<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:55:06 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Latest: The Greenbrier hit by 'heavy flooding']]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-the-greenbrier-hit-by-heavy-flooding/article/feed/364838?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-the-greenbrier-hit-by-heavy-flooding/article/feed/364838?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the storms crossing West Virginia (all times local):

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7:30 p.m.

The Greenbrier resort says it's working to keep guests and workers safe as the area is hit by flooding.

The resort said in a news release that "torrential rains" fell throughout the day Thursday, causing "heavy flooding throughout the resort and in surrounding areas."

"It's like nothing I've seen," said Jim Justice, the resort's owner and CEO.

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5:50 p.m.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for two counties ravaged by storms for the entire day.

Tomblin issued the proclamation for Greenbrier and Nicholas counties on Thursday evening.

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]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:37:00 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: For Beth Bowlen Wallace, 'This One's for Pat,' is her dad's struggle with Alzheimer's]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-for-beth-bowlen-wallace-this-ones-for-pat-is-her-dads-struggle-with-alzheimers/article/1578394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-for-beth-bowlen-wallace-this-ones-for-pat-is-her-dads-struggle-with-alzheimers/article/1578394?custom_click=rss

"This one's for Pat" was the cheer as the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, and it's on the team's huge championship rings.

Pat is Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

Now, when his daughter, Beth Bowlen Wallace, director of special projects for the Broncos, says, "This one's for Pat," it's with tears in her eyes. This "one" is for her father's fight with Alzheimer's and the road his family walks with him. It's why they volunteer and share their story to raise money for research.

After several years of noticeable diminishing memory, Pat Bowlen gave up control of his beloved Broncos in 2014, admitting publicly he had Alzheimer's. His public appearances are rare.



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:15:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Correction: Zika Virus-Ohio story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-zika-virus-ohio-story/article/feed/364500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-zika-virus-ohio-story/article/feed/364500?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a story June 22 about the state's first case of the Zika virus acquired through sexual transmission, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the woman and her husband had both traveled to a country with active Zika virus transmission. The woman's husband had traveled to the country, but she did not.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ohio reports 1st case of Zika through sexual transmission

State health officials say a woman in northwest Ohio has acquired the Zika virus through sexual transmission

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State health officials say a woman in northwest Ohio has acquired the Zika virus through sexual transmission.

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]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:54:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Whitewater rafter dies from amoebic infection after NC trip]]> http://gazette.com/whitewater-rafter-dies-from-amoebic-infection-after-nc-trip/article/feed/364310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whitewater-rafter-dies-from-amoebic-infection-after-nc-trip/article/feed/364310?custom_click=rss RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Ohio woman who went whitewater rafting in North Carolina has died of an infection after being exposed to an amoeba naturally present in warm fresh water.

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suspects Naegleria fowleri (nuh-GLEER'-ee-uh FOW'-lur-ee), a one-celled organism that can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis.

The organism does not cause illness if swallowed, but can be deadly if forced up the nose. The CDC said only 10 cases or so are reported each year, nearly all of them fatal.

Lauren Seitz of Westerville, Ohio, visited North Carolina with her church group. The 18-year-old's only known underwater exposure was thought to

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:12:18 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails breaks pink tradition, invites the cowboys]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-breaks-pink-tradition-invites-the-cowboys/article/1578778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-breaks-pink-tradition-invites-the-cowboys/article/1578778?custom_click=rss

For the first time, cowpokes were invited to join the gals at Cowgirls & Cocktails, the bright pink annual celebration to raise funds for local women fighting breast cancer.

The first half of the night was about the ladies as they dressed Western, shopped at a record number of vendors' booths, sipped signature cocktails and enjoyed a girls' night out.

At 8 p.m., the fellows were invited into the Norris-Penrose Event Center Indoor Arena for a lively auction and barn dance featuring Ashlee Tatum and the Longshot Revival.

For nine years, a volunteer committee has continued building this popular event, following the tradition set by beloved founder Cindy Fowler. Each Cowgirls & Cocktails begins with a toast to Fowler, who



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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:06:04 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Komen Colorado South survivors celebrate their day]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-komen-colorado-south-survivors-celebrate-their-day/article/1578777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-komen-colorado-south-survivors-celebrate-their-day/article/1578777?custom_click=rss

More than 250 people in pink were on hand for the Komen Colorado South Survivors Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Antlers Hotel.

