<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sun, 21 Jan 2018 01:54:46 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[How shutdown affects key parts of federal government]]> http://gazette.com/how-shutdown-affects-key-parts-of-federal-government/article/feed/531355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-shutdown-affects-key-parts-of-federal-government/article/feed/531355?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.

Many government operations will continue — U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered. But almost half the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday.

The longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Republicans and Democrats share the blame.

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:42:02 -0700 <![CDATA[US flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected]]> http://gazette.com/us-flu-season-gets-worse-has-lot-more-steam-than-expected/article/1619369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-flu-season-gets-worse-has-lot-more-steam-than-expected/article/1619369?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK— The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse.

Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.

“This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One measure of the season is how many doctor or hospital visits are because of a high fever, cough and other flu symptoms. Thirty-two states reported high patient traffic last week, up from 26 the previous week. Overall, it was the busiest week for flu symptoms in nine years.

Hawaii is the only state

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:46:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Good dog, bad dog ... Delta wants to know before you board]]> http://gazette.com/good-dog-bad-dog-...-delta-wants-to-know-before-you-board/article/feed/530801?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/good-dog-bad-dog-...-delta-wants-to-know-before-you-board/article/feed/530801?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself.

The airline says complaints about animals biting or urinating or defecating on planes have nearly doubled since 2016.

Starting March 1, Delta will require owners to show proof of their animal's health or vaccinations at least 48 hours before a flight.

Owners of psychiatric service animals and of those used for emotional support will need to sign a statement vouching that their animal can behave. But owners will be on the honor system — they won't have to show, for example, that their dog graduat

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:49:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results]]> http://gazette.com/blood-test-to-detect-8-cancers-early-gives-promising-results/article/1619313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blood-test-to-detect-8-cancers-early-gives-promising-results/article/1619313?custom_click=rss

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.

Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try to find cancer before it spreads, when chances of cure are best.

In a study Thursday in the journal Science, Johns Hopkins University scientists looked to see how well their experimental test detected cancer in people already known to have the disease. The blood tests found about 70 percent of eight common types of cancer in the 1,005 patients. The rates varied depending on the type — lower for breast tumors but high for ovarian,

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:44:22 -0700
<![CDATA[He tried to hold in a sneeze and ended up in the hospital on a feeding tube]]> http://gazette.com/he-tried-to-hold-in-a-sneeze-and-ended-up-in-the-hospital-on-a-feeding-tube/article/1619087?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/he-tried-to-hold-in-a-sneeze-and-ended-up-in-the-hospital-on-a-feeding-tube/article/1619087?custom_click=rss

LONDON — Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze.

In a case study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors described their initial confusion when the previously healthy man turned up in the emergency room of a Leicester hospital, complaining of swallowing difficulties and "a popping sensation" in his swollen neck.

The 34-year-old patient told them his problems started after he tried to stop a forceful sneeze by pinching his nose and closing his mouth. He eventually lost his voice and spent a week in the hospital.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:30:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 16]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-16/article/1619104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-16/article/1619104?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 listings@gazette.com.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, tinyurl.com/yanx8k37. - All About Dentures, 3-4 p.m. Friday. - Wait, What are You Putting in Your Mouth, 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 24. - Medicare Basics, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 30. - Start to Love Your Heart, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 5. - Medicare 101, 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 6. - Why Food Matters, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 7. - The Basics of Alzheimers, 8:30-10 a.m. Feb. 13. - Nurse Chats: Sleep Patterns, 9-10 a.m. Feb. 14. - What to Do With Grief, 10-11 a.m. Feb. 16. -

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:15:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Live Well: Paradigm shifts are a good thing]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-paradigm-shifts-are-a-good-thing/article/1619103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-paradigm-shifts-are-a-good-thing/article/1619103?custom_click=rss

I appreciate it when someone can help me reframe my paradigm - especially when that someone doesn't even realize he's doing it.

