<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:54:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Mental health heroes focus on teen suicide prevention]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-mental-health-heroes-focus-on-teen-suicide-prevention/article/1588888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-mental-health-heroes-focus-on-teen-suicide-prevention/article/1588888?custom_click=rss

The heroes of mental health are all around us: the teacher who lets kids know they're appreciated, a teen whose rap video deals with all-too-frequent teen suicides, counselors, art instructors, families.

As keynote speaker author Mark Norwine wrote, "No One Does it Alone."

More than 500, including 30 students, trekked to The Broadmoor for the 2016 Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon on Oct. 13 with a focus of raising more than $15,000 for Youth Mental Health First Aid, which trains adults, including teachers and school staff, in the skills to recognize and support youngsters in mental health crises.

Norwine, who himself had attempted suicide, recommends mandating that "every single school" in the country has "every single

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:07:50 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Night of comedy raises donations for families of the disabled in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-night-of-comedy-raises-donations-for-families-of-the-disabled-in-colorado-springs/article/1588135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-night-of-comedy-raises-donations-for-families-of-the-disabled-in-colorado-springs/article/1588135?custom_click=rss

A Night of Comedy filled with craziness and laughter thanks to featured Chicago-area comic Mike Toomey was a special evening for a cause.

The nightclub dinner venue at the DoubleTree hotel held a sold-out crowd of 140 on Oct. 1, raising nearly $24,000 for Special Kids Special Families' Zach's Place 24/7 respite care for families with children with disabilities.

A delighted SKSF Director Linda Ellegard greeted guests and shared that it's expected Zach's Place will provide more than 18,000 hours of care this year to a record number of youth served. A successful capital campaign drive had helped SKSF expand facilities to help meet the demand. Programs supporting Zach's Place (SKSFcolorado.org) also include Amazon.com purchases

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:05:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Try these 6 ayurvedic tips to improve your sleep]]> http://gazette.com/try-these-6-ayurvedic-tips-to-improve-your-sleep/article/1588581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/try-these-6-ayurvedic-tips-to-improve-your-sleep/article/1588581?custom_click=rss

What could be better on a chilly fall night than burrowing into a bed for eight hours of deep, restorative sleep?

Unfortunately, this can be a challenging time of year for that deep sleep, according to ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine used in India that seeks to balance the body and stay disease-free through diet, herbs and lifestyle choices. Ayurveda teaches that there are three doshas, or body constitutions, and we are each made up of predominantly one, sometimes a mixture of two and, in rare cases, a combination of all three.

Fall is the season of vata.

"The energies of restlessness and change - things begin to dry out," said Sara Carson, a local ayurvedic practitioner and owner of The Body Tree Healing

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[US Embassy issues last-minute visa to ailing Pakistani girl]]> http://gazette.com/us-embassy-issues-last-minute-visa-to-ailing-pakistani-girl/article/feed/413927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-embassy-issues-last-minute-visa-to-ailing-pakistani-girl/article/feed/413927?custom_click=rss

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has issued a last minute-visa to an ailing 6-year-old Pakistani girl desperately in need of surgery in the United States.

Shahid Ullah, the father of Maria, says that the family is "so happy" at the news and thanked friends and supporters world over who helped them.

Ullah, a poor merchant who owns a shop selling blankets in Rawalpindi, near the capital of Islamabad, has campaigned for nearly four years seeking treatment for Maria, who suffers from a genetic disorder known as Morquio Syndrome in which the vertebrae compress the spinal cord.

The embassy said on Tuesday the visas were approved.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:49:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Is running bad for your knees? Science says no, according to Oklahoma medical researcher]]> http://gazette.com/is-running-bad-for-your-knees-science-says-no-according-to-oklahoma-medical-researcher/article/1588571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-running-bad-for-your-knees-science-says-no-according-to-oklahoma-medical-researcher/article/1588571?custom_click=rss

It's time to grab those running shoes from the closet, folks. It turns out running won't trash your knees after all.

While running has been proven to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and even cancer, there has been a longstanding argument that those benefits come at the expense of your knees as a consequence of constant pounding.

But research shows the joint concerns might be no more than a myth.

In fact, Dr. Eliza Chakravarty, an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation rheumatologist, is taking the claim a step further, saying: "Not only is running not bad for your knees, it is actually good for them.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Oct. 25, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-25-2016/article/1588568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-25-2016/article/1588568?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 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday- Thursday, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Booze for Boobs - To benefit American Advertising Federation Colorado Springs and Susan G. Komen of Colorado, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, The Elbo Room, The Ritz, 15 S. Tejon St., $20. Reservations: tinyurl.com/zg3xb38.

