<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Thu, 28 May 2015 12:21:00 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says]]> http://gazette.com/recent-youth-suicides-a-terrifying-situation-that-must-be-addressed-el-paso-county-official-says/article/1552272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-youth-suicides-a-terrifying-situation-that-must-be-addressed-el-paso-county-official-says/article/1552272?custom_click=rss

In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks.

"It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention before it happens," Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy chief medical examiner for the coroner's office, said Wednesday.

Both teens died from hanging themselves, he said, and both deaths have been deemed suicides, based on investigations.

Rumors that the choking game was involved in the cases are untrue, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said.



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In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks.

"It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention before it happens," Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy chief medical examiner for the coroner's office, said Wednesday.

Both teens died from hanging themselves, he said, and both deaths have been deemed suicides, based on investigations.

Rumors that the choking game was involved in the cases are untrue, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:48:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Don't sweat it]]> http://gazette.com/dont-sweat-it/article/1552518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-sweat-it/article/1552518?custom_click=rss

In arid Colorado, perspiration - even during summer - isn't nearly the lifestyle issue it is in the Deep South. Breaking a sweat here can take work. Hiking the Manitou Incline, for instance.

For people who suffer from a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, though, excessive sweating isn't tied to physical activity or ambient temperature, but rather the body's own sympathetic nervous system.

"You're not heavily active and just start sweating for no reason. Sometimes you're not really aware that it's happening, then you get nervous about it and it kind of gets worse," said Jeremy Kelly, 25, of Colorado Springs. "It gets in your head and makes you self-conscious, where you think everyone notices at all times. It's really



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In arid Colorado, perspiration - even during summer - isn't nearly the lifestyle issue it is in the Deep South. Breaking a sweat here can take work. Hiking the Manitou Incline, for instance.

For people who suffer from a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, though, excessive sweating isn't tied to physical activity or ambient temperature, but rather the body's own sympathetic nervous system.

"You're not heavily active and just start sweating for no reason. Sometimes you're not really aware that it's happening, then you get nervous about it and it kind of gets worse," said Jeremy Kelly, 25, of Colorado Springs. "It gets in your head and makes you self-conscious, where you think everyone notices at all times. It's really

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Wed, 27 May 2015 14:16:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Genetic anomaly in artery causes stroke in active, local man]]> http://gazette.com/genetic-anomaly-in-artery-causes-stroke-in-active-local-man/article/1552616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/genetic-anomaly-in-artery-causes-stroke-in-active-local-man/article/1552616?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: On October 22, John J. Guarriello woke up around 3 a.m. with a slight headache. “I never get headaches, I never have to take aspirin, it was strange,” he said. Guarriello made himself a cup of tea to drink and went back to sleep until 6. “I got up, did my Tai Chi, made breakfast, got my oil changed, all normal things.”

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Wed, 27 May 2015 11:47:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: Yoga takes over Colorado Springs-area parks this summer]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-takes-over-colorado-springs-area-parks-this-summer/article/1552521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-takes-over-colorado-springs-area-parks-this-summer/article/1552521?custom_click=rss

Outdoor yoga classes have grown in number by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years.

This summer, about a dozen classes led by various instructors will be offered. Some include live music, others include a hike and many are donation-based. Here are some of the offerings:

- Yoga Rocks the Park: For all levels, with kids area, $10-$15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 29, free day is Sept. 19, Garden Ranch Park, 2380 Montebello Drive West; yogarocksthepark.com

- Yoga Studio Satya and 100% A Chiropractic Wellness Center: Yoga and hiking for all levels, donations accepted, 8 a.m. June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6; 10 a.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, contact for locations; 203-4525, yogastudiosatya.com;



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Outdoor yoga classes have grown in number by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years.

This summer, about a dozen classes led by various instructors will be offered. Some include live music, others include a hike and many are donation-based. Here are some of the offerings:

- Yoga Rocks the Park: For all levels, with kids area, $10-$15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 29, free day is Sept. 19, Garden Ranch Park, 2380 Montebello Drive West; yogarocksthepark.com

- Yoga Studio Satya and 100% A Chiropractic Wellness Center: Yoga and hiking for all levels, donations accepted, 8 a.m. June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6; 10 a.m. June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, contact for locations; 203-4525, yogastudiosatya.com;

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Tue, 26 May 2015 08:32:30 -0600
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: The truth about snake bites]]> http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-the-truth-about-snake-bites/article/1552526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-the-truth-about-snake-bites/article/1552526?custom_click=rss

I have a confession: I don't like snakes.

I know they're good for nature, and I wouldn't kill one unless I thought it venomous and an unavoidable danger. I guess it's more that I think they're sneaky, kind of like sharks.

Of course, they don't mean to be. It's not like they go out hunting humans. We're too big to eat so they usually only strike when they feel threatened.

