<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:25:30 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Eat Well: Time to show your heart some love]]> By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eat-well-time-to-show-your-heart-some-love/article/1545282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-time-to-show-your-heart-some-love/article/1545282?custom_click=rss

While love has its own day on the 14th, heart health is the main focus of February.

American Heart Month is a time to show yourself the love. And a statistic that always astonishes me is that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, as well as men, in the U.S., according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The reason it's so stunning is that we hear so much about breast cancer when it comes to women.

Another surprise is the fact that the number of preventable deaths from heart disease has declined in people ages 65 to 74 but has remained unchanged in those younger than 65. And, guys, you are twice as likely as women to die from preventable heart disease.



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While love has its own day on the 14th, heart health is the main focus of February.

American Heart Month is a time to show yourself the love. And a statistic that always astonishes me is that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, as well as men, in the U.S., according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The reason it's so stunning is that we hear so much about breast cancer when it comes to women.

Another surprise is the fact that the number of preventable deaths from heart disease has declined in people ages 65 to 74 but has remained unchanged in those younger than 65. And, guys, you are twice as likely as women to die from preventable heart disease.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:34:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs drug study could help Meniere's Disease sufferers]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-drug-study-could-help-menieres-disease-sufferers/article/1545298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-drug-study-could-help-menieres-disease-sufferers/article/1545298?custom_click=rss Meniere's disease is a degenerative, incurable disorder of the inner ear that causes vertigo, vision problems and tinnitus on its way to possibly robbing a sufferer of the ability to hear.

"The way I can explain mine is on a good day, it sounded like the wind was howling and there was a siren. On a bad day, it sounded like I was standing in front of a jet engine in front of my left ear," said 2015 Grammy nominee Ryan Adams, describing the condition that came close to ending his music career in a 2011 interview with Us Weekly magazine. "As all that stuff was going on, I was losing my hearing." (Adams adjusted his lifestyle and diet and now is better able to manage the chronic disease.



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Meniere's disease is a degenerative, incurable disorder of the inner ear that causes vertigo, vision problems and tinnitus on its way to possibly robbing a sufferer of the ability to hear.

"The way I can explain mine is on a good day, it sounded like the wind was howling and there was a siren. On a bad day, it sounded like I was standing in front of a jet engine in front of my left ear," said 2015 Grammy nominee Ryan Adams, describing the condition that came close to ending his music career in a 2011 interview with Us Weekly magazine. "As all that stuff was going on, I was losing my hearing." (Adams adjusted his lifestyle and diet and now is better able to manage the chronic disease.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:33:16 -0700
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: Measles not quite thing of the past]]> By James Hubbard Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-measles-not-quite-thing-of-the-past/article/1545299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-measles-not-quite-thing-of-the-past/article/1545299?custom_click=rss

Some childhood diseases made quite an impact on me. Chickenpox itched like crazy and the mumps gave me big cheeks. But I barely can remember when I became infected with red measles. Sure, it kept me down a few days, but everyone got the measles.

Before the immunization became prevalent, it's estimated that 95 percent or more Americans had the red measles as a child. (Red measles now is called measles. Another type, German measles, now is called by its proper name, rubella.) Since I've been a doctor, I've seen one case, maybe two.

El Paso County recently had its first case of measles, or rubeola, in years, and I suspect many of us with gray hair wonder what's the big deal.

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Some childhood diseases made quite an impact on me. Chickenpox itched like crazy and the mumps gave me big cheeks. But I barely can remember when I became infected with red measles. Sure, it kept me down a few days, but everyone got the measles.

Before the immunization became prevalent, it's estimated that 95 percent or more Americans had the red measles as a child. (Red measles now is called measles. Another type, German measles, now is called by its proper name, rubella.) Since I've been a doctor, I've seen one case, maybe two.

El Paso County recently had its first case of measles, or rubeola, in years, and I suspect many of us with gray hair wonder what's the big deal.

Most of us were infected with measles and got

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:31:49 -0700
<![CDATA[The People's Pharmacy: Popular drugs are linked to Alzheimer's disease]]> By Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. King Features Syndicate - http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-popular-drugs-are-linked-to-alzheimers-disease/article/1545297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-popular-drugs-are-linked-to-alzheimers-disease/article/1545297?custom_click=rss

Are anti-
anxiety agents and sleeping pills dulling our thinking and increasing our risk of Alzheimer's? That is a question giving some scientists nightmares.

