadian or American. The strain first emerged in China two years ago and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry.

Officials said testing is being done to determine if the man who travelled with her was also infected. The couple is their 50s and got sick within a day of each other.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the risk to Canadians is low. This virus does not appear to transmit easily from person to person.

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]]> TORONTO (AP) — Canadian health authorities said Monday they have diagnosed a case of bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China and suspect a man who travelled with her also had it.

This is the first time this particular type of bird flu — H7N9— has been detected in a Canadian or American. The strain first emerged in China two years ago and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry.

Officials said testing is being done to determine if the man who travelled with her was also infected. The couple is their 50s and got sick within a day of each other.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the risk to Canadians is low. This virus does not appear to transmit easily from person to person.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:53:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Apparent marijuana permit winners want process to proceed]]> http://gazette.com/apparent-marijuana-permit-winners-want-process-to-proceed/article/feed/199085?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apparent-marijuana-permit-winners-want-process-to-proceed/article/feed/199085?custom_click=rss SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Owners of businesses on former Gov. Pat Quinn's short list for medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries say the process was fair and should proceed.

Public documents show Quinn's staff was ready to grant at least a dozen licenses before leaving office but didn't.

Rauner says he will review that process. Such holdups have produced lawsuits in other states. Illinois cultivators want to avoid legal action.

Bradley Vallerius (vuh-LAYR'-ee-us) represents ICC Holdings, which was in line for up to two permits. He says Rauner should approve licenses for high scorers such as ICC.

Ben Kovler of GTI Holdings — another high scorer — says "the best applicants" should be OK'd to help

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]]> SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Owners of businesses on former Gov. Pat Quinn's short list for medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries say the process was fair and should proceed.

Public documents show Quinn's staff was ready to grant at least a dozen licenses before leaving office but didn't.

Rauner says he will review that process. Such holdups have produced lawsuits in other states. Illinois cultivators want to avoid legal action.

Bradley Vallerius (vuh-LAYR'-ee-us) represents ICC Holdings, which was in line for up to two permits. He says Rauner should approve licenses for high scorers such as ICC.

Ben Kovler of GTI Holdings — another high scorer — says "the best applicants" should be OK'd to help]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:22:37 -0700 <![CDATA[VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions]]> http://gazette.com/va-to-create-unified-framework-with-5-service-regions/article/feed/199065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-to-create-unified-framework-with-5-service-regions/article/feed/199065?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions.

The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans, including more than 6 million who receive health care each year from the VA's 970 hospitals or clinics.

The VA now has nine organizational maps and at least a dozen websites, many with their own usernames and passwords, as it provides services ranging from health care to disability benefits, home loans and cemetery plots.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions.

The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans, including more than 6 million who receive health care each year from the VA's 970 hospitals or clinics.

The VA now has nine organizational maps and at least a dozen websites, many with their own usernames and passwords, as it provides services ranging from health care to disability benefits, home loans and cemetery plots.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:22:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Union says California Kaiser nurses reach contract agreement]]> http://gazette.com/union-says-california-kaiser-nurses-reach-contract-agreement/article/feed/199049?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/union-says-california-kaiser-nurses-reach-contract-agreement/article/feed/199049?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kaiser Permanente nurses in California have approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California voted last week to approve the new three-year deal, the California Nurses Association said Monday.

About 18,000 Kaiser nurses in the state went on a two-day strike in November, and another walkout was planned for last week but an agreement was reached.

The California Nurses Association represents the Kaiser nurses. Those workers are part of the National Nurses United organization.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kaiser Permanente nurses in California have approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California voted last week to approve the new three-year deal, the California Nurses Association said Monday.

About 18,000 Kaiser nurses in the state went on a two-day strike in November, and another walkout was planned for last week but an agreement was reached.

