<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:52:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here’s what you need to know.]]> http://gazette.com/do-your-eyes-hurt-after-the-solar-eclipse-heres-what-you-need-to-know./article/1609647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/do-your-eyes-hurt-after-the-solar-eclipse-heres-what-you-need-to-know./article/1609647?custom_click=rss

So you looked directly at the sun while trying to watch the solar eclipse. Maybe you didn't read the warnings or couldn't get your hands on a pair of eclipse glasses. Or maybe you did have them but couldn't resist, just for a few seconds, staring straight at the sun with your naked eyes, experts be darned.

Did you cause damage to your eyes? It's hard to tell immediately, experts say.

“Short-term issues can include solar keratitis, which is similar to sunburn of the cornea (the front part of the eye)," UnitedHealthcare Vision chief executive Linda Chous told NBC News. “This can cause eye pain and light sensitivity, with symptoms often occurring within 24 hours after exposure.



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:49:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 22, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-22-2017/article/1609609?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-22-2017/article/1609609?custom_click=rss 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.

Caring for the Caregiver - Hosted by UCCS Aging Center, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6, MacKenzie Place Senior Living, 1605 Elm Creek View, free. Registration: 255-8002, ac@uccs.edu.

Colorado Springs Kidney Walk - To benefit the National Kidney Foundation, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Registration: tinyurl .com/l7vwafb.

Go Red for Women Education Day and Luncheon - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, $125. Reservations: colorado

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]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: A reminder to live by the Golden Rule in yoga, life]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-a-reminder-to-live-by-the-golden-rule-in-yoga-life/article/1609140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-a-reminder-to-live-by-the-golden-rule-in-yoga-life/article/1609140?custom_click=rss

Synchronicity is a funny thing.

You have a conversation about the deliciousness of root beer floats, and the next thing you know, your Facebook feed is filled with "Top 5 places to drink a root beer float" and ads pitch bulk orders of A&W.

Would that be synchronicity at its finest? Perhaps. Probably it's that Mark Zuckerberg and his folks at the world's largest social network have finally figured out how to eavesdrop on our private lives outside the ether. You knew that day was coming.

Recently on Facebook (of course), I read a long post by a California yoga teacher who is hard of hearing.



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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:31:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 15, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-15-2017/article/1609139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-15-2017/article/1609139?custom_click=rss 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.

Caring for the Caregiver - Hosted by UCCS Aging Center, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6, MacKenzie Place Senior Living, 1605 Elm Creek View, free. Registration: 255-8002, ac@uccs.edu.

Colorado Springs Kidney Walk - To benefit the National Kidney Foundation, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Registration: tinyurl.com/l7vwafb.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Medicare: An Overview of the Benefits and Costs, 10-11:30 a.m.

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]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:20:08 -0600 <![CDATA[10 years after being injured in fall, Colorado Springs boy has made great strides]]> http://gazette.com/10-years-after-being-injured-in-fall-colorado-springs-boy-has-made-great-strides/article/1609065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-years-after-being-injured-in-fall-colorado-springs-boy-has-made-great-strides/article/1609065?custom_click=rss

Like any 12-year-old boy in Colorado Springs, Jackson Ziwak loves the Denver Broncos and playing football, basketball and baseball. In many ways, all of those things are a miracle.

Ten years ago, while at day care, Jackson fell out of a second-story window onto a concrete patio and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He underwent emergency craniotomy surgery, during which doctors removed a part of his skull.

Afterward, he was flown to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Doctors were unsure if he would survive, let alone walk, talk or breathe on his own.

Today, "Jax," as he is known, is doing all three.



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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:59:18 -0600
<![CDATA[5 dead after FDA-approved obesity treatment that places silicone balloon in stomach, agency says]]> http://gazette.com/5-dead-after-fda-approved-obesity-treatment-that-places-silicone-balloon-in-stomach-agency-says/article/1609033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-dead-after-fda-approved-obesity-treatment-that-places-silicone-balloon-in-stomach-agency-says/article/1609033?custom_click=rss

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the sudden deaths of five people who had undergone an obesity treatment that places an inflated silicone balloon in their stomach.

All deaths happened within a month of the procedure, the FDA said in a letter earlier this week to health-care providers. Three people died just one to three days later.

The agency, however, cautioned that it has yet to determine whether the devices or the way in which they were placed in the stomachs directly caused those deaths.

“At this time, we do not know the root cause or incidence per rate of patient death,” the FDA said, adding that it is working with the companies that manufacture the devices.

The



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Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:24:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Airline worker tracks down cancer patient's bag, delivers it]]> http://gazette.com/airline-worker-tracks-down-cancer-patients-bag-delivers-it/article/feed/483578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airline-worker-tracks-down-cancer-patients-bag-delivers-it/article/feed/483578?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A cancer patient says a Southwest Airlines employee went above and beyond to help track down her missing luggage that contained important medication.

Stacy Hurt says she called customer service July 23 at Pittsburgh International Airport after her luggage failed to arrive on a flight from Nashville. The bag contained medication that helps her with the side effects of chemo for her colon cancer. It also had sentimental items like a rosary and a lucky T-shirt.

