<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:06:44 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs family adapts to reality of Type 1 diabetes as, one after one, children are diagnosed]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-adapts-to-reality-of-type-1-diabetes-as-one-after-one-children-are-diagnosed/article/1599209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-adapts-to-reality-of-type-1-diabetes-as-one-after-one-children-are-diagnosed/article/1599209?custom_click=rss

It was a cold, wet California winter and Julie Hayes, her husband, Bubba, and their five kids all were laid low by a nasty stomach virus. When a week went by and 3-year-old Ashley hadn't rallied like her twin sister and the rest of the family, Hayes started to worry. The toddler was wetting the bed, which she hadn't done in at least a year, and though she ate nonstop, never seemed to get full. She'd sleep half the day and wake exhausted.

Hayes explained the examples of uncharacteristic behavior to the emergency room doctor, who peered into Ashley's eyes, had her stick out her tongue, and asked if diabetes ran in the family.

"I looked at him and said, 'I don't even know what diabetes is," Hayes said.

That, and life as

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:40:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Allergy season is about to bloom; these steps can reduce the suffering]]> http://gazette.com/allergy-season-is-about-to-bloom-these-steps-can-reduce-the-suffering/article/1599363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/allergy-season-is-about-to-bloom-these-steps-can-reduce-the-suffering/article/1599363?custom_click=rss

For some, a warm winter like this one means that allergy season is hovering.

It's estimated that about 50 million Americans fight seasonal allergies. An allergy is essentially the immune system responding to a trigger. Triggers can be something in the environment such as mold or pollen or a food we eat such as peanuts or eggs.

There are so many factors that can cause someone to suffer from allergies, and the exact science isn't precisely understood. It also doesn't help that everyone's body is different.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:45:19 -0600
<![CDATA[California: $400 million plan to slow largest lake shrinkage]]> http://gazette.com/california-400-million-plan-to-slow-largest-lake-shrinkage/article/feed/450649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-400-million-plan-to-slow-largest-lake-shrinkage/article/feed/450649?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Thursday proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state's largest lake just as it is expected to evaporate an accelerated pace.

The plan involves building ponds on the northern and southern ends of the Salton Sea, a salty, desert lake that has suffered a string of environmental setbacks since the late 1970s. During its heyday of international speed boat races, it drew more visitors than Yosemite National Park and celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and the Beach Boys.

The proposal comes at a critical time for the lake about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles because San Diego's regional water agency will soo

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]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:38:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Woman burned after headphones explode on flight to Australia]]> http://gazette.com/woman-burned-after-headphones-explode-on-flight-to-australia/article/feed/450354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-burned-after-headphones-explode-on-flight-to-australia/article/feed/450354?custom_click=rss SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman suffered burns to her face after her battery-operated headphones exploded during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australian air safety investigators said Wednesday.

The woman, whose name was not released, fell asleep on the plane while wearing the headphones and awoke to a loud explosion about two hours into the flight, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement about the Feb. 19 incident. The woman said she then felt a burning sensation on her face.

"I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck," the woman was quoted as saying in the statement. "I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking a

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]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:06:22 -0600 <![CDATA[In one life-changing year, Colorado Springs native drops 100 pounds]]> http://gazette.com/in-one-life-changing-year-colorado-springs-native-drops-100-pounds/article/1598864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-one-life-changing-year-colorado-springs-native-drops-100-pounds/article/1598864?custom_click=rss

Michael O'Neil, the class clown, the funny guy in the office, the consummate jokester, gets serious when he talks about the past year.

On March 16, 2016, the 30-year-old defense contract project manager and business developer stared at the scale.

For the first time in his life, the number "300" stared back.

"After being fat for so long, you start to accept yourself as big," O'Neil said. "But I always told friends that if I ever see that number, I'm going to have to do something."

He didn't know if he could, though. "I didn't believe I was going to be able to actually commit to getting healthy and making that life change."

But the day marked a turning point for O'Neil.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:10:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting March 14, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-14-2017/article/1598867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-14-2017/article/1598867?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.

Bowl-a-Thon - To benefit Special Kids Special Families, 2 p.m. Saturday, King Pin Lanes, 3410 N. Academy Blvd., $15-$30. Registration: sksfcolorado.org.

Chef Showcase - To benefit Rocky Mountain Health Care Services, 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 20, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $50. Reservations: tinyurl.com/hrcpdsd.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Quantum - Healing Touch, 10-11 a.m. Thursday. - Nurse Chats:

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]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Word 'should' not helpful in yoga]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-word-should-not-helpful-in-yoga/article/1598863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-word-should-not-helpful-in-yoga/article/1598863?custom_click=rss

"Should" is a dirty word.