The attendees last month ranged from those recently diagnosed with breast cancer to a 50-year survivor.

The happy event featured shopping, spring plants from Phelan Gardens and a fashion show with survivors serving as models.

This Komen chapter serves a 14-county area and the honorary chair announced for this year was Fremont County's Colleen Kelly-Brown from Penrose.

During this heavy Komen think-pink season, they're playing golf and tennis and participating in a long list of other activities to raise donations. The culmination is the Race for the Cure in Garden of the Gods on Sept. 11.



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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:57:22 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Whitewater Center open after Ohio teen's death]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-whitewater-center-open-after-ohio-teens-death/article/feed/364365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-whitewater-center-open-after-ohio-teens-death/article/feed/364365?custom_click=rss RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death of an Ohio woman after a visit to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina: (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A spokesman says the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte is operating as usual Wednesday despite the death of a visitor from Ohio who became infected after contact with water.

The Whitewater Center said in a statement that its man-made, closed-loop system of concrete channels and rapids uses only filtered and treated water from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department and two on-site wells.

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:45:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Race, festival aimed at supporting Children's Hospital Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/race-festival-aimed-at-supporting-childrens-hospital-colorado/article/1578653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/race-festival-aimed-at-supporting-childrens-hospital-colorado/article/1578653?custom_click=rss

Jackson Ziwak's family likes to say he's "of his right mind." The 11-year-old had a surgery in 2011 that disconnected the halves of his brain, leaving the right side dominant.

The operation, a functional hemispherectomy, came when Jackson was facing more than 75 seizures a day. Jackson's mother, Tina Ziwak, said the family opted for surgery at the recommendation of doctors from Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver, where the procedure was performed.

Now, Jackson returns regularly for checkups. While Tina praised the hospital for its successful efforts with her son, she said she would love to find care closer to home.



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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:50:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Diners at Michelin-starred Japan eatery get food poisoning]]> http://gazette.com/diners-at-michelin-starred-japan-eatery-get-food-poisoning/article/feed/364158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diners-at-michelin-starred-japan-eatery-get-food-poisoning/article/feed/364158?custom_click=rss TOKYO (AP) — A Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan closed temporarily after 14 people got food-poisoning on a fancy Japanese-style meal there, and an investigation into the cause is continuing.

The Kanagawa prefectural government said six men and eight women complained of diarrhea and stomach pains after eating at Kita Kamakura Saryo Gentoan on June 11.

Their menu offerings included squid, jelly with sea urchin, pumpkin cooked with fish, eel and sweets, according to the prefecture.

A picturesque restaurant among the trees of Kamakura, a coastal town south of Tokyo, it is known for serving meals in quiet Japanese-style rooms. It serves kaiseki, or small, multiple-course dishes, and has one star in the latest Michelin

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:55:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: What to do when yoga funds run short]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-what-to-do-when-yoga-funds-run-short/article/1578656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-what-to-do-when-yoga-funds-run-short/article/1578656?custom_click=rss

There are definite perks to attending a yoga class, including hands-on adjustments from the teacher and the energy of a group of yogis sharing the same practice.

But there are times when you simply can't make it to class. Maybe the weather is bad or your schedule is hectic or you can't afford studio prices. Fortunately, yoga has expanded in dramatic ways, which include a giant well of excellent online classes. And fees are more than reasonable - often you can get a month of unlimited classes for the same price as a single class at a studio. Many sites also offer a free trial period. Log in and om on, yogis.

- Yoga Today (yogatoday.com) - Want a gorgeous outdoor setting to go with your yoga practice? Try Yoga Today.



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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:29:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 21, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-21-2016/article/1578655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-21-2016/article/1578655?custom_click=rss Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Celebration and Fashion Show - To benefit victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence and women struggling with drug addiction, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $20 in advance, $25 at door; Claudine or Priscilla 473-5101, healingthroughloveco@gmail.com.

Climb for Courage, Stair Climb Race and Family Festival - To benefit Children's Hospital Colorado, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, 5900 Stadium Blvd., $20-$35, free for family festival.

