<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Mon, 30 May 2016 10:31:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: NAMI breakfast attendees donate $115K to support those with mental illness]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-attendees-donate-115k-to-support-those-with-mental-illness/article/1576895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-attendees-donate-115k-to-support-those-with-mental-illness/article/1576895?custom_click=rss

They're "Embracing the Light" as they find ways to face down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

It has been a long time coming and remains an everyday challenge, but NAMI - Colorado Springs Executive Director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert had reason to smile at the organization's sixth annual Community Breakfast and Fundraiser on May 6.

There were 700 in the audience that morning, more than double a couple of years ago, and an explosive number over the first year.

They were there to learn about the estimated 43.6 million adults in this country with a mental illness. Maybe there was a treatable reason the family's "weird uncle" was a little strange and had always been.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Vuitton show draws fashion world to crisis-hit Brazil]]> http://gazette.com/vuitton-show-draws-fashion-world-to-crisis-hit-brazil/article/feed/354976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vuitton-show-draws-fashion-world-to-crisis-hit-brazil/article/feed/354976?custom_click=rss

NITEROI, Brazil (AP) — The elite of the fashion world flocked to Brazil, defying an outbreak of the Zika virus, an economic meltdown and the deep political crisis afflicting the country to attend a runway show Saturday by revered French label Louis Vuitton.

Around 500 guests, including A-listers Jaden Smith and Catherine Deneuve and fashion royalty flown in from New York and Paris, took in Vuitton's Cruise 2017 collection at a futuristic art museum in Rio de Janeiro's sister city of Niteroi.

With the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain shimmering in the background, the models strode the catwalk in sporty looks that channeled the street style of this beachfront metropolis and harkened to the upcoming Summer Olympics which will take pl

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]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:52:06 -0600 <![CDATA[2 additional travel-related Zika cases confirmed in Alabama]]> http://gazette.com/2-additional-travel-related-zika-cases-confirmed-in-alabama/article/feed/354682?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-additional-travel-related-zika-cases-confirmed-in-alabama/article/feed/354682?custom_click=rss MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Department of Public Health officials have confirmed two additional travel-related Zika cases in the state.

Officials said in an emailed release Friday that the number of confirmed cases is up to five. Officials say the two people who tested positive are from Houston and Jefferson counties.

Public health officials have said the virus primarily spreads through bites from infected Aedes species mosquitoes and can cause severe birth defects if infection occurs during pregnancy. Officials have said the virus can also be sexually transmitted or spread via blood transfusion.

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]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 13:59:58 -0600 <![CDATA[CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding]]> http://gazette.com/cdc-urges-speed-on-zika-as-house-moves-to-negotiate-funding/article/feed/354183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdc-urges-speed-on-zika-as-house-moves-to-negotiate-funding/article/feed/354183?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus.

"In a public health emergency, speed is critical. A day, a week, a month can make all of the difference," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the National Press Club.

It has been three months since the Obama administration requested $1.9 billion for Zika, and Thursday the GOP-controlled House moved to officially begin talks with the Senate on how much of that request to grant.

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 15:14:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Medals or mosquitoes? Zika still talk of Olympic golf]]> http://gazette.com/medals-or-mosquitoes-zika-still-talk-of-olympic-golf/article/feed/353331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medals-or-mosquitoes-zika-still-talk-of-olympic-golf/article/feed/353331?custom_click=rss

Olympic qualifying for golf ends in seven weeks, at which time players will have to determine if medals outweigh mosquitoes.

For now, there is only concern.

Rory McIlroy was the latest player to say Zika was in the back of his mind. In an interview with the BBC after his Irish Open victory, he said he has been reading up on the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects. McIlroy is engaged, and he said they might be starting a family in the next few years.

"I have to monitor that situation," he said.

Masters champion Danny Willett was the next to weigh in. Asked about it Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship, the 28-year-old from England said he was keeping on top of it.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 17:09:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: What is mudita? How can it help you feel joy for others?]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-what-is-mudita-how-can-it-help-you-feel-joy-for-others/article/1576773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-what-is-mudita-how-can-it-help-you-feel-joy-for-others/article/1576773?custom_click=rss

Have you ever looked around the room during a yoga class and coveted somebody else's pose?