The California Nurses Association represents the Kaiser nurses. Those workers are part of the National Nurses United organization.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:22:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Documents: Top-scoring marijuana cultivation applicants]]> http://gazette.com/documents-top-scoring-marijuana-cultivation-applicants/article/feed/199054?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/documents-top-scoring-marijuana-cultivation-applicants/article/feed/199054?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration had prepared lists of businesses that were to receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses before he left office this month. Quinn did not act on the licenses, leaving them to his successor, Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Below is the list of applicants that scored highest in evaluations to receive marijuana cultivation licenses in each of Illinois' state police districts, according to the documents. In some cases, where marked, the Quinn administration did not include those businesses in later drafts of prepared, but unsent news releases.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration had prepared lists of businesses that were to receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses before he left office this month. Quinn did not act on the licenses, leaving them to his successor, Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Below is the list of applicants that scored highest in evaluations to receive marijuana cultivation licenses in each of Illinois' state police districts, according to the documents. In some cases, where marked, the Quinn administration did not include those businesses in later drafts of prepared, but unsent news releases.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:19:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Hard search for less invasive brain surgery leads to eyelid]]> http://gazette.com/hard-search-for-less-invasive-brain-surgery-leads-to-eyelid/article/feed/199062?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hard-search-for-less-invasive-brain-surgery-leads-to-eyelid/article/feed/199062?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott's unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut — operating through her eyelid.

The idea: Make a small incision right in the crease and sneak past the eyeball into the hard-to-reach center of the head.

"The nice thing about it is, we have to saw off much less of your head," is how Dr. S. Tonya Stefko of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explains it.

Less invasive brain surgery isn't common but surgeons are working out different ways to get to tumors, aneurysms and other problems without as much trauma in hopes that patients rec

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott's unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut — operating through her eyelid.

The idea: Make a small incision right in the crease and sneak past the eyeball into the hard-to-reach center of the head.

"The nice thing about it is, we have to saw off much less of your head," is how Dr. S. Tonya Stefko of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explains it.

Less invasive brain surgery isn't common but surgeons are working out different ways to get to tumors, aneurysms and other problems without as much trauma in hopes that patients rec]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:05:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Finding available options when diagnosis calls for surgery]]> http://gazette.com/finding-available-options-when-diagnosis-calls-for-surgery/article/feed/199061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/finding-available-options-when-diagnosis-calls-for-surgery/article/feed/199061?custom_click=rss Health advocates advise a second opinion when major surgery is recommended. Here are tips on searching for options.

—Start with the doctor recommending the traditional surgery, asking what will happen if you don't have the operation and if there are alternative treatments, either medical or surgical.

—Ask your primary care doctor to help you find hospitals or surgeons that specialize in your condition.

—Major medical centers may offer second-opinion consultations for long-distance patients with certain conditions. Ask what medical records they need, and if your insurance will cover any charge.

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]]> Health advocates advise a second opinion when major surgery is recommended. Here are tips on searching for options.

—Start with the doctor recommending the traditional surgery, asking what will happen if you don't have the operation and if there are alternative treatments, either medical or surgical.

—Ask your primary care doctor to help you find hospitals or surgeons that specialize in your condition.

—Major medical centers may offer second-opinion consultations for long-distance patients with certain conditions. Ask what medical records they need, and if your insurance will cover any charge.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:05:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Idaho health officials see increase in flu-related deaths]]> http://gazette.com/idaho-health-officials-see-increase-in-flu-related-deaths/article/feed/199050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/idaho-health-officials-see-increase-in-flu-related-deaths/article/feed/199050?custom_click=rss BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from the flu following a spike in flu-related deaths in the state.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in a statement Monday says 16 flu-related deaths have been reported through Thursday.

Officials say that's up from three flu-related deaths through Jan. 8.

The state agency says most of the deaths involve people over the age of 80. Authorities say children and adults over 65 are the most susceptible.

Deputy State Epidemiologist Leslie Tengelsen advises getting a flu shot.

Tengelsen says those who get the flu should get rapid treatment with antiviral medications.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in a statement Monday says 16 flu-related deaths have been reported through Thursday.

Officials say that's up from three flu-related deaths through Jan. 8.

The state agency says most of the deaths involve people over the age of 80. Authorities say children and adults over 65 are the most susceptible.

Deputy State Epidemiologist Leslie Tengelsen advises getting a flu shot.

