<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:20:18 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA['Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US]]> http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378571?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed to have contracted the virus locally through mosquito bites, Gov. Rick Scott said.

No mosquitoes in Florida have actually been found to be carrying Zika, despite the testing of 19,000 by the state lab. But other methods of Zika transmission, such as travel to a stricken country or sex with an infected person, have been ruled out.

"Zika is now here," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers f

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:55:17 -0600 <![CDATA['Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US]]> http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378704?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed to have contracted the virus locally through mosquito bites, Gov. Rick Scott said.

No mosquitoes in Florida have actually been found to be carrying Zika, despite the testing of 19,000 by the state lab. But other methods of Zika transmission, such as travel to a stricken country or sex with an infected person, have been ruled out.

"Zika is now here," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. C

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:12:53 -0600 <![CDATA[What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go']]> http://gazette.com/whats-troubling-athletes-arriving-in-rio-no-pokemon-go/article/feed/378741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whats-troubling-athletes-arriving-in-rio-no-pokemon-go/article/feed/378741?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares?

But no "Pokemon Go"? That's an outrage!

If there were ever a more "First World problem" for the Zika-plagued, water-polluted Rio Olympics, it's Brazil's lack of access to the hit mobile game, which has united players the world over.

Since debuting to wild adulation in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand this month, the game from Google spinoff Niantic Inc. has spread like wildfire, launching in more than 30 countries or territories — but not Brazil.

For athletes and other visitors caught up in the wave, not having access is just one more knock against an Olympics that officials are racing to get

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:12:15 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Senator seeks reconvening of Congress over Zika]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-senator-seeks-reconvening-of-congress-over-zika/article/feed/378729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-senator-seeks-reconvening-of-congress-over-zika/article/feed/378729?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

Nelson sent McConnell a letter Friday after health officials confirmed four people in South Florida likely contracted Zika from mosquito bites. It is the first local transmission in the U.S. mainland.

The Republican-controlled Congress left on a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it sought for mosquito control, vaccine development and other steps to battle Zika.

Nelson, a Florida Democrat, says

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:40:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Tourists urged not to panic about Zika's spread in Florida]]> http://gazette.com/tourists-urged-not-to-panic-about-zikas-spread-in-florida/article/feed/378703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourists-urged-not-to-panic-about-zikas-spread-in-florida/article/feed/378703?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — There's no official warning to stay clear of Florida, but the crowds that usually wander among the bold street murals in Miami's trendy Wynwood arts district may be thinner after reports that mosquitoes in the area have spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time.

Officials are trying to reassure tourists they'll be safe when visiting Florida's theme parks and urban arts districts. But some Miami residents said Friday they were stocking up on mosquito repellent and planning to bring lunches to work instead of sitting at outdoor cafe tables under Wynwood's bright murals.

"I'm freaking out ...

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:21:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Declaration helps Florida mosquito control]]> http://gazette.com/declaration-helps-florida-mosquito-control/article/feed/378654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/declaration-helps-florida-mosquito-control/article/feed/378654?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Puerto Rico health officials are reporting a total of 7,296 Zika cases in the U.S. territory that include 788 pregnant women.

Friday's announcement comes as Puerto Rico prepares to use the organic larvicide Bti to fight the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects.

Health Secretary Ana Rius said 74 people have been hospitalized including 23 diagnosed with a temporary paralysis condition known as Guillain-Barre that has been linked to Zika.

She said all 78 of the island's municipalities have reported Zika cases.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that hundreds of children cou

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:26:01 -0600 <![CDATA[NOAA: Drone technology aids whale research off Hawaii]]> http://gazette.com/noaa-drone-technology-aids-whale-research-off-hawaii/article/feed/378373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/noaa-drone-technology-aids-whale-research-off-hawaii/article/feed/378373?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal researchers returning from a 30-day expedition to study whales and dolphins around the Hawaiian Islands said they are looking for clues to help sustain healthy populations of the marine mammals.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists told reporters Thursday that gathering data on the animals is often difficult, especially around the windward coasts of the Hawaiian Islands.

The researchers worked from a large ship, instead of using their normally small survey boats, and explored the coasts of the main Hawaiian Islands where wind conditions and severe weather make it difficult to navigate and remain at sea for extended periods of time.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:55:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Prisons head reassigns 2 after report into K-9 Totti's death]]> http://gazette.com/prisons-head-reassigns-2-after-report-into-k-9-tottis-death/article/feed/378143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prisons-head-reassigns-2-after-report-into-k-9-tottis-death/article/feed/378143?custom_click=rss HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's prisons chief is making changes within the drug interdiction unit following the death of a 2-year-old dog who was left in a hot vehicle after a training exercise.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said Thursday that Totti the dog's handler and his supervisor were reassigned at Rockview State Prison outside State College and a review is underway to determine if discipline is merited.

A senior officer with military experience handling dogs is taking over as leader of the drug interdiction unit.

Totti died after spending about three hours locked in a car on July 7.

He died at a veterinary clinic from a heat-related seizure.

