<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:29:41 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Dirty money: How Tough Mudders and 'Ninja Warrior' turned primal fears into big business]]> http://gazette.com/dirty-money-how-tough-mudders-and-ninja-warrior-turned-primal-fears-into-big-business/article/1594520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dirty-money-how-tough-mudders-and-ninja-warrior-turned-primal-fears-into-big-business/article/1594520?custom_click=rss

Obstacle course racing is a $500 million business.

The number of races increased by 2,300 from 2014 to 2015, according to Running USA. "American Ninja Warrior," the popular obstacle course show on NBC, has seen applications to compete rise from 1,000 in its first season to 70,000 in its eighth.

A British man who goes by the name Mr. Mouse was the first obstacle course race creator with his Tough Guy competitions in the late 1980s. Obstacle course racing, or OCR, caught on in the U.S. within the past decade. Competitors typically pay $50 to $150 to slog through mud, climb nearly vertical walls, feel like they're being waterboarded, wade through ice baths and even get electrocuted, all while covering several miles, often as

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:46:27 -0700
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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. Monday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Pikes Peak Community College, Rampart Range Campus, 11195 Colorado 83.

Cheyenne Village Fundraising Roast - Honoring Mayor John Suthers, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $150. Reservations: 572-7488, cheyennevillage.org.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration:

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:25:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Live Well: Superaging requires mental, physical sweat]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-superaging-requires-mental-physical-sweat/article/1594518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-superaging-requires-mental-physical-sweat/article/1594518?custom_click=rss

As much as it pains me to write this, none of us is getting any younger.

You may fool the world with Botox injections and laser away all of Mother Nature's fine etchings, but the real testament to how well you age is inside your noggin. How's that 3-pound gray lump faring? Is it trucking along, spewing out memories and facts on cue, or regularly sputtering out and seemingly unable to hold onto anything?

Maybe you saw the New York Times article from Dec. 31 with the headline "How to Become a Superager" by Lisa Feldman Barrett. The post jumped out of my Facebook feed and scored one click from yours truly. I've become enamored of any such advice, especially as I find myself forgetting words here, there and everywhere, reminding

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:20:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health]]> http://gazette.com/testing-wearable-sensors-as-check-engine-light-for-health/article/feed/438500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/testing-wearable-sensors-as-check-engine-light-for-health/article/feed/438500?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Step-counting fitness trackers are popular, but it's not clear if they really make a difference in users' health. To find out, Stanford University is tracking volunteers who wear devices that monitor more than mere activity.

Thursday, researchers reported the earliest findings — hints that day-to-day variations in heart rate, oxygen levels and other functions may signal that an illness is brewing.

Geneticist Michael Snyder, participating in his own study, saw that firsthand when a smart watch and other sensors charted such changes before he felt any Lyme disease symptoms.

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]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:51:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Massachusetts weighs doing away with winter time shift]]> http://gazette.com/massachusetts-weighs-doing-away-with-winter-time-shift/article/feed/438071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/massachusetts-weighs-doing-away-with-winter-time-shift/article/feed/438071?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Lacking authority to change the laws of physics to allow more sunlight on the darkest days of winter, a special commission is instead considering whether Massachusetts should change the laws of man and observe daylight saving time year-round.

If adopted, Massachusetts residents wouldn't have to set their clocks back in November and forward in March, as most of the U.S. does.

Benefits of having daylight saving time throughout the year could include energy savings and less seasonal depression, proponents suggest.

Skeptics argue it would be impractical for Massachusetts to make such a change on its own if the rest of New England does not.

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]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:13:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 8, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-8-2017/article/1594026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-8-2017/article/1594026?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.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson, 5867 N. Nevada Ave.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. - Fit Path, 9-10 a.m. Friday. - The Basics of Alzheimer's, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink classes, screenings and programs -

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:06:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Placenta. It's what's for dinner — and could be your tonic]]> http://gazette.com/placenta.-its-whats-for-dinner-and-could-be-your-tonic/article/1594025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/placenta.-its-whats-for-dinner-and-could-be-your-tonic/article/1594025?custom_click=rss

Placenta. It's what's for dinner.

For many, the placenta is simply labeled medical waste and discarded after the tiny new human makes his way into the world.

For others the placenta is considered a tonic - a way to strengthen and restore balance to the depleted body of the new mom.

Christi Trimble, a certified Association of Placenta Preparation Arts placenta arts specialist, is a big believer in placentophagy - the practice of eating the placenta. Hold your cringing - it's not as unappetizing as it sounds. We're not talking a loaded plate of raw placenta and fava beans with a glass of red wine. We're talking pills and tincture - the placenta is cleaned, dehydrated, pulverized and tamped into flavored capsules or made

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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:08:44 -0700
<![CDATA[The Latest at CES: The challenges of robotic delivery]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-at-ces-the-challenges-of-robotic-delivery/article/feed/437250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-at-ces-the-challenges-of-robotic-delivery/article/feed/437250?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest at CES gadget show in Las Vegas (all times local):

5 p.m.