Tengelsen says those who get the flu should get rapid treatment with antiviral medications.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:35:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Documents: Quinn had marijuana recommendations, didn't act]]> http://gazette.com/documents-quinn-had-marijuana-recommendations-didnt-act/article/feed/198962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/documents-quinn-had-marijuana-recommendations-didnt-act/article/feed/198962?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but he did not act on them before leaving office this month, newly released documents show.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration released the material to The Associated Press and other news organizations Sunday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Quinn administration had said it would issue the licenses by the end of 2014, but the Chicago Democrat did not act before the Republican from Winnetka succeeded him, instead saying that agencies in charge of evaluating applications still had more work to do.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but he did not act on them before leaving office this month, newly released documents show.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration released the material to The Associated Press and other news organizations Sunday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Quinn administration had said it would issue the licenses by the end of 2014, but the Chicago Democrat did not act before the Republican from Winnetka succeeded him, instead saying that agencies in charge of evaluating applications still had more work to do.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:20:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Gov. Martinez donates $10K to cancer group]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-martinez-donates-10k-to-cancer-group/article/feed/199044?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-martinez-donates-10k-to-cancer-group/article/feed/199044?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is giving $10,000 to fund cancer research and awareness.

Martinez took the opportunity to promote early cancer testing during an event Monday at the Capitol Rotunda for the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program dubbed Suits and Sneakers. She donned sneakers and pink socks with her blue suit for the event.

The money from her inaugural committee will go for cancer research as part of "Pink Pack," a program established by the family of University of New Mexico men's basketball senior guard Hugh Greenwood. The player's mother is battling cancer.

The governor encouraged all New Mexicans to put on their sneakers and unite for a common cause_to save lives from cancer.

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]]> SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is giving $10,000 to fund cancer research and awareness.

Martinez took the opportunity to promote early cancer testing during an event Monday at the Capitol Rotunda for the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program dubbed Suits and Sneakers. She donned sneakers and pink socks with her blue suit for the event.

The money from her inaugural committee will go for cancer research as part of "Pink Pack," a program established by the family of University of New Mexico men's basketball senior guard Hugh Greenwood. The player's mother is battling cancer.

The governor encouraged all New Mexicans to put on their sneakers and unite for a common cause_to save lives from cancer.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:19:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Flu-related quarantine lifted at state prison in Concord]]> http://gazette.com/flu-related-quarantine-lifted-at-state-prison-in-concord/article/feed/199045?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flu-related-quarantine-lifted-at-state-prison-in-concord/article/feed/199045?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire corrections officials have lifted a quarantine at the state prison in Concord that was due to the flu.

Visits, classes and a parole board hearing were canceled as of Thursday after inmates in three housing units showed flu symptoms. The normal schedule resumed at noon Monday.

Parole revocation hearings scheduled for Tuesday have been cancelled due to the pending snowstorm.

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]]> CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire corrections officials have lifted a quarantine at the state prison in Concord that was due to the flu.

Visits, classes and a parole board hearing were canceled as of Thursday after inmates in three housing units showed flu symptoms. The normal schedule resumed at noon Monday.

Parole revocation hearings scheduled for Tuesday have been cancelled due to the pending snowstorm.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:19:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado tightening reins on health insurance exchange]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-tightening-reins-on-health-insurance-exchange/article/1545252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-tightening-reins-on-health-insurance-exchange/article/1545252?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado's health insurance exchange is facing more scrutiny from the Legislature.

The state Senate gave initial approval Monday to two bill to increase oversight of the quasi-public exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado.

One of the bills authorizes state auditors to take a closer look at how the exchange operates.

The measure is a priority for Republicans who have newly taken control of the Senate. Democrats opposed the measure last year, but are supporting it this year.

The other bill requires lawmakers to approve before the exchange awards employee bonuses. Republicans call it a needed check on the exchange. Democrats called it onerous for an agency that both sides want to run with



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DENVER — Colorado's health insurance exchange is facing more scrutiny from the Legislature.

The state Senate gave initial approval Monday to two bill to increase oversight of the quasi-public exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado.

One of the bills authorizes state auditors to take a closer look at how the exchange operates.

The measure is a priority for Republicans who have newly taken control of the Senate. Democrats opposed the measure last year, but are supporting it this year.

The other bill requires lawmakers to approve before the exchange awards employee bonuses. Republicans call it a needed check on the exchange. Democrats called it onerous for an agency that both sides want to run with

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:28:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force cadets gobble up vegetables as academy moves to healthier meals]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-cadets-gobble-up-vegetables-as-academy-moves-to-healthier-meals/article/1545205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-cadets-gobble-up-vegetables-as-academy-moves-to-healthier-meals/article/1545205?custom_click=rss

The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces.