I avoid using it in conversation because it feels hostile, like I'm a Bossy McBosserson telling somebody what to do.

I have no doubt someone in your life (your supervisor notwithstanding) soon will tell you that you should do something. Please let me know how that makes you feel.

Lest you think I'm a strange bird for ostracizing a perfectly useful word that's been around for eons, I'm not the only one aboard the ship.

"'Should' sometimes gives good guidance. More often it just sets unrealistic expectations, induces guilt and decreases your desire to do what you otherwise might want to do," wrote psychologist Susan Heitler in a 2015 blog post for Psychology Today.

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]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Fewer heavy Americans are trying to lose weight, study finds]]> http://gazette.com/fewer-heavy-americans-are-trying-to-lose-weight-study-finds/article/1598380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fewer-heavy-americans-are-trying-to-lose-weight-study-finds/article/1598380?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO — Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons.

The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity rates climbed.

"Socially accepted normal body weight is shifting toward heavier weight. As more people around us are getting heavier, we simply believe we are fine, and no need to do anything with it," said lead author Dr. Jian Zhang, a public health researcher at Georgia Southern University.

Another reason could be people abandoning efforts to drop pounds after repeated failed attempts, Zhang said.

The researchers analyzed U.S. government health surveys over nearly two decades from 1988

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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:11:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area wellness events starting March 7, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-7-2017/article/1598329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-7-2017/article/1598329?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.

Alpine Autism Center's 5K Walk - 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 29, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $25-$70. Registration: tinyurl.com/hjs3ywj.

Bowl-a-Thon - To benefit Special Kids Special Families, 2 p.m. March 18, King Pin Lanes, 3410 N. Academy Blvd., $15-$30. Registration: sksfcolorado.org.

Chef Showcase - To benefit Rocky Mountain Health Care Services, 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 20, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $50. Reservations: tinyurl.com/hrcpdsd.


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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:07:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Asian shares mostly higher despite pullback on Wall Street]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mostly-higher-despite-pullback-on-wall-street/article/feed/448682?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mostly-higher-despite-pullback-on-wall-street/article/feed/448682?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday with little major news to drive trading. Japan's benchmark edged lower, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose as China's finance minister expressed confidence over the government's ability to handle rising levels of debt.

KEEPING SCORE: The Nikkei 225 stock index in Tokyo edged 0.2 percent lower to 19,344.15 but most other indexes gained. The Hang Seng gained 0.4 percent to 23,690.44 and the Shanghai Composite index added 0.1 percent to 3,238.31. Australia's S&P ASX 200 climbed 0.2 percent to 5,755.10 and South Korea's Kospi gained 0.7 percent to 2,095.07. India's Sensex fell 0.3 percent to 28,972.71 while shares in Taiwan and Southeast Asia were higher.


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]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:32:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Denver giraffe born while millions await New York giraffe]]> http://gazette.com/denver-giraffe-born-while-millions-await-new-york-giraffe/article/feed/448215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-giraffe-born-while-millions-await-new-york-giraffe/article/feed/448215?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — While millions of people await the livestreamed birth of a giraffe at a zoo in upstate New York, a giraffe was born at the Denver Zoo this week with little fanfare.

A male giraffe named Dobby was born early Tuesday. He measured 5-feet tall and weighed 73 pounds. Zookeepers didn't know until recently that the mother was pregnant because she was on birth control.

Meanwhile, a pregnant giraffe named April at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, has been starring in her own YouTube livestream as she gets set to deliver her fourth calf. The feed has attracted over 15 million views so far.

The zoo owner tells The Associated Press on Friday that April is showing "a lot of belly movement" but she has

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]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:51:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup]]> http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss

OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP) — George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

The three men all live in the shadow of a 585-foot-tall smokestack that has been preserved as a state park that nobody can visit because of pollution at the site. Visitors are guided to a viewing area about a mile away to see the stack, which is taller than the Washington Monument.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:45:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Nevada plans July pot sales despite warning of US crackdown]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.

Marijuana possession and sales are illegal under federal law, but Nevada voters decided in November to allow people age 21 or older to use pot recreationally — becoming one of eight states to do so.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the United States Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational — not medical — marijuana. No immediate action accompanied the statement, which came in response to a reporter's question.

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