"I immediately panicked because I had chemotherapy the next day," she told KDKA-TV. "I had a lot of items in the suitcase that I needed and wanted for chemotherapy. I just started getting very emotional and I started to cry.

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]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:27:00 -0600 <![CDATA[After a near-death experience, photography helped this Colorado Springs man heal]]> http://gazette.com/after-a-near-death-experience-photography-helped-this-colorado-springs-man-heal/article/1608688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-a-near-death-experience-photography-helped-this-colorado-springs-man-heal/article/1608688?custom_click=rss

Bryce Yamashita had been in the hospital five days when he told his wife he wanted to die.

Bacterial meningitis ravaged his spine and mind, allergic reactions to the medicine wracked his already weak body, and doctors didn't seem to have a solution. He told his wife, Dawn Yamashita, she could have the life insurance money. He could give into the pain and fog in his head.

In that moment, lying in his hospital bed, Bryce couldn't have known about the things to come.

He didn't know he'd see a black-footed, amber-eyed baby fox stare straight into his lens and scamper past. He didn't know the timberlike horns and black, nappy hair of a buffalo would look so real that you'd reach out to touch the prints.



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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 21:52:17 -0600
<![CDATA[First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii]]> http://gazette.com/first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opening-in-hawaii/article/feed/482927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opening-in-hawaii/article/feed/482927?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug.

Maui Grown Therapies received approval from the Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis Tuesday.

The dispensary sold medical marijuana to patients for two hours Tuesday, limiting their hours to help manage the new process, said Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs.

"Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii," Freitas Gorman said. "This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We're so excite

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]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:10:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Experts: Lives at risk if no sleep tests for train engineers]]> http://gazette.com/experts-lives-at-risk-if-no-sleep-tests-for-train-engineers/article/feed/482653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/experts-lives-at-risk-if-no-sleep-tests-for-train-engineers/article/feed/482653?custom_click=rss

U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk.

The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said late last week that they are no longer pursuing the regulation that would require testing for the fatigue-inducing disorder that has been blamed for deadly rail crashes in New York City and New Jersey and several highway crashes.

The agencies argue that it should be up to railroads and trucking companies to decide whether to test employees. One railroad that does test, Metro-North in the New York City suburbs, found that 11.6 percent of its engineers have sleep apnea

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]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:20:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 8, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-8-2017/article/1608691?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-8-2017/article/1608691?custom_click=rss

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.

Age Strong, Live Long Senior Health Fair - For ages 64 and older, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., free; penrosestfrancis.org/seniorfair2017.

Caring for the Caregiver - Hosted by UCCS Aging Center, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6, MacKenzie Place Senior Living, 1605 Elm Creek View, free. Registration: 255-8002, ac@uccs.edu.

Colorado Springs Kidney Walk - To benefit the National Kidney Foundation, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Registration:



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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:25:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Body of excellence: Whole foods make for whole health]]> http://gazette.com/body-of-excellence-whole-foods-make-for-whole-health/article/1608692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-of-excellence-whole-foods-make-for-whole-health/article/1608692?custom_click=rss

When people ask what I eat to stay so lean, I tell them I focus on eating whole foods.

A whole food is either an animal that can reproduce or a plant that grows from the ground, such as chicken and fish or green beans and nuts.

If you can't identify what you're eating as one of these two things, it's not a whole food. It has been processed.

Processed food has been stripped of many of its nutrients and fiber and often has unhealthy additives such as transfats, preservatives and sodium. Unfortunately, most Americans eat a high percentage of processed foods.

Let's look at breakfast. If you had cereal with milk and a cup of coffee, your cereal was processed, but the milk and coffee are whole foods.



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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:20:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs brothers win first-place turkey at the National Western Stock Show]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-brothers-win-first-place-turkey-at-the-national-western-stock-show/article/1608689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-brothers-win-first-place-turkey-at-the-national-western-stock-show/article/1608689?custom_click=rss

I just ordered my Thanksgiving turkey from Black Forest Meadery. And why not? For the past three years, I've bought my holiday bird from Gregory and Daniel Shapiro and have always been more than pleased with the quality and freshness of the fowl. Their dad and mom make honey wine at the meadery.

The boy's parents have several acres where the brothers raise animals for their projects with Angel Fire 4-H Club in Ellicott.

The brothers are good at what they do. One of the turkeys they raised together this year, named Doc Holiday, took first place at the National Western Stock Show.

"This year we are raising 28 turkeys," emailed Shawna Shapiro, the brothers' mom. "I believe that this is the largest flock we have raised to



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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:16:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Free access to tampons gains national political traction]]> http://gazette.com/free-access-to-tampons-gains-national-political-traction/article/1608709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/free-access-to-tampons-gains-national-political-traction/article/1608709?custom_click=rss

A topic that for so long was rarely discussed above a whisper has recently been taken up by growing numbers of lawmakers.

Spurred by grass-roots activism aimed at lifting the stigma surrounding menstruation, the lawmakers are proposing measures to provide broad access to menstrual products for women. Their efforts include exempting tampons and pads from state and local taxes, compelling prisons to stop charging inmates for the supplies and making them available for free at public schools and workplaces.

"It's outrageous that something that is a basic health need should be denied women," said Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who co-sponsored a bill last month with Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Kamala



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