I ran into a longtime neighbor as I walked my dog recently. We chitchatted, and I told him about the new dog I was set to adopt.

"That's great," he said. "A new challenge. That's what life is all about."

It blew my mind, readers, as I'd been entertaining some noodles of worry about how life might change, as it often does when you add a new member to your family. Dog introductions, house training, paying enough attention to each animal and my greatest one: fear that she won't love me. (Freudian slip?) Yes, all that stuff will work itself out, but I still worry. My mindset changed, though, after

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:15:10 -0700 <![CDATA[The germiest places you encounter every day]]> http://gazette.com/the-germiest-places-you-encounter-every-day/article/1619102?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-germiest-places-you-encounter-every-day/article/1619102?custom_click=rss

It's 6 a.m. Your alarm shrieks, and you hit the snooze button. You have just deposited germs on your clock.

Most of us cringe when strangers cough or sneeze near us. But hands are the real germ carriers, and our own hands are culprits. As you go about your day, your hands pick up other people's germs but also deposit germs of their own - mostly the ones that cause colds, flus and diarrhea, but also norovirus, staph, MRSA and more.

Let's track the worst microbes in the course of a day. Our tour guide? Charles Gerba, or "Dr. Germ," a microbiologist at the University of Arizona. Gerba never imagined that microbiology would make him famous, but an online search of his name yields more than 10,000 results.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:15:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Woman's challenge: 7 marathons, 7 days, 7 continents _ again]]> http://gazette.com/womans-challenge-7-marathons-7-days-7-continents-again/article/feed/529733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/womans-challenge-7-marathons-7-days-7-continents-again/article/feed/529733?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts marathoner is racing to become the only person on the planet to have run seven marathons in seven days on all seven continents — twice.

Becca Pizzi (PEE'-zee) won the World Marathon Challenge in her first attempt in 2016.

Now, the Belmont woman is preparing to tackle the odyssey again. If she completes it, she'll become the first to repeat the feat.

The 37-year-old single mother starts the challenge on Jan. 30 by running the full 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) marathon distance in Antarctica. She'll then run back-to-back marathons on successive days in South Africa, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal and Colombia, finishing in Miami on Feb. 5.

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]]> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:35:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Body of excellence: 10 habits of unsuccessful dieters]]> http://gazette.com/body-of-excellence-10-habits-of-unsuccessful-dieters/article/1618658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-of-excellence-10-habits-of-unsuccessful-dieters/article/1618658?custom_click=rss

People often vow to lose weight, get in shape or improve their health in the new year. Up your odds of success by avoiding these "10 Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters" from SparkPeople.com.

1. "Diet" implies restriction and a quick fix. Instead, create a healthy lifestyle based on nutritious foods and small, realistic changes you can keep for the long term.

2. Don't expect to overhaul your eating overnight. Instead of thinking about stopping bad habits, think about starting healthy ones, one at a time.

3. Giving up certain foods altogether will only make you crave them more. Either temporarily stop a favorite "bad" food, reduce its quantity, or replace it with a healthy alternative.


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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:14:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Hazards of the post-New Year's rush to gyms]]> http://gazette.com/hazards-of-the-post-new-years-rush-to-gyms/article/1618660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hazards-of-the-post-new-years-rush-to-gyms/article/1618660?custom_click=rss

January is a boom time for the fitness industry, as millions of guilt-ridden Americans flock - at least temporarily - to health clubs to try to shed excess pounds acquired over the holidays.

"People eat too much, drink too much, and everyone wants to come back to the gym," said Jose Velasquez, 40, a restaurant worker who regularly works out at an LA Fitness gym and has seen the post-holiday boom-and-bust phenomenon again and again.

But for the inexperienced, the gym can pose unexpected hazards. Many fitness wannabes don't know how to use exercise equipment and can easily sustain head, eye, back, neck, hip, leg and ankle injuries.