Most bites occur when human and snake surprise each other and neither has time to get out of the way. Maybe you're wading in tall grass without high-top boots made of leather (which are difficult for snakes to bite through). Or you pick up a rock or a piece of wood where a snake is resting. Or you're teasing one with a stick or trying to pick it up.

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I know they're good for nature, and I wouldn't kill one unless I thought it venomous and an unavoidable danger. I guess it's more that I think they're sneaky, kind of like sharks.

Of course, they don't mean to be. It's not like they go out hunting humans. We're too big to eat so they usually only strike when they feel threatened.

Most bites occur when human and snake surprise each other and neither has time to get out of the way. Maybe you're wading in tall grass without high-top boots made of leather (which are difficult for snakes to bite through). Or you pick up a rock or a piece of wood where a snake is resting. Or you're teasing one with a stick or trying to pick it up.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 04:10:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 26, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-26-2015/article/1552522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-26-2015/article/1552522?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.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. Thursday, $150.

"Art of Transformation" Art Show and Fundraiser - To benefit Diabetes Community Center of Colorado Springs, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, Soiree, 1003 N. Tejon St.,; 633-8313, coloradospringsvenue.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall,

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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.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. Thursday, $150.

"Art of Transformation" Art Show and Fundraiser - To benefit Diabetes Community Center of Colorado Springs, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, Soiree, 1003 N. Tejon St.,; 633-8313, coloradospringsvenue.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall,]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 04:10:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Ailing boy gets wish come true at Colorado ranch]]> http://gazette.com/ailing-boy-gets-wish-come-true-at-colorado-ranch/article/1552481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ailing-boy-gets-wish-come-true-at-colorado-ranch/article/1552481?custom_click=rss PARACHUTE — Beaming with a nervous and wide grin — the sort of uncontrollable grin that accompanies living one's dream — Bradley Skinner mounted his horse, Kansas, for the first time earlier this month. Grasping the reins as tightly as his hardened hands would allow, the two traveled alongside renowned horse trainer John Lyons at his sprawling facility in Parachute. It was a moment he will never forget.

"I haven't been disappointed," Bradley, an energetic 16-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas, said shortly after dismounting Kansas for the first time. "It's great seeing the way Kansas has changed and become a more enjoyable horse to be around. It's wonderful.



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PARACHUTE — Beaming with a nervous and wide grin — the sort of uncontrollable grin that accompanies living one's dream — Bradley Skinner mounted his horse, Kansas, for the first time earlier this month. Grasping the reins as tightly as his hardened hands would allow, the two traveled alongside renowned horse trainer John Lyons at his sprawling facility in Parachute. It was a moment he will never forget.

"I haven't been disappointed," Bradley, an energetic 16-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas, said shortly after dismounting Kansas for the first time. "It's great seeing the way Kansas has changed and become a more enjoyable horse to be around. It's wonderful.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 19:28:13 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Grassroots NAMI helps the community recognize mental illness]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-grassroots-nami-helps-the-community-recognize-mental-illness/article/1552259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-grassroots-nami-helps-the-community-recognize-mental-illness/article/1552259?custom_click=rss

Two stylish, polished and accomplished women took the stage May 6 in front of 510 breakfast guests. Any other day, they could have been convention speakers, sharing secrets of business success. But that morning, Camille Bzdek Blakely and her daughter, Patrice Winsor, stunned attendees, opening their personal lives with "Creativity, Finesse and Love: How to Manage Mental Illness as a Team."

At the "Embracing the Light" community breakfast, a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness, executive director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert said, "We underestimate how many people have a personal experience with mental illness in their lives, either their own mental health challenges or those of a loved one."

For Camille and Patrice,

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At the "Embracing the Light" community breakfast, a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness, executive director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert said, "We underestimate how many people have a personal experience with mental illness in their lives, either their own mental health challenges or those of a loved one."

For Camille and Patrice,]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:15:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Penrose-St. Francis treatments help prevent future strokes]]> http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-treatments-help-prevent-future-strokes/article/1552374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-treatments-help-prevent-future-strokes/article/1552374?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: At age 69, Restituta Kilmer had her first stroke; at age 72, she had her second – and what should be her last, thanks to the quick action of the stroke management team at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Penrose-St. Francis provides 24/7 advanced stroke treatment and was named a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, the region’s leading healthcare network.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 14:05:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Stent saves local man’s last functioning carotid artery]]> http://gazette.com/stent-saves-local-mans-last-functioning-carotid-artery/article/1552363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stent-saves-local-mans-last-functioning-carotid-artery/article/1552363?custom_click=rss

Sponsored feature: On a typical day last fall, 76-year-old Joe Johann tilted his head back in front of the bathroom mirror and reached up to put a couple of eye drops in each eye. “As soon as I put my arms down I started getting dizzy,” he said. “I realized later, when my arm was raised, it was stressing out my artery and cutting off the blood flow.”

