<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:20:49 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Manitou Incline, Barr Trail take a toll on those who hike them]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-barr-trail-take-a-toll-on-those-who-hike-them/article/1554721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-barr-trail-take-a-toll-on-those-who-hike-them/article/1554721?custom_click=rss

As Jerry Retherford struggled to breathe on the unforgiving steps of the Manitou Incline six years ago, he wasn't alone. There, by Retherford's side, was Jill Suarez, holding his hand as they waited for medical assistance. But it was too late. The 61-year-old, who had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro the previous year, died roughly 400 feet from the summit.

"I'll never ever forget that - the sound of his breathing and the way he looked," Suarez said. "Nobody wants to see anybody die."

If anyone knows the potential dangers of the abandoned cable car track, it's Suarez.

"I've seen it all happen; I know the risks," she said. "The Incline is in a class of its own in terms of rescue because it's so vertical."

She also knows



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As Jerry Retherford struggled to breathe on the unforgiving steps of the Manitou Incline six years ago, he wasn't alone. There, by Retherford's side, was Jill Suarez, holding his hand as they waited for medical assistance. But it was too late. The 61-year-old, who had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro the previous year, died roughly 400 feet from the summit.

"I'll never ever forget that - the sound of his breathing and the way he looked," Suarez said. "Nobody wants to see anybody die."

If anyone knows the potential dangers of the abandoned cable car track, it's Suarez.

"I've seen it all happen; I know the risks," she said. "The Incline is in a class of its own in terms of rescue because it's so vertical."

She also knows

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:33:33 -0600
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: Summer brings return of mosquitoes, West Nile virus]]> http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-summer-brings-return-of-mosquitoes-west-nile-virus/article/1554723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-summer-brings-return-of-mosquitoes-west-nile-virus/article/1554723?custom_click=rss

After the record rainfall this spring, I've noticed a lot more greenery around the house - and a lot more bugs. While the bugs aren't as plentiful here as other states where I've lived, the number is higher than usual.

So, of course, that brings me to an annual Colorado concern - West Nile virus.

Here's the funny thing about mosquitoes: They don't like rain. But they love to lay their eggs in stagnant water. The longer it's been there, the better because it tends to have more nutrients. Too much rain can clean up things a bit too much for their liking. That said, mosquitoes are abundant this summer, so it's time to bone up on West Nile.

First, let's put the fear of this disease into context. Mosquitoes carry many

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]]> After the record rainfall this spring, I've noticed a lot more greenery around the house - and a lot more bugs. While the bugs aren't as plentiful here as other states where I've lived, the number is higher than usual.

So, of course, that brings me to an annual Colorado concern - West Nile virus.

Here's the funny thing about mosquitoes: They don't like rain. But they love to lay their eggs in stagnant water. The longer it's been there, the better because it tends to have more nutrients. Too much rain can clean up things a bit too much for their liking. That said, mosquitoes are abundant this summer, so it's time to bone up on West Nile.

First, let's put the fear of this disease into context. Mosquitoes carry many]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 30, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-30-2015/article/1554718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-30-2015/article/1554718?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. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Sept. 23, $10. - American with Disabilities Act Basics, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, $3. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, $10. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free.

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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. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Sept. 23, $10. - American with Disabilities Act Basics, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, $3. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, $10. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA['Sit-down' dinners improve seniors' lives, enrich families]]> http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.



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When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:26:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Athletes feel the squeeze of compression socks and sleeves]]> http://gazette.com/athletes-feel-the-squeeze-of-compression-socks-and-sleeves/article/1554277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/athletes-feel-the-squeeze-of-compression-socks-and-sleeves/article/1554277?custom_click=rss

The humble cotton sports sock has no place in Erin Heberlein's serious training regimen. Before lacing up her shoes and heading out for a long run, she first wrangles on a pair of taut, knee-high compression socks. As a veteran endurance athlete and soccer player who's prone to developing tight calf muscles, she knows from experience that the garments work.

"They seem to help me because I have calves that are overly developed. The compression helps keep blood flowing there and helps keep the cramping down, and there's no doubt that they bring warmth to the skin and increase blood flow," she said. "I do find benefits."

As a personal trainer and the gym and fitness supervisor at Penrose-St.



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The humble cotton sports sock has no place in Erin Heberlein's serious training regimen. Before lacing up her shoes and heading out for a long run, she first wrangles on a pair of taut, knee-high compression socks. As a veteran endurance athlete and soccer player who's prone to developing tight calf muscles, she knows from experience that the garments work.

"They seem to help me because I have calves that are overly developed. The compression helps keep blood flowing there and helps keep the cramping down, and there's no doubt that they bring warmth to the skin and increase blood flow," she said. "I do find benefits."