"Right after the holidays, there's a mad rush of people who have never exercised before or

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]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:20:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 9, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-9-2018/article/1618657?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-9-2018/article/1618657?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 listings@gazette.com.

Renew You 2018 - Local holistic and alternative business owners, guest speakers, door prizes and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, AspenPoint Café, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: tinyurl.com/y6vzrwe7.

Roast Honoring Tom Naughton - To benefit Cheyenne Village, 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 24, The Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $150. Reservations: 572-7488, cheyennevillage.org.

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]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:20:04 -0700 <![CDATA['Raw water,' latest health craze, may not be best idea]]> http://gazette.com/raw-water-latest-health-craze-may-not-be-best-idea/article/1618655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raw-water-latest-health-craze-may-not-be-best-idea/article/1618655?custom_click=rss

Hold your canteen under a natural spring and come away with crystal-clear water, potentially brimming with beneficial bacteria and minerals from the Earth.

That's what proponents of the "raw water" movement are banking on - the idea that drinking water contains the things nature intended without chemicals such as chlorine, often used in urban water treatment.

In some areas, including the West Coast, water captured in glass bottles and sold straight to you has become a high-dollar commodity.

But by shunning water safety practices, experts warn, the purveyors also might be selling you dangerous bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make you sick.

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]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:15:07 -0700 <![CDATA[7 nutrition trends you’ll see in 2018]]> http://gazette.com/7-nutrition-trends-youll-see-in-2018/article/1618295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/7-nutrition-trends-youll-see-in-2018/article/1618295?custom_click=rss

Last year was all about plant protein, sprouted foods and healthy fats. I predict 2018 will be focused on eating to prevent and manage conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and to boost digestive health.

More than 13,000 nutrition professionals met last year in Chicago to learn about food and nutrition research and innovation at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

Here are the top food and nutrition trends you'll see in the year ahead.


Why it's a trend: Healthy fats are in, and we'll home in on omega-9s (monounsaturated fats) for their potential to regulate blood sugar levels and promote a healthy weight.

Where you'll see it: Algae has been touted as a superfood in its own right, but its newest

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Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:27:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Get a pencil: California marijuana-tracking system not used]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-pencil-california-marijuana-tracking-system-not-used/article/feed/525968?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-pencil-california-marijuana-tracking-system-not-used/article/feed/525968?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's legal pot economy was supposed to operate under the umbrella of a vast computerized system to track marijuana from seed to storefronts, ensuring that plants are followed throughout the supply chain and don't drift into the black market.

But recreational cannabis sales began this week without the computer system in use for pot businesses. Instead, they are being asked to document sales and transfers of pot manually, using paper invoices or shipping manifests. That raises the potential that an unknown amount of weed will continue slipping into the illicit market, as it has for years.

For the moment, "you are looking at pieces of paper and self-reporting.

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]]> Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:27:35 -0700 <![CDATA[New Year's gym resolutions: 4 ways you can make getting in shape happen]]> http://gazette.com/new-years-gym-resolutions-4-ways-you-can-make-getting-in-shape-happen/article/1618229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-years-gym-resolutions-4-ways-you-can-make-getting-in-shape-happen/article/1618229?custom_click=rss

Dear New Year's resolutioner,

Congratulations on your big decision to get healthy and join the gym. It's possibly one of the best choices you could make for the new year. The trick now is to make it stick. Don't get disheartened. You're probably going to ride the struggle bus at least a few times, but it's absolutely possible to make exercise a regular part of your life.

I'm not tooting my own horn (OK, maybe a little), but keeping to an exercise routine is one of my superpowers. Ever since my brother introduced me to the joys of working out (RIP Bally Total Fitness Club) in my late teens, I've been a regular at one gym or another. Daily exercise is one of my non-negotiables. It's always a mood lifter and helps me maintain a

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Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:46:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Major initiative seeks to combat soldiers' weight problems and injuries]]> http://gazette.com/major-initiative-seeks-to-combat-soldiers-weight-problems-and-injuries/article/1618227?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/major-initiative-seeks-to-combat-soldiers-weight-problems-and-injuries/article/1618227?custom_click=rss

In one checkout aisle, customers see nothing but cigarettes. The other aisle is lined with mini liquor bottles.