Many companies hope to use robots to deliver food to your hotel room, or packages and sundries to your home. But they still have plenty of issues to work out.

Like safety, for instance. "Now is the time for drone delivery," said Helen Greiner, the founder of CyPhy Works, a startup that's testing the use of drones with UPS to make commercial deliveries. But she noted that companies have to guard against accidents — like, say, drones dropping packages on people's heads, or falling out of the sky themselves.

The drones weigh 15 pounds, not counting the packages they carry, Greiner said at a robotics session at the CES gadget sho

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]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:43:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Fly fisherman, conservationist Bud Lilly dies at 91]]> http://gazette.com/fly-fisherman-conservationist-bud-lilly-dies-at-91/article/feed/437240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fly-fisherman-conservationist-bud-lilly-dies-at-91/article/feed/437240?custom_click=rss

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Fly fishing legend, conservationist and catch-and-release pioneer Bud Lilly has died of congestive heart failure at a Montana care center. He was 91.

Chris Lilly says his father died Wednesday in Bozeman.

Lilly was not only an ambassador for the sport of fly fishing but for his home state of Montana.

He was born in 1925 in Manhattan and his father taught him to fish and play baseball. He was offered a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, but joined the Navy during World War II. Lilly graduated from Montana State University in 1948 and taught school for several years.

He bought what became Bud Lilly's Trout Shop in West Yellowstone in 1961 and was a fishing guide until he sold the

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]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:47:29 -0700 <![CDATA[PETA wants 'YOU...to go vegan' this Inauguration Day]]> http://gazette.com/peta-wants-you...to-go-vegan-this-inauguration-day/article/1593792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peta-wants-you...to-go-vegan-this-inauguration-day/article/1593792?custom_click=rss

Inauguration Day is about to get very revealing in the name of vegan diets — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is plastering the D.C. parade route with posters featuring a bikini-clad reality TV star urging Americans to go meat-free.

A star-spangled bikini-wearing Courtney Stodden is seen in the posters, obtained exclusively by ITK from PETA. Sporting a "sexy Uncle Sam" look, Stodden is shown modeling a red, white, and blue top hat and pointing her finger above the message: “I want YOU…to go vegan. Join the Animals’ Party!”

The ads will be placed on bus shelters on the parade route for President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan.

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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:10:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Western skiers flock to mountains during powerful snowstorm]]> http://gazette.com/western-skiers-flock-to-mountains-during-powerful-snowstorm/article/feed/437027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/western-skiers-flock-to-mountains-during-powerful-snowstorm/article/feed/437027?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — As the Southeast prepared for treacherous winter weather, skiers in the West flocked to resorts Thursday to take advantage of deep, fresh snow.

At Deer Valley in Utah, Emily Summers said her boss kicked her and her co-workers out of the office and told them to hit the slopes and take advantage of a winter that only comes once a decade.

"This is the snow we dream of," said Summers, a spokeswoman for the resort.

The storms pounded parts of California, Utah, Colorado and other states as they made their way east, creating difficult driving conditions and closing roads. Small avalanches and white-outs were reported in some areas.

More than 6 feet of snow had fallen in the upper elevations of the Sierra

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]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:23:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Believe it or not, your kids can teach you something about good eating habits]]> http://gazette.com/believe-it-or-not-your-kids-can-teach-you-something-about-good-eating-habits/article/1593532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/believe-it-or-not-your-kids-can-teach-you-something-about-good-eating-habits/article/1593532?custom_click=rss

I'm fortunate that I get to teach parents and their children about healthy eating. I always tell grownups that they are role models for their children, but I also remind them that kids are teachers, too.

Sound surprising? From toddler to tween, children display healthy eating habits that many adults forget to follow.

When adults take the time to watch their little ones more closely, they are pleasantly surprised with what they learn. Here are four things children do that might change your eating habits - for the better.

Kids bring lunch: It's wise to mimic the items that go into a child's school bag with these three things in tow:

Lunch: If you pack a nutritious lunch, you will be less likely to skip the meal

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Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:15:43 -0700
<![CDATA[A man on a mission to fix the way we sleep]]> http://gazette.com/a-man-on-a-mission-to-fix-the-way-we-sleep/article/1593536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-man-on-a-mission-to-fix-the-way-we-sleep/article/1593536?custom_click=rss

James Proud is a man on a mission to fix our sleep. This one-time recipient of Peter Thiel's "skip-college-and-build-things-instead" fellowship is convinced that building gadgets for the home is the best way to improve our lives through tech. And improving sleep, he's sure, is the place to start.

His company, Hello, makes the Sense, a glowing orb that pairs with a clip that you attach to your pillow and connects with a phone app. The system monitors the conditions in your bedroom and charts them so that you get a better handle on what helps improve your sleep.