Breakfast with Champions - To benefit the United States Association of Blind Athletes,

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Desperate Pakistan family awaits US visa for 6-year-old girl]]> http://gazette.com/desperate-pakistan-family-awaits-us-visa-for-6-year-old-girl/article/feed/412426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/desperate-pakistan-family-awaits-us-visa-for-6-year-old-girl/article/feed/412426?custom_click=rss

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A desperate Pakistani family anxiously awaiting a U.S. visa for their ailing little girl is running out of time: Maria is just six years old but a rare genetic disease has left her frail body wracked with pain and stunted her growth.

Soon she will be unable to walk because her vertebrae are compressing her spinal cord.

A U.S. hospital has offered to perform a surgery for free that could significantly improve Maria's quality of her life, but the American Embassy in Islamabad has so far twice refused to give the family visas to travel to the United States, said the girl's father, Shahid Ullah speaking to The Associated Press by phone from Rawalpindi in Pakistan.

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]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:12:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Arizona highway clouded by smoke, causing numerous accidents]]> http://gazette.com/arizona-highway-clouded-by-smoke-causing-numerous-accidents/article/feed/411685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arizona-highway-clouded-by-smoke-causing-numerous-accidents/article/feed/411685?custom_click=rss

Thick smoke from a blaze set to reduce wildfire risks blinded motorists Wednesday on the main highway across northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon, causing numerous accidents as haze clouded the freeway for hours and reduced visibility to 20 feet, officials said.

The fire to burn dry brush and trees was set Tuesday in the Kaibab National Forest that surrounds Flagstaff, and officials knew that a wind shift overnight would send smoke toward Interstate 40.

But they were surprised that it did not dissipate as predicted, said Brady Smith, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman.

Multiple collisions with minor injuries to motorists and passengers were blamed on smoky haze that settled over the highway for about five hours.

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]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:25:04 -0600 <![CDATA[New Delhi zoo closed temporarily after birds die of bird flu]]> http://gazette.com/new-delhi-zoo-closed-temporarily-after-birds-die-of-bird-flu/article/feed/411614?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-delhi-zoo-closed-temporarily-after-birds-die-of-bird-flu/article/feed/411614?custom_click=rss

NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi's zoo has been closed temporarily after nine birds died from suspected bird flu last week, a zoo official said Wednesday.

Autopsies conducted on the birds confirmed that at least two of them died from H5N1 avian influenza, said Riaz Ahmed Khan, the National Zoological Park's curator.

"We decided to close the zoo for a few days as a precautionary measure," Khan said, adding that the zoo would reopen next week.

He said the birds, including some ducks and two pelicans, died Friday and Saturday.

The zoo, one of the largest in India, has some 1,400 animals, reptiles and birds belonging to around 130 species. It gets about 2.2 million visitors annually.

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]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:46:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Pregnant manatee flown from Connecticut aquarium to Florida]]> http://gazette.com/pregnant-manatee-flown-from-connecticut-aquarium-to-florida/article/feed/411369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pregnant-manatee-flown-from-connecticut-aquarium-to-florida/article/feed/411369?custom_click=rss MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — A pregnant manatee that was rescued off Cape Cod has been flown from Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium to Florida.

The manatee is named Washburn after the island where she was rescued. She was moved Tuesday to SeaWorld in Orlando, where she'll be cared for until she can be released back into the wild.

Manatees are mammals and are sometimes referred to as sea cows. A spokeswoman for Mystic Aquarium says it's very rare to see them as far north as New England.

The 800-pound manatee was rescued Sept. 22 as water temperatures were dropping below 67 degrees, too cold for it to survive.

A U.S. Coast Guard plane took off Tuesday morning from Groton (GRAH'-tuhn), Connecticut, with the manatee and arrived

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]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[How I kept running while I was pregnant]]> http://gazette.com/how-i-kept-running-while-i-was-pregnant/article/1588037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-i-kept-running-while-i-was-pregnant/article/1588037?custom_click=rss

Running is a huge part of my life. Most of my social life involves running. It's my preferred form of therapy.

In other words, I'm one of "those people" - the generally eccentric bunch of fitness nuts that make Colorado Springs a top running town.

When we found out I was pregnant with my first child in January, my husband and I were thrilled. After the initial excitement wore off, I began to think about the implications that held for my daily life, especially running.

Every woman - and every pregnancy - is different, and my guess was as good as anybody else's on how my body would hold up through the nine months of creating a human. It turns out, it really is an individual journey, and the best anyone can do is listen to

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]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:20:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Eat Well: Weight loss for seniors should be monitored]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-weight-loss-for-seniors-should-be-monitored/article/1588036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-weight-loss-for-seniors-should-be-monitored/article/1588036?custom_click=rss

Eating well doesn't always lead to the desired results, a fact that becomes especially evident as we age.

