<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:33:09 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise]]> http://gazette.com/farm-safety-top-priority-with-farm-tourism-on-the-rise/article/feed/389249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/farm-safety-top-priority-with-farm-tourism-on-the-rise/article/feed/389249?custom_click=rss

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating local farmers about how to mitigate public health risks as more people visit their farms.

State and federal officials are holding a conference Wednesday in Hartford to discuss topics ranging from preventing E. coli outbreaks to safely preparing food on the farm.

The state's latest push comes after dozens of young children and adults were infected with E. coli in March after visiting a Lebanon goat dairy farm. Officials believe visitors were sickened after coming in close contact with goats.

The state Department of Agriculture says many farmers aren't aware of the risks.

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:29:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Some vacation spots quietly benefit as travelers avoid Zika]]> http://gazette.com/some-vacation-spots-quietly-benefit-as-travelers-avoid-zika/article/feed/388990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-vacation-spots-quietly-benefit-as-travelers-avoid-zika/article/feed/388990?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — With government officials now warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach in addition to Puerto Rico, some sun seekers are desperately scrambling for a Zika-free vacation.

And that has left other tourist destinations to capitalize — quietly.

Travel experts say families worried about Zika are now looking to Arizona and Southern California to get some sun, along with cooler weather locales such as New England and Canada.

The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes or through sex with an infected person. In pregnant women, a Zika infection can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, where babies are born with a dangerously small head. In others, it can lead to Guillain-Barre, which can cause

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:17:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 23, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-23-2016/article/1583464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-23-2016/article/1583464?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Combat Stress and the Prevention of Suicide in the Military Lecture - 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9, UCCS University Center, Room, 116, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free; 598-5367, uccs.edu/curiosity.

Komen Colorado South Race for the Cure - 6 a.m. Sept. 11, Garden of the Gods

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[More tests set for Yellowstone, tributaries after fish kill]]> http://gazette.com/more-tests-set-for-yellowstone-tributaries-after-fish-kill/article/feed/388653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-tests-set-for-yellowstone-tributaries-after-fish-kill/article/feed/388653?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife workers will conduct tests on fish from additional areas of Montana to determine the extent of a disease blamed in a massive fish kill along the Yellowstone River, officials said Monday.

The state indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the river to all recreational activities on Friday after thousands of dead fish washed up along the river's banks in the Paradise Valley area north of Yellowstone National Park.

Biologists are trying to determine if the little-understood parasite that's blamed for the deaths has infected fish further downstream and in several major tributaries. Those tributaries also were closed under the order from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:43:30 -0600 <![CDATA[First South Dakota resident tests positive for Zika virus]]> http://gazette.com/first-south-dakota-resident-tests-positive-for-zika-virus/article/feed/388524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-south-dakota-resident-tests-positive-for-zika-virus/article/feed/388524?custom_click=rss PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Health Department says a state resident has tested positive for the Zika virus — the first such case in the state.

Officials say the case is in a woman who traveled to a country where the virus has been spreading. She later developed symptoms.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the infection. The woman wasn't identified.

The Zika virus causes symptoms including fever, muscle and eye pain, and a rash. It can cause a severe birth defect known as microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads. It's spread by mosquitoes and sexual contact.

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]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:10:39 -0600 <![CDATA[LA art exhibition look at dying through words, photos]]> http://gazette.com/la-art-exhibition-look-at-dying-through-words-photos/article/feed/387949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/la-art-exhibition-look-at-dying-through-words-photos/article/feed/387949?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four years ago photographer Andrew George approached the medical director of a Los Angeles hospital with an unusual request: He wanted to meet and take photographs of people about to die.

There was nothing macabre about the request, George says. He simply wanted to learn of and reflect the wisdom these people had gained in the hope that others could discover how to lead better, more fulfilling lives.

"I wanted to make a project about the universal challenge that we all have to address, and that is dying," George said as he sat in a gallery in Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance, where his photo exhibition, "Right, Before I Die," opened this week.

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]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:04:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: Zika won't hurt South Florida tourism in long run]]> http://gazette.com/officials-zika-wont-hurt-south-florida-tourism-in-long-run/article/feed/387859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-zika-wont-hurt-south-florida-tourism-in-long-run/article/feed/387859?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn't ideal for tourism, but local officials and business leaders are confident the long-term impact on the tourism industry will be minor.

Transmission of the virus via mosquito has been confirmed in two sites in Miami-Dade County, but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said in a news conference Friday he is confident in the city's efforts to combat it. City workers are trying to get rid of standing water and foliage that might attract the insects, while the county begins a fumigation program to kill the bugs.

"Between our efforts and the county's spraying efforts, the last thing I'd ever want to be on Miami Beach is a mosquito," Levine said.

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]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:39:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Popular Yellowstone River closes after thousands of fish die]]> http://gazette.com/popular-yellowstone-river-closes-after-thousands-of-fish-die/article/feed/387581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/popular-yellowstone-river-closes-after-thousands-of-fish-die/article/feed/387581?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways Friday, barring all fishing, rafting and other activities to prevent the spread of a parasite believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish.