All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad.

Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the military meal.

The facility on a daily basis serves a sit-down lunch for 4,000 cadets, who are served at their tables by waiters. The whole process from passing the milk to finishing the dessert runs a precise 23 minutes.

"It's the cleanup that takes the time," said Ed "Fitz" Fitzhenry, director of cadet food services at the academy.



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The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces.

All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad.

Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the military meal.

The facility on a daily basis serves a sit-down lunch for 4,000 cadets, who are served at their tables by waiters. The whole process from passing the milk to finishing the dessert runs a precise 23 minutes.

"It's the cleanup that takes the time," said Ed "Fitz" Fitzhenry, director of cadet food services at the academy.

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:23:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Bye-bye semiprivate rooms: Memorial-UCHealth central campus to get $40 million facelift]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/bye-bye-semiprivate-rooms-memorial-uchealth-central-campus-to-get-40-million-facelift/article/1545131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bye-bye-semiprivate-rooms-memorial-uchealth-central-campus-to-get-40-million-facelift/article/1545131?custom_click=rss

University of Colorado Health is planning to launch a $40 million renovation project at its Memorial Hospital Central campus by the end of March that will turn most of its two-person rooms into single occupancy and upgrade its equipment.

The nearly two-year project at the 1400 E. Boulder St. campus resulted from a year of facilities planning that began after UCHealth leased Memorial Health System from the city of Colorado Springs in late 2012, George Hayes, CEO of Memorial-UCHealth, said Friday.

"Patients prefer not to have roommates, just like they would in a hotel," Hayes said.



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University of Colorado Health is planning to launch a $40 million renovation project at its Memorial Hospital Central campus by the end of March that will turn most of its two-person rooms into single occupancy and upgrade its equipment.

The nearly two-year project at the 1400 E. Boulder St. campus resulted from a year of facilities planning that began after UCHealth leased Memorial Health System from the city of Colorado Springs in late 2012, George Hayes, CEO of Memorial-UCHealth, said Friday.

"Patients prefer not to have roommates, just like they would in a hotel," Hayes said.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:40:47 -0700
<![CDATA[El Paso County DHS to require drug testing, and more for some clients to continue benefits]]> By jakob Rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-dhs-to-require-drug-testing-and-more-for-some-clients-to-continue-benefits/article/1545149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-dhs-to-require-drug-testing-and-more-for-some-clients-to-continue-benefits/article/1545149?custom_click=rss El Paso County welfare recipients suspected of abusing drugs or alcohol soon will be required to enter and comply with a substance abuse treatment plan to keep benefits.

Beginning Monday, people in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also known as Colorado Works, must be screened by a certified addiction counselor for substance abuse if county caseworkers have a "reasonable suspicion" they are doing so.

If it's determined that the person is abusing drugs or alcohol, the person must agree to a treatment plan to remain a part of the program.

No other such policy exists in the state, said Dan Drayer, a Colorado Department of Human Services spokesman.



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El Paso County welfare recipients suspected of abusing drugs or alcohol soon will be required to enter and comply with a substance abuse treatment plan to keep benefits.

Beginning Monday, people in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also known as Colorado Works, must be screened by a certified addiction counselor for substance abuse if county caseworkers have a "reasonable suspicion" they are doing so.

If it's determined that the person is abusing drugs or alcohol, the person must agree to a treatment plan to remain a part of the program.

No other such policy exists in the state, said Dan Drayer, a Colorado Department of Human Services spokesman.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:10:17 -0700
<![CDATA[In bike-loving Colorado city, ambulances get racks for rides]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/in-bike-loving-colorado-city-ambulances-get-racks-for-rides/article/1545121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-bike-loving-colorado-city-ambulances-get-racks-for-rides/article/1545121?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS — Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides behind.

Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, has equipped all 14 of its ambulances with bike racks after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle accidents or medical emergencies while riding.

Some people were reluctant to leave their bikes locked up behind at the scene — whether because they were fancy recreation bikes that cost more than some cars or because they were the patient's main form of transportation, Steve Main, the hospital's emergency medical services director, said Friday.



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FORT COLLINS — Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides behind.

Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, has equipped all 14 of its ambulances with bike racks after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle accidents or medical emergencies while riding.