I'm a longtime member of Weight Watchers and during one of the weekly meetings early this year, I learned that a woman who had reached "lifetime" member status in 2000 and had been maintaining her weight suddenly began shedding pounds.

Over a two-year period, she lost around 15 pounds, putting her well below her goal.

She told me before that meeting that it all started when she became ill two years ago at the age of 70.

"When I had the flu, I sort of lost my appetite," she said. "I eat like a little kid. I feel hungry at meals but can only manage to eat about half of my food. I feel full faster.

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]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Oct. 18, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-18-2016/article/1588035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-18-2016/article/1588035?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.

Booze for Boobs - To benefit American Advertising Federation Colorado Springs and Susan G. Komen of Colorado, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, The Elbo Room, The Ritz, 15 S. Tejon St., $20. Reservations: tinyurl.com/zg3xb38.

Caring for the Caregiver Workshop - Hosted by the UCCS Aging Center and MacKenzie Place to help navigate the challenges of caring for an aging loved one, 1-4 p.m. Friday, 1605 Elm Creek View, free. Registration: 255-8002,

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]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Deadly cat poop causes rift among animal defenders in Hawaii]]> http://gazette.com/deadly-cat-poop-causes-rift-among-animal-defenders-in-hawaii/article/feed/410695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deadly-cat-poop-causes-rift-among-animal-defenders-in-hawaii/article/feed/410695?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Two wildlife issues have collided in Hawaii, pitting one group of animal defenders against another in an impassioned debate. The point of contention? Deadly cat poop and the feral felines that produce it.

Federal researchers believe feces from the legions of stray cats roaming Hawaii is spreading a disease that is killing Hawaiian monk seals, some of the world's most endangered marine mammals. Some conservationists advocate euthanizing those cats that no one wants, and that has cat lovers up in arms.

"It's a very difficult, emotional issue," said state Sen. Mike Gabbard, chairman of a committee that earlier this year heard a proposal to ban the feeding of feral cats on state land. The panel abandoned the bil

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]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:53:50 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: A Go Red for Women day]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-a-go-red-for-women-day/article/1587688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-a-go-red-for-women-day/article/1587688?custom_click=rss

For 14 years, local women have set aside a day each September to learn about their own heart health.

Go Red for Women Education Day and Luncheon on Sept. 30 filled the hallways and meeting rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton with screenings, speakers on pregnancy and the heart, unusual markers in women and the popular "Exploring Wine and Chocolate (red wine and dark chocolate)."

Then there was a heart-healthy lunch featuring keynoter, dynamic author and entrepreneur Sharlene Douthit with hints on health and wealth.

Go Red featured survivor Sarah Eck shared her story of going into cardiac arrest at a coffee shop. She was saved by a person who knew CPR. "CPR saves lives. It saved mine," said the mother-to-be of a baby

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]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:30:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Alitalia bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from flights]]> http://gazette.com/alitalia-bans-samsung-galaxy-note-7-phones-from-flights/article/feed/410337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alitalia-bans-samsung-galaxy-note-7-phones-from-flights/article/feed/410337?custom_click=rss MILAN (AP) — Italy's flagship airline Alitalia has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on all flights effective immediately, following an emergency order prohibiting the phone on flights in the United States.

The airline said in a statement Saturday that it imposed the ban based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's emergency order "to guarantee maximum security standards." The moves follow reports of the phones catching fire.

Alitalia said passengers will no longer be able to bring the phone into the cabin in hand baggage, following a previous ban on sending it as checked baggage or air cargo.

Samsung has recalled more than 2.5 million of the smartphones, citing a battery manufacturing error.

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]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:40:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Young black doctor says Delta attendant refused her help]]> http://gazette.com/young-black-doctor-says-delta-attendant-refused-her-help/article/feed/410034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/young-black-doctor-says-delta-attendant-refused-her-help/article/feed/410034?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — When Tamika Cross tried to help another passenger in distress on a recent Delta Air Lines flight, she said she was dismissed by a flight attendant who doubted that the black woman was actually a physician.

Cross, an OB-GYN based in Houston, chronicled the incident on Facebook on Oct. 9. The post has since gone viral, with more than 15,000 comments, and sparked the Twitter hashtag #whatadoctorlookslike. The incident highlights the daily slights felt by many black women because of their race and gender, despite their accomplishments.

"I'm sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of color can all understand my frustration when I say I'm sick of being disrespected," Cross wrote in her post.