These are among the more prescribed drugs in America. Alprazolam (Xanax) is dispensed nearly 50 million times each year. Other popular benzodiazepine medications for anxiety and insomnia include clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam.

A study published in the journal The BMJ (online, Sept. 10) found a link between this category of medications and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The investigators reported that older people who had taken such drugs for at least three months were 51 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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anxiety agents and sleeping pills dulling our thinking and increasing our risk of Alzheimer's? That is a question giving some scientists nightmares.

These are among the more prescribed drugs in America. Alprazolam (Xanax) is dispensed nearly 50 million times each year. Other popular benzodiazepine medications for anxiety and insomnia include clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam.

A study published in the journal The BMJ (online, Sept. 10) found a link between this category of medications and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The investigators reported that older people who had taken such drugs for at least three months were 51 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 27, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-27-2015/article/1545294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-27-2015/article/1545294?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.

Miguel Dakota with Christian and Scooby Benefit Concert- To support the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 8 p.m. Saturday, The Broadmoor World Arena 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $33-$98; 477-2100, worldarena.com.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services classes, screenings and programs - Registration required.
- Foot and Ankle Pain, 6-7:3 p.m. Thursday, Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care, 3027 N. Circle Drive, free; penrosestfrancis.org/events.

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Miguel Dakota with Christian and Scooby Benefit Concert- To support the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 8 p.m. Saturday, The Broadmoor World Arena 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $33-$98; 477-2100, worldarena.com.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services classes, screenings and programs - Registration required.
- Foot and Ankle Pain, 6-7:3 p.m. Thursday, Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care, 3027 N. Circle Drive, free; penrosestfrancis.org/events.

"Race, Politics and the Criminalization of Mental]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:06 -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[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[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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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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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[Colorado group helps breast cancer survivors get tattoos]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-group-helps-breast-cancer-survivors-get-tattoos/article/1544590?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-group-helps-breast-cancer-survivors-get-tattoos/article/1544590?custom_click=rss

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — For women who have survived breast cancer, breast or nipple reconstruction can be a first step toward looking like their old selves. A Colorado organization is helping some of those women, and others who don't choose reconstruction, in their emotional healing — through tattoos to help conceal their scars.

P.ink is a Boulder-based group that helps connect survivors with tattoo artists. Its first annual P.ink Day was in 2013, when it raised money and funded tattoos for 10 women in a single day in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014, the event expanded and featured all-volunteer artists in 12 cities in the U.S. and Canada who helped 38 women.



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WEST ALLIS, Wis. — For women who have survived breast cancer, breast or nipple reconstruction can be a first step toward looking like their old selves. A Colorado organization is helping some of those women, and others who don't choose reconstruction, in their emotional healing — through tattoos to help conceal their scars.

P.ink is a Boulder-based group that helps connect survivors with tattoo artists. Its first annual P.ink Day was in 2013, when it raised money and funded tattoos for 10 women in a single day in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014, the event expanded and featured all-volunteer artists in 12 cities in the U.S. and Canada who helped 38 women.

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:20:01 -0700
<![CDATA[More Americans suffer from digital eye strain]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/more-americans-suffer-from-digital-eye-strain/article/1544515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-americans-suffer-from-digital-eye-strain/article/1544515?custom_click=rss

Remember Mom yelling at you to scoot back from the TV because it would ruin your eyes?

In today's device-driven world, policing a child's screen time is a more complex issue. Studies show that children and teens use electronics - cellphones and tablets, TVs and gaming devices - about three hours on a typical day. That's on par with American adults, who are experiencing the symptoms of digital eye strain in record numbers.

"Kids are using the devices more and more just like adults. I've seen some kids come in with problems - eye strain, dryness, maybe headaches," said Dr. Dave Lee, a pediatric ophthalmologist with The Children's Eye Center in Colorado Springs.



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Remember Mom yelling at you to scoot back from the TV because it would ruin your eyes?

In today's device-driven world, policing a child's screen time is a more complex issue. Studies show that children and teens use electronics - cellphones and tablets, TVs and gaming devices - about three hours on a typical day. That's on par with American adults, who are experiencing the symptoms of digital eye strain in record numbers.

"Kids are using the devices more and more just like adults. I've seen some kids come in with problems - eye strain, dryness, maybe headaches," said Dr. Dave Lee, a pediatric ophthalmologist with The Children's Eye Center in Colorado Springs.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:32:28 -0700