Some people were reluctant to leave their bikes locked up behind at the scene — whether because they were fancy recreation bikes that cost more than some cars or because they were the patient's main form of transportation, Steve Main, the hospital's emergency medical services director, said Friday.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:37:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Senior Center again needs new operator]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-senior-center-again-needs-new-operator/article/1545018?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-senior-center-again-needs-new-operator/article/1545018?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs officials are again looking for someone to operate the Colorado Springs Senior Center, four years after nearly closing it.

The search, which remains in its infancy, comes after the Colorado Springs Housing Authority told city officials it can't operate the center for the long-term under its current funding model, said Chad Wright, the authority's executive director.

The city expects to finish its review of qualified candidates and announce a process for moving forward - including a timeline for at least one public meeting - sometime within the next month, said Aimee Cox, the city's housing and community initiatives manager.

"We're doing all of that homework right now," Cox said.

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The search, which remains in its infancy, comes after the Colorado Springs Housing Authority told city officials it can't operate the center for the long-term under its current funding model, said Chad Wright, the authority's executive director.

The city expects to finish its review of qualified candidates and announce a process for moving forward - including a timeline for at least one public meeting - sometime within the next month, said Aimee Cox, the city's housing and community initiatives manager.

"We're doing all of that homework right now," Cox said.]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:10:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado may order new health exchange review]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-may-order-new-health-exchange-review/article/1544988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-may-order-new-health-exchange-review/article/1544988?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado is headed toward giving its health insurance exchange its deepest review yet. Democrats have stopped opposing an expanded audit for Connect For Health Colorado.

A bill to order the audit cleared a Senate committee 5-0 Wednesday, with three Republicans and two Democrats in favor.

The audit was a priority for Republicans last year, but the proposal failed in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Democrats said that the exchange had already been audited and that an extra audit would be needless.

But the GOP now controls the Senate and Democrats have dropped their opposition.

The state-run exchange is entering its second year of selling insurance plans to comply with the new federal law.



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DENVER — Colorado is headed toward giving its health insurance exchange its deepest review yet. Democrats have stopped opposing an expanded audit for Connect For Health Colorado.

A bill to order the audit cleared a Senate committee 5-0 Wednesday, with three Republicans and two Democrats in favor.

The audit was a priority for Republicans last year, but the proposal failed in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Democrats said that the exchange had already been audited and that an extra audit would be needless.

But the GOP now controls the Senate and Democrats have dropped their opposition.

The state-run exchange is entering its second year of selling insurance plans to comply with the new federal law.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:51:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Two new Governor's Council awards recognize health in schools, workplace]]> Debbie Kelley http://gazette.com/two-new-governors-council-awards-recognize-health-in-schools-workplace/article/1544984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-new-governors-council-awards-recognize-health-in-schools-workplace/article/1544984?custom_click=rss The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles will launch two new awards this year: The Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness and the Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness.

Founded in 1975, the bipartisan Council is made up of governor-appointed members and numerous affiliated volunteers, who promote active and healthy lifestyles statewide.

The Governor’s Award for School Health will be presented at the Colorado Education Initiative’s Annual Summit on April 24 and will honor a school that demonstrates excellence and quality in their efforts to support staff and student health and wellness.



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The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles will launch two new awards this year: The Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness and the Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness.

Founded in 1975, the bipartisan Council is made up of governor-appointed members and numerous affiliated volunteers, who promote active and healthy lifestyles statewide.

The Governor’s Award for School Health will be presented at the Colorado Education Initiative’s Annual Summit on April 24 and will honor a school that demonstrates excellence and quality in their efforts to support staff and student health and wellness.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:23:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Live Well: Tips to beat the winter doldrums]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/live-well-tips-to-beat-the-winter-doldrums/article/1544897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-tips-to-beat-the-winter-doldrums/article/1544897?custom_click=rss

Anyone else have a bad case of the winter doldrums?

I don't have to tell you that this time of year can be challenging. It's a struggle for me - daylight saving time (March 8, people!) can't come soon enough. I went in search of some help for my self-diagnosed seasonal affective disorder.

Maybe these tips can help you, too.

Sara Carson, a local ayurvedic practitioner and owner of The Body Tree Healing Center, calls winter more tamasic, a quality that indicates a tendency toward sluggishness and depression.

Ayurveda is a system of natural healing that seeks to balance the body through diet, herbs and lifestyle choices. It teaches that each of us has one or two of three doshas, or body constitutions, that must be



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Anyone else have a bad case of the winter doldrums?