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]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:15:34 -0600 <![CDATA[A strong core: Not just for athletes]]> http://gazette.com/a-strong-core-not-just-for-athletes/article/1578654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-strong-core-not-just-for-athletes/article/1578654?custom_click=rss

Summer has arrived, so we're inundated with swimsuit ads and their six-pack-abs models. And it's easy to forget that a strong core is so much more than a well-defined rectus abdominis (that's the six-pack).

In fact, dozens of muscle groups make up the core, including the pelvic floor muscles, transverse abdominis (deep core), internal and external obliques (side of the trunk), multifidus (deep back muscles), erector spinae (vertical back muscles), diaphragm, gluteus maximus (butt) and trapezius (top of the back). And they're all extremely important, not only for looks but for sports performance, injury prevention, daily tasks and keeping the spine safe and sound, says Anne Viser, a physical therapist in Washington.

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]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Disney resort to add alligator warning signs]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-disney-resort-to-add-alligator-warning-signs/article/feed/362327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-disney-resort-to-add-alligator-warning-signs/article/feed/362327?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at Walt Disney World (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The vice president of Walt Disney World Resort says the resort will be adding alligator warning signs.

Jacquee Wahler says in a statement Thursday evening: "We have closed all of our beaches and have made a decision to add signage, and we are also conducting a swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols."

A gator attacked and killed a 2-year-old-boy wading in shallow water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian resort Tuesday night.

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4:45 p.m.

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]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:52:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: 2 more Zika virus cases found in King County]]> http://gazette.com/officials-2-more-zika-virus-cases-found-in-king-county/article/feed/361924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-2-more-zika-virus-cases-found-in-king-county/article/feed/361924?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — Heath officials have confirmed two more cases of Zika virus in King County. That brings the total to four in the county and eight in Washington state.

Public Health Seattle & King County said Wednesday the new cases involved a woman in her 30s who had traveled to Honduras and a woman in her 40s who had visited Haiti. Both women have recovered and neither is pregnant.

Officials say the King County cases do not pose a risk to the public. The mosquitoes that transmit Zika aren't found in the Pacific Northwest so health officials don't expect the virus to spread.

Officials say the number of cases likely will increase with ongoing widespread outbreaks in the Americas and the Caribbean including Puerto Rico.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:36:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs man looking to travel the entire U.S., globe before he dies]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-looking-to-travel-the-entire-u.s.-globe-before-he-dies/article/1578211?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-looking-to-travel-the-entire-u.s.-globe-before-he-dies/article/1578211?custom_click=rss

The winter after Mike Scherr was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he skied a dozen days at Monarch Mountain. He'd stay in nearby Salida and sleep in the back of his pickup as long as temperatures didn't dip below 30 degrees.

You embrace the sun; you've got to embrace the cold too, he said.

By the next winter, in 2013, he was medically retired from the military. He took advantage of the extra time, skiing twice as much. But the disease forced a change in routine as Scherr had to buy a camper.

"My whole life I was a big guy, you know, I was 6-foot-5, 240 pounds - I had plenty of insulation," he said. "And with cancer, you lose weight, and I couldn't stay warm anymore."

Scherr has a to-do list that includes visiting



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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:48:26 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Disney Resort president expresses sorrow]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-disney-resort-president-expresses-sorrow/article/feed/361579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-disney-resort-president-expresses-sorrow/article/feed/361579?custom_click=rss

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at Walt Disney World (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

The president of the Walt Disney World Resort has issued a statement following the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at the resort's Seven Seas Lagoon.

George A. Kalogridis says "there are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss.

"We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident and are doing what we can to help the family during this difficult time. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we offer our deepest sympathies."

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:15:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 14, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-14-2016/article/1578215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-14-2016/article/1578215?custom_click=rss Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 1-2:40 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, 2490 Research Parkway. - 11 a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd. - 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Memorial Hospital Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Celebration and Fashion Show - To benefit victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence and women struggling with drug addiction, noon-6 p.m. June 26, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.