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]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:29:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Mobb Deep's Prodigy describes prison life through food]]> http://gazette.com/mobb-deeps-prodigy-describes-prison-life-through-food/article/feed/409947?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mobb-deeps-prodigy-describes-prison-life-through-food/article/feed/409947?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Next time you can't figure out what to make for dinner, tell yourself: At least I'm not in prison.

That's where Mobb Deep's Prodigy landed after a plea deal on a weapons possession charge in 2007, serving most of a 3.5-year sentence in a medium-security dorm at Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica, New York, upstate.

And that's where he learned to cook, prison style.

The Queens rapper, half the '90s hardcore duo with Havoc, has written a book with journalist Kathy Iandoli called "commissary kitchen: my infamous prison cookbook." It's out this month from Infamous, Prodigy's own imprint at Akashic Books, based in Brooklyn where he now lives.

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]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:47:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Pregnant manatee rescued off Cape Cod to be moved to Florida]]> http://gazette.com/pregnant-manatee-rescued-off-cape-cod-to-be-moved-to-florida/article/feed/409856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pregnant-manatee-rescued-off-cape-cod-to-be-moved-to-florida/article/feed/409856?custom_click=rss MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — A manatee that was rescued off the coast of Cape Cod and later found to be pregnant will be moved from Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium to SeaWorld Orlando.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Charles Underwood tells the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/2dNvdnq ) the manatee will be moved on Tuesday to SeaWorld, where it will undergo further rehabilitation before being released into the wild.

The 800-pound pregnant female, dubbed "Washburn," was picked up in September in Nantucket Sound off Falmouth, Massachusetts, by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The group said the animal was well out of its range and was rescued just before water temperatures dropped below 67 degrees — too cold for it to

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]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:35:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Gourmet ganja? Marijuana dining is growing up, slowly]]> http://gazette.com/gourmet-ganja-marijuana-dining-is-growing-up-slowly/article/feed/409371?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gourmet-ganja-marijuana-dining-is-growing-up-slowly/article/feed/409371?custom_click=rss

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — How to set a tone of woodsy chic at a four-course candlelight dinner served under the stars in the Colorado foothills:

Live musicians and flowers, check.

Award-winning cuisine, check.

Beer and wine pairings with each course, check.

Marijuana pairings? Oh, yes.

The 100 diners at this $200-a-plate dinner smoked a citrus-smelling marijuana strain to go with a fall salad with apples, dates and bacon, followed by a darker, sweeter strain of pot to accompany a main course of slow-roasted pork shoulder in a mole sauce with charred root vegetables and rice.

And with dessert? Marijuana-infused chocolate, of course, grated over salted caramel ice cream and paired with coffee infused with no

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]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:19:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Welcome Ajabu! Dallas Zoo unveils male baby elephant]]> http://gazette.com/welcome-ajabu-dallas-zoo-unveils-male-baby-elephant/article/feed/409168?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/welcome-ajabu-dallas-zoo-unveils-male-baby-elephant/article/feed/409168?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — Visitors to the Dallas Zoo can now observe a baby elephant whose mother gave birth this spring after being rescued from the African nation of Swaziland.

The Dallas Zoo announced Wednesday that the male calf named Ajabu (uh-JAH'-boo) is on public display with his mother in the Giants of the Savanna exhibit.

Ajabu was born May 14 to Mlilo (muh-LEE'-loh). She was pregnant when she arrived this year at the Dallas Zoo.

Ajabu weighed 175 pounds at birth. He's since grown to more than 330 pounds. He's almost 4 feet tall. The zoo says the calf is still nursing but some of his teeth have emerged and he also eats hay and produce.

The Giants of the Savanna habitat features animals including elephants, giraffe

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]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:59:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Researchers work to spread prized genes of Yellowstone bison]]> http://gazette.com/researchers-work-to-spread-prized-genes-of-yellowstone-bison/article/feed/408800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/researchers-work-to-spread-prized-genes-of-yellowstone-bison/article/feed/408800?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers have transplanted embryos originating from the bison herd at Yellowstone National Park into female bison in Minnesota in hopes of increasing the genetic diversity of herds in the state and helping to restore America's official mammal to the landscape.

While Yellowstone bison are prized because they're free of domestic cattle genes, experts say using them in breeding programs is difficult because they carry a contagious disease called brucellosis, which causes spontaneous abortions in pregnant cattle. Other efforts at spreading the genes of Yellowstone bison have focused on using animals descended from the park's herd that have been certified as disease free. Transplanting embryos uses in-vitro ferti

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]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:34:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Strengthen your gut intuition with chakra, yoga work]]> http://gazette.com/strengthen-your-gut-intuition-with-chakra-yoga-work/article/1587523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/strengthen-your-gut-intuition-with-chakra-yoga-work/article/1587523?custom_click=rss

Listen to your gut.