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]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:46:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild]]> http://gazette.com/black-footed-ferrets-return-to-where-they-held-out-in-wild/article/feed/376858?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-footed-ferrets-return-to-where-they-held-out-in-wild/article/feed/376858?custom_click=rss

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A nocturnal species of weasel with a robber-mask-like marking across its eyes has returned to the remote ranchlands of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago.

Wildlife officials on Tuesday released 35 black-footed ferrets on two ranches near Meeteetse, a tiny cattle ranching community 50 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. Black-footed ferrets, generally solitary animals, were let loose individually over a wide area.

Groups of ferret releasers fanned out over prairie dog colonies covering several thousand acres of the Lazy BV and Pitchfork ranches. Black-footed ferrets co-exist with prairie dogs, living in their burrows and preying on them.

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:58:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Sushi restaurant worker among 93 Hawaii hepatitis A cases]]> http://gazette.com/sushi-restaurant-worker-among-93-hawaii-hepatitis-a-cases/article/feed/377276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sushi-restaurant-worker-among-93-hawaii-hepatitis-a-cases/article/feed/377276?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii outbreak of hepatitis A has grown to 93 cases, including an infected sushi restaurant worker who might have exposed diners, the state's Department of Health said Tuesday.

No source has been identified for the outbreak on the island of Oahu.

But the health department warned people who ate at the sushi restaurant on the island of Hawaii on dates the employee worked this month that they could have been exposed.

The restaurant was identified as Sushi Shiono at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The department said the employee recently worked there three five-day stretches — July 5-8, July 11-15 and July 18-21.

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:23:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Heart rate monitors help get rid of the guesswork, are popular in fitness classes across Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/heart-rate-monitors-help-get-rid-of-the-guesswork-are-popular-in-fitness-classes-across-colorado-springs/article/1581187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heart-rate-monitors-help-get-rid-of-the-guesswork-are-popular-in-fitness-classes-across-colorado-springs/article/1581187?custom_click=rss

Treadmill incline? Ten percent. Speed? 4.2. Heart rate zone? Still in the green.

As I huffed and puffed away on the treadmill and rowing machine, my eyes kept wandering up to the large scoreboards looming over the dim, cool room at Orangetheory Fitness, a chain of fitness gyms across the country. There it was - my heart rate and the number of calories I was allegedly torching during a combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight training.

I was working hard enough that I could not have passed the talk test - where you can talk but not sing during an activity - but the heart rate monitor strapped around my torso was telling a different story. I'd moved into vigorous territory, yet I couldn't get my heart rate high enough



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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:20:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Israel to display ancient mummy with modern-day afflictions]]> http://gazette.com/israel-to-display-ancient-mummy-with-modern-day-afflictions/article/feed/376946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/israel-to-display-ancient-mummy-with-modern-day-afflictions/article/feed/376946?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's national museum is set to display a 2,200-year-old Egyptian mummy of a man who was afflicted with some modern-day illnesses such as osteoporosis and tooth decay, the museum said on Tuesday.

The illnesses, discovered using a CT scan, indicate that during his lifetime, the man was largely sedentary, avoided manual labor in the sun and probably ate a carbohydrate-heavy diet.

The mummy is the only such relic in Israel, named the "Protective Eye of Horus," after a pharaonic deity. It was kept for decades at a Jesuit institute in Jerusalem before it was loaned to the Israel Museum. It will be displayed in a museum setting for the first time starting Wednesday.

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:27:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-26-2016/article/1581188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-26-2016/article/1581188?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.

ADA Classic 5K - To benefit the American Diabetes Association, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache La Poudre St., $28. Registration: csgrandprix.com/10k.html.

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, East Library. 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink classes, screenings and programs - Registration: 444-2273, uchealth.org/healthlink. - Healthy Eating, Healthy

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: 5 tips in yoga etiquette 101]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-5-tips-in-yoga-etiquette-101/article/1580669?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-5-tips-in-yoga-etiquette-101/article/1580669?custom_click=rss

Sometimes all you want is a yoga class - a chance to be alone and forget your pesky thoughts, and a space to breathe, stretch your limbs and rejuvenate in a peaceful savasana.

Then you relax on your mat and suddenly realize this is not that class. Somebody next to you clearly hasn't showered in the past week. Another practitioner unrolls her mat an inch away from yours, and two girls behind you won't stop talking about their Tinder dates.

Sure, this could be an ideal opportunity to practice your yoga and be open and accepting of the moment. But this also could be the point you wish Miss Manners had tackled proper yoga etiquette.

A decade of attending yoga classes has led me to these observations:

- Good mat mojo -



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:42:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Zika infection confirmed in Kentucky infant]]> http://gazette.com/zika-infection-confirmed-in-kentucky-infant/article/feed/375782?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zika-infection-confirmed-in-kentucky-infant/article/feed/375782?custom_click=rss LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Public health officials in Lexington say the Zika virus has been confirmed in an infant born to a woman who traveled during pregnancy to an area where the virus is circulating.