"They're super cute. My kids always say they want one," complains Amy Cates, and not only because she's a concerned mom who shops at this convenience store. Cates is the community readiness and resiliency integrator for U.S. Army Garrison Italy, in Vicenza, and it's her job to monitor health on base - a slice of America where you'll find a 24/7 fitness facility and a Burger King drive-through.

Looking at the stats, Cates says, "I wouldn't pat us on the back." Out of 3,150 soldiers stationed in Italy, 11.4 percent are obese, 23.2 percent use tobacco and 8.4 percent suffer a sleep disorder. Even more worrisome? These

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Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:39:18 -0700
<![CDATA[New studies show that even light activity is healthier than previously thought]]> http://gazette.com/new-studies-show-that-even-light-activity-is-healthier-than-previously-thought/article/1618223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-studies-show-that-even-light-activity-is-healthier-than-previously-thought/article/1618223?custom_click=rss

As if you needed another reason to make fitness your New Year's resolution: Two recent mortality studies have produced evidence that exercise - even light activity such as vacuuming or walking the dog - is even healthier than previously believed.

The studies are among the first wave of epidemiological papers based on objective measures of physical activity rather than self-reported responses. As such, they are considered more accurate.

The new studies were done by researchers at Harvard University and the renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. They found that the most active subjects had a 50 percent to 70 percent decline in mortality during a defined follow-up period compared with the most sedentary participants.

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Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:38:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 2, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-2-2018/article/1618225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-2-2018/article/1618225?custom_click=rss Health and wellness events in and around Colorado Springs.

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Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:38:07 -0700
<![CDATA[California pot: Smoke 'em (or eat 'em) if you can get 'em]]> http://gazette.com/california-pot-smoke-em-or-eat-em-if-you-can-get-em/article/feed/525817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-pot-smoke-em-or-eat-em-if-you-can-get-em/article/feed/525817?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal sales of recreational marijuana, but those who could find the drug celebrated the historic day, lining up early for ribbon cuttings, freebies and offerings ranging from cookies to gummy bears to weed with names like "heaven mountain" and "alien rock candy."

Jeff Deakin, 66, his wife Mary and their dog waited in the cold all night to be first in a line of 100 people when Harborside dispensary, a longtime medical pot shop in Oakland, opened at 6 a.m. and offered early customers joints for a penny and free T-shirts that read "Flower to the People — Cannabis for All.

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]]> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:00:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Legal recreational pot in California: What you need to know]]> http://gazette.com/legal-recreational-pot-in-california-what-you-need-to-know/article/feed/525569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legal-recreational-pot-in-california-what-you-need-to-know/article/feed/525569?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Monday becomes the nation's largest state to offer legal recreational marijuana sales. Here's a snapshot of how the market will work and how the state will regulate a pot economy estimated to be worth $7 billion:



California voted to legalize in 2016. The goal is to tighten regulation of the state's long-running medical pot sales while encouraging operators in the vast black market to enter the legal system.

In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot and grow six marijuana plants at home.

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]]> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:41:42 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: North Carolina eases heating fuel delivery rules]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-north-carolina-eases-heating-fuel-delivery-rules/article/feed/525014?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-north-carolina-eases-heating-fuel-delivery-rules/article/feed/525014?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the bitter cold sweeping much of the country (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

North Carolina's governor has signed an emergency declaration to allow heating fuel to be more easily distributed during a bitter cold snap gripping the U.S.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's executive order loosens restrictions on drivers transporting heating fuels such as propane. It puts in extra measures to prevent price gouging.

Roads are being treated in South Carolina's coastal counties because of a forecast of light freezing rain.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for counties along the North and South Carolina coasts with some freezing rain possible through Friday morning.

A dog has

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