I have. There are some gorgeous extended side angles in this world. And I never met a graceful dancer pose I didn't admire.

That's where my head sometimes goes, especially on those days when my hips grumble as they open into a warrior pose or my yoga pants squeeze a little too tightly and some lithe woman unrolls her mat next to mine.

And then there are those moments off the mat when I have a yen for somebody else's seemingly ideal life, job, haircut, ability to articulate exactly how she feels. On my better days I can admire a fellow yogi's amazing practice.



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<![CDATA[Grilled vegetables put a new spin on shrimp salad]]> http://gazette.com/grilled-vegetables-put-a-new-spin-on-shrimp-salad/article/1576781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grilled-vegetables-put-a-new-spin-on-shrimp-salad/article/1576781?custom_click=rss

The all-grilled salad has become a staple in our house over the years - it's versatile, easy, has minimal cleanup and, of course, it's right up our healthy-eating alley.

A hot grill coaxes out the sweetness from anything we toss on it, and that tiny bit of char flavor is like a kiss of summer. So, even if I don't "have" to cook something - such as cabbage in a slaw - if the fire is roaring, I'll let the ingredient enjoy a few minutes of grill time, just for flavor. Super healthy foods become craveable with the arrival of the backyard barbecue season.

To make a tasty, all-grilled salad, follow a few simple tips. First, invest a few bucks in an oil mister, which allows you to coat veggies and fish with just enough fat to keep

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Fitness star Tracy Anderson: stop aspiring to a celeb body]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-star-tracy-anderson-stop-aspiring-to-a-celeb-body/article/1576779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-star-tracy-anderson-stop-aspiring-to-a-celeb-body/article/1576779?custom_click=rss

MIAMI - She's sculpted the bodies of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez and runs a multimillion-dollar fitness empire with 218,000 Instagram followers, but Tracy Anderson is tired of talking about how to achieve the perfect celebrity body.

Anderson has turned down several offers for reality shows and says she no longer accepts new celebrity clients. She'd rather talk about what exercise can do for your mental health than how it can get you six-pack abs.

"What celebrities are doing is really irrelevant," Anderson said in a recent interview while in Miami for a breast cancer fundraiser.

"I feel like we're constantly dimming our own lights by showing there's a demand for, 'Oh my gosh, that celebrity is carrying that drink.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 24, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-24-2016/article/1576777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-24-2016/article/1576777?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.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 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. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. May 31, Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.

Colorado Springs Reason to Hope Fundraising Luncheon - Noon- 1 p.m. Tuesday, Antlers hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Free, donations accepted to benefit the

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Throwing a punch at Parkinson's]]> http://gazette.com/throwing-a-punch-at-parkinsons/article/1576778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/throwing-a-punch-at-parkinsons/article/1576778?custom_click=rss

I'm on the heavy bag, throwing left jabs, ignoring the relentless blare of Kanye's "Drive Slow, Homie" played at a volume that would raise the dead. I punch to a one-two count: left jab, right cross. I'm working as hard as I've ever worked, and even in this unheated gym I sweat as if it's a sauna. - Finally, the bell rings. It feels as if I've been at it for an hour; actually, three minutes have passed. The ensuing one-minute break seems to last four seconds. Let's be clear: Boxing, even when the opponent is only a heavy bag, is a brutal sport. But brutality is needed, even welcome, when you're facing a progressive, incurable neurological disease. I have Parkinson's disease, and it causes my body to just freeze up. Weirdly enough,

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[While challenging, stroke doesn’t mean the end of hope]]> http://gazette.com/while-challenging-stroke-doesnt-mean-the-end-of-hope/article/1576187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/while-challenging-stroke-doesnt-mean-the-end-of-hope/article/1576187?custom_click=rss

After a patient has suffered a stroke, a major concern for doctors is when to let them start driving again. . Stroke survivors want to get back to driving, and returning to independence after a stroke is important — but safety is more so.