According to news media reports, test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the infant was exposed to the virus in the womb. Health officials say neither mother nor child is capable of spreading the virus to others or to mosquitoes in the area.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says even though the infant's mother never described symptoms of illness, antibodies against Zika found in her infant suggest maternal infection during an early stage of pregnancy.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:39:43 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Florida probing 2nd possibly local Zika case]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-florida-probing-2nd-possibly-local-zika-case/article/feed/375196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-florida-probing-2nd-possibly-local-zika-case/article/feed/375196?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

The Florida Health Department says it's now investigating a second possible non-travel related case of Zika infection in South Florida.

The case is in Broward County, which neighbors Miami-Dade, where the first such investigation continues.

The department says in a news release that it is working with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that the state government has asked that the CDC to send an epidemiologist to Florida to help with the investigation.

Health authorities are testing mosquitoes and have not yet confirmed that anyone has been infected by a bite in the mainland United States.

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5:15 p.m

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:13:29 -0600 <![CDATA[One beach reopens after Los Angeles sewage spill]]> http://gazette.com/one-beach-reopens-after-los-angeles-sewage-spill/article/feed/374987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-beach-reopens-after-los-angeles-sewage-spill/article/feed/374987?custom_click=rss

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A mile of Southern California shoreline that was closed amid fears involving a sewage spill 20 miles away was reopened Thursday after two consecutive bacteria tests came back clean.

However, officials said a longer stretch of neighboring shoreline remained closed in Long Beach.

Ocean water samples taken along Seal Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday showed no excessive levels of bacteria and the stretch was reopened.

But in neighboring Long Beach, four miles of shoreline remained closed after a sample taken Wednesday showed elevated bacteria levels, said Nelson Kerr of the city's health department.

The first sample taken Tuesday, a day after the spill, showed no excessive levels of bacteria.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a sewage spill in Los Angeles (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

A mile of Southern California shoreline that was closed amid fears involving a sewage spill 20 miles away has reopened after two consecutive tests came back clean.

However, officials said Thursday a longer stretch of neighboring beach remains closed.

Officials in Seal Beach say ocean water samples taken Tuesday and Wednesday showed no excessive levels of bacteria. As a result, the stretch reopened Thursday.

In neighboring Long Beach, four miles of shoreline remains closed after a sample taken Wednesday showed high bacteria levels. A sample from Tuesday came back clean. Officials require two consecutive clean

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:30:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Do yoga at Coors Field, then catch a baseball game]]> http://gazette.com/do-yoga-at-coors-field-then-catch-a-baseball-game/article/1580671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/do-yoga-at-coors-field-then-catch-a-baseball-game/article/1580671?custom_click=rss

Yoga and baseball go together like hot dogs and hamburgers.

The fourth annual Yoga Day at Coors Field on Aug. 6 gives yogis the chance to practice on the field in the morning and take in a game between the Colorado Rockies and the Miami Marlins at night. And, before you ask: No, Rockies players won't be doing warrior poses next to you during class. The $20-$65 price includes yoga class, a ticket to the game and a Rockies-themed yoga promotional item.



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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:40:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 19, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-19-2016/article/1580674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-19-2016/article/1580674?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ADA Classic 5K - To benefit the American Diabetes Association, 8:30 a.m. July 30, Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache La Poudre St., $28. Registration: csgrandprix.com/10k.html.

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. Thursday, Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View.

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]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Eliminate standing water to curb mosquitoes]]> http://gazette.com/eliminate-standing-water-to-curb-mosquitoes/article/1580670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eliminate-standing-water-to-curb-mosquitoes/article/1580670?custom_click=rss

Midsummer is short-sleeve weather, an enjoyable time to be out with family and friends. But it also is the heart of mosquito season, so beware the escalating health risks caused by their bites.

The No. 1 prevention practice is eliminating any standing water that could serve as a mosquito-breeding site.

"Still water is a great environment" for the insects, said Scott Zide, founder of Mosquito Squad, a mosquito and tick control service with 200 locations. "One hundred-plus mosquitoes can be hatched from a single bottle cap full of water.

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]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Forget the gym, workout buffs hit up national landmarks]]> http://gazette.com/forget-the-gym-workout-buffs-hit-up-national-landmarks/article/1580124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forget-the-gym-workout-buffs-hit-up-national-landmarks/article/1580124?custom_click=rss

At the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Joe Hendricks' free workout on Saturday mornings had been drawing a few hundred people.

But two years ago, he said, the city ordered groups with more than 20 people to limit sessions to Sunday only.

Now, roughly 200 join him for a Sunday workout that includes everything from backward crawls up the bleachers to "piggy back" exercises where you carry your partner. Hendricks, 53, leads the workouts alongside several other fitness groups and soloists at the sandstone monoliths where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.

"It's a workout mecca really for Denver. It's just so energizing to have so many people around you and real motivating. People are high-fiving each other.



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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:07:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 12, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-12-2016/article/1580123?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-12-2016/article/1580123?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.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Nurse Chats - Stroke, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, $1. - Healthy Weight Loss, 10-11 a.m. Monday, $1. Jeffrey Davis Sepsis Challenge 5K - To benefit Sepsis Alliance, 10 a.m. July 23, Marcos Pizza, 9420 Briar Village Point, Suite 170, $40. Registration: jeffreydavis5k.org.

IREM Charity Run, Walk or Crawl - To benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado NICU, 6:30-11 a.m.

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