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]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:15:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Marriage boosts odds of beating cancer - especially if you're a guy]]> http://gazette.com/marriage-boosts-odds-of-beating-cancer-especially-if-youre-a-guy/article/1578214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marriage-boosts-odds-of-beating-cancer-especially-if-youre-a-guy/article/1578214?custom_click=rss

The idea of a "marriage advantage" to health and happiness has existed for well more than 150 years. In 1858, epidemiologist William Farr found that people who were coupled up lived the longest, while the unmarried died in much higher proportions from diseases such as cholera that were raging at the time.

The disparity, it turns out, appears to hold true in modern-day America when it comes to one of the current leading killers: cancer.

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]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:15:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Breakfast isn't the pillar it was once, and maybe should be again]]> http://gazette.com/breakfast-isnt-the-pillar-it-was-once-and-maybe-should-be-again/article/1578213?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/breakfast-isnt-the-pillar-it-was-once-and-maybe-should-be-again/article/1578213?custom_click=rss

The name says a lot: Break-the-fast.

And despite what you might have heard or read about its effectiveness for those on a weight-loss track, most diet and nutrition experts maintain that skipping the first meal of the day is a good way to compromise both short- and long-term health goals.

"The breakfast debate is just something that occasionally crops up and people start to think (the recommendation) is all the breakfast food manufacturers making up stuff so we buy it," said Sharon Jacob, a clinical dietitian with St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs. "I'd say we know eating breakfast definitely makes a difference.

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]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:15:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Chronic Wasting Disease raises concerns in Wyoming]]> http://gazette.com/chronic-wasting-disease-raises-concerns-in-wyoming/article/feed/360493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chronic-wasting-disease-raises-concerns-in-wyoming/article/feed/360493?custom_click=rss JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A deadly and degenerative disease is threatening wildlife around Jackson Hole and Cody.

Chronic Wasting Disease has been detected for the first time in a Star Valley mule deer, and two doe mule deer near Cody tested positive in April.

The disease is often fatal and attacks the central nervous system of white and mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk and sometimes moose.

The Jackson Hole area has gone years without a positive test in Star Valley, wildlife officials say. A dead doe deer found near Star Valley Ranch in February was recently discovered to be carrying the disease.

Medical researchers say there is no proof the disease can be transmitted to humans, but they do not recommend humans eat meat

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]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:45:07 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA approves cholera vaccine for US travelers]]> http://gazette.com/fda-approves-cholera-vaccine-for-us-travelers/article/feed/360006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-approves-cholera-vaccine-for-us-travelers/article/feed/360006?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved the first cholera vaccine intended to protect U.S. travelers from the potentially life-threatening disease.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the liquid vaccine, called Vaxchora, for adults ages 18 to 64 who are traveling to countries affected by cholera.

The bacterial infection is rare in the U.S. but still occurs in many parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and Haiti. Severe cholera can lead to profuse diarrhea and vomiting, causing dehydration. About one in 10 cases are considered severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Regulators approved the vaccine based on four clinical trials enrolling nearly 3,800 patients.

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]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:32:54 -0600 <![CDATA[WHO says delaying pregnancy option for women in Zika areas]]> http://gazette.com/who-says-delaying-pregnancy-option-for-women-in-zika-areas/article/feed/359756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/who-says-delaying-pregnancy-option-for-women-in-zika-areas/article/feed/359756?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Health Organization says women who live in areas where Zika is spreading should consider delaying pregnancy, since there's no other sure way to avoid the virus' devastating birth defects.

The WHO stopped short of recommending that couples put pregnancy on hold.

"It's not saying they should delay. They should be given the information about it and offered that as an option," WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander said Thursday.

Zika is rapidly spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, and health officials in several affected countries have made similar recommendations. But the WHO's guidelines, updated last week, could affect millions of couples who live in outbreak areas.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Health Organization says women who live in areas where Zika is spreading should consider delaying pregnancy, since there's no other sure way to avoid the virus' devastating birth defects.

The WHO stopped short of recommending that couples put pregnancy on hold.

"It's not saying they should delay. They should be given the information about it and offered that as an option," WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander said Thursday.

Zika is rapidly spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, and health officials in several affected countries have made similar recommendations. But the WHO's guidelines, updated last week, could affect millions of couples who live in outbreak areas.