Proud's sleep tracker is one of the latest devices to tackle what the Centers for Disease Control has declared a "public health problem": insufficient sleep.

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Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:14:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Live Well: 4 yoga poses that will help skiers, snowboarders]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-4-yoga-poses-that-will-help-skiers-snowboarders/article/1593531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-4-yoga-poses-that-will-help-skiers-snowboarders/article/1593531?custom_click=rss

Flying down a Colorado slope, either on skis or a single board, requires a few muscles you might not realize you have until the next day.

Yoga can help strengthen your body pre-mountain conquering and help rebalance and soothe it apres-ski.

Start with a few sun salutations or any other activity to warm up and hold poses for anywhere from 3 to 10 breaths.


- Chair - Also known as utkatasana, thunder bolt and fierce pose, this standing posture builds some serious strength in your legs, core and upper body. Come to standing with your legs and feet together. Extend your arms to the sky with your palms facing toward each other. Sit back into a deep squat like you were about to sit in a chair. Arms stay lifted. Roll your

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Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:49:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Plant proteins, healthy fats and more 2017 food trends]]> http://gazette.com/plant-proteins-healthy-fats-and-more-2017-food-trends/article/1593535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plant-proteins-healthy-fats-and-more-2017-food-trends/article/1593535?custom_click=rss

If the food trends of 2016 could be summed up in three words, they would be protein, paleo and local.

What food trends will we be seeing in 2017?

At the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in October, I was among more than 10,000 nutrition professionals who got an inside scoop on the latest nutrition information and products from 416 exhibitors and more than 130 research and educational presentations, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations.

If I had to summarize the theme for food trends this year, I would say plant proteins, healthy fats and whole foods made convenient. My predictions:

The new quinoa

Step aside, quinoa. There's a new gluten-free whole grain gaining traction among the

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]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 04:15:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Jan. 3, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-3-2017/article/1593533?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-jan.-3-2017/article/1593533?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. - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Whole Foods, 7635 N. Academy Blvd. - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Whole Foods, 3180 New Center Point. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain. - 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson, 5867 N. Nevada Ave. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Pikes Peak Community College, Rampart

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]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 04:15:10 -0700 <![CDATA[New Year's resolutions easier to make than to keep]]> http://gazette.com/new-years-resolutions-easier-to-make-than-to-keep/article/1593472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-years-resolutions-easier-to-make-than-to-keep/article/1593472?custom_click=rss

As the clock struck midnight Sunday, a starting pistol sounded, sending millions of Americans on the annual self-improvement quest known as New Year's resolutions.

Some will take the first steps with gusto, seeking out personal trainers or financial planners within the first week of 2017. Others will dawdle at the starting gates, waiting to join gyms until the last few days in January. Research shows a fraction will make it to the finish line, while an even greater percentage are likely to burn out before they meet the halfway point.

In Colorado Springs and elsewhere, goal-setters will recruit the help of local businesses - even if only for the first few weeks or months of January.

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Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:46:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Cause of death released in fall at Colorado ski resort]]> http://gazette.com/cause-of-death-released-in-fall-at-colorado-ski-resort/article/feed/436287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cause-of-death-released-in-fall-at-colorado-ski-resort/article/feed/436287?custom_click=rss GRANBY, Colo. (AP) — A Texas woman who fell from a chairlift at a small Colorado ski resort last week died from a rupture of the aorta and other traumatic injuries, an autopsy has concluded.

Kelly Huber, 40, of San Antonio fell 20 feet from the lift on Thursday at Granby Ranch Ski Resort about 90 miles west of Denver.

Two daughters, ages 12 and 9, also fell with Huber. The 12-year-old was treated and released from a local hospital, while the 9-year-old was being treated at Children's Hospital in suburban Denver. Her condition hasn't been released.

Granby Police Chief James Kraker released the autopsy results this weekend.

Authorities were still investigating how the three fell.

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]]> Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:34:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Gloomy start to year of rooster as bird flu hits South Korea]]> http://gazette.com/gloomy-start-to-year-of-rooster-as-bird-flu-hits-south-korea/article/feed/435591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gloomy-start-to-year-of-rooster-as-bird-flu-hits-south-korea/article/feed/435591?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The year of the rooster looks set for a gloomy start. Egg prices are soaring and new year's festivals are being canceled as South Korea fights its worst bird flu outbreak in a decade.

South Korea's government said Tuesday that about 26 million head of poultry will be culled by Wednesday, including about one-third of the country's egg-laying hens, after the H5N6 strain of avian influenza was found in farms and parks.

The latest outbreak, first reported on Nov. 17, is the worst in South Korea among six since 2003. The highly contagious influenza has spread to all provinces including a major park in south of Seoul and a scenic wetland area in the south. No human cases have been reported.

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