“The driving rehabilitation program at Penrose is excellent,” stroke survivor Mackie Johnson said.  “They took time with me, and drove around with me, and made sure my eyes were able to focus on the right things.”

As a result of experiencing a cerebellar stroke, a stroke in the lower part of the brain at the brain stem, at age 64, Johnson’s body movement, eye movement, balance, and fine motor skills were significantly impacted and he was



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<![CDATA[Note to self, from skin: Wear more sunscreen in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/note-to-self-from-skin-wear-more-sunscreen-in-colorado/article/1576265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/note-to-self-from-skin-wear-more-sunscreen-in-colorado/article/1576265?custom_click=rss

Ken Landau thought he was doing a decent job protecting his skin. The voice of Colorado College men's hockey spent most workdays in a world where sun's a kind of Kryptonite, and when he played outside, he did as advised, avoiding peak hours and wearing sunscreen.

It wasn't enough for the 56-year-old Aurora resident, whose mother died from melanoma, the rarest and most fatal form of skin cancer.

"It's very close to me in a family-history sense. I'm fair-skinned, burn easily, and when I had hair on my head, I was a redhead," said Landau, a Minnesota native and the Tigers' play-by-play announcer for more than a decade. "I would use sunblock when I knew I was going to be outside for a long period of time, which is not the right



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<![CDATA[Most of us apply sunscreen with too light a hand, sun protection factor]]> http://gazette.com/most-of-us-apply-sunscreen-with-too-light-a-hand-sun-protection-factor/article/1576264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/most-of-us-apply-sunscreen-with-too-light-a-hand-sun-protection-factor/article/1576264?custom_click=rss Fancy a kiss? The sun is not the paramour you want if you care about your skin. And when it comes to sunscreen, most of us are doing it wrong - wrong caliber of sun protection factor and too skimpy on the application.

"First of all, it's not just using sunscreen alone; it's very important to wear broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B wavelengths and that also has an SPF of 50 or higher," said Dr. Elizabeth Piantanida, a dermatologist with Skin MD Dermatology and Skin Enhancement Center and a member of the medical staff at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

"You also have to apply it liberally.

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]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 04:30:14 -0600 <![CDATA[The healthy burger that may make even carnivores opt for veg]]> http://gazette.com/the-healthy-burger-that-may-make-even-carnivores-opt-for-veg/article/1576263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-healthy-burger-that-may-make-even-carnivores-opt-for-veg/article/1576263?custom_click=rss

May shepherds in the season of the backyard barbecue, and for us that means one thing: burgers. Let me back up and say that just about anything I make on the grill in warmer months, I also make regularly inside on the stovetop. And while I do love a flat-top-smooshed burger with its crusty, dangly edges, the backyard barbecue burger remains in a league of its own.

Our family's burger bonanzas are a little legendary in our social circle (OK, so maybe with just my kids, nieces and nephews). The herby-garlicky sauce I make, called "magic" sauce by those in the know, is particularly popular. So when three of my extended family members went vegetarian, my burger-grilling game suffered.

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]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 04:30:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Shelf staple cooked jackfruit makes it easy to have meatless meals]]> http://gazette.com/shelf-staple-cooked-jackfruit-makes-it-easy-to-have-meatless-meals/article/1576262?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shelf-staple-cooked-jackfruit-makes-it-easy-to-have-meatless-meals/article/1576262?custom_click=rss

JL Fields, vegan cookbook author and lifestyle coach, grew up in Illinois where pork is a mainstay, especially when barbecue season heats up. But when she turned to a vegetarian lifestyle, which quickly became vegan, her love of pulled pork sandwiches became history.

Though her reasons for eliminating animal products stem from ethical issues, she said she misses the texture of meat and tries "to make foods that remind me of things I used to eat." And one of her go-to meatlike foods is jackfruit.

According to "Food Lover's Companion," jackfruit is a relative of breadfruit and the fig and is grown in tropical areas. Known as the world's largest fruit, it can weigh up to 100 pounds. The pebbly skin, oval tropical fruit can be

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]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 04:30:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 17, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-17-2016/article/1576261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-may-17-2016/article/1576261?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. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 28, Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29, Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. May 31, Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.