I don't have to tell you that this time of year can be challenging. It's a struggle for me - daylight saving time (March 8, people!) can't come soon enough. I went in search of some help for my self-diagnosed seasonal affective disorder.

Maybe these tips can help you, too.

Sara Carson, a local ayurvedic practitioner and owner of The Body Tree Healing Center, calls winter more tamasic, a quality that indicates a tendency toward sluggishness and depression.

Ayurveda is a system of natural healing that seeks to balance the body through diet, herbs and lifestyle choices. It teaches that each of us has one or two of three doshas, or body constitutions, that must be

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:56:35 -0700
<![CDATA[10 tips: Exercise your gym etiquette]]> By Kimberly Garrison The Philadelphia Inquirer - http://gazette.com/10-tips-exercise-your-gym-etiquette/article/1544915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-tips-exercise-your-gym-etiquette/article/1544915?custom_click=rss

Etiquette is not only about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it's about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others.

Unfortunately, nowhere is a loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. While I can't pinpoint the exact root causes, here I endeavor to shed a little light on these poor behaviors.

1. Hold the door open. Yeah, I know you're eager to do your workout, but surely you can hold the door for 5 seconds for the next guy or gal behind you. What does it really cost you to show a small act of kindness and courtesy to your fellow gym member?

2. Share the dumbbells. Remember to share the equipment. You can do only one exercise at a time, and it's selfish to hog equipment and not share.



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Etiquette is not only about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it's about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others.

Unfortunately, nowhere is a loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. While I can't pinpoint the exact root causes, here I endeavor to shed a little light on these poor behaviors.

1. Hold the door open. Yeah, I know you're eager to do your workout, but surely you can hold the door for 5 seconds for the next guy or gal behind you. What does it really cost you to show a small act of kindness and courtesy to your fellow gym member?

2. Share the dumbbells. Remember to share the equipment. You can do only one exercise at a time, and it's selfish to hog equipment and not share.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:52:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Third week of January is critical time for resolutioners]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/third-week-of-january-is-critical-time-for-resolutioners/article/1544899?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/third-week-of-january-is-critical-time-for-resolutioners/article/1544899?custom_click=rss

Welcome to the third week of January. How's that fitness resolution going?

By now, about one-fourth of those who vowed to lose weight and exercise more in 2015 have abandoned their goals, according to a study of consumer behavior by Instant.ly, an online market research hub.

Don't feel too bad if you're among that number, though. Researchers at the University of Scranton found that, of the 45 percent of Americans who set New Year's resolutions, only 8 percent follow through.

"What typically happens with resolutioners, and I see it year in and year out, is basically that first week of January it gets super crowded at the gym," said Tessa Gurley, a personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist in Colorado Springs.



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Welcome to the third week of January. How's that fitness resolution going?

By now, about one-fourth of those who vowed to lose weight and exercise more in 2015 have abandoned their goals, according to a study of consumer behavior by Instant.ly, an online market research hub.

Don't feel too bad if you're among that number, though. Researchers at the University of Scranton found that, of the 45 percent of Americans who set New Year's resolutions, only 8 percent follow through.

"What typically happens with resolutioners, and I see it year in and year out, is basically that first week of January it gets super crowded at the gym," said Tessa Gurley, a personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist in Colorado Springs.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:35:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Fitness Diaries: Take the first steps to get yourself moving]]> By Stephanie Swearngin stephanie.swearngin@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-take-the-first-steps-to-get-yourself-moving/article/1544900?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-take-the-first-steps-to-get-yourself-moving/article/1544900?custom_click=rss

Let's face it: Finding a workout that fits your needs can be overwhelming.

There are gym memberships, fitness classes, fancy equipment and all of those exercise DVDs we see in infomercials. Doing some form of exercise is better than nothing, but how do we know if it will net results?

This is the time you need to challenge yourself and take a chance. The problem most have with working out is that it requires work. Who has time to add more work into an already jammed day?

The key is finding something you will enjoy. As a group fitness instructor, I encourage people to try a group fitness class.

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]]> Let's face it: Finding a workout that fits your needs can be overwhelming.

There are gym memberships, fitness classes, fancy equipment and all of those exercise DVDs we see in infomercials. Doing some form of exercise is better than nothing, but how do we know if it will net results?