Isn't that what they always say?

How do you make decisions? With your head or your heart? How often do you add your gut feeling to the mix?

In the chakra system, the gut is associated with your third chakra. There are said to be seven major chakras (Sanskrit word for wheel) up and down the midline of your body. The goal is to keep these invisible energy centers balanced, and there are many ways to increase them if they're deficient or decrease them if they're overactive.

The third chakra, known as manipura - Sanskrit for jewel of the city - is at your solar plexus, about 2 to 3 inches above your belly button, and is associated with the color yellow. I like to imagine it as a shining, hot sun

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:40:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Monument author shares story of hope, recovery in 'My Triple Mastectomy']]> http://gazette.com/monument-author-shares-story-of-hope-recovery-in-my-triple-mastectomy/article/1587524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/monument-author-shares-story-of-hope-recovery-in-my-triple-mastectomy/article/1587524?custom_click=rss

It had only been a few months since her last mammogram, so when Kari Ward noticed a change in the shape of her left breast after emerging from the shower, she didn't think too much of it.

She made an appointment with her family practitioner, who, like Ward, was unable to detect a palpable lump. Though it was "probably nothing," the doctor referred the 42-year-old mother of four for another mammogram.

Soon afterward, Ward got the phone call that signaled a sea change in her life.

"The whole breast was full of cancer," said Ward, an Air Force veteran and former active-duty navigator who lives in Monument. "The breast surgeon when she came in said, 'Well, somebody must have missed something.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:01:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Oct. 11, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-11-2016/article/1587526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-oct.-11-2016/article/1587526?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - What is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. - What is Gluten Anyways?, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday. Finding Our Voices Healing Art Workshop - For adult survivors of sexual assault and their allies, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:27:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Beware extremes: Exercise, anger may trigger heart attack]]> http://gazette.com/beware-extremes-exercise-anger-may-trigger-heart-attack/article/1587504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/beware-extremes-exercise-anger-may-trigger-heart-attack/article/1587504?custom_click=rss

If you're angry or upset, you might want to simmer down before heading out for an intense run or gym workout. A large, international study ties heavy exertion while stressed or mad to a tripled risk of having a heart attack within an hour.

Regular exercise is a healthy antidote to stress and can help prevent heart disease — the biggest problem is that too many people get too little of it. But the new research suggests there may be better or worse times to exercise, and that extremes can trigger harm.

"This study is further evidence of the connection between mind and body.

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:02:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Clowns were creepy long before they were fun]]> http://gazette.com/clowns-were-creepy-long-before-they-were-fun/article/1587462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clowns-were-creepy-long-before-they-were-fun/article/1587462?custom_click=rss

Long before they donned big feet and balloon pants for children's birthday parties, clowns were strictly adult entertainment. As dimwitted drunks, hypersexual hooligans and mischievous miscreants, these court jesters and fools poked fun at Chinese emperors, Roman senators and medieval feudal lords.

Yep, clowns were cultural pranksters long before they morphed into merry fools. They also bore less-than-sterling names such as "stupidus," "scurra" and "moriones" (from which "stupid," "scurrilous" and "moron" are derived).

So why should we be surprised that clowns are back to being creepy? Psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists aren't.

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]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 04:10:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Scientists: Endangered frog rebounding in Yosemite park]]> http://gazette.com/scientists-endangered-frog-rebounding-in-yosemite-park/article/feed/405558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scientists-endangered-frog-rebounding-in-yosemite-park/article/feed/405558?custom_click=rss

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A native California frog once on the brink of extinction is making an encouraging comeback in Yosemite National Park, raising hopes for amphibians like it worldwide that are dying off at an alarming rate, researchers said Monday.

The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog — little more than 3 inches long and known for the coloring under its hind legs — was once the most abundant amphibian in the mountain range.

They were so numerous that they bounded by the dozens into lakes and streams with each step of an approaching person, said lead researcher Roland Knapp of the University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory.

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VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Prince George left another Canadian hanging on a high-five and handshake, a week after doing the same to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The 3-year-old George, wearing red shorts and a blue sweater with knee-high blue socks, enthusiastically waved to the crowd with both hands on Saturday just before he, his sister and their parents boarded a sea plane at a departure ceremony at the end of an official tour of Western Canada.

The shy future king declined a high-five and hand shake of a flower boy named Daniel Brachman. He looked toward his dad Prince William instead. When George arrived a week ago at the Victoria airport, he also left Trudeau hanging on a high-five and a handshake.

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