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]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:37:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Some tout colonics as way to eliminate toxins, boost health]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-some-tout-colonics-as-way-to-eliminate-toxins-boost-health/article/1577726?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-some-tout-colonics-as-way-to-eliminate-toxins-boost-health/article/1577726?custom_click=rss

Say the word colonic and chances are good you'll be met with groans, "ews" and "not in this lifetimes."

The practice is a way of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs. The therapist introduces warm, filtered water into the colon that softens and loosens fecal matter. The process produces evacuation through peristalsis, the wavelike muscle contraction that moves food through the digestive tract.

I often offer myself up as a guinea pig for healing modalities. This time, though, I didn't feel inclined. That being said, after hearing such positivity about the internal squeegeeing, I'm feeling a bit more open-minded about trying it. Just not today.



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HEALTH NOTES

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Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd., and Fort Carson Post Exchange, 6110 Picket St., Fort Carson. - 1-2:40 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. June 17, 2490 Research Parkway. - 11 a.m.-3p.m. June 18, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd. - 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20, Memorial Hospital Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

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]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 04:20:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Keep it, scrap it or cook it: What to do with old food]]> http://gazette.com/keep-it-scrap-it-or-cook-it-what-to-do-with-old-food/article/1577719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/keep-it-scrap-it-or-cook-it-what-to-do-with-old-food/article/1577719?custom_click=rss

How do you know whether a food is salvageable or spoiled, whether to keep it or toss it? Here's a primer, along with some simple ways to keep food waste to a minimum.

Expired canned and packaged goods: The "best by" or "use by" date on canned and packaged foods can be a helpful indicator of shelf life, but passing that date doesn't necessarily mean you should throw out the food. The date indicates the manufacturer's estimated window for optimal quality, not whether a food is safe to eat. So an energy bar that is past its stamped date might be a little less crunchy, mustard less pungent or dried fruit less plump, but chances are you wouldn't notice the difference in an unopened package for months or even a year past the expiration

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]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Bandaged shark bite victim is all smiles in hospital photo]]> http://gazette.com/bandaged-shark-bite-victim-is-all-smiles-in-hospital-photo/article/feed/357901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bandaged-shark-bite-victim-is-all-smiles-in-hospital-photo/article/feed/357901?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who was attacked by a shark in Southern California was all smiles in a photograph taken as she recovers from a large bite wound that stretches from her shoulder to her pelvis.

The photo was released Monday as a new flurry of shark sightings forced the closures of Orange County beaches.

The photo shows Maria Korcsmaros, 52, grinning in her hospital bed, wearing a gown with a cast covering nearly the entire length of her right arm. It was taken Thursday and provided by the Orange County Global Medical Center.

Korcsmaros — a mother and triathlete — was expected to recover from the bite she received May 29 at Corona del Mar State Beach, doctors said. The shark that attacked her was not found

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]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:08:50 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: More sharks, more shutdowns at California beach]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-more-sharks-more-shutdowns-at-california-beach/article/feed/358035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-more-sharks-more-shutdowns-at-california-beach/article/feed/358035?custom_click=rss

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on shark sightings off Southern California (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The same Orange County beach closed after several large sharks were spotted over the weekend has been closed down again late Monday afternoon. The closure of a one-mile stretch of shoreline at Sunset Beach in the city of Huntington Beach comes just five hours after the beach had been reopened.

Lifeguards at the beach said they saw three sharks estimated to be about 12 feet long on Monday. It wasn't clear whether any of them were the same sharks spotted on Sunday.

The sightings come a week after a swimmer was attacked by a shark about 15 miles to the south at Corona del Mar State Beach.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A leading Brazilian biologist who has fought for the cleanup of Rio de Janeiro's polluted waterways called Saturday on interim President Michael Temer to release emergency funds to pay for the dredging of toxic lagoons hugging the Olympic Park.

Around 650 million Brazilian reais ($184 million) were earmarked for the project years ago but it was held up and has yet to begin.

Biologist Mario Moscatelli made the call during a seaside protest attended by surfers, sailors, rowers and other Rio residents.

Moscatelli is the most visible face of the fight to clean up the Olympic city's waterways, which are polluted by human sewage.

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