This is the time you need to challenge yourself and take a chance. The problem most have with working out is that it requires work. Who has time to add more work into an already jammed day?

The key is finding something you will enjoy. As a group fitness instructor, I encourage people to try a group fitness class.]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:15:17 -0700 <![CDATA[The People's Pharmacy: How much will it cost to cure nail fungus?]]> By Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. King Features Syndicate - http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-how-much-will-it-cost-to-cure-nail-fungus/article/1544896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-how-much-will-it-cost-to-cure-nail-fungus/article/1544896?custom_click=rss The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two prescription medications to treat nail fungus. These topical liquids are shockingly expensive.

One little bottle of Jublia (efinaconazole) contains 4 milliliters. That's less than a teaspoon, which contains 5 ml. The cost at a giant chain drugstore is $539. A competitor, Kerydin (tavaborole), costs about the same - $531 for 4 ml.

That would be scary enough if one bottle could cure your fungus-ridden nails. But toenail fungus is hard to treat and takes a long time to eradicate.

The instructions on Jublia call for one drop per nail each day. If the big toe is affected, it gets two drops. That means that if you have two big toes with fungus-ridden nails, you'll need

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]]> The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two prescription medications to treat nail fungus. These topical liquids are shockingly expensive.

One little bottle of Jublia (efinaconazole) contains 4 milliliters. That's less than a teaspoon, which contains 5 ml. The cost at a giant chain drugstore is $539. A competitor, Kerydin (tavaborole), costs about the same - $531 for 4 ml.

That would be scary enough if one bottle could cure your fungus-ridden nails. But toenail fungus is hard to treat and takes a long time to eradicate.

The instructions on Jublia call for one drop per nail each day. If the big toe is affected, it gets two drops. That means that if you have two big toes with fungus-ridden nails, you'll need]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:15:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Refusing measles vaccine could put others at risk]]> By JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/refusing-measles-vaccine-could-put-others-at-risk/article/1544836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/refusing-measles-vaccine-could-put-others-at-risk/article/1544836?custom_click=rss

One in five toddlers across El Paso County went without the measles vaccine in the first half of 2014. Statewide immunization rates haven't been much better.

That, public health officials say, is a problem.

After tracking down hundreds of El Paso County residents recently exposed to the highly contagious virus, county health officials say the latest outbreak highlights an ever-present need for vaccinations that some parents question - putting at risk others who can't be immunized.

Few states have more lenient vaccination laws than Colorado, which only requires parents to sign a piece of paper stating they have a religious, medical or personal objection to the immunization. Doctors or public health officials are not



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One in five toddlers across El Paso County went without the measles vaccine in the first half of 2014. Statewide immunization rates haven't been much better.

That, public health officials say, is a problem.

After tracking down hundreds of El Paso County residents recently exposed to the highly contagious virus, county health officials say the latest outbreak highlights an ever-present need for vaccinations that some parents question - putting at risk others who can't be immunized.

Few states have more lenient vaccination laws than Colorado, which only requires parents to sign a piece of paper stating they have a religious, medical or personal objection to the immunization. Doctors or public health officials are not

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:37:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Fine print in Affordable Care Act could leave some without insurance]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fine-print-in-affordable-care-act-could-leave-some-without-insurance/article/1544753?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fine-print-in-affordable-care-act-could-leave-some-without-insurance/article/1544753?custom_click=rss

At the start of the new year, a major component of the Affordable Care Act kicked in with all the fanfare of a sparkler.

The reason: Most businesses now required to offer health insurance - those with at least 100 employees - already do so.

But the new health insurance mandate for the nation's largest employers may still create an uproar across the nation and on Capitol Hill this year. The health law's small print could leave some people - namely employees' spouses - in danger of losing coverage. And on a much broader scale, it could disproportionately affect employees in companies that pay low wages while eating away at the businesses' bottom lines.

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The reason: Most businesses now required to offer health insurance - those with at least 100 employees - already do so.

But the new health insurance mandate for the nation's largest employers may still create an uproar across the nation and on Capitol Hill this year. The health law's small print could leave some people - namely employees' spouses - in danger of losing coverage. And on a much broader scale, it could disproportionately affect employees in companies that pay low wages while eating away at the businesses' bottom lines.]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 04:10:03 -0700