As a personal trainer and the gym and fitness supervisor at Penrose-St.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:07:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Well: Life changes must be met with patience, faith]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-life-changes-must-be-met-with-patience-faith/article/1554276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-life-changes-must-be-met-with-patience-faith/article/1554276?custom_click=rss

A new member joined my animal family Saturday - Butter.

I renamed him, even though I typically turn up my nose when people rename an adopted dog. It always smacks of human ego to me. The poor dog's adapting to a new home; it's not like he needs to adjust to a brand new name too. But this time I cut myself some slack. Butter had had his previous name - Summit - for only a month, courtesy of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

He's a 10-year-old American Eskimo. Buttery white, fluffy and delicious. Like butter.

Puppy mill dogs live in horrible conditions. They're held in cages out in the elements with little to no human contact. When it does come, it's rough and unkind.



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A new member joined my animal family Saturday - Butter.

I renamed him, even though I typically turn up my nose when people rename an adopted dog. It always smacks of human ego to me. The poor dog's adapting to a new home; it's not like he needs to adjust to a brand new name too. But this time I cut myself some slack. Butter had had his previous name - Summit - for only a month, courtesy of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

He's a 10-year-old American Eskimo. Buttery white, fluffy and delicious. Like butter.

Puppy mill dogs live in horrible conditions. They're held in cages out in the elements with little to no human contact. When it does come, it's rough and unkind.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:04:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness trackers are hot, but do they really help?]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-trackers-are-hot-but-do-they-really-help/article/1554278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-trackers-are-hot-but-do-they-really-help/article/1554278?custom_click=rss

Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market last week. But will the devices help you get healthier?

Experts agree that getting people to set goals - and then reminding them of the goals - absolutely works, and the wearable devices are built to do that. But evidence that people get healthier when using fitness trackers is limited because they are new and studies of them have mostly been small or focused on specific groups of people.

Strapped to your wrist, shoe or clothes, fitness trackers can grab a lot of data: how many steps you've taken, where you've run, how many calories you've burned, how fast your heart is beating, how much oxygen you've

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]]> Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market last week. But will the devices help you get healthier?

Experts agree that getting people to set goals - and then reminding them of the goals - absolutely works, and the wearable devices are built to do that. But evidence that people get healthier when using fitness trackers is limited because they are new and studies of them have mostly been small or focused on specific groups of people.

Strapped to your wrist, shoe or clothes, fitness trackers can grab a lot of data: how many steps you've taken, where you've run, how many calories you've burned, how fast your heart is beating, how much oxygen you've]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:10:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 23, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-23-2015/article/1554275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-23-2015/article/1554275?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. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free. Registration: diabetes.org/colorado, Lauren, 1-720-855-1102, ext. 7012. - Getting Active Workshop, 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 20, Penrose Hospital.

Climb for Courage - To benefit patients and families served by Children's Hospital, 9 a.m. Saturday, Falcon Stadium, Air Force

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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. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free. Registration: diabetes.org/colorado, Lauren, 1-720-855-1102, ext. 7012. - Getting Active Workshop, 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 20, Penrose Hospital.

Climb for Courage - To benefit patients and families served by Children's Hospital, 9 a.m. Saturday, Falcon Stadium, Air Force]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Doctors warn against squatting in skinny jeans after woman is hospitalized]]> http://gazette.com/doctors-warn-against-squatting-in-skinny-jeans-after-woman-is-hospitalized/article/1554255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctors-warn-against-squatting-in-skinny-jeans-after-woman-is-hospitalized/article/1554255?custom_click=rss

LONDON — Attention wearers of skinny jeans: don't squat — at least not for long.

Doctors in Australia report that a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized for four days after experiencing muscle damage, swelling, and nerve blockages in her legs after squatting for several hours while wearing tight-fitting denims.

"We were surprised that this patient had such severe damage to her nerves and muscles," said Dr. Thomas Kimber of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, in an email.

The patient, who was not identified, spent most of the previous day helping someone move, squatting for long periods while emptying cupboards. Clad in skinny jeans, the woman said they felt increasingly tight and her feet were numb as



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LONDON — Attention wearers of skinny jeans: don't squat — at least not for long.

Doctors in Australia report that a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized for four days after experiencing muscle damage, swelling, and nerve blockages in her legs after squatting for several hours while wearing tight-fitting denims.

"We were surprised that this patient had such severe damage to her nerves and muscles," said Dr. Thomas Kimber of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, in an email.

The patient, who was not identified, spent most of the previous day helping someone move, squatting for long periods while emptying cupboards. Clad in skinny jeans, the woman said they felt increasingly tight and her feet were numb as

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:26:12 -0600