Colorado Springs Reason to Hope Fundraising Luncheon - Noon-1 p.m. May 24, The Antlers, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Free, donations accepted to benefit the

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]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 04:30:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Disease's spread blamed on elk, not bison or feed grounds]]> http://gazette.com/diseases-spread-blamed-on-elk-not-bison-or-feed-grounds/article/feed/350182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diseases-spread-blamed-on-elk-not-bison-or-feed-grounds/article/feed/350182?custom_click=rss BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Researchers say Montana elk are to blame for an animal disease spreading into new areas around Yellowstone National Park.

The finding disputes conventional wisdom that said park bison and wildlife feeding grounds in Wyoming were responsible.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions traced transmissions of the disease brucellosis following a recent spike in livestock infections.

They say a strain of the disease that originated in artificial elk feeding grounds in Wyoming is now self-sustaining in Montana. A different brucellosis strain is found in bison.

The findings were published in the May issue of Nature Communications.

Brucellosis causes pregnant animals

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]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 04:01:25 -0600 <![CDATA[WHO to Rio Olympic visitors: Don't go to poor parts of city]]> http://gazette.com/who-to-rio-olympic-visitors-dont-go-to-poor-parts-of-city/article/feed/348506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/who-to-rio-olympic-visitors-dont-go-to-poor-parts-of-city/article/feed/348506?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Athletes and visitors heading to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should avoid poor and overcrowded parts of the city to minimize their chances of catching the Zika virus, The World Health Organization said Thursday.

The U.N. health agency also restated the advice it has been giving for months, warning pregnant women not to travel to Zika-hit areas. It also said that since the mosquito-borne disease can also be spread sexually, pregnant women should abstain from sex or practice safe sex with anyone who has recently returned from areas with outbreaks.

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]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 13:13:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Canadian professor: Olympics should be postponed due to Zika]]> http://gazette.com/canadian-professor-olympics-should-be-postponed-due-to-zika/article/feed/347974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canadian-professor-olympics-should-be-postponed-due-to-zika/article/feed/347974?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — With the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro less than three months away, a Canadian professor has called for the Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak, warning the influx of visitors to Brazil will result in the avoidable birth of malformed babies.

"But for the games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?" University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran, who specializes in public health, said in an article published this week in the Harvard Public Health Review.

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]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 09:45:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Breastfeeding pilots' claims against airline seen as advance]]> http://gazette.com/breastfeeding-pilots-claims-against-airline-seen-as-advance/article/feed/347868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/breastfeeding-pilots-claims-against-airline-seen-as-advance/article/feed/347868?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Charges by four female pilots that Frontier Airlines' policies for pregnant women and new mothers are discriminatory could be seen as progress, an advocate says.

Decades ago, flight attendants were pushing just to keep their jobs after they became pregnant, said Phoebe Taubman, senior staff attorney with the advocacy group A Better Balance.

The discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week on behalf of the pilots by the American Civil Liberties Union address leveling the playing field for women who are entering the workforce in increasing numbers and new positions, Taubman said.

"It's a very different workplace," said Taubman, who is not involved in the case.

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]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 08:45:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Cruise continues despite suspected norovirus outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/cruise-continues-despite-suspected-norovirus-outbreak/article/feed/347080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cruise-continues-despite-suspected-norovirus-outbreak/article/feed/347080?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A British cruise line says one of its ships is sailing to Canada as planned despite evidence of a possible norovirus outbreak following a visit to the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it inspected the Balmoral in Baltimore last week and found 27 percent of its passengers had gotten sick since the 34-night cruise began in England on April 16.

The CDC reports that 252 of the 919 passengers had fallen ill, as well as eight members of the 502-member crew.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines says 15 passengers are currently required to remain in their cabins. It says the rest have recovered.