Fishing guides and rafting operators who run businesses along the river said the move could be catastrophic to the area's sizable outdoor industry, which depends heavily on the busy summer season.

The closure could last for months if river conditions don't improve and fish keep dying, according to officials from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. It extends to hundreds of miles of waterways that feed into the Yellowstone, includin

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:47:25 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: No plans to hunt down bear after Alaska mauling]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-no-plans-to-hunt-down-bear-after-alaska-mauling/article/feed/387659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-no-plans-to-hunt-down-bear-after-alaska-mauling/article/feed/387659?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on two cruise ship wilderness guides mauled by a bear in Alaska (all times local):

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Authorities in Alaska say they have no plans to hunt down a bear that mauled two wilderness guides who were leading cruise ship passengers on a hiking excursion in the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska State Troopers say the attack occurred after the group from the cruise vessel Wilderness Explorer came between the female animal and its cub on Thursday on a trail about 30 miles north of Sitka.

Sitka District Ranger Perry Edwards says Forest Service law enforcement officers and state wildlife troopers have determined the attack was a defensive, non-predatory move.

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:23:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Travelers CEO Jay Fishman dies at 63 after ALS battle]]> http://gazette.com/former-travelers-ceo-jay-fishman-dies-at-63-after-als-battle/article/feed/387747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-travelers-ceo-jay-fishman-dies-at-63-after-als-battle/article/feed/387747?custom_click=rss

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Travelers Group insurance company chief executive Jay Fishman, who became a national advocate for research into Lou Gehrig's disease after being diagnosed with it, died at his home in New Jersey on Friday. He was 63.

Fishman became CEO of Travelers' predecessor company in 1998 and assumed the same title after the merger of The St. Paul Cos. Inc. with Travelers Property Casualty Corp. in 2004.

He was diagnosed in 2014 with a form of Lou Gehrig's disease, a terminal neurodegenerative condition also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He stepped down as CEO last December but had stayed on as executive chairman of the board.

A company spokesman announced Fishman's death following hi

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:09:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: Zika found in South Beach; spraying not possible]]> http://gazette.com/officials-zika-found-in-south-beach-spraying-not-possible/article/feed/387709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-zika-found-in-south-beach-spraying-not-possible/article/feed/387709?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — South Beach has been identified as a second site of Zika transmission by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, and containing it there will be difficult because high-rise buildings and strong winds make it impractical to spray the neighborhood from the air, officials said Friday.

Five cases of Zika have been connected to mosquitoes in Miami Beach, bringing the state's caseload to 36 infections not related to travel outside the U.S., Florida's governor and health department announced Friday.

The discovery prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to announce that it was expanding its travel warning for pregnant women to include an area in Miami Beach known for nightclubs, pedestrian thoroughfares a

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MIAMI (AP) — South Beach has been identified as a second site of Zika transmission by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, and containing it there will be difficult because high-rise buildings and strong winds make it impractical to spray the neighborhood from the air, officials said Friday.

Five cases of Zika have been connected to mosquitoes in Miami Beach, bringing the state's caseload to 36 infections not related to travel outside the U.S., Florida's governor and health department announced Friday.

The discovery prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to announce that it was expanding its travel warning for pregnant women to include an area in Miami Beach known for nightclubs, pedestrian thoroughfares a

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:56:27 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Reid: Congress must approve funds to fight Zika]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-reid-congress-must-approve-funds-to-fight-zika/article/feed/387563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-reid-congress-must-approve-funds-to-fight-zika/article/feed/387563?custom_click=rss

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Zika infections in Florida (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The top Democrat in the Senate says Congress must return from its weekslong summer break to deal with the Zika virus, an unlikely scenario in light of the dysfunction that prevented lawmakers from agreeing on money to fight the mosquito-borne disease.

Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada said in a statement Friday that the transmission of Zika in Miami Beach was the most alarming development yet, and the threat to the country's health and economy has never been greater. He said the American people cannot afford to wait any longer for action.

President Barack Obama requested $1.

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:21:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Cochise County confirms 3 travel-related cases of Zika virus]]> http://gazette.com/cochise-county-confirms-3-travel-related-cases-of-zika-virus/article/feed/387693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cochise-county-confirms-3-travel-related-cases-of-zika-virus/article/feed/387693?custom_click=rss SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — Cochise County has confirmed three travel-related cases of the Zika virus.

Health officials say the three county residents had recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico.

That's one of 38 countries subject to Zika-related travel health notices issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The three affected travelers experienced mild symptoms of illness and have since recovered.

The Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of a mosquito.

Cochise Health and Social Services staff routinely monitors mosquito activity from July through October.

That involves trapping mosquitoes from points throughout the county and testing for a variety of mosquito-bor

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:07:34 -0600 <![CDATA['Diddy' delays tour to recover from shoulder surgery]]> http://gazette.com/diddy-delays-tour-to-recover-from-shoulder-surgery/article/feed/387495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diddy-delays-tour-to-recover-from-shoulder-surgery/article/feed/387495?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs will be kicking off his tour later than expected after undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury.

