<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sat, 23 Jun 2018 02:38:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Live Well: Monument woman racks up 50 years of daily runs]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-monument-woman-racks-up-50-years-of-daily-runs/article/1627927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-monument-woman-racks-up-50-years-of-daily-runs/article/1627927?custom_click=rss

Last year on Labor Day, Carol Bohannon celebrated a noteworthy stat: 50 years of running. Every single day.

"I jog every day. Sometimes it goes to a basic walk," said the 78-year-old Monument resident. "I'll do it to my grave, literally one foot in and one foot out probably. It borders on compulsion and the pursuit of it in all settings."

Bohannon emailed me after reading my last column about my gym date with my mom. She included an Instagram photo of her competing in a 5-mile run in the mid-'80s in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the federal government for many years before moving to Colorado Springs in 1989.

Her dedication to running intrigued and impressed me. Once upon a time I, too, was a daily runner, and



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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:08:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem]]> http://gazette.com/compulsive-video-game-playing-could-be-mental-health-problem/article/1627919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/compulsive-video-game-playing-could-be-mental-health-problem/article/1627919?custom_click=rss

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may really have an addiction.

In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players.

WHO said classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks. The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 percent of all



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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:07:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 19, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-19-2018/article/1627926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-19-2018/article/1627926?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.

ADA Celebration Luncheon - Celebrating Veterans with Disabilities - 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26, Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, free. Reservations: tinyurl.com/ybnn69o3.

Benefit Show and Concert - Local performers, games, food, drink and more, to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 23, Hillside Gardens and Events Center, 1006 S. Institute Ave., $5-$10; msasoco.org.

Climb for Courage Stair Climb Race and Family Festival - To benefit Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, 8:30 a.m.

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]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:36:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Research comes to surprising conclusion about marathon runners and arthritis]]> http://gazette.com/research-comes-to-surprising-conclusion-about-marathon-runners-and-arthritis/article/1627916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/research-comes-to-surprising-conclusion-about-marathon-runners-and-arthritis/article/1627916?custom_click=rss A new study comes to the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion that marathon runners have less arthritis than non-runners.

Serious runners would seem to face a high risk for arthritis of the hip and knees. Yet research has failed to uncover such a connection. The most recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that veteran American marathoners had only half as much arthritis as non-runners.

According to alarming new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis now represents a $300 billion annual burden.

Researchers from the orthopedic department at Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University compared arthritis rates between 430 U.S.

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]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:15:17 -0600 <![CDATA[UK lifts immigration cap for medical workers amid shortages]]> http://gazette.com/uk-lifts-immigration-cap-for-medical-workers-amid-shortages/article/feed/572198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uk-lifts-immigration-cap-for-medical-workers-amid-shortages/article/feed/572198?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Britain said Thursday it will lift a cap on the number of visas granted to foreign doctors and nurses to help ease staffing shortfalls in the country's National Health Service.

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said the government would remove non-European Union doctors and nurses from a cap on the number of skilled-worker visas that can be issued each year.

The cap currently restricts Tier Two visas for non-EU workers to 20,700 people per year.

The move is expected to be formally announced by the Home Office on Friday.

The Royal College of General Practitioners said it would be a "much-needed victory for common sense and patient care.

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]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 07:52:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Eat Well: Dry eyes? The cure could be in your food, says Colorado Springs eye doctor]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-dry-eyes-the-cure-could-be-in-your-food-says-colorado-springs-eye-doctor/article/1627564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-dry-eyes-the-cure-could-be-in-your-food-says-colorado-springs-eye-doctor/article/1627564?custom_click=rss

Sandra Young, author of "Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health" and an optometrist who lives in Monument, has antidotes aplenty for people with vision problems.

As someone who's never had good vision, I love her books, eye health information and delicious recipes. As the saying goes, "We are what we eat."

When we met in 2016, Young talked about dry eyes, a problem of mine that has worsened.

"You're not alone," she said. "Especially since we live at high altitude in an arid climate, many experience itchy, red, teary eyes, symptoms of dry eyes."

In April, she released her second cookbook, "Heal Your Dry Eyes: Nutrition & Recipes," a guidebook to all things dry eye.



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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:36:33 -0600
<![CDATA[7 reasons not to compliment someone on weight loss - and what to say instead]]> http://gazette.com/7-reasons-not-to-compliment-someone-on-weight-loss-and-what-to-say-instead/article/1627561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/7-reasons-not-to-compliment-someone-on-weight-loss-and-what-to-say-instead/article/1627561?custom_click=rss

It's a compliment that rolls easily off the tongue: "You look great. . . . You've lost weight!" While some people welcome such observations, it's better for several reasons to take a different approach when you're tempted to praise someone's weight loss.

- They might be ill or experiencing a crisis.

Because thinness is valued in our society, the assumption is that weight loss is intentional and healthful. But that's not always the case. Unintended weight loss is an early sign of several forms of cancer, including prostate, ovarian, lung, pancreatic and colorectal, according to recent research funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the British Journal of General Practice.