The ship is set to dock in Saint John, New Brunswick, on Monday after leaving

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]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 12:42:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Girl hurt on carnival ride has surgery to repair scalp]]> http://gazette.com/girl-hurt-on-carnival-ride-has-surgery-to-repair-scalp/article/feed/346870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/girl-hurt-on-carnival-ride-has-surgery-to-repair-scalp/article/feed/346870?custom_click=rss OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The mother of an 11-year-old girl whose hair got caught in a spinning carnival ride says her daughter underwent surgery to repair her scalp and remains in a Nebraska hospital.

Virginia Cooksey tells the Omaha World-Herald her daughter didn't suffer any fractures or brain trauma but could have vision problems or need more surgery.

Police say the girl was taken to Nebraska Medicine after the incident Saturday afternoon at a Cinco de Mayo festival in Omaha. Witnesses said the girl's hair got caught in a ride called King's Crown.

Omaha police Lt. Steve Cerveny tells TV station KETV officials are trying to determine whether there was a malfunction with the ride.

The ride vendor, Thomas D. Thomas Sh

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]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 01:11:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Pedestrians take over Champs-Elysees as Paris goes green]]> http://gazette.com/pedestrians-take-over-champs-elysees-as-paris-goes-green/article/feed/346668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pedestrians-take-over-champs-elysees-as-paris-goes-green/article/feed/346668?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Pedestrians took over the Champs-Elysees on Sunday as part of a new program to ban traffic from the famous Paris avenue once a month.

The initiative, for what is usually one of the busiest roads in the French capital, was launched by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and is aimed at reducing pollution in the city.

Hidalgo couldn't have dreamt of a better day to launch her project as temperatures reached 27 C (80.6 F) in Paris on Sunday and tourists basked in the sun.

Without the noise of traffic that usually envelopes the avenue, an uncommon sense of quietness reigned on the Champs-Elysees.

"I've been here before, and the last time there were like thousands of cars," said Tony Weng, a Taiwanese tourist. "We

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]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 12:12:54 -0600 <![CDATA[State health department issues]]> http://gazette.com/state-health-department-issues/article/feed/346134?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-health-department-issues/article/feed/346134?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A fourth case of the Zika virus has been found in Connecticut and state officials are renewing travel warnings related to the disease.

The state Department of Public Heath says the latest patient is a woman in her 30s.

Officials say she traveled from the Caribbean to Connecticut on April 25 and became ill on April 29.

Health officials say they have been told that one in five residents of Puerto Rico are likely to become infected with the virus and are warning pregnant women to avoid travel to the island and other places where the virus is prevalent.

Officials say travel to those areas has resulted in 426 cases of Zika in the continental United States.

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]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 11:46:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Spain reports 1st case of Zika-linked microcephaly]]> http://gazette.com/spain-reports-1st-case-of-zika-linked-microcephaly/article/feed/345958?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spain-reports-1st-case-of-zika-linked-microcephaly/article/feed/345958?custom_click=rss MADRID (AP) — Health authorities say they've identified the first case in Spain of the birth defect microcephaly in the fetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus.

The health department for the northeastern region of Catalonia said the woman traveled to South America some months ago and had contracted Zika and Dengue. In a statement the department said the fetus has several malformations.

The Health Ministry confirmed Friday that it was Spain's first case. It said Spain has identified 105 people infected with Zika, 13 of them pregnant women.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

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]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 03:27:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Foreign investors in fizzled development are at wit's end]]> http://gazette.com/foreign-investors-in-fizzled-development-are-at-wits-end/article/feed/345459?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/foreign-investors-in-fizzled-development-are-at-wits-end/article/feed/345459?custom_click=rss

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Foreigners who had been banking on their investments in a biomedical research facility and a hotel and rental cottage project in Vermont to get green cards are scrambling to find a backup now that the project's developers are accused of misusing hundreds of millions of dollars in what investigators called a "massive eight-year fraud scheme."

Wei Wang and his wife, who are from Beijing and living in Houston after graduate school, had hoped their investment of more than a half-million dollars would lead them down the road to starting a restaurant.

"We were doing our business plans for the restaurant when this came up, so we have to change everything," Wang said. "It's hard to accept that we may lose all

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