The rapper and business mogul announced Friday that his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour will now begin Sept. 1 in Chicago to give him more time to recover from surgery. The tour featuring Combs, Lil' Kim, Faith Evans, French Montana and other Bad Boy Records artists had been scheduled to kick off Aug. 25 in Columbus, Ohio.

A spokeswoman for the "Mo' Money Mo' Problems" rapper says the delay will give Combs "the much needed time he needs in order to recover and give fans the incredible stage experience they have come to expect from a Puff Daddy production."

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:34:36 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA tests confirm hepatitis A in scallops from Philippines]]> http://gazette.com/fda-tests-confirm-hepatitis-a-in-scallops-from-philippines/article/feed/387361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-tests-confirm-hepatitis-a-in-scallops-from-philippines/article/feed/387361?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests found hepatitis A in scallops from the Philippines, which have been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of the virus in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Department of Health announced Thursday the FDA laboratory test results of frozen Sea Port Bay Scallops. They're produced by De Oro Resources Inc. Messages left with the company's main office in the Philippines weren't immediately returned.

The scallops are imported by Sea Port Products Corp. in Washington state.

"I am deeply troubled at the thought that anyone may have become ill from eating product that we shipped," Sea Port owner Bill Dresser said in a statement.

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 03:43:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Everything shifts in yoga, life in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-everything-shifts-in-yoga-life-in-colorado-springs/article/1582883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-everything-shifts-in-yoga-life-in-colorado-springs/article/1582883?custom_click=rss

A little more than a year ago, the cacophony of my neighborhood was driving me batty.

There were the four dogs next door, including a dachshund who made it his mission to acknowledge anything that moved - humans, cars, wind. Then there was the neighbor across the street who enjoyed a healthy dose of bass with his car stereo. You could hear him coming from blocks away. His roommates owned Harley-Davidson motorcycles that sat and collected dust during the day but came to rip-roaring life every night, usually leaving around 10 p.m. and returning around 2 a.m.

For somebody who is a great lover of quiet nights filled with the sound of chirping crickets, the noise pollution was a huge, stressful downer. I dreaded going home, and



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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:38:54 -0600
<![CDATA[On brink of an epidemic? Sloucher, unfurl thyself]]> http://gazette.com/on-brink-of-an-epidemic-sloucher-unfurl-thyself/article/1582869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-brink-of-an-epidemic-sloucher-unfurl-thyself/article/1582869?custom_click=rss

"By adopting a certain physical posture, a resonant chord is struck in spirit." - Bruce Lee

"Stand up straight!" - Your mom

Sloucher, unfurl thyself.

No, really. Feel the difference?

If so, you're likely among a population that rehabilitation specialists say is poised on the brink of a modern epidemic. "Don't slump!" is no longer an eye-roll-inducing parental missive but a rally cry - and warning - from those who deal with the musculoskeletal repercussions of bad posture daily.

"I primarily work with baby boomers and beyond, but it's not just an aging issue now.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:20:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 16, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-16-2016/article/1582871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-16-2016/article/1582871?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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 are required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Evans Army Community Hospital, 1650 Cochrane Circle, Fort Carson. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Nurse Chats - Normal Aging, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, $1. - New Treatments for Chronic Back

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]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 9, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-9-2016/article/1582264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-9-2016/article/1582264?custom_click=rss

HEALTH NOTES

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. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18, Evans Army Community Hospital, 1650 Cochrane Circle, Fort Carson.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - The Basics of Alzheimer's, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, $1. - What



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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:08:28 -0600
<![CDATA[How much water should we consume? It's controversial and complicated]]> http://gazette.com/how-much-water-should-we-consume-its-controversial-and-complicated/article/1582277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-much-water-should-we-consume-its-controversial-and-complicated/article/1582277?custom_click=rss

Most are familiar with the rule of eights when it comes to hydration: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

As it turns out, the rule is misguided and no one seems sure of its origin.

"It came about in the 1940s," says Sharon Jacob, a clinical dietitian at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs. "It isn't backed up by research. It just came about and now is folklore. You can't go on eight by eight per day, but it's a good start to focus on getting in the fluid."

So how much water should we consume? The answer is controversial and complicated - no definitive answer exists, though there are some reasonable guidelines.

Importance of hydration

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Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:39:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Poor hydration linked to obesity]]> http://gazette.com/poor-hydration-linked-to-obesity/article/1582278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poor-hydration-linked-to-obesity/article/1582278?custom_click=rss

Watching your waistline? Pay attention to how thirsty you are, suggests a study that found a link between poor hydration and obesity.

Using information from a national health and nutrition survey and urine tests to gauge hydration, University of Michigan researchers discovered that those who did not consume enough water were more likely to be obese than hydrated adults.

The thirsty group also had higher body mass index numbers than others.

Drinking water - especially before meals - is a popular technique among those trying to lose weight. But there hasn't been concrete scientific proof of its effectiveness before this study, which expanded the focus to include foods with high water content.

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