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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:33:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 12, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-12-2018/article/1627562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-12-2018/article/1627562?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.

ADA Celebration Luncheon - Celebrating Veterans with Disabilities - 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26, Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, free. Reservations: tinyurl.com/ybnn69o3.

Benefit Show and Concert - Local performers, games, food, drink and more, to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 23, Hillside Gardens and Events Center, 1006 S. Institute Ave., $5-$10; msasoco.org.

Climb for Courage Stair Climb Race and Family Festival - To benefit Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, 8:30 a.m.

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]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 04:30:24 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Official blasts critic of nuclear plant cleanup]]> http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-official-blasts-critic-of-nuclear-plant-cleanup/article/feed/570803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-official-blasts-critic-of-nuclear-plant-cleanup/article/feed/570803?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did not trust the federal government's assurances that the site was thoroughly cleaned up before being converted into a wildlife refuge.

The dispute is part of a decadeslong battle over the operation and cleanup of the Rocky Flats facility outside Denver, which made plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons for decades. Part of the site is now a wildlife refuge, and the government plans to open hiking trails and visitor facilities there this year.

Environmentalists and community activists have sued to try to block the plan.

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]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:43:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: What happens when mom, daughter go to the gym date in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-what-happens-when-mom-daughter-go-to-the-gym-date-in-colorado-springs/article/1627123?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-what-happens-when-mom-daughter-go-to-the-gym-date-in-colorado-springs/article/1627123?custom_click=rss

"Mom did four squats, three lunges, three baby cobras and a 20-minute savasana."

That's the text I sent my brother a couple of weeks ago after a gym date in Colorado Springs with my 78-year-old mom. In what I consider nothing short of a miracle, she agreed to let me show her some new moves, mostly alternatives to what she'd been doing on the weight machines. Her goals? Reduce the ring around her belly and increase her stamina so she wouldn't get so tired.

Roadblocks to those goals? An admirable ability to talk herself out of going to the gym. Evidence? A recent nagging pain in her left bicep. This singular ache prevented her from exercising for two weeks, to which her lovable daughter said, "You don't need an arm to walk on the treadmill.



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Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:28:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Your outdated U.S. sunscreen exposes you to needless cancer risk]]> http://gazette.com/your-outdated-u.s.-sunscreen-exposes-you-to-needless-cancer-risk/article/1627125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/your-outdated-u.s.-sunscreen-exposes-you-to-needless-cancer-risk/article/1627125?custom_click=rss

Dermatologist Steve Wang treats skin-cancer patients all day at a Sloan Kettering hospital in New Jersey, so he knows U.S. sunscreens aren't up to the job.

The oily stuff Americans slather on before heading to the beach this summer probably won't give them as much protection as the products sold in other countries. Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada: All have sunscreens that better shield against cancer-causing skin damage, and feel better on the skin, too.

Stricter approval standards in the U.S. have brought innovation to a standstill and limited options to defend against the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.



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Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:42:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Wellness travel: It's more than just staying fit on the road]]> http://gazette.com/wellness-travel-its-more-than-just-staying-fit-on-the-road/article/feed/569850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wellness-travel-its-more-than-just-staying-fit-on-the-road/article/feed/569850?custom_click=rss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It's one thing when hotels open fitness centers, but quite another when fitness centers open hotels.

Luxe gym Equinox is opening a hotel in New York's new Hudson Yards neighborhood next year in a move that embodies the evolution of wellness travel.

Most hotels have beefed up fitness options — you can book rooms with stationary bikes and rent workout clothes — but wellness travel has become much more than just keeping fit while on the road. Increasingly it's become the point of the journey. And it's bringing in big dollars.

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]]> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:39:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 5, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-5-2018/article/1627127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-5-2018/article/1627127?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.

Benefit Show and Concert - Local performers, games, food, drink and more, to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 23, Hillside Gardens and Events Center, 1006 S. Institute Ave., $5-$10; msasoco.org.

Climb for Courage Stair Climb Race and Family Festival - To benefit Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, 8:30 a.m.-noon June 23, Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, $20-$35 with a $50 minimum fundraising for ages 18 and older. Registration: climbforcourage.org.

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]]> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 04:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Wear sunglasses even on cloudy days, ophthalmologists say]]> http://gazette.com/wear-sunglasses-even-on-cloudy-days-ophthalmologists-say/article/1627124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wear-sunglasses-even-on-cloudy-days-ophthalmologists-say/article/1627124?custom_click=rss

The next time you head to the drugstore to buy sunscreen, don't forget to pick up some sunglasses, too. Both products protect your body from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays.

Wearing sunglasses should not be reserved for sunny summer days, says Dianna Seldomridge, spokeswoman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and practicing eye doctor at Duke University. UV light shines on cloudy days and in all seasons - whenever it's daytime. "It's important to protect your eyes all year round," she says.

What's the harm? Cataracts, other growths and some cancers are directly related to UV exposure.

Americans are perhaps better versed about skin cancer risks than risks to the eye.

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