In 2001, Johann had his first stroke and doctors warned him that the carotid artery in the left side of his neck was completely blocked, leaving it up to his right artery to get blood to his brain. “We were told there wasn’t really anything we could do for it, that as long as the right side was open, it would be OK,” said Joe’s wife, Carol Johann. But after his dizzy spell, Joe



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Sponsored feature: On a typical day last fall, 76-year-old Joe Johann tilted his head back in front of the bathroom mirror and reached up to put a couple of eye drops in each eye. “As soon as I put my arms down I started getting dizzy,” he said. “I realized later, when my arm was raised, it was stressing out my artery and cutting off the blood flow.”

In 2001, Johann had his first stroke and doctors warned him that the carotid artery in the left side of his neck was completely blocked, leaving it up to his right artery to get blood to his brain. “We were told there wasn’t really anything we could do for it, that as long as the right side was open, it would be OK,” said Joe’s wife, Carol Johann. But after his dizzy spell, Joe

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Fri, 22 May 2015 10:42:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs blood center in need of donors]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-blood-center-in-need-of-donors/article/1552318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-blood-center-in-need-of-donors/article/1552318?custom_click=rss

A nonprofit that supplies blood to more than 100 hospitals across Colorado is seeking donations due to a blood shortage.

Bonfils Blood Center is asking people of all blood types - especially people with type O-negative - to give blood ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. A good supply of type O-negative blood is critical because it's the only type of blood that is universally transferable.

Several patients in Colorado have needed large amounts of blood lately, depleting supplies, said Liz Lambert, a Bonfils spokeswoman. Additionally, the nonprofit typically sees a drop in donations during holiday weekends.

"We like to keep enough on hand so that we're ready or any unexpected events as well," Lambert said.

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Bonfils Blood Center is asking people of all blood types - especially people with type O-negative - to give blood ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. A good supply of type O-negative blood is critical because it's the only type of blood that is universally transferable.

Several patients in Colorado have needed large amounts of blood lately, depleting supplies, said Liz Lambert, a Bonfils spokeswoman. Additionally, the nonprofit typically sees a drop in donations during holiday weekends.

"We like to keep enough on hand so that we're ready or any unexpected events as well," Lambert said.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:10:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Headaches signal aneurysm, save woman’s life from stroke]]> http://gazette.com/headaches-signal-aneurysm-save-womans-life-from-stroke/article/1552234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/headaches-signal-aneurysm-save-womans-life-from-stroke/article/1552234?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: Teresa Olson knew something was not quite right when she was experiencing headaches for a month last fall, but the 59-year-old attributed them to menopause and tried not to worry.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:37:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness diaries: What to do if you stall on route to weight loss]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-what-to-do-if-you-stall-on-route-to-weight-loss/article/1552139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-what-to-do-if-you-stall-on-route-to-weight-loss/article/1552139?custom_click=rss

It happens to everyone. After deciding to eat better and exercise, those first few extra pounds come off pretty easily. It becomes exciting to see the positive lifestyle changes turn into results. But as the ultimate goal weight gets closer, something happens. The regular workout routine stops supplying the desired results. You hit a wall, also known as a plateau.

It can be frustrating. As a fitness professional, I've witnessed several reach this point and eventually give up.

Don't quit! Hitting a wall is the body's way of saying it's time to change it up and re-evaluate the weekly routine. Here are five tips to help you get over that wall:

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It happens to everyone. After deciding to eat better and exercise, those first few extra pounds come off pretty easily. It becomes exciting to see the positive lifestyle changes turn into results. But as the ultimate goal weight gets closer, something happens. The regular workout routine stops supplying the desired results. You hit a wall, also known as a plateau.

It can be frustrating. As a fitness professional, I've witnessed several reach this point and eventually give up.

Don't quit! Hitting a wall is the body's way of saying it's time to change it up and re-evaluate the weekly routine. Here are five tips to help you get over that wall:

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Tue, 19 May 2015 13:33:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 19, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-19-2015/article/1552138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-19-2015/article/1552138?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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. May 28, $150.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: Kathy, 520-2140, 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 31, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall, 601 N.

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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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10.

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider course - Registration: savingamericanhearts.com. - 9 a.m. May 28, $150.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: Kathy, 520-2140, 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 31, Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Taft Hall, 601 N.]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Penrose-St. Francis RN’s life saved with swift action during stroke]]> http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-rns-life-saved-with-swift-action-during-stroke/article/1551930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/penrose-st.-francis-rns-life-saved-with-swift-action-during-stroke/article/1551930?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: For 10 years, Deb Nussdorfer has gone to work at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as an RN and Magnet Program Director, but she never imagined her employer would one day save her